Get the most out of your camera with photographic education from our accredited professional photographer.
Learn what you want to know about your camera or a specific genre of photgography in a small group or one-on-one training session.
We're not camera sales people, we teach you what you want to know about your camera and about how to improve your imagemaking with the equipment you already have.
We offer half-day, full-day and weeked training courses that include tuition and hands-on, live shooting practice in the genre, or genres, you are most interested in.
With a professional career spanning over 25 years, your instructor, Dave has shot a diverse range of genre's and styles, from action photography for the military and sports photography at major games through to commercial work - including high fashion and magazine editorials - as well as capturing hundreds of weddings and family portait shoots along the way.
Your training doesn't stop at the end of your course either - you will recieve comprehensive notes to takeaway from your course and Dave will provide constructive feedback and instruction via email for up to 6 weeks after your course to ensure you maximise the learning experience.
Why? Do you want to experience Britain like a local? Do you want to shoot some incredible photographic locations not on the traditional tourist trail? Do you want to progress your photography in a fun and nurturing environment? If the answer to these questions is yes, then you should look at joining us for one of our photographic tours. We have 13 day/12 night tours that allow you to explore the incredible diversity of imaging opportunities that Britain offers, each with a relaxed and flexible schedule that enables you to have a hand in the planning and practice the tyype of photography you want. To avoid wasting time travelling between locations at all end sof the country, and avoiding the dullness of the motorways where we can, these tours are arranged geographically to allow you to explore in depth and spend longer at the best photo spots and maximising your portfolio of imagery.
Who? These tours are ideally suited to participants with a passion for photography and travel, however, the "syllabus" is flexible and we can easily accomodate those just starting out in photography who are more keen to experience the real Britain away from the tourist traps. As there are a significant number of walks available on each tour (some which we grade as strenuous), a reasonable level of fitness will help you to make most of the opportunities.
What? Here is a selection of the tours we have available...
Stone, Steel & Steam North of England Photography Tour - April, May, June, September, October, November
With our principal Dave as your guide, discover the incredible variety of photographic opportunities available in the spectacular North of England. Dave was born and brought up in North East England and attended university in the North West, giving him a passion for the region, along with a deep, inside knowledge of the places, the people and the history of the region
From the dramatic, unspoilt landscapes of Wordworth's Lake District to the gritty cradle of the industrial revolution, the north of England encompasses some of Britains most stunning photographic locations. Your 13 day (12 nights) journey will take you on a time-travelling tour that takes in pre-historic stone circles, Roman-era architecture, medieval castles, Georgian palaces, Victorian industrial landscapes and on to some of the most striking stuctures of the modern era. Along the way we'll show you locations from a myriad of Hollywood blockbuster movies and popular TV shows as well as allow you to experience true northern hospitallity.
Your tour starts in Manchester, the beating heart of northern culture, taking some time to get to know one another and learning some key tips whilst exploring Britain's second city. Making sure you're well adjusted to the local time, and temperatures, we'll start heading north into the Pennine country, stopping off in Lancashire, before arriving at the Lake District - a world-class location for photography. Next, we follow the route taken by Roman soldiers millennia ago, tracking Hadrian's Wall as it heads eastwards, pausing for some astro photography in the dark-sky country of Northumbria, before a short trip northwards towards the Scottish border to explore the dramatic castles of the north east coast before arriving at the the vibrant city of Newcastle. After visiting the living museum at Beamish and Durham's world heritage locations we then explore the eastern side of the pennines, visiting Teesdale and Swaledale before heading to the decaying industrial landscapes of Teesside. Next, we pick up the trail of Captain Cook as we take in the Cleveland Hills and North Yorkshire Moors on our way to the coast, following his journey to Whitby. All too soon we'll be at the final stop on this trip - the historic city of York - from where you can make use of the excellent transport links to start your journey home.
Your tour includes 13 days of guided photographic opportunities and tuition with our fully accredited pro Dave. There will also be 3 guest lectures presented by experts in video storytelling (Day 1 afternoon - Manchester), landscape photography (Day 5 morning - Lake District) and street photography (Day 8 afternoon - Newcastle).
The tour price includes 12 nights accomodation in twin share rooms (single supplement available) with breakfast, lunch and dinner included everyday. All entries to attractions on the itinerary and travel in a chauffered luxury vehicle is also included, however, beverages, snacks, any extra room charges, travel insurance and travel to and from the pick-up/dropoff locations are not included. Tours are limited to a maximum of 10 participants and and run with a minimum of two and prices are from £3995 (low season April/May/October/November) - £4995 (high season - June/September) with a deposit of £500 to secure your place.
Wild Wide West of England Photography Tour - March, April, May, June, September, October, November
With our principal Dave as your guide, discover the incredible photographic opportunities available in the stunning South West of England. Having spent many childhood holidays in the South West, Dave later worked in the region for a number of years, experiencing the sights and sounds of this dramtically diverse and picturesque region as a local.
From the picture-postcard perfect villages of Somerset to the windswept surf-beaches of the Atlantic coast, the south west of England has an incredible array of photographic locations. Your 13 day (12 nights) journey will take you on a rollercoaster ride through history and geography as you experience some of the most outstanding vistas England has to offer and by the end you will have memory cards packed with portfolio-worthy imagery, as well as being qualified to determine if the jam or the cream should go onto the scone first!
Your tour starts in Bristol, the first city of the west, taking some time to get to know one another and learning some key tips whilst exploring Brunel's legacy and Banksy's present. We move just a few miles down the road to the spa town of Bath and it's spectacular architecture that spans two millennia before exploring East Somerset and it's glorious, unspoilt towns and villages. As we head westwards again, we enter West Somerset, taking a steam train trip through the Quantock Hills before seeing a castle that belongs in a fairytale and our first seaside resort. Next, we explore Exmoor - Lorna Doon country - with it's tiny villages, thatched cottages and smugglers retreats. As we reach the twin towns of Lynton & Lynmouth we see the coastal scenery begin to change as the Bristol Channel opens into the Atlantic Ocean and there is the chance to shoot some astro photography in the dark sky reserve on the moorland behind the towns. We have now crossed the county border into Devon and at Woolacombe we can experience the true, raw power of the Atlantic Ocean as it pounds the wide surf beaches and tiny, shell-strewn coves around. Soon we are crossing the county border again, this time entering Cornwall, England 's most westerly and a region of strong contrasts. Here we will find the spectacular coastal scenery pockmarked by highly photogenic remnants of the tin industry, interspersed with working fishing villages that have become TV stars in their own right. As we approach the very south-western tip of England - Lands-End indeed - we see evidence of the prehistoric settlement of the region before we move to the more gentile southern coastline and explore the dramatic castles that lie amongst some the most picturesque fishing ports in the world. As we approach the end of this tour we cross back into Devon with the seafaring city of Plymouth, famous for Drake's bowling match on the Hoe, and the isolated splendour of Dartmoor on our itinerary before a final night in the English Riviera resort town of Torquay. Tour participants who need to can leave early can do so from here for trains to London or join us for a final morning in Devon before we conclude in Exeter later that day.
Your tour includes 13 days of guided photographic opportunities and tuition with our fully accredited pro Dave. There will also be 2 guest lectures presented by experts in video storytelling (Day 1 afternoon - Bristol), and creating better landscapes with people in them (Day 3 evening - Taunton).
The tour price includes 12 nights accomodation in twin share rooms (single supplement available) with breakfast, lunch and dinner included everyday. All entries to attractions on the itinerary and travel in a chauffered luxury vehicle is also included, however, beverages, snacks, any extra room charges, travel insurance and travel to and from the pick-up/dropoff locations are not included. Tours are limited to a maximum of 10 participants and and run with a minimum of two and prices are from £3995 (low season (March/April/October/November) - £4995 (high season - May/June/September) with a deposit of £500 to secure your place.