The new season of Photoclub in the Pub and Creative Assignments is starting soon and if you would like to take part you will need to sign up now. Photoclub in the Pub and Creative Assignments are 6 month long creative photography courses with 5 assignments and feedback on your images.
The image above was taken by Liz Cottingham, a member of Photoclub in the Pub in Lewes. Liz normally likes to put an alternative slant on things, which I always encourage. Going out of your way to find a more interesting view is key, so when Liz settled on lawn mowing racing for the 'Sports & Action' assignment I was delighted. The images show just us much passion, determination, grit and gusto as any sports photography does and she did it with style too.
So if you want to be pushed out of your comfort zone and to create more interesting images, come and join us.
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.
Some examples of courses that I run:
1-2-1 Photography Courses, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom, Studio Courses, Portrait Courses, Wedding Photography, Street Portraiture, Street Photography, Landscape Photography, Art Photography, Colour Management, Booking Making, Book Binding, Photowalks etc.
Photography Courses (in brief)
1-2-1 Photography Courses are 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.
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 a minimum of 3 hours in length.
This is bespoke 1-2-1 tuition to build yourself your very own portfolio website to showcase your work. This course can be taken on a weekday daytime during August 2014.
On this course I will guide you through the process of setting up your very own portfolio website with the same system that I use for this website.
This course is for those wanting to learn and gain more experience in a studio environment with a talented professional model.
The course starts at 7pm and runs until 9.30m. We will have just 2 students on this workshop, which means each students will get a good amount of time shooting with the model.
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.
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!
We have another exciting trip to Paris planned for September 2014.
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.
Recent Blog Posts (in brief)
These are some photographs I took on the London Summer Photowalk that I ran as part of my photography training business. More to follow as I shot nearly a roll on my Olympus XA too, which are awaiting developing.
The walk started from London Bridge train station, right under the Shard and followed a 2.5 mile route around Borough, finishing at the wonderful George Inn on Borough High Street.
If you're looking for an interesting photowalk (or just walk), then maybe consider this route.
On Tuesday I had just emerged from a muddy field in Eridge after a weekend camping when I had a call out of the blue from an old photo buddy of mine, Ben Roberts. Ben was due to run a photography workshop for the Photographers' Gallery this week but due to unforeseen circumstances could no longer make it. He wondered if I could step in at short notice and help out and luckily the Photographers' Gallery felt I was suitable and we agreed.
I have been lucky enough to be running some photography courses at a wonderful venue near Crowborough, East Sussex.
Hendall is run by Nicola & Peter Young and they have done a fantastic job creating a beautiful event venue over the last few years. Set within the Sussex countryside with beautiful views, it's clear to see why they are rapidly becoming a top wedding venue in Sussex.
I have been running wedding photography courses there that teach you how to shoot wedding portraits in an authentic location. If you're interested in these courses, please see my list of current courses here.
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.
Whether your Fuji X camera is your first serious camera or maybe you've come from another system and are struggling to get to grips with it, I can help. I'm happy to offer advice on the telephone before you purchase your camera too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.