Past VIP Tutorials

VIP Tutorials cover a wide range of photography genres and topics. Many have a guest appearance from an industry expert.

If you'd like to join any live tutorials click here to see the schedule of topics and to book your place.

To watch a recording of a previous VIP Tutorial select 'Buy Now' and pay £7. You will be able to download your chosen tutorial.

Past tutorial 09.07.20: How to use photography backdrops.

With special guest Sophie of Black Velvet Styling. Do you love photographing still life or food? Or perhaps you do lifestyle shots of your products for your website and social media? You've been looking at photography backdrops and would like to buy some but you don't know where to start?

  • Which sort - vinyl, wood, paper?
  • Which size?
  • How many do you need?
  • Which ones would be good to get started with?

Black Velvet Styling is one of my favourite places to get backdrops from. They are affordable, come in a variety of sizes (up to A0) and the textures are beautiful and realistic. I also adore Sophie's styling and photography! Sophie takes inspiration from travel, nature, junk and her styling work to offer you beautiful, handpainted and curated background designs. They are ideal for food, still life and lifestyle photography. I've invited Sophie along to talk to us about how to get started with photography backdrops and to share some of her styling tips. There'll be opportunity for you to ask questions too. I can't wait for this tutorial!

Past tutorial 02.07.20: Printing and displaying your images.

With special guest Derek Poulston of One Vision Imaging.

One Vision Imaging are one of the largest professional photographic laboratories in the UK. For over 50 years they have been servicing professional and enthusiast photographers with the very highest standards of processing and finishing. They know and understand the photographic industry inside out and are hugely passionate about it.

Derek talks about how to best print and display your images and all of the many options available. He answers many of the questions people have when they print images to display on the wall.

Past tutorial 25.06.20: How to take stunning photographs with your phone.

Do you look at other people’s phone pics on Instagram and Facebook and wonder how they take such amazing shots? You too can take great photographs with your phone.
Professional photographer and tutor Jane Burkinshaw shares top tips for composing, shooting and editing images.

And also take a look at the Online Phone Photography Course - do it in your own time, at your own pace and have lifetime access to all the modules.

Past tutorial 18.06.20: How to photograph gardens, with guest speaker award winning photographer Joe Wainwright.

Join us for this wonderful opportunity to get some advice and tips from Joe on how to photograph gardens. He will also talk about being published and entering competitions.

Joe is an award-winning professional garden photographer, also specialising in producing creative and inspiring heritage, lifestyle and tourism images.

He is a full member of the Garden Media Guild and Professional Garden Photographers' Association, his images are widely published and he has won awards in the 2020, 2018, 2016 and 2015 International Garden Photographer of the Year competitions. He is also a National Garden Scheme registered photographer and is represented by GAP Photos, National Trust Images and Alamy.

Past tutorial 11.06.20: Beginners guide to flash photography.

Are you hesitant about using the flash on your camera because it generally just looks awful? Or have you just bought a flashgun to sit in the hot shoe and you're not quite sure how to use it? In this recorded online tutorial I will talk you through how to easily get some great results so that you can use flash more confidently.

Past tutorial 04.06.20: How to photograph babies

Learn how to photograph babies like a pro. This session is aimed at parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles who would like to be able to capture all those amazing every day moments and changes that occur in a baby's miraculous 1st year.