Photography Tuition

It’s been a busy time for me with lots of one-to-one photography tuition, and last week I did an Evening Photography Walk in the beautiful old town of Ludlow.

A gentle form of photography tuition

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Six photographers on a Photography Walk in Ludlow, Shropshire. Photograph by Philip Dunn

I take only six photographers on the photography walks and they are almost always over-subscribed, which is a great compliment. Certainly, judging by the number of repeat bookings and the responses I get, all the photographers seem to enjoy this gentle and enjoyable form of photography tuition.

We had some pretty dreadful light for our latest Photography Walk, so that was a challenge for everyone. Still, I got some lovely emails from the photographers…

Gerald wrote: “Thank you so much for a brilliant evening with good company (your self and all the others), with superb tuition and knowledge from your self – First Class. I learn so much from just listening to you. Thank you once again.”

The Rectangle Monkey

While Amanda said: “Thank you Philip – thoroughly enjoyable evening – and I came away with a ‘Rectangle Monkey’ – who’d have thought?”

A Rectangle Monkey? Well, yes, that’s just a very novel and effective way I have of passing on an understanding of the basics of composition.

Chrissie said: “Thanks for the photo and the walk, which I found very useful. I have lots to learn! and look forward to further help from you.”

One-to-One street photography tuition

I’ve had several keen students for individual photography tuition recently. This really is a very effective way of teaching. Yes, I love the banter and fun that can be enjoyed with a group of photographers while I’m teaching, but individual photography tuition really concentrates on each photographer’s own strengths and needs.

My most recent student last week was Ian from Oswestry, Shropshire. He’s just retired and this photography tuition was bought for him as a present with a gift voucher.

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Ian, hard at work during a one-to-one session of street photography tuition in Shrewsbury. Photograph by Philip Dunn

Indoor photography

Ian wanted to gain more experience in Street Photography – a subject I’m aways happy to share. I make it a rule that whenever I am out with a student it is the student’s pictures that come first. I’ve heard of many photography tutors who spend most of their time taking their own pictures. This strikes me as overwhelmingly unprofessional and selfish when the students have paid for my time.

Still, while the student is happily involved in his or her own pictures, I certainly don’t miss an opportunity to take pictures. Below are a couple of shots I took while working alongside Ian.

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Morning coffee for this chap in a cafe in Shrewsbury’s wonderful Indoor Market Hall. This place is a veritable mecca for photographers who love taking pictures of people. Photograph by Philip Dunn
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Messing about in boats by the River Severn. Ian and I were photographing Porthill footbridge when we spotted this chap carrying his canoe. Photograph by Philip Dunn

Learning how to use manual camera settings

Later that same day I got a lovely email from Ian:

“Thank you very much for a splendid time in Shrewsbury this morning. You were informative, just right with the level of technical tuition, great locations, entertaining and it was fun!

I am now confident in using the manual setting on my camera relying on my intuition – and trial and error!”

Photography Workshops will resume later this year

I am taking a short break from the Photography Workshops for the summer. New dates for later in the year will be posted in the PhotoActive website soon. I will still be accepting some dates one-to-one photography tuition, so just email me and if I am around I will be happy to help. CONTACT PHILIP DUNN

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