See what Thomas Heaton has to say about Simon
Was it worth it? Absolutely yes, 100%. Did Simon give me a hard sell for a second workshop? Quite the opposite, in his de-brief his advice was to spend less time, and money, on workshops and spend more time out with the camera. He highlighted what I do well, and where I need to pay more attention and you can’t ask for more than that.
I have nothing against group workshops, far from it, but if you find you are getting less and less out of group outings, I can thoroughly recommend trying a one-to-one workshop.
One to one
Photography on Demand
Simon you have a very discerning eye for composition which was the reason I contacted you in the first place, and to spend time with you for some of that to rub off was well worth the time and effort. You described your considerations in uncomplicated terms, never setting yourself up as the last word but offering suggestions where you saw fit. I particularly liked your style of working; to whittle away at all the stuff that detracts from the image you see in your mind’s eye and arrive at the closest possible interpretation, clearing away the distractions from the image by so many different means.
I found the experimentation work we did with various lenses in similar situations very useful and this has really helped me to understand the wider applications of the tools I already have (and the ones I don’t) in capturing images that are very satisfying to look back on. And really that is the nub of it! To come away from a day’s shooting in the field and be pleased with the result. In that way I can say most definitely that you have widened my armoury of skills and thought processes, and given me something to take forward that no piece of kit ever can.
In short, for someone looking to expand their horizons from an artistic or creative point of view through composition, or to better understand the technical and practical elements of camera craft I cannot speak highly enough of your skills and approaches in your workshop. You make for good company Simon in many ways, and your knowledge of the countryside was interesting certainly but it was entertaining too. For people like me with an interest though no great knowledge of the various species of plants and birds we encountered, or ecological matters generally, it was an added bonus and a great part of a very enjoyable and worthwhile day.
One to one
So, thank you again & I'll happily share my images once I've processed them.