Six years, twenty workshops and two 1:1 Master Classes on and I am still learning new
things from Neil Atkinson!
Since the first light trail on a Nighlights workshop, Neil has helped me expand my subject range way beyond what I thought I could - I never imagined I would try portraiture or time-lapse for example.
My post-processing has progressed at a similar rate, boldly going into the far-flung features of Photoshop, again under Neil's guidance.
I am primarily an outdoor photographer, and you can see landscapes, wildlife and flora in these images. But there are also street portraits - a lot like wildlife in many ways! - still life and abstract approaches. I am increasingly interested in simplifying pictures to tell the story of the key elements, whilst using both photographic and processing techniques to
produce compelling images.
One of my 1:1 Master Classes with Neil tackled the subject 'how do I start a website?' - and he answered questions I didn't even know I ought to ask.
Underpinning all this, my photographic eye and self-critical view of a picture has been tightened
up significantly, and Neil's attention to detail and striving for perfection in every single picture has
rubbed off. Most importantly my enthusiasm and desire to learn is still there, and that only comes
from a good teacher. Thanks Neil!
Chris Harding 2018
Unsolicited Testimonials: Clare Rowntree & Chris Harding
A few years back, I bought myself a shiny new camera and read the instruction book on how to take photos with it. That seemed to work and I was away on a new found passion. Something was missing though between me and the instruction book, and that was the human element.
A friend had recommended Neil's workshops so when I saw one advertised, I went along. Neil was a great teacher, very kind and personable and good at explaining things simply, but it was a throw away remark in his introduction about how he'd used his photography in a previous project that
caught my attention.
I messaged him after the course about it and he offered to meet up for a coffee to discuss it further. That was the start of a series of 'coffee discussions' which helped me formulate where I was heading with my photography.
His enthusiasm was an inspiration in those early days, and he widened my horizons as to where my photography might lead. He helped me get to the very heart of what was fuelling my interest and was key in helping me on the formative stages of a journey that has lead me all over the world on exciting projects as a travel photographer.
Yes, he's great at doing workshops, a good teacher, but what's special is that he understands people and can read where they are on their personal journeys, he cares, and with compassion and generosity offers invaluable continued support, enthusiasm, guidance and insights, the benefit of which extends way beyond the learning on the actual workshops.
A true teacher in the very best sense of the word.
Clare Rowntree 2018