Who are our workshops for?
- Beginners or anyone wishing to learn more about their cameras, ‘Move off Auto mode’ or improve their general photographic knowledge
- 121 or couples who want to fast track, or learn a specific technique.
- People who like to combine a walk with a photo expert… a great Voucher Gift.
- Companies who want advice on updating their website images or want to train staff to take product shots or update stock library images.
- Schools and institutions that would like an industry perspective or help a teacher with new skills. Or to help deliver a comprehensive beginners workshop broken into hourly sessions over the course of a term.
- Clubs and individuals who would like to attend informal social meetings to chat about gear, review images and have some fun.
Why Choose Our Workshops?
I have been a published photographer for over 25 years, and taught a multitude of professional photography workshops in London and Scotland for the previous ten.
Over 2000 students of all ages and skill level have benefited from my experience and understanding, and I have developed a unique method, which I believe addresses two BIG issues.
- Photography tends to be taught at the technical level, and requires you to retain a lot of ‘information’, which is hard to remember.
- Nobody teaches you ‘Why’ you are aiming the camera, or What Is Your Intention?’ Once you ask yourself this fundamental question then you are ready to discover the following secrets.
There are 6 Basic Things that all cameras do.
Discover what they are, how to control them, and see the amazing results.
All you need to ask yourself is…” What am I trying to do.”
I will explain why this is a great starting point, what these simple 6 Basic states are, how to control them easily, with little technical knowledge, and by understanding a couple of simple guidelines.
I have developed a simple chart which I will give away on my workshops, and explain in plain English how to use them to shoot all manner of subjects with ease. It can even be stored on your phone for easy reference!!
Workshops can be on a 121 basis, or 2 people can attend if you wish to come along with a friend. There are also small beginners group workshops throughout the week and the weekend, which are broken into small, bite-sized sessions which allow you to build your knowledge in manageable chunks.
The key to improving is practice!! Therefore, I offer fun, local photo-walks to help you practice what you learn, and also get some exercise.
Also specific ‘How To…’ sessions which may be on subjects such as:-
- Light Trails or ‘Blurring Water’
- How to focus your camera correctly for artistic effects
- Fashion based, studio portrait sessions with a model and make-up artist.
- Freezing action for subjects such as children, dogs and sports
For a more discerning Stag or Hen do with a difference, I can take a small group around the beautiful city of Edinburgh on a walking tour, providing advice on how to improve your general photos and composition, and take in a couple of pubs en-route for some fun refreshment and picture reviews from an expert. Or you can visit the studio for a fun filled portrait session and I will show you the ropes of studio portraiture, then visit the excellent local pub for a wind-down.
Photography And The Art of Pre-visualization
I have been a photographer and tutor for over twenty years and have been lucky to instruct hundreds of student workshops with a huge range of abilities. Most beginners struggle with trying to recall large amounts of technical stuff they have read in books or maybe Googled. There is simply too much to remember, too many numbers, settings and rules!
One thing that has dawned on me is that that all cameras have the ability to perform six basic functions. I can teach you what they are, how to ‘pre-visualise’ your final image, and make some simple decisions to help you achieve the result you intended.
This is not complicated and is just a matter of understanding when to force the camera for instance, to run faster or slower, without necessarily knowing all the technical numbers and theory.
At the end of the day, a camera is a box with a hole in one end and pair of curtains in the other! I can show you how they work together to create an exposure, and how to change these settings to achieve a variety of effects.
All you need to know is what kind of photograph you want to take, and follow my simple guidelines. For you convenience, I have prepared a 1 page A4 leaflet which this helps to explain this simple relationship, and allows you to pick the settings which you feel are best for your intention.
For example: Want a blurred background for a pleasing portrait? A sharp picture of a landscape. Smooth water in a river? A dog frozen in mid-air jump?
All of these are easily achievable by understanding if you need to slow down or speed up the camera, or open and close the lens. It is not necessary to know all the numbers on the camera, as long as you know what a big hole (aperture) in the lens does, and what happens when we choose a small hole.
Sound too good to be true? Hundreds of students can already attest to my style of teaching. Plain English, practical examples, patient explanation.
Have a look at some of the workshops on offer and give me a call if you would like further advice. All workshops can be run as a 121 private session, or hourly rate for those with a spare lunchtime or evening.
Group workshops run mainly on a weekend.