Johno Johnston Camera Fundraiser – Beginner’s Digital Photography Workshop



Target Achieved


Thanks to all your generosity, support and kindness, we have achieved our fundraising target within 4 days! I would like to acknowledge the wonderful support provided by local photography retailers Leederville Camera House and Team Digital to this fundraiser. They are at the top of their game, so if you are looking for photographic advice and equipment, please visit them!




johnocameraJohno Johnston is an avid and popular photographer whose images of the south west of Western Australia have won him a legion of fans and admirers. Unfortunately, Johno and his family lost almost all their possessions during the recent fire in the south west (he lived in Yarloop and his home was completely destroyed in the fire). Johno has been saving to upgrade his old camera to the Sony A6000 with twin kit lenses. Unfortunately, due to the fire, the savings have to be used for more urgent expenses for his family.

We want to help Johno get back on his photographic feet by fundraising to get him a Sony A6000 camera with twin kit lenses (16-50mm and 55-210mm) and a bit extra on the side so that he can purchase an adaptor for the Sony (to use with his old lenses), filters and other useful photographic accessories, to replace those he lost in the fire.

So, on Sunday 7 February, we will be running a beginner’s photography workshop at our studio in Fremantle. Come and join us and learn how to use your camera to its full potential, while also helping a fellow photographer get back to doing what he loves.

All profits from this workshop and donations provided will be used to purchase a Sony A6000 with kit lenses for Johno and provide him with extra cash on the side to acquire photographic accessories to replace the ones he has lost in the fire.


Workshop Details

johnographicbeginnerLevel: Beginner
Date: Sunday 7 February 2016.
Instructors: Seng Mah
Location: Venture Studio @ Suite 3, 133 High Street, Fremantle, Western Australia
Maximum participants: SOLD OUT! If you would like to do a beginner’s photography workshop with us, our next full-day “Getting Started in Photography Workshop” runs on Sunday 13 March.

If you’ve just bought a digital SLR or compact system (mirrorless) camera, and are wondering how you can best use it to take great images — then this workshop is for you! This beginner’s workshop will show you how to gain greater creative control of your camera and your photography, so that you can stop shooting in the “Auto” modes and leaving the quality of your images to chance.

The lessons are designed for absolute beginners, so there is no jargon or overly technical terms. Instead, the workshop will gradually step you through greater and greater familiarity with your camera and its controls. You will start at the very beginning – by looking at:

  • Top tips for camera operation
  • Controlling White Balance to get correct colours in your photograph
  • Lenses and focal length (what the numbers on the zoom ring of your lens mean)
  • Choosing what you want in focus: how to use selective focus
  • Using autofocus tracking to shoot sharp images of moving subjects
  • Using continuous shooting or drive mode to take rapid-fire action shots

Then, we look at more advanced camera operations, to give you creative control over your photography:

  • How to achieve shallow and deep depths of field using aperture control
  • Shooting movement: freezing and blurring motion using shutter speed
  • Working in low light: how controlling ISO can help
  • How exposure works: the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO
  • Checking your exposure: how to read the histogram to make sure you have nailed the right exposure
  • How to adjust your exposures to make sure it’s correct.
  • Shooting in Manual Exposure mode and taking control of creative exposure


What you’ll need:

  • Your camera
  • Your lens/es
  • The manual for your camera
  • A pen to make notes during the workshop

You don’t need to bring a tripod to this workshop.

This workshop is suitable for digital cameras with manual controls (P, A/Av, S/Tv and M modes) including DSLRs, Micro Four Third cameras, mirrorless cameras and advanced compact cameras. Workshop notes are provided.



This fundraiser workshop has SOLD OUT. If you would like to do a beginner’s photography workshop with us, our next one runs on Sunday 13 March.