Photography for websites. Product photography tutorials. One to one sessions.
Range of Photographic courses
Products and People photographed together
Each course designed to suit your needs.
Take better product photographs
One to one training workshops are the most efficient sort of photographic training. They can take place at the factory, warehouse, or in my studio. It is always better to consult a professional before purchasing expensive equipment that might exceed your needs or abilities. I have wide experience in working with educational institutions of all types and have produced images for school prospectuses, at social occasions for parent/teachers organsisations, charitable events, school workshops, photographs for Ph.D theses and countless pictures of work made in colleges for final exams, job applications, press releases, publicity etc.
New On site training courses £185 per day
I have recently done on-site courses at the following range of companies:-
Toys: A large toy importer who needed help photographing toys for website use. This involved complex photographic problems. As the toys were usually packed in shiny plastic they were very light reflective.
Furniture: Setting up a studio for a furniture manufacturer who needed large pieces of upholstered furniture displayed on white pure backgrounds with naturalistic shadows under them.
Cake decorations: A cake decoration manufacturer having colour balance problems that detracted from his products. Poor colour rendition in website pictures
Portraits: A portrait photographer who wanted to have a practise day using a large strip soft box.
Phones: A phone case retailer who needed website pictures of his products that changed very frequently.
Work for a manufacturer of high quality uphlostery.
Small companies often need help getting the right quality of photographs that look professional enough for use on their website. This is more dependent on skill in lighting rather than the quality of camera used. Depending on the type of product sold a range of solutions is possible. On site photography using a temporary studio, ship the products to my studio for more advanced work, or help and advice for doing the photography yourself.
Web catalogue photographs for a firm that supplies coffee making equipment to hotels and the catering industry. Lots of difficultreflectionsfrom a chromedmachine
Clay cake decorations. The retailer had problems getting good colour renditions and sharp images.
Photography of contemporary art and craftwork. The neckpiece appears to float in space.
Antique silver always presents many technical challenges.
'It was well worth travelling for (from Fromme in Somerset) and very informative. Many thanks!'
'A great introduction to using a studio and getting different lighting effects. Thank you for an enjoyable day'
DL. Apl 2015.
'David was fabulous to work with. He was very flexible, patient and relaxed, but focused. Very good at passing on his knowledge in an accessible way.'
'Well focused on importrant areas and good ideas for improvement. Good Value.'
Admiral Hardinge Model Cars Jan 2015
You can share a shoot with two friends
£150 per day.
Most photographers start off by photographing family and landscapes. If you have some basic knowledge of depth of field, speeds, and light metering, why not spend an enjoyable day learning more about studio work? I have found that the studio (5m by 7m) can easily accomodate three photographers working from the same model. Ad hoc groups from camera clubs can combine together to share transport and model costs. Email for further details.
The studio is conveniently position a short drive from Exit 5 on the M40 Motorway. Oxford, Reading and west London are only 40 mins away. Birmingham and the west midlands only 90mins. See the Contact page for further information.
More information on some of these shoots can be found in the Blog.
Different weddings. Steam Punk, Bikers and Goths Weddings adapted to suit their individual needs with studio shoot added as part of the artwork.
Website photography of Medical equipment used in NHS. Difficult images of transparent plastic tubing on white background
Goth portrait sessions for wedding photography
Complex x-ray testing photo in lab emvironment
Studio lighting set up for website photography for Label printing company
Oxfam Running group website pictures.
Studio teaching sessions
Testimonials from recent one day courses and workshops
"Not too technical, it covered the many aspects of product photography that I needed at my level. Useful practical advice without expectation that I should spend,or need to spend, lots of money on it".
A.N. Jan, 2016. Derby.
"David was invaluable in teaching me aspects of photography such as techniques in getting a really sharp image through correct use of manual focus, and understanding white balance and getting my camera set up properly to use with studio flash. He was also very helpful in helping me decide upon new equipment that I needed."
Richard Jackson, Aura Creative Media Scarborough.
'And just to mention I've just been getting a load of photo's done for a website i'm creating (as below) and the manual focus and other points you spoke to me about have really helped, so thanks again and hope to speak to you again soon.'
'Balance of talk to practical was about right. The course suited my needs
and I have learnt a great deal and am much more confident in taking on
'I found the tutorial very interesting and have learnt a lot! As a beginner
and complete novice you made me feel very comfortable and helped