Portrait Photography – Banbury (Nov 2019)

Short course in portrait photography which I was asked to run for Activate Learning in Banbury at very short notice.

  • Wk 1 – Single light source – candles/desklamps in the studio
  • Wk 2 – Flash/speedlights – in the studio
  • Wk 3 – Environmental portraits – in the pottery
  • Wk 4 – Studio strobes – with Tara and Amiya models – in the studio

Street Photography – Woodstock (Nov 2019)

Street Photography [S] [13+]
Saturday 16 November
09:30-16:00, £45
Tutor: Graham Wilson

“Well planned and paced day.”

Whether you want to document your own town or village, improve your travel photography, have new ideas for your family album, or you are a fan of the fast-growing art of street photography and want to try your hand at it, this whole day workshop will open your eyes to new possibilities all around you.

Street photography ranges from its purest form of candid images of people in their environment, through more formal but ad hoc portraits, capturing the details of a place that make it more memorable, to some aspects of architectural and landscape photography.

The group will spend most of the day walking around Woodstock (whatever the weather!), tackling a number of straightforward but informative tasks, reconvening for a chance to share experiences, short ‘tutorials’, and briefing for the next activity.  The tutor will help you refine your images over the day, but also be on hand to help answer more general technical questions.

You will need to bring your own advanced digital camera (e.g. DSLRs, mirrorless, and Bridge cameras) and be reasonably familiar with using it as the emphasis will be on taking photos rather than instruction in camera controls. The workshop is not suitable for ‘point and shoot’ digital cameras or mobile devices.

Please be aware that you will be walking around Woodstock, and that the workshop will go ahead whatever the weather, so please dress appropriately. You will also need to provide your own refreshments (or buy them locally) during the day.

More details of the Marlborough School Community Education Photography Classes can be found here: https://www.marlborough.oxon.sch.uk/4788/photography

The booking/enrolment details are here: https://www.marlborough.oxon.sch.uk/733/enrolment-and-booking

Digital Street Photography – Beginners – Oxford – Jun 2019

Reluctant tourist

Course resources

The selection of well-regarded street photographers

The Lens Culture Street Photography award winners

A few of my pictures…

Original Rubric

Would you like to be able to capture more interesting images of places around you? Have you heard of the recent craze for “Street Photography” and wondered what it is all about? THIS Sunday, I shall be leading a one-day course for Oxfordshire Adult Learning (part of Abingdon & Witney College) in the centre of Oxford. There’s room for a couple more people if you get your application in quickly!


Photography walks – Oxford City the old and the new (June 2019)

Organised by Oxfordshire Adult Learning – the county-wide community education programme. Full details here: http://www.abingdon-witney.ac.uk/course/?code=QCXM269P&year=A18/19&title=Photography+walks+-+Oxford+City+the+old+and+the+new

In a nutshell…

Course Details

Time: 10:00 – 15:00 | Day: Saturday | Date: 06 Jul 2019 | Start: Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

Course Overview

A practical one day course enabling you to understand how to use your digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera’s controls and functions to create great pictures.

Course Content

On this course we will introduce you to the use of shutter speed, aperture, ISO and other main controls, as well as looking at picture composition and design. In addition the accompanying photo-walk will provide opportunities to use these skills as you develop an understanding of what would make an interesting photograph and how to select the appropriate camera settings to achieve it. Please note that this course involves some walking and you will have to carry all of your gear with you for the session. For this session please bring Digital SLR or SLR camera, camera’s manual (if available), notepad and pen. Remember weather can be unpredictable so please bring suitable outdoor clothing and a rain cover* for your camera. (* covers are available commercially but a plastic carrier bag with a hole cut in it and rubber band to hold it in place, will often suffice). Please note this course is not suitable for compact cameras. 

Street Photography – Short Course – Banbury (Nov 2019)

May Day 2016, Oxford (Graham Wilson)

Organised by Activate Learning at Banbury and Bicester College. Booking is available here.

Course Details

Thursday (6:30 to 8:30pm)  21/11, 28/11, 5/12, 12/12, 19/12 and Saturday (10am to 4:30pm) 14/12



o    Do you want to capture more of life around you?

o    Would you like to be a bolder photographer?

o    See the world around you with different eyes!

Street photography, also sometimes called candid photography, is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places. (Wikipedia)


Through a combination of exploration, conversation, practical assignments and field work, this short course will help you understand the key elements of street photography, develop skills to perform it well, build your confidence, and refine your personal style.
Format: The course consists of four 2hr evening classes, followed by one Saturday field-trip of 6.5 hours, and then one further evening class.


While there is no formal qualification, provided that you engage with the full course experience, you will benefit in several ways; a different appreciation for photography generally, a deeper understanding of this particular genre, practical skills to tackle a variety of projects, a number of images to add to your personal portfolio, a wider network of peers to support you in the future.


Suitability: For anyone interested in the genre, regardless of experience.  You will find you get more from the course if you have a digital camera with manual controls and you are already familiar with the essentials of using this.