Creative and practical workshops
I lead creative and practical workshops and short courses tailored for enthusiasts, amateurs and professionals. My workshops are hands-on, interactive and hugely enjoyable. They can be half-day, full-day or two days in duration.
You can find more information about the opportunities below. You can also sign up for my occasional newsletter featuring upcoming workshops, courses, events and exhibitions.
Cameraphone and DSLR Photography
I offer creative and practical workshops in all aspects of digital photography. These offer a supportive and inspirational environment for you to develop your own particular style of photography. The workshops will help you understand and master your cameraphone and camera so as to take more satisfying photographs. We will look at the core principles of photography, and explore what makes a good image with clear guidance on how we can improve our own image-making. The workshops are designed to be hands-on, interactive and hugely enjoyable.
Digital photography is one of the most accessible and rewarding creative mediums and I love how easy it can be to take pleasing and powerful photographs. These workshops will help you improve your pictures, increase your technical skill and connect more deeply with the joys of image-making.
I have over 30 years of experience working as a creative photographer working in education and the cultural sector. I have taught photography at several universities and led community and group photography programmes for many years throughout the UK.
Cameraphone and DSLR Filmmaking
I offer creative and practical workshops in digital filmmaking and editing that cater for beginners, enthusiasts and professionals.
We live in an exciting time where filmmaking is no longer limited to those with access to expensive cameras and editing software. Nearly all smartphones and digital cameras today offer extremely high-quality video recording functions. It’s now possible to produce and edit your own productions with a little know-how.
These creative workshops create a supportive environment to help you understand and master your cameraphone or DSLR camera to help you record and produce your own films. They are hands-on, interactive and hugely enjoyable.
The workshops can cover:
- mastering the camera's controls
- understanding the potential and limitations of your camera
- story planning
- recording footage
- using sound
- introduction to editing on the smartphone and laptop/desktop
- sharing your films on social media and video platforming services
Life Stories and Oral History
Recording the life stories of others has never been more important than it is now. Personal life stories help us experience and understand the world through another’s thoughts, memories and experiences. Oral history projects build stronger bonds within families and communities, and contribute to people’s confidence, self-worth and identity.
I offer a range of workshops that cover all aspects of oral history. They explore its origin and the vital role it has played in recording key events through everyday personal experience and language. The workshops will cover all you need to professionally record, edit and transcribe the life stories of your friends, family, or someone in your community. They also offer you the opportunity to build your own oral history project, covering all aspects of planning, funding and sharing.
- The importance of oral history and its evolution and applications
- How to go about your recordings, including technical and practical skills needed
- How to transcribe, edit, share and professionally archive your recordings, depending on your needs
- How to create bespoke publications and photo books designed to share your stories
- How to create your own community projects, including planning, exhibitions and fundraising.
My experience: I have over twenty years of experience in the field of oral history and life stories. I have conducted several hundred oral history recordings that have been used for a range of projects including art, heritage and archive creation. I have built, fundraised for and led several large-scale projects based on oral history recordings. You can more about this work in the story section of this website.
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