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 or Lightroom.
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 3 or more months away.
The gift voucher is valid for 2 years from date of purchase, the expiry date is shown bottom left on the front of the voucher.
Whatever the 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.
The private photography tuition I offer is (usually) 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 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 happy to travel further afield, but this may incur additional travel expenses.
I'm also happy to visit the your home or business address, and this may be more practical if tuition for software such as Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop is being provided.
No. I have had customers as young as 11 benefiting from private tuition (I simply ask that children under the age of 16 be chaperoned), and would be happy for younger photographers to enjoy some tuition too. Younger photographers may be better with a couple of 2 hour sessions rather than a 4 hour one, this can be arranged at the time of booking.
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, so is best suited to those with more severe mobility issues.
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, so requires the ability 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.
Send us your questions and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
"Daniel spent a long time explaining how best I could use my camera which has given me a much better knowledge of how my camera works." Margaret W.
"As well as having the knowledge and expertise, you are relaxed and don't make anyone feel flustered or afraid to ask." Liz W.
"What an enjoyable, interesting and informative day it was, I would not hesitate to recommend it to others." Christine A.
"The workshop was very informative and at a cost that any budding photographer can afford." Paul F.