From time to time I do seminars about photography, my work and about location lighting. The latest addition to my teaching repertoire is something that I can only call “workflow or mess?” where I look at how individual photographers take their images from the memory card right through to delivering them to the client and refine what they are doing. I don’t believe in making everyone do it “my way” and so I try very hard to make changes to the way that they work with the software and hardware that they already have.
Sometimes my courses and seminars are done through organisations such as Photofusion and sometimes they are bespoke courses run by bodies as diverse as the BIPP, The BPPA and camera clubs. I have also done seminars for Canon as well as some of London’s professional dealerships. I am also prepared to devise and deliver one-to-one or small group bespoke courses and you can see the feedback from one or two of these on my Linked In profile.
I really enjoy doing the odd day here and there as a visiting lecturer on university and other higher education courses and I’m always open to offers for this kind of work as well as enquiries about other teaching.
On top of all that I have started to do some courses for corporate customers on the way that they use photography. The menu of topics includes essential copyright, licensing, storing images, data potation issues, photographs of children, model release, permissions, ethics and how to get your pictures used in the media.
All of this started from my original technique website which I used from 1999 until 2008 to teach location lighting on line. You can still see the 50 or so examples by going to www.dg28.com/technique
I am doing one day a week as one of the tutors on a new photojournalism and press photography course which is being run by Up To Speed Media at their base in my home town of Bournemouth. This is going an intensive and high energy course which will run for four days a week for the first twelve weeks and then one day a week for a further twelve weeks. During the course, students will sit various exams under the auspices of the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and develop a portfolio which should set them up with the backgrounds skills to work in the media as a photographer. This course will feature a wide range of technical, ethical and creative training and I’m very excited to be part of it.
My favourite feature of the course is that photographers will be learning alongside written journalists – sharing many of the same lectures – which should mean that they develop many of the teamworking skills that so many photographers coming into our industry lack. There are still places left on the course, so if you are interested please visit the website or email me with specific questions. or email me with specific questions. This doesn’t mean that I’m moving away from photography myself – my contact time with students will be limited so that I’ve got plenty of time to carry on my “day job” as a working editorial photographer.