Photography Courses

I have been offering photography courses since 2008.

I am extremely passionate about photography and teaching. I put a lot of time and effort in to writing and delivering my courses to make sure they are the best they can be.

I believe that photography is an ongoing learning process and although I have considerable experience, I believe I am still learning myself.

I run my courses mainly from my studio in Crowborough in East Sussex but I also offer various courses on location all over Sussex, Kent and London.


Photography Courses (in brief)

Photography Courses
Gift Vouchers

Giving someone special a gift voucher for photography tuition is simple, just choose the amount you want and make your purchase.

1-2-1 Courses

Camera tuition is one of the most popular photography courses that I currently offer. The beauty of 1-2-1 tuition is that it can be tailored to the individual, so whether you have just bought that new camera and are now wondering how to use it or perhaps you know a little bit but you want improve your knowledge, this is probably the one for you.

Experience Days

An experience day is a great way to learn about photography and your camera at a stunning local location. Essentially it's bespoke photography tuition on location. You can choose your own location or I can suggest local beauty spots for you.

An experience day can be for 1 or 2 people and is for 6 hours in length.

Fuji X Training

Camera tuition is one of the most popular photography courses that I currently offer and because I exclusively use the Fuji X camera system I am now offering bespoke training for these cameras.

Adobe Lightroom Level 1 (26 Apr)

This is the level 1 Adobe Lightroom course for beginners and is for a maximum of 4 students. This course is now 4 hours long with a break halfway through. This means there is plenty of time and we can take things slowly and make sure every member has gained the understanding they need.

In my opinion Adobe Lightroom is one of the best options of processing and managing your digital images. Intuitive to use but powerful enough for both amateur and professional photographers.

Blurb Booking Making (1 May)

This course will teach you how to lay out your images so that they flow well through your book and tell the story you want. We will use the online supplier Blurb as out book producer. Using the Blurb 'Book Smart' software to create a book which will include photos and text as you want. We'll keep the design simple and stylish and will go right through the process and upload and pay for our books.

Street Photography Workshop - West End (Sat 3 May)

This is a 4.5 hour street photography workshop run in London for a small group of no more than 4 people.

1-2-1 Courses Discount Day (8 May)

This is my usual 1-2-1 photography course, but with a massive 50% discount for one day only.

This will be run on Thursday 8th May with just three 2 hour slots.

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens Photowalk

Join me on the photowalk at the truly stunning Riverhill Himalayan Gardens in Sevenoaks, Kent.

I'll be leading a walk around the grounds and will be on hand to help you with any settings to help get you the best results.

Wedding Photography Shoot

This is a great chance for aspiring wedding photographers to get some tuition and obtain some portfolio images to help you get started in the business of wedding photography.

The course is for a very small group of no more than 4 people.

Photo Book Making Level 1 (Thur 22 May)

This is a full day course to learn how to make and produce a stitched photo book with cover.

You will need a laptop with either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. You'll also need enough photographs already selected to fill a 16 page A5 book. I suggest 14 photos to allow for a title page and 1 text page.

Photoshop - Level 1 - Layers (Sat 14 Jun)

This is the Photoshop Level 1 course in Layers.

Photoshop is probably the most powerful image processing software and there is a lot to learn. In this course we concentrate on Layers and how to use them. We'll look at creating new layers for making edits to our images, such as removing unwanted items in the image. We will also use Adjustment Layers to change certain aspects of our images and in addition we will use Masks to control which elements of the image are changed.

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens Evening Photowalk

Join me on the photowalk at the truly stunning Riverhill Himalayan Gardens in Sevenoaks, Kent.

I'll be leading a walk around the grounds and will be on hand to help you with any settings to help get you the best results.

London Summer Photowalk (Sat 21 Jun)

The London Summer Photowalk is on Saturday 21st June 2014 . An organised event for being creative and socialising. 

Paris Photography Trip (15-17 Aug)

We have another exciting trip to Paris planned for late summer.

The course, travel and accommodation can all be booked separately so those wanting to attend who live in Paris can just book the course, those travelling from the UK can choose to book everything through me or if they wish, make their own arrangements.

The photography course will be run on the Saturday and will be a full day. The course will not concentrate on just one type of photography but look at a few different genres and will include all the technical help with camera settings that you need.

Photoclub in the Pub (Aug-Jan)

Photoclub is about being creative and learning with like-minded people in a social environment. If you're looking for something to inspire you, improve your skills and push your photography to the next level, then this is for you!

The course has 6 monthly meetings over a 6 month period and meets in 3 areas.

  • Sevenoaks, Kent - The Chequers
  • Lewes, East Sussex - The Pelham Arms
  • Eridge, East Sussex - The Nevil Crest & Gun
    (On the Kent & Sussex border between Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells.
Creative Assignments - Online Course (Aug-Jan)

This is the second season of Creative Assignments, first run in February 2104. The course is an extension of my already very popular Photoclub in the Pub creative photography course.

Creative Assignments is about being creative and learning with like-minded people that you connect and share ideas with online. If you're looking for something to inspire you, improve your skills and push your photography to the next level, then this is for you!

Lake District Autumn Photography Holiday (20-23 October)

The next Lake District photography holiday in Cumbria is coming up in October 2014. This includes accommodation at the wonderful Powe House in Portinscale for 3 nights, all meals and photography tuition on 2 days of photo walks.


Recent Blog Posts (in brief)

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Large Prints for Sale

I have been producing some prints for home and the studio and the process has prompted me to offer some images as prints for sale.

Photography Courses Availability Update

This is a quick update on remaining places for upcoming photography courses as of 14th April 2014 - 11.00pm GMT.

Some of these course currently have early booking discounts. These discounts will only be available until Friday 18th April (Good Friday) at 11.59pm.

Prcoessing Fuji X-Trans RAW files in Adobe Lightroom 5.4

Just in the last few days Adobe released version 5.4 of Lightroom. This version gives some additional functionality when processing Fuji X RAW files, which I will get to in a moment.

As far as I am aware Adobe haven't changed how LR handles the demosaicing but I think it's already pretty good now, not perfect by a long shot, but pretty good. I'd love to see version 5.5 step up another level on this issue.

The additional functionality is the addition of being able to select the film profiles that we are used to seeing within the Fuji X Cameras, the Vevlia, Astia, Mono settings etc. They're not a perfect match for what you see on the Fuji JPGs, but it is a really good start.

My video here uses the Astia profile and then goes on to process from there.

Starting in the Photography Business - Learning Package

I get emails every so often from people who want to start a career in photography. Usually within wedding or portrait photography.

Earning a living doing something fun, something you love, has to be everyone's dream. So you really can't blame people for wanting a career in photography.

But just how realistic is it?
I think if you take the right steps then I think it is definitely a realistic prospect, but I don't want to fool you and pretend that it will be easy, it won't. There are a lot of people doing wedding photography right now and you will be just one of many in your area. You will have to work really hard and try to give yourself a head start.

I feel that wedding photography is an area that some people go in to blind, starting a photography business with no real knowledge or experience and then find it really difficult to succeed. To be honest, this is probably what I did and I learned the hard way.

I've been running photography courses now since 2008 and Wedding and Portrait Photography courses have played a part. I was running a group course dedicated to wedding photography and this was run over a number of weeks. Since then I have decided that bespoke 1-2-1 or 1-2-2 tuition is a better way to learn, because the individuals in those groups had different needs and requirements and dedicated 1-2-1 tuition is tailored to the individual.

Prints for Sale!

I'm offering some mounted prints for sale. Two size options at £50 and £100. I'll donate 10% of the print cost to a charity of your choice.

Interiors Photography Training for Engaging Interiors

Today I did a full day of photography training with an old school friend, Crispin Williams of Engaging Interiors. Crispin is a very talented interior designer creating modern looks for retail, bars and cafes.

Crispin wanted to get some tips and practical advice whilst actually shooting sites that he had previously designed. Improving his own photography so he can take great photographs of his handy work is a good idea, great photos will help sell his services to others.

Fuji X-Pro2 Wish List, X-E2 and Thoughts on the X-T1

It's been nearly 2 years since the Fuji X-Pro1 was released and I have owned that camera pretty much since it's launch. As you can see, the camera has a few wear marks due to constant use over that time period.

I thought it was time to put down some more thoughts on the system now that Fuji have pushed forward again with some new cameras. These articles that I write from time to time are meant to be useful to people who are contemplating buying in to the X system or maybe looking for some tips.

Making A Photobook

Those that know me, know that I have a passion for photobooks and for some time now have been making my own hand-made books. Making a book involves a number of skills of which I will be teaching in a brand new course that I am running from my studio in Crowborough, East Sussex.

How To Post on Tumblr

A quick post for those that are new to Tumblr on how to post images and view your blog.

30% Discount on Photography Course Gift Vouchers

I am currently offering a rather lovely 30% discount on my photography course gift vouchers on the lead up to Christmas.

Why not get that present you've been thinking about from the comfort and warmth of your home! All vouchers will now be posted 1st class the next working day. After Friday 20th December you can still collect the vouchers from my studio in Crowborough, East Sussex.

Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale

On Friday 29th November 2013 I am running some very special offers on photography courses. 'Black Friday' as it's now known is a day when retailers and businesses run special offers. 'Cyber Monday' (Monday 2nd December) has also become popular for online business to run special offers. I have decided to join the two together and offer up to 50% on selected photography courses for the entire weekend.

This is a great chance to treat yourself to an early Christmas present or to treat someone else in your life to a wonderful Christmas present.

Assassins Gym Shoot

Today I did a photoshoot at Assassins Gym in Crowborough. The gym is located on the Lexden Lodge estate opposite Crowborough Train Station.

Showerproof Your X-Series Camera

I like to photograph in musty and rainy conditions, unfortunately my camera of choice (Fuji X-Pro1) does not have weather seals! This is a problem. 

So I have come up with a way to waterproof the camera, well showerproof really. 

When I first purchased my Fuji X-Pro1 not long after it first came out, I suppose my feelings were a pretty equal mix of excitement and frustration.

I started to write some reviews of the camera, then of course Fuji started bringing out firmware updates which helped to fix some of the issues that were causing so much frustration.

I have now re-written the reviews to be up to date. 

 

I'm really thrilled to have collected together my recent photos from a short trip to Paris in a Blurb book entitled Pas De Pub.

The book has 50 pages and features 48 colour photographs. It's 7 inches square with a soft cover and is printed on Premium Matt paper.

Recent Photoblog Posts (in brief)

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It's Bella

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Slide Viewer

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Brighton Beach at Low Tide

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Home Scene

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£10 Art

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Prints for Sale!

Mounted prints for sale, small at £50 and large at £100. I will donate 10% to a charity of your choice too.

Curtains

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Inspiration, Investments

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Yellow Fiat 500, Lake District

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Lakes Diptych #1

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Services

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Colour Photograph

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Swimming at Derwentwater

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Simple Things

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Worthing Pier

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F&C

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Look Out

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Ice Cream Mishap #2

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Tracks

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In To The Light

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