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Improve your photography skills with Nigel Hicks, one of the UK’s most experienced professional photographers

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Photography courses in southwest England

Improve your photography skills with Nigel Hicks, one of Britain’s leading travel and landscape photographers.

Whether you’ve only recently picked up a camera or have been snapping away for many years, we’ll help you develop your photography.

Why learn with Nigel?

Here are four good reasons:
● Nigel has over 20 years of experience as a professional photographer, shooting all over the world for a range of clients;
● He has a Fellowship with the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP), the highest photography qualification from one of the UK’s leading professional photography bodies;
● Not only that be also he shoots for the National Geographic Image Collection, the publishing and photo agency division of the USA’s prestigious National Geographic Society;
● Finally, Nigel has been running his own photography courses for over 15 years, and so is well versed both in the kinds of things that ‘student’ photographers want/need to learn, and the ways to put the vital information over.

What we teach

Most of what Nigel teaches falls into two broad categories:

  1. Getting the most out of your digital camera, top-end digital SLR, mirrorless camera or a simple compact. How to make use of its critical functions, to be in control of the camera instead camera being in control of you.
  2. Understanding the aesthetic aspects of photography. In other words, working out how to spot potentially great compositions within the scene in front of you, finding ways to mould a potential subject into a great composition, and then finally executing the image.

Working through these two areas, we are sure you’ll be able to greatly improve your photography skills.

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The courses we offer

Nigel teaches photography in three formats:

  • A programme of one-day group photography courses, centred in southwest England, mostly in Devon, but also in Dorset and Somerset;
  • Personalised photography workshops, one-to-one tuition or your own small group, with your own tailor-made photography programme;
  • Photography tours of three-seven days in the UK and overseas.

One-day photography workshops

Our scheduled one-day photography workshops all concentrate on photography in the great outdoors. You won’t be stuck indoors learning theory, but actually getting hands-on experience on-location, mainly in the beautiful countryside and along the stunning coasts of Devon, southwest England, though also in Somerset and Dorset.

Personalised photography courses

Would you like to learn photography one-to-one with Nigel? Or do you have a group – perhaps some friends or work colleagues – that you would like to have your own photography workshop with? He can put together your own workshop day, designed to suit your needs.

Photography tours

Nigel runs occasional photography tours, usually lasting from three to seven days, both within the UK and overseas. Most of the photography on these tours hinges around landscape photography, but it often also includes wildlife, architecture and street photography. Recent tours have included visits to Iceland and the Isles of Scilly (off the coast of Corwall, southwest England).

Photography workshops and courses: improve your photography skills.
A little bit of health and safety

Please read these if you’re thinking of coming on one of our courses:

a) All courses, particularly those involving landscape photography, involve a certain amount of walking, sometimes over fairly rough ground. We do try to keep this to a minimum, but please be aware that anyone taking part in the Dartmoor, Exmoor or north Devon coastal workshops will need to be able to walk at least one mile. Paths in these areas are generally steep and may be slippery. However, the views make it all very worthwhile!

b) Whilst we do everything we can to ensure the workshops are run in as safe a way and as safe an environment as possible, participants are responsible for the safety of themselves and their equipment. You are strongly advised to have your camera equipment insured for loss or damage when away from your home.

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