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This one-day photography masterclass is an introduction and insight into the genre, art and practice of still life photography.

Participants will learn the technical and aesthetic fundamentals of photographing the object with a focus on refining technical skill with a curiosity to expand upon creative photographic experimentation.

Topics to be covered include selection, framing, compositional arrangements, colour, exposure control, light and form, as well as specific discussions and hands-on demonstrations relating to photographing still life set-ups and concepts.

This masterclass is designed for participants interested in learning the technical and creative fundamentals of still life photography. All levels of knowledge and experience are welcomed but participants are encouraged to have access to a digital camera and preferably a tripod.

To bring: your camera, a tripod, pencil, notebook, lunch and an object or small collection of cherished objects to photograph.

This workshop has been programmed as a response to Fiona Pardington: te whitinga o te pō (the shining lady of the night), a major commission unveiled by The Dowse Foundation to mark The Dowse’s 50th Anniversary. This unique installation-based project includes the artists signature photography alongside one of her first sculptural explorations in hues of shining gold. Inspired by the skull of an extinct huia from Pardington’s personal collection, this suite of works act as both a homage and a moment of contemplation for the loss of this significant taonga.

Meighan Ellis holds an MFA (1st class honours) and is Senior Lecturer at AUT. She is an multidisciplinary artist, with a background and professional training in commercial and fine-art photography, moving image, writing and more recently, a re-acquaintance with clay. Meighan has exhibited her work in New Zealand, America, Europe, Australia and Japan. She is currently represented by Sanderson Contemporary in Auckland.


  • $50.00


  • Sun 21 Aug


  • 10:30 am — 4:00 pm


  • 45 Laings Road
  • Lower Hutt, New Zealand