I have been providing private photography tuition sessions since 2007, now seeing around 150 clients a year, covering a wide range of abilities and interests.
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 Pentax user 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. Photography software tuition is normally carried out in the customer's home, and can be 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 don't be surprised if the majority of dates offered are 3 or more months away.
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 rate for a 4 hour private photography tuition session is shown below, along with an hourly rate for shorter sessions:
|Four or more participants:||£260||£70/hour|
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 have had customers as young as 11 benefiting from private tuition, and would be happy for younger photographers to enjoy some tuition too. The other end of the age spectrum is not a problem either!
Children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by a designated, appropriate adult; this may be a family member, nanny or chaperone. If the appropriate adult is not receiving tuition no extra charge will be incurred.
Younger photographers may be better with a couple of 2 hour sessions rather than a 4 hour one.
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 also happy to visit the customer's home or business address, and this may be more practical if tuition for software such as Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop is being provided.
Please be aware that for private tuition I charge travel costs on sessions taking place more than approximately 10 miles from my home address, as a rough guide the map below shows the area in red where travel costs are included in the prices quoted above, outside of this area I am likely to make an extra charge, which will be advised at the time of booking.
Yes you can, just follow the steps for 'How do I book?' above, and simply state that you're booking it for someone else to attend. It's probably easier though if you buy them a gift voucher and then they can choose a date for their tuition session.
If you need to cancel your booking, please contact me as soon as possible.
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, and is suitable for all mobile capabilities.
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, and participants may need to be able 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. Private tuition allows us to cater for the client though, and there are plenty of areas with few gradients where tuition can take place.
If you have any concerns, please contact me to discuss so that we can try to make things as straightforward as possible for you.
Send us your questions and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Totally normal man
"I was a little nervous having a man come to my house who I haven’t met before but Daniel was brilliant. He explained everything clearly and he didn’t rush the workshop. I was free to ask any questions as we went along. We went through my photos and helped me understand Lightroom. I would recommend anyone to Daniel. Helpful and friendly" Nicole Scott via Trustpilot
Birds of Prey workshop
"Attended a Birds of Prey workshop. Excellent opportunities for photographing birds both flying and perched. Daniel knew the location well and so backgrounds were suitable too. Photographing them flying is challenging and Daniel patiently took us through how to get the best shots. I have a great set of images from the day so thank you Daniel." Nevil Osborne via Trustpilot
London Photo workshop
"This was my second workshop with Daniel and it was excellent. I was introduced to the rest of the group and away we went stopping at different parts along the river Thames. The highlight for me was how varied the river actually is for taking photos and of course the harvest moon an added surprise that evening." Andrea Forshman via Trustpilot
Fun and accessible
"I have attended a number of courses and workshops with Daniel over the years and have always found them to be fun and accessible to attendees with a broad range of skills. No one feels left out and the days move at a good pace, with plenty of opportunity to take photos following a bit of classroom learning. I would recommend for beginners and experienced photographers alike." Anna Casbolt via Trustpilot
First Class Photography Tuition
"I have attended most of the courses run by Daniel and the only things remaining on my wish list are the London walks. Every course I have taken I have come away with knowledge and understanding, so if you’re hesitating, just sign up, you won’t regret it. Classes are small and friendly with some of the time on one to one tuition." Carol Ferguson via Trustpilot