about

In addition to my photography, I also run presentations and workshops to teach what I've learned about light and lighting.

My teaching ranges from formal presentations before a seated audience (mixing slides and live demonstrations) to one-on-one practical sessions with a photographer and their camera.

I do my best to avoid lots of technical jargon because a photographer needs applied knowledge and not just a head full of theoretical knowledge. I try to build concepts gradually and aim to avoid teaching too much at once. Some of the basic principles I teach can be surprisingly mind-bending at first and it can take a while to feel comfortable with them. at Essendon Camera Club - click for larger version

Most of my small workshops are organised through the group "Melbourne Photography Education" on meetup.com. You can also see scheduled dates for upcoming presentations in the 'events' section of my Facebook page.

If you are interested in having me present a session at your camera club, just send me an email. You can see my requirements here.

I am available for private one-on-one tutoring upon request.


testimonials

"I've attended three of David's workshops and have learnt so much from all three. The flash lighting I & II were fantastic in that the concepts are introduced and then applied straight away in practical exercises. I had only just bought my speed light but David explained everything so well that I am now much more confident in my new skills.! I also attended the daylight portraits by natural light and David's explanations of looking for light, composition and framing are great. All in all, David is a patient teacher and explains concepts really well and then puts them straight into practice. Great value for money." - Joanne, meetup.com member, June 2015

"Have had the time to thank David, had a blast going to two of his session on flash. Learn a lot of new stuff that I never knew, highly recommended to anyone to go along. David is patient and friendly, his sessions are structured to be easily follow and understand for beginner to pro. Will definitely be going to more of his session. Thank you once again David!" - Chien, meetup.com member, May 2015

"Well structured evening, the exercises were ideal to come to grips with how the mix of ambient and flash light affects the outcome. Learned heaps, discovered some functions I never knew existed and put them into practice. If you're on the fence about going to this workshop - do it! You'll find it cash well spent." - Claire, meetup.com member, May 2014

"The evening was very interesting! Definitely opened up my eyes to alternative lighting and how to work with what is available at the time. Great night." - Samira, meetup.com member, May 2014

"Absolutely sensational. David is a very patient teacher and takes the time to ensure you understand everything before moving onto the next topic. Big Thumbs Up!" - Margaret, meetup.com member, July 2014

"I attended your session 1 Playing with Light presentation and must say that I enjoyed it immensely. Your presentation was creative and easy to understand. The examples you used were easy to follow and 'made sense'. I now have a good understanding of how light behaves and what can impact it. This has helped my photography enormously. I look forward to seeing the second session in the near future." - Mary Broome, May 2011

"I really enjoyed tonight's session at KPS ...THANK YOU ... was very informative :)) ... look forward to testing some of the examples." - Valerie, member of Knox Photographic Society, May 2011

"Thanks for a great workshop tonight. So informative and thoroughly enjoyable." - Lynn, member of Knox Photographic Society, May 2011