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Photography course in Bradford at the National Media Museum

Posted in National Media Museum, Bradford on May 26th, 2012 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

It was very nice of the city of Bradford to invest £24,000,000 on fountains just to give us something to look at on our photography courses.  On a beautiful day we went out and photographed the flowers, and then the fountains.  Water is one of those things that can look incredible, given the right shutter speed!

Bradford fountains, taken on the DSLR photography course

Bradford fountains, taken on the DSLR photography course. £24M well spent!

water can look great at 1/4000th of a second, but only on our photography courses

water can look great at 1/4000th of a second, but only on our photography courses

Bradford blooms!

Bradford in bloom

bradford in bloom!

bradford in bloom!

Dandelion in front of the National Media Museum, Bradford

Dandelion in front of the National Media Museum, Bradford

Although it’s a long way to travel, and parts of Bradford can be a bit terrifying at times, photograph courses in Bradford at the National Media Museum are a bit of a coup for us. THe people that come on the courses (so far at least) have really appreciated it. It is a great place to think about photography, with constantly-changing impressive exhibitions. The teaching rooms are also very well equipped and comfortable – what’s not to like?
We were very lucky with the weather on this course, so we got to explore outside, and there’s a lot to photograph in the centre of Bradford. There are some amazing buildings, and the fountains, while to be honest they don’t really look like £24,000,000 well spent, they are very nice! Buildings that are not at their best sometimes take the best pictures if you’re not going for that perfect-new-building look (which always seems to look like somewhere in prosperous West Germany to us). We are very keen to run more courses there, because we get the chance to mooch around the museum ourselves, although we have managed to miss being there to see Prometheus in 3D. The staff that work there are very on the ball and creative too, which is a bit of a rarity in that sector.

Currently there is an exhibition of the technology of the internet, which makes you feel old when you realise kit that you used to own is now in a museum!

Thanks

Posted in National Media Museum, Bradford, Uncategorized on March 1st, 2012 by Phil and Rachel – 1 Comment

We’ve just celebrated our most successful February here at PMS Towers, following our most successful January and our best December ever.

We’d like to thank all our customers for their support over the last couple of years, which has made us the fastest-growing photography teaching business in the country.

2012 promises to be even better, with the launch of the mentoring service (which is now attracting pictures from overseas), better venues (including the National Media Museum in Bradford and the Camera Cafe in London), and more one-to-one and corporate photography teaching (next week it’s the Avon and Somerset Probation Service).

So thanks for all your support and kind words – we appreciate it and look forward to another successful and productive year.

New venue for us – photography courses at the National Media Museum, Bradford

Posted in National Media Museum, Bradford on December 18th, 2011 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

We are thrilled to announce that starting in January 2012 we will be able to offer our courses at the National Media Museum in Bradford. Formerly the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, this is a state-of-the-art venue – an inspirational place to work and just to mooch around and check out all the exhibits you would expect at a world-class photography museum. There are artefacts from the early days of photography, as well as travelling exhibitions of the latest world-class work.  Have a look at their wikipedia entry.

You can even photograph Morph in his native habitat (a TV studio), Phil took this:

 

There’s a lot of this kind of thing:

 

Wallace and Gromit at full tilt, picture by Phil

Evil penguin at work from The Wrong Trousers, pic by Phil again (the original was shot frame by frame on Nikon D2H cameras, you know)

 

Captain Scarlet

The mighty Talos, from Jason and the Argonauts  - Ray Harryhausen’s estate has donated many of his models to the museum.

and the mighty Great Uncle Bulgaria, from the Wombles.

 

We’re really looking forward to teaching our photography courses in Bradford. Hope to see you there!

Photography Made Simple meet Don McCullin!

Posted in National Media Museum, Bradford on November 25th, 2011 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

We are feeling extremely privileged to have been involved with the ‘Faith Through A Lens’ competition, which had the final prize giving last night at the Bradford Media Museum. The amazing photographer Don McCullin was the main judge. The finalists’ photographs were stunning, and very diverse. Not any easy job to judge!

We were asked if we would donate prizes for the finalists, which we were delighted to do. Each of them (10) got Gift Certificates to come on one of our nationwide courses, and the 3 winners got to have one to one tuition with us. The overall winner gets us for a day in his own home, which just happens to be in Northern Ireland! So we are off on another adventure next Spring. That’s really exciting as we were thinking that we should run courses over there anyway!

Don is such a lovely man, and just being in his presence is inspiring…what a legend! We look forward to working with them again next year.

Paul wins first prize – see you in the Spring, Paul!