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Mastering of Light Photography Workshop 21-23 October 2017 (Labour Weekend)

The Second Annual Awhitu Peninsula Creative Photography Workshops
With the support from Creative Communities NZ

This fun three-day workshop is intended for those interested in an alternative approach to traditional photography and become a good visual storyteller, regardless of your own unique style. It is designed to help you develop a personal eye, and to leave you feeling inspired.

The primary goal of this creative workshop is to free your imagination and discover a new way of seeing. The emphasis is on utilising light, tonality, colour and form through demonstration, assignments, reviews and group discussions. Throughout the course, participants will work towards creating a body of work that tells a compelling visual story through narrative, emotion, style and substance.

Join us at Awhitu Peninsula, a hidden gem full of history, character and natural beauty, and watch your photography grow!

Key learning points:

Who Should Attend

This workshop is appropriate for photographers who are interested in learning how to ‘see’ creative photographic possibilities within their own environment and how to turn them into powerful visual stories.

What You Should Know

Students are expected to be proficient in the use of their particular cameras and computers.

What to Bring

Workshop Price

Special deal - HALF PRICE - NZ$250

We require a deposit of $100 to secure your place. The balance will be due 30 days prior to commencement of the workshop. If you would prefer to book and pay for your workshop using bank transfer, please email for more information.

This workshop is certain to sell out quickly, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Workshop October 2017
Pollok area Awhitu, Auckland


Each day there will be instructional digital lectures, group and individual exercises, a field trip with the instructors, and evaluation of your work.

Workshop Venue:

Creative Joy Studio, 266 Pollok Wharf Road, Pollok, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand


Participants should make their own accommodation bookings. Please email if you need some assistence.

Welcome dinner:

An informal optional dinner will be held the evening before the workshop starts.


Meet your tutors

Eva Polak

Aliah Jan

Eva Polak
Aliah Jan

Eva Polak’s journey into art photography began when she was given a camera one Christmas and she soon embarked on a passionate journey that was to change her life. After experimenting with different styles and genres she discovered that impressionist and abstract photography were her calling. She is an author of three books: Impressionist Photography Techniques - A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Great Images by Using Your Digital Camera, Transcended Light, and The Secret Life of Dandelions, outlining ways to use your camera for painterly effect. Eva has had three solo exhibitions and has participated in a variety of group exhibitions. Her photographs are in private collections in New Zealand, Australia and Europe. As an educator, Eva has passed on her knowledge and experience to keen photographers through a variety of workshops. She is a popular judge at camera clubs in New Zealand. Eva’s knowledge of impressionist photography is widely acclaimed.

Aliah Jan is an award-winning photographer who lives out at Pollok, Awhitu Peninsula, where she runs the Creative Joy Studio. Her passion in story-telling through photography comes from 10 years’ experience in television broadcasting. She strongly believes that our stories need to be told, shared and passed on to the next generation. She teaches the art of storytelling by using today’s available technology, combining photography, music, sound or video and also through printed books. Aliah is a Fellow of the Photographic Society of New Zealand (FPSNZ) and serves as a national panel judge and a mentor for trainee judges for the society. She is also an Associate of the NZ Institute of Professional Photographers (ANZIPP) and an Associate to the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP).



  • Eva will show you how to use light to be creative all the time. We will examine the various types of light and how we can use colour in our images.

Awaken the Storyteller Within

  • Add an extra dimension to your images by releasing your creativity and finding your artistic voice. Aliah will show you simple and easy ways how to tell visual stories with emotional impact.

The visual language of photography

  • Eva will teach you the visual language of photography. You will discover how to use light, colour and form to create artistic images strait from your camera.

Producing Audiovisual Presentation

  • Aliah will guide you on creating compelling AVs, combining music and images to create powerful stories.


  • Eva will teach you how to be creative with your photography. Several in-camera techniques will be used to make your images look more like impressionist paintings than photographs.

Producing a Digital Book

  • A hands-on session with Aliah and Eva Using your best images from the workshop, we will show you how to produce a book - ready to be published.

book now!

Workshop October 2017