Prospectus of Talks and Presentations for Camera Clubs and Institutions

Workshops, Talks, Lectures and Courses.

Click here for a comprehensive catalogue of all my talks and workshops

One day, Weekend and 10 One Hour evening courses on 

  • "The basics of photography for beginners."
  • "Advanced technique and composition" for those with some prior knowledge of photography.
  • "Studio lighting and technique for still life and portrait photography."
  • "Wedding photography technique and people interaction."
  • "Street Photography: "the decisive moment" (Cartier-Bresson) and the document (Telling the story).

Workshops and Talks

Photographic Genres - A talk on alternative photographic styles rarely seen in amateur
photography - particularly art, documentary and project.

Street photography.
(History, contemporary, and my own take on the subject with lots of examples and slides. (PDI - I have my own projector if the club doesn't have one available that evening.))

What makes a good photograph?
(This is a talk which takes an alternative view to the accepted norms of club photography. We look at many of the other genres of photography and take a look at what made great photographs historically. Lots of examples PDI.)

Technical workshops - a variety of subjects. Evening or day workshops.
From simple beginners queries to advanced techniques for speed, low light, lighting, lenses, enhancement, studio work, etc. Examples PDI.

For fun: The use of large format film cameras as used in professional photography before digital took over...why we used large format - what were the advantages and what can it teach us about the way we use cameras now.

My own career as a professional advertising and editorial photographer.
(A short showing of work from the last 45 years with a brief talk on working in advertising, freelancing, magazines and general commercial work.)

Workshops on Portraiture and Still Life and Studio photography.
An evening or a day with professional lighting and ideas about how to go about lighting a portrait or a still life. (With still life there is very little can be done in one evening - perhaps a concentrated effort on one set of objects or material such as glass.)

The "Art of Photography" For a more advanced group I can present a talk on the "Art of Photography" showing contemporary artists who use photography and photographers who are artists. This comes with a basic discussion on understanding art photography and an overview of the broad range of styles and approaches taken by art photographers.

The art of wedding photography - a "how to" approach with many, many examples.

Travelogues: (About 400 images shown in fairly quick succession)

The Trans Siberian Railway: The journey from Vladivostok to Moscow and Including some of Mongolia - the unusual sights, vast landscapes, people and cityscapes.)

The Silk Road : Beijing to Moscow via China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Russia.

The Crimea: Including Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova to Odessa, Sebastopol, Balaclava, Yalta, Simferopol and Kiev.

Japan: Tokyo...Fuji, Takayama, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima, Kyushu, Nagasaki, Goto Islands, Shimabara:
Castles, temples, people and historic places. Samurai and Tea ceremonies. Sake production and Geishas.

Scandinavia: Stockholm, Helsinki. Finland and above the Arctic Circle. Northern Norway and the Fjords...Lofoten
                              Islands and Bergen. Copenhagen.  Spring and Winter above the Arctic Circle.

The Cities of Europe: A whirlwind tour of the major cities of Europe: Rome, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Bergen, Paris, Venice, Vienna, Berlin, Helsinki, Kiev, Minsk, Moscow, St Petersberg, Volgagrad, Odessa, Chisinau, Bucharest, Budapest, Prague, Amsterdam, Brussels, Bruges, Perpignan, Arles, Pisa, Lucca, Sienna, London.

Antarctica: Antarctic Peninsula - A pristine, remote intriguing world of ice, glaciers, penguins, seals, whales and albatrosses.

The Galapagos Islands: Lava fields and Islands and the extraordinary creatures that captivated Darwin.

Workshop Notes and Handouts


Analysis and Judgement of Photographs

Composition - a quick guide

A Quick Guide for Beginners - compact and DSLR camera etc,

Photography and Art: 
Photography and Art
Some historic and well known photographers:
Some historic and recent photographers for examples.
Street Photography:
Street Photography


A Novel:

Conversations with my grandmother.

After being forced to leave home for eight years, my brilliantly erudite, eccentric grandmother Connie,
family outcast and autodidactic modest hero of a utopian future, returns.
An intimidating fundamentalist cult, the Trovists, wants to destroy her insight as they discover that it
threatens their long term ambitions of enforcing global religious conformity.
A sci-fi novel integrating the humble speculation of a grandmother with quantum physics, suspending time,
spanning dystopian centuries and a utopian future..

A Novella:

A Thumb in the Rain .

A testosterone fuelled teenage hitch-hiking adventure across northern Europe in the 1960s.

A Booklet

 Judging Photography - A look at how competitions and judging affect camera club photography.

Ideas for a comprehensive set of criteria and activities designed to enhance fresh creativity in camera clubs.



Photography and image processing

Advertising, commercial, editorial, documentary and social photography.
Specialising in documentary and portraiture for editorial and social photography.
Studio and interior photography specialising in creative lighting.
Highly experienced post production enhancement and manipulation techniques.
Large volume photographic editing and enhancement.