Exmoor Photography Courses have had another busy week with lovely spring sunshine, warm temperatures and more happy customers, please read Mr Gowers review below.
Rupert (Jack) Clegg Owner Exmoor Photography
Martin Gower(non-registered) 11 04 2015
I had a day on my own and a shared day as it's a 3-4 hour trip to the location and seemed a better way to justify the travel time (from home to Porlock). It also helped ensure that no location was duplicated in the two days. Can I say at the outset what FANTASTIC VALUE FOR MONEY this course is. I have seen other 1-2-1 and group tutoring offered in this price range but usually they are with one instructor and for larger groups. Sometimes these groups have to drive round in convoy - which would have been awful on Exmoor. (Jack's car is both spacious and comfortable in the rear seats)
I don't know how Jack and Jamie provide their Rolls Royce service at this price but it's a wonderful deal packed with learning and locations that provide great opportunities to take memorable pictures. It seems more of a vocation for them - rather than a job.
The booking arrangements were smoothly handled by Alison who ensured I knew what to expect and arranged the lunch - which was more than I could eat. From the start Jack and Jamie were organised so we could set off promptly and arrive at the carefully chosen location to get the best light or avoid the crowds (not always possible at some of the tourist magnets but we managed very well). However there was flexibility built in so that, for example, when we saw a heron wading in a stream we were able to quickly park to enable me to get the photograph.
In the year I have been trying (as a hobby) to improve my photography I have never used auto but had become lazy (doing most of my adjustments in Elements 12) and there were many of my camera functions that I had read about but not used. By lunchtime on day 1 Jack had convinced me of the benefits of getting the picture as good as possible in camera to minimise post processing. Suffice to say that considerable technical ground was covered and had more been attempted I would have suffered information overload. The volume of new information was tailored just right for me.
Then the practicalities of correct composure (regarding the exposure etc as covered above) were first class. I knew about the rule of thirds, leading lines and so forth but didn't always appreciate that there might be better opportunities if I just looked around a bit more and thought about my alternatives. Landscape photography shouldn't be rushed! Setting up a shot myself and then having it constructively analysed was a great learning experience. Plus (what I had thought most important at the time of booking) the knowledge of locations and the time of day they were most likely to be effective. I could not possibly find in two days what these professionals have spent years locating.
I could say more (all positive) but I'll finish with the recommendation that you stop reading and start booking. You will have a fantastic day.
To book your photography course with us, please visit the website here or contact Jack or Alison on the following number.
T: 01643 862026
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T: 01643 702312