going beyond the competent.
Imagine you're the photographer in the banner image above. It's sunrise and you're perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Grand Canyon, it's a photographer's dream. When the moment arrives, wherever it may be in the world, the time you have invested in training your eyes to 'see' will determine the result. Knowing which button to press wont!
The Way Forward
To really improve as a photographer a through understanding of 3 fundamental disciplines is required:-
- Learning To See
Training your eyes to visualise and design a photograph is the most fundamental aspect of photography. Regardless of the camera used going beyond a descriptive record of what's in front of the lens to inspirational work that generates emotion requires training your eyes to see. Something everyone can learn.
- Knowing The Camera
Regardless of the make or model of camera used, knowing how it operates to take total control must become second nature. Many see this as an end in itself, but technical achievement merely lays the foundations for strong images.
- The Final Output
Processing digital images for final output requires an understanding of editing software, typically Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Elements, Capture One. There are many ways to become confused, frustrated and ruin a strong image. Similarly, if you use film, scanning transparencies & negatives requires absolute control over the process.
invest in some One to One Training
I'm firmly of the view that to advance requires one to one tuition. Just like a sport such as golf, the basics of photography are generic and can be taught in groups. But to improve to the next level golfers invest in one to one lessons with a professional, they certainly don't join a group session with people of varying abilities! Photography is just the same.
To that end, all of my tuition is provided on a one to one basis, occasionally two to one. It is also bespoke to you, the individual, in both what you want to improve and your learning style. Consequently, there is no 'off the shelf course' - one will be designed around your needs. Training is typically centred around my home county of Cheshire, through to the Peak and Lake District.
Garry was awarded Licentiate Distinction from the Royal Photographic Society in 2004, Associateship in 2010 and is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Lightroom. Recent successes include being a Travel finalist in the 2016 Smithsonian photo contest and winner of 'People & Planes' in the 3rd Air & Space competition.
Please let me know how I can help.