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The 1-to-1 workshop definitely exceeded my expectations. This was the first photography course that I’ve signed up for and I’ll most definitely be looking into future courses with Nikon school.
My course trainer (have forgotten his name!) was extremely knowledgeable and answered all of the questions that I had and more. I can already notice a significant difference in my photos from what I learnt in the 2 hours. I came out of the session feeling 10x more confident with my camera.
I decided to get the early train from Newcastle and make this a day trip to enjoy and I must say I did. It was well worth the trip. I use manual strobes with large modifiers usually and using TTL with Speedlights was different approach and gave me a new way to consider shooting.
Ricci explained what we were aiming to achieve and the group was small enough that we all got plenty of time to shoot with the dancer. Next time I'll try out equipment I don't own as well, like a Z6/Z7 :)
Amazing course! I love food and I love photography so a perfect combination. A great mix of theory plus practical and teachers so patient and giving us lots of time to perfect our skills. Highly recommend. A part 2?
Absolutely brilliant day with Donna Crous learning about The Art of Food Photography.
We started the day with a presentation about how to get the most out of shoot, various techniques, tips & ideas, as well as valuable props to use. We then went onto the practical side of the day, which I HUGELY enjoyed. Setting up the shoots, choosing the right angel, camera setting etc was all part of the challenge. Both Donna and Neil from the Nikon School were on hand to guide us and give expert advice.
As a self-taught photographer, I thought it was about time I checked in with a professional and checked I was heading in the right direction. The two hours with Ricci were awesome! It delivered everything I wanted, plus a lot more besides. My basic understanding of the camera allowed us to get stuck right into the detail and Ricci pitched it at exactly the right level.
Great day out at the wildlife centre. Ricci keeps the day relaxed and makes sure you have all the information you need. I was also able to try out both the camera and lens I was thinking about buying which made my decision making so much easier. The person helping us from the centre was also great - very friendly and engaging. Great animals too! Thanks also to Elizabeth at Nikon for the great help with the memory cards after the course.
My previous SLR experience was all film. I gave up serious photography for almost 40 years and following retirement I decided to get back into it and chose the D7500 as my first DSLR.
I found it intimidating when I took it out of the box and saw all the buttons and dials. And even more so when I started to explore the menu options. I soon realised that the real power of the camera would be in manual mode and to better learn this I needed help.
Great day, had not appreciated that we would have the venue exclusively to our group with keepers feeding the various animals to suit our photographic needs so many great pictures. The Red Squirrels appeared not to be swayed by food and remained exclusive so whilst I have many wonderful shots from the day the crowning glory is a very happy looking red.
The day was an excellent investment covering the use of what each button on the back and the front of the camera could do as well as the use of the various metering and focusing modes which will revolutionise my photography. I particularly liked the use of back button focusing for taking excellent pictures of moving subjects. Neil was brilliant at passing on so much practical knowledge.
Ricci was at all times professional, clear and very helpful. He went through my aims and objectives for the session and was able to make all matters understandable. I felt relaxed and able to ask questions that I felt I should have know without feeling awkward. Ricci took time to explain the basic principles of landscape, wildlife photography and portrait taking. He was able to use his own photographs to make the points nice and clear. I felt that it was a very worthwhile session for me.