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Beginner's Photography Class: Shooting Photos in Challenging Lighting

Beginner's Photography Class: Shooting Photos in Challenging Lighting

Saturday 02 March
Auahi St - 11am - 3 Hours
Hoku Wong
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
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Come along to our photo sessions to dust off your camera and get snap-happy with a professional photography instructor.

Brush up on your camera skills and learn new photography techniques whilst on a photo walk class with other local keen photographers!

We run two hour photography sessions based on a photography theme/technique/style and they take place in various locations in Honolulu .

  • New to photography? We also run a popular 3 hour Beginners Guide to Photography Class once a month. And once in a while we will run special niche 3 hour classes, for example, Astrophotography - so do subscribe to our newsletter to know when the next on is!

  • Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to keen amateurs. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.

  • What to bring? We recommend bringing a camera that has full manual mode or semi-manual modes (Aperture or Shutter Priority). Compact cameras and smartphones also welcome!

    The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

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    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
    Nigel is a great instructor. He's knowledgeable and highly qualified to help out aspiring photographers start their photography journey. He takes time to answer questions. I recommend this workshops to anyone interested in learning and improve their photography skills.
    Portrait photography was new to me and wasn't something I was completely comfortable doing but Nigel made us all feel comfortable. Nigel was very knowledgeable and taught effectively. He gave each participant the opportunity to practice the skills he was teaching, which I appreciated.
    I found Mr. Nigel Wallace to be an excellent instructor who exceeded my expectations. He is a subject matter expert with vast experience and excellent people skills. In addition to conveying the technical side of photography, he keeps the application simple. Demonstrating examples and coaching class members through mini-projects while providing feedback and guidance. I would consider this a 'Master Class' and look forward to future learning sessions with Nigel.

    Nigel was awesome!
    Class met expectations well. I like how the instructor thinks about building us up as people, helping us build confidence.
    Nigel takes his time explaining all the photographic process. Answered all assistants questions. He wants to be sure everything his teaches is understood. Great teacher.

    Hoku Wong
    Hoku is a professional photographer from Kaneohe with 6 years of experience behind the camera. He specializes in creative portraiture and fashion photography, Hoku's work is a vibrant fusion of artistry and technique. With an ability to capture the essence of his subjects, he captures images that resonate deeply with viewers, evoking emotion and sparking intrigue.

    Hoku is driven by a passion for nurturing new talents in the field of photography. As an educator, he finds joy in imparting his knowledge and expertise to aspiring photographers, guiding them on their journey to manifest their creative visions. With an infectious enthusiasm for the craft, Hoku is here to inspire and empower a new generation of visual storytellers helping the art of photography continue to thrive and evolve.

    Hoku Wong is available for private bookings

    Available most weekends from 12pm until 6pm, and open for weekday bookings by specific request.

    Private tutoring available for:
    Basic of Photography
    Portrait Photography
    Challenging Lighting/Inclimate Weather
    Single Light/Flash Photography
    Creative Lighting

    Honolulu Photography Club
    Title or Location: Downtown, Honolulu, HI
    The photograph is of office buildings as reflected on a polished granite bench that I noticed on one of my afternoon walks. I used an iPhone 15 Pro Max with some minor editing done on the Snapseed app.
    Credit: David J. Herdrich

    Honolulu Photography Club
    Title or Location: Downtown Honolulu, near Punchbowl, facing Diamond Head
    I was looking out my window around 6:00am when I noticed what might be the planet Venus, shining brightly, close to the moon. I quickly went to my lanai to snap this photo.
    Credit: Sandra Meyer
    Facebook: Sandra Meyer Art
    Instagram: @sanmeyer1
    Honolulu Photography Club
    Title or Location: Honolulu, Waialae Nui Ridge
    This is from my bedroom lanai. The sunset was really popping on January 30th. There were lots of clouds and the sun underlit the clouds. I didn't have time to get the camera - this was a Galaxy S20 phone picture. I cropped a bit in Lightroom, and adjusted the light slightly - mostly upping the contrast to make the clouds pop more like I saw them with my eye.
    Credit: Mike O'Connor

    Honolulu Photography Club
    Title or Location: Photo was taken while dining at Halekulani Hotel, House Without A Key.
    My favorite place in Honolulu, A House Without A Key because of its lovely sunset. It is always dazzles me....so enchanting...lucky I live in Hawaii&127802
    Credit: Ssen Ota
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SsenOta
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/otassen?igsh=MWcxaGxwNWQyZXZ6eg==

    Honolulu Photography Club
    Title or Location: The horse and flame.
    This is my first attempt at the horse head nebula located in the constellation Orion. In addition to imaging the dark nebula also captured the flame nebula. The horse nebula is about 1,300 light years away from earth. It took more than 2 hours of shooting on multiple cold late evening nights for this image from my front yard.
    Credit: Jaime Salamanca
    Honolulu Photography Club
    Title or Location: Back garden at Roding Valley Park
    This photo was taken on a cold januray morning before the sun warmed the leaves and melted the frost.
    Credit: Justyna Swiderska
    Facebook: Wisty Wisty
    Instagram: wistys_pictures

    London Photography Group
    Title or Location: American Kestrel at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy
    First off, I have to say that I am not a "Birder". But I love challenging my photographic skills and abilities. The American Kestrel is not a big bird, and it is fast. So even when you know its takeoff is imminent, it is still hard to get a nice clear photo of the bird. This particular image was shot with a Canon R6 camera, with the RF100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens at 1/5000 sec, f/7.1 and ISO 4000. I used the animal eye-tracking feature of this mirrorless full frame camera, and was very plea
    Credit: Kevin Rodger
    Facebook: Kevin Rodger
    Instagram: ckrodger
    Syracuse Photography Group
    Title or Location: Horseshow Bend in Page, AZ
    I had shot the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend the same morning and was hoping for a blazing sunset at this location after talking to the other photographers present at sunrise. Even with some clouds, we were not so fortunate and when the sunlight was casting on the water I switched to black and white mentality and was able to capture this photo. You can just see the setting sun in the upper right corner for the photo.
    Credit: Marc Gerbsch
    Facebook: marc.gerbsch
    Peterborough Photography Group
    Title or Location: Nene Valley Railway - Wansford
    I was on a leisurely family walk going towards Nene Valley Railway in Wansford when serendipity struck, and I found myself in the perfect spot to capture a captivating moment. The sight of a steam train preparing to depart from the station sparked a rush of excitement and nostalgia. The timeless allure of steam trains and the bustling atmosphere of the railway added a touch of history and charm to my photography experience.
    Credit: Darnell
    Instagram: Viewfinderd

    Wichita Photography Group
    Title or Location: Halstead Kansas, outside my house
    It was a cloudy day and my cat was up in the tree. he had always had very deep blue, but with all the defused light from the clouds and the contrast from the tree bark, It sent me running for my camera.I shot it on a Nikon D5600, with a 70 - 200mm lens, on January 25, 2024.I shot it raw while in manual mode, the aperture was 4.1, the iso 100, and the shutter speed was 1 over 700.
    Credit: Matthew Rowe
    Swansea Photography Group
    Title or Location: Three Cliffs Bay, The Gower, Swansea
    This one took a bit of planning to catch the Milky Way in the place I wanted, the Weather, Moon, and Milky Way core all had to be right and as you might guess it took a few seasons for it to come together, every time it was a walk in the dark over the sand dunes from Pennard to get to the right spot on the cliff edge, I'm a little picky when it comes to star trails and although there are certain formulas for shutter speed to "visibly" limit star trails I'd rather have none, so I dragged my Star
    Credit: Terry Brooks
    Preston Photography Group
    Title or Location: Preston, in Brockholes Wood (off from The Green or Greenthorn Crescent)
    I'm a hobby photographer from Hungary, but we've living already in Preston for 10 years with my partner and son. He is our Frenchie, William and will be 8 years old soon. I took this photo during a walk, one early morning. My set is a Nikon Z6 with a Sigma 135mm lens. Only natural lights with some fine touch in Lightroom. 1/500s, ISO100 @f1.8. I'm glad you liked my picture. ( :
    Credit: Jozsef Somogyi
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sjphot0/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sjphot0/

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