September teaching at Morley College

Following my busy summer working on commissions around holiday adventures I am finishing off my preparations for my up-coming teaching through the academic year, where one day a week I like to share my enthusiasm for photography and my professional practice experience with students. As well as running progressive Digital SLR courses through the year up to Advanced level I teach term-long courses that will further enhance and enrich photographic skills within various genres of photography such as – Portrait photography, Studio Flash and Speedlight, Urban (street) photography, and Documentary photography (encompassing social documentary and photojournalism).

I am looking forward to meeting and helping new and past students to enjoy and improve both their technical and creative photographic skills. Always happy to share insights in to my professional practice as a commission photographer.

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SEPTEMBER COURSE DETAILS ( for dates, times and further info, click on the url )

Insight City Guides, London

URBAN PHOTOGRAPHY
This course is designed to teach various photographic techniques and ways to photograph the urban landscape taking a fresh look at photographing architecture, street portraiture and the cultural landscape whilst helping develop your own sensitivity to photographing within the city.

http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/digital_design_film_photography/5637-urban_photography

DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY FOR BEGINNERS
This course is for complete beginners who own a Digital SLR and want to learn some of its functions. Students will learn how to operate their cameras in manual mode, make correct exposures and understand aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/digital_design_film_photography/4867-digital_slr_photography_beginners

You can continue your studies after this course with an intermediate and advanced level, or develop your own specific style and interest within photography on courses such as Portrait, Documentary, or Studio flash photography.

CITY & GULIDS PHOTOGRAPHY, LEVEL 1
City & Guilds Photography Level 1 is ideal if you are interested in learning basic photography skills and knowledge. You will learn how to use your camera, study aspects of image capture including composition and subject matter, and look at different computer editing software. Knowledge and skills gained will support progression to level 2 and 3.

http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/digital_design_film_photography/4290-city_guilds_photography_level_1/22854

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Boys driving on the Malacon, Havana, Cuba

COMING UP 2016
STUDIO FLASH AND SPEEDLIGHT  (Jan 2016)
http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/digital_design_film_photography/5646-studio_flash_speedlight/23171

DIGITAL INTERMEDIATE SLR  (Jan 2016)
http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/digital_design_film_photography/5537-digital_slr_photography_intermediate

DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY  (April 2016)
http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/digital_design_film_photography/5645-documentary_photography/22869

PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY  (April 2016)
http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/digital_design_film_photography/4311-product_photography/23173

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY  (April 2016)
http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/digital_design_film_photography/5700-portrait_photography/23246

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It’s all in the detail…

How does one capture the essence of a place?
Here is a second taster of my Insight City Guide to London… Borough market, Kew, Ham House, Hogarth house, Chelsea Physic Garden, Westminster Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, Hampton Court and Chiswick House. I just laugh at the three elderly ladies in Chelsea Physic Garden with the busk of a man’s head amongst the flowers. I often am trying to get low and shoot through layers to create atmosphere. Trying to remember to look for all the angles; the graphic shot from above, or the low down close up where you can almost smell those cakes! Feel free to write to me at the foot of any of my blogs.

Beyond my commissions I teach a few short courses at Morley College, London. Why not come along to one of my ‘Street Photography’ courses? Two Saturday workshop 21 & 28 Sept 2013, and better still a 6 week program, working to themes within Street photography,  3 hrs a week from 4 November 2013.

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Where for art thou in London?

What an opportunity I had thought… A commission to run all over London for three weeks photographing a new guide book of the City. Then I saw the length of the picture list! followed by the arrival of a heat wave… thus followed some very hard work. The schedule was tight, but 8,000 files later edited to 2,000, another deadline met. Now a month later it is very rewarding to sift through and edit a small selection I like most. Can you guess where any of them were taken?

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

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Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Cuba covered…

The Malecon, Havana, Cuba

I discovered this week that the image above that I photographed on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba has been bought for a cover of a book. I always get excited when I see an image of mine republished. Although I have shot both Time Out ‘Havana and the best of Cuba’ and ‘The Rough guide to Cuba’, this was a personal image I took on a much earlier trip, back in the day of ‘film’ photography. I once entered it into a Guardian photographic competition and it did make it to be featured on their website. See below a handful of some other favorite photographs I have taken in Cuba…

Afro Cuban Dance performance about to start in Havana Vieja

A taste of Istanbul…

Last month I had the great commission from Rough Guides to shoot their new Pocket guide to Istanbul. I was very excited to be going to photograph a city I had never been before. Arrived at my five star bunk bed in my very own hostel room, and off I went for 13 days traversing the different neighborhoods by antique red tram, the tunnel, electric T1 and ferries of various shapes, sizes and quality. Here are a handful of images to share the wonderful delights and food! of Istanbul: Click on thumbnails to view larger size.

Travel photography is seen by some as a glamours job… but the days are long, carrying
a tripod for hours, passing tourists sipping tea in their best holiday clothes. Then at the end of the day downloading, captioning, and editing into the night. But heck! I can not complain – the highs are getting lost in the back streets, eating the food you photograph, and the interesting encounters with other travelers on ferry crossings, hearing their tales of where they have just arrived from and their hopes to where they plan their travels will take them; swapping tips on good places to check out. Another late afternoon after getting my final shot of the day, I got to watch the sun set over the mosques and the Maiden’s tower from the Asian shore of Istanbul, whilst sipping my own sweet tea. Getting on a VERY local bus that would wind its way up through the hills to drop me off with a 20 minute vertical walk to a view of where the Bosphorus meets the Black Sea. As the sun was dropping fast zig zagging back down the Bosphorus missing and catching wrong ferries to eventually arrive back to my Hostel to edit with a nice cold bottle of beer… or two.

The best bit is once home home, working through all your images, smiling and appreciating the opportunity you where given, and sharing my pictures and stories with my son.

Travel Photography course at Morley College

Check out my two travel photography workshop that starts in less than a week. Enroll by wednesday 21 March to be sure of a place:
http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/digital_design_film_photography/1466-travel_photography_weekend

This two-day workshop covers three important aspects to becoming a successful travel photographer: The planning, capturing and crafting of your images. This encompasses choosing equipment, getting to know your camera, composition, evaluating the light, and mastering your techniques. Know the importance of research to identify when is the best time to go etc. The first day is photographing out on location. We will meet at the main door of the Tate Modern. The tutor will set briefs that reflect commissioned travel picture requests. Whilst photographing the tutor will give students tips and guidance, and 1-to-1 support with camera skills. Day two is classroom based covering the points mentioned above plus demonstrations on editing skills and use of Adobe Lightroom to review and edit your images. The Tutor shares her Top 10 Tips about being a Travel Photographer.

What you will learn on this course.

You will:

  • explore and learn about the photographic techniques of Travel photography
  • gain insight and practise of how to capture a ‘sense of a place’.
  • learn photo editing skills; what makes the picture special.
  • be able to use Adobe Lightroom’s basic skills for editing and work flow.
  • learn how to plan and research travel photography trips.
  • learn how a travel photo library works, and identify what images sell.

With discussions on:

  • Compositional skills
  • 10 top tips for a travel photographer.

I look forward to meeting some great new enthusiastic Photographers!!!

Travel Photography Weekend Course

Looking forward to running my travel Photography weekend workshop next month.

This workshop covers three important aspects to becoming a successful travel photographer: planning, capturing and crafting your images. You will master these skills through practical assignments, visual presentation, and group discussions. Ideal for anyone who has some photographic knowledge or has completed one of our beginners’ courses.

http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/digital_design_film_photography/1466-travel_photography_weekend

The Times Destination Show

A big thank you to all of those that came to the Travel photography talks this past weekend. I am sure you were entertained by Paul Goldstein of Exodus travel, and that some of the pointers I gave will be of use. I hope the selection of images will also inspire. It was all the more fun for me to swop travel adventure stories with Doug McKinlay, about the highs and lows of a travel photographer, and the trickier moments we have found ourselves in whilst pursuing that next best image. We laugh at those near mishaps now, as we live to tell the tale. Thanks to Rough Guides, Time out, Conde Nast Traveller, Insight Berlitz and Thames and Hudson for sending me to some wonderful places. I always am looking forward to the next adventure.

Check out my small slide show posted here, 20/01/2012
 

Rough Guides Speaker

Honored to be invited to represent The Rough Guides at The Times Destinations Holiday & Travel show, (http://www.destinationsshow.com) to talk and present some of my Travel images on the Photography panel. 4th – 5th Feb 2012 at 1pm.

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Vivian Maier ‘A Life Uncovered’

The work of Vivian Maier, more than 100,000 negatives, was only discovered by chance in 2007 just 2 year before her death in 2009. They are on show at present as part of the London street Photography festival. Wonderful to see and great feeling from knowing that this very talented female photographer’s work was discovered, and pulled together again into one large collection by John Maloof.