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On Site Photography: This is limited to at most two participants at a time. The location and exact nature of what is covered is negotiable though I would prefer to be within Scotland. The fee is also negotiable to some extent.

My specific expertise is in large format photography using film (I use a 5×4 Ebony camera and a 10×8 Deardorff). I work with colour transparency as well as black and white film and do my own processing for both. I scan the transparencies and prepare them for printing on a large format printer. I have invested a great deal of time and money in understanding the digital workflow from scan to print and can offer advice as part of the tuition. Please note, however, that I am not offering training in this area as such; for this I recommend the excellent services of Neil Barstow. For black and white I do everything and prefer to work with a traditional darkroom.

Although I am happy to help with the technical side of things, the basics can be understood without incurring the cost of individual tuition (if you do need help with these you could start with this free article from my site). Having said that, if you want to venture into the fascinating and deeply rewarding world of large format photography (5×4 or 10×8) a day's tuition with an expert is an excellent way to do so. Otherwise, my view is that individual tuition is best used to cover such aspects of photography as composition, the process of deciding on the making of a photograph (not just what but why) etc.

Platinum/Palladium Printing: I have a complete darkroom set up for silver gelatine printing as well as platinum/palladium printing. I now print mostly with platinum/palladium and would be happy to give individual tuition on this (limited to one person at a time to avoid over crowding in the dark room!). We would cover all the basics, such as what chemicals are needed, suitable paper and other equipment. We would also go through the process of coating paper and producing a print but just as importantly how to produce and judge appropriate negatives. For the latter I use BTZS testing which is economical with materials, quick to put into practice (once it is understood) and avoids subjective judgement when producing data for exposure decisions. The only downside is the need for a transmission densitometer (but with some patience these can be got from ebay for a more than reasonable price, I payed £90 for mine).

Scanning and Printing: I scan my film (mostly transparency but some negative) on a Flextight 646. For transparency scanning I use a bespoke profile made with the excellent basicColor Input software and Don Hutcheson's precision scanner target, this makes a big difference to the quality of scans. For negatives it is not really possible to make a profile, see this article by Don Hutcheson. I prepare files using Adobe Photoshop CS6 with the PixelGenius plugins (now available as a free download). Irrespective of the source of the image (film or digital) the printing process also requires careful management. I use an Epson Stylus Pro 7880 and Museo Silver Rag paper with a bespoke profile made together with Neil Barstow. Generic profiles will not get the best out of a paper and the cost of a bespoke one is well worth it. I offer on-site tuition in any aspects of the scanning, file preparation and prinitng process.

If you are interested in any form of tuition then contact me and we can arrange to discuss things on the phone or by email.