Jane Berrisford – Dolomites Autumn 2017
After a 30 year break from my photography hobby I decided I wanted to get back into it – but I would need help. I found Nick’s website and his stunning landscape photographs through Facebook. It ticked all the boxes that he had arranged a trip to the Dolomites – a place I had longed to visit.
Having put my reservations to one side that I would be the only woman on the trip (!) I booked it. From day one Nick was so supportive, offering information and sourcing items that I would need. Nothing was too much trouble.
I need not have worried as everyone in the Group were brilliant. We formed an easy friendship, laughed our socks off and every day was an adventure. Nick had researched the area brilliantly and took us to all the best places – at every turn in the road it was a “wow” moment. Stunning landscapes with so many opportunities for photography. I have been to Skye, St. Kilda and the Arctic but this scenery was simply breathtaking.
Best of all was that I learned such a lot in a short time and by the end of the trip I was setting up on my own, confidently clicking away and feeling accomplished. None of us wanted the trip to end and since we have come back home with such happy memories we have kept in touch and planning our next Workgroup with Nick !
Dave Fisher – Isle Of Skye Landscape
I’d wanted to go and shoot some of the well-known locations on Skye almost from the outset of getting interested in landscape photography a couple of years beforehand, but also needed some help improving my skills.
The prices of some of the courses advertised were simply beyond my means at the time, however through social media I ended up on Nick’s website; 5 days workshops to Skye at around half the price of others! A bit more investigating and the reason became clear – Nick and Martin simply rent a cottage as opposed to booking everyone into a hotel. This not only keeps the cost down it does promote more of a social atmosphere to the whole trip when not out on location shoot.
Having gone through both Nick and Martin’s websites – full of stunning images – I took the plunge and booked the trip.
Nick and Martin lead their workshops in an easy going fashion, always there ready to help but without being over imposing, which I found ideal.
The overall feel of the workshop is that of a holiday with friends – exactly the atmosphere that they hope to create. Plenty of laughs and banter abounded our days whilst lots of fabulous photographs were taken.
Locations were chosen, as you’d expect, to suit the expected conditions, but also taking into account last minute changes when something unexpected happened – a very still Loch Fada being an example when were en-route to the Quiraing.
Both Nick and Martin are very passionate about their craft and clearly get a great deal of pleasure from taking others to places they love and imparting their knowledge. I came away with some great images, learnt a huge amount, made some great new friends, and most of all some great memories.
I can’t recommend Nick and Martin enough and I’ll be booking another trip with them very soon!
Richard Manning – A Day in the Lakes
Having recently bought my first DSLR I was itching to turn of the auto settings and actually use the fantastic tool I had in my hand, but every time I did my pictures came out over exposed, underexposed or just didn’t come out at all, I honestly had no idea what I was doing, so I went looking for either lessons or an organised workshop.
Having come across Nick Watson on face book and a visit to his web site I was convinced his day workshop in the Lake District would be the ideal learning opportunity for me.
I was specifically looking for a workshop tailored towards image composition, shutter speeds, exposure settings and the use of graduated filters, Nicks workshop fitted my needs exactly, and located in one of Britain’s most stunning national parks.
Nick lived up to and exceeded my expectation as both a teacher and mentor, attentive and always there when I needed his help with a camera setting, a position or suggestion of which filter to use, patiently setting me straight time after time, he even lent me his welly boots so I could wade out into a lake for that quintessential sunset shot at the end of the day, my only real complaint was that the day was over so quickly, a real fun full on learning experience, with a genuinely nice guy passionate about his craft, what’s more he’s become a friend I can look up to for guidance, knowledge and inspiration.
I’ve already booked onto his next workshop on Holy Island and can’t wait for this to come around.
Ray Yeats – A Day in the Lakes
Recently returned from a photographic workshop to the Lake District (Derwent Water & Buttermere areas) run and tutored by Nick.
The course was outstanding and the locations were beautiful. I particularly appreciated the tuition on ND filters and their resulting effect on exposure. Made new friends and, although the weather wasn’t exactly tropical,(It was the Lakes after all) brought back some surprisingly good photographs. Would recommend his workshops to one and all.
Ian Burns – A Day in the Lakes
Had a great trip to the Lakes with Nick on one of his Landscape Workshops. He has a great teaching style and is very knowledgable about landscape photography and what equipment / tools can be used to take better images. Looks like I’ll be buying some more gear!
It’s also good to meet other photographers too, everyone on the course was really friendly and survived the cold!
Jonathan Wilkinson – A Day in the Lakes.
“I went on a little course with Nick, over to the Lake District. I can’t really speak highly enough of him. It all was well planned out, we visited some beautiful locations and all came home with some amazing photos. I’ve never taken anything even remotely that good before, and I learned so much in such a short space of time, and he’s very helpful with advice and suggestions of how to improve your shots. I’d highly recommend going on a course with Nick – group sizes are small (up to 4 including Nick, I think) and that group size seemed to work really well.”
Les Smith – A Day in the Lakes.
“Had a brilliant day out at the lakes, Nick is a good teacher and he explains things in terms that you can understand. In all there was three of us learning, and he managed to give us all equal attention time, his knowledge of landscape is catching and before you know it you’re taking better photographs. He will explain the uses of ND filters and GRAD filters, you will go to some really brilliant place to take photos and you just might stay friends with the other students that are with you. All in all I had a brilliant day out.”
Bob Black – A day in the Lakes / Northumberland Coast.
“I’ve done two workshops with Nick now and I am very impressed with his relaxed teaching style, his knowledge of his subjects and the best way to capture those subjects is phenomenal. I did a workshop on Holy Island which was in conjunction with Alan Hewitt, Which I thought was very good so I signed up for the Lake district workshop, which was brilliant. Literally a full day we left at 8 in the morning and got back home at 2 the following morning. Nick knows the Lakes like the back of his hand, we covered some ground to photograph the views he had chosen. We were not disappointed. I have never taken such good photos, in fact I have 4 of them on my walls at home. Very pleased and I am looking forward to the Isle of Skye workshop in November 2015.
Keep up the good work Nick.”