Anderson, County Durham
"I had only owned my SLR for 3 weeks before
meeting up with Doug, and barely knew what it (or I) were
capable of. I was initially worried that such as established
photographer as Doug would move to fast and confuse me;
but that wasn't the case.
was patient and explained everything in a way that made
total sense. Aspects of photography that I had been reading
around (and struggling with) were explained by Doug in
easier terms and then reiterated in the practical exercises.
all, Doug was a friendly and approachable tutor who made
me feel at ease and I had a very interesting and productive
day. I left with over 300 pictures and tons of inspiration."
Peter Ellis, Teesside
contacted Doug about a year ago as I needed help with
my flash photography. To be honest I was struggling with
my photos when using a flash, mainly indoors and I knew
Doug was a competent photographer with a lot of experience
who could help me.
started off with the basics of flash photography, from
there we spent an interesting and enjoyable couple of
hours looking at both indoor and outdoor photography covering
areas such as portraits, fill flash, using reflectors,
1st and 2nd curtain and wireless flash photography.
the training I found Doug’s relaxed approach very
helpful as I was nervous to start with but he soon put
me at ease. He was happy to answer the dumbest of question
and showed real passion and knowledge for his art.
would have no problem recommending him to anyone, at any
level, for training. Whoever you are and what ever level
you are at I feel confident you would learn something
Jeff James , Tyne and Wear
don't have an artistic flair, so I shouldn't have been
surprised when I bought my DSLR and found that it didn't
automatically make me a brilliant photographer. But before
binning it and starting a new hobby, I spent some time
with Doug, learning the basics of manual settings, exposure,
shutter speeds and depth of field. More importantly though,
what I really picked up from my lessons were the real
fundamentals that make a good photograph, framing and
use of light. Doug's a genius with both of these and suddenly
I found that I was taking good, interesting photographs
that actually said something about the subject.
relaxed and fun style, his vast experience of capturing
moments and moods and his passion for spreading the joy
to others makes lessons with him very rewarding and very
easy to lose track of time. What he'll teach you is a
little bit of art. The techy stuff suddenly becomes a
by-product and you find yourself considering the moment
and how best to use light and composition to make your
photograph a story. Even my compact snaps are worth looking
Ceri Oakes- Professional Press Photographer,
"Doug Jackson is a great photographer and tutor both
for his expertise in the technical side of photography
but also at sharing his passion for photography and motivating
you to develop your skills.
Doug went through a range of techniques with me starting
from the basics leading up to some complex lighting set
ups. He is great at simplifying what can seem quite technical
and daunting when you are starting out.
The time I spent learning with Doug was very practical,
he made me feel at ease and I had a lot of fun training
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