Take your photography to the next level!

So you've learnt the basics. You know aperture, shutter speed, ISO & composition. You've attended a few workshops or maybe even completed a photography course. But something is still not quite there! You need that extra push, that extra bit of knowledge to take it to the next level. You want to create amazing photographs that you are proud of. I get it, I was there too!

A few people asked for it, so I am now offering private 1-on-1 photography mentoring sessions. Personal & un-rushed private photography tuition. I really believe in sharing knowledge and helping others achieve their goals

Oscar Wilde said "The only thing to do with good advice, is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself"

But there is so much information on the internet, it can be tricky to know what to follow or where to start. If you feel like you are drowning in information, yet still starved for knowledge, I can help you.

I offer daily or hourly options, with more than enough time to answer all of your questions. We'll look at covering necessary equipment, photographing with a purpose, post production tips and tricks, efficient digital workflow, marketing yourself effectively, finding inspiration and more!

We'll focus on your chosen genre, and work together to ensure that you are on the right track with your photography

Sessions will be based in Tauranga but If you are in another area in New Zealand, i'd be happy to talk more about coming to you or doing some online mentoring Skype sessions. Either way, i'm sure we can make it work.

If you are interested, get in touch to enquire bout pricing & availability


" Justin Aitken is a multi gold award winning photographer, master of photography, qualified & accredited fellow member of the NZIPP. With over 10 years experience in the photography industry, he is familiar with a wide variety of genres. In other words, you are in good hands ;)


I know it can be extremely confusing when it comes to photography, and all the technical jargon is complicated. I've been there too, and I can help you!

We now hold organised workshops for beginner, intermediate & advanced levels. The courses are designed specifically to help you build a strong foundation with the best structure. Nowadays there is so much information floating around and on the internet, that it can be overwhelming when you try look at everything at once and have no idea where to start, or what to learn next. Our goal is to provide you with the tools that will help you become the photographer you want to be. Whether it be a career you wish to pursue, or a hobby, we can help you.

All workshops include un-rushed tutoring & practical exercises to complete throughout the day, with detailed notes given to you at the end. There is lots of time for questions & answers too. So far we have had many happy students :

 " Justin is a great speaker, very engaging, motivating, informative and professional - yet still casual "

" Justin is a very good teacher who explains things simply, making it a lot easier to understand "

" I have to say the workshops were brilliant. Justin was such a thorough tutor on the course. Would highly recommend it "

This is your chance to learn real photography skills from an experienced & Award Winning Photography Pro, and one of New Zealand's established photographers. I am NZIPP Qualified with both my Master of Photography & Fellow qualifications, I also have over 10 years of professional experience in the industry. My work consists mainly of portrait and wedding photography, although I have a great passion for landscape and travel photography too 

For more information on upcoming photo workshop dates and to book, please visit our workshops website Phocus Photography Workshops


If you are serious about your career and want to take it to another level, I can help you. No matter what level you are at, together we can sit down and talk about the best ways forward for you to progress. Even if you are an amateur or hobbyist photographer, and simply want to learn more about the fantastic world of photography, I can help you with that too. Stuck on auto mode? Can't work out why your photos are blurry? Tired of overexposed and flat images? I can teach you how to fix all that!

Post production slowing you down? Over time I have developed and created many tips and tricks that have helped my workflow to run smoothly, efficiently and productively. You can do this too! For very reasonable hourly rates I can assist and educate you about the best programs, methods and applications to suit your style of photography. I have the technical knowledge to assist you in moving forward with your career, I have helped many students do this, so if you are banging your head against a brick wall and becoming frustrated with the post production workflow and editing process, then why not take the next step to overcoming all of that?

I am a professional photography tutor for The Photography Institute in New Zealand, where i teach many likeminded students, helping them to achieve their own photography goals and style I have found that it is the most in-depth online diploma course that you will find anywhere on the internet, covering all aspects of photography

This course is comprised of 12 Modules and corresponding assignments to complete. Some assignments are text based, but with most you will have to upload images that you have taken as part of the assignment

All the learning is done online. When you enrol you receive a username and password which enables you to log onto our secure student site. From there you can download your first module. This contains all the information you will need to complete assignment one. Each module is approximately 60 pages in length and is full of information delivered in a friendly, conversational manner that is easy to understand. The concepts are further explained by way of diagrams, images and examples etc

Once you have completed your assignment (some are just theoretical, but the majority of assignments combine both theory and practical tasks) you then upload it onto the site for your tutor to mark. The tutors will give you a grade (out of 10) and a comprehensive evaluation of your work with ideas to help nurture and improve your skills each step of the way. It's not simply a case of giving you a textbook and off you go – in fact, it’s very far from it

The Photography Institute is recognised world-wide as an on-line education provider and are accredited with IARC, which is an organisation providing accreditation for International education providers: www.iarcedu.com

They have students from over 20 different countries, including the UK, USA, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Japan and New Zealand. New Zealand students are supported by a local team and tutors

You can request a prospectus here

If you have any questions about the course you can contact the friendly team at student support - support@thephotographyinstitute.co.nz

Professional photography courses and classes, in New Zealand - Personal Tuition