I have attended two of Andy’s workshops this summer and have come away with a wealth of information on both occasions which has improved my photography no end. Being self taught, I have picked up a number of bad habits, both through laziness and misinformation, however Andy takes you back to basics at first with the simplest of techniques, such as how to hold the camera and look through the viewfinder.
Following on from this, he explains the optimum settings for your camera and how to use these settings to best effect, delving into the complexities of aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance, before moving on to interpretation of the histogram and the use of exposure compensation. The basics are continually reinforced throughout the day and added to with an in depth insight into composition and in our case birds in flight tutorial.
Andy’s twenty years of experience as a professional photographer have given him a wealth of knowledge which he imparts at a level appropriate to the group or individual. Following several group sessions throughout the early part of the workshop, the rest of the day is taken up mainly with one to one tuition. Based on my experience, I would highly recommend Andy’s workshops to any photographer, no matter what level they are at. Andy is extremely knowledgeable and articulate and he has an infectious enthusiasm for his craft.
In terms of the Skomer workshops, he is well versed with regards to the fauna and flora that can be found on the island and his close association with the Wildlife Trust and Dale Sailing ensure that you don’t have to arrive at Martin’s Haven until 9:30 as your place on the boat is guaranteed, yet you can stay on the island until the last boat at 5:00pm.