Testimonials

 

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Below you will find a few testimonials from people who have spent the day on one of my workshops:

Francis took me on a workshop in Hope Valley just outside Sheffield. It was perfect from start to finish. Not only is he fully knowledgeable in his craft, he is great to work with. After 5 minutes I felt I had known him for years. He took me to fantastic locations and give me instruction on how to take wonderful images with the prevailing conditions. Any question was answered quickly and clearly and at my level. I also had some Post Processing instruction with him which I highly recommend. Francis gave me a practical lesson on how to bring the best out of my images. We used one of his images and then worked on several of mine that I had taken earlier. My wife, my biggest critic, has now said my photos are now longer flat and boring but they pop out at you. That’s the best praise I could ask for. I look forward to having another workshop with Francis.  


PS. After returning for another session I really learnt a lot more and have improved even more. I really enjoyed the time with you and I’m looking forward to put it into practice. 


  – Matthew

I chose to book a days tuition with Francis for photographing wildlife. Having done a lot of landscape photography I wanted to learn how to get the best images for wildlife, one thing I struggled with was image sharpness. Francis began the day by running me through the correct settings to use for my camera along with how and when to adjust these settings as required. Francis’ knowledge on how to approach the wildlife and get closer without making it feel uncomfortable was excellent, the fieldcraft skills he can teach you are so important in this area of photography. Throughout the day we had the opportunity to photograph a number of different species at different locations. I highly recommend spending a day with him as it really will help your own photography!    


Giles

Thank you for the great workshop yesterday I learnt soo much. Haven’t yet started on the post processing but can’t wait to get stuck into that also. I feel much better equipped to approach Landscapes doing the scenes the justice they deserve.


– Jon

 

Just a note to tell you how much I enjoyed your workshop. Your knowledge of the area is excellent, even though I have lived in the Peak District all my life, you showed me places I’ve never seen and shared interesting information about it too. I am fairly knowledgeable about photography, but you had hints and tips to share which made it more enjoyable and easy. You also helped me to compose the shot better. Just sorry I had to leave before sunset as it was a lovely one!     


Sue

I really enjoyed all of your workshop, I enjoy your company and your knowledge of the subject, which no doubt comes from a long time spent studying and understanding their habits. I’ve really enjoyed being introduced to locations which I would have struggled to find otherwise. I also like the quiet and calm approach you have. Whilst I do enjoy hide photography, I’ve really liked being out in the environment and starting to get to know a bit more of Derbyshire.


– Pip

 

I went on a very friendly, personalised trip into the Peak District to search for mountain hares with Francis. During the day Francis explained the terrain and behaviour of the hares, using great field craft to ensure we got close to the hares in their natural habitat.


– Ian

Having researched quite extensively who to have a landscape workshop with I chose Francis. I was not disappointed. His patient and confident approach to teaching set me at ease and helped me develop new techniques. I would recommend Francis to anyone, you won’t be disappointed either!


– Jon

 

Hi Francis, I really enjoyed your workshop, its given me lots of things to think about and try. Although the wildlife didn’t always play ball, I came away with some nice shots I’m really pleased with. You explained the things I wanted to know and showed me what to look for with certain species. All in all I’m really pleased. Now I just need to practise, make mistakes and learn from them!


– Alan

 

I got the chance to spend a day with this amazing guy last month. What can I say, Fab! Extremely talented and taught me so much. I achieved some really good shots and was one happy lady. If you get the chance I definitely recommend him. You won’t be sorry!


– Naomi

Francis took us out on a very informative and useful  1 day couples workshop to the Peak District to show us how to get the best out of our new camera. After finding a suitable location on Stanage Edge and setting up our cameras, (he showed us using his first as a demo) he then talked us through the camera settings we would be experimenting with. We then each experimented with the settings he recommended, taking photos and comparing the huge difference to basic shoot mode. As beginner photographers the workshop was a great help to get us up to speed with our camera. We’ve now got some great photos during our travels since! I would highly recommend his workshops!


Richard and Sally

 

I was given the opportunity to take one of Francis’ Owl workshops having already been on one of his photography days previously. We were treated to a fantastic views of a male Barn Owl hunting in the summer meadows, Francis offered fantastic guidance as to what settings I should be using on my camera to get the cleanest photos. With his guidance I was able to get some of the best photos yet of these wonderful birds. We then moved on to the little Owls close by, again this came out but not quite close enough, as is the way with wildlife, despite this Francis was able to give me tips and techniques for when I am next able to visit the spot myself. I left feeling enthused and pointed in a new direction in which to take my photography to the next level!


Giles

Having followed Francis on his Facebook page and constantly admired his pictures of landscapes, and nature, especially the owls, I took up his tuition offer for a three hour session in the Peak District. Francis’ easy going nature, openness and expertise really helped me grasp the fundamentals of photographing birds. I can honestly say my bird pictures have improved immensely because of his tuition. So much better learning alongside someone, rather than trying to grapple with written ‘tips’ from magazines and the web. 


Eddie

I booked an owl workshop with Francis as even though I know the local area, I know next to nothing about the wildlife there. He showed me how to find and photograph Barn and Little Owls which was fascinating. He also helped me to set up my camera settings to achieve better sharpness which I continue to use and it has made a big difference to my photography. Thank you Francis!


– Rachel

 

 

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