"‘Thanks for the black & white workshop today. I had a great time and you are a wonderful mentor.’" - Barbara H
"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
"Done in a really good structure which made bringing things together easier. I enjoyed the practical exercises". Rosie Hester
"I had the pleasure of having a 1:1 workshop with Val on landscape photography at Fountains Abbey. Key information was provided as a handout like the exposure triangle which could be referred to on the day but more importantly, afterwards so I could remember to apply what I had learnt independently. Val is extremely flexible and patient, catering to what grabbed my interest and giving constant feedback on the pictures I was taking on the day. I now understand aspects of digital photography that are counterintuitive, especially to those to have first learnt photography with film. I thoroughly enjoyed my day with Val and am keen to learn from her how to digitally process the photos that I have taken." Monica S
"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 have just completed a practical workshop on Black and White photography with Val in York station and around the town. Val is a very calm and careful teacher who intuitively seems to recognise what you need to know. There are many things which I thought I knew but had not fully digested or understood or learnt how to apply fully. She knows how to deepen your understanding in a practical way and gave me many useful tips and advice. After just sculling in the shallows, I now feel ready to embark on my Black and White voyage." Doug Johnson
"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
"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
'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
"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
"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
"I had three sessions with Valerie which I undertook with the sole aim of being able to take photos on my new camera using the manual setting instead of on auto.
The first session, which was on Zoom, focused on the theory and was well worthwhile and really helped when it came to the second and third sessions. Don’t be tempted to skip it!
Valerie has the ability to impart information in way that is understandable and she explains things in a way that I have been able to retain. Valerie is extremely patient but also made the whole experience pleasurable - more like spending time with a knowledgeable friend than a tutor.
I am pleased to report that by the end of the three sessions I felt that I had achieved my objective. I have not taken a single photo on auto. I feel as though I have made real progress over the last few weeks and I am now a lot more confident using my new camera. Thank you, Valerie!" - Zoe
"Thoroughly enjoyed the course and can now understand the basics of using a camera not on Auto Mode." A Swift
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