I was delighted to recieve Jons full day photography course as a Christmas present.
Initially Jon comes across as a very friendly, approachable and patient man who made me feel comfortable straight away.
Although always having enjoyed taking ‘snaps’, I have never been knowledgeable or possibly brave enough to use my camera manually, therefore, I have tended to leave my camera settings on Auto.
The morning was spent gaining a better understanding of my camera manually, the various tools and aspects that the camera has, and being shown the freedom and the potential that my camera could offer me. Techniques were disscussed in clear language and Jon was always welcoming and approachable for questioning.
I found Jon to be very Keen and competant and the tuition he gave was hands on and informative. I particularly found it useful having the cameras there in front of me to reinforce visually what he was saying. Jon gave me comprehensive notes that I could add to throughout the day and take away with me which will be helpful for future reference.
From midday onwards we went out with our cameras into Sherwood Forest and captured areas of interest to me.
We spent time putting into practise the techniques we’d talked about, looking at, discussing and appreciating varied views and chose what we felt to be the best compositions to take.
Jon happily invited questions and was always approachable and on hand if my understanding wasn’t clear.
Lastly, we rounded the day off by downloading the photos from the camera and manipulated them with a photography programe on the computer.
Yet more helpful techniques, hints and tips were given from Jon, this resulting in some useable images that I was more than happy with and that I am hoping to mount and frame.
The day was relaxed, productive and highly enjoyable.
Generally I feel that the course was intense enough without being too difficult and has left me with a much better understanding of photography and how to take a much better photograph as well as a new found enthusiasm.
Over all I can’t wait to get out and about again capturing images, having control of the camera rather than visa versa.
The course gave me plenty to take away and to work with in the coming months. I now feel that the knowledge I have recently gained will allow me to explore my creativity but taking away the frustration and incompetance that I had previous to the course.
I am looking forward to finding out what is achievable with my camera with a bit of thought and imagination. The course has definitly allowed me to take away plenty of food for thought and room for development.
Jons enthusiasm for photography shines through and it was easy to see that he is passionate about what he does.
Jon himself is a highly knowledgeable and talented photographer, extremly keen, yet has the ability to install confidence, invite challenge and pass on his knowledge, and skills to others.
A thoroughly enjoyable day!