Feedback from Talks and Workshops 2016

As a photographer I am always interested in what people think of my work, my workshops and my talks.
Much of what I have learnt has come from listening to others and what they think of what I have done so far and then using their comments to improve and develop further.
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Feedback recevied during 2016

Andy Gough – After Wolves Workshop – December 2016

“This is the first wildlife workshop I have attended and I must say I probably chose one of the best first. I consider myself in full control of my camera and didn’t ask Bob too many questions on settings etc. However, listening to him speak to others I would say that you would be in very safe and very experienced hands if you did need advise or help. I can not praise this workshop and Bob highly enough, all the things that expected from the day where fully met and I would recommend this to any photographer whatever your level of experience. There was no need to improve anything for me, fantastic day and very happy to have spent time with you. Thank you.”

Jane M Nickerson – After Wolves Workshop – November 2016

“This was an experience not to be missed and I had a superb day which more than met my expectations. Bob, you were really helpful setting up my camera and pointing out where to stand, sit, walk to try to get the best shots. I also welcomed the advice on composition etc. My hope, rather than expectation, was that I would get close enough to wolves to get some photographs for my memory bank and to learn something – these expectations were more than met.
Your friendly, humorous style made us all feel welcome and united us as a group. Sharing knowledge, spaces to get the “right shot” and helpful tips on composition etc. was extremely helpful to me. The staff and volunteers at the centre were welcoming and helpful and obviously have an enormous respect for the wolves in their care.”

Suzanne Bowen – After British Wildlife Workshop – October 2016

“I wanted to learn more about camera settings and get closer to wildlife with exclusive photo opportunities. And certainly managed that. I always felt I could ask questions and would get individual attention. When I first got there and saw the more advanced equipment other group members had I wondered if my limited knowledge and lenses would be adequate. However with guidance and tutoring my images exceeded my expectations beyond doubt. “

Joyce James – After Secret British Mammals Devon – October 2016

“I am very pleased with how much more I have learned. I hoped to move my skills forward from last year when I went on the course for the first time and I feel that the photos I took this year reflect the improvement. I was able to take on board more of what Bob explained and so build on what I’d learned last year. I am pleased that I have fewer specimen shots and more that show some thought about composition. I had a great weekend – I don’t think I’d change any of it.”

Tracy Bullen – After Harvest Mouse Workshop – August 2016

“My expectations were to have the opportunity to photograph harvest mice but I got far more out of it than that. It certainly exceeded my expectations. Thank you. A thoroughly enjoyable and educational workshop. I learnt so much more about general photography as well as instructions on taking some great harvest mice photographs. Would definitely recommend and I’d love to do more of the workshops.”

Annette Campbell – After Harvest Mouse Workshop – August 2016

“This course went beyond my expectations. In addition to the opportunity to photograph the delightful and entertaining mice, Bob is so very knowledgeable and is happy to share that knowledge with you. I was surprised at how small and fast the mice were, and even in daylight it was necessary to push the ISO up high (whilst they were moving). His suggested settings, and his encouragement of trying out new techniques were very much appreciated. I had a great afternoon, where I learned lots and got some great shots of the mice. “

Terry Mann  – After Harvest Mouse Workshop – August 2016

“Have just spent a fantastic afternoon with Bob, photographing Harvest Mice. He is such a knowledgeable and pleasant chap. Gave advice on camera techniques etc as well as information on the beautiful mice. Highly recommend him.”

Helen Christie – After Specialist Birds of Prey Workshop – July 2016

“We had a great day, many opportunities to take photos of the birds in natural settings. Loved the fact we did the static birds in the morning and had the opportunity to photography others flying. Loved the venue and the Falconers were great. Many thanks for your assistance. Helen & Charles”

Jenny Spencer-Jones – After Dragonfly Workshop – July 2016

“My expectations were to learn about how to photograph dragonflies in the field. I wanted to improve my photographic techniques and learn more about dragonflies and damselflies. Both aspects were met. It was brilliant having individual advice from Bob as well as lots of helpful tips and information within the group conversations. Bob’s way of explaining things was great, explaining the science behind his teaching suddenly made it make sense! I have techniques to master at home whi ch is great and exciting!. It was also fantastic to have the expertise of Gerry to teach us all about all the dragonflies we saw and he was amazing with his knowledge. What an excellent day, I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot, altogether brilliant, thank you.”

Wayne Stant – After British Wildlife Workshop – June 2016

“I expected it to be a workshop heavily biased towards maximising our time with the animals with only minimal guidance on best practice or when asked for. And it was great…loads of time with beautiful healthy animals in tip top enclosures, with great hospitality from yourself and Megan the keeper…and too many photos to process. Fantastic day. Objectives and expectations satisfied fully. “

Stephen Mason – After British Wildlife Workshop – June 2016

“I booked the course to improve my photography knowledge, and I am pleased to say, that this is the best photography workshop I have attended. I was very impressed with Bob’s Photography and wildlife knowledge and the ease with which it was explained. Bob was always available to assist with any help or questions and advice on composition. Very pleased with the photographs, I captured a memorable day .”

Della Astle – After Secret British Mammals Devon – June 2016

“I wasn’t sure what to expect, but hoped to get some decent shots of the animals in natural looking surroundings. The shots I came away with greatly exceeded my expectations, helped greatly by plenty of constructive advice and tips from Bob. It was an unforgettable experience with a lovely group of people, and I loved it!”

Ros Green – After Secret British Mammals Devon – June 2016

“A really positive and informative workshop. My expectations of the two days were met, the variety of animals were great as were the settings which were natural and realistic. I loved the course and learnt a lot from Bob. I was certainly one of the less experienced photographers on the course but this didn’t matter at all, I really appreciated the advice on best lens for particular circumstances, ISO, shutter speed etc. I absolutely love many of my photographs and know that I could not have taken these without the support readily offered. Additionally I now have a good idea of where I need to focus my spending to improve my photography kit.”

Katherine Platt – After Harvest Mouse Workshop – May 2016

“A really positive and informative workshop. Just the right amount of introductory chatter, balanced with practice shooting and opportunity to photograph the animals. Bob was very enthusiastic and passionate about the mice and the photography. A small group (only 2 of us that afternoon) allowed plenty of time for questions, some 1-to-1 working and the day flew past. I came away with some great shots, new techniques and much more confidence than I thought I would. I would definitely recommend this course and wouldn’t hesitate to book another.”

Rebecca Fulcher – After Specialist Birds of Prey Workshop – April 2016

“The settings and the day far exceeded my expectations – being able to take photos in natural environments was awesome and Holdenby is such a great location. The tuition was perfect and has given me lots to practise with. Couldnt fault the day in anyway – it was perfect!”

Luan Kay – After Harvest Mouse Workshop – April 2016

“The small group was great, as this meant lots of photo opportunities and also lots of 1-2-1 advice when needed. I learnt some new things about my camera settings and confidence to take more wildlife photos in the future. Bob is a great teacher and was very helpful, I would definately reccomend this workshop and everyone will love the tiny harvest mice!”

Garry Chisholm – After Harvest Mouse Workshop – April 2016

“This was the third time I have attended this workshop and each time I have learnt something new. As a host, Bob is absolutely first class and is always great company. The attention given to both photographers was exemplary and fit for purpose. It is always good to learn things about Harvest Mice and Bob’s knowledge of them is second to none. Bob’s in depth knowledge of cameras and lenses really sets him apart from other workshop leaders I have met and this knowledge really helps when setting up the camera for the day.”

Maureen Williams – After Harvest Mouse Workshop – April 2016

“I had a fab day and know more about my camera with you in one morning than in three years at my camera club.”

Jane M Nickerson – After Taking Control of Your Camera Workshop – April 2016

“I was looking forward to gaining confidence to move away from auto and this workshop enabled me to gain sufficient knowledge to do this and to start to play with settings to achieve different styles. Advice and guidance were provided with clarity and humour. Bob has the knack of taking a random group of strangers and quickly getting them to be ease with each other. This workshop was an excellent blend of classroom “instruction / knowledge sharing” and practical application. Venue was stunning. The staff/volunteers at the Centre were friendly and knowledgeable and really made the afternoon session work. “

Highworth Camera Club –  After Beyond Auto Talk  – April 2016

“I would like to thank you on behalf of the Committee and the members of Highworth Camera Club for your informative and entertaining talk tonight. There was definitely something for our more experienced members and for our quite recent influx of newbies. At coffee they were telling me how great it was to finally learn something about their cameras!. Your passion and enthusiasm both of your subject and wish to share your knowledge shone tonight.
If you would send me the links I will ensure they get emailed to all the members in my Newsletter next week. Many thanks once again. Claire Anello “

Rebecca Fulcher – After Harvest Mouse Workshop – April 2016

“Wow what a day couldnt thank you enough for the opportunity to photograph these wonderful little creatures. From the initial history through to the tips and tricks and even borrowing the L lens I couldnt compliment enough. Started to go through the 780 photos last night – these little mice are a challenge and a great way to improve your macro skills. So much so I will definitely be returning in the autumn!”

Mike Collins – After British Wildlife Workshop – March 2016

“As always Bob provided good photo opportunities with tutoring as and when I needed it regarding questions on settings etc. I really enjoyed the fact that Bob concentrated on the people paying for the workshop. I as never overlooked because Bob was busy with a camera or anything like that which I know for a fact is different with other photographers. “

Phil Kemp – After British Wildlife Workshop – March 2016

“Once again a brilliant productive day with Bob. The staff and facilities at the British Wildlife Centre could not be better. I managed to get some great images without fences or bars. As usual Bob advised and helped me with my shots and as always I went home having learnt something new.”

Graham Austin – After Specialist Birds of Prey Workshop – March 2016

“Bob,this was my 4th visit to your workshop and once again I have come away with a little more knowledge on how to photograph these fantastic birds. You and your team put together a fantastic day,both yourself and the falconers gave us a great deal of knowledge in not only photography but the birds themselves.

I will be returning again. Thanks to you and your team. “

Phil Kemp – After Harvest Mouse Workshop – March 2016

“I had a great day and my expectations were fully met and I picked up a few tips.
I was made to feel very welcome when I arrived and offered refreshments. The preliminary talk was useful with advice on which lenses to use and it was good to learn about the mice and their habitat. Altogether, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and would certainly recommend it to others. Thanks Bob “