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Edith Leigh Photography

auto to manual in 1 day

unlock the true potential of your camera 

is this you?

You have a good camera but it's been sitting there for over a year because you don't know how to use it?

You're frustrated because you feel like you get better pictures on your phone?

You bought this camera because you wanted to take great photos & you'd love to learn how to unlock your camera's true potential!


This workshop was very inspiring. It has lit a fire in me to master photography and my camera!

I have tried many times to understand f-stops, aperture and shutter speeds and after today I feel it has really clicked.

Charlottte Wilson

take creative control

discover the freedom of being off auto
Happy Photographer

You didn't spend all that money for your camera to sit there unused!

But I know that trying to get to grips with it can be overwhelming and daunting.

On this workshop you will learn how to use it properly (for once and for all) so you can create beautiful photographs of the people and things that you love.

Because shooting in manual mode is where all the magic happens.

If you want to go from grabbing sporadic lucky shots to learning how to think like a photographer to create intentional, beautiful images then this workshop is for you.

Discover the freedom of being off auto so you can unlock your true creative potential and start creating brag-worthy images.

what you'll learn

Trees in Lake

the exposure triangle

How many photos have you taken that turn out too dark or too bright?

That means you haven't got your exposure right.

You're going to learn all about:

  • what exposure even is

  • how mastering aperture will open up your creativity

  • why shutter speeds are so much fun

  • what ISO is and why it matters

let's get in focus

Have you felt the frustration of getting an awesome shot but it's just a little fuzzy?

That means it's either out of focus or blurry (yes there's a difference).

You're going to learn how to:

  • get super-sharp pictures

  • get your subject in focus & your background blurry

  • get a moving subject in focus

  • what focus modes are & which one to use when

Zen Stones
Wind in her Hair

nail your white balance

White what?

If you've ever taken a picture that was great, but the colour was a bit weird you've likely got your white balance wrong.

Your going to learn:

  • why white balance is important

  • how to use it to get nice skin tones

  • should you shoot in jpeg or RAW?


Honestly, this was the best camera investment I've made!

I've been to a photography workshop before and left feeling overwhelmed. But leaving Edith's workshop today I feel confident and keen to get out there with all the new knowledge I have!

Thank you so much Edith for sharing your passion and knowledge with me.

Shannon Hawkins

what's included

workshop date: Saturday 17 October 2020

  • Day-long workshop with a mix of theory and hands-on practice

  • Learn the foundations so you can get the right settings whatever style of photography you're interested in

  • Scrumptious lunch, yummy afternoon tea and tea & coffee

  • Very limited numbers (just seven!) to allow for individual attention

  • All you need to bring is your camera and an enthusiasm to learn

  • Suitable for participants with any digital camera with a capability of shooting in manual mode

    (please email to check first if you are unsure)

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your teacher

hi, I'm Edith, a photographer of people, pets & life in Dunedin

That buzz when you get just one totally awesome shot first gripped me about 20 years ago.

I've been addicted to that thrill of nailing the shot ever since. So much so, I eventually went on to start my own photography business, which pretty much means I get paid to do what I love every day!

After many, many requests from friends over the years I've finally put together a workshop to help inspire my passion for photography in others. Because once you have a handle on those settings you will experience the freedom of being off auto!

When I'm not taking pictures, I love pancakes on Sunday mornings, starting a new book, and long walks on the beach with the dog, my family (and my camera).

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