My Two Favourite New Photo books

So it was my birthday recently and i got a couple of presents


Seeing Things

Joel Meyerowitz

ABC Photography

Jan von Holleben

Two Photography books that are aimed for children. They are such great books! I would of loved these when i was a kid, I love them now!

For inspiration, knowledge and ideas books are so so important, reading good quality information from a reliable source is so important when learning a subject, otherwise your just fumbling in the dark!


Student Success!

My Level 3 City & Guilds Photography student Deborah Johnson has had 2 of her images used for a Black History month leaflet for Croydon Council

With two of Deborah's images in the leaflet and the originals below

Well done Deborah!!!


Composition class

My level 3 City & Guilds photography class this week was on composition. With 140 images to assess and decide what compositional rules are being used.

The lesson had many discussions about the images, what rule, why we liked the image, or why we did not!

here are some images taken at break


New Morley College Course starting next week - Adobe Lightroom

I have two courses starting next week, this is one of them!

Learn photo management and image-editing digital workflow using Adobe Lightroom - the powerful programme for professional and enthusiast photographers. Use Lightroom to edit and perfect your images in an intuitive way, organising and sharing them quickly and efficiently. Explore this increasingly essential and user-friendly programme to streamline your digital photography editing workflow.


By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Import images
  • Cataloguing images, including collections, rating, metadata and keywording
  • Develop Images, including retouching, colour temperature, tone curves, black and white, sharpening etc
  • Exporting images including slideshows, and producing print via home printers and sending images to imaging specialists
  • Use presets to streamline your workflow
  • Produce images of high technical quality

Click here to go to the college website and enrol

Another Morley Course review

Another review from a student from one of my Morley College courses:

I have just completed my second year at Morley College, having taken both level 2 and level 3 City & Guilds photography courses.  They are year-long courses, with weekly three-hour classes.  The lessons were varied; in one we would learn about and practice a particular photographic technique or genre, or process digital files in Lightroom, and in the next we would share our own images in order to give and receive some invaluable feedback.  The tutor is a photographer and experienced teacher, with a thorough understanding of the C&G assessment criteria, so is able to guide students towards producing their best possible work.  He is happy to answer questions and is open to feedback from students – particularly in level 3 – about the kind of topics they would like to cover in class.

The focus, particularly in terms 2 and 3, was very much on our own projects because this is how C&G assesses the level of each student’s work.  There were some guidelines about the themes that we could choose for our projects, but they were fairly broad and I didn’t feel limited by them.  In fact, in both years I was amazed at the diversity of the work that we produced and its standard, and I certainly learnt a great deal from my peers.  Some of us have remained in contact and are planning monthly meetings, with visits to exhibitions, photo shoots and trips to the pub on the cards!

I think it important to say that these courses demand more of the students, in terms of the work needed outside of class, than some others because, for each assessed project, there is both photography and written work to complete.  It is a commitment, but one that, looking back, I certainly don’t regret.  There is plenty of support available throughout, both from the tutor and from the other students, as well as the opportunity to exhibit images within college and to finish the course with well executed and well presented project work to be proud of.


It should be on Hotcourses somewhere

Student Success

One of my students Sara Roberts has just been accepted onto the Masters course at the University of Brighton, I am very pleased and proud, she worked very hard in the 2 years I taught her!

Sara studied my City & Guilds Level 2 and level 3 courses. Each course lasts a year 3 hours per week, it is an accredited course with coursework to produce.

Sara when she started level 2 told me of her intention to do a masters and I am very glad the courses gave her the technical skills and structure to develop her creative skills and conceptual understanding which should help her during her further studies.

I wish her best of luck on the Photography Masters at the University of Brighton (where i studied my Degree and Masters!)

Here are 3 images from Sara's last project on the C&G Course at Morley College.

Copyright  Sara Roberts

Copyright Sara Roberts

Copyright  Sara Roberts

Copyright Sara Roberts

Copyright  Sara Roberts

Copyright Sara Roberts

Course Reviews on Hotcourses

I found some reviews on hotcourses, they are quite flattering! (i would not be bragging a negative one!) This makes me happy as it's all about student experience really isn't it! 

I have cut and pasted them from the review page


The steps before you go out into the big world

City & Guilds Photography Level 3

by V - July 2016

This class is hard and fast from the get go. Homework, learning, getting your first of the two submissions in and getting it up to the levels of distinction. Its all here. But its a great atmosphere and Paul's teaching opens up your mind and gets your creativity side working (just ask him about the million pound photo). Your really put to the test on how and where you want to take your photography and Paul is always so helpful and friendly. Still love the way he works so effortlessly on the mac in either lightroom or photoshop. I was with such a great bunch of people in my class and they were so creative in their photography styles and thats what this course does. It brings all the styles and genre's of photography into 3 hour filled lesson and believe me, the time goes quick. I really want to make a career out of this industry and this course has definitely given me the confidence to go out there and make something of myself. And it will do the same for you if you ever want to go down that road. Even if you dont, what you learn, will stay with you forever.

A good year's learning

City & Guilds Photography Level 2 (b)

by Kim - June 2016

Thanks Paul for your patience and genuine wish to help and encourage and see people do well. I've enjoyed it.

C&G Student show at Morley College

My students have an exhibition on at Morley College if your not too far away do go see, there are some great images there.

The invite for the show (designed by a student)

The invite for the show (designed by a student)

I teach on the City & Guilds level 2 & 3 courses, year long accredited courses which are for me as a tutor great to see such progress throughout the time the students are with me. 

Here are a few images from the show, do pop by to see the rest

Caz Dyer, City & Guilds Level 3 -  Reculver

Caz Dyer, City & Guilds Level 3 -  Reculver

Kathleen Holman, City & Guilds Level 2 - Pine Forest

Kathleen Holman, City & Guilds Level 2 - Pine Forest

Sergio Texeira, City & Guilds Level 2 - The perfect tunnel

Sergio Texeira, City & Guilds Level 2 - The perfect tunnel

These courses are enrolling for next year btw! Level 2 Tuesday 1400-1700 Level 2 Tuesday 1800-2100 and Level 3 Wednesday 1800-2100

Friday cycle

Went for a nice circular cycle ride last Friday, we paused for a minute and I saw this picture in front of me and had to capture it

Near Shoreham by Sea

Near Shoreham by Sea