I've been sending out Photography Tuition Gift Vouchers like the one above to lovely people who were giving them to lucky photographers all over Essex (and beyond), and you were one of those lucky people! You may be wondering about the best way to go about using them - well here's what you do...
The voucher entitles you to a 4 hour tuition session (unless otherwise stated), at a location of your choice. If it's in the Brentwood/Billericay/Chelmsford area (see the usual venues for tuition in the FAQs below), there are no further costs involved, if you'd like to meet outside these areas, I will make a small charge for travelling.
Have a think about what you would like to cover during your time with me, and start making notes of any questions you may have, to ensure you get the most from the session. Decide what time of year would suit you best, don't feel you have to use the voucher straight away. If you want to wait until another time of year, that's fine - your voucher is valid for two years (check the expiry date on the bottom left-hand corner).
Give me a ring, or email me, to arrange a date, time and location for your session. Feel free to discuss anything at this time, as it's better that we both know what you would like to get out of the tuition before we get started. I am available any day of the week, but please be aware that I also run workshops at weekends and like to get some family time too, so you may need to be flexible with your chosen date.
I can cover all sorts of requirements during these tuition sessions, whether it's getting to grips with the basics of your camera, or how to approach composition, or more specific themes like close-up or macro photography. Alternatively you might want to gain a better understanding of software such as Photoshop, Lightroom, or Affinity Photo.
The whole point about private tuition is that you should get as much as possible from the time you have with me, so make sure you ask lots of questions, take lots of notes (even if they're just taken mentally), and above all enjoy yourself!
* Weekend availability is limited, if you would like to book a tuition session on a Saturday or Sunday please don't be surprised if the majority of dates offered are 2 or more months away.
Whatever you want! It's private tuition, designed around what you want and need. Tell me what you want to learn, and I'll do my very best to get you up to speed.
As private tuition is tailored to your needs, your current knowledge isn't really a concern, we can get you up and running with confidence if you're a beginner, or help you with a specific area of your photography if you're further along your photographic journey.
The private photography tuition I offer is based on a 4 hour session, and is usually along these lines...
1 to 2 hours spent running through the technical side of photography - apertures, ISO's, shutter speeds, exposure compensation, white balance, focusing modes etc. - followed by a walk about to try out techniques and put into practice what we've looked at indoors.
However, the session's tailored to your requirements, so we may spend all the time on practical photography, maybe with a specific subject or technique in mind.
I have had customers as young as 11 benefiting from private tuition, and would be happy for younger photographers to enjoy some tuition too. The other end of the age spectrum is not a problem either!
Children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by a designated, appropriate adult; this may be a family member, nanny or chaperone. If the appropriate adult is not receiving tuition no extra charge will be incurred.
Younger photographers may be better with a couple of 2 hour sessions rather than a 4 hour one.
I normally provide the tuition at locations such as Hanningfield Reservoir near Billericay, RHS Hyde Hall near South Woodham Ferrers, Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Bedfords Park near Romford, and Weald Park in Brentwood.
I'm also happy to visit the customer's home or business address, and this may be more practical if tuition for software such as Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop is being provided.
Please be aware that for private tuition I charge travel costs on sessions taking place more than approximately 10 miles from my home address, as a rough guide the map below shows the area in red where travel costs are included in the prices quoted above, outside of this area I am likely to make an extra charge, which will be advised at the time of booking.
If you need to cancel your booking, please contact me as soon as possible.
Most sites that I use are accessible to some degree, but some are better than others in this respect.
Hanningfield Reservoir has good surfaced paths and no gradients to speak of, and is suitable for all mobile capabilities.
Hylands Park also has good surfaced paths and few gradients, at least in the area near the house, so is also suited to those with mobility issues.
Bedfords Park and Weald Park are fine around the Visitor Centre, with some surfaced paths with shallow gradients, but there are fewer areas to explore before having to go onto unmade paths with uneven surfaces.
RHS Hyde Hall is on a hill, and participants may need to be able to get from the lower car park to the top of the garden. There are good surfaced paths, as well as a tarmac roadway, so mobility scooters are no problem, and there is a shuttle bus to the top of the garden if all you need is a help up the hill. Private tuition allows us to cater for the client though, and there are plenty of areas with few gradients where tuition can take place.
If you have any concerns, please contact me to discuss so that we can try to make things as straightforward as possible for you.
Send us your questions and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
"I’ve been on 3 of Daniel’s workshops and they’ve all been amazing. He is so patient and is brilliant at explaining even the more technical side of things. After each workshop I’ve been inspired to pick up my camera and go places I wouldn’t have done before. Definitely recommend." Laura Llewellyn via Trustpilot
Good company and extremely knowledgeable
"Me and my husband had a very enjoyable, inspiring and informative private 4hour tuition with Daniel. He is good company and extremely knowledgeable." Gaily B. via Trustpilot
Fun Photography lesson
"Incredibly knowledgable and very helpful throughout the lesson. We had a great time learning new things in a relaxed environment." Erin Morton via Trustpilot
"I have attended a group session, and a 1-2-1 with Daniel, and am very pleased. I absolutely recommend his courses, in fact, we have also booked a 1-2-1 with him for my Son." Phil Amey via Trustpilot
It was a great tuition session
"It was a great tuition session. I have learned lots and my camera now looks like a completely different object to me! Highly recommend Daniel as a photography tutor. Will most definitely recommend and will use the services again." Ana via Trustpilot
"We all learnt so much from Daniel, he taught us how to use our cameras more effectively and also treated us to the most amazing photos he had taken. All of this was presented with a lovely self deprecating sense of humour." Mr & Mrs Davies via Trustpilot