In the new issue of Photography Monthly magazine, I take reader, Kevin Latham out for a 1-2-1 photography day at Blackpool. Kevin is really keen to get his work featured in the magazine, and has tried on several occasions – sadly, though, his images kept falling just short of the mark for the editorial team. So….like the Hotel Inspector, I got the phone call to take Kevin under my wing for the day, and go out shooting some new material for the magazine. I chose Blackpool because it was an unfamiliar (in terms of shooting) location for Kevin…so he was ‘out of his safety zone’. Kevin’s camera is a Fuji bridge style camera – not a compact, nor a full DSLR, so I took along a very old and tired (near-on knackered!) Olympus bridge camera, plus my trusty Nikon P7000 compact for good measure. No expensive kit on this shoot. It was all about seeing, and following a few photographic ‘rules’ – all to help Kevin improve his photography.

We were literally going back to basics, and spent time examining composition, rule of thirds, together with lead-in lines and general photographic content and elements required for good images. It was good fun all in all, on ‘Mick’s Bootcamp’, and Kevin really enjoyed it, and what he learned in the day. He was interviewed by the Editor afterwards, and resubmitted some images. No need really – the ones Kevin shot on the day, plus a second day at Southport (on his own) were good enough for publication. Success…another happy customer! The eagle-eyed amongst you might spot my ‘Lowry-esque’ mono image from THIS recent post…

I am now offering 1-2-1 tutorials on a full or half-day basis. If you’d like to learn more about your new camera, what it can do….or, more importantly….what you can do with it, please get in touch. The 1-2-1 sessions are both conversational and practical based, with no heavy jargon or technicalities to learn…just go at your own pace, and get from the day all you need to make your digital photography experience more rewarding.

There will be a new menu item for these 1-2-1 sessions on the website coming up in the next few few weeks…so watch this space!