photography workshop for beginners


“Photography for Beginners” workshop


Where: Sidney, BC Canada

Various dates for more selection in your schedule

(workshop weekends are not connected – the same offering repeated)


When: Day 1, Saturday Nov 6, 2021 – 10-11:30am PST

Day 2, Saturday Nov 7, 2021 – 10-11:30am PST


CANCELLED DUE TO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS Second Workshop: Day 1, Saturday Nov 27, 2021 – 10-11:30am PST

Day 2, Saturday Nov 28, 2021 – 10-11:30am PST


Third (now 2nd) Workshop: Day 1, Saturday Jan 15, 2022 – 10-11:30am PST

Day 2, Saturday Jan 16, 2022 – 10-11:30am PST


Who: For beginner photographers that would like to learn photography basics and the exposure triangle in an efficient time period.


Workshop is rain or shine.  There is a back up plan for a partially covered space that is still outdoors in Sidney in case of poor weather (& COVID friendly).


Limited to 6 participants

(Nov 6 & 7, 2021 – full)

(Nov 27 & 28, 2021 – cancelled due to travel restrictions)

(Jan 15 & 16, 2022 – 3 spots remaining)


Instructor: Dave Hutchison, BA, Hons.

2020 Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) Best in Class Winner for “Fine Art”


Cost: $149 + GST (each weekend)


For questions, please email Dave at

Payment by credit card or e-transfer accepted.  E-transfer is now automated through the Register Now button below.  Once paid you will receive an email confirming registration in 1-2 business days.

Dave Hard at Work


Welcome to my “Photography for Beginners” workshop page.  I started my photography career 16 years ago and have had the privilege to explore and create images all over the BC coast.  I continue to push the boundaries and create new and captivating images each and every time I photograph.  What makes myself unique for “Photography for Beginners” is I am able to come along side anyone’s ability or level and help them progress faster in the photographic journey.

The session Nov 6-7, 2021 has was received very well with 5/6 particpants rating the workshop as excellent.

I hope to see you at the next workshop in November 27-28 or January 15-16, 2022.

photography for beginners – what will we do?



Welcome to the “Photography for Beginners” workshop right here in the Sidney / Victoria area.

The foundation of the webinar will be to understand the Exposure Triangle and how ISO, aperture, & shutter speed work together.  The power point presentation includes many example showing the many variables that can be selected within the Exposure Triangle.


In addition to the exposure triangle, I will explain how to choose the best “priority” settings (aperture, manual, etc.) in your camera for various photographic situations.  The histogram will also be explained and how to use it to your advantage. 

During the Sunday morning “In the field” session, I will show you how all the variables in the Exposure Triangle work right from my camera.  This has proven to be a very useful learning tool.


Day 1, Sat, Nov 27, 10-11:30am – Online Zoom call for approx. 1.5 hours to establish the foundation of the Exposure Triangle. I have always found this approach best before venturing out into the field.

Day 2, Sun, Nov 28, 10-11:30am – Thi session is “In the field” for approx. 1.5 hours to practice what was learned the day prior.  Visual examples will be presented.


Location for Day 2 will be in Sidney, BC.  Specific location will be sent 3-4 days prior to workshop.


The January 15-16, 2022 workshop will have a similar format and be located in Sidney.



Exposure Triangle by W Clarke WikiMedia

Images taken over the years on the BC coast!



Delighted with my pictures. Excellent service with great communication. Only 1 week to receive pictures from overseas. Much quicker service than shopping in my own country! Highly recommend pictures and service to all.

Dave Hutchison Photography, Fairy Lake, Bonsai tree, Port Renfrew, famous tree, award winner, PPOC
Liz B, Highlands, Scotland

"I have known Dave since early 2021 when I was first interested in joining some photography workshops and Meetups. From the start, he has been so helpful, communicative and always eager to share his knowledge and passion for photography. On a recent wildlife photography workshop of his in the Great Bear Rainforest, I learned a lot from him and greatly improved my wildlife photography with his help!"

grizzly bear, bears, british columbia, wildlife photography, dave hutchison photography, wlidlife
Laura L, Nanaimo, BC

"I came to Dave as an amateur photographer (still am) wanting to get into it a little bit deeper. Dave has gone above and beyond that and has given me that little boost of confidence that I needed to get out there. Once he had figured out what kind of photography I wanted to do he helped me with equipment to achieve my goals . Because there’s so much out there it can be very confusing for an amateur photographer but he made it very clear and understandable . Dave has put up with my many questions and has happily answered them. I am definitely going to go back to him for private lessons so I can hone what skills that I have. I would recommend Dave whether you’re a seasoned photographer or amateur."

Aileen W, Campbell River, BC

"Wow, just when you think a photo cannot capture the beauty of the moment you lived through, Dave is able to bring it back to life!  Thank you, not only for sharing your amazing talent, but how you handled the experience from my first inquiring phone call, through to the careful shipping process and the genuine follow up and excitement for my 20th Anniversary gift to my wife. Thank you Dave!"

Brad B, Windsor, Ontario

"Thank you Dave for wonderful photos and sending so quickly and checking if I received them. They are fabulous and people always say how gorgeous they are in my home."

Shelley N, Gold River, BC
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