PHOTO EXPEDITIONS AND TUITION
I am a landscape and contemporary photographer based in Exmouth, Devon. I am best known for my Dartmoor photography and have three hardback books published by Halsgrove; ‘Perfect Dartmoor’ in 2008, ‘Dartmoor – A Winter’s Tale’ in 2009, and most recently, ‘Panoramic Dartmoor’ in 2010.
I also have a further titles published, ‘Portrait of the English Riviera’ in 2011 and ‘Devon Food Heroes’ in 2012. The ‘Dartmoor address book’ featured mainly my images and I have many images published in magazines and online. Numerous businesses and private clients have used my work for promotion and marketing.
My clients include The Dartmoor National Park Authority, The National Trust, Exeter University, Dartmoor Brewery, Exeter Cathedral, Ladram Bay Holiday Park, BBC Countryfile magazine and many others throughout the UK. Many Galleries also sell prints and cards of my work throughout Devon.
I have many years experience running photography courses and workshops locally, on Dartmoor, The South and North Devon Coasts and Dorset.
Having spent 25 years exploring and photographing Dartmoor and the Devon coastline I have an unbeatable knowledge of the best locations for future visits with photographers on workshops, I am considered by many as one of Devon’s most skilled and experienced landscape photographers.
My workshops have become extremely popular over the last few years. Many kind emails from past workshop clients mention my relaxed and intuitive teaching style that inspires natural thought. I try to encourage the photographer’s eye supported by the necessary technical knowledge to capture stunning shots. This teaching style allows the photographer to really understand their camera so that they can continue to capture fantastic photos long after sharing a day with me. I never teach with the ‘do this and point the camera that way’ principle as this achieves
Initially, I will guide you and follow closely how you set up and use your camera. All cameras are thoroughly checked for correct settings. As the day progresses I will stand back a little and allow your natural eye to show through whilst guiding you into superb compositions. I take very few images myself during workshops other than to demonstrate techniques allowing me to focus on your cameras all the time.
During the workshop we will cover virtually every important aspect of landscape photography and camera technique.
My post processing skills are also second to none. I bring a powerful laptop along to the workshops so that we can spend some time looking through the images in either Adobe Elements 9 and 11 or the latest Adobe Photoshop CS6. Insight and tuition can then be given, improving your images even further.
Other photographers who teach, sometimes say that everything can be ‘done in camera’.
I do not agree with this and suspect that they are either lacking in computer 'know how' or don’t fully understand the limits of a digital camera. Post processing is an important part of digital photography in the modern age. I will introduce you to this, explain the limits of the camera fully and point you clearly in the right direction for the future. You will be amazed by the results when the limits of the camera sensor are demonstrated and overcome....
I include extensive backup information for your reference after the day and personally feel that printed notes are a little prehistoric, are difficult to update and eventually end up damaged or lost. My courses are backed up with a CD for every photographer including detailed PDFs and Photoshop tuition videos so that you can refer back to all the techniques you have practiced during the day and more so no worries about forgetting some of the information as most photographers tend to. I don't really see the point on spending a great day out with a camera and then not being able to repeat this on your own after the workshop. These can also be printed out so that you have the best of both worlds. I also update these from time to time and they available free by request to photographers who have attended a workshop.
Full day courses cover approx ten hours shooting with a break for lunch and photoshop. Half day courses are five hours shooting.
Unlike many photographers that host courses I don't go 'what ever the weather'. If the weather throws a curve ball I will always offer to re-arrange to a new convenient date. I wouldn’t shoot in miserable, wet conditions, spending most of the time in the car or worrying about my camera kit so I don’t expect workshop photographers to either…
I also offer extensive equipment advice as I spend far too much time (my wife says) reading reviews and researching the best deals. Full advice back up after the workshop is also offered for free, so if you forget something or just want a chat about a trip, lens, camera, tripod or anything, just pick up the phone or email me……
Take a look across the page at the details of the workshops and growing list of genuine testimonials. The testimonials shown are approximately a fifth of the total I have received…
When you book a workshop many wonderful things will happen. Firstly I will ring you for chat to find out before hand what you would like to gain from the workshop and to gauge your level of experience.
Then you will receive a full info sheet with everything you need to know and we will then arrange a meeting point. I do all the driving during the workshop.
Three days before the workshop I check the weather forecast. If it’s iffy I will contact you. I will then check it again 24 hours before and confirm the meeting point and time.
I look forward to meeting you soon……