Sussex photography courses and workshops

I run a variety of Sussex photography courses, workshops and photographic days. My system of teaching is to demystify the technical side of photography and hand the creative power to you. Digital cameras have a huge array of buttons and menus which can seem daunting. We’ll cut to the chase and get you taking photos that you’ll be proud of, whatever camera you’re using. There won’t be long tedious technical ramblings as we’ll achieve this in an intuitive way by actually taking photos together. Maybe time for a photo or two before I say more ?

“A great day. I learned a lot about my camera in a laid back, relaxed and enjoyable way and surprised myself how good some of my shots were.” Gary Jefferson

Sussex photography courses - Dates, Pricing, Bookings

“Ian has a way of making photography simple. I learnt what to use and just as importantly what not to use on my new camera. And as for composition, it’s changed the way I look at potential images.” Peter Graham

My small group Sussex photography courses and workshops are limited to a maximum of 5 people so there’s plenty of time for individual advice. During our day, we’ll take a break to have a snack together and look at a few of our photos. This also gives us the opportunity to have a look at an efficient way of dealing with photos along with some post-processing to give your photos that extra edge. I also run one-on-one Sussex photography days which we can tailor to your specific needs – more information on these is here. These Sussex photography courses are suitable for all levels including people aiming to come off auto for the first time.

Dates and bookings for coming Sussex photography courses and workshops

Sunday 15th Oct – Seven Sister’s Coastline  –  £85 – Fully booked

From 19th October I head to Borneo for my annual orangutan photography trips and then I’m in Sulawesi, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and India (tiger and Taj Mahal photography holiday) returning to UK for Springtime on 1st April. Hence my next small group photography workshops are as follows:

Sunday April 15th 2018 – Seven Sister’s coastline – £85 per person – To enquire click here.

Sunday April 22nd 2018 – Arundel water voles and bluebells – £85 per person plus £12 entry to wetland centre. To enquire click here.

Sunday May 6th 2018 – Brighton, sunset and low light photography – £85 per person. To enquire click here.

May 18th to 22nd 2018 – Finland – bears and wolverines – more info here.

“Good company, uncomplicated photography advice and a fine pub lunch !” Lucy Adams

Sussex landcapoe photography

A few photos from recent Sussex photography courses

Sussex photography courses - blog posts

Below are a some links to blog posts and photos from a few of my recent Sussex photography courses. Click on any image to head to the relevant blog post.

Sussex photography course - testimonials

Thanks so much for the feedback from various people who have come on past Sussex photography courses with me.

“I’ve tried a few photography courses and have usually left more confused than when I started. In just one day with you the relation between shutter speed and aperture finally made sense. And your ideas and suggestions on composition have really given my photography a boost. I promise I won’t ever go back to using auto mode now !” Sarah Phillips

“Thanks for a fab day. I feel confident that I can build on what you taught me today and look forward to putting it all into practice. The morning session on the Riverbank capturing some great shots of water voles was fascinating. We were so lucky with such a perfect day and the Wetland Centre (and all it’s residents) really helped me think about composition. Who would have thought that webbed feet and scaly skin would ever look so good ! Your patience and comprehensive instruction allowed me to quickly gain the confidence I needed to help me make my own choices. Such a great day, I  would thoroughly recommend you.” Debbie Bartlett

“Just wanted to say thank you for Sunday. Thoroughly enjoyed my day with you which was totally inspiring.” Paula Brooks

“I’m really glad I contacted you before going to Iceland. The truth is without this photography day I wouldn’t have been able to capture my memories in the way I have done. I’m really happy to say that all of the photos were taken off auto setting, yay ! You gave me confidence to go out there, try different settings, look out for different photo opportunities, experiment and have fun with my camera. Your uncomplicated instructions were invaluable. I even tried to get shots of birds in flight and used a filter to capture silky smooth waterfalls. I’ve got lots to learn but you’ve inspired me to do so. And I must say I found you as a person and your work inspirational too. So thank you very much.”  Helena

“A great day. I learnt a lot about my camera in a very laid back, relaxed and enjoyable way.  And even surprised myself how good some of my shots were. Can’t believe how much was learnt in just one day; all I need to do now is practice and try to remember everything.” Gary Jefferson

“After a delightful day with Ian, my camera makes sense to me at last. I’m feeling inspired about my photography and I’m now saving up to come and see the orangutans with you!” Susan Roberts

“Thanks so much; we contacted Ian before heading on a trip to Norway as we wanted to improve our landscape shots. The advice on filters and post processing has revolutionised the way we take photos.” Tim and Cathy

“Good company, uncomplicated photography advice and a fine pub lunch !” Lucy Adams

“Photography explained in a fun way … with not a nerd in sight !” Claire Stokes

“Ian has a way of making photography simple. I learnt what to use and just as importantly what not to use on my new camera. And as for composition, it’s changed the way I look at potential images.” Peter Graham

“I wanted to know how to use a new macro lens and booked a one-to-one day with Ian who suggested an insect safari on the South Downs. We covered so much ground and I feel inspired about my photography again.” Jackie

“I’d never taken my camera off the automatic setting before and in just one day I feel I understand so much.” David Murray

“I Just wanted to say what a fabulous day it was on Friday. I have had my camera for a few months but had only been taking pictures in auto-mode. You gave me confidence and explained the relationship between aperture, shutter speeds and ISO numbers in such a simple way.  I finally understand them and how to use them. Thank you for such a inspirational day. ” Hayat Karboub ”

I really enjoyed myself on the landscape photography workshop because we had plenty of time to experiment with the camera settings whilst trying to take varied and interesting photos. Ian came around to each of us in the group individually to offer advice, which was really beneficial as we all came onto the workshop with different knowledge and experience. Plus, it was invaluable to get some feedback later in the day when we reviewed the photos on the computer.” Lisa Saw

” What a great day yesterday. I learned so much and enjoyed every minute. I can’t wait to get out with the camera again but have to cut the grass this afternoon first!” Patricia Pringle

“Thank you so much for a very inspiring and enjoyable day. For me personally I felt I learnt a great deal just being out with my camera and making my own decisions but with your expert and patient help on hand.” Sarah Cooper

“Thank you for a great day on Saturday.  I really enjoyed it and learnt so much and am feeling inspired to do lots more photography now.” Caroline Smithers

“Had the pleasure of spending a day at a Wetland centre and in the Sussex woods with Ian Wood and learning some great new techniques, including a panning shot of a flying duck! ” Vicky Kornevall

“Amazing day with Ian Wood at the Wetlands centre and not a single shot on auto !!!” Margaret Ramsay

” Just wanted to write a couple of lines to say thank you so much for such a great day on Sunday. It was better than we could have imagined and your extremely patient, informative and supportive way has certainly done the trick.  Despite having spent the last year of my life on auto I have ventured out today on my own.  I kept it on manual and am truly excited about heading out next for some more bird life photos. Thanks so much for opening up a whole new lease of life for us and our camera. ” Katharine Woodhouse

“Brilliant day Ian. When I left you joked about making me promise to not go back to my auto setting and I haven’t ! I’ve been messing around with lot’s of things you taught me. Thanks again.” Phillip Graham

“Just a quick note to say how useful I found my day with you. Great fun and really inspiring.” Sue Crowley

“I had one of my photos from our day published on the BBC’s website ! Thanks so much there’s a link here.” Phil

“Wow we were lucky with the weather on Saturday wern’t we ? Really pleased with my sunset photos and the gorgeous South Downs. Please keep me updated with future days.” Trevor Drayton

“You promised me it would be good fun and it certainly was. ! Thanks for a really informative and fab day.” Ellie Pearson

“We both thoroughly enjoyed the workshop Ian with just the one complaint. I fear that we are about to spend a lot of money on new lenses now !” Paul and Sarah