plenty there for me to look at, understand and assimilate.

Thank you so much for your comments, plenty there for me to look at, understand and assimilate.

Helen, Photography Mentoring Program

Many thanks for a great day Phil

good to be off the auto at last and will start ‘playing’ with more confidence

Ray, Ashton Court, Bristol

Very relaxed so found it very helpful.

What did you find most useful about today?

All of it.

Phil, Force and Sons Estate Agents (Dawlish), Property Photography Course

All really useful content!

All really useful content!

Emma, Churchill's Estate Agents (Brixham), Property Photography Course

Great tips for improving photography both at work and at home.

What did you find least useful about today?

Honestly, it was all very helpful.

Matthew, Jeffreys Estate Agents (St Austell), Property Photography Course

Really enjoyed it, very informative, best training course yet!

What did you find most useful about today?

All of it!

 

What did you find least useful about today?

Nothing

Jack, Jeanes Holland Burnell Estate Agents (Street), Property Photography Course

A really interesting and informative course from start to finish.

What did you find most useful about today?

Pretty much anything, but specifically camera light settings.

Ian, Jeanes Holland Burnell Estate Agents (Glastonbury), Property Photography Course

….have improved both my photographs and my enjoyment in taking them

Thanks so much for both my sessions, they were so useful and have improved both my photographs and my enjoyment in taking them.

Elizabeth, Sudeley Castle and 121 at her home in Stroud

I have found the course notes you sent me very useful, particularly the ones you made specifically for me.

Thank you so much for a great 121 photo course on Monday. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and you very quickly adjusted the course to my particular camera and what I want to use it for. You were also brilliant at adapting your explanations to a level that I could follow.
I have found the course notes you sent me very useful, particularly the ones you made specifically for me. I really appreciate that you went to extra trouble. I have been trying to experiment using your advice / ideas and am slowly getting used to using the settings you have recommended. When I get it right I will be able to take much better photos than I used to.
Thanks again for a really interesting and informative session. I will definitely be able to recommend your courses to other people.

Lone, 121 in Bristol

I really learnt a lot as you put it across in an easy way, making it both enjoyable and interesting

Thanks for a great day on the DSLR course at the Wolverley Centre on Saturday 26th August.  I really learnt a lot as you put it across in an easy way, making it both enjoyable and interesting.

Avril, Wolverley Centre, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

I really enjoy having a monthly theme

…looking forward to this month’s challenge.  I really enjoy having a monthly theme; it keeps me stimulated and makes me more observant.  Thank you as always for your helpful feedback.

Moira, Photography Mentoring Service

learned much that I will put into practice

I thoroughly enjoyed the day and the company and learned much that I will put into practice

Ian, Severn Valley Railway

I have already improved my photos.

Thanks for the great course in Henley.  I have already improved my photos.

Lisa, Henley on Thames

thoroughly enjoyable day

A thoroughly enjoyable and educational day.  We both got a lot out of the day and your guidance.

Paul and Maddie, Malvern Hills

Really enjoyed the one on one last week

thank you for the course notes, will think about the mentoring in due course.

Keith, Ashton Court, Bristol

Given me loads to work with.

It was a fruitful day for me as it has helped me clarify things for me.  Given me loads to work with.

Brett, Stourhead

You make Photography not exactly simple but definitely clear and good fun.

A very big thank you for yesterday’s course.  You make Photography not exactly simple but definitely clear and good fun.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, learned a lot and left inspired. Your combination of down to earth teaching, practical advice when out and about and good humoured constructive criticism afterwards is just right.

…many thanks for a really enjoyable and valuable course and of course for your ongoing mentoring.

Moira, Camera Cafe and Museum

I must say it was brilliant. You made it simple to understand and showed me exactly where I was going wrong.

I was a little apprehensive about attending the course as you never know what it will be like and what you can get out of it.
I must say it was brilliant. You made it simple to understand and showed me exactly where I was going wrong. I had a lot of faults I did not know about and would never have corrected them without your help. I probably would have kept being unaware and would have eventually given up.
I now have a new enthusiasm for photography now I know how to set up my camera and can get acceptable results. I now need to practice and improve.
I thought the group and nice little group that helped me learn. It was presented in a great manner and I had one of the best days.
Thank you once again. I will recommend this to others

David, Henley on Thames

I learned a lot from the course and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Now I need to put it into practice!

Debs, Camera Cafe and Museum, London

I would recommend without reservation your courses and found it excellent value for money

Just to say how valuable and thorough I found your teaching session at Charlecote earlier this month. Comprehensive and rigorous, yet time to assimilate and take it in. Your course really does ‘What it says on the tin’; I haven’t taken a picture on Automatic since. Still experimenting with A, S, metering etc.
I would recommend without reservation your courses and found it excellent value for money (or would have, had it not been a birthday present) your notes alone are worth a great deal.
So thank you very much! I wish you every success with your business and maybe I’ll get to a Landscape Day sooner or later.

Leigh, Charlecote

I have just gotten around to reading this and it explains it really well.

I have just gotten around to reading this and it explains it really well.

Toby, Photography Mentoring Service

very interesting day

Thank you for the informative and very interesting day yesterday. I enjoyed it very much and have been putting your instructions into good use today.

Mary, Ashton Court, Bristol

We had a fabulous day

We had a fabulous day on Sunday, thank you very much, we will be recommending your course to friends.

Dean, Severn Valley Railway

I really enjoyed the day

I really enjoyed the day at Shugborough and have started exploring the settings on my existing camera.

John, Shugborough

really constructive and helpful

…really helpful – lots to think about, but really constructive and helpful!

Andy, Photography Mentoring Service

..the talks about the camera setting helped me no end.

Thank you very much I really enjoyed the day at Henley on Thames, the talks about the camera setting helped me no end. I just need some free time to use my camera now lol

ps your the best headmaster I have ever had

Chris, Henley on Thames

The geeks at the Photography Club fell off their tripods with my increased skill!

The geeks at the Photography Club fell off their tripods with my increased skill!

Phillippa, Ashton Court, Bristol

the main emphasis was targeted well

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

delivered it in such a way that made it easy to understand and to learn from

I found that the course delivered everything that I expected, but more than that you 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 you valued each contribution and managed the time well.

What I believe really made the day was not only your 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, Bristol

The day has inspired me to get out there more

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

I think the group enjoyed Phil’s easy and lively humour

We were so lucky to have great weather in February. 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

My enthusiasm for photography has been re-kindled

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 Museum and Cafe, London

I haven’t put the camera down since!

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!

Louise, Sheffield Park Garden

the day flew by in a lovely, relaxing thorough way

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.

Catherine, Malvern

great proactive way to spend a rainy sunday morning

Many thanks for today Phil – great proactive way to spend a rainy sunday morning.

Gerald, One to One Tuition as his place, London

raved about it for week

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.

David, Ashton Court, Bristol

you helped me to use buttons that were a mystery up till now

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.
Also, didn’t like to say anything in the class, but I had to laugh as the guy who ‘used to have a film Olympus camera’ was so pleased when you said that his shots that showed an open door, and then the gates out of the courtyard were dramatic, and had managed to avoid the manhole, as he didn’t realise he hadn’t actually taken those photos – they were mine! At least he went away happy.

David, Shugborough

Many thanks for a good, instructive day.

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.

Trish, Henley

I don’t think either of us will ever take an unnecessary, unthought out, unemotional photograph again!

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

I couldn’t have asked for anything else from the day

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, Charlecote

exactly what I needed

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, Malvern

I feel so much more comfortable using my camera and a lot more happy try out new settings etc.

Just wanted to thank you both for the great DSLR course at Beecraig on 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

had a fab day with the doggie photography course

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 and Bridget, Dog Photography, Bristol

It made me think and I learnt a lot.

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! (We had stressed the advantage of taking less pictures).

Keith, Malvern

One of the best training sessions I have ever had

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.

Tom, One to One, Midlands

Great challenge this month.

Great challenge this month.

Jo, Photography Mentoring Service

a splendid afternoon’s tuition

Many thanks to Phil for a splendid afternoon’s tuition at Charlecote- the pupil-teacher ratio was a real bonus!

David, Charlecote

Loved the course in Henley yesterday

Loved the course in Henley yesterday – thanks Phil! 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

Can’t wait to get out there with my camera and get some polished shots.

Brilliant photography course yesterday. Can’t wait to get out there with my camera and get some polished shots.

Jackie, Sheffield Park Garden

I can’t wait to get out with my camera on my own

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

Although I only have a basic bridge camera I still got an awful lot out of my day

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

Learnt a LOT!!

Fantastic day today at Shugborough Hall. Learnt a LOT!! Can’t wait to get shooting those horses lol!!

Susie, Shugborough

..have the ability to make everyone feel comfortable and ‘special’..

You have the ability to make everyone feel comfortable and ‘special’, no matter their age and ability.

Jean, Photography Mentoring Service

Thank you for the excellent course

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, Ashton Court, Bristol

I am looking forward to being more focussed in future

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, Midlands

Your teaching was spot on

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

I now have the confidence and know how to go further than using the preset functions

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

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 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.

Pat, One to One Tuition, Midlands

I could not end this wonderful year without giving credit where it is due! Thank you!

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!

Without you both, I would not have had the fabulous experience I have had, in my first year as a competing member of Selsdon Camera Club, which has just finished. Our club has two ability levels; being my first year I’m in Group B. I competed in the Colour Print and Digitally Projected Image classes (5 Rounds/two images per round) within Group B. I won both of them – I couldn’t believe it! Last night my 8 certificated images from those rounds competed in the club’s Final’s Night. I was awarded Colour Print of the Year (Group B) and three Highly Commendeds! I came home in a state of awe and shock! Open-mouthed smile

You can see my competition images (hopefully!) in this Facebook album.

Lynda, Photography Mentoring Service

Fantastic course

Fantastic courseyesterday at MAC. Keen to sign up for a landscape course reasonably locally.

Joy, Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham

Thanks for the feedback – helpful and made me think :-)

Thanks for the feedback – helpful and made me think 🙂

Stuart, Photography Mentoring Service

I found the session very useful and thoroughly enjoyed it!

I just wanted to say thank you for yesterday. I found the session very useful and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Haj, Birmingham

experimenting with my camera – this time with some knowledge and experience

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!

Geof, Charlecote

The weather was great and the tuition fantastic.

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

I have never been technically minded!

Thank you so much for such an enjoyable and informative day yesterday at Charlecote. I came away really feeling that I had actually achieved something and that I am slowly getting to grips with my camera!…and the technical side of it! WOW. I had set off yesterday morning slightly dreading what I had let myself in for and was convinced that the others would be camera wizz kids and so was very relieved when at the beginning they all said they did not totally understand this and that…so I instantly felt more relaxed. It was great having such a small group and you were so good at explaining everything in simple language – thank you! I have never been technically minded!

Again a big thank you for an inspiring day.

Mary, Charlecote

It was great fun yet very informative

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the course today in Cardiff. It’s a shame the day wasn’t longer because it just flew by and I felt that I just wanted to do more. It was great fun yet very informative and I now feel much happier and confident with my camera. It was nice to have some of the things I’ve been reading up/watching YouTube videos on explained in a way that was much easier to understand, so you cleared up quite a lot of confusion for me. I was pleasantly surprised at some of my own results too! It was refreshing also to have a go at shooting different landscapes, because since having my camera they’ve mainly been sunrise and sunsets at the beach! I’ll definitely be heading back to Cardiff again sometime for the variety that’s on offer for photographing.

Sarah, Cardiff

thank you for a very interesting and informative morning yesterday

Was pleased with some of the photos I took after you left Phil – thank you for a very interesting and informative morning yesterday -I felt I have learnt a lot and hopefully will be more confident. Have passed your name on to quite a few people from my art class who were impressed with my efforts.

Gini, Ashton Court, Bristol

I have not used the Auto setting since that day.

First let me say that i thought the day at Dunham Massey was excellent and well worth the wait i had, you must have had an effect on how i take photographs as i have not used the Auto setting since that day.

Ray, Dunham Massey

Thanks for all of your lovely comments and great advice which is always appreciated.

Thanks for all of your lovely comments and great advice which is always appreciated.

Lorraine, Photography Mentoring Service

I couldn’t wait to show the family the photos I took today.

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

Really enjoying this service, challenging and enjoying and learning as I go!

Really enjoying this service, challenging and enjoying and learning as I go!

Philip, Photography Mentoring Service

told my husband all about it and I believe that he has bought me a certificate

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

most enjoyable, enlightening and enthusiastic course

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!!!

Gilli, Charlecote

it was a really informative session with all the technical stuff made simple

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

an enjoyable, instructive and motivating day

Thank you, again, so much for such an enjoyable, instructive and motivating day. Before today I had felt rather overwhelmed, knowing that my camera could do an awful lot, but not knowing how to do it or really where to begin. Now, I feel much more confident and look forward to experimenting out of auto mode! And Trish is much more interested in photography than she was before.

Tom (and Trish), Charlecote

The whole day was most refreshing in that it made photography fun

Many thanks for a great day out. I learned a lot about how to be more creative and about setting out with purpose instead of just hoping something will catch my eye. The whole day was most refreshing in that it made photography fun instead of being too technical. I liked the quick and intuitive post processing that you did.

Craig, Shugborough

Some really useful snippets of advice here

Some really useful snippets of advice here, espec around cropping, focus and white balance. Thank you – very useful.

Stuart, Photography Mentoring Service

Your enthusiasm was evident for us all to see, the day just flew by.

I just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I enjoyed the day at Stourhead. Despite the weather I got a lot out of the day – not least I know how set the basics on my camera. Also helped by us being a small group – so almost one to one tuition.
Your enthusiasm was evident for us all to see, the day just flew by. Many thanks, I will not hesitate to recommend you to my friends.

Richard, Stourhead

feel better in myself. Big Thanks.

Would like to say really enjoyed Creative Course at Ashton Court, feel better in myself. Big Thanks.

Lynne, Ashton Court, Bristol

I am delighted about what I learned and it has certainly given me the inspiration I was looking for.

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

you put so much into the 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

the day has resparked a love of taking photo’s in me

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

thank you so much again, for your wonderful explanation of all matters important on the digital SLR front!!

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!! I really enjoyed my day, thank you. It was a present from my kids for my big 50(!) and quite a thing for them to organise on their own. It was quite strange, but very welcome to be a “student” again, albeit for only a day.
I returned home that night quite exhausted. Now, all I have to do is practice towards perfection …. no pressure!
I am looking forward to knowing my camera better and to getting results that will encourage me to come to your “creative” course, so thank you. I look forward to seeing you again at Culzean!!

Carolyn, Beecraigs Country Park

I really enjoyed the day and I certainly learned a lot.

Many thanks, I really enjoyed the day and I certainly learned a lot.

Steve, Birmingham

thank you both for a great day

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 Country Park

Just wanted to say thank you for a fantastic day of photo taking!

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 Phil as 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

you were interesting, informative and light hearted

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 Phil, you were interesting, informative and light hearted which made me pay attention all day, which is saying alot for me. You were also patient which helps. Thank you for a good day.

Anushka, Culzean Castle

We really had a lovely day and so much fun

I would just like to thank you for the very enjoyable creative course which my hubby Pete and I attended at Ashton Court, Bristol. 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.

I thought you might like this picture I took before I left that day, I managed to get the white light in his eye – we both look forward to seeing you on another course in the future. Thanks again

Liz, Ashton Court, Bristol

Simply Fantastic!

I wanted to develop the way I saw the world through the camera lens and wasgiven the opportunity to attend a Creative Photography Day at Aston Court beingtaught by Rachel. I had a myriad of thoughts about the day ahead, but I parked these at the doorand nervously embarked upon a day into the world of creative photography.Within minutes the nerves were forgotten, Rachel had put me at ease, and so afabulous day of learning began.Rachel is a fantastic teacher; guiding you with great enthusiasm and experiencethrough the world of creative photography and the possibilities it holds for all herstudents. 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!! Thanks Rachel, I had a fantastic day. I highly recommend it to those wanting totake their photography to the next level.

Nigel, Ashton Court, Bristol

really learnt a lot

I had a fantastic day today and really learnt a lot. Ijust wanted to drop you an email tonight to say a big thank you. You were right, I showed my friends and parents the photos from today and they thought they were great :-))

Nigel, Malvern

just what I needed

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

feel really confident with my camera now

Hiya Phil 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. I’ll be in touch about the wedding course ASAP.

Leanne, Stourhead

I thought the course was excellent in every way.

Very clearly explained and Phil is 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

“it was gert lush”

I just wanted to say thanks for a great day in Bristol on Sunday, I learn`t 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 im sure, as they say in brizol
“it was gert lush”

Darren, Ashton Court, Bristol

Thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt loads.

Big thanks for the course Saturday. Thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt loads. Will highly recommend to friends.

Dave, Camera Museum and Cafe, London

I left fired up with a new level of confidence and skill

I have just attended the one day DSLR course at Ashton Court with Phil. I had been attending a local camera club and felt more mystified with the geek speak than before I started. Phil’s 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, Ashton Court

Learned some great tips

Would like to say thank you for your excellent course last Saturday at Henley. Learned some great tips to improve my photography.

John, Henley

enjoyed the course immensely.

Thank you very much, enjoyed the course immensely.

Carol, Malvern

I’m so excited and swear my progress is thanks to your tuition, advice and support.

Another bit of news I have is that 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, Photography Mentoring Service

That was smashing, thank you so much.

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

Thanks – this is so amazingly useful

Thanks – this is so amazingly useful. I really ended up going down the wrong route – I started with a biggish aperture and focussed on one stamen; however, because I was using a long focal length and had focussed on the nearest stamen, it looked rather odd. I decided I needed to get all the stamens in focus, so I reduced the aperture and needed to go quite small – this Introduced a v short exposure time, so I upped the ISO and still had to use flash! Of course, by this time I was getting further away from a much more helpful set-up. The pictures you sent over were what I was aiming for.

Kathryn, Photography Mentoring Service

I think I am starting to find my own style

Thanks for your continued support and advice. I think I am starting to find my own style at last 🙂

Sue, Photography Mentoring Service

Like an art appreciation course !

Another month gone already ! Here are my August attempts. 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

your friendly approach and style was excellent getting over what was needed without baffling with science.

Thanks for the other day, it was very informative and I will be playing with my new knowledge on my hols next week in pembrokeshire.
It was great to be given the input/oppotunity 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 Garden

thank you very much for a good feedback!

Ahhhhhh, thank you very much for a good feedback! It’s so encouraging! I’m very pleased with those photos.

Line, Photography Mentoring Service

The relaxed atmosphere of the courses makes them so enjoyable.

Thanks for all of your comments which are really useful for future shots. 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

Very informative.

Thanks again for the course at Bristol the weekend before last. Very informative.

Adam, Bristol

very informative and enjoyable

Thank you for the course last Saturday,it was very informative and enjoyable.

Darren, Shugborough

Thoroughly enjoyed the day

Thoroughly enjoyed the day in Bradford. 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

thank you for the interesting and informative course

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, National Media Museum, Bradford

learned so much!!

Many thanks for the great day I learned so much!!

James, Henley

…compose at the time, not later!

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.

…………and a third one, compose at the time, not later!

Bruce, Birmingham

It has given me a good insight in how to look at things in different ways.

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, Chatsworth

Excellent day, thanks.

Excellent day, thanks.

Nigel, Chatsworth

Thanks for an excellent day – thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thanks for an excellent day – thoroughly enjoyed it.

Clive, Crystal Palace

I felt inspired and really enjoyed it.

Many thanks for the fantastically creative day. I felt inspired and really enjoyed it. I am now on the look out for a 50mm lens and appreciate f, iso etc much more

Mike, Crystal Palace

finally feel confident when using my camera!

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

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.

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 Garden

I like the way you develop your lessons

I like the way you develop your lessons and probably soon I will see you again for the wedding one saludos amigo.

Ruben, Sudeley Castle

We feel we learned a great deal and are remembering it!

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 it!

Pat, Severn Valley Railway

hugely inspiring and technically great!

really enjoyed learning photography when I took a Photography Made Simple course back in ’07 – hugely inspiring and technically great!

Tom, Malvern (makes us feel old)

really enjoyable and very informative.

Thanks so much for the course today, really enjoyable and very informative.

Jo, Ashton Court, Bristol

I really enjoyed the course and am thrilled with my flowers pictures.

Thank you so much for today, I really enjoyed the course and am thrilled with my flowers pictures.

Emma, Ashton Court, Bristol

I had a fantastic time and learnt so much.

I had a fantastic time and learnt so much.

Sue, One to One Tuition in Bristol

Thank you for an enjoyable and informative day yesterday.

I have taken the camera instruction book out again – with much renewed enthusiasm.

Mike, Malvern

Thanks, brilliant feedback

Thanks, brilliant feedback. Hadn’t yet thought to reduce ISO have only ever increased it in poor light.

January, Photography Mentoring Service

Thank you for this service which is invaluable.

Thank you for the feedback which as usual is excellent. I see exactly what you mean regarding the Bridge. Despite looking at the image several times I never saw those stupid pipes or car in background!!! Damn!!!!
The castle shot is much stronger in B & W so thanks for that and the wall looks better now you have cropped.
Thank you for this service which is invaluable.

Lawrence, Photography Mentoring Service

It is amazing the difference in my photos already.

Thank you once again for the DSLR course at Aston Court yesterday. I thought it was really interesting, and I really learnt a lot. It is amazing the difference in my photos already.

Richard, Ashton Court

..with your expert guidance and patience, I was able to grasp some of the basics

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, Camera Museum and Cafe, London

just what I was hoping for

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

I’ve been snapping away like mad ever since.

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

Definitely a day well spent!

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 Garden

I can’t wait to put your advice into practice!

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!

(Check out Sue’s photography website here).

Sue, One to One portrait tuition

I really can’t believe how much more I know following course.

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 Phil is a superb teacher (and patient!!)

Rod, Malvern

Thanks again for your infectious enthusiasm.

When I arrived and we started I wondered why I was there as I felt like a fish out of water, “all the gear, no idea”! Thank you Phil for making me feel at ease and Rachel for the coffee.

I have to say from starting at a point where I have been using the camera on automatic for holidays and family you inspired and guided me to extract myself out of the comfort zone and through uncharted territory with great success. I learnt a tremendous amount [for me anyway] took a couple of good photos and had a great day, I am now planning after some practice to see you again in the not too distant future.

Andrew, Malvern

useful as ever

Thanks – useful as ever.

Kathryn, Photography Mentoring Service

It’s a very good way of learning.

Thank you for your last months comments. It’s a very good way of learning.

Gordon, Photography Mentoring Service

…I went away with a lot more confidence…

I had to write to say what a fantastic day I had on Friday, despite the rain and mud. You and Phil made it feel like a special occasion, which actually it was for me, being a belated birthday present. Not only did I learn to take arty shots of sheep turds, but I went away with a lot more confidence in trying out different camera settings. I shall do my best to take just one shot of a scene, and when I slip back into bad old habits, I’ll be sure to book another course.

Sarah, Sudeley Castle

It was a really helpful course.

Many thanks for all the tips and techniques. It was a really helpful course.

Henry, Malvern

What a marvelous day I had on Friday at Sudeley Castle.

Thank you !!! What a marvelous day I had on Friday at Sudeley Castle. Even though the weather wasn’t at its best you made up for it teaching me how to get the best out of my camera and correct settings to use it on. The day went fast, with fun and laughter as well as giving me valuable information. I am now looking to book on the creative course so I can learn even more. Thank you once again.

Sharron, Sudeley Castle

It was a pleasure to be able to chat to you freely about photography

Just wanted to thank you for an inspiring day’s photography yesterday on the landscape course and for making everyone feel so welcome at your home. Great day, really enjoyed it – has got me thinking and I got a couple of nice images too! It was a pleasure to be able to chat to you freely about photography and thanks for the additional time you spent talking to me after the official finish of the day.

Andy, Malvern

…really interesting and informative day…

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. Thank you also for the comprehensive notes which came through today, which I will keep and refer to, no doubt on numerous occasions when I get in a muddle about f stops etc!

Emma, Stourhead

I learnt so much and very much looking forward to producing some great photos

Thank you for the one on one tuition on Sunday. I had great time it opened up the possibilities and potential I have to be more creative with my photography. I learnt so much and very much looking forward to producing some great photos.

Neil, One to One Tuition

well put together and delivered to perfection

Thank you for a great day Saturday, I really enjoyed learning how to venture from AUTO! I was slightly annoyed at myself for not utilising my time wisely when we went off to take some pictures, I was too busy trying to focus on a subject with a blurry background. So apologies if you thought my effort was poor! I have since mastered it and have taken some pictures using my new found knowledge. 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, Malvern

it’s probably one of the best presents I’ve bought him

I’m sure Dez will be in touch himself, but I just wanted to say a big thank you too, as he thoroughly enjoyed the course on Saturday and found it extremely informative. I’m so pleased I found you – it’s probably one of the best presents I’ve bought him!

Laura, Gift Certificate

enjoyable and productive

Just a note to say thank you very much for a very enjoyable and productive day today at Shugborough.

Rod, Shugborough

fantastic in depth feed back

Wow fantastic in depth feed back, a brilliant service!!!!

January, Photography Mentoring Service

fabulous feedback

Thankyou very much for all the fabulous feedback you gave me in February.

Becky, Photography Mentoring Service

very informative and presented brilliantly

Would just like say a big thank you to Phil 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 lovely location. Once again thank you Phil and perhaps we might meet again on another more advanced course some day.

Graham, Charlecote

I’ve never taken so many photos in one month

I have been having so much fun on my first month of photography mentoring!! Having a theme in mind has really made me go out and take more photos with a purpose, I’ve never taken so many photos in one month – in fact I have three different themes each with 3 sequences of photos! But I have restrained myself and picked one from each theme to send in!

Mairi, Photography Mentoring Service

thoroughly enjoyed it

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, Shugborough

I’ve just booked onto my third course with you

I just wanted to write to say, I’ve just booked onto my third course with you! Theyre fantastic, I always have such a fantastic time and learn so much. I always leave feeling inspired and re-focused. Fantastic courses, can’t recommend highly enough!

Sheryl, all over the place

My camera makes a lot more sense now

Many thanks for the excellent day yesterday, I really did learn such a lot. My camera makes a lot more sense now and I feel more confident, this has certainly sparked an interest and will now practice with my new knowledge. Sometime later on in the year I will enrole in the creative workshop course.

Shirley, Stourhead

The Wedding Photography Course was fantastic.

The Wedding Photography Course was fantastic. Your vast experience and inspirational portfolios meant you were able to give really practical advice about the do’s and don’ts of wedding photography, as well as totally inspiring us from a creative perspective. We learnt so much in just one day, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Thanks again for everything – we haven’t looked back since!

Becky, Wedding Photography Course

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, Charlecote

excellent and informative day

Just wanted to pass on my thanks for an excellent and informative day on the Creative Photography Course. I learnt a lot and have some great photographs to show for it – my wife and daughter were very impressed! Keep up the good work and I hope to see you again soon.

Bev, Charlecote

a very informative day

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

enjoyed every minute of course, the instruction was great!

I just wanted to say I had a great time and enjoyed every minute of course, the instruction was great! And I learned a lot. I will be looking forward to coming back in the near future to progress in my photography skills.

Steve, Charlecote

I now have the confidence to turn off automatic

A very enjoyable day. I think I can say the ice is broken and I now have the confidence to turn off automatic. Lets see what happens and thank you.

Les, Shugborough

such an enjoyable day at Henley

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. I think I may have to look at doing one of your landscape courses. Thanks again!

Lawrence, Henley

It was a really good course.

It was a really good course. I’m really looking forward to applying my newly acquired skills on my trip!

Jean-Marc, Camera Cafe, London

I sent some of the photos I took into a local paper

I sent some of the photos I took into a local paper (the Western Daily Press) and they published them which I was obviously pleased about!

Marcus, Bristol

Thoroughly recommended.

Fantastic course with expert guidance. I found the session in which our photographs were reviewed invaluable in helping me to understand how to improve my photography skills. I really gained a lot from the course. Thoroughly recommended.

Stuart, Bristol

extremely informative, interesting and fun

The day was extremely informative, interesting and fun and I’m looking forward to getting some practice in.

Ian, Henley

Thanks for the notes and for a mind blowing day!

Thanks for the notes and for a mind blowing day!

Jo, Charlecote

it was a superb course

Just a quick thank you for the Creative 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.

Dave, Ashton Court, Bristol

You managed to answer ALL of my questions in a friendly, informal and helpful way

I attended your DSLR course at Ashton Court on Sat 12th November 2011 and would like to say thank you for a great day! Whilst I already had a reasonable amount of technical knowledge after using my camera for about 12 months, I had also become more aware of the things I didn’t know so I came pre-loaded with many questions about my photography and kit that either needed answering or re-justifying to help increase confidence in my own ability. You managed to answer ALL of these in a friendly, informal and helpful way, thank you. The DSLR class had such a wide variety of people with different interests and levels of experience but you still managed to meet everyone’s needs/expectations. Now I just need loads of practice, which could take a while, but at some point I’ll try to submit something for you to critique. Anyway, I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone, whether just starting out or wanting to improve their photography. I’d like to come back on one of your creative courses next year.

Stuart, Ashton Court, Bristol

love it with a passion beyond words

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, rainy Chatsworth

just the right level for me

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. I have tried to find the software that you were using to edit the photos with, can you send me a link please.
Hope to enrol on an advanced course in the future.

John, Charlecote

been on cloud 9 ever since

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!

Claire, Sheffield Park Garden

it was a really useful and encouraging day

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.

Claire, Stourhead

finalist in the National Geographic

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

The teaching was clear and engaging

I enjoyed the day very much. I am delighted to know what the different buttons, wheels and signs mean on the camera and I am practicing with them. The teaching was clear and engaging, the number of people in the group allowed for involvement and help.
A good day and I hope to come on another course at some point, probably at Crystal Palace.

Sue, Sheffield Park Garden

I will recommend you to everyone I know.

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

picked up some good tips

Enjoyed the day on Sunday and picked up some good tips while re-iterating a few others.

Darren, Sheffield Park Garden

I find myself being much more thoughtful about what I want to photograph, composition and the camera settings

I debated whether to attend the introductory course or one of your other courses such as the landscape course and definitely think I made the right choice. Whilst I felt I had a basic knowledge of SLR photography, the course gave me a more comprehensive 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 tought 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, thanks you.

Stuart, Severn Valley Railway

you explained it all so well and simply

Many Many Thanks for a wonderful day of photography in such beautiful surroundings! We could not have planned better weather!
Adam and I learnt so much and have been inspired to take all future photos with a very different approach. We both agreed that you explained it all so well and simply; not leaving us with too much complicated information. Thank you also for providing Adam with a template upon which to base the Photography section of his Portfolio, and especially for focusing on his strengths which I am certain has boosted his confidence so much.

Mary and Adam, Sudeley Castle

patiently and expertly explained

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.
Tomorrow I am going to upgrade my ‘Bridge’ camera to a proper DSLR so I really have the bug again.

Paul, Shugborough

no-one felt discouraged

I’ve had my DSLR for almost a year now, and have struggled to get to grips with what it can do, other than in auto mode. I attended an 8 week evening class earlier in the year, but became fairly despondent with trying to tackle everything in manual mode…..too many things to think about at the same time! It’s true, too, what you say that being a good photographer doesn’t necessarily mean that you can teach photography!! I came on this course, therefore, hoping to be inspired, and to gain more confidence with my camera. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed the day, and how you fulfilled those requirements. It started off well, when I chatted to two ladies who had been on the same course earlier in the year, and who were back for different course. They couldn’t speak highly enough of their day; I was excited to begin! The teaching was clear, thorough and informative. Phil’s humour ensured that the amount of information we had to cover didn’t become overwhelming, and his ability to relate to each of our individual needs demonstrated the strength of his teaching ability. Our forays outside to practice what we had been learning were great as Phil was on hand to answer our questions and give us tips. Reviewing our work back in the classroom was a good way to encourage us to think more about how, and what we were photographing, and whilst I winced at some of my shots, I began, equally, to see ways in which they could be improved. Phil’s critique was done in a positive and encouraging way so that no-one felt discouraged. The advice given on lenses and equipment was welcome, as the market can be daunting and confusing. It was good, too, not to be encouraged to rely heavily on manipulating images on the computer, I had never felt too happy with this approach, anyway!
I am now waiting to get out there and start taking better photographs………..hoping too that I might be able to go on another course one day!
I will, and have already started, recommending this course to anyone who wants to get more out of their camera!
Thank you from a grateful, newly inspired, photography student!

Julie, Stourhead

very enjoyable and informative course

I just wanted to say thank you very much for a very enjoyable and informative course on Sunday. Thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt a lot more about the camera! I will have to book myself on a creative one.

Marguerite, Ashton Court, Bristol

It has really enlivened me to get going and be creative again

Just a quick message to say a very, very big thank you for a most enjoyable, interesting and informative course. It has really enlivened me to get going and be creative again. Chris would also like to thank you for the nice gesture of allowing her to join for lunch and see everyone’s work. I will certainly be booking for one of your landscape courses next spring or summer. We have also recommended your courses to a couple of our friends, who like me have been on previous courses which have been a disaster.

Stewart and Chris, Ashton Court, Bristol

For anyone wishing to arrange a corporate day, I can not recommend them enough.

Thank you so much for the wonderful photography course you ran for the Internal Communications team at SThree. The day was not only extremely rewarding but taught in such a fun and easy to understand way. We have all learnt so much in regards to photography that we can’t wait to share our new found knowledge.

Jeanna Mulchrone, Internal Communications Associate, SThree Plc

…today’s course was fantastic..

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, Bristol

I would have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending your course.

Thanks so much for providing the opportunity to participate in the course at Culzean Castle. I found the day to be very informative. It helped me in a number of ways. I think the most interesting part of the course was the way in which photography was personalized so that it was presented as an art form. All components of the course were well explained and the practical activities were particularly useful. I am sure that a return to the instruction book will now be easier and much less boring. I would have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending your course.

Clive, Culzean Castle

wonderful expert advice

Thank you once again for a thoroughly enjoyable course at Beecraigs Park on the 24th September. Both my mum and I very much enjoyed ourselves and felt we gained wonderful expert advice on how to take better photos!

Mairi, Beecraigs

I was very encouraged and not so intimidated by my lovely camera.

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.

Andrea, Charlecote

…as you promised have a number of photos which I shall be proud to have on display.

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

a day spent with you guys is the best accessory anyone should get

I thoroughly enjoyed my day and think a day spent with you guys is the best accessory anyone should get when they are starting out with a camera! Dropped a few hints already about the Creativity course for a Christmas present!

Eric, Beecraigs Country Park

I hadn’t expected to have such a good laugh

I just wanted to say a big thank you for the course I did with you on Sunday. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to receiving your notes and putting what I learned to use. I hadn’t expected to have such a good laugh to add to the enjoyment!!

Karen, Cardiff

a very interesting and inspiring day

Just want to express my sincere thanks to Phil for a very interesting and inspiring day…..I can now use my Canon7D without keeping it on Auto!!!!!! Thank you Phil, 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

It was a well presented, informative, and thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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

most enjoyable and helpful day

I simply wanted to say thanks once more, for a most enjoyable and helpful day. Lots of good tips and advice, and the general encouragement and pressure to try to improve my game was just what I was looking for. It is hard to try to ‘get out of the comfort zone’ (or whatever cliche we were using) but the underlying message, to keep trying to take picture-taking seriously and to bring to it whatever scraps of imagination one can muster, came across quite powerfully. I’ll not only be disappointed, but also rather surprised, if I (and my poor nearest-and-dearest) can’t detect some faint improvement.

David, Beecraigs Country Park

Right from the start you put us all at ease!

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! I’m off to the Bournemouth Air Show on Saturday and am lucky enough to be viewing it from a boat at sea, so the camera’s coming with me. I hope to practice some of those landscape skills out on the water, that I wouldn’t have attempted before!

Louisa, Henley

…really useful and enjoyable.

Thank you for yesterday – really useful and enjoyable. I hope I wasn’t too slow on the uptake!

Janet, Malvern

I am now not so daunted by the knobs and switches!

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

Thanks once again for an interesting, educational and above all fun day.

Thank you so much for the course yesterday. It makes so much more sense when someone explains what the buttons mean and shows you what happens rather than trying to cope with the manual – which is not a man’s thing anyway as we are always being told! The idea that all photos are either portraits or landscapes, irrespective of the subject matter, makes things so much easier. Some of the tricks and techniques you showed us will soon be put into practice. Thanks once again for an interesting, educational and above all fun day. I shall certainly be coming down again for another course in the future.

Keith, Malvern

I can’t fault the day and can only thank you for improving my photography tenfold.

I can’t fault the day and can only thank you for improving my photography tenfold.

Mark, Henley

it has transformed the way I take photos – this is no exaggeration

I attended your beginners photography course in August this year at Ashton Court and have been meaning to write for ages (time seems to slip away with a toddler at home!). 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 picures. 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, Bristol

driving my wife mad

I attended the course at Henley on the 14th and thoroughly enjoyed it and am now trying to what I learnt into practice – driving my wife mad by using her Lilliput minuture houses to test out depth of field etc!!

Jim, Henley

I learnt some really simple things that will make a big difference to my photography.

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. A great course – I will definitely be booking another in the future.

Anna, Ashton Court, Bristol

You have swept away a number of misunderstandings that I had.

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.

Chris, Severn Valley Railway

I really enjoyed the day and learnt a lot

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!! The weather was kind to us and the small group situation really was an added bonus! Hope to enrol for the Creative Course with you soon and look forward to meeting up again.

Viv, Sudeley Castle

…thankyou so much for a wonderful day!

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, Bristol

…course content, venue, presentations and practical activity was an excellent combination…

Thank you for the photography course notes. 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, Stourhead

My dear husband did not bank on the one day course he bought for me would turn into quite such an obsession!

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

Certainly more enjoyable than forcing myself to sit down and read the instruction book!

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! I’m really keen to practice now and look forward to seeing you again sometime in the future to learn more!

Lisa, Sheffield Park Garden

The course far exceeded my expectations

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.

I have been looking, as you suggested, for a Nikon D50 on e-bay – I lost out on two last evening, one by 50p which was very annoying!!! However, I will persevere! Thanks again – you have a great thing going here and I will certainly recommend you to friends and family.

Sally, Sheffield Park Garden

…pitched at the right level for me.

I really enjoyed the course which was enjoyable, pitched at the right level for me, and very helpful!

Alan, Crystal Palace

…thanks for the brilliant course last week.

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 done 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, Ashton Court, Bristol

…we thoughly enjoyed our day with you last week

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 with my 1.8 Nifty Fifty…

Andy, Malvern

…thank you for your time in teaching me the basics of using my camera and it has been very useful already.

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. I bought the 50mm f1.8 lens and used it for close ups of my son and it was well worth the money some great shots thank you.

Gary, Ashton Court, Bristol

….your enthusiasm is infectious.

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, Bristol

…delivered it in such a way that made it easy to understand and to learn from.

I found that the course delivered everything that i expected, but more than that you 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 too many pictures, despite this Rachel valued each contribution and managed the time well. What I believe really made the day was not only your obvious enthusiasm for the subject, which you did not allow to overpower the students, but also your relaxed and joyful manner so obvious in your delivery. This combination of traits really made the learning a lot of fun.

Ian, Ashton Court, Bristol

Couldn’t recommend these guys more.

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 habbits and actual help me to understand the plethora of settings on a DSLR. The critique was invaluable too.

Simon, Severn Valley Railway

As a Teacher myself I congratulate you, Phil, for the way you delivered the course

I really enjoyed the course at Sheffield Park and found it very informative. As a Teacher myself I congratulate you, Phil, for the way you delivered the course, both theory and practical. And the sun shone all day!

Dave, Sheffield Park

I found the course very informative and have already recommended you to a friend

Thank you for your time yesterday. I found the course very informative and have already recommended you to a friend.

Simon, Stourhead

we had such a good day

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. We had such a good day we now plan to go out once a month with a couple of words of the day.

Chris, 121 Tuition

I shall be asking for your gift vouchers for Christmas and birthdays from now on so I can attend more courses!

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!

Tracey, Sheffield Park Garden

I learnt such a lot to day – and in an enjoyable and relaxed environment

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!) Oh for some sunshine……….I guess it might have to wait a few days. I learnt such a lot to day – and in an enjoyable and relaxed environment – a huge THANK YOU.

Helen, Sheffield Park Garden

I can’t believe how much my photos have improved after just one day!

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, Bristol

Will definitely attend one of the courses.

Will definitely attend one of the courses.
This is one of mine on the front cover of our local Village magazine (only a scanned copy.)

Paul, 121 tuition at his place.

That’s brilliant, great service, much appreciated.

That’s brilliant, great service, much appreciated.

Vanessa, Gift Certificate

…already recommended your course to a friend !!

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.
We have got a two week holiday in France later this month and cant wait to have the time to try some things out. PS – already recommended your course to a friend !!

Ed, Ashton Court, Bristol

….definitely worth the trip from Copenhagen!

“The DSLR Photography Made Simple course was definitely worth the trip from Copenhagen! We had a fantastic tutor and Henley was a great location. I feel really confident to step away from the auto button and experiement with my camera. Will definitely 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

A great course

A great course, certainly enjoyed your presentation,it was a lot to take in but I think I coped, hoping to put into practice some of the things I learnt this coming weekend.

David, Charlecote

I always feel really inspired and excited when I’ve been with you for the day…

Thanks so much for the course on Sunday at Culzean, it was really brilliant, I always feel really inspired and excited when I’ve been with you for the day…just want to get back out with the camera, can’t wait for out trip to Lewis + Harris! I’ll send you a few of the best!

Emma, Culzean Castle

You have given me the confidence to go out and expand my knowledge

Thank you for sharing your knowledge of photography with me. You have given me the confidence to go out and expand my knowledge on photography.

Dave

Just a short note to say that I really enjoyed the course

Just a short note to say that I really enjoyed the course especially the part on portraits and that it has succeeded in getting me off the green auto button. Here’s hoping I can remember all the useful tips you gave and I look forward to seeing you again for the creative photography part of your course.

Campbell, Culzean Castle

…informative and helpful…

I just wanted to say a quick thank you and to let you know how informative and helpful I found the course yesterday. Hopefully I’ll be able to attend another one soon.

Jonathan, Charlecote

I had a wonderful time

Just to let you know I had a wonderful time on the creative course at The MAC back in April.

Peter, Birmingham

I now understand more about the settings

Many thanks for the course on Sunday and the copy of the presentation. I now understand more about the settings and have already found out how to change the f number on my Fuji Finepix camera which goes down to 3.5, so if I want to take a smaller camera I can use what I learnt with you. We are looking forwards to our Canadian/Alaskan visit next month so I hope I remember the correct exposure for lakes, mountains and glaciers.

Elisabeth, Chatsworth

I didn’t realise just how much I would find I was interested in it.

I had a great time yesterday i thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought I would enjoy it but I didn’t realise just how much I would find I was interested in it. I found it so enjoyable it is something I would like to continue with and I have taken your advice and bought a Nikon D70 today! Can’t wait to get it and get out to use it.

Katie, Chatsworth

The whole day was very informative and helpful with lots of practical tips

Thank you for an enjoyable day at Chatsworth yesterday on the DSLR Course, and thanks for the comprehensive notes on .pdf received today. The whole day was very informative and helpful with lots of practical tips. I look forward to booking a further development course in the future.

Tony, Chatsworth

We shot our first wedding two days later (a resounding success)

“It was truly a pleasure and a privilege to learn from such dedicated, passionate and professional photographers (two for the price of one, too!). We cannot recommend their wedding course highly enough, no matter what one’s level of competency or experience (we’ve both been studio photographers for 3 years). Everything was tackled from workflow, to kit and tips for the big day itself. We shot our first wedding two days later (a resounding success) thanks to the priceless confidence, inspiration and the wealth of knowledge we acquired in a single day spent with Rachel and Phil. Sincerely Thank you both!”

I hope this begins to articulate our sincerest gratitude.

Richard and Katie, Wedding Course, Malvern

I learnt more about my camera and how to use it in that one day than I have in the previous 6 months trying to fathom the manual

The one day course for DSLR photography held at Shugborough in April was excellent. I learnt more about my camera and how to use it in that one day than I have in the previous 6 months trying to fathom the manual. The course was pitched at a level that made understanding easier and with the ability to ask questions everyone must have benefitted. I spent a day at Brands Hatch since the course and did not use the auto settings for a single shot, not bad for someone who previusly used nothing else. I still have a way to go but at least I understand where I am trying to get too now.

Les, Shugborough

The course was very enlightening,

The course was very enlightening, I can now take a picture no matter what the conditions are and I’m much more selective about what I keep.

Robert, Ashton Court, Bristol

Thank you so much for giving her such a fantastic day.

I sent my mum (Jill) on your Malvern course yesterday (as a birthday gift). Thank you so much for giving her such a fantastic day. She had a great time, learnt loads and really appreciated your kindness and friendliness as well as all the tuition.

Sheryl

Thank you both so much for a great day yesterday.

Thank you both so much for a great day yesterday. I learnt so much and am really inspired to get out with my camera and not just snap with creative zone settings! I have made lots of notes since coming home including big mental note to keep checking my settings having forgotten to turn off the auto timer and also reset ISO after ‘water’ shots which left me taking all the hill shots on wrong ISO! I also need to watch viewfinder size as I was surprised to see tree trunks in the middle back of my banks of bluebells and debris infront…….great to learn by mistakes with gentle support & encouragement!

Jill, Malvern

Thanks so much for a lovely day

Thanks so much for a lovely day, I’ve still a long way to go but at least I have the confidence to look things up in the book and find out more about the camera

Jean, Ashton Court, Bristol

I am sure that my overall approach has been changed for the better by your instruction

I just wanted to thank you for a very enjoyable and interesting day at Sheffield Park. It has given me a lot to think about and I
now see photo opportunities with different (and I hope BETTER} eyes. I will certainly be doing a lot more close-up shots and also
I am now very aware of unwanted bits and pieces in the background and edges of pictures. I was rather envious of some effects that
seem difficult with my camera but I am sure that my overall approach has been changed for the better by your instruction.

Colin, Sheffield Park Garden

I have not shut up about the course, I have told all my friends.

I am sure your courses will be invaluable to me moving forwards with my development and enjoyment in photography.

I have not shut up about the course, i have told all my friends.

Chris, Shugborough

I had a very interesting and enjoyable day

I had a very interesting and enjoyable day

Roy, Shugborough

One of the teachers wants to sign up to do the whole 4 days next year!

Thank you for coming in last week and working with the students. All of the staff who worked with you were really impressed with how engaged the students were with your course, and how much they enjoyed it. One of the teachers wants to sign up to do the whole 4 days next year! (School Enrichment week activities, Y8 and Y9).

Alice, Backwell School, Somerset

…thank you for the experience you gave me…

I just had to say what a great help you were and thank you for the experience you gave me. I have always been reticent in showing my photo’s to anyone but the family, but with Sharon and Chris and your encouragement I will be more willing to show in the future.

Terry, Ashton Court, Bristol

…all the way back all I thought about was what we covered today…

I have just arrived home, all the way back all I thought about was what we covered today, and the extra confidence it’s given me.

Chris, Ashton Court, Bristol

They have been flexible, informative and have offered ongoing support…

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, Training for Teachers

….it was great to have so much “demystified” in a really practical and enjoyable way.

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

Your tip about shooting with an ‘agenda’ was particularly valuable

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

…now I know why they’re good, why my bad ones are bad, and why certain things I’ve tried just plain haven’t worked!

I’d like to thank you for a fabulous day on Sunday; ‘fudging’ my way through photography isn’t going to be what I do from hereon in. Yes I can take a decent picture (now and again), but now I know why they’re good, why my bad ones are bad, and why certain things I’ve tried just plain haven’t worked! Your method of delivery put everyone at ease, and got ‘the message’ over quickly, concisely, and effectively.

I’ve read, digested, and cogitated over your sage advice; over the next few months I’ll start implementing your suggestions. They make perfect sense, and they’re ones that I’d not thought of before. I was thinking more along the lines of trying to show ‘the general public’ that I could turn my hand to various methods, but ‘turning your hand’ isn’t what people want nowadays, they want experts as you so rightly put.

Thank you once again for Sunday, and for taking time out to write to me. You will certainly see me again on one of your other courses!

Carl, Portmeirion

We really enjoyed it and found the whole day very rewarding!!

Thanks so much for the course yesterday – we really enjoyed it and found the whole day very rewarding!!

Hemant and Midge, Portmeirion

….finally everything has become so clear.

I just wanted to thank you for the course on Friday at Shrugborough which was excellent- finally everything has become so clear!

Lee, Shugborough

I feel I am at last getting to grips to the wonderful piece of technology in my hands.

I attended the DSLR Made Simple 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.

Rabi, Birmingham

…had a great day out and learned loads – no more shooting on auto!

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 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!

Sue and Sally, Charlecote

Any nerves I had were quickly forgotten once I met the group.

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

…will get even more enjoyment out of this wonderful hobby.

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

…main emphasis was targeted well ‘to slow down, take time and think about what you are photographing’

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

Thought I’d share my latest success….

Thought I’d share my latest success, after a great day with yourselves at Pollock House on a muggy March day, since then we’ve had some gorgeous days up
here in Scotland and on my way back from a work visit, though I’d practise when I saw this amazing view. I had to share.

Karen, Glasgow

I will be out practising with my camera at every opportunity.

Thoroughly enjoyed myself on Monday at Ashton Court and was amazed at how little I knew about my camera.  Learnt a lot 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, Bristol

Really, really useful.

Thanks so much for yesterday. I absolutely loved it. Really, really useful.

Julian, Ashton Court, Bristol

The talks were very informative and helpful…

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

….thoroughly enjoyed the day and found it most interesting.

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.

Ian and Emily, Chatsworth

…..learnt loads about the basics of camera use and so much more about the creative aspects of photography it stunned us.

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.

Julian and Bev, Charlecote

I have a lot more confidence in myself now…

Just wanted to say a big thank you for the course at Ashton Court, 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 and Laura, Bristol

The day just flew by so quickly and it was a jolly good laugh too.

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

I no longer get a panic attack if I turn the dial away from ‘Intelligent Auto’!!

Brilliant course last week in Malvern – I no longer get a panic attack if I turn the dial away from ‘Intelligent Auto’!!

Tony, Malvern

Your course was just what I needed!

…. 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.

Zoe, Charlecote

Thank you for making me feel good about the photographs I took….

just had to email to let you know what a fantastic day  I had today. Thank you for making me feel good about the photographs I took and teaching me sympathetically how to improve!! Most of all I would like to say what FUN I and I know Jane had today.

Steph and Jane, Malvern

….thank you for the brilliant day on Saturday.

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

….can’t wait to try and put it into practice!

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

Thought it was fantastic.

Thank you so much for the course on Sunday. Thought it was fantastic.

Pippa, Ashton Court, Bristol

I really enjoyed it and learned so much.

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

We had a lovely time there.

We had a lovely time there and will try some tricks to make my photography more interesting.

Satnam, Culzean Castle

Thank you for keeping it ‘geek free’ and enjoyable!

…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

….your DSLR course was fantastic and everything I had hoped for.

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, Glasgow

The way the course was structured and explained was A1.

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 to Phil for giving up his time to pass on his knowledge

Bryn, Severn Valley Railway

…thank you for helping me with my new camera.

I just wanted to thank you for helping me with my new camera. I took some great shots while on holiday in Costa Rica, which I would have had no idea how to do before, especially as the light conditions in jungles aren’t great!  I was SO excited with this particular pic, that I had to share it with you!

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Sally, Malvern Hills

Perfect!!!

Many Thanks and impressively quick!

Mark, Gift Certificate

…a splendid experience

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

…..it was definitely what I needed.

I enjoyed the course and learnt a lot about how to use my camera, it was definitely what I needed.
We went up the hills again on Sunday morning and I was able to take some great pictures in better weather!

Sue, Malvern Hills

I had a great day.

Your course was very useful for me as a beginner and interesting to hear your views and tips for all on the course. Obviously based on your vast experience and knowledge.

I would be happy to recommend your courses to anyone. It was great to spend the day with you.

Jeff, Crystal Palace

Thanks Phil – very helpful!

Thanks Phil – very helpful!

Andy, Photography Mentoring Service

It was a pleasure, thanks for everything!

It was a pleasure, thanks for everything!

Fernando, Severn Valley Railway

…..it was very informative yet easy to process.

Thanks for the session at Charlecote Park, it was very informative yet easy to process. My photos are now starting to look better and make more sense. I will definitely have a look through those notes you sent me.

Ashley, Charlecote

Excellent and informative

Excellent and informative

Alex, match.com

……came away feeling much more confident about using my new bridge camera.

I found it very instructive and came away feeling much more confident about using my new bridge camera to good effect. I now need lots of practice!

David, Stourhead

….she had never done anything like this before, but it was perfect for her.

I just wanted to thank you for today, and pass on some feedback. Merry (14) has come back really excited about the day, if I’m honest I think she is a little sad it is over! She has shown me round her camera – she’s obviously taken so much in, I was worried about her going on the course as she is so young, and she had never done anything like this before, but it was perfect for her. She actually really wants to come back and do another course with you on portraits! So thank you, this was exactly what I was hoping for-and much more, I am sure we will book again.

Caroline (Merry's Mum), Sudeley Castle

It was great to get off the auto button

Thank you for a great day at Forty Hall on Friday. It was great to get off the auto button and start to learn the camera’s ability.

Alastair, Forty Hall, Enfield

I have taken away a number of tips/ ideas and increased confidence

Many thanks for a fabulous day. In spite of having a less adequate camera, I have taken away a number of tips/ ideas and increased confidence in exploring the effects my camera can create. As mentioned I like to keep the integrity of subjects, but now I can improve pictures without that being compromised .

Debs, Henley on Thames

awesome course

Thank you very much for an awesome course last Saturday. It was really informative and has taught me the skills to get off that automatic setting, and hopefully never go back. It really helped me understand how to compose my portraits however I think I still need work with landscapes!

Michael, Sudeley Castle

…very useful pearls of wisdom and critiques.

…very useful pearls of wisdom and critiques.

David, Forty Hall, Enfield

It has really enlivened me to get going and be creative again.

Just a quick message to say a very, very big thank you for a most enjoyable, interesting and informative course. It has really enlivened me to get going and be creative again. Chris would also like to thank you for the nice gesture of allowing her to join for lunch and see everyone’s work.
I will certainly be booking for one of your landscape photography courses next spring or summer. We have also recommended your courses to a couple of our friends, who like me have been on previous photography courses which have been a disaster. Thank you once again, and look forward to seeing you again next year.

Stewart, Creative Photography Course, Bristol

I now feel inspired and confident to go out and make better use of my SLR!

I had a really enjoyable and useful day. I now feel inspired and confident to go out and make better use of my SLR!

Vaughan, Stourhead

I’m absolutely buzzing and can’t wait to get out and take more pictures.

Thanks Phil for today , I really enjoyed it !  I’m absolutely buzzing and can’t wait to get out and take more pictures.  The day for me was pitched perfectly.  I am already thinking of other people I know who I am sure would enjoy the day to so I will share your details.  Thanks again

Dawn, Sudeley Castle

very useful indeed

I really enjoyed the class and found it very useful indeed. May well be in touch for something else.

Helen, Stourhead

Had a great time and learnt loads.

Thanks for the notes and links. Had a great time and learnt loads, now it’s just putting it into practice.

Kevin, Camera Cafe

Thank you so much for all your help and advice

Thank you so much for all your help and advice and for all those resources!

Kerry, Training for Teachers, Joyce Franklin Academy, Newport

I really enjoyed every minute of the day.

Thank you very much for today I really enjoyed every minute of the day. If you do any more courses please mail me Id be interested. I’m not a good learner it takes me time to understand. Thank you for a fantastic day.

Michelle, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

Thank you for a wonderful day.

I have learnt so much and more importantly, you have really fired my enthusiasm. You have demystified the process and I am going to try taking more control of the camera.

Mike, Sudeley Castle

Your company name “Photography Made Simple” is spot on.

I just thought I’d drop you a quick line to thank you so much for such an informative, easy going, easy to understand and helpful course. I found your approach to the subject relaxed but super enthusiastic. You may remember I show Boston Terriers and love photographing dogs and animals and I’ve since gone on to take some wonderful photographs (not using my safe automatic settings!) and had some really positive feedback with people offering to pay for my services! I also bought a 50mm 1.8 lens as soon as I got home and the first photo I’ve attached was taken with this!!!

Helen, Glasgow

Even my wife is impressed with my snaps these days!!

I had the pleasure of attending one of your DSLR courses in Birmingham. I have noticed a huge change in the quality of my images and I never ever use the automatic mode anymore.

Dr.K.S.Rabindranath, Birmingham

What a marvellous idea.

Really think it will be good for me to take part in this online service. I just love being out with my camera!

Ann, Photography Mentoring Service

This is a great way to learn. 

Thank you very much indeed for your comments; very much appreciated.

Moira, Photography Mentoring Service

Really pleased with the comments

thanks, so will continue to keep up the good work

Liz, Photography Mentoring Service

I’ve found it extremely useful already

I just wanted to say thank you so much for your wonderful advice for month one, I’ve found it extremely useful already and I’m putting into practice for ‘standing out from the crowd

Mairi, Photography Mentoring Service

Mairi, Photography Mentoring Service

you were very clear

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

most helpful and enjoyable day

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

I’m sure I took better pictures whilst away in Tenby

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

at last I feel I am beginning to get my head around all of the technical stuff

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 

it really was splendid

Just a quick note to say thanks so much for a super day.

Mandy, Bristol

learnt lots about my camera that had been previously unexplored

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.

Marilyn, 121

several “light bulb moments” throughout the day

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

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

particularly liked the way you gave us equal personal attention

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

It was a good group too.

I really enjoyed the course and learnt so much so thank you. It was a good group too.

Esme, Bristol

thoroughly enjoyed

 

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

I have learnt absolutely masses

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

My camera has not been back in its case since…

I’ve made myself a right bore with going on and on about the day…but it’s been really inspiring. My camera has not been back in its case since…I just keep trying different things and seeing what affect it has on the results. Can’t wait for my next live assignment to try and add some value.
Thanks again for your input Phil

Chris, Camera Cafe

Without doubt, this was definitely the best workshop I’ve attended

Thank you so much for an absolutely brilliant day. We all learnt a tremendous amount and had great fun exploring our hidden creativity. I felt you’d given me a huge piece of the jigsaw puzzle of ‘how to improve my photos’ and reminded me about focusing on what I want my photos to say. I know I found it hard to move that ISO with prior warnings of ‘keep to 100 or 200 at most’ ringing in my ears, but seeing the vibrant reds and sharp focus obtained by increasing it, I’d be a fool not to do it. Consider me a moveable ISO convert! I’ve just spent the evening with Helen and Roderick mulling over the techniques you taught us. Helen says she’s going to be super critical of photos from now on and is already using the phrase ‘what would Phil say about …’! I can see we’ll have to watch out. Oh, and a big thank you for making sure I was included in the review at the end. It was very kind of you as I know we’d run over time.  Without doubt, this was definitely the best workshop I’ve attended and I’m looking forward to putting my new knowledge into practice.

Sarah, Bristol

had a great time

Thank you for a really good afternoon session last Friday 28 August, Katie and I gained much from your tuition and had a great time.

Charlotte, Ashton Court Bristol

It was very good

I went to the DSLR Made Simple course at Charlecote. It was very good.

Dan, Charlecote Park

excellent day

Many thanks Phil for an excellent day. I look forward to mastering what you explained to me. Thank you also for the notes which will be a very useful aide memoir.

Richard, Severn Valley Railway

ticked every box

just to say how much I enjoyed yesterday. A really nice venue , sunny weather, a small group and a leader so much photographic knowledge and the ability to pass it on, ticked every box for what I was hoping for. I will leave some good feedback with BuyaGift.com.

Richard (not the same one), Severn Valley Railway

I am feeling more confident now

Thank you so much for today. I had a brilliant time and, having reviewed my photos, I am feeling more confident now. Mission achieved!! Of the others I spoke to the feelings were all very positive so a good day had by all.

Ann, Bristol

ideal structure

Let me repeat the big ‘thank you’ for the course at Malvern last Sunday. It was an ideal structure, informal yet informative, detailed yet wide ranging. Your knowledge and experience shone through and naturaly enthused us there. Very many thanks.

Roger, Malvern

really interesting day

Thanks for this information and thank you again for a really interesting day on Saturday. I learned a lot and won’t have to use the automatic settings on my little camera any more! And may even upgrade my camera to something more sophisticated in due course.

Christine, Charlecote Park

Thank you for a great day

on Tuesday. With your help and advise I now understand my camera a good deal more and can’t wait to put into practice all the things you showed us hopefully to create better photographs. Many thanks once again.

Greg, Sudeley Castle

I had a very enjoyable and informative day with great company

and a great teacher.
I am now outside taking photos of a fabulous full moon.

Keith, Charlecote Park

I look forward to putting what I’ve learned into practice.

Thank you so much for yesterday. I learned a huge amount – despite not getting many decent photos!

Judith, Shugborough

enjoyed the day

Many thanks headmaster. Really enjoyed the day and I will study the slides before the impending exam

Mark, Shugborough

must have been really very good

Sorry not to get back sooner to thank you for what was evidently a positive experience for Kes. Kes is not one to thrill about things and when his Dad asked how it went he said ‘really good’. Jason his Dad commented to me than it must have been really very good for Kes to say that. So thanks.”

Ruth (Kes’s Mum), Ashton Court Bristol

The day was fantastic, good fun, enjoyable and I learnt so much.

Thanks for sending notes etc through. The day was fantastic, good fun, enjoyable and I learnt so much.

John, Sudeley Castle

very enjoyable day

I just wanted to thank you for the very enjoyable day yesterday in Henley.  I am printing up the handbook now and shall look forward to working my way through it by way of a refresher!

Angus, Henley on Thames

You provided an amazing amount of information and advice

Many thanks for your time and hospitality yesterday.  You provided an amazing amount of information and advice, and showed how I need to think more when “crafting” photos.  Your depth of experience and professionalism clearly came through and your tips, suggestions and critical comments were very well received.  I will look at your notes and I have already downloaded Picasa 3 (which is very simple and effective to use).  If I produce some memorable pictures I will send them to you, but a lot of revision and practice needed first.

John, Sudeley Castle

Thank you very much for an awesome course last Saturday.

Thank you very much for an awesome course last Saturday. It was really informative and has taught me the skills to get off that automatic setting,  and hopefully never go back. It really helped me understand how to compose my portraits however I think I still need work with landscapes!

Mike, Sudeley Castle

Thank you for a great day!

I attended your DSLR photography course at Ashton Court on Sat 12th November 2011 and would like to say thank you for a great day! Whilst I already had a reasonable amount of technical knowledge after using my camera for about 12 months, I had also become more aware of the things I didn’t know so I came pre-loaded with many questions about my photography and kit that either needed answering or re-justifying to help increase confidence in my own ability. You managed to answer ALL of these in a friendly, informal and helpful way, thank you. The DSLR class had such a wide variety of people with different interests and levels of experience but you still managed to meet everyone’s needs/expectations. Now I just need loads of practice, which could take a while, but at some point I’ll try to submit something for you to critique.Anyway, I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone, whether just starting out or wanting to improve their photography. I’d like to come back on one of your creative photography courses next year

Stuart, Ashton Court

I thought it was really interesting

Thank you once again for the DSLR course at Aston Court yesterday. I thought it was really interesting, and I really learnt a lot. It is amazing the difference in my photos already.

Richard, Ashton Court