Private photography lessons


private lessons with Dave hutchison

Welcome to my private photography lessons section, where clients set their own agenda and learn what they need most in their photography journey.  I have been a professional photographer based on Vancouver Island for over 17 years and have taught hundreds of people with all levels of ability.  The service I offer is simple.  I can save you a lot of time and money by fast tracking your knowledge level so you can spend more time in the field doing what you love – photography!

There are two options.

One – book a private one-on-one lesson that is based in the field (outlined below).


Two – book a private Zoom call to assist with your photography (perfect for gear consultations).

To reserve space (ensure I am in town) visit the Book Me link in the nav tab above and pick a 1 hour time slot.  Note, in person lessons outside of Sidney are a minimum 2 hour session.  After the slot has been picked, please proceed to the check out to pay for the time. Photography Lessons are $125 + GST per hour.

Any questions, please send a message anytime.

All workshop participants rated the workshop as excellent on Nov 6-7, 2021

Workshop images credit Sandy Terry.  Thank you Sandy!

Photography Lessons


  • business consultations (art / photography)
  • long exposure photography
  • image edting techniques
  • waterfall & forest photography
  • gear consultations (saving you money)
  • and lots of smiles all around


  • your own personal items such as clothing, hiking boots, rain jacket, etc.
  • photography gear including your camera manual
  • tripod mandatory for long exposures and waterfalls
  • pen / pencil and notepad
  • cell phone as some Apps are used
  • an open mind !!!

What People are Saying


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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