The First Step To Shooting Creatively And Expressing Yourself Visually Is To Know How To Use Your Camera.  You Need To Be Able To Control The Settings And Implement Your Own Vision Withing What You See.  Join A Workshop Or Arrange A Mentoring Session With Me To Get You Started.

Level 1 Workshop Dates For 2023

Contact Nikki - at Garricks Camera House for workshop dates and times


All students need a camera that has a manual mode and will allow you to adjust ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.

When I first got my DSLR camera, nearly 6 years ago, as a Christmas present, I was terrified to touch it, certainly not take it out of auto!!! As I researched and began to understand the advantages of manual mode, I got braver and began experimenting with my camera using simple house hold objects and sometimes my children.  And even then it was a constant quest to understand this camera, all it could do, and it took me about a year and a half before I began to feel like I had a handle on it. Through trial and error, understanding lighting and composition I was slowly able to shoot only in manual mode, the creative power I had far out weighed anything auto could do for me!  I have found a beautiful tool of self expression!

This is why I wanted to start teaching others about using their camera to its fullest advantage. You see, what took me years of experimentation and learning could actually be simplified over a few hours.  Of course you have to practice this new skill, but with the basic tool at your disposal and reference points it will make the journey allot easier!

The Art of Shooting manually is a 4-5 hour class (with a short lunch break and practical exercises). We will cover how to achieve proper exposure in different settings, composition, lighting, and just a little bit of light editing. It sounds like A LOT. You are probably wondering how are you going to be able to keep up, and better yet, retain all of this information. Well, there are a few ways. One, my easy-going approach to teaching has helped people relax in my classes, it is a safe comfortable environment where you can ask questions without judgment. Two, I will be opening a secret Facebook group where only attendees can join, share images, ask questions, and get all-around great support!

 This class is not for photographers, so the focus will be on helping you get the images they need for their personal success.

I think the most important thing you will get out of this class is the community full of positive, helpful and kind people. Class sizes are small and personal, with a limit of 6 people per class.

I am so excited that I get to work with such a wonderful, socially conscious local business to bring you not only a beautiful space to learn in, but also a beautiful venue with delicious food available.


  • understanding the exposure triangle
  • using your camera’s meter
  • mastering aperture
  • understanding and using the concept of stops
  • mastering shutter speed
  • other factors affecting motion
  • choosing a shutter speed to incorporate or avoid motion
  • ISO and noise considerations
  • which adjustment to make
  • What is “correct” exposure
  • Understanding white balance
  • photography styles
  • basic composition


Proper exposure at different times of the day and under different lighting conditions - sharing your images on a private facebook group - where we all can learn together and help one another.


life as arte

Hi, I'm Nikki - your friend, mentor and educator

Lifestyle Storyteller

Fine Art Photographer

My mission and goal are to encourage creative women to SHINE, and confidently capture images they love and appreciate, and can't wait to share. Build self-confidence and love themselves. Through my beginner to advanced training programs and one-on-one mentoring, I offer a safe space to learn, be creative and fall in love with your work.