One-to-one photography course in Ludlow

One-to-one photography course in Ludlow

I had a most enjoyable one-to-one photography course in Ludlow the other day. But then, it’s always great to work with a real photography enthusiast who is keen and eager to learn.

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Amanda at work with her Canon 760D during her one-to-one photography course in Ludlow

My student for the day, Amanda, lives in Shropshire, so she did not have far to travel. She took up photography seriously just six months ago when she bought her Canon 760D and a couple of very nice Sigma lenses. I realised very quickly that Amanda is not a lady to do things by halves. She came with a very clear idea of what she wanted to achieve from her one-to-one photography course with me.

In Amanda’s case, this was to clarify a short-list of priorities that would help her every time she raised the camera to take a picture.

Achieving good photographs

Happily, Amanda has been achieving some very good photographs, but admitted she was getting confused by the overwhelming amount of information – much of it conflicting – that is available these days.

Amanda had decided to enrol on an online photography course for complete beginners, and this did help her a great deal. I took a quick look at some of the printed pages from her course, and have to say that I was impressed by its simplicity. The fact that the tutors assume absolutely no knowledge whatsoever is an excellent starting point for any beginner’s photography course. So, if you are looking for an online starter photography course, you might like to check out

However, as useful as online photography courses can be – when they are genuine – nothing can possibly beat personal tuition with a professional, and that’s why Amanda booked a one-to-one photography course in Ludlow with me.

Basic photo techniques

The weather the other day was not very helpful for photography, and light was in seriously short supply, but nevertheless, I was able to unravel several misconceptions that were causing confusion. For instance, I was able to clarify the ISO settings, and the use of Exposure Compensation when using Aperture Priority mode. We practised these basic photo techniques with a session of picture taking in Ludlow’s open market.

Former student’s photography exhibition

One happy incident occurred as I was explaining to Amanda how to find beautiful pockets of natural light in unlikely places while working outdoors even on dull days.

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Dummie’s legs on a market stall. Photographed while working with my student on a one-to-one photography course in Ludlow. No reason why you can’t have a bit of fun while taking pictures

A lady stopped and asked us if we had seen the photography exhibition. She invited us into a tiny gallery with winding wooden stairs leading up to more galleries in the lofts. And whose work should be adorning the walls, but an old student of mine, Maria Falconer – who went on to become a Fellow of the RPS.

Maria came to me as a beginner some years ago when I ran one-to-one photography courses in Scotland – she was another lady who knew what she wanted to achieve – and went out and achieved it. So if you happen to be in Ludlow, pop in to The Photo Space in Quality Square to see Maria’s photographs.

I got a lovely email from Amanda after our one-to-one photography course in Ludlow. She said:

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the one-to-one session in Ludlow today – I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve come away with some key elements to help move my photography to the next level which is exactly what I wanted.

I’m really looking forward to joining one of your group sessions soon and also booking another one-to-one in the near future.

Thanks once again.


You can join me for one-to-one photography tuition in Shropshire. We can tailor the day and tuition to suit your needs and experience.



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