If you want to brush up your knowledge or skills, I may be able to help. People always reckoned I’d make a good teacher all the time I was growing up, so I started to teach people things quite early on. Nothing I ever do is complete without me doing a lot of thinking about why I do what I do, and what it all means to people. As a result, the underlying philosophy and psychology is always a big part of what I teach, along with my passion for the subject, as well as the technical skills.
Photography is no exception. I’ve been teaching photography to people from the Brighton area for a few years now. They come along with whatever level of knowledge, explain to me where they feel they fall short of their idea, and I’ll help them get to where they want to be. It might be a professional photographer who’s great at architectural and landscape photography, but who wants to move into studio portraiture or fashion and has no idea about studio flash lighting. Or it might be a complete amateur who got a digital SLR camera for Christmas and wants to learn all about this aperture and depth of field thing in order to take better wildlife photos.
One of the most interesting aspects of photography is composition. It’s the artistic side of photography. It’s important because the composition we use at the moment we take a photo dictates the shape and form of the image for ever. But is it important in commercial photography..? Or wedding photography..?
Since we make photographs first in our heads by evaluating a scene, before we ever press the shutter release button, how we see the world is of the utmost importance. You may think you know how to spot something beautiful and take a photograph of it… but what if you’ve been asked to photograph something of whose aesthetic qualities you’re distinctly unsure? In the commercial world, can you afford to refuse a commission? Should you not be able to see beauty wherever you look? It’s even worse if you’re a wedding photographer and the bride of the day happens to fall outside your particular criteria of beauty!
Fortunately I can help to improve your composition. It’s not a magic formula, of course. I can’t just wave a magic wand and make you better at composition. The improvement comes from within you, but it’s magic to see the results, and they come quite quickly.
So… whatever bit of photography you want to learn, perhaps a few hours spent with me can help. I teach in the studio, at home, or out and about in the great outdoors. So wherever you live in Sussex (or indeed Kent, Surrey or Hampshire), look me up and give me a call.
All the details here: Photographic tuition and Photography Courses in Brighton & Sussex