Photography Course reviews and testimonials

We put all the reviews, feedback and comments we receive on here, good and bad.  You’ll have to look hard for the bad ones, though.

We’ve personally taught over 5000 people (as of January 2015).

  • “Thank you so much for a brilliant day and how much I enjoyed it – I have learnt absolutely masses! Thank you so much”.
    Sarah, Stourhead 2015
  • “We both thoroughly enjoyed Saturday’s lesson – we felt we learnt some really good and helpful tips and it was great fun too.”
    Justine and Emma, Mobile Phone Photography, London 2015
  • “I really enjoyed the course and learnt so much so thank you. It was a good group too.”
    Esme, Bristol 2014
  • ” thank you for such a great day at Crystal Palace. The whole day was very informative and gave me the precise knowledge I needed to build on with my new camera. Before Sunday I was on “Auto” now I am on “A,P & M.” Quite an achievement for a guy of my age! Now need to practice – loads. I particularly liked the way you gave us equal personal attention
    making it feel “one to one.” It is now up to me to continue the good work. If I have any very good shots I will send them to you, not to be judged, but to let you know the value I have gained from your tuition. In the meantime, as requested herewith are three of my best shots on the day. Composition is not great but it does show the importance of the knowledge you imparted to me. I go, with confidence to a Camera Club meeting this evening. Once again, many thanks and good luck.
    Don, Crystal Palace 2014
  • “Thanks for the very interesting course at Dunham Massey. I now know what my camera can do and feel inspired to find out how it does it and to make it happen. The start of a learning curve. Thanks again.”
    Melanie, Dunham Massey 2014
  • “That was a great day yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot. Now I just have to remember it all and put it into practice. I’ve downloaded the Powerpoint presentation so that will hopefuly help me remember. I went to my grandaughter’s birthday party today and all my photos were taken on the Av setting!”
    Barry, Henley on Thames 2014
  • “I just wanted to say a big thank you for the course yesterday. I really enjoyed the day and found it very helpful with several “light bulb moments” throughout the day. Brilliant course. I’m really looking forward to trying out more of the things we learned.
    Wyc, Bristol 2014
  • “Thanks for the photo day yesterday, I feel that I learnt lots about my camera that had been previously unexplored – all those buttons that I didn’t understand! Very enjoyable.”
  • “Just a quick note to say thanks so much for a super day at Arnos Grove, it really was splendid.”
    Mandy, Bristol 2014
  • “Thank you for an enjoyable and informative course on Monday.”
    Jim, Sheffield Park Gardens 2014
  • “I found the day extremely interesting and informative and think that I learnt a lot.”
    David, Sheffield Park Gardens 2014
  • “We both very much enjoyed the day at Shugborough and it was worth the two hour drive from North Wales there and back!”
    Wyn and Hanna, Shugborough 2014
  • “Immediate response is that the day was great.”
    Don, Crystal Palace 2014
  • “It was a most enjoyable and interesting morning. I learnt a lot. All I have to do is retain it !”
    Mary, half a day of individual tuition, Ashton Court Bristol 2014
  • “Thanks for the notes & for yesterday – I found it very interesting & useful. I learned a great deal & I know I have a great deal to learn!”
    Barry, Stourhead 2014
  • “Many thanks for a very productive day at Henley. Very informative and enjoyable. Just what I needed. I look forward to putting all the information you gave into practice. I have two major events coming up this year both of which require a high quality permanent visual meaningful record.Very many thanks and best wishes to you.”
    Brian, Henley on Thames 2014
  • “Thank you from both Nilima and I for taking the time to teach us yesterday – we really enjoyed it and have already started recommending you to your friends!”
    Sagar, Henley on Thames 2014
  • “Thanks for all of your really useful comments which are always so helpful and at last I feel I am beginning to get my head around all of the technical stuff which I thought I would never be able to do!”
    Lorraine, Photography Mentoring Service 2014
  • “Thank you I had a really great day and really enjoyed myself. I learnt lots about my camera and feel more confident with it now still lots to learn but feel I am well on my way now. I have showed my photos off to lots of people and they really liked Charlecote park said what a lovely place it is. I really felt in the zone yesterday. I will send you some of my pics that I have done in the past. Thank you so much I really enjoyed it and found it very useful.”
    Michelle, Creative Landscape Photography course, Charlecote Park 2014
  • “Just a short note to say thanks for last Sunday, as the only bridge camera owner on the coarse, you helped me feel at ease.
    Have now started to ‘use’ my camera, and experimenting with more than just the one setting!”
    Jon, Charlecote Park 2014
  • “Thank you for a very useful day on Wednesday and for the powerpoint. I now have to put some of it into practice!!”
    Fiona, Ashton Court Bristol 2014
  • “Thank you very much for our course on Monday, we both really enjoyed it. We are now off camping for half term and will try to put it all in practice! Thanks also for all the notes and blogs we’ll definitely meditate on these. I’ll be in touch if there is any pressing question. But you were very clear, I feel I’ve understood some new things it’s great.”
    Helene and Sophie, Bristol 2014
  • “Thanks for a great day on Sunday I really enjoyed it learnt loads and hope to put it all in to practice soon.”
    Richard, Severn Valley Railway 2014
  • “Thank you for the notes and links after what was a most helpful and enjoyable day. I’ll see if I can get some snaps for the ‘wet’ theme as I found the ‘assignments’ approach really good at forcing me to think about what I was doing with my pictures and what I was hoping to achieve – thinking more creatively I guess! Certainly I’m inspired to get some practice in over the next few months and, weekends allowing, I’d hope to see you on a future course – maybe Ashton Court. Thanks again for all your help,
    Steve, Henley on Thames, 2014
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed the one day course last Wednesday and I’m sure I took better pictures whilst away in Tenby the weekend. I also educated my brother in law, who has a new Nikon camera and always used it on Auto! (He’s going to contact you about doing a course and a colleague of mine is also going to book a place for his wife). Once again, thank you for a great day – I may book another course in the future when I have a new camera and more experience.”
    Deb, Ashton Court Bristol 2014
  • “Thanks for a great day out. Please pass on my thanks to Steve who gave us confidence to actually go beyond the AUTO button on the cameras and did not in any way talk down to a couple of real amateurs. The one thing you could have done was arrange better weather everything else was brilliant and I have notified the Buyagift folks to this effect. Thanks again.”
    Fraser, Beecraigs Country Park 2014 (taught by Steve – his first course for us, well done!)
  • “Thank you very much for your time and knowledge on today’s course. Not only did I learn some valuable points which I hope stick with me going forward, it was a thoroughly interactive and interesting day.”
    Zoe, Ashton Court Bristol 2014
  • “Just wanted to thank you for Saturday, I really enjoyed the course.”
    Bruce, Charlecote Park 2014
  • “Really enjoyed the course yesterday at Charlecote Park, I learnt a lot. I’ve been out with my camera today practising – mostly portrait photos of my kids ! Also placed my order for the 50mm 1.8 Canon lens you recommended, so I’ll see what results I get with that. Thanks again.”
    Scott, Charlecote Park 2014
  • “Thank you for a fabulous day. I was wondering where I can write a review testimonial.”
    Tamsin, Sheffield Park Garden 2014 Testimonial on the Facebook page! (so we told her:)
  • “On Sunday 23rd march I went on the beginners course for a day at Sheffield Park Gardens. I am a complete beginner and this course was perfect. I came away excited about the stuff I learnt and what I am now able to do. I 100% recommend this day and photography made simply. Phil was a brilliant teacher, did not baffle me with big words and technology. It is as the company is called ‘Photography Made Simple’.”
    Tamsin, Sheffield Park Garden 2014
  • “Many thanks for the course notes and a very enjoyable day.”
    Peter, Camera Cafe 2014
  • “I really enjoyed the course on Saturday, and I hopefully in the future I’ll join for another activity. But in the meantime ….. I need to practice all the things I have been taught.”
    Javier, Camera Cafe 2014
  • “I just wanted to say thank you for today I have really enjoyed it and feel I have gained a lot of knowledge. See you soon.”
    Elaine, Shugborough 2014
  • “Thanks for all of your very helpful comments and advice. My butterfly photo is certainly much improved having been cropped. Looking forward to this month’s challenge which sounds like quite a difficult word of the month.”
    Lorraine, Photography Mentoring Service
  • “Had an enjoyable day with you yesterday. We took your advice and purchased the new cameras this morning, and got a fantastic deal.
    Davina and Niall, Severn Valley Railway 2014
  • “Thanks for the course on Sunday, it was a really great day out, I thought it was a really good grounding for people new to DSLR’s and photography. I liked the setting and the format of the course.
    Mark, Culzean Castle 2014
  • “Thoroughly enjoyed the course at Culzean Castle and learnt so much. The day has inspired me to get out there more and to have fun learning the new skills I’ve acquired. I get the distinct feeling I may be back for another course in the future!”
    Roy, Culzean Castle 2014
  • “A testimonial from today 16/02/14. Thanks for a great day at Culzean. We were so lucky to have great weather in February, 2014. I think the group enjoyed Phil’s easy and lively humour and sound knowledge in his craft, along with a very informative tutorial. I certainly did. Now it’s time to get out and practise the advice and produce those great photographs we now know we can! Yes, even the portaits with that ‘blurry’ background!!!
    Sally, Culzean Castle 2014
  • “I’d like to say thank you for the course on Saturday, I had a really good day and went home understanding a bit more!”
    Sam, Bristol 2014
  • “Thank you for the link to the notes but most of all thank you for such an enjoyable and inspiring day. My enthusiasm for photography has been re-kindled and on Boxing Day I will take the camera to the Meet instead of wandering around socialising.”
    Sally, Camera Cafe 2013
  • “Just managed to open the wonderful gift certificate you so kindly sent as Richard has just popped out!
    Thank you so so much for sending, it’s great! Really thoughtful of you to send one.”
    Sharon, unexpected Christmas Gift Certificate 2013
  • “I just wanted to drop you a quick email to say thank you for Monday at Charlecote Park. My DSLR will certainly see more action now as I know how to use some more of the functions!”
    Nick, Charlecote 2013
  • “Thanks for the continued feedback on the mentoring service. It is proving invaluable in improving my output. I must admit that you generally don’t get what I would consider to be the best samples to look at as I can see where I did well on those. The mentoring service really helps with the shots where I know they could be better but need your guidance as to how to improve them.”
    Dave, Photography Mentoring Service 2011-2013
  • “Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Sunday, such a great day with lots learnt by a fab teacher. I haven’t put the camera down since! You kindly gave me advice on upgrading the camera lens .. Could you also just remind me on the next ones we discussed I’m hitting eBay! Thanks again….”
    Louise, Sheffield Park Garden 2013
  • “Just want to say a big thank you my session yesterday was really great!”
    Stephanie, Sheffield Park Garden 2013
  • Just a quick note to thank you ever so much for a really great day. I real enjoyed it all, managed to learn a lot even though my brain felt a bit scrambled at times. You imparted all the knowledge in a joyful, fun,and interesting way and the day flew by in a lovely, relaxing thorough way.
    I will look on the website and get back to you with a booking for the ‘creative photography’ course which I am really looking forward to already.
    Many thanks and hope to see you in the near future for more photography fun and games.
    Catherine, Malvern 2013
  • “Many thanks for today – great proactive way to spend a rainy sunday morning . Thanks for coming round and hope you had a good journey back!
    Gerald, Landscape Photography at his place is Chessington, 2013
  • “I attended one of your courses last year and found it extremely useful and really enjoyed myself and raved about it for weeks, so much so my family have bought me a gift certificate and my brother in law also received one for his birthday.”
    Dave, Ashton Court Bristol 2013
  • “Wanted to say thanks for a very informative day yesterday. I think it just helped to confirm that I have a natural inclination towards portraiture, rather than landscape photography. Not only did I learn what the daunting numbers really mean on a lens, you helped me to use buttons that were a mystery up till now. All in all a relaxed but informative course that I would recommend to anyone who wants to get more out their expensive new toy.
    Maybe see you again on the creative course!
    David, Shugborough 2013
  • “Thank you for a great day on Sunday at the Severn Valley.”
    Trevor, Severn Valley Railway 2013
  • “Good feedback and advice as usual.”
    Stuart, Photography Mentoring Service, 2013
  • “Thank you so much for yesterday’s course at Henley and for the useful notes. So much helpful information – just have to practise now!
    Beryl, Henley on Thames 2013
  • “Thanks so much it was an excellent day and I was delighted that you didn’t mind what camera or lenses anyone had but just taught them to do the best with what they had. Lovely venue too. Many thanks for a good, instructive day.”
    Trish, Henley on Thames 2013
  • “Thanks for a fantastic day at Sudeley Castle. Hopefully I will retain lots of the very exciting info I learnt today about ‘How to turn off the auto button on my SLR’.”
    Theresa, Sudeley Castle 2013 via facebook
  • “I just wanted to say a massive thank you for today’s Creative course! Dad (Peter) and I discussed the course, what we learnt and what course we can do next with you guys (not a glamour course as Dad suggested though!!!!) most of the hour and a half home!!!
    As my second course with you I knew how good you are and Dad knows now too (eventually after false starts last year, thank you both for being so understanding and patient)!!! We’ve come away with so many ideas and I don’t think either of us will ever take an unnecessary, unthought out, unemotional photograph again!”
    Louisa, Sudeley Castle 2013 (after coming to Sheffield Park Gardens previously) 2013
  • “Thank you very much indeed for the detailed feedback. Yes I am making the same mistake over and over again with the over long shutter speed. I’m going to print this out now and carry it with me as a reminder!”
    Moira, Photography Mentoring Service
  • “I would like to thank you for the wedding photography day. It has given me so much confidence that I am really looking forward to this photographing my first wedding. When I spoke to you over the phone it was your enthusiasm to help me that convinced me that Photography Made Simple was the way to go. I couldn’t have asked for anything else from the day, and the additional subjects we covered (cameras, websites, business, promoting, creative photography, Lightroom, etc.) were the icing on the cake.”
    Kieran, Wedding Photography Course at his upcoming venue, 2013
  • “Thank you for explaining it so simply – exactly what I needed. I think I’ve been reading too many books that make it sound so complicated. I will definitely be booking the one-to-one course as soon as I am able.”
    Lorraine, bit of free advice in an email, 2013
  • “I really did enjoy the course on Saturday and have now downloaded and printed out the notes which i think will assist me greatly with remembering how to do what and when just need to practice a little more now.”
    Sue, Ashton Court, Bristol 2013
  • “Just wanted to thank you both for the great DSLR course at Beecraig on Sunday 28th July.
    I had been given this for a Christmas present but was not able to get dates to fit or the weather was against us. Now I have been on the course I feel so much more comfortable using my camera and a lot more happy try out new settings etc.
    Once I get a little more confident I will certainly look into one of your other courses in the future.
    Thanks again for a great course and day out.”
    John, Beecraigs Country Park 2013
  • “They had a great day. I will recommend to friends for a gift idea.”
    Lorna, gift for two at Culzean Castle, 2013
  • “Hi, thank you for a fantastic day on Sunday at Dunham Massey, I learnt a lot about my camera so thank you.”
    Brian, Dunham Massey 2013
  • “Brilliant photography course yesterday at Sheffield Park, West Sussex. Can’t wait to get out there with my camera and get some polished shots.”
    Jackie, Sheffield Park 2013
  • “Loved the course in Henley yesterday – thanks! I think I have persuaded my hubby to invest in the 50mm lense ;) and can’t wait to put my new skills to the test!”
    Katie, Henley on Thames 2013
  • “Many thanks for a splendid afternoon’s tuition at Charlecote- the pupil-teacher ratio was a real bonus!
    David, on his own at Charlecote 2013
  • “I would just like to say that I found the day most enjoyable and informative.”
    Dave, Shugborough 2013
  • “Wow, what a great course and above all, such a fun day on 22 June (Portrait, Malvern). Without exception, everyone got shots that were proud of, and I think it would be fair to say, were astounded at the ability they didn’t know they had beforehand too. Your passion is infectious and her ability to simplify things without the use of ‘jargon’ is brilliant, you cleverly speaks to each individual on the course at their own level, so no matter if you’ve got a head full of theory and have been trying for years to get ‘that shot’ or if you’ve just got your first SLR camera, you will be equally at ease. Be inspired … go for it … I can promise you won’t regret doing this course, regardless of how much, or how little you know beforehand. The tip you gave for the shot of my daughter, son-in-law and grandson was great too and at long last, I did buy that f1.8 50mm lens that I’ve been meaning to.”
    Martin, Malvern 2013
  • “Great challenge this month.”
    Jo, Photography Mentoring Service 2013
  • “Many thanks for a really great 1 to 1 photography lesson, it was pitched at exactly the right level for me, and you went at a speed that allowed me to really understand the basics and how to get the best from my camera. One of the best training sessions I have ever had – I hope to do another lesson once I have mastered the techniques you have explained today. Happy to write a recommendation if it helps.”
    We think that will do!! Tom, 1-2-1 tuition in Bristol
  • “Fabulous”
    Jana, Photography Gift Certificate 2013
  • “Just a quick note to say a big thank you for the course on Saturday. It made me think and I learnt a lot. Indeed, when I left Malvern I went to a 40th birthday party and only took 8 photos, a record for me! Wishing you all the best and will no doubt be along to another course at some point.”Keith, Malvern 2013
  • “Just a quick note to say HUGE thanks for yesterday; Bridget & I had a fab day with the doggie photography course ! My head is buzzing with ISO numbers, f-stops and menus on my camera ! Will be out later today trying to put it all into practice !”
    Helen, Dog Photography Course, Bristol 2013
  • “It\s a stunning experience for me …Its altogether different way of capturing pictures.”
    Sandhya, Malvern 2013
  • “Thanks for a great day! I can’t wait to get out with my camera on my own – just hope I can remember everything! :-)
    Niki, Ashton Court Bristol 2013
  • “Thank you so much for today at Ashton Court on the DSLR course. Although I only have a basic bridge camera I still got an awful lot out of my day and am really looking forward to practicing more with my newly taught skills. I look forward to perhaps taking another lesson at some point in the not too distant future (with hopefully an upgraded camera!).”
    James, Ashton Court Bristol 2013
  • Fantastic day today at Shugborough Hall. Learnt a LOT!!”
    Jackie, Shugborough 2013
  • “Thank you for yesterday, I thoroughly enjoyed the day.”
    Lynda, Shugborough 2013
  • “Many thanks for the wonderful course in Malvern on May Day Bank Holiday. I found it really helpful and I now look differently at subjects when taking photographs.”
    Malcolm, Malvern 2013
  • “This is the first chance I have had, to get on my computer and shoot off a quick message of thanks for all the help you both gave me, at Portmerion. I have tried to put all that I have learnt into practise and have added one picture I took the day after the course, near the Welsh Highland Railway at Rhyd Ddu.”
    Stephen, Portmeirion 2013
  • “This is really great advice and very helpful.”
    Stuart,  Photography Mentoring Service 2013
  • “Many thanks for the wonderful course in Malvern on May Day Bank Holiday. I found it really helpful and I now look differently at subjects when taking photographs.”
    Malcolm, Malvern 2013
  • “….my wife Kim and her dad Tony LOVED the creative photography course in Bristol – GREAT STUFF”
    Pete, Bristol 2013
  • “thank you for such an inspirational day last Wednesday, I learnt so much and enjoyed
    every minute. My testimonial to you both is:
    You have the ability to make everyone feel comfortable and ‘special’, no matter
    their age and ability.

    Jean, Charlecote 2013
  • “Thank you for the excellent course (creative photography) I attended on Monday at Ashton Court, I got a lot out useful tips and ideas from it.”
    Iain, Bristol 2013
  • “Just to say thank you for today’s one to one session. I really enjoyed it and you have given me several things to think about before, during and after my photography sessions. I am looking forward to being more focussed in future and our session today has certainly motivated me. I am joining your mentoring scheme and therefore look forward to receiving feedback from you in the future.”
    Sue, One to One Tuition 2013
  • “Thank you so much, I loved Saturday, it was brilliant and I love the fact that not only can I use my camera but I can now actually take photographs and not just ‘snaps snaps snaps’.. Your teaching was spot on and I learnt so much and cannot wait to use my new found talent (I hope talent) in Florida.. Thank you again and like I said – Spot on…!”
    Dave, Dunham Massey 2013
  • “Just wanted to thank you for a fantastic day, I now have the confidence and know how to go further than using the preset functions on my camera thanks to you. I also hope that I can now create some more pleasing photos, Thanks for all the advice and tuition, it was a brilliant day.”
    Scott, Shugborough 2013
  • “I have just returned from the course at Dunham Massey and I wanted to thank you for such a fun and interesting day. I would happily write a testimonial for you if that would be of any use.”
    Sarah, Dunham Massey 2013 (that’ll do thanks Sarah!)
  • “I would like to say a big thanks on several fronts for yesterday! Firstly, I had an excellent day learning how to set up and proficiently use the camera that I have owned for several years ! Reading the camera’s instruction book was like wading through treacle, and it was a delight to be able to ask what probably seemed the most basic of questions, and to receive clear explanations aided by demonstrations. The information and help that you passed on in such a friendly and professional manner, specifically to my camera and generally to photography has completely re-invigorated my interest and I am thrilled.
    On a personal basis it was really great to meet you, – I felt that we were quite like-minded and had a lot in common !! I really enjoyed your company and that made the day even better !
    I will definitely be in touch to sort out a convenient date for Peter’s birthday present, and I’ll bring my flashgun so you can show me how to attach it to the camera !”
    Pat, One to One Tuition 2013
  • “Just wanted to thank you for a fantastic day, I now have the confidence and know how to go further than using the preset functions on my camera thanks to you. I also hope that I can now create some more pleasing photos. Thanks for all the advice and tuition, it was a brilliant day.”
    Scott, Shugborough 2013
  • “Just a note to say a big thank you for a fantastic day yesterday. The weather was great and the tuition fantastic. I learnt so much about not only how to operate my camera and to take great pictures but about buying cameras and lenses too.”
    Steve, Severn Valley Railway 2013
  • “Just to say that your course last Saturday at Charlecote was wonderful. I learned a huge amount and have spent much of the last few days of sunlight experimenting with my camera – this time with some knowledge and experience!”
    Geoff, Charlecote 2013
  • “Thank you very much indeed for your positive comments…very encouraging.”
    Moira, Photography Mentoring Service 2013
  • “I just wanted to say thank you for yesterday. I found the session very useful and thoroughly enjoyed it!”
    Harj, Birmingham 2013
  • “Thanks for the feedback – helpful and made me think”
    Stuart, Photography Mentoring Service 2013
  • “Fantastic course yesterday.”
    Joy, Birmingham 2013
  • “I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for all of your creative inspiration and technical tips that you have given me over the last couple of years since I first met you in the Summer of 2011. I can well imagine that you must sometimes despair of me when you see my mentoring images, but I promise you something is working!
    Without your inspiration, enthusiasm, great techniques & tips and insight into how to appreciate or create a great image, my photography just wouldn’t be so creative, such a challenge and ultimately (when it actually works!) so so much fun and so so satisfying! Unfortunately I have been out of work for the past year. I do not know how my sanity would have survived without the enjoyment and challenge that my competition photography has brought me during that time. And my photography would be just very ordinary and nothing at all without your initial and continued teaching and inspiration. I could not end this wonderful year without giving credit where it is due! Thank you!”
    Lynda, various locations 2012 and 2013
  • “Enjoyed the course very much.”
    Noel, Cardiff 2013
  • “..excellent day”
    Colin, Bristol 2013
  • “Thank you for everything today, I have learnt so much about my camera and look forward to putting all into practice :)
    Nick, One to one tuition at home 2013
  • “I would really like to thank you for the opportunity of joining the creative photography course today.
    It was very informative and helpful, I have come away feeling much more motivated and more confident in my ability, losing some of the doubts I have had. Your encouragment and enthusiasm is infectious! I couldn’t wait to show the family the photos I took today.”
    Clare, Culzean Castle 2013
  • “Really enjoying this service, challenging and enjoying and learning as I go!”
    Philip, Photography Mentoring Service 2013
  • “I just wanted to say a very quick thank you for fitting me in on
    Tuesday – I’m really grateful and it was really kind of you at the end of a
    long day. I really enjoyed it and finally feel as though I have a tiny clue
    about what to do with my camera! I’ve booked in for the DSLR course in Ashton Court in a couple of weeks – I
    thought I would like to work through as many of your courses as possible so
    might as well start at the beginning! The creative one will follow soon.”
    Olivia, One to One Tuition 2013
  • “I really enjoyed the day on 27 January and came away with lots to think about. I have just signed up for your “mentoring course” and am looking forward to submitting some photos.”
    Bridget, Ashton Court Bristol 2013
  • “I really enjoyed the lesson and hopefully will get around to do a few more with you soon.”
    Natalie, Camera Cafe 2013
  • “Had a great day on Saturday, learnt a lot, told my husband all about it and I believe that he has bought me a certificate which I intend to use for your mentoring services.”
    Gina, Dunham Massey 2013
  • “Thank you,thank you, thank you, for a wonderful day spent with you and the group on what has been the most enjoyable, enlightening and enthusiastic course at Charlecote Park. After a very busy day, I arrived home with a new found confidence and interest, having learnt so much about my camera, and what it can do with the help of expert tuition. In the past I really couldn’t see,pardon the pun, the wood for the trees!!! I hope to be able to further my new found interest with a future course or courses later in the year. With grateful thanks for a truly inspirational Sunday, so very well spent with other great people.”
    Gilli, Charlecote 2013
  • “Just a quick note to say what a fantastic course yesterday. I attended not really knowing what to expect but dreading a technical lecture but instead it was a really informative session with all the technical stuff made simple using layman’s terms and simple analogies and exercises. It helped that it was such a great group too. It has reignited my passion for photography again and has inspired me to do more, and hopefully attend another course – maybe one on the coast!”
    Heather, Charlecote 2013
  • “Would like to say really enjoyed Creative Course at Ashton Court, feel better in myself.”
    Lynne, Ashton Court Bristol 2012
  • “Thank you SO much for all your help and guidance. It’s astonishing how I learn something new from every shoot I do! & your words are with me throughout each shot I create…..”
    Sue, One to One tuition, 2012
  • “I attended the DSLR course at Ashton Court on Sat 3rd Nov. I’ve been meaning to write for a while to say how much I enjoyed it. Even thou I didn’t have the right camera, I learned a great deal and even went back up Ashton Court on Sunday to put it into practice. There was a marked improvement from the photos I took on the Sat lol.
    Shelle, Ashton Court Bristol 2012
  • “Simply Fantastic!
    I wanted to develop the way I saw the world through the camera lens and was given the opportunity to attend a Creative Photography Day at Aston Court.
    I had a myriad of thoughts about the day ahead, but I parked these at the door and nervously embarked upon a day into the world of creative photography. Within minutes the nerves were forgotten, you  had put me at ease, and so a fabulous day of learning began.
    You are a fantastic teacher; guiding you with great enthusiasm and experience through the world of creative photography and the possibilities it holds for all her students. The day went so quickly, being sent out into the field with a number of practical briefs to complete throughout the day which were then reviewed back at HQ.
    At the end of the day I’m sure you will come away with a wealth of knowledge and practical experiences you can put into practice as well as some great photos. I know I certainly did.
    So go on, stop thinking, start creating and have a go, I did, & wished I’d only gone along sooner!!
    I had a fantastic day. I highly recommend it to those wanting to take their photography to the next level.”
    Nigel, Bristol 2012
  • “…thanks for a great day in Portmeirion.”
    Alun, Portmeirion 2012
  • “I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the day yesterday. I am delighted about what I learned and it has certainly given me the inspiration I was looking for. Thank you for a great day – the help and attention I got is much appreciated.”
    Andrew, Charlecote 2012
  • “Thanks for the email about the deer picture. I’m amazed so many people have seen it.
    Thanks for a great day. I’d wanted to do learn a bit more about photography as a retirement interest and you put so much into the day. It was very stimulating and I will try spend more time with the camera now.Wishing you both all the best for your future endeavours and thanks again.
    John, Culzean Castle 2012 (We put John’s picture on our facebook page where it’s been seen by 10,000 people).
  • “Thank you for a wonderful day on Friday. Dad and I learnt a lot of really great tips and the day has resparked a love of taking photo’s in me. Dad spent quite a while on Friday evening going through his camera functions trying to recall what they were all for and I think he’s getting the hang of it :)
    Jo and her dad, One to One tuition in Malvern 2012
  • “I have been meaning to write to you all week to say thank you so much again, for your wonderful explanation of all matters important on the digital SLR front!!@
    Carolyn, Culzean Castle 2012
  • “I really enjoyed the day and I certainly learned a lot.”
    Steve, Birmingham 2012
  • “..just to thank you both for a great day at Beecraigs, I found it very informative and helpful, hope to do the creative course next.”
    John, Beecraigs 2012
  • “Just wanted to say thank you for a fantastic day of photo taking! The weather was kind to us with lovely autumn sunshine and with our very patient tutor, I have now gained the confidence to get off the Auto setting on my DSLR and start experimenting!
    Helen, Severn Valley Railway October 2012
  • “I just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my Sunday with you. You made my camera more user friendly (it was overwhelming before) and I am keen to try using it. I come from a family of teachers so I pride myself on being able to spot a good one and you were interesting, informative and light hearted which made me pay attention all day, which is saying a lot for me. You were also patient which helps. Thank you for a good day.
    Anushka, Culzean Castle 2012
  • “I would just like to thank you for the very enjoyable creative course which my hubby Pete and I attended at Ashton Court, Bristol on the 30 September 2012. We really had a lovely day and so much fun – despite I think we were a bit of a handful. We have been out since just taking photos of a beer bottle on the beach for my daughter’s boyfriend – so you did inspire us.”
    Liz and Pete, Bristol 2012
  • “Just a note to say thank you for an excellent course on Sunday – It was just what I needed to get back to what I enjoyed when I first set out taking photos now digitally.”
    David, Henley on Thames 2012
  • “Many thanks for the feedback – having a professional perspective always helps me to see my own photography in a new light.”
    Tom, Photography Mentoring Service 2012
  • “…just wanted to say what a fantastic day I had on Monday I learnt so much and feel really confident with my camera now. I really got to grips with the settings. Also I got alot from landscapes as its not my natural choice, but I felt like I wanted to grab my camera and disappear to put all that I learnt into action. I look forward to my next course.”
    Leanne, Stourhead 2012
  • “That was smashing,thank you so much. A very enjoyable experience and much knowledge gained.
    There is still a lot to be learned, but that was a very good grounding.”
    John, Sudeley Castle 2012
  • “just wanted to say thanks for a great day in Bristol on sunday, I learnt so much about my camera, and the correct way to use it, good luck in your move to our wonderfull city, will see you again in the future I’m sure, as they say in brizol
    “it was gert lush”
    Darren, Bristol 2012
  • “Big thanks for the course Saturday. Thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt loads. Will highly recommend to friends. Thanks again.
    Dave, Camera Cafe, Central London 2012
  • “The geeks at the Photography Club fell off their tripods with my increased skill! Thank you.”
    Philippa, Bristol 2012 (fellow ex teacher)
  • “I thought the course was excellent in every way. Very clearly explained and you are excellent in spending time on an individual basis with each of us, although it was easier having just 5 in the group. Very patient, approachable and friendly just as one would expect from a portrait photographer (as opposed to a landscape type!)”
    Mike, Birmingham 2012 if you don’t get this joke you need to come on a course!
  • “I have just attended the one day DSLR course at Ashton Court. I had been attending a local camera club and felt more mystified with the geek speak than before I started. Your wonderful teaching skills, his ability to explain the techy stuff in easily manageable chunks and his overflowing enthusiasm for the subject moved on my skills and understanding enormously. The combination of ‘class based theory’ then outside to put it into practise was the optimal learning environment. Although my brain was overflowing by the end, I left fired up with a new level of confidence and skill. Thank you so much for restoring my faith in myself. See you soon for another enjoyable day.”
    Phil, Bristol 2012
  • “Would like to say thank you for your excellent course last Saturday at Henley.
    Learned some great tips to improve my photography.”
    John, Henley 2012
  • “I bought a 50mm lens and have not taken it off the camera. I attached a picture from the holiday.
    I really wanted to improve my skills for this holiday, and this picture was taken outside a mosque in Turkey
    my daughter did not pose and I had to be quick to get the shot. I could not have done it without
    your great teaching, thank you.”
    James, One to one in Malvern, 2012
  • “many thanks for the 2 courses, learnt loads and were fun to do”
    Ian, Henley and Bristol 2012
  • “enjoyed the course immensely.”
    Carol, Malvern 2012
  • “…..a local craft shop has taken 6 of my framed 8 x 10 prints to try and see if they sell in her shop! I’m so excited and swear my progress is thanks to your tuition, advice and support.”
    Sue, One to One in Henley, 2012
  • “That was smashing, thank you so much. A very enjoyable experience and much knowledge gained. There is still a lot to be learned, but that was a very good grounding.”
    John, Sudeley Castle 2012
  • “this is so amazingly useful”
    Kathryn, Photography Mentoring Service 2012
  • “It was great to be given the input/opportunity to get the camera off of auto mode, a slave to it I have been for so many years. Just needed the nudge in the right direction, it doesn’t make sense in the instruction book! In all a very enjoyable day, your friendly approach and style was excellent getting over what was needed without baffling with science. I will be back to enjoy a creative course.”
    Paul, Sheffield Park Gardens 2012
  • “thanks – very useful comments and tips, as ever.”
    Kathryn, Photography Mentoring Service 2012
  • “Ahhhhhh, thank you very much for a good feedback! It’s so encouraging! I’m very pleased with those photos.”
    Lina, Photography Mentoring Service 2012
  • “Both Kirsty and myself had a lovely day at Charlecote. The relaxed atmosphere of the courses makes them so enjoyable and we are looking forward to attending another one very soon.”
    Lorraine, Charlecote 2012
  • “Thanks for last months feedback; I must be learning something because I’m starting to get a sneaky suspicion what some of the comments might be. Since we’ve been doing this, not only is it making me think about how I take photographs, it’s also changed the way I look at photographs.
    Like an art appreciation course!
    Roger, Photography Mentoring Service 2012
  • “Thanks again for the course at Bristol the weekend before last. Very informative.”
    Adam, Ashton Court, Bristol 2012
  • “Thank you so much for sending it and for all your comments, you’ve no idea what a huge help they are.”
    Sue, Photography Mentoring Service 2012
  • “Just a quick message to say many thanks for the day last week. Greatly enjoyed it. Hopefully my photo skills will now improve.”
    James, Malvern 2012
  • “Thank you for the course last saturday,it was very informative and enjoyable.”
    Darren, Shugborough 2012
  • “Many thanks for the swift and informative feedback. It is very useful.”Tom, Photography Mentoring Service 2012
  • “Thankyou it was a great day,we both enjoyed it very much.”
    Jan, Malvern 2012
  • “Thoroughly enjoyed the day in Bradford on 22/07/12. I learnt loads but also realise I need to attend more courses and put into practice what I have learnt. Hopefully see you on another course soon.”
    Reg, Bradford 2012
  • “Just a short note to thank you for the interesting and informative course. As well as learning a lot of new tricks it reinstalled a lot of the techniques I used to use many moons ago with my old 35mm SLR!”
    Tony, Bradford 2012
  • “Many thanks for the great day I learned so much!!”
    James, Henley 2012
  • “Many thanks, and thanks again for a good day. Two main take-aways for me – get to know the camera that I’m using, and apply a modicum (at least) of creative thought to the process.”
    Bruce, Birmingham mac 2012
  • “Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the creative course yesterday.
    It has given me a good insight in how to look at things in different ways.”
    Bob, Shugborough 2012
  • “Excellent day, thanks.”
    Nigel, Chatsworth 2012
  • “Thanks for an excellent day – thoroughly enjoyed it.”
    Clive, Chatsworth 2012
  • “Many thanks for the fantastically creative day. I felt inspired and really enjoyed it.”Mike, Crystal Palace 2012
  • “Thank you very much for the photography course on Tuesday. I have
    learned a lot and finally feel confident when using my camera!”
    Caroline, Birmingham MAC 2012
  • “Just a quick line to say that last weekend I was able to put into practice the knowledge gained on your course and took some photographs of friends riding their horses during a lesson. Now that I am back in control with f-stops and shutter speeds I am enjoying the DSLR as much as my previous SLR. And as there was nothing creative (although I did give more thought to my position and the background) just getting the horse at the right moment over the jump I have been delighted with the results. Thank you both for such a worthwhile day. A course such as the one you run is an infinitely better (and nicer) way of getting the information than just sitting down with the manual.”
    Sally, Sheffield Park Gardens 2012
  • “This is a very late thank you for the course – it was great! And thank you so much for coming to us – it made it very, very easy.”
    Sue, One to one 2012
  • “Russell and I attended your course at Severn Valley Railway on 24th
    June and we would like to thank you for a very enjoyable and
    informative day. We feel we learned a great deal and are remembering
    Pat, Severn Valley Railway 2012
  • “Delighted to have @PhotoMadeSimple here again today. Although overcast here, their students always take stunning shots whatever the weather!   NT Charlecote Park, via Twitter.
  • “splendid course at Sheffield Park” Sally (again), Sheffield Park Gardens 2012
  • “really enjoyed learning photography when I took a @PhotoMadeSimple course back in ’07 – hugely inspiring and technically great!” Tom, Malvern  (Tom was one of our first students back in 2007, but recently posted this on Twitter)
  • “Thanks so much for the course today, really enjoyable and very informative.” Jo, Ashton Court Bristol 2012
  • “Thank you so much for today, I really enjoyed the course and am thrilled with my flowers pictures.” Emma, Ashton Court Bristol 2012
  • “Thank you so so much for Friday I had a fantastic time and learnt so much. Sue, One to One in Malvern 2012
  • “Thank you for an enjoyable and informative day yesterday. I have taken the camera instruction book out again – with much renewed enthusiasm.” Mike, Malvern 2012
  • “Went to Portmeirion with @PhotoMadeSimple on Sunday – nice relaxed, informative day – big thanks to them” Alison, Portmeirion 2012 on Twitter
  • “Thanks, brilliant feedback. Hadn’t yet thought to reduce ISO have only ever increased it in poor light.”Jan, Mentoring Service 2012
  • “Thank you for the feedback which as usual is excellent.”Lawrence, Mentoring Service 2012 – have a look at one of Lawrence’s pictures and mentoring on the blog
  • “As a beginner in this field of photography I found it a little confusing and hard to retain the complexities of the camera at first, but with your expert guidance and patience, I was able to grasp some of the basics. I found the course to be very well balanced in it’s content and expert delivery. Thanks to you, I had a wonderful day, learnt a great deal and look forward to increasing my knowledge of photography with you in the future.” Julian, Stourhead 2012
  • “wanted to thank you for excellent, really enjoyable course with great presentation just what I was hoping for from my camera club – will be in touch about more.”Gerry, Ashton Court 2012
  • “Just wanted to say thanks for the DSLR basic course I attended about 6 months ago at Stourhead. I’ve been snapping away like mad ever since.” Christian, Stourhead back in 2011
  • “Really enjoyed the landscape course last week. Many thanks. Took your advice & bought a 50mm f1.7 Minolta lens off ebay for just over £50 and I’m very impressed.”Peter, Malvern 2012
  • “Thank you so much for the advice and support I really appreciate you honest, constructive thoughts – I am doing another “shoot” on Monday so I can practise again…….. Thanks again for all the advice, you are a fab teacher.” Sue, Mentoring Service 2012
  • “Thanks for great day on 13th and for the presentation notes. I learnt a lot and am now inspired to come off automatic mode! I found there was a lot to assimilate and the practical afternoon was extremely helpful in helping with this. It’s amazing how it all sounds clear in a presentation until you actually try it for yourself! I’m looking forward to putting some of the things I’ve learnt into practice. Definitely a day well spent!” Sian, Sheffield Park Gardens, 2012
  • “I just wanted to thank you both so much for today! My head is buzzing and I can’t wait to put your advice into practice! You were an honour and a pleasure to work with. I will upload some of the pictures later on my FB page.  I can’t wait to hear what you think ;o) & if you’re ever back down this way, please pop in for a cuppa & a chat” Sue, One to One Tuition 2012, Wokingham via facebook
  • “You probably don’t remember me but I was on your Creative Photography Course at Culzean Castle, which I thoroughly enjoyed and have been putting into practice all you taught us. I have just signed up for your mentoring”Morag, Culzean Castle 2012 – of course we remember you Morag!
  • “Just a quick note to say thank you for today’s course. It was absolutely brilliant!! I really can’t believe how much more I know following course. I will be booking more courses with you and mentoring and can’t wait to get snapping !! Also you are a superb teacher (and patient!!) I was very pleased I purchased well with the F1.8 50mm Lens!!!!
    Rod, Henley 2012
  • “Thank you so much for a really interesting and informative day, yesterday. The time flew by and I came away with much more confidence to fiddle with the settings on my camera and experiment, and having learnt a lot of really useful tips.”
    Emma, Sudeley Castle 2012
  • “Thank you for a great day Saturday, I really enjoyed learning how to venture from AUTO :) The day was very well put together and delivered to perfection. I am going to keep on practicing with a view to booking on another course.”
    Lisa, Shugborough 2012
  • “Wow fantastic in depth feed back, a brilliant service!!!!”
    Jan, Photography Mentoring Service 2012
  • “Thankyou very much for all the fabulous feedback you gave me in February.”
    Becky, Photography Mentoring Service 2012
  • ” I very much enjoyed the course, it was really inspiring and good value for money.”
    Fiona, Chatsworth 2012
  • “Would just like say a big thank you for such a great day very informative and presented brilliantly, in such a way that it was not too technical that we could not understand.It covered everything and has given me the confidence that i needed to switch from auto to manual settings. Also Charlecote is a lovelly location. Once again thank you, perhaps we might meet again on another more advanced course some day.”
    Graham, Charlecote Park 2012
  • “Thank you very much for your lessons yesterday, Sally and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We hope that with practice it will all sink in, at least now we know how to use our cameras and what they do.”
    Carol, One to One Tuition 2012
  • “Thank you very muchThat one was taken on your ‘Creative’ course…which I thoroughly enjoyed.”
    Moira, Photography Mentoring Service 2012
  • “really enjoyed the course. Had brain ache when I left…… so much information. I think this was due to the fact I knew nothing at all about apertures, iso, white balance etc so it was like learning a new language.
    Don’t know if I will remember everything but will put what I remember to good use. Notes will be kept close to hand.
    As soon as I feel comfortable that I am intending to attend another course. ”
    Tina, Ashton Court 2012
  • “Course completed. Thank you I felt it very worthwhile and now a lot to practice and improve the use of the facilities.”
    Peter, Sheffield Park Gardens 2012





                                                                  • “Just to say thankyou for a very informative day- I look forward to trying to put at least some of the things I learned into practice and promise to stop using ‘auto’! Here’s hoping for some great wildlife photos.”
                                                                    Mary, Severn Valley Railway 2012


                                                                  • “Many thanks again, the day was extremely informative, interesting and fun and I’m looking forward to getting some practice is.”
                                                                    Ian, Henley 2012
                                                                  • “Very glad I wasn’t half as ill on Sunday, because I found the course excellent – many thanks”
                                                                    Andy, Henley 2012
                                                                  • “Just wanted to say thank you to Rachael and Phil for such an enjoyable day at Henley on Sunday. Came out of it with three or four key points and several great images that I am proud of.”
                                                                    Lawrence, Henley 2012
                                                                  • “A very enjoyable day.
                                                                    I think I can say the ice is broken and I now have the confidence to turn off automatic.”
                                                                    Nick, 2012
                                                                  • “Just wanted to say thanks to Rachel at @PhotoMadeSimple for making the Creative course really great today! Can’t wait for the next one!”
                                                                    Elliott, Ashton Court 2012, via twitter
                                                                  • “Had a very good day with Photography Made Simple on the DSLR course in Malvern yesterday. Many thanks Phil, it was really useful. Looking forward to the Landscape course at the end of January.”
                                                                    Tony, Malvern 2011 via facebook
                                                                  • “Had a fantastic time on my @PhotoMadeSimple course today. Feeling very inspired!”
                                                                    Emily, mac 2012 via twitter
                                                                  • “Thanks so much for the class last Sunday, I found it really helpful and informative, just a pity about the weather but that is Derbyshire in December for you!! I have only been taking photos for about 4 months now and love it with a passion beyond words, thank you for helping me improve my pictures (even though I crop end edit a lot) I will also look forward to using my camera without the auto setting from now on.
                                                                    Thanks again and I hope to see you on another course (in the summer).”
                                                                    Alison, Chatsworth 2011
                                                                  • “Thank you so much for your time and humour on the Shugborough Hall photography course on the 26th of June. I found it to be extremely useful and have already been putting my new found knowledge to good use! I must admit I thought I would have been out of my depth but you really made me feel comfortable and at ease! A completely great day all round and would recommend one of your photography courses to anyone!”
                                                                    Dave, Shugborough, Staffordshire 2011
                                                                  • “Just a quick thank you for the Creative photography course yesterday. With your pure enthusiasm for the subject and obvious joy in seeing others achieve it was a superb course, and to go home with a selection of photo’s that I would be happy to publish and hang on the wall was some achievement for both of us. Thank you.
                                                                    Dave, Creative photography course, Severn Valley Railway 2011
                                                                  • “I had a very enlightening day and everything that I had tried to get to grips with over the last year, became much clearer. I still have lots of practice to get those super shots, but was very encouraged and not so intimidated by my lovely camera. I am definitely not going to put it on Auto!!!! Thanks again for your patience with us all it was a good fun day. I am sure I will be booking other photography courses after a bit of practice.”
                                                                    Andrea,  Beecraigs Country Park Scotland 2011
                                                                  • “Just a quick line to say many thanks for your inspirational photography course yesterday as you said I have some lovely photos and I really enjoyed the day immensely. It was great that it was technical and motivational as well. I shall come to one of your Creative Photography Courses in the new year as would love to do some more photography with you.”
                                                                    Paula, Stourhead Wiltshire 2011
                                                                  • “Just a note to say thanks again for the excellent DSLR Photography course I attended last Saturday at Culzean. It was a well presented, informative, and thoroughly enjoyable experience. I’ve raved about it so much to my wife that she has already promised to get me a gift certificate for one of the advanced courses as a Christmas present.”
                                                                    Don, Culzean Castle Scotland 2011
                                                                  • “I brought a buyagift voucher for my husband to attend the one-day digital photography course last year and booked on the Severn Valley Railway experience. Although he had an enjoyable day and he said that he did learn new ideas and that the tutor was very knowlegeable, I just wanted to let you know the voucher clearly states that the day includes a “delicious lunch”. This was not the case, my husband had to pay for his own lunch. Also, as it rained on the day, the group weren’t actually able to take any suitable photographs. Given the nature of the British weather, I would have thought it sensible to have a back-up plan in these events.”
                                                                    Susan, SVR 2012 The lunch is an error – we stopped doing lunches months ago, Susan’s husband must have had a very old voucher. We will be refunding the cost of the lunch. The weather, sadly, is beyond our control. We try and get outside if at all possible, and on the day it wasn’t too bad. (Phil)
                                                                  • “Many thanks for a very informative course at Charlecote on the 6/12, I have wondered where the various camera functions are used now I have a far better understanding. The course was just the right level for me at this stage and far easier to absorb than reading the manuals.”John, Charlecote 2011
                                                                  • “Had a great time at Charlecote Park today. Thanks a lot Rachel for a fab photography course! I took this when I got home and can’t wait to take more asap. Very happy!”
                                                                    Sandra, Charlecote Park 2011, via facebook
                                                                  • “Thank you so so much for such a wonderful course last Sat 26th Nov – Sheffield Park – I really did get absolutely loads out of it, and I’ve been on cloud 9 ever since! – Just a fanstastic day – I hope to practise and practise with all I’ve learnt – Will most definitely spread the word! Many many thanks again.”
                                                                    Claire, Sheffield Park Gardens 2011
                                                                  • “A belated thank you for the course notes and again for last Thursday -it was a really useful and encouraging day. I definitely feel I have a much better understanding of the technical aspects you covered and it was great to be able to try some different lenses. Thank you!”
                                                                    Claire (not the same one), Stourhead 2011
                                                                  • ” I would also like to let you know that some of the knowledge I aquired from your course helped be to become published on the BBC website, in local newspapers and a finalist in the National Geographic ;-) so thank you oh so much.”
                                                                    Simon, Severn Valley Railway 2011
                                                                  • “Just to say many thanks for the creative course you provided on Friday at Sudeley Castle. Rachel was fantastic and i learnt a lot from her, the way she explained things was excellent. Thanks again.”
                                                                    Ben, Sudeley Castle 2011
                                                                  • “Thank You for today! It was absolutely great. I will recommend you to everyone I know. I had a wonderful time. Thanks again.”
                                                                    Lynne, Charlecote 2011 (via facebook)
                                                                  • “Enjoyed the day on Sunday and picked up some good tips while re-iterating a few others. Many thanks.”
                                                                    Darren, Sheffield Park Gardens 2011
                                                                  • “Whilst I felt I had a basic knowledge of SLR photography, the course gave me a more comphrensive understanding of how to use my camera. I feel the course covered the basic skills and techiques that are best established before perhaps trying the other courses. Since being on the course I find myself being much more thoughtful about what I want to photograph, composition and the camera settings. I’m probably fortunate in that since the course I have been on holiday and the holiday gave me time to practice some of the things taught and (hopefully) embed that in my camera use frorm now on. Whilst books can attempt to convey some of the info discused on the course, the day for me provided an interactive illustration of just what you can do with a DSLR and how to do so. As for the camera manuals they only tell you how to access the camera features without any context. So in summary a very useful and enjoyable day, thank you.
                                                                    Stuart, Severn Valley Railway 2011
                                                                  • “Thank you so much for an excellent course at Shugborough yesterday, I look forward to receiving the notes to peruse at leisure and hopefully, gain more knowledge. Secondly, do you have any plans for any further courses at shugborough for next year as I should be most interested.”
                                                                    Barbara, Shugborough 2011
                                                                  • “I found the course on the 9th Oct very useful and enjoyable, I will look to use my camera more and try to be a bit more creative.”
                                                                    Ashley, Ashton Court 2011
                                                                  • “I found the course really helpful and now have a better understanding of the camera functions and also composition, I would like to thank you for a pleasant day at Stourhead.
                                                                    Colin, Stourhead 2011
                                                                  • “Well the course really re-ignited my enthusiasm and passion for photography as I hadn’t really done much photography since the days of film cameras, and I have been out testing all the techniques and theories that you patiently and expertly explained.”
                                                                    Paul, Shugborough 2011
                                                                  • “It was a great day. I feel I have lots more to learn so hope to see you again.”
                                                                    Caroline, Severn Valley 2011
                                                                  • “Thank you for a great day on Saturday: very enjoyable but also learned a lot. I’ve just downloaded the course notes and I’m sure they will be very helpful to jog my memory in future: I am determined to make much more use of my DSLR now that I have a better idea of how to use it!
                                                                    I look forward to meeting you/Rachel again in the future when I am ready for my next course!
                                                                    Bernard, Henley on Thames 2011
                                                                  • “A brief note to say that I thought today’s course was fantastic – thank you. I can’t put my camera down! Will certainly be recommending it to my friends and can’t wait to book another.”
                                                                    Jill, Ashton Court 2011
                                                                  • “Thank you for the course at charlecote park today. I fully enjoyed today and as you promised have a number of photos which I shall be proud to have on display. Moreover my son who gifted the course to me for my birthday has already selected the shot to go on his wall at university.”
                                                                    Andrew, Charlecote Park 2011
                                                                  • “I recently attended your basic dslr course and Ashton court and wanted to say thankyou so much for a wonderful day! You managed to not only keep me awake after my night shift but also give me a much better understanding of the basics and I really found it so useful! In particular understanding the use of the semi auto settings and the differences with the lenses and apertures, and how I can use my 50mm lens to my advantage! In fact, was feeling so inspired after the day that I decided to go up to Bristol zoo (with the 50mm lens) and have a play around…have attached some of the (better) pics (from the many taken) – all done on aperture mode with plenty of blurring!! Anyway, going to have a bit more of a play around, but am sure I’ll be back for more in the future (have also been singing your praises to my dad who says he wants to join me next time!!)
                                                                    Juliana, Ashton Court 2011 See her pictures on the blog
                                                                  • “I loved the day (Ashton Court Monday September 19th). And came home and took some much better photos of my kids….
                                                                    Lots to work with. And when I’ve improved a bit hope to be back for more inspiration.”
                                                                    Katrina, Ashton Court 2011
                                                                  • “Just want to express my sincere thanks for a very interesting and inspiring day…..I can now use my Canon7D without keeping it on Auto!!!!!! You explained everything at a level that was easy to understand and have inspired me to set aside a morning or afternoon each week to practice my photography……Once again ….Thank you!!!!!
                                                                    Dawn, Shugborough 2011
                                                                  • “I wanted to take the time to write to you to say thank you for what was a fantastic day I had and how it has transformed the way I take photos – this is no exaggeration. It really helped me to not only understand the settings on my camera but more the composition of my pictures. I love the fact that I took away knowledge for using my camera but also a new found passion for photography. There is a complete difference in the pictures I now take and this is only thanks to you and your great teaching.I just wanted to make sure you now what an effect your course had and what a brilliant job you do! I’ve been recommending you as much as I can.”
                                                                    Lizzie, Ashton Court 2011
                                                                  • “Thanks for the course I found it very informative as a complete novice it will help me no end when I retire and start taking many more photos.”
                                                                    Bob, Shugborough 2011
                                                                  • “May I take a moment to say thankyou for the very enjoyable day spent at Stourhead with you. I am still trying to get that perfect photograph!!
                                                                    Alan, Stourhead 2011
                                                                  • “Just a quick note to say how much I learned on your course on Sunday. Whether I can remember it all is another matter. But practise makes perfect!”
                                                                    John, Henley 2011
                                                                  • “I just wanted to drop a note of thanks for the DSLR course in Henley on Sunday. I was quite nervous about turning up and feeling like I was a complete novice and everyone else wasn’t! Right from the start you put us all at ease! The course is fantastic, all those pre-programmed settings are now off limits and it’s AV and TV all the way!”
                                                                    Louisa, Henley 2011
                                                                  • “thank you for yesterday – really useful and enjoyable.”
                                                                    Janet, Malvern 2011
                                                                  • ” I thoroughly enjoyed the day on Sunday and I now don’t feel that my Husband wasted his money on my lovely camera which has so many features which scared me to death! I am now not so daunted by the knobs and switches!
                                                                    I thought that you made it sound interesting and your enthusiasm infectious.”
                                                                    Sheila, Henley 2011
                                                                  • “thanks for a great day.. I thoroughly enjoyed it!”
                                                                    Mark, Henley 2011
                                                                  • “Oh thank you so much Rachel! It is lovely to get positive feedback on
                                                                    one’s shots and creative endeavours.”
                                                                    Moira, Chatsworth 2011
                                                                  • “Just wanted to say thanks for a great day today. I have learnt so much about my camera, including some really simple things that will make a big difference to my photography – hopefully!
                                                                    A great course – I will definitely be booking another in the future.”
                                                                    Anna, Ashton Court 2011
                                                                  • “I really enjoyed it and feel that I have a much clearer idea of how aperture priority works now. You have swept away a number of misunderstandings that I had and now hope to see a great improvement in my photography as I have more confidence to ditch auto.”
                                                                    Christine, Severn Valley Railway 2011
                                                                  • “Just a note to say thanks for the great course today at Sudeley. I really enjoyed the day and learnt a lot, as well as brushing up on a few ‘rusty’ areas!!”
                                                                    Viv, Sudeley Castle 2011
                                                                  • “We thoroughly enjoyed our day with you. The course content, venue, presentations and practical activity was an excellent combination and we look forward to implementing our new skills.”
                                                                    Lynn and Ian, Sheffield Park 2011
                                                                  • “Thank you for a really enjoyable day at Stourhead. Great to have the notes especially as I have made a rash purchase! My dear husband did not bank on the one day course he bought for me would turn into quite such an obsession!”
                                                                    Liz, Stourhead 2011
                                                                  • “Thank you for the course notes and for a great day last Saturday. I really enjoyed gaining a (slightly!) better understanding of my camera, hopefully this is the start of learning to unlock it’s potential. Certainly more enjoyable than forcing myself to sit down and read the instruction book!”
                                                                    Lisa, Sheffield Park 2011


                                                                  • “Thank you for this and, indeed, thank you for Saturday. The course far exceeded my expectations and, although I knew my camera was going to be something of an embarrassment, at least I now know how it works, am pleased with many of the pictures I got it to take and I learned a lot from the day itself.
                                                                    Thanks again, to you and to Rachel – you have a great thing going here and I will certainly recommend you to friends and family!”
                                                                    Sally, Sheffield Park 2011


                                                                  • “Thanks so much for the course last Saturday – very enjoyable and informative – though I now realise how much I don’t know about my camera!!!”
                                                                    Hazel, Sheffield Park 2011


                                                                  • “Thank you! I really appreciate your speed and efficiency.”
                                                                    Joss, Gift certificate


                                                                  • “Just wanted to drop you a quick note of thanks for the brilliant course last week.
                                                                    I thoroughly enjoyed the creative course and my photos have gone down well with friends and family.
                                                                    As this is now my second course with you & Phil, I wanted to let you know that I think you are both very good teachers, you make it interesting and make me want to push myself more with my photos.
                                                                    I’m sure I’ll be booking with you again, landscape next I think!”
                                                                    Lisa, Malvern 2011


                                                                  • “I just wanted to say thanks again for a fantastic day at Ashton Court on Sunday! Your deep knowledge of the subject is clear and your enthusiasm is infectious. Somehow my camera seems both simpler and more intricate than it did before and I’m really excited about what I’ll be able to do with it in the future. I’m sure I’ll see you again
                                                                    at one of your advanced courses.”
                                                                    Will, Ashton Court 2011
                                                                  • “Just a short note to say that we thoughly enjoyed our day with you last week,- I feel I’ve actually learned something that I can do much better than my feeble attempts in the past.. It was really good to be back in Malvern too, thank you very much.. I’ll be back to see you next spring”
                                                                    Harriet, Malvern 2011



                                                                  • “Thank you for sending the notes they are very helpful. I would also like to thank you for your time in teaching me the basics of using my camera and it has been very useful already.”
                                                                    Gary, Ashton Court 2011
                                                                  • “I just wanted to say thanks again for a fantastic day at Ashton Court on Sunday! Your deep knowledge of the subject is clear and your enthusiasm is infectious. Somehow my camera seems both simpler and more intricate than it did before and I’m really excited about what I’ll be able to do with it in the future. I’m sure I’ll see you again
                                                                    at one of your advanced courses.”
                                                                    Will, Ashton Court 2011
                                                                  • “Thanks very much for an excellent day on Saturday. We all enjoyed it very much.”
                                                                    Mike Brookes and family, Stourhead 2011
                                                                  • “I came along to the course on Sunday at Ashton Court and just wanted to say how fantastic it was. I’ve gone from leaving the lens cap on and not knowing how to take a picture to taking some brilliant snaps just by learning the basics.”
                                                                    Claire, Ashton Court 2011
                                                                  • ” I would like to say a big thank you for the patience and nice tips you showed us. After that, I must admit I transferred the “photo bug” to my boyfriend. He is now also into photography, which is great, he no longer complains that I am always taking photos, as he is getting worse than me ;-)
                                                                    Mara, Birmingham MAC 2011
                                                                  • ” Thanks for emailing the notes on. Sunday at Charlecote was fab! Really enjoyed the opportunity of getting to grips with the basics again and having the chance to moan about my camera!I went on an intro course with Going Digital a year or so ago but really didn’t enjoy it or seem to benefit from it. Your course and teaching style was excellent, not dull and intimidating like the above mentioned! It was thoroughly enjoyable to have time to myself (I’m at home with my 3 kids full time) learning more about a subject I love. I’ve come away feeling much more interested in photographing a variety of subjects. Even simply putting things into the portrait or landscape box helped and trying out landscapes was great. I feel confident moving the camera away from mine and friend’s kids onto other things.I’m keen to book a creative course as soon as I can and would highly recommend you to anyone looking for a photography course. Thank you!”
                                                                    Joanna, Charlecote 2011
                                                                  • “I too thoroughly enjoyed the course and think you should rename your sessions Photography made Fun!Your enthusiasm was infectious and the light hearted and interactive presentation really enhanced the learning process.The only downside was that I didn’t want to go to work this morning and just wanted to be out and about with my camera!Like Steve I had booked the Creative course (Chatsworth 17th Sept) before the day was out and may well sign up for other courses as they come along.This was not my first Photography course but was certainly the best and has definitely inspired me with, as Steve put it, the joy of photography.”
                                                                    Moira, Chatsworth 2011
                                                                  • “Yesterday was great fun, I think I learnt a lot, and a lot about myself too – just need to relax – took some of the kids last night but need to think before I snapped but they were both hyper and buzzing when I got in last night so was a bit tricky and yes I did crop after the event (but only on a couple where I failed to notice things in the room lol) regardless, I took way less snaps that I use to – you would be impressed!As you can see I thought I would strike while the camera is still hot and put myself on the creative course too. I would also be interested in the landscape one and maybe even the wedding one :) Thanks again, it was nice to be amongst like minded people with a joy for photography!”
                                                                    Steve, Chatsworth 2011
                                                                  • “Just a note to feed back that I thought the course at Charlecote on Sunday was extremely helpful and also great fun…thanks. Thanks also for the PowerPoint download.”
                                                                    Mark, Charlecote 2011
                                                                  • “Just a quick email to thank you for the excellent course a couple of weeks back at Shugborough.   I thought I had a good handle on the principles and physics of photography, but learned so much more from the day.   In particular,  the tips and hints on what makes a good photo were really excellent.Like most people, I can kinda judge a good photo when I see it, but can’t really tell you why. I think the explanations you provided really helped to highlight professional techniques and, in particular, how to make every photo a good photo, rather than selecting the odd one from a collection of snaps.I think the balance of day was perfect,  with the right mix of technical, technique and practical. I also think we all learned a lot from the critiques and could certainly see the lessons being put into practice.All-in-all, an excellent day in a perfect setting.”
                                                                    Peter, Shugborough 2011
                                                                  • “Thanks for a great course on Sunday, this was exactly what I was looking for to make all the “bits” fit together. I’ve now got the buzz again and just about to complete a booking for the Creative course for August!!!!!!!”
                                                                    Craig, Shugborough 2011
                                                                  • “I found that the course delivered everything that i expected, but more than that Rachel delivered it in such a way that made it easy to understand and to learn from. I believe that the course content was at the right level, certainly for myself, and enough without overpowering, though a little rushed towards the end, this being the students fault for not listening and taking to many pictures, despite this Rachel valued each contribution and managed the time well. What i believe really made the day was not only Rachel’s obvious enthusiasm for the subject, which she did not allow to overpower the students, but also her relaxed and joyful manner so obvious in her delivery. This combination of traits really made the learning a lot of fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, thank you very much.” Ian, Ashton Court 2011
                                                                  • “Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how much both myself and Ben enjoyed the course yesterday.It was really informative and excellent for getting us to think about the composition of the photo’s that we take and how small things can make a difference.I also really appreciated how involved on the course Ben was made to feel and it was rewarded with some excellent shots that he took, looks like I’ll have to be taking lessons from my Son next! I’ll be looking in my diary for some more dates in the future and like the idea of all of the courses that you run, budget allowing! I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on you BLOG from the website as well and look forward to receiving a copy of your presentation as a good reminder! Thanks again, really enjoyed it, excellent venue as well and thanks for ordering in the super weather!” Paul, Shugborough 2011
                                                                  • “Anna and I really enjoyed yesterday and learned a great deal and you make a subject we find difficult accessible. Anna continued when we got home by going into our garden and practising some more. I will look forward to her landscape shots of Finland next month. We will certainly be back!”
                                                                    Avriel, Ashton Court 2011
                                                                  • “Thanks for a great day down there in Malvern, a cracking time was had by all! Very pleased with some of my shots from the day and lots of inspiration to go take more also nice to see a selection of them on your blog. I think for me, once family holidays are out of the way, booking onto your Landscape Course at the Severn Valley Railway is a must. Thanks again for a great day.”
                                                                    Ian, Malvern 2011
                                                                  • “Thanks for a most informative day I really enjoyed it. I am sure the slides will prove to be necessary in the future as things don’t stay in my brain as long as they used to.”
                                                                    Regards and thanks again”
                                                                    John, Malvern 2011
                                                                  • “PMS has finally made it to Facebook. The course earlier this year at the Birmingham MAC was wonderful and inspirational, and with this I have my own website to show off my photos – Thank you, hope to see you on a course soon.”
                                                                    Peter, mac 2011
                                                                  • “Back from a wonderful day with Phil at Severn Valley Railway. Shame about the little shower of rain in the middle but this didn’t stop Phil from sharing some invaluable technical tips in the pub ;-) Couldn’t recommend these guys more. Thank you very for help me to re-address some of my bad habits and actual help me to understand the plethora of settings on a DSLR. The critique was invaluable too.
                                                                    Simon, Severn Valley Railway 2011
                                                                  • “I really enjoyed the course at Sheffield Park and found it very informative.
                                                                  • “And thank you for an enjoyable day where the mysteries of the “black box” were well explained.”
                                                                    Eddy, Stourhead 2011
                                                                  • “The DSLR Photography Made Simple course was definitely worth the trip from Copenhagen! Rachel was a fantastic tutor and Henely was a great location. I feel really confident to step away from the auto button and experiement with my camera. Will definately look at doing the creative course in the future. Keep up the good work I will be recommending you to all my friends.”
                                                                    Vicky, Henley 2011
                                                                  • “Just a quick e mail to say thank you so much for your time on Saturday. I really enjoyed the course and I think my photography will really benefit from it. It was pitched at the perfect level and has already made me think much more about the photographs I take. PS – already recommended your course to a friend !!
                                                                    Ed, One to One 2011
                                                                  • “That’s brilliant, great service, much appreciated.”
                                                                    Vanessa, Gift Certificate 2011
                                                                  • “I absolutely loved the course at Ashton Court last Saturday. I had been really struggling to pick up the more ‘technical’ aspects of digital photography but now I think I have finally grasped it! Plus the tuition on composition was really helpful. I can’t believe how much my photos have improved after just one day!”
                                                                    Mandy, Ashton Court 2011
                                                                  • “Just wanted to drop you a quick note and say thank you for a fab course today. Can’t wait to start blurring out the background and focusing on my kids (instead of ducks and flowers!)I learnt such a lot to day – and in an enjoyable and relaxed enviornment – a huge THANK YOU.I hope the drive home wasn’t too treacherous – it took me twice as long to get home as it did to get to Fletching, but never mind, it was well worth it!”
                                                                    Helen, Sheffield Park Gardens 2011
                                                                  • “I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you so much for the fabulous DSLR made simple course at Sheffield Park Gardens on Sunday.I really feel so much more confident with my camera now, and learned so much! It makes such a difference having someone show you how the settings work, rather than trying to learn from a manual.I shall be asking for your gift vouchers for Christmas and birthdays from now on so I can attend more courses! I fancy the creative one next I think!”
                                                                    Tracey, Sheffield Park Gardens 2011
                                                                  • “i would just like to take the opportunity to say thank you for a great day at Newstead Abbey Aaron and me had a fantastic day and i now look at the way i take picture in a totally different way. We both could not stop talking about the things we had done on the day.”
                                                                    Chris, one to one 2011
                                                                  • “Just a quick note to say thanks again for yesterday – very useful and enjoyable. Your tip about shooting with an ‘agenda’ was particularly valuable – definitely one to remember for the future.”
                                                                    Rob, Portmeirion 2011
                                                                  • “Just wanted to drop you both a note to say how much I enjoyed the course on Saturday, I found it really useful and it was great to have so much ?demystified? in a really practical and enjoyable way.”
                                                                    Sean, Birmingham mac 2011
                                                                  • “Rachel and Phil provided me with a bespoke service catered to my individual needs. Starting as a complete beginner and wanting to not only learn about photography for my own enjoyment but also needing to learn how to deliver the subject to A Level students, Rachel and Phil worked with me as and when I needed , ensuring I felt confident and supported in all areas. They have been flexible, informative and have offered ongoing support in all the areas I could wish for. I am so glad I chose Photography Made Simple to embark on my new interest in the subject. I couldn?t be happier with the service, quality of teaching and the enthusiasm they have imbued in me to continue with photography and to teach it myself. I am ever grateful of their support am very excited to start dark room work next!”
                                                                    Jackie, One to One 2011
                                                                  • “Thank you again for an excellent day, feel a lot more confident after the exercises and challenges you set us. Will defiantly recommend the course to friends who are also interested in developing their skills and will also consider a few of your other courses for the future.”
                                                                    Karl, Sudeley Castle 2011
                                                                  • “Thank you very much for the Creative Photography course yesterday at Sudeley Castle. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, with realistic objectives and with a relaxed approach to identifying and encouraging all of the attendees that with a little thought as photographers could apply their skills.The group seemed to gel fairly well and the main emphasis was targeted well ‘ to slow down, take time and think about what you are photographing’ – rather than just shooting.”
                                                                    Michael, Sudeley Castle 2011
                                                                  • “Just wanted to say thanks for an excellent day on the Photography Made Simple course at Sudeley yesterday, I feel I understand my camera a lot more now and will get even more enjoyment out of this wonderful hobby.”
                                                                    Sue, Sudeley Castle 2011
                                                                  • “I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for a wonderful day yesterday at Sudeley Castle. The course was absolutely fantastic and I learnt so much. Any nerves I had were quickly forgotten once I met the group. Thank you for introducing me to new ideas and technicalities on my camera. Seriously looking at attending another of your courses to further develop my skills. Would definitely recommend you.”
                                                                    Becky, Sudeley Castle 2011
                                                                  • “I would just like to say thanks for a fantastic day. Rachel was a great teacher and such a laugh. She really made me think about what I wanted to achieve when I was setting my self a brief and what I wanted to get out of my photos. I’ve now got myself a 50mm F1.7 prime lens so will be booking onto the next available Portrait course.
                                                                    Thanks once again for such a great day!”
                                                                    Rod, Charlecote 2011
                                                                  • “Just wanted to drop you an email to let you know how much I enjoyed the dslr course last weekend at Charlecote. Sally and I had a great day out and learned loads – no more shooting on auto! Thought the venue was excellent, and the pp notes were comprehensive and informative without being (too) overwhelming. Hoping to get out and about with the camera a bit more, so thanks for all the tips!”
                                                                    Sharon, Charlecote 2011
                                                                  • “I attended the DSLR Made Easy course day yesterday. I found the course very helpful. By the end of the course all the controls in the DSLR seemed to make sense and I feel I am at last getting to grips to the wonderful piece of technology in my hands. The course was almost like on-on-one teaching. All of us who attended yesterday were complete novices and were quite unfamiliar with DSLRs. Your friendly and personal approach made us feel completely at ease asking the most basic and perhaps a few stupid questions which you so helpfully answered without so much as batting an eyelid! On the whole I felt I got what I wanted from the course, i.e. getting to grips with the technological aspects of the DSLR and knowing what makes a good photo compared to just “a pic”. I will certainly be recommending your course to some of my friends who are interested in photography.”
                                                                    Dr.K.S.Rabindranath MRCP.,PhD, MAC, Birmingham 2011
                                                                  • “Just wanted to thank you for the course on Friday at Shrugborough which was excellent- finally everything has become so clear!”
                                                                    Lee, Shugborough 2011
                                                                  • “Many thanks for your help with Ellie, she is totally inspired again…
                                                                    I love that you have given her a focus for her future career, and hopefully her future career happiness.”
                                                                    Donna (and Ellie), One to one Malvern 2011
                                                                  • “I had a really good day on Sunday, and the weather wasn’t too bad either. A very interesting course.”
                                                                    Derek, Chatsworth 2011
                                                                  • “Thanks so much! I feel on top of the world now!!”
                                                                    Sian, Ashton Court
                                                                  • “Thoroughly enjoyed myself on Monday at Ashton Court and was amazed at how little I knew about my camera. Learnt alot from Phil and look forward to doing another course sometime in the future. In the meantime I will be out practising with my camera at every opportunity.”
                                                                    Roger, Ashton Court 2011
                                                                  • “So enjoyed the course and so want to do more !!!!! i’m really interested in the photographing people course as i have a 7 month old son !!Any courses coming up in the near future ? I’m prepared to travel so let me know if something comes up.”
                                                                    Amanda, Charlecote 2011
                                                                  • “I just thought I would drop you an email to say thank you for today?s course. Both Emily and I thoroughly enjoyed the day and found it most interesting. We are now looking forward to putting our new found knowledge into practice.You may well see us on one of your other courses in the future!”
                                                                    Ian, Chatsworth 2011
                                                                  • “I just wanted to let you know that I had a very interesting time at Chatsworth today. The talks were very informative and helpful and the practical tips were very useful. I will recommend you to my friends.”
                                                                    Derek, Chatsworth 2011
                                                                  • “Thanks so much for yesterday. I absolutely loved it. Really, really useful.
                                                                    I?ll be in touch to book onto the Landscape course in a few months!”
                                                                    Julian, Ashton Court 2011
                                                                  • “Just want to thank you for the brilliant day on Saturday. I have not only learnt a lot but I now feel completely inspired and keen to practise!!!Mags and I had a fab walk on the hills on Sunday trying to practise all the tips you gave us :-)
                                                                    Cristina, Malvern 2011
                                                                  • “just wanted to send you a quick email to say what a fantastic day I had with you on Monday. your course was just what I needed! It was fantastic not to think about work for a day and focus on something new and different which I find enjoyable. But more than that – it was inspiring and I can not wait to try out all the new techniques I have learned. I am also going to book onto your other courses one by one – will look at your website for available dates.Thank you once again for a wonderful day.”
                                                                    Zoe, Charlecote 2011
                                                                  • “Brilliant course last week in Malvern – I no longer get a panic attack if I turn the dial away from ‘Intelligent Auto’!!
                                                                    Look forward to doing another course some time in the future.”
                                                                    Tony, Malvern 2011
                                                                  • “Just wanted to say what a great day I had today at Shugborough.The day just flew by so quickly and it was a jolly good laugh too.”
                                                                    Mike, Shugborough 2011
                                                                  • “My son and I attended the DSLR course today and enjoyed the course very much. We are interested in attending future courses.”
                                                                    Jo, Shugborough 2011
                                                                  • “Just wanted to say a big thank you for the course at Ashton Court on 6th March, my friend Laura and I had a great time and I learnt loads of useful things, am definitely going to be booking onto a landscape course before my trip to Australia later in the year. I have a lot more confidence in myself now and think I might actually be able to take some decent photographs now!”
                                                                    Sally, Ashton Court 2011
                                                                  • “I am writing just to thank you for a great course yesterday, both myself and Bev feel that we learnt loads about the basics of camera use and so much more about the creative aspects of photography it stunned us. We are now looking forward to any chance to use the camera and practice our new found skills and I have already ordered a 50mm f1.8 SAM lens for those all important portrait shots”
                                                                    Julian, Shugborough 2011
                                                                  • “Just wanted to drop you both a line to say your DSLR course was fantastic and everything I had hoped for, I came away thoroughly inspired and a lot more knowlegable on how to use my camera.”
                                                                    Karen, Pollok House Glasgow 2011
                                                                  • “Many thanks for an excellent and informative day yesterday at Ashton Court. I learned an awful lot from you in a very short space of time. Thank you for keeping it ‘geek free’ and enjoyable!”
                                                                    Chris, Ashton Court Bristol 2011
                                                                  • “We had a lovely time there and will try some tricks and make my photography more interesting.”
                                                                    Satnam, Ashton Court Bristol 2011
                                                                  • “Hi just wanted to say thanks for the DSLR course at Ashton Court today. I really enjoyed it and learned so much. Thanks again.”
                                                                    Sian, Ashton Court, Bristol 2011
                                                                  • “Thank you so much for the course on Sunday. Thought it was fantastic.”
                                                                    Pippa, Ashton Court, Bristol 2011
                                                                  • “Just wanted to say a big thank you for the course on Sunday. It was brilliant, I feel like I learnt a lot and I can’t wait to try and put it into practice! I hope to come back for the next instalment soon!”
                                                                    Ellie, Ashton Court, Bristol 2011
                                                                  • “The course was absolutely fantastic and I found myself actually absorbing information. Something I never even did at school. The way the course was structured and explained was A1. Looking forward to the next one already.
                                                                    Many thanks for giving up your time to pass your knowledge.”
                                                                    Bryn, Severn Valley Railway 2011
                                                                  • “The frost here was spectacular yesterday so I managed to get out with some renewed enthusiasm and got some good snaps! I will send them on when I get time to download. All in all a splendid experience ? happy to send you a formal endorsement for your site if you wish ? just for the renewed enthusiasm.”
                                                                    Adrian, Severn Valley Railway 2010
                                                                  • “Oh my goodness! So fast! I’ve just printed the certificate on some lovely posh paper and it’s brilliant and so are you for being so speedy, thank you so, so much!”
                                                                    Emma, Gift Certificate 2011
                                                                  • “I?d just like to pass on my gratitude for last Saturday?s DSLR course, I thought it was great and have recommended it to a colleague. I was really pleased with the results of the mornings ?portrait? session. And that was just after a couple of hours of tuition. Working in IT where sometimes knowledge is power, it was really great to see your obvious passion for photography and your seaming willingness to pass on absolutely everything you know to the students.”
                                                                    Scott, Ashton Court, Bristol 2011 (Scott’s colleague is booked in)
                                                                  • “Just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I enjoyed the course yesterday – really inspired me to start getting into photography!”
                                                                    Clare, Charlecote 2011
                                                                  • “We have just ordered a gift certificate from your site, for Liam’s brother. We enjoyed our course back in June so much we thought he would love it.”
                                                                    Michelle and Liam, Culzean Castle 2010
                                                                  • ” I’m really pleased that you liked my pictures and you’ve put them on the blog! Thank you for a great day yesterday, I really enjoyed it and have already been out again today trying to get some shots of a lovely sunset in Bristol this evening. The time with you has really helped my confidence. Thanks very much and hope to see you again soon.”
                                                                    Dan, Malvern 2010
                                                                  • “I was really inspired by the course and went home straight away to take photos of my cat, which have come out so much better as a result of what I learnt. Mum?s been raving about the course too. All in all a great day out!”
                                                                    Nik and Boyana, Charlecote 2010
                                                                  • “Thank you for your advice and teachings on the photo course a few weeks ago, I really enjoyed it and been trying to improve the photos of my son ever since.With the snow around at the moment and not been able to get into work,time has been spent taking some landscape shots with the wonderful backdrop as well. I was hoping you could send the course contents to me at this address as there is so much information I have forgotten that needs to be reviewed. Thank you again for a great and useful days photography.”
                                                                    Mark, Ashton Court, Bristol 2010
                                                                  • “Thank-you for the pictures and the notes. We had a fantastic day with you at Chatsworth, really enjoyed it, we both learnt an awful lot during the day. I will wholeheartedly recommend your course whenever I can.”
                                                                    Paul, Chatsworth in the snow 2010
                                                                  • “Thank you for a most informative and enjoyable day, despite the sub zero temperatures. It was a delight to meet with you and your tips will be remembered and used with renewed enthusiasm. We will absolutely sing your praises!”
                                                                    Adrian, Severn Valley Railway with iced points, 2010
                                                                  • “I learnt so much”
                                                                    Danielle, Ashton Court, Bristol 2010
                                                                  • “Just a quick note to thank you for a very productive, fun and informative day. It was just what was needed and very much enjoyed!I now hope to attend a portrait one in due course but best I save up first!Katie, Ashton Court, 2010
                                                                  • “Just wanted to say thank you for an inspiring and informative day at Stourhead a few weeks ago. Since the course I have come a long way and invested in a D90 to replace my D5000 I even did my 1st real photo gig at a new local Nightclub! I have to say that your advice was invaluable. Although many are underexposed a little I have managed to get some reasonable shotsThank you again, if you feel like seeing the fruits of your labor do take a look. The owner must like them as he has just done a deal for me to cover all of his theme parties and big events until the New year..Thank you again, keep up the great work. Perhaps I will join one of your creative courses in the New Year…Warmest regards and Thanks.Richard, Stourhead 2010
                                                                  • “Just wanted to say thank-you! I found that the course was exactly what I had been looking for, I feel much more confident with my camera now and my photo’s have improved majorly. I will definitely recommend the course to anyone and everyone I can.”Wendy, Culzean Castle 2010
                                                                  • “I thoroughly enjoyed the course , and have already recommended it to others.”John, Stourhead 2010
                                                                  • “I intended to write you an e-mail on Monday to personally thank you for a great course which I thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from. Your A-level students are very lucky to have you as a teacher. Your enthusiasm, good humour and obvious passion for photography made it a wonderful experience. I only wish the day could have been longer!!!I learnt a great deal and picked up many great tips (especially on creativity and photographing people). As soon as I got home I took some photos of the kids, downloaded the latest version of Picasa, created some collgaes and started sending people them – so simple to create collages with Picasa!!!”Ian, Henley on Thames 2010
                                                                  • “I’d just like to thank you both for the day – thought the course was excellent and I’m genuinely feeling much better about my camera and looking forward to taking some better shots!!!”Leigh, Malvern 2010
                                                                  • “It was a great day and now feel I can do a lot more with camera, cant stop looking for new idea’s as I go about my day to day. Thanks again Rachel for all your comments and sharing your knowledge I feel inspired now :)Nigel, Henley on Thames 2010
                                                                  • “Thanks so much really enjoyed the day and feel I have a much better understanding of my camera now.”Marian, Sheffield Park Garden 2010
                                                                  • “I really enjoyed yesterday and everything you taught me. I found it really helpful and hope to progress my photography interest further now that I actually know how to use all those buttons and dials on my camera.”Michelle, Ashton Court 2010
                                                                  • “Just wanted to say a big thank you for teaching me so much about my camera. had a very enjoyable day the other monday. Can’t wait to get out and starting taking some really good pictures. Just got to get some time away from the pub first! Next time you’re in the Bath area please come have a drink at The Salamander!”Rachel (Salamander Landlady), Ashton Court 2010
                                                                  • “Many thanks for an excellent day, last Sunday at SVR. I really enjoyed the DSLR Photography Made Simple course ? looking forward to trying aperture mode in Canada …. (or maybe programme mode just in case!).”Mike, Severn Valley Railway 2010
                                                                  • “Ellie is about to start her A level photography course…with thanks to you both for inspiring this choice of study…she is really looking forward to starting. We have just acquired a Nikon D80 which she is having fun with.” Ellie’s Mum, individual tuition, Malvern 2010
                                                                  • “Many thanks for yesterday I thoroughly enjoyed the day and the content of the course. As a DSLR novice of 3 months I felt that the course was very well pitched at a level that included both technical and practical tips. Your expert knowledge of photography and ability to discuss with me the type of photographs and style I like was brilliant.” Julian, Severn Valley Railway 2010
                                                                  • “I’m having great fun with my photos now and playing with the techniques you showed us and just wanted to say a massive thank you for the day, I really enjoyed it! James, Sudeley Castle 2010
                                                                  • Thank you again for a great weekend, Roos and I both loved it. Emma, Portmeirion 2010
                                                                  • “Thanks for a great day I thoroughly enjoyed it. The course was pitched at the right level for me. Enjoyed your company and those of my camera colleagues. The material supplied will be very helpful to me and have noted your advice on the D5000 lenses. Ali, Culzean Castle 2010
                                                                  • “Hi Phil and Rachel, Just wanted to send a quick note thanking you so much for the fantastic day Jamie and I had with you both today. Wasn’t quite sure what to expect but we soo enjoyed it and I feel so ready to get out and experiment with my newly acquired skills with DOF, Shutter Speed and ISO. The only down side to the whole thing is that I now need to find a second hand Nikon for Jamie as he is gonna plague me to use mine after taking such great shots today. I’ve posted a blog post myself on Blipfoto which might even result in some business for you and will whole-heartedly sing your praises in future. We will spend the next few months practising and then I’m confident will be back for more. Thank you again. Carole and Jamie, Culzean Castle 2010
                                                                  • “I keep meaning to email you to say how much i enjoyed the course i attended at Sudeley on 3rd July. My husband organised it for me as a gift and i loved it! Just the right level for me….fascinating throughout without being over my head technical! I learnt a lot and would love to do another course at some point. Just need to practice now!” Sue, Sudeley Castle 2010
                                                                  • “I enjoyed the course back in February it rekindled my interest in photography.” Hugh, Culzean Castle 2010
                                                                  • “Thanks for a great course yesterday, – really enjoyed it.” Ed, Ashton Court, Bristol 2010
                                                                  • “Many thanks for a wonderful day. Plenty of tips, well run, very informative, just what I needed.” John, Creative Photography course at Sudeley Castle 2010
                                                                  • “I enjoyed the day very much. Obviously the weather was a bonus, but more importantly your presentation and assistance was extremely beneficial and enjoyable. Your content was well balanced between theoretical, technical and practical content.” Archie, Culzean Castle 2010
                                                                  • “I really enjoyed my day with you at the Severn Valley. It’s certainly helped with my photography, and I’m now getting more keepers and less ending up in the trash. Just got to get my head round Photoshop elements 8 now!!!! Thanks once again for a great day. ” Nick, Severn Valley Railway 2010
                                                                  • “I thoroughly enjoyed the course last Friday (4 June 2010) at Sudeley Castle and learnt a lot of new ideas to try in the future. It was great being able to get constructive feedback on the photos and so much advice on different techniques. I was also very pleased to see so many of my pictures on your blog. So again many thanks.” John, Creative Photography course at Sudeley Castle 2010
                                                                  • “I enjoyed the course back in February it rekindled my interest in photography.” Hugh, Culzean Castle 2010
                                                                  • “Wonderful course. Plenty to think about.” John, Creative Photography course at Sudeley Castle 2010
                                                                  • “I thoroughly enjoyed the day and will take the opportunity to learn more on a future course.” Chris, Sudeley Castle 2010
                                                                  • “A belated thank you for a really enjoyable day at Charlecote recently on the Intro to DSLR; it certainly brought the camera to life more for me -and of course, brought up all sorts of questions.” Janet, Charlecote 2010 – see her questions on the blog
                                                                  • “I would like to thank you for our great day last Saturday. I really enjoyed it and I feel like I’ve learned a lot, not only on the technical front but also through your great stories. Right, the batteries are charged, lenses cleaned, bag packed. Think of me tomorrow at 1! I’ll let you know how I got on! Estelle, Weddings Course Malvern 2010
                                                                  • “I just wanted to drop you both a line to thank you for such a brilliant course at Charlecote Manor last Sunday. Both Claire and I had a fantastic day and learnt so much and the techniques have already made a big difference to our pictures.” John and Claire, Charlecote Park 2010
                                                                  • “I just wanted to thank you very much for the fantastic and hugely inspiring course on Sunday. The course structure was great, as was the setting, and your teaching style is really engaging and enthusiastic……I feel very inspired now and can’t wait to get more practice! Many thanks again and I will definitely recommend you to anyone I come across who is looking for a photography course!” Sarah, Sudeley Castle 2010
                                                                  • ” the course was fantastic! My photos have improved 100%, I am taking the best pics I have ever taken, so thank you very much….” Phillipa, Sudeley Castle 2010
                                                                  • “Just a quick line to say thanks for the tips etc. It?s got me taking my ?proper camera? out rather than the compact one now I know what to do with it!” Tom, Ashton Court, Bristol 2010
                                                                  • “I just wanted to thank you for my lovely day’s camera instruction on Friday – I enjoyed it very much and have managed to remember the majority of things you told me. I’m looking forward to going out and taking some pictures with more confidence and I’m not worried about dropping the camera now!” Caroline, Charlecote Park 2010
                                                                  • “Thanks for excellent course. Comprehensive cover of major features, thought provoking re ?what are we trying to say?, portrait vs landscape. Well presented slides and handout. Opportunities to try out what we were shown. Good to have shots shown and discussed. Enthusiastic approach, no hype, no hard sell, honest practical approach. Should enable all of us to feel more confident shooting off the ?auto? settings with the knowledge to take a better photo than before.” John, Ashton Court, Bristol 2010
                                                                  • “Just wanted to tell you STRAIGHT away how much we both enjoyed the course. It was absolutely fantastic and has taken our passion of photography to a new level! You were such a joy to spend the day with and your enthusiasm and generosity of sharing your wealth of photography info was incredible! Thank you so much for everything and for the warming tea and coffee to go with the gingerbread men! Brilliant. We will definitely be recommending you guys to one and all!” Claire and Max, Ashton Court, Bristol 2010
                                                                  • “Just wanted to say how pleased I was with the course. It was exactly what I was looking for and feel truly inspired! I will be in contact if I have any queries but OK for now. Thanks again for a really enjoyable day.” Alison, Ashton Court Bristol, 2010
                                                                  • “I just wanted to say thank you very much for the DSLR photography made simple course at Ashton Court today, I really enjoyed it and thought it was really helpful and just what I needed.” Dot, Ashton Court, Bristol 2010
                                                                  • “Just a little email to say thanks again for Saturday. We both had such a good day, and are so pleased we decided to take the course. There’s so much to take in, it’s still going round in my head today! Really looking forward to the next one, and getting in some practice in between.” Nic, Chatsworth 2010
                                                                  • “Wanted to day thank you so much for the excellent course on Sunday at Culzean Castle! Both Stewart and I really enjoyed the day and it has given me lots to work on…until the next course…” Lynne and Stewart, Culzean Castle 2010
                                                                  • “Harriet really enjoyed your double-act teaching style, and the course seems to have been the perfect mix for her in terms of technical info and artistic creativity. She also felt really encouraged that her (new gift!) camera was up to spec, and would do everything she wanted. I’m amazed and impressed that she seems to want to take her photography further. I’ll suggest that she gets in touch with you if she feels she needs a bit more advice or guidance. Do you do further courses aimed at helping students develop their artistic vision, develop projects etc?” Harriet’s Mum, Ashton Court, Bristol 2010
                                                                  • “Thank you for a very rewarding 2 hours on Saturday…Elle really enjoyed the time spent with you both and learnt so much…look forward to seeing you next week.” Donna and Elle, hourly tuition at Malvern 2010
                                                                  • “Just wanted to say thanks for yesterday. Had a great day, found it very useful and appreciate your time and input and experience. What I re-learned will definitely be of great benefit – I’ve already bought the recommended 50mm lens !! Wishing you all the best.” Mark, Crystal Palace 2010
                                                                  • “”Thank you for the excellent creative photography course on Saturday. Time always seems to go past so quickly, but I am grateful that you were so willing to impart your knowledge to help me become a more creative photographer. I will always now ensure I check to see exaclty what I am photographing, looking for the stray branch or cropped spire !!! I will try different setting with more confidence and will look to buy a 50 mm prime lens soon so I can start playing with the short DOF lens offer.] I will of course recommend your courses to all my friends who are looking to take their photography to the next level.” Richard, Charlecote Park 2010
                                                                  • “…. many thanks for the passing on your knowledge as well as your advice as per your email…… Thanks again for your email and advice and also for showing me what you can do with a camera to take lovely photos of people, places and things. I will let you know once we have bought a DSLR after the festive season is over and the sales are on.” Mazula, Birmingham Central Library 2009
                                                                  • “just to say I so enjoyed the day – sorry not to reply sooner! I may well try the creative next. You were both so easy to get on with, so helpful and so informative. I need to go back to Ashton Court and practice what we did! I have not taken an Auto picture since the course day with you both- but I still need to practice lots!” Nicola, Ashton Court, Bristol 2009
                                                                  • “I have been on 2 of Rachel and Phil’s photography courses, the beginners course and the follow on advanced course. Their experience as professional photographers is evident as they teach primarily from their own extensive experience rather than the “text book” solution. Having two tutors rather than just the one was also beneficial as they work so well together (dare I say as a double act?) sharing their own individual areas of expertise.The courses included photoshoots, which can take you outside of your comfort zone but the experience is well worth it. I would thoroughly recommend anyone looking to learn not just how to use a camera, but how to create that perfectly composed picture to get in touch with Rachel and Phil without delay.” Dave, Worcester 2008 and 2009
                                                                  • “Hey Phil and Rachel – Thank you! I have a much better understanding of photography and how to take full advantage of my camera, which is exactly what I was after, yup its a lot of info to take in, I just need to get out there and have a play with different settings. Thank you cant wait! il send you some of my best pics when im back.” Dion, Portmeirion Residential Course (DSLR and Creative), 2009
                                                                  • “i really enjoyed Friday’s course and felt i got a lot out of it.” Annabel, Ashton Court 2009
                                                                  • “Thanks for an enjoyable and educational day at Ashton Court. When the sun comes out again I will be out to practise. My photos of the Scottish Highlands will be even better in future.” Mark, Ashton Court 2009

                                                                  • “Many thanks for the course last Monday; I really enjoyed it and learnt a great deal.” Gina, Stourhead 2009
                                                                  • “…My tiny brain did take in an awful lot of what you said and the quality and breadth of pics has improved. I am happily going around the dial into uncharted waters (often using a 2nd pic in ‘P’ just in case.) Your notes are very useful as an aid memoir, I just need some time to put everything in place. Thanks once again for your invaluable time last week, you did spoil me with the time you spent and it was very much appreciated. If I get any opportunities to recommend your company I will be very pleased to do so…” Paul, his house in Redditch, 2009
                                                                  • “A few weeks have pasted since completing the photography course for DSLR?s on the Severn Valley Railway. I have been busy with work and a holiday. I wish to say thank you for a really enjoyable and informative day. I would highly recommend to anyone this course. Whilst on holiday I was able to put into practice what you had taught me.” Kevin, Severn Valley Railway 2009 (bought as a gift certificate)
                                                                  • “I would just like to say a big thank you to you both, I thoroughly enjoyed your course yesterday and I did feel that I learnt alot from it.” Jo, Charlecote Park 2009
                                                                  • “Just a quick note to say thank you for such and enjoyable and worthwhile course yesterday. I had a brilliant day, have come away with a new found confidence to go and use my new camera, and can’t wait to start seeing the results. I would recommend without hesitation for anyone to attend, thank you both for your kindness and patience.” Amy, Portmeirion 2009
                                                                  • “I absolutely loved the day and thought that both of you were very good. I have taken some pictures since and have a big photo opportunity on Saturday, visiting my son & daughter in law and two grandchildren.” Hugh, Sheffield Park Gardens 2009
                                                                  • “Thank you for the course yesterday it has bought so much of the mystical art of photography into focus which is great. Hopefully more of my pictures will be from now on!! But equally as important you have reignited my desire to get out there with my camera and capture this beautiful world as best I can. I am checking my diary for Portmeirion and hope to see you both soon!!” Lynne, Sudeley Castle 2009
                                                                  • As for what I learned on the day, I couldn’t have asked for more. I thought you got the measure of my technical level almost intuitively & pitched all the discussion & practical exercises brilliantly. It was a fabulous distillation of your experience, delivered in a wonderfully positive, thoughtful, non-patronising way & the pacing of the day was great, with presentational material followed by practical work, followed by constructive criticism. The practical hints were solid gold – there were so many things I just wouldn’t have thought of. Your advice about kit & workflow were invaluable…Sarah, Wedding Course Portmeirion 2009
                                                                  • “Really enjoyed the day… “Si and Sue, Severn Valley Railway 2009
                                                                  • “I just wanted to say thank you for a great day! Tim and I have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! I came in this morning having absolutely no idea how to use my camera and I now know what all the settings do!”Sian and Tim, Sheffield Park Gardens 2009 (have a look at Sian’s blog article)
                                                                  • I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for your patience on Saturday. I got a huge amount out of the day…Joanne, Birmingham Central Library 2009
                                                                  • “A big thank you for your patience . I have driven the boys mad today with picture taking but have enjoyed experimenting and didn?t use any automatic settings . Are you impressed ?” Nicola, Sheffield Park Gardens 2009
                                                                  • “I wanted the course to start me off an a creative journey and that’s exactly what you’ve done.” Ann, Portmeirion 2009
                                                                  • I really did enjoy my day on Thursday at Shugborough and I have noticed a real difference in my photos. Thank you again for a great day.” Claire, Shugborough 2009
                                                                  • “I certainly enjoyed the day’s course at Shugborough. Your enthusiasm was obvious – and infectious!! I feel that at the moment my camera etc is far better than my ability to use it! Still, I’m better equipped than I was before Thursday.” Peter, Shugborough 2009
                                                                  • “Great course, great tutors, great fun.” John, 2009
                                                                  • “The course has been BRILLIANT and I have REALLY enjoyed it. I thought the way you ran the course was spot on – and you made it FUN!!!? Ade, 2009
                                                                  • “Very good, enjoyed the course and content. Learnt a lot.” Mary, 2009
                                                                  • “Excellent, loads of fun, learnt loads” Carol, 2009
                                                                  • “Exceeded my expectations, also good fun.” Ian, 2008
                                                                  • “Your enthusiasm is inspirational.” Judy, 2007
                                                                  • “Tuition was innovative, interesting and enthusing. The best further education course I have ever attended.” Ben, 2007
                                                                  • “Feel like I’ve had a lot of course for the money.” Zoe, 2007
                                                                  • “Phil you’re the man!” Jackie, 2009
                                                                  • “Learnt a lot – great personable tutors” Jon, 2009
                                                                  • “Enthusiasm of the tutors inspired me and they pitch the level of understanding very well.” Bob, 2009
                                                                  • “Phil and Rachel have a PASSION for photography that pervades their friendly and professional approach to their customers. They produce extraordinary results by understanding exactly what the client needs and then instilling in them a feeling of confidence and trust that enables an image that precisely reflects those needs to be captured AND THEY MAKE IT FUN!! I have no hesitation in recommending Phil and Rachel.” Andy, 2009
                                                                  • “Feel enthusiastic about continuing with my learning, gaining confidence with voice and camera.” Joan, 2008
                                                                  • “Rachel inspired me, and gave me confidence, which spilled into other areas of my life. Thank you”. Faye, 2008
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