Private Photography Tuition
In addition to my photo workshops, I provide one-to-one photographic tuition, covering whatever area of nature or general photography you wish.
I specialise in nature photography - trees, flowers, macro studies of insects and plant life - but the principles of photography are applicable to any subject, so composition ideas are the same whether you're taking a close-up shot of a flower, or a portrait of your favourite niece or nephew.
It's usually a 4 hour session, but this can be varied depending on your requirements and experience, the session being tailored to ensure we cover what you want, and to help you get the best from your camera.
I would normally expect us both to be taking pictures and comparing them to see how different viewpoints, lens choice etc. has an effect on the outcome. Whatever you want to address is fine, whether it's just the basics of what your camera does, or looking at specific techniques.
I use Pentax cameras, so if you're one of the growing number that have chosen Pentax too, I can offer that little extra that you're unlikely to find elsewhere. But whatever your camera, and whatever the make, I can help you get the best from it, as I've tutored on all the major brands, from beginner's models to the top of the range pro models.
Many people are finding they need help getting the most from software packages such as Photoshop and Lightroom. I offer tuition in these too, helping you get better results more quickly, reducing the work required to process images, and promoting better image management. Software tuition is normally carried out in the customer's home, and can be carried out in the evening if required, maybe in one or two 2 hour sessions.
I am available weekends or weekdays, for any 4 hours during the day, though normally I book a 10am to 2pm session.
If that's of interest, let me know and we'll see when we can schedule you in!
* Weekend availability is limited, if you would like to book a tuition session on a Saturday or Sunday please expect to book 2 or 3 months in advance.
The rate for a 4 hour private photography tuition session is shown below, along with an hourly rate for shorter sessions:
|Four or more participants:||£240||£70/hour|
Whatever you want! It's private tuition, designed around what you want and need. Tell me what you want to learn, and I'll do my very best to get you up to speed.
As private tuition is tailored to your needs, your current knowledge isn't really a concern, we can get you up and running with confidence if you're a beginner, or help you with a specific area of your photography if you're further along your photographic journey.
The private photography tuition I offer is based on a 4 hour session, and is usually along these lines...
1 to 2 hours spent running through the technical side of photography - apertures, ISO's, shutter speeds, exposure compensation, white balance, focusing modes etc. - followed by a walk about to try out techniques and put into practice what we've looked at indoors. However, the session's tailored to your requirements, so we may spend all the time on practical photography, maybe with a specific subject or technique in mind.
I normally provide the tuition at locations such as Hanningfield Reservoir near Billericay, RHS Hyde Hall near South Woodham Ferrers, Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Bedfords Park near Romford, and Weald Park in Brentwood. I'm happy to travel further afield, but this may incur additional travel expenses.
I'm also happy to visit the customer's home or business address, and this may be more practical if tuition for software such as Lightroom or Photoshop is being provided.
No. I have had customers as young as 11 benefiting from private tuition (I simply ask that children under the age of 16 be chaperoned), and would be happy for younger photographers to enjoy some tuition too. Younger photographers may be better with a couple of 2 hour sessions rather than a 4 hour one.
Give me a ring, or email me, and we'll book you in! See the Contact page for details.
Most sites that I use are accessible to some degree, but some are better than others in this respect. Hanningfield Reservoir has good surfaced paths and no gradients to speak of, so is best suited to those with more severe mobility issues.
Hylands Park also has good surfaced paths and few gradients, at least in the area near the house, so is also suited to those with mobility issues.
Bedfords Park and Weald Park are fine around the Visitor Centre, with some surfaced paths with shallow gradients, but there are fewer areas to explore before having to go onto unmade paths with uneven surfaces.
RHS Hyde Hall is on a hill, so requires the ability to get from the lower car park to the top of the garden. There are good surfaced paths, as well as a tarmac roadway, so mobility scooters are no problem, and there is a shuttle bus to the top of the garden if all you need is a help up the hill.
Send us your questions and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
"I'm really looking forward to the workshop in 2 weeks time and I'm already planning another one-to-one session in the Autumn/Winter." Beverley A.
"Thanks again for all your help and advice. I will recommend you to friends should they need help with photography." Jennie M.
"Daniel addressed everything I was having trouble with and much more, explained in such a way things fell into place with ease." Sean H.
"I really enjoyed Sunday, most helpful and you pitched it absolutely perfectly." Jo L.