Tours, Workshops and Tuition with Nick Garbutt

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Would you line up at a racetrack before you’d learned to drive a car? Would you give an important presentation at work without thorough research and rehearsal? Would you cook an intricate recipe for friends before practicing getting it right first?

Yet how many people buy a new camera prior to a major trip or holiday, but don’t learn how to use it before they leave? Far too many! A game drive in the Serengeti or a walk through a rainforest is not the place to be reaching for an instruction manual.

A camera is a tool designed to do a job and knowing how to use it efficiently and effectively is crucial to achieving the results you want.   Familiarity with your camera and a grasp of simple photographic techniques pays dividends in the field and your photography will improve immeasurably as a consequence. Good teaching requires a thorough understanding of the subject and the ability to communicate clearly, especially when dealing with technical subjects. My aim when teaching is to cut through the jargon and lift the shrouds of mystery that surrounds so much of photography and digital processing.

I offer tuition days for one or two clients and week-long workshop holidays for larger groups (as well as longer wildlife and photography tours - click here). Day courses are tailored to suit your personal requirements, whether it be improving your capabilities with a camera, understanding various photographic techniques or getting to grips with digital processing, image optimisation and manipulation.

Always remember cameras don’t take photographs, people do

Tuition Days
All tuition days are run from my base in Devon. Alternatively home visits can be arranged.

If you would like a day's tuition tailored specifically to your requirements please contact me.

Prices for all one-day courses are £200 per day for one person (+£100 for an additional person) (+VAT), plus travel costs for home visits.

Getting Started with Digital SLR Photography
1 person £200, 2 people £300 (+VAT)
Plus travel costs for home visits

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  • Starting with the basics you will become familiar with all the necessary fundamental principles and set off on the road to becoming a competent and confident digital SLR user.

  • Learn how to interpret histograms.

  • File types explained and understand the benefits of shooting 'RAW'.


Progressing with Digital SLR Photography
1 person £200, 2 people £300 (+VAT)
Plus travel costs for home visits

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  • More advanced skills, including making the most of wide-angle and macro lenses and using flash creatively.

  • Learn how to maximise the opportunities digital technology offers, with techniques like stitching, exposure stacking and focus stacking.

Getting to Grips with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
1 person £200, 2 people £300 (+VAT)
Plus travel costs for home visits

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Adobe Lightroom is a powerful library organisation and image processing tool (and much else besides) that lies at the heart of all I do with my images. Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for image manipulation. In conjunction these programmes provide all an advanced photographer is likely to need to process, optimise, manipulate, prepare and publish their work. Tuition will be tailored to suit individual requests, but will include some or all of the following.

* Organising an image library, with keywords and captions at the heart of image retrieval.

* Fundamental processing and image optimisation.

* Cleaning up images and removing blemishes.

* More advanced cloning techniques for unwanted distractions.

* Using multiple files to create a final image – digital stitching, exposure stacking and focus stacking.

For home visits it is necessary that you have both Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop installed on your computer.