The Photography Masters
The Ultimate UK Wedding Photography Training Course
“Inspired by two residential weeks of photography training, both different in format and content, but, equally exceptional. Photo Training Overseas ran for over 30 years with George and Glenys Dawber at the helm, and Paul Haley’s Buxton, a residential week which ran for 10+ years.
I was very fortunate to attend both weeks, several times, not only as a delegate but also as a Wedding Photography Trainer. Participating as a delegate and a trainer gave me the inside information and understanding as a delegate to design and build the concept of The Photography Masters as a photographer for photographers.
About the Concept
“The photography industry was tough when I first started out as a wedding photographer in the early nineties. My first medium format camera was a Mamiya 6x7, very heavy, but I loved it. Photographing a wedding, I would shoot ten rolls of film (100 images), and every shot had to count. Every Monday morning the van from my lab, Multiprint, (now known as One Vision) would collect the films and return them on the Thursday as 5x4” prints ready for the preview album. In those ‘days’ you couldn’t view the images on the back of the camera. You had to wait ‘days’ for the van!
Back then, the worldwide web (www) did not exist as we know it today; we didn’t have the luxury of post-processing our images with Photoshop or Lightroom or have mobile phones. Website, internet or emails didn’t exist. Attending seminars and workshops to learn about photography and joining a photography association like The Guild of Wedding Photographers, BIPP, MPA and later on the SWPP. The only way we could socialise and get to meet fellow photographers, share our ideas, thoughts and information was to attend their regional meetings, seminars and workshops.
The annual photographer’s pilgrimage was to visit Focus on Imaging every March (known today as The Photography Show). Focus on Imaging was the only place to see new products and speak to new suppliers or arrange to have a Sales Rep visit you at your studio.
But that was a long time ago!
Getting the Right mix
After thinking long and hard about a residential training course for wedding photographers a four-day workshop was designed in 2016. Drawing from my personal experiences of seminars and workshops over the years I knew I wanted to host a training course that offered excellent training, good quality accommodation and food with no hidden extras and all the essential stuff a photographer requires was included.
My priority? To put together a team of inspiring photographers who were willing to share their knowledge. An excellent venue located in the UK with easy access to the motorway network, trains and not too far from an airport. And last but not least, a bar to sit in at night to relax and share the day, chat about life, photography and have a giggle!
2017 – The first four-day residential workshop was at Hoar Cross Hall, and we called it ‘The Three Masters’. It was a great success!
The following year in 2018, more trainers were introduced, and the name changed to ‘The Photography Masters’ and learning from the first workshop improving upon all the positives, and removed the negatives. The venue chosen was The Chateau Impney Hotel with five different trainers. And, now we are looking forwad to the next Photography Masters will be held at the Makeney Hall Hotel, Belper, Derbyshire in October 2019. Three new exciting wedding photographers, Fuji X Photographer Kevin Mullins, Fuji X Photographer & Lightroom Specialist Sean McCormack and Fashion Inspired Wedding and TV/Film Celebrity photographer Stuart Wood.
The Photography Masters select trainers to encourage and to build confidence in your photography skills. Instil a growth mindset to allow for openness to create fluidity and creativity to keep up with the modern bride.
Join us for first class wedding photography training with your own private ensuite bedroom, no sharing and no single supplement. Fully inclusive of ALL of your meals – breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and a three-course evening meal. The only EXTRA’s you have to pay for is your bar bill.
– Julie Oswin
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