I am available for private tuition by appointment. (Remotely)

These will be interactive remote lessons. You are able to access the private tuition through your computer from the comfort and safety of your own home. All you need to do is click on a link I send you and we will be able to communicate remotely.


Photography, Lightroom, Photoshop. and Studio lighting.


Have you just purchased a camera and need some help with learning your camera functions?


Want to take it a step further with lightroom and photoshop?

Need inspiration?

I can help, in a no pressure and caring environment.


Tutor: Sonja Gardien 

Minimum 2 hours (For first lesson)

Private tuition is $80.00 per hour.

Bring a friend and share the cost. (Available for up to two people.i.e. $40.00 each per hour.)



  • Understanding ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture

  • Camera Modes: Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Auto

  • Drive Modes: single Shooting, Continuous shooting, Silent single shooting, silent continuous shooting, 10-sec. self timer, 2-sec self timer

  • Light Metering Modes: Spot, Partial, Centre-weighted and Evaluative

  • Autofocus Modes: One shot, Al focus and Al Servo

  • White balance 

  • Histograms

  • Exposure compensation

  • Use of ND filters

  • Different types of lenses and their uses.


       (Covered in additional lessons)

  • How to store and access your photos using Lightroom

  • Introduction to Lightroom and Photoshop

  • Advise on composition etc

  • Studio Lighting


“It was fun playing around with the focus and all the settings.


It is much more fun now that I understand my camera better.


I still need a lot more practice to get it right but I am enjoying it so much more now.

Thanks to you!


You are an truly amazing teacher!”


Kind regards,



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Auckland, NZ

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