Brian Miller wrote 'Digital Cameras the easy way' in 2008. This pocket book which makes it easier for beginners to understand digital photography has become a top-seller. In 2009 Brian began running Digital Photography classes for beginners in Dunedin NZ and over 600 people have now gone through these classes.

Digital Photography for Beginners - classes.

Digital Cameras - Pocket Book

Digital Cameras the easy way  is a true pocketbook-size reference which explains in simple language all the essentials you need to know to understand your manual, learn to use your digital camera, improve your photos and use the images to print and send to friends,

Initial reaction to the book has been one of relief for most people who have seen it and found it answers all their questions. It is also welcomed by camera store staff who get asked the same questions everyday.

There is no other small digital camera book on the market that is so action-packed, yet easy to follow and access. It is unique and helps solve a world wide problem – ‘how to use my digital camera’.

‘I’m blown away by (this) tiny NZ Book – packed full of useful hints- explaining the gobbledygook which comes with manuals’ –Jan – Bookseller Nelson

Click here to buy the book online (NZ$15 Post free)

2017 - Class dates and locations

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2017 – Classes – starting dates, times & locations:

Six week course – Two hours per week – Course Cost: $185 (incl. GST)
Start Date            Time            Location

Mon March 13       7pm – 9pm       Mornington Presbyterian Church
16 Maryhill Tce – Dunedin NZ

Tues March 14      2pm – 4pm       Mosgiel Presbyterian Church
11 Church Street – Dunedin NZ

Tues March 14      7pm – 9pm       Mosgiel Presbyterian Church
11 Church Street – Dunedin NZ

Wed March 15           2pm – 4pm       Andersons Bay Presbyterian Church
76 Silverton St – Dunedin NZ

Wed March 15       7pm – 9pm       Andersons Bay Presbyterian Church
76 Silverton St – Dunedin NZ

Thurs March 16      7pm – 9pm       Mornington Presbyterian Church
16 Maryhill Terrace – Dunedin NZ

Numbers are limited to a dozen in each class. Ring 4761 453 to book or send a reply email with your name. phone and address to:
SWAPPING: The course is being run at 6 different times. If you are on shift work or find you cannot attend a regular session – you are free to swap to another time that week.

FEES$185 (including GST) is the cost for the full course. You should also purchase a copy of the book Digital Cameras the easy way if you have not got one already. These are available at the class for $15. There will be about 30 pages of handout notes given as part of the course.
The fee is payable on the first session or before.
– Cheques should be made out to Lifelogs Ltd.
– You can pay by cash or Visa/Mastercard at the first session.
– Payment can be made by direct credit to
(Account name) Lifelogs Ltd Email for bank details
Please ensure your name is put down as a reference.
Brian Miller 31 Marine Parade, Macandrew Bay, Dunedin 9014

Ring to book a course or email to book online
Ph 4761 453

2017 - Course outline

Week 1 – Introduction to Digital Photography

How digital photography works – How to buy a digital camera – Set up a digital camera – Backup systems – How to take photos – Composition – Digital workflow – Download photos to a computer – Using a photo kiosk

Week 2 – Camera controls and PortraitsDigital camera controls – buttons, modes, menus and multiselectors – Which controls are essential – Portraits – Self timer – How to take a movie – Digital workflow – Filing and organising your images – – Keywords – Backup

Week 3 – Lighting, flash and editingThe importance of light – Controlling brightness – Exposure metering modes – White Balance – Controlling flash – Red eye reduction – Backlit portraits – Photographing babies and children – Editing software programs – Basic editing techniques

Week 4 – Improving your photographs and printingLandscapes – Nature – Animals & Pets – Sports – Macro (closeup)- Printing at home – – How to buy a home printer – Printing cards, contact sheets – Making photo-books – Archiving prints

Week 5 – Travel photography and putting photos onlineHow to take better travel & holiday shots – Architectural photography – Night photography – Using High ISO – Photography and the internet – Emailing photos and putting photos on Trademe – -Flickr – Picasa

Week 6 – Photographing events – troubleshooting – SLR.s – Scanning
How to photograph events and celebrations – Troubleshooting – Extending editing controls (clone – healing) – SLR cameras – How to scan photos and slides – Restoring old photographs