Testimonials for "One To One Wildlife Photography "


I spent a great deal of time looking for a 1-2-1 wildlife photography workshop and finally settled on Craig’s. My primary requirement was a ‘Dawn to Dusk’ shoot, so I would have to deal with the changes of light throughout the day. Craig was about the only one I found who offered this. My second priority was to spend a day with someone who actually specialises in this area, which Craig most certainly does. It is evident from the start that not only is he passionate about wildlife and nature, but also that he is very experienced and knowledgeable. I was naturally a little hesitant about strolling off into the wilderness with a total stranger, but the initial phone call with Craig and subsequent calls and emails put me at total ease.

Although we had to postpone a number of times due to adverse weather and flooding, we finally had our 1-2-1 this week and it was well worth the wait. No I didn’t see the elusive water voles, but I was not even remotely disappointed, I learnt a great deal and had enormous fun. I would have been happy to get home with one or 2 shots that I was proud of, and I managed nearly a dozen.

Craig is easy to get on with, very patient if you are struggling with a concept and explains everything in a way that is easy to understand. It really was a wonderful day and one I would highly recommend to anyone looking to improve their skills in wildlife photography.

– Claire Bryant, Telford, Shropshire

I have recently undertaken a 1-2-1 photo workshop with Craig.

There are any number of companies which are offering 1-2-1 wildlife photography tuition and to start with it’s a bit overwhelming at how many there are. I wanted a tutor who loved the animals as well the photography so after coming across several articles about Craig’s work in saving orangutans in Sumatra and I was sold!

I only have entry level kit and do not have the zoom lens which Craig recommended on his website so I wanted to double check what I had would be sufficient before I booked. In addition, as I was booking a 1-2-1 workshop as a woman it occurred to me that going off into the woods on my own with a man I had found on the internet might be a bit dodgy So I text Craig and he called back straight away and put my mind at rest about everything. Craig was even in touch the day before the workshop to make sure everything was still okay as there had been snow that day and more forecast overnight.

On the day Craig picked me up from my accommodation in Buxton and we set off into the Peaks. I was hoping to take photos of water voles and dippers and we went looking for the voles first. Unfortunately as the water level was so high we didn’t see any voles as they had either moved or were staying indoors, (I did however learn a lot about the voles and how they feed and their burrows etc) so instead we found some geese on the river bank and the lesson began with them.

I have undertaken a photography course before at the local college and I left this with a vague idea of what I should be doing, however in terms of wildlife photography I have never dared take the camera off of auto as by the time I have tried to change all the settings between each shot to take account of changing light etc the animals have always moved on. Craig gave me some basic settings and showed what could be changed really quickly to enhance and improve shots, meaning that I could concentrate on composition and capturing the shots rather than worrying about all of the technical stuff they try and teach in the books. I can honestly say I gained more practical knowledge in the first ten minutes of this day than I did in the whole 10 week course at college.

Throughout the day, Craig constantly checked I was okay and what I wanted to do was always paramount - go back to the van for a brew, stay on the river etc. The day was bitterly cold and Craig lent me a massive coat to go over the layers I was already in to keep me warm, provided a chair for sitting alongside the river, and had spare waterproof cover for the camera and a spare tripod. He even lent me a huge zoom lens to go and take some shots with and when my camera battery died towards the end of the day, swapped the memory cards and handed over his expensive camera so I could continue to take shots.

In the afternoon the dippers which we had seen and heard up and down the river that morning were absent, so the lesson continued using robins, blackbirds, a wren and a heron as subject matter. We also undertook a bit of landscape work with Craig giving me the techniques to capture moving water.

The day went really quickly despite the cold and even though the voles and dippers were not about owing to the water levels, there was no shortage of subject matter. I cannot stress how much I have learnt, particularly as Craig reviewed many of my shots and answered all of my (usually stupid) questions.

My camera has not been back on auto as yet and my pictures are already noticeably better than they were before. Craig sent through a page of notes covering what he taught on the day and also provided feedback on some shots I had taken since the course, providing advice on what I could do to address specific problems.

Craig is really easy to get along with, teaches well without any sort of technical jargon meaning what he teaches sticks in your head and can teach with even the most basic kit (I have a Nikon D3100 and have managed to get some great shots with this). I can not recommend this workshop enough and hope to do another one in the future.

 

– Nicole Rentil, Lichfield, Staffordshire

Ive a lifetime love affair with wildlife and nature, and more recently photography, so I have decided to join them together. After a little research I came across Craigs website it immediately resonated with me his passion and respect for nature and his craft is paramount, none of this fakery and set up to get the iconic shots Its about being true to nature and sharing that space. I took the plunge and booked a 1to1 session. From the first email Craig was responsive and exceptionally helpful and always on hand to answer any question, i had a lot and give guidance where needed. On the day Craig explained everything in small digestible easy to understand chunks this was from camera set-up to field craft. His framework, was clear and blew my mind how simple it was. I wish i had booked a session up sooner as it would of saved me a lifetime of research and reading. He has an intimate knowledge of nature and the environment that we all play in. If you love photography & nature like I do, I would recommend spending time with Craig, it will blow your mind. Im booking up more trips with Craig in 2016, he is a truly inspirational guy, who happen to take a cracking photo or two. 
 

– Adam Masterson, London

What a fabulous talk we had on Tuesday by Craig Jones - Absolutely stunning images, and such an open and honest talk Craig was not at all backward in coming forward with his information and insights and talked to us about his ethical way of shooting and behaving when at work in the natural environment Thanks very much Craig we really appreciated and enjoyed your talk!
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– Nottingham and Notts Photographic Society, Nottingham

I had arranged a days one2one with Craig Jones a brilliant photographer who I must admit is a bit of a hero of mine someone that I really admire. Craig proved to be exactly what I had thought a truly amazing wildlife photographer with excellent knowledge of wildlife locations photography and how to stalk wildlife without resulting in disturbance. Craig showed me many really good locations showing me how to get into position using stalking techniques to move through the landscape reducing disturbance to a minimum. Craig was very free with his knowledge sharing lots of his tricks hints and tips to capture great images. Although I say tricks Craig is what I would call a wildlife enthusiast first and foremost and photographer second and hence relies largely on spending time out in nature using a endless knowledge of the species in question to understand how to get superb images. All in all a fabulous weekend and I have to say I am now a huge fan of Norfolk somewhere I had not really been too before. Thank you Craig for a fabulous trip. 
 

– Ben Gardner, Oxford

Hi Craig I would just like to thank you for my two days one to one with you, it was fantastic on both days and I did really enjoy all of it. I love the way you had so much respect for the wildlife and how you put all this into your photography skills in which you was so kind to pass on to me. It has give me a better insight into the way I need to work , approach and take the final shot simply just by watching and listening to what was around me, like when you told me about the geese were going to take off before they even beat their wings, brilliant. Once again a big thanks and I would highly recommend anyone for your one to one it was a great pleasure. Regards Steven 

– Steven Sawkins, Ipswich

Hi Craig, Just a note to say thank you for such an instructive and enjoyable day on Tuesday. I am sure that by the end of the day we were both a lot more confident with our cameras, and I hope the evidence attached will show that I think we both will be using our cameras with more insight and understanding as to the ways to improve our efforts. Best wishes in all your activities and I am sure we will see you again, many thanks Julian.
 

– Julian Newton, Derbyshire

Just wanted to say a big thank you Craig as well. Ever since your add on Facebook you have changed me completely as a wildlife photographer helping in a big way and you have helped me so much especially when you first added me as I was not long into photography and Im sure you know from experience its confusing to know where to start what to do and how to get the best from your camera and you always answered my questions give me the best advice you could and taught me everything when I met you for our one to one, just letting you know how much I appreciated that especially as a beginner. Your work is the best I have seen and your passion and commitment touches many and it defiantly touched me. I wish you the best in your continued work and efforts to show the world how amazing our wildlife is.
 

– Stuart Broadley, Northern Ireland

After recently purchasing a new camera and years of average bird snaps from my old camera I took the recommendation from a friend and booked a day out with Craig in Norfolk. I can honestly say that in the first hour with Craig, albeit at 5.30 am, in a damp field, I learned more about how to take really excellent photos than I have in the last 10 years of reading books and magazines. Craig covered all the basics of the camera then moved on to composition, exposure and auto-focusing and gave me real confidence in both myself and the equipment. We spent the rest of the day consolidating the advice in a variety of lovely locations and I am truly grateful to Craig for his open and informative tuition. Nothing is kept back and Craig shows you exactly how he takes truly superb photos. I cannot recommend Craig highly enough if you want to learn how to take better photographs. 

– David Naylor, Derbyshire

Just wanted to drop a line to thank Craig for his spectacular effort in arranging such great wildlife, weather and great company on three recent one-to-ones I have done with him. Barn Owls ,Marsh Harriers and Waders in Norfolk in March and last weekend in Derbyshire 2 consecutive days with Dippers, Watervoles, Wagtails etc. I appreciate (as I told Craig) that I knew I was incredibly lucky with perfect weather and light each time but that actually whether the animals/birds turn up is largely out of our control but even had the conditions been much tougher, Craigs enthusiasm and ability to get across in a helpful way his thoughts on technique, composition and understanding of the subjects we were photographing was what really made it a memorable 3 days. Like I, his first love is the wildlife and the photography is a fantastic way to record what one sees but his intuitive understanding of the animals is what Im sure make his photos so stunning. Craig was great company and put up with my bad jokes and annoying tripod (now changed!) over the 3 separate days and Ive come away with some images that Im very pleased with. All those small details that make so much difference, like the accommodation he recommended and the lunches provided were perfect for the occasion. I can wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking to improve their photography with someone who has a passion for his craft and the environment as well as the subjects in his viewfinder. Thanks again Craig and hope to see you in Kenya, Mull, and Yorkshire etc...The list goes on!!

– Nigel Morley, Kent

Ive followed Craig on Facebook for a while now and always liked his photography and his honesty. I live in Scotland and when I saw that Craig was running one to ones at the WWT site Caerlaverock near Dumfries I booked. I had a fantastic day, Craig shared photo tips, fieldcraft and the best places to go at different times for the light and the sights. Craig is a great teacher with great integrity and a passion for his work. Craigs personality and helpfulness really played a big part in my enjoyment of the day. I picked up some great tips and thoroughly recommend Craig as a photo teacher. Im looking forward to next time
 

– Ed Fielding, Scotland

My wife & I love wildlife & photography, but were disappointed with our results, decided the next stage forward was to find someone who knew what they were talking about before buying more equipment. Meeting Craigs at BirdFair at Rutland Water gave us an insight into what a true professional he is. We quickly booked a one to two in Norfolk and met at 5.45 am on Snettisham beach to experience what we can only describe as an amazing spectacle. With Craigs assistance and patience we quickly discovered where we were going wrong and with loads of encouragement improved immensely as the day progressed. We returned to our hotel exhausted and with enthusiasm verging on madness decided to return the next day to practice what we had learnt. We took nearly 900 photos between us over the two days and can already see the difference. We had a superb weekend and would definitely recommend one of Craigs workshops if you want to meet someone who is passionate about wildlife photography and can explain focal points, ISO and white light without confusing you. 
 

– David & Franky Perry, Stamford

Hi Craig, Just wanted to say a big thank you for a great day on Saturday. Not only did you help me out with tech specs but you managed to give me back my confidence in my gear and myself. Got some great shots too, felt more like a day out with an old mate than a workshop Keep up with the blog when you can. As its a good incite into your professional life and travels and something for the rest of us to aspire too. Will arrange for another trip later in the year with you. Thanks again 
 

– Stuart Hill, Warrington

Hi I just wanted to say, that I thoroughly enjoyed the talk from Craig Jones. He was so good at explaining things and he showed us a few slide shows too. I only have a small camera and I thought I would have been out of my depth, but he said no, anyone can take pictures, and he made me feel more welcome. I do love taking pictures, especially as my Dad bought my WWT membership for myself and my son to come and enjoy the wildlife here for the last 2 years. Thanks for letting me know about this workshop. I’m really glad I came. Many thanks, from Alison Tichy. 
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– Alison Tichy, WWT Martin Mere

I contacted Craig about camera bodies after seeing his web site mentioned on Face Book. I had been using a Nikon D80 for the past two years and wanted to upgrade to something more professional. Craig’s advice and guidance was invaluable, which not only ensured that I selected the most appropriate camera for my needs, but also saved me money in the long run. I subsequently booked and attended one of Craigs one-to-one workshops in Norfolk. Craig’s no nonsense style and practical approach made sure that I was able to get the most out of my new Nikon D300S and feel more confident in operating in different light conditions. It was a busy yet memorable day, from patiently waiting on Snettisham beach for the birds to come in, to touring parts of Norfolk’s northern coastline, experiencing some close encounters with birds of prey along the way, topping off the end of the day by witnessing the spectacle of 2 Barn Owls hunting. Everything was very well organized, including the delicious lunch. I would have no hesitation in recommending Craigs workshops to any aspiring wildlife photographer. 

– Charles L Joseph, Rayleigh, Essex

I spent a wonderful time with Craig on a One to One Day in Norfolk. Craig was really inspirational and made me think much more, particularly about my photographic composition. His love of wildlife and the countryside around us was infectious. In the past, like so many others, I had concentrated on what I would call "bird portraits". They can be beautiful and I will continue with them to some extent but Craig made me realise that there is so much more. Photographs where birds and their behaviour are an important part of the overall image but are captured in their natural environment. The day was so important in making me reassess the fundamentals of the photographic image and I feel he has helped to equip me to becoming a better photographer as a result of it
 

– Steve Harford, Oakham, Leicestershire

Looking at my own images compared to other professional and amateur wildlife photographers I thought I needed a push to get to the next stage in order to improve in all areas of photography, field craft, and composition and general wildlife photography skills. I decided the best way would be to go to a total stranger who would hopefully recognise my faults and shortfalls and then not be afraid to show me where I was going wrong. I was fortunate to find Craig’s web site which was easy to follow, looked clean, tidy and well organised and very professional as well as indicating that the type of One to One day he was offering matched all my requirements. I was not disappointed, I found Craig to match his web site, easy to get on with, very informative, very professional and passionate about all aspects of wild life in its own environment, willing to offer advice and teach field craft skills in such a manner that made it all fit together to make the day good value for money. Professionalism was evident right the way through the long day even down to the standard of the packed lunch, a great day Craig and one which completely fit my requirements. Now all I have to do is try to put all that information and the practices into action. Now then, what did Craig say about composition. 
Regards, Mike Breedon. 

– Mike Breedon, South Yorkshire

Signed up for One To One trip with Wildlife Photographer Craig Jones and I chose Norfolk as it was somewhere I had been before but hadn’t got much ideal on where to go, but after seeing Craig's images on Flickr I was very impressed and emailed him and we met at the North Norfolk Coast at silly o'clock. We never stopped all day, and saw so many different places and managed to get some excellent images from the day, I would recommend Craig's trips to anyone as I felt so relaxed around him, learned so much and had a wonderful day, Thanks Craig

– Gordon Copeland, Leeds

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