Talks

Proud to be associated with Fotospeed as an sponsored speaker.

I have  three FACE TO FACE talks for camera clubs - happy to take bookings for these in anticipation of a resumption in physical meetings being possible with the option to substitute a ZOOM presentation (details below) should the circumstances demand.       

The first, called "Shooting People" charts my journey into creative portraits, discussing how to get started, the value of collaboration with others, thoughts composition and style, the importance of shooting for yourself, all illustrated with prints on Fotospeed papers and inks prints.   In the second half, I show how I make some of the creative images, including 'before and after' shots, in an attempt to demystify and inspire listeners to have a go themselves.

The second, "from camera to print'" is positioned as a follow-on looking at the creative process in a bit more detail, specifically, selecting images from a shoot and determining how to process. This also includes hands on examples of beauty retouching techniques such as dodge & burn, healing brush and frequency separation. The second half provides an update on recent works since the first presentation.

The third "Nobody" is a new talk in development for 2020 onwards. In this I shall showcase prints and PDIs on a variety of other genre other than portraits – there may be some anonymous people in street / candid shots, hence the dual significance of the title.

All three lectures are customisable.  

During the break I have a number of my images printed on a range of Fotospeed papers so people can see the importance of paper choice when presenting prints. I also have discount cards / codes for anyone wishing to purchase Fotospeed papers/inks. 

ZOOM MEETINGS - CORONAVIRUS: COVID19

During this difficult time, whilst face to face talks are postponed, I am offering talks via Zoom, (or other platforms) - no charge.

I have a mixed subject talk "It's not what you see, it's what you make"  showcasing some of my non-portrait photography, step by step walk through making of some of my creative images using a live Photoshop demo, or sharing some of my creative projects during lockdown (as featured in the PAGB eNews for May 2020.) 

Any club interested, just get in touch and I'll try to tailor something to your needs. 

TESTIMONIALS

Here's just a few of the many comments received:

Ian, Earl Shilton CC (via zoom) 

Many thanks for last night’s talk. It was extremely interesting and I believe will prove to be quite inspirational to those of our members who are keen to extend their artistic abilities. The images were stunning and your way of creating them made it seem easy, though I’m sure it is far from that! 

Rebecca, Swindon CC (via zoom)

Thank you so much for presenting to us last night. I can’t pretend I understood everything you demonstrated but I could follow and appreciate the level of perfection you demanded of your images. We have members in the club that, like you, have a library of walls, skies, rooms, you name it, which appear in their images but your work takes that to new levels. I was stunned with the imagination and beauty of some of your images. You definitely gave our members something to aspire to achieving. I must also thank you for doing this for no charge. It is one thing to share you work ethic with us but it is another to do this for no recompense. We really appreciated it. Once things return to a level of normality I am sure we will be asking you back to Swindon to present to us in person. On behalf of everyone last night, thank you for sharing your many talents with us.

Paul, Port Talbot (via Zoom)

Thank you very much yet again for an excellent talk last night. We have had a number of members comment on how good it was and the word inspirational has been used on more than one occasion.

Penny, Dorchester (via Zoom)

Thanks again for last night, feedback has all been excellent and we look forward to seeing the prints. I would like to keep it for 2021 with the hope that we will be back to a semblance of normality by then...

Val, Dorchester (via Zoom)

I was so disappointed to have to initially cancel your planned talk to the club due to the lockdown but absolutely delighted you agreed to give a Zoom presentation, albeit on a different subject and what a presentation it was. Really superb images, especially your monochrome ones and you certainly showed us how you can still take terrific photos in limited circumstances, definitely inspiring. I know your presentation was hugely enjoyed and I just wanted to say thank you so much on behalf of the club. We will look forward to seeing your original talk and prints hopefully in the not too distant future.

Peter Weaver – Hanham PS 

…a big thank you for coming along last Wednesday to show your excellent, creative and hugely imaginative images. One of our most skilled members who also does a lot of creative images said that your talk was the best one he had seen at the club for several months. Your photography demonstrates how important it is to use imagination and creativity when you take photographs and also to progress with this afterwards.

Gloucester CC

– programme entry “Mike shares his collection of general photos and his speciality, portraiture. His first visit to GCC but comment after a visit to Stroud “Very good and very entertaining!!......they’ll love him!!” A good evening in prospect.” 

Annie Blick – Stroud CC 

I did so enjoy your talk last night, so refreshingly different. Your images were inspirational and thought provoking. It was much appreciated by members and I know gave them a lot to think about in their approach to a different style of image making.

Lecture Programme

Coming up.....

2021

02/03/2021 - Cricklade CC (rescheduled)
08/03/2021 - Ellsmere Port (zoom) Judging 
10/03/2021 - Garstang CC (zoom)
18/03/2021 - Port Talbot CC
19/03/2021 - Hertford CC (zoom)
29/03/2021 - Blackburn CC (zoom)
30/03/2021 - Newent CC
01/04/2021 - South Liverpool PS (zoom) 
08/04/2021 - Gwynfa CC
13/04/2021 - Whitley Bay CC (zoom)
16/04/2021 - Desborough & Rothwell PS (zoom) 
26/04/2021 - Thornbury CC (Panel Critique)
29/04/2021 - Reflex CC (Bristol)
09/05/2021 - Camversation (3 Martins) zoom
25/05/2021 - Hay on Wye CC
17/06/2021 - Port Talbot CC
18/06/2021 - Kingswood PS (studio session?)
08/07/2021 - Gwent CC 
23/07/2021 - Kingswood PS
24/08/2021 - Beyond Group (zoom)
09/09/2021 - Keyworth CC (zoom)
15/09/2021 - Highcliffe and Infinity PC (zoom) 
14/10/2021 - Cupar CC (zoom)
22/10/2021 - Kingswood PS (studio session?)
04/11/2021 - Stroud CC (return visit) 
15/11/2021 - Kircaldy PS (zoom)
23/11/2021 - Nantwich CC (zoom)
30/11/2021 - Devizes, return (zoom)  

22/01/2022 - Bob Accord, Aberdeen, 9zoom)
17/03/2022 - Tenby CC (zoom)


Previous Lectures
17/02/2016 - Keynsham PS
24/11/2016 - Stroud CC

10/04/2017 - Bridgend 
09/05/2017 - Downend CC
19/11/2017 - Reflex CC (Bristol)
20/11/2017 - Cymru Mono (Port Talbot)

16/01/2018 - Gloucester CC
17/01/2018 - Hanham PS
15/10/2018 - Taunton PS 
16/10/2018 - Tetbury CC

09/01/2019 - Stratton CC (Swindon) 
23/12/2019 - Keynsham
25/01/2019 - Frome Wessex CC
13/02/2019 - Bristol PS
12/02/2019 - Bridgwater 
26/02/2019 - Newent CC
21/03/2019 - Trowbridge CC
08/05/2019 - Afan Nedd
30/05/2019 - Norton & Radstock 
10/09/2019 - Bath PS
21/10/2019 - Phoenix Group of Photographers (Taunton) 
01/11/2019 - Frome Wessex CC
14/11/2019 - Portishead CC
19/11/2019 - Devizes CC
12/12/2019 - Reflex CC (Bristol)

09/01/2020 - Tyndale Photography Club 
14/01/2020 - Mid Somerset Camera Club
05/02/2020 - South Petherton
06/02/2020 - Gwent CC
13/02/2020 - Backwell CC
05/03/2020 - Barnstaple CC
10/03/2020 - Bridgwater CC
17/03/2020 - Judging @ Newent CC - written report 
19/03/2020 - Trowbridge CC - Postponed/cancelled due to Covid 19
07/04/2020 - Cricklade - Postponed/cancelled due to Covid 19
06/04/2020 - Guest speaker on Andrew Appleton Photo Training weekly webcast
14/04/2020 - Bleadon PS (Weston-Super-Mare) - Postponed/cancelled due to Covid 19
29/04/2020 - Bristol PS - Zoom lecture
04/05/2020 - Guest speaker (return visit) on Andrew Appleton Photo Training weekly webcast
18/05/2020 - Dorchester - Zoom lecture
01/06/2020 - Dorchester - Zoom (special invite to demonstrate some Photoshop editing techniques)
09/06/2020 - Oxford CC / Kidlington CC - Joint Zoom Lecture
17/06/2020 - Caldicot CC (cancelled) 
18/06/2020 - Port Talbot CC - Zoom Lecture
07/07/2020 - Sheffield CC (via zoom)
29/07/2020 - Faversham and District CC / Sittingbourne CC (zoom)
03/09/2020 - Swindon CC (zoom)
10/09/2020 - Exeter CC (zoom)
15/09/2020 - Baddow CC, Essex (zoom)
16/09/2020 - Earl Shilton CC (zoom) - postponed  
22/09/2020 - Downend CC (zoom)
01/10/2020 - Trowbridge CC (zoom)
12/10/2020 - Swansea CC (zoom)
14/10/2020 - Frome Selwood CC (postponed)
15/10/2020 - Oldham Photographic (zoom)
16/10/2020 - Vale Photographic Club (zoom)
21/10/2020 - Earl Shilton CC (zoom)
29/10/2020 - Lacock Positive Camera club (zoom)
02/11/2020 - Braunton CC (zoom)
03/11/2020 - Neath CC
10/11/2020 - Hay on Wye CC (zoom)
11/11/2020 - Faversham and District CC (hosted by, but with an international audience via zoom)
12/11/2020 - Queens Park, Glasgow (zoom)
23/11/2020 - Ellesmere Port PS (zoom)
26/11/2020 - Trowbridge (Judging via zoom)
01/12/2020 - Northfield CC (Enfield) 
09/12/2020 - PIC camera club (zoom)
10/12/2020 - Morcombe CC (zoom)
18/12/2020 - Corsham PC (zoom)

11/01/2021 - Darwen CC (zoom)
12/01/2021 - Bleadon PS (re-scheduled)
13/01/2021 - Lincombe Barn (Downend, Bristol)
25/01/2021 - Windsor PS (zoom)
26/01/2021 - Baglan Bay PS (zoom)
28/01/2021 - Pyle - Porthcawl PS 
01/02/2021 - Barnhouse Studio Academy - Salli Gainsford Photography (zoom)
02/02/2021 - Mid Somerset CC 
03/02/2021 - Faversham CC (zoom)
04/02/2021 - Grimsby CC (zoom)
09/02/2021 - Old Coulsdon CC (zoom)
15/02/2021 - Bridgend CC 
16/02/2021 - Tallaght CC, Dublin (zoom) 
22/02/2021 - Thornbury CC (zoom) 
24/02/2021 - North West Bristol CC (zoom)
01/03/2021 - Swinton & District (zoom)