How did you become a Nikon School trainer?
Mine is a bit of a different story from everybody else’s. I wasn’t interested in photography as a teenager but fell into it while studying at university. It started out as a part-time job which became full-time, and I’ve been in the industry ever since. It was something that just clicked for me. Although I’m dyslexic, I have a real head for remembering photography stuff, and I love the creativity of being behind the lens. My degree in environmental science comes in useful from a landscape point of view, too.
I’ve been a trainer now for 12 years, eight of those with Nikon. I started as a regional trainer, then six years ago became Nikon School’s Training Specialist. I teach most of the courses, as well as coming up with ideas for new ones. I’m also the technical go-to guy – if there’s a question no one else can answer, I’ll usually know what that answer is. Whether I’m spending the day helping people right at the start of their photography career or teaching something new to a professional who’s been shooting for years, it’s my dream job. I get to meet people and talk about cameras all day, use all the latest kit and get out to fantastic locations – well, not at the moment during lockdown, but soon…
Because they’ve been around for some much longer, people are often familiar with DSLRs but don’t necessarily appreciate all the Z-series’ features, so we take them on a deep dive into the whole system, from the new AF settings to the increased menu options. If they finish the course feeling as comfortable with their Z kit as they are with their DSLRs, we’ve done our job. We also offer in-depth courses on the D500 and the D850. No matter what system they’ve got, most people are only using around 20% of its capabilities. By showing them how to use all their camera’s features, we can help them get so much more out of their photography.