Photography advice, workshops and tuition

 

I’ve experience in teaching and workshops stretching back over many years. I wrote regular photography advice for Outdoor Enthusiast magazine for several years, and have done one-off features on the subject for several other magazines too. I can also advise on the whole ‘backroom’ side of digital photography, including managing your images and preparing them for web or print.

 

The following are standard workshops, but I can also devise and deliver bespoke workshop sessions: just get in touch to discuss your requirements. Workshops, both standard and bespoke, normally take place in locations which I know well, carefully selected to suit the season and to match your requirements. Groups are always small (maximum 5 people) to allow plenty of individual attention.

Or how about an informal, one-to-one or small group Photo Walk/Ride? Work at your own pace, shoot what you want to shoot, with no pressure. no agenda but ever-ready support and advice.

 

Next Date – Season-opener – Special Offer

Saturday 30th May – Garstang, Lancashire – Make the Most of your Nikon

See below for more details of what the workshop will cover. Please note however there's a special one-off price for this workshop of just £45 per person, including tea, coffee and a sandwich lunch.

Workshop will run from 10am  – 4pm. Please email me for more details. Please also check my Facebook page for updates.

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One of our potential locations for the day

 

General Information

For standard group workshops the cost is £75 per person. For one-to-one and bespoke sessions, cost is negotiable depending on location and duration.

Check these pages for up-coming dates or email me to enquire. If you can get a group of 3–6 people together we can look for dates that suit us all.

 

Make the Most of your Nikon

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I’ve produced Expanded Guides to almost every Nikon SLR since the D3 and D300 were launched in 2007, as well as to the Coolpix P7100 and P7700. I’m also a Nikon 1 user. Whatever your level, and whatever Nikon you’re using, I’m well-placed to help you get the most out of it. We’ll look at the effects of different shooting modes and other camera settings, and at the value of different lenses and other accessories. 

Above all, this is a friendly, informal workshop; the aim is not to blind you with the science but to help you feel more comfortable with your Nikon and realise more of its – and your! – photographic potential.

To get the best out of our time, workshops use locations that I know well and which give access to a wide variety of potential subject matter.

Please email me for more details.
 

Capturing the Landscape

Landscape photography seems like it should be easy, but many people find that capturing really satisfying images is quite a challenge. We’ll look at why this is, and what you can do about it. The good news is that spending hundreds or thousands of pounds on new equipment isn’t (usually!) the answer. It’s mostly about understanding the relationship between what your eye sees and what the camera records.

 

We’ll explore what this means in a friendly, informal atmosphere. There’s no pressure, no ‘test’ at the end – it’s all about you and what you want to achieve. To get the best out of our time, workshops use locations that I know well – usually in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, or the Forest of Bowland and Arnside-Silverdale AONBs.

 

Please email me for more details.

 

The Landscape Up Close 

There’s more to landscape photography than grand views. I certainly find it just as rewarding to focus on landscape at a smaller scale. The more intimate level of the landscape is often overlooked but is every bit as beautiful and fascinating as the larger vista. It’s also something that you can explore when poor visibility or flat light make ‘big landscape’ photography a frustrating business.

 

This is not a macro/close-up photography workshop as such, but I’ll be happy to talk about macro kit and techniques as the day unfolds.

 

To get the best out of our time, workshops use locations that I know well – usually in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, or the Forest of Bowland and Arnside-Silverdale AONBs 

 

Please email me for more details.

 

The Urban Landscape

I launched my professional career photographing Lancaster and Morecambe. Since then, I’ve also photographed some of the most beautiful and exciting cities on the planet. Urban landscape photography can be incredibly rewarding, but it has its own challenges. We’ll look at ways of dealing with these in a friendly, informal atmosphere. 

 

To get the best out of our time, workshops are normally based in Lancaster, which I know very well. During the day, I’ll reveal some of my ‘secret’ viewpoints. Of course, I’m always happy to consider workshops in other locations too.

 

Please email me for more details.

 

Two Wheels One Camera

 

screenshot12-22-Editscreenshot12-22-Edit I’ve been photographing cycling and mountain biking for many years, and have written on the subject for Cycle magazine and others, as well as shooting commissions for titles like Cycling Plus and Outdoor Fitness. Shooting cycling can be challenging, but there are fruitful ways to approach it even with simple cameras. A lot of it comes down to thinking ahead and knowing the sport, rather than just having tons of expensive equipment.

 

We’ll look at shooting from the sidelines, as when you’re watching a major race. We’ll also consider the different challenges of capturing your own rides, including what to carry and how to carry it.

 

Workshops are normally scheduled to coincide with an event such as a race or sportive so that we have plenty of riders to photograph, but we can also work in small groups, taking turns to photograph each other.

 

Please email me for more details.