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Covert photo surgery

Zoom sanity sessions

Let’s all ‘Zoom’ with my ‘Covert Photo Surgery’ sanity sessions. Whilst I am currently unable to offer photography courses, I am pleased to offer ‘as free as you want’ ‘Zoom Sanity Sessions’. How will it work? Well I will suggest a specific topic from a variety of easily attainable photo subjects. So perhaps ‘Home life’, ‘Pets and animals’, ‘Insane family members’ etc.. I will then invite you to join our next ‘Zoom Sanity Session’ and contribute perhaps five images towards our Zoom chat. I will lead the 60 minute ‘ZSS’, to give you an idea of our Zoom photography webinar protocol. This is less a lesson and more an opportunity to get creative, have fun and learn a little from the group’s shared feedback and of course stay sane. Just select a subject/date from the Zoom photography webinar options below, follow the photo brief, register and you’re booked! The whole world is welcome, although I can only accept eight at a time, so a big virtual hug to the rest of you. Phew, let’s all ‘Zoom’ and please share this page with everyone, anywhere, anytime!

Zoom photography webinar Submissions

Your submission can be anything you wish to show within the brief, whether specifically shot for the ‘Surgery’ or from your back files. Let’s enthuse and excite ourselves once again, through the potential of our magical creativity. My four minute gallery (mouse over/pause), demonstrates what can be achieved with just a camera using either natural or available light. By flinging open the windows during this bizarre period, we may all rediscover our still wonderful world!

Why I’m well qualified to host

I feel very fortunate in having gained exemplary teaching experiences and will use this to host this Webinar. I have regularly lectured at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts, London), London College of Communication and Norwich University of the Arts. This, together with being commissioned by some of the UK’s most iconic organisations, has helped build and define my career. It has also been a source of inspiration for me, in developing my Italian Photography Course Holidays. Amongst many influential clients, I have been commissioned by the BBC, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Design Council, the National Portrait Gallery, the British Tourist Authority and the V&A Museum. In my early post student years, I worked for Sir Terence Conran’s design group; J. Walter Thompson agency and Chris Dorling and Peter Kindersley the precursors of ‘Dorling Kindersley‘ Publishers. My work has been shown in the International graphic publication ‘Graphis’, The ‘Designers & Art Directors’ Annual and ‘Modern Publicity’. I was elected to ‘Fellowship’ status of the ‘Chartered Society of Designers’ in the late 80’s, although not a ‘Fellow’ now. I have also been a member of the Chelsea Arts Club again since the late 80’s. Additionally my ski coaching and Alpine guiding experiences with both adults and children, has helped develop my organisational skills. Well they all got down!

What they say

“Thank you so much for today’s Birds/Nature webinar which was truly inspiring. I felt privileged to be your sole participant after your Cousin Judy left the Zoom meeting, but, surprisingly not at all intimidated by being in the company of such a talented photographer. I loved your direct approach because your criticism was constructive and balanced by enthusiastic support of my photographic attempts with my Samsung Galaxy S7. Your love of photography is infectious and your ability to de-mystify and simplify complicated concepts deserves a greater following. I thank you for inviting me back to next week’s Webinar which I accept and will sign up tomorrow. I’ll also canvass a couple of friends with proper cameras!” Di Brooks, Venice Italy, 13th May 2020.

“Thank you for such a great webinar yesterday afternoon. It was so good to have your honest and constructive feedback on my photos. The next time I take pictures of my little grandson or even our dog I will consider getting down to their level … it makes so much sense … thank you.” Gina Bate, England, 20th May 2020

“Another great session – thank you so  much! You’re absolutely correct in saying we all learnt as much from the feedback you gave other people as you gave us individually.” Di Brooks, Venice Italy, 20th May 2020.

“Really enjoyed the webinar. It made me begin to appreciate what makes a good photo, and thus improve my composition in seeing or creating a photo opportunity. I hope to now advance from point and shoot!” Sue Day, Singapore, 20th May 2020.

“I found it really valuable to get your insights and expertise into the composition of photographs through an examination of yours, mine, and other’s pictures. Your critical eye and constructive critism has helped me to see not only the focal point of a picture but also what should be considered around it. I found your spontaneous trouble-shooting mindset reassuring and inspiring.” Garry Nicolaou, 20th May 2020, England