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"Val is an amazing photography tutor and has succeeded in teaching me where others have failed. She has a flexible and adaptable approach to lessons, which suits me perfectly, and we have a giggle to boot! Her patient and thoughtful nature has really helped me progress, with her picking projects that suit my objectives as well as challenge my skills. I am very much looking forward to continuing my photography journey with her. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Val is the best photography tutor I have had the pleasure of being taught by and I would highly recommend her!  Mayu Amin"

'I had the pleasure of three sessions of teaching from Val. The first was over Zoom and worked really well in introducing the key concepts of photography, using some of Val’s brilliant photographs and her ‘playing cards’ to identify camera settings and how the exposure triangle can be balanced, and exploring composition techniques. We then put the theory into practice with a couple of half days out - working with different weather conditions and subjects. Each time, Val demonstrated enormous patience and was very supportive and encouraging. I really benefitted from the 1:1 attention; I asked lots of questions and experimented. I found that she gave me the confidence to look at things differently and to try to seek out ways to make photographs of seemingly ordinary people/activities/views tell a special story. I had been a bit nervous beforehand about having 1:1 sessions with someone whose work I have such great admiration for, but I needn’t have been intimidated. Val has a special knack for making things simple and clear, and has a friendly and relaxed teaching style. Her passion for photography is infectious and I feel that I have made great progress in my journey towards becoming a better photographer and it’s been a lot of fun along the way!’ R Gregson

"Does exactly what it says on the tin!  Highly enjoyable and commended. I now know what it means to come off Auto!"  Roger Taylor attending a Level 1 Photography Workshop

"A very useful and informative day. Demystified moving off Auto. I feel a lot more confident in getting creative with my camera. The practical exercises and manual playing cards were really useful". Alastair How

"Val broke down the basics into a language all could understand, and she gave plenty of chance for practical moments to cement the theory. Her workshop made me feel very confident to remove the “auto” button". E Womersley

"A really thorough grounding on how to use my camera on manual settings, thanks. I now feel confident to practice myself. It was brilliant to have things simplified and explained in great detail. Good to have practicals to put things together". Sally How

"Very clear guidance to understanding the 3 elements of the exposure triangle, with lots of opportunities for practice. The quiz and manual playing cards were great". G Fisher

"Done in a really good structure which made bringing things together easier. I enjoyed the practical exercises". Rosie Hester

"Thoroughly enjoyed the course and can now understand the basics of using a camera not on Auto Mode." A Swift