Courses – 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

CORONAVIRUS, ADULT EDUCATION AND ‘LIVE LEARNING’

The effect of Coronavirus on Adult Education classes means that sadly, adult education will not be allowed back into schools for quite a while.

As such, tutors like myself have to find other ways to teach.

Because of this, I have spent the Summer modifying my classroom lessons to suit teaching you ‘live’ online at home and creating a home broadcasting studio to deliver these lessons to a very high standard.

For the forseeable future i will be teaching online only. Email me for more details or look out for further announcements.

Stay safe,

Bill

NOVEMBER LIVE LEARNING COURSES

BEGINNERS Photoshop & Lightroom - LIVE LEARNING

You need to own your own copy of the software to take part in this course.

This course is for complete beginners to photo editing software. It introduces you to Photoshop and Lightroom, clarifying their place in relation to each other. You will then learn and practise the key tools in each piece of software, utilising the most effective workflow to get the best from your images.

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Cancellation and refund policy for all courses

Cancellations must be received via email in advance of the event.

The following cancellation charges apply:

  •    6+ weeks notice from start date: Full refund
  •    4-6 weeks notice from start date: 40% refund
  •    0-4 weeks notice from start date: No refund
  •    Failure to attend from start date: No refund

 

If you are unable to attend the course someone else may attend in your place at no additional cost.

All requests for substitutions must be received via email at least 24 hours before the course begins with the name, contact email and telephone number for the replacement student.

Courses cannot be deferrred to a later date.

FUTURE COURSES

Beginners Photography - Live learning & In-the -field

This course is designed specifically for people taking their first steps in photography. Whether you want to take photos of people, landscapes or architecture, this course will explain the fundamentals of photography to you.

The course comprises 9 lessons over 6 weeks.

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Intermediate

Advance and consolidate your photography skills by learning new concepts and trying new types of photography. This course includes lessons in macro, studio and night-time photography.

The course comprises 6 lessons.

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Landscapes

Landscape photography is one of the first styles that new camera owners try. It is also one of the most difficult to master. Bill will teach you how to evaluate the view before you using both technical and compositional skills and to discern the qualities that will make your shots better.

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Studio lighting

Flash and strobe lighting can seem overwhelming and complex but it really isn’t so. In this session, the different types of lighting will be explained and we will build several images from scratch in the studio. You will also learn how to pose friends and family and help them relax in front of the camera.

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1-2-1 private tuition

Whether it's a single concept or skill that you need a single session to help you resolve or you just want individual attention while you learn from the start, one-to-one tuition may be the right solution for you.

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Blog

Summer news

Now we’re approaching the end of Summer (don’t shoot the messenger!) it’s time to indulge yourself and dust off that expensive camera you bought but perhaps don’t get the best from. GET WILD! But before that, why not get out this weekend and see some of the best wildlife photography of the year. We’re having …

Photo Collections

Welcome to my photo collections

I love traveling and taking 'natural' photos, that is photos that haven't been set up or planned.

The idea is to see what everyone else sees but interpret my impression of it through the lens.

I only use natural light as well, no flash, with the exception of portraits.

 

Portraits

China

Barcelona

Out and About

Iceland

Florence

California

Valencia

Textures

Amsterdam

Brighton

About Bill

‘The camera in your hand doesn’t take a great photograph. You do.'

Bill is an award-winning graphic designer and has been a professional photographer for over 30 years.

He has enjoyed various roles from full-time house husband to three children, director of his own successful multimedia company, professional photographer and most recently, freelance design and marketing consultant.

He has worked for Sony as a Digital Imaging Specialist, fronting trade shows for Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Mobile. He has devised and carried out successful training courses for Sony, John Lewis, Harrods and Jessops.

He has exhibited his work extensively, selling his work privately and through his website. Bill ran his own Brighton Open House for five years and has exhibited in others homes as well.

He is fully qualified with a PTTLS Level 4 NCFE to teach Adult Education classes.

Bill strongly believes that anyone calling themselves a photographer should be judged by the quality of their work, not the cost of their kit or their technical knowledge alone.

Endorsements

Before going on Bill’s beginners photography course, I was a bit hesitant as it had been a while since I’d used my camera, and I didn’t know how much I would get out of the course.

I was quickly reassured upon meeting Bill, who is incredibly down-to-earth and engaging in his teaching.

I learnt more about photography, and my specific cameras charms and quirks than I had before I went on the course.

I would highly recommend any beginners heading into intermediary levels, as I’m sure you’ll learn something new, and most importantly have a fun time as well! 

David Hoare

Beginner Course Attendee 2019

Bill has taken my patchy, YouTube learnt Photography knowledge and taught me everything I need to know to take a great photo.

His lessons and well-structured at a pace for all ages and abilities with the invaluable field days to practice what you learn in the classroom!

Bill is a great, patient teacher with a wealth of photography knowledge.

I cannot recommend Bill’s courses enough!

James Barron

Beginner Course Attendee 2019

It has been some time since I used my SLR and I had become lazy, using my phone for photographs instead. Bill’s course took me through at a steady pace, reminding me of what I knew way back and yet always giving me new information.

I now feel I have a thorough grounding in photography, based on Bill’s excellent teaching together with the practice/homework and the field trips taking photos together as a group.

The course has revived my love of photography.  Looking forward to the next course!

Rita Garner

Beginner Course Attendee 2019

I attended Bill’s beginners photography course this year and really enjoyed it.

In the class we gradually learnt about camera settings and composition followed by a camera shoots to put our knowledge into practice. By the end of the course I felt confident enough to use my camera on manual settings and knew how to compose a good photo.

Bill provided lots of course notes and recommended reading matter etc. Bill has a wealth of knowledge and is a great teacher.

I would recommend his course to anybody who would like to take their cameras off automatic settings with confidence.

Sue Braat

Beginner Course Attendee 2019

I enrolled on the beginner course and quickly gained confidence in the use of my camera, becoming more daring and experimenting in how to make my photography more interesting.

Bill’s classes are clear and all questions are answered allowing us to make quick progress, creating a nice step-by-step understanding of the camera and how to compose great photography.

I definitely recommend it!

Emeline Perronno

Beginner Course Attendee 2019

Having seen Bill teaching first-hand and admired many of his images over the years, this course is a must for any aspiring photographer. Bill will take you through the fundamental elements of composition, camera control and even some handy hints on photoshop and raw editing.

A word of caution though; if Bill can’t improve your picture taking then no one can!

Matt Smith

Photographer

I met Bill when I was redesigning the sales training program at Sony.
Large groups were often split up across sales skills – product and management. After several months I noticed how enthused people were after camera training. I popped along and sat at the back.
Wow! What a camera and digital expert Bill is, quality trainer and a proper expert.

Ian Wilson

Group Training Manager at Global Freight Solutions Ltd

Bill Black is a confident, talented and accomplished photography master.
His facilitation style will compliment any learner from complete beginner to professional photographer.
Being able to adapt his laid back style and blend his extensive knowledge into a well rounded enjoyable session is what I most admire about Bill.
Highly recommend!

Aaron Smith

Course attendee

Bill has a knack of completely owning either an individual or groups’ attention, when executing training sessions.
His knowledge of the camera industry and skill set is second to none and he has the ability to execute training sessions to all levels of ability.

Luke Bistram

Regional Sales Manager, Ricoh Imaging Europe

Bill is a fantastically knowledgeable and approachable teacher and really supported someone as myself completely new to Digital Imaging.

Andy Conway

Sony Area Sales manager

Bill’s overall knowledge, experience and training skills in all aspects of photography are second to none.
He has an unrivalled passion for photography with this enthusiasm conveyed and embodied into all his training sessions.
No hesitation in recommending Bill, a sound bloke as well.

Kevin Beattie

Director, The Lease Consultancy

Bill Black is by far one of the most professional gentleman I’ve ever worked with.
His depth of knowledge and the manner in which he conveys this are second to none.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Bill to anyone.

Luke Curtis

Portrait, editorial and commercial photographer

Bill Black is a legend, explains well without jargon and just a pleasure to listen to and learn from.

Garry Holland

Sony Digital Imaging Specialist