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Holly Buxton-0064

FROM MY BASE in Cornwall i teach to suit all levels of photography. Tuition can take place here at my home studio and large outdoor greenspace or various locations around Devon and Cornwall. Whether you are just starting out in photography or looking to advance your skill my flexible approach and relaxed style will help you enjoy your day with ease.

THE DAY As with all my teaching we will start with a discussion on individual goals, followed by either a studio or field workshop where I am available for advice throughout the day.

FIELD DAYS Easy and informal and taught at a pace that you feel comfortable with. Whether you are just starting out, looking to improve your current skill, or even an advanced shutterbug. At stunning locations throughout Devon or Cornwall carefully chosen to inspire your creativity. Practical and technical advice with individual guidance and hands on demonstration in the field will contribute to developing your creative side.

ONE-2-ONE  You get my undivided attention. Ideal if you prefer a more individual approach to tuition where you and I work alone.

GROUP TUITION (4 students minimum) Teaching a small group will ensure “that you are not lost in the crowd”. These workshops are an ideal way to obtain invaluable photography knowledge in a relaxed atmosphere with likeminded individuals. You are all here to achieve the same goal, learn new skills and have some fun along the way! Also a great value way to learn as the cost for this tuition is lower than my one-2-one.

I use Canon extensively being registered with Canon Professional Network and love to show “Canonphiles” how to improve and get the best out of their kit. Having had exposure with several brands i am able to help you understand your own choice of camera and how to master it.  You will need to bring your manual be it a hardcopy, on disc or portable media (and/or your laptop).

The workshops

1. ESSENTIAL CAMERA SKILLS  If you looking to start out in photography or just bought a DSLR, Compact or Bridge camera then this this is where to begin. Starting with the basics, (switching the camera on and off!,only joking as I am sure you all know how to do this!!) Understanding the controls, how to set up and customise your camera and just get you shooting confidently. I can offer chargeable hire for the use of a DSLR and Lens should you not have one as yet. Or maybe your friend or partner would like to join you but does not have their own.

2. STUCK ON AUTO? Need to understand more and better yourself with your camera? Then you will love this workshop. Here you will gain confidence to get off auto and start to understand aperture, shutter-speed and manual modes. Understanding composition rules allowing to take more control of your images and be more creative.

3. SPEED-LIGHTING Here we will get to grips with how to add off-camera flash set ups with one or multiple flash guns. How to deal with harsh midday sun and the ability to create beautiful images with fill flash and ambient light. Understand how to freeze motion with flash.

4. MACRO AND CLOSE-UP. This area of photography opens up a whole new look on the world and what is around us. Tiny creatures and insects, flowers, surfaces and textures reveal detail that will just enthral you and blow your mind. Understanding the differences between a true 1:1 macro lens, a lens with macro facility and the use of extension tubes.

5. ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY. For those looking to learn or improve their wildlife or sports photography and anything that moves fast. Learn how to freeze motion, understand panning and time delay to create those action shots that give a sense of movement in a still image.

6. WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL. Become a better wedding shooter, learn my candid artistic style. At the wedding workshops you have the opportunity to shoot natural models, see how i do it, learn the techniques at real wedding locations. This may sound daunting to you but believe me if you can be happy, smile and have fun things will happen naturally. I love to shoot free and easy with ambient light and produce images with a more natural look and colour balance. With the use of wide zooms and prime lenses plus a quick eye for evaluating the scene you will achieve this also.

You hear comments like flash is too harsh i only use a reflector. Fill flash is a key element to portraiture so a Wedding is no different therefore at some time during the day you will need to use it and/or maybe a reflector. Even when you are shooting ambient and natural, with a little forethought of the venue you can set up some portable strobes in key areas well in advance of the moment. These coupled to some radio triggers will add another dimension to your photography. Your wedding couple and the guests will simply be unaware (providing that you are not using a 100″ soft box!) Another type of lighting that we use is continuous. That can be small camera mounted units or medium to large LED panels on a light stand. I use the bi-colour units which can be adjusted from white to warm light.

When shooting my style you will need to think on your feet minute by minute also by the second. You only get one chance at a wedding to nail those precious moments therefore as professional you are there because you are being paid for your time, skill, costly equipment and post production time. Despite the “mass digital shooters” wedding photography needs a sound thought process. So why not get in touch to be on one of my days

7. POST DIGITAL EDITING. You can shoot in JPEG or RAW mode to capture the digital data and from here you can manipulate the image within a software package. Canon they recommend that you use their own “DPP” software. I do use and advocate the use of this,  however my preferred and most used is CC ADOBE LIGHTROOM. It is of my opinion and along many Pro and Amateur photographers around the world “the software to use.” I have extensive knowledge of this software and able to teach you my knowledge, tricks and tips for all versions. Of course there are other excellent editing suites available but I am very comfortable with these two.

UPDATE: 16th August 2018. The cart below is not functioning at this time. It is being developed with further pricing options and up and coming workshops. In the meantime please email with your name and details of which one of the workshops you are interested with your preference to a weekday or weekend workshop.


One 2 One Tuition 8
One 2 One Tuition 8
1 x 8 hour workshop
£190.00
One 2 One Tuition 4
One 2 One Tuition 4
1 x 4 hour workshop
£95.00
One 2 One Tuition 1
One 2 One Tuition 1
1 x 1hr workshop
£35.00
Group Tuition
Group Tuition
1 x 8 hour group workshop
£60.00