One to one photography tuition


Duration: 1 day

Price: £150

Run by: Focus on Light

Contact: John Walmsley

01872 553 350

5 Beacon Farm
Beacon Road
St. Agnes
Cornwall
TR5 0NG

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About the Course

If you would like to come on a one-to-one workshop please get in touch with your prefered dates and we can take it from there. Dates can be tailored to your specific requirements, this also lets us work around the weather. If you are coming to Cornwall for a week and know you would like to come on a workshop but aren't sure of the exact date, don't worry just let me know the dates you are down for and we can work around them closer to the time. If you would like to come on a workshop with your partner the price is the same.

The single most important reason to come on a workshop is to understand how to meter properly. Forget all the clever ways that modern DSLR’s can work out the exposure for you and take control of your camera properly. You decide how the image looks, something that is of immense importance when you are not using graduated ND filters to control the contrast. Your cameras dynamic range is not the same as the human eye so sacrifices have to be made. Knowing the limitations of your camera enables you to quickly assess the lighting in front of you and act accordingly. Having someone clearly explain to you how to use the cameras spot meter properly has got to be worth the price of a day’s tuition in itself. Not to mention the stunning locations that we visit, the company of other photographers, and the inspiration it will give you to go out and take more photographs.

I only ever shoot in manual mode using the cameras spot meter to work out my exposure. I can say with certainty I understand light and how to use it. You might think,' why bother? Just let the camera do it for you'. When the light is doing something special this is the time when the camera really starts making mistakes, to capture it at it's best you need to take control and tell it what to do. As for composition there are some basic rules to help guide you in the right direction, which I will explain. I will also analyze your compositions and give my opinion on what I think works and what doesn’t in your images. I must stress that ultimately composition is not really something you can learn as such, you should look at lots of other good photographers and artist's work and you will over time naturally get a feel for it.

Where we go depends on the weather conditions. Some of the controlling factors will be the size of the swell, the wind direction and where the sun rises and sets. Your personal preferences also come into it. If you have spent lots of time on West Penwith and want to explore some of the North Cornwall beaches like Sandymouth Bay or Crackington Haven we can do that instead. I am always flexible and will go where conditions are best. Because I live in Cornwall I have local knowledge of some amazing locations, and because I go out taking photographs all the time whether I am running a workshop or not I have explored a lot of different places looking for good photographic opportunities.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. The voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Included in the price is food, drinks and transport.


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Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


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