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Photography Mentoring Service Pictures for February, the theme was Rich

Posted in Mentoring Service on March 6th, 2014 by Phil – Comments Off

We have a good selection of pictures for this month’s theme. Lots of chocolate, cheesecake and cash and not in that particular order. This did give people the opportunity to be a little more creative than usual and put some politics into their pictures.

Here’s a collage of everything, and then the individual pictures.  There are more on the Facebook page.

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St Louis Cathedral New Orleans


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Feb14 Rich - Jewel Beetle


Top Tier from BloomsBury Wedding Cakes



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Photography Mentoring Service Pictures for January, the theme was Low

Posted in Mentoring Service on February 8th, 2014 by Phil – Comments Off

We like pictures taken from a low angle – it’s not compulsory but often gives some more drama to an otherwise uninteresting picture. Given that were all feeling miserable poor and cold after Christmas, we thought low was a suitable theme.  Please bear in mind that these photographs are taken by non-professionals and often on some very dodgy cameras.

We had some the best pictures we’ve ever had this month from Finland to Weston Super Mare – see if you agree.  There were a lot of snowdrops – it’s that time of year!!

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Light in the Woods


Portmeirion sunset





Jingle 2


One of history's low points

Low sun

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Grand Pier at Low Tide


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Low Tide

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Photography Mentoring Service December pictures, the theme was “Left”

Posted in Mentoring Service on January 12th, 2014 by Phil – Comments Off

After last month’s slightly tricky subject (Human Vision), this month we went for something fairly clear.  Lots of stuff left over around Christmas, we thought, and we were right.

We have written a brief article about what’s so good about the mentoring service – you may want to check it out!  We’ve also made the Photography Mentoring Service free for the first month, while stocks last!

Here are a selection of this month’s pictures:



Genoa Station


Los Angeles!

Gurneys of Burnham Market, Norfolk







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Left boot


Left (2 of 3)


Left by Santa


What’s the best way to learn photography?

Posted in Photography Tips and Techniques on December 23rd, 2013 by Phil – Comments Off

Photography is a skill that is part technical and part creative.  Learning to see shots and then capture them takes different abilities, which can all be improved with a little tuition.  As teachers and educators as well as photographers we know the best way to learn photography.


Are you the kind of person who knows what you want to photograph but can’t make the camera do it?

You may find that the automatic settings are fine for tourist snaps, but the more interesting and creative your picture needs to be the less well they work.  The colours are too strong, the focus is not at the front, the brightness is non-standard so the camera can’t do it .  Our DSLR course will get you off the automatic settings and using the proper camera modes and flash as appropriate.  We usually have small groups of about 6 or 8 and many people find it very helpful to see other people with similar cameras having the same issues that they are.  We can also run this course as a one to one course for people who would rather work alone – in this case we can usually cover the material in half a day.


Are you the kind of person who knows how to make their camera do things, but can’t find the pictures to take?

Many people struggle to see the picture – to take something interesting even in an interesting location. You may feel stuck in a bit of a rut – you always take the same sort of pictures.  Our creative course is designed (by Rachel, former professional musician, illustrator, art teacher and all round creative) to push your envelope a bit creatively.  It can be run as a one to one course too – but it is always interesting to see other people’s work when we run this as a group course.  People have even taken this more than once – it can give you a bit of a kick.

Assuming you don’t want to come to a course, how can you get out of your rut?  We have a few ideas:

  • limit yourself to your least favourite lens
  • give yourself some sort of theme – make things look spooky, or fast, or modern
  • get out without your camera – look for shots, then come back with a camera and try to capture what it was that you saw
  • tell the story and look for what is different between your subject and other similar ones – what’s the difference between that tree and another, or that child and another, or that child and the same child last month?

Modern cameras have so many choices, and post-production even more, and it can help creatively to limit yourself, even if you expand the idea later.


Are you the kind of person that has just needs a few specific tips?  

Our photography mentoring system works well for you because it is specific and individual to your photography and your camera.  We give you a theme and critique your pictures on both technical, compositional and post-production aspects to help you take the picture you want.  As an individual service, it works well for people with specific areas they want to work on.


We’re all different and we learn in different ways, and the trick is to see what you need to improve, and then work on that aspect of your photography.  We think it’s a little like cookery – we can all make a few dishes, but you need Jamie Oliver to suggest that you put a little vanilla in with the fish!  It’s the best way to learn photography and any skill that requires both technical and creative abilities.


Testimonials for all our teaching can be found here, if you like that sort of thing!