Photo tuition

“The workshop with other members of the camera club was absolutely marvellous”

So, you have the camera, you’ve got the bag to carry it and you’re digesting the pages of every wildlife-related holiday brochure that you can feast your eyes on. Now, all that remains to do is to take that sophisticated piece of kit and make it your friend…something in which you will have complete confidence and trust to record what you see….and how you see it._W2R9121 (1)

This is where I aim to help. By structuring a day that will suit you and the photography you seek to embrace going forward, we’ll aim to improve your level of technique, understanding and reactions so that on that next opportunity, you will get far more “YES!” in the viewfinder!

Why do people book?

Perhaps you fall into one of the following categories:

  • You’ve been taking wildlife photos for years as a hobby and want to get some fresh perspectives on your work and how you can potentially sharpen your techniques?
  • You’ve been bought (lucky you!), or have purchased for yourself a DSLR and appropriate lenses, and now want to get out and about and test your abilities as a wildlife photographer. Maybe you want to increase your chances of getting published, winning a competition or simply having all those who come to your house say “WOW!” every time you show them an image?!
  • You have a friend or family member that you know is super-keen to improve, start or simply get more enjoyment from their wildlife photography.
  • You don’t want to spend as much time looking at the back of your camera and saying to yourself, “Darn it…..missed again”! (of course, you can substitute the words “Darnit….” with your own version 😉
  • You have decided that this year is the time for that wildlife holiday experience you have always promised yourself, and you are determined to have the images to prove it when you return.
  • You just want to be more confident using the equipment you possess.

What will we cover?

The most important thing to me is that we set out a realistic set of goals to work towards. It is key that you will end the day having improved your techniques and broadened your approach to taking images. To that end, we’ll have a chat first before you sign up to make sure your time will be well-spent.

_U8R7066 (1) What are the rates? 

A full day of tuition will cost:

  • £195: for a one-to-one session
  • £245: for two people
  • £275: for three people
  • £300: for a group of four

I am always happy to accommodate a club group, but like to limit the upper size to six people simply so I can dedicate enough time to each person individually. If you are considering bringing a friend, or putting a group together, then it’s always good if you have similar aims as well as being at roughly the same standard. I have a voucher system also, for those who wish to purchase tuition for a friend or family member, and it is possible to schedule a sequence of days over a longer period for an even more personalised course. This allows us to practice and refine techniques even more of course, and is ideal for the photographer seeking to really move their abilities on to the next level and beyond.

What will we do?

We will arrange to meet in a location so we can have hands-on field photography, coupled with some sit-down discussion too. Our meeting place will be determined by your location, but may involve a wildlife centre, zoological garden, or park or similar. Presently, because of logistics, I only offer tuition in and around London and the South East. Weather is not an obstacle…you will often find yourself taking pictures in difficult climates, so why not get used to it when you practice? I will speak to you – and your group – before the day to get a feel for your aims and ambitions for the day, and then tailor our activities to suit. Above all, whilst we are there to improve your overall technique and introduce some new ideas, I also ensure the day is good fun too. After all, this is your hobby and enjoying it should be the first priority!

“if I only retain some of what you said, I’ll be a much better photographer”

What do I do next?

Drop me an email, message me on facebook or give me a call. I have set periods in the year in between trips when I will be able to run days, and they get booked up pretty quickly. As a rough guide, I manage to get between 10-12 days in a year, so the sooner you enquire, the easier it will be to find a convenient date.