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A small sample of my customers review and answer your questions and concerns in their own words based on their personal workshop experience. Customers who have traveled to me here in the UK, attending the workshop in Snowdonia, Wales to customers where I brought the workshop direct to their home overseas. Also, professional photographers where we traveled overseas together; allowing us to combine a ‘workshop on the road’ with great travel photography.

David Osborn | Professional Photographer London

James M. Waterbury
VP & Senior Legal Counsel, M&A, General Electric Company, New York, USA
Photography Workshop Reviews. Portrait of Client James Waterbury, GEC, USA. David Osborn Photography
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Would I recommend the photography workshops?

“I was looking for a photography workshop with an experienced photographer that focused on Photoshop … not just on learning the tools of the program (easy to do from online courses and videos), but their real-world application to achieve an artistic vision.  David’s workshop was exactly what I was hoping for: a methodical, step-by-step approach to creating images; a workflow that provides an analytical framework from which to create unique images.  The one-on-one format was invaluable – allowing me to progress at my own pace, and ask unlimited questions, returning home with notes and sample images to continue my progress independently.”

What was the accommodation like? Was it easy to get to?

“The workshop was set in a peaceful, comfortable small cottage in North Wales, the cottage shown above, surrounded by the beautiful rolling green hills (and sheep) of the Welsh countryside. The owners were very welcoming, and the cottage itself was a perfect setting to focus on Photoshop, without distraction. And yet the quaint town of Betws-y-coed, and Snowdonia National Park were minutes away providing easy access to food and photo opportunities. The logistics were easy – David did all the work – picking me up in London, driving the 4 hours to the cottage, and returning a week later. And he brought his desktop computer and 27” screen with him – just like home!”

Photography Workshop Reviews. Workshop Photo of James Waterbury in Wales. David Osborn Photography

Photograph of James M. Waterbury by David Osborn. James Waterbury Website:  www.jimwaterbury.com

Dieter Bruderhofer
Garden Design Company, Konstanz, Germany
Photography Workshop Reviews. Portrait of Client Dieter Bruderhoffer, Germany. David Osborn Photography
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Is David Osborn a good instructor and easy to get on with?

“First time I stepped across David Osborn´s work I knew: This is what I want to be able to achieve; an advanced, artistic way to make my travel photography into real fine art statements. Since I had almost zero experience using Adobe Photoshop, I was apprehensive. David turned out to be an excellent, patient teacher with lots of experience and a real desire for you to learn and be successful. His great sense of humor helps; he always keeps you laughing to make it fun. You won’t get bored! His teaching is very well structured, and the benefit is tremendous. Best photography workshop I have done so far!”

I use Lighroom. Can I learn Photoshop in just a week?

“During a one-week workshop at my place in Germany, I learned how powerful Photoshop can be to convert a good photo into a real piece of fine art photography. Before that I used Lightroom for post-processing, but it always left me with doubt; if I had managed to get the best possible result. David teaches Photoshop in a slow, step-by-step way, one process at a time. You never feel out of your depth or lost as you slowly work through the complete process – but it is amazing how much you learn in one week. Just call him if you want to reach a higher level!”

Photography Workshop Reviews. Workshop Photo of Castle, Germany. David Osborn Photography

Workshop image by David Osborn

Jerry Park
Professional Photographer, Nashville, USA
Photography Workshop Reviews. Portrait of Client Jerry Park, USA. David Osborn Photography
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Did the photography workshop change my photography?

“Dramatically. In fact, that’s the operative word – drama. I had been thinking of my work as blah. Seeing David’s images on his website made the decision to cross the pond for a solution an easy one. Not that I use my new learning with every photograph – I don’t, but it’s a great, methodical system to follow and when the scene calls for dramatic emphasis to take it from just raw potential to actual killer image? Now I know how to do that. My images are now much more refined and professional looking with beautiful rich tones and atmosphere. It’s like my work is revived and reborn. I seriously recommend this workshop for all wishing to improve their photography.”

Did this create new opportunities since the workshop?

“A local monthly publication – Nashville Arts Magazine – had held an annual photography contest for many years. It’s been open to amateurs and professionals alike. I had never been selected as one of the 10 winners. Until I submitted my image of the beach huts at Teignmouth, Devon (shown below). It made it and generated many comments from friends and strangers alike. David’s techniques give you the Wow factor that separates your work from others. I’m working on my third book about the backroads of America and what I have learned from David’s UK photography workshop is playing a radical role in how I’m editing those photographs.”

Photography Workshop Reviews. Workshop Photo of Beach Huts, Devon, UK. David Osborn Photography

Workshop image by Jerry Park: www.jerryparkphotography.com

Werner Kirsch, Cologne, Germany

Snowdonia Workshops Review

Photography Workshop Reviews. Portrait of Client Werner Kirsch, Germany. David Osborn Photography
Photography Workshop Reviews. Workshop Photo of Snowdonia, Wales. David Osborn Photography

Now that I finished my photography workshop with the British landscape photographer David Osborn I must say: It was a hard week! On two days we have got up at five in the morning to get to our destination just before sunrise. There we took pictures over two or three hours. After that the task was editing the photos with Photoshop, then in the evening light, out again in the really breath-taking scenes of Wales. David has not spared me! (To remind: I was his only student for that time.) But I have learned a lot.

WORKING LIKE A PAINTER
David’s photos give the impression of paintings – and indeed he is working like a painter! The image files out of the camera are just raw material to him, from which he carves out – by means of Photoshop – the final picture with a lot of precise steps, just like a sculptor out of a block of marble. The biggest mistake you can do, he says, is trying to get the image optimization with a few large steps. Lightroom functions with sliders and auto-optimizations are a kind of barbarism to David. Instead he uses the mouse like a painter his brush with wide and soft strokes, gives more vividness to parts of the picture, brightens or darkens them, elaborates shadow details and highlight definition and much more. Despite the detail work you must not lose the view to the whole picture. You should make up your mind preferably at the beginning (or even before taking the photo) which is the main part and which the additional parts of the picture. How can I guide the view of the spectator, for example, with lightened and darkened sections of the image sections?

David’s workshops are very well structured. First, he tries to get an impression about the individual photographic skills of his student and where are his difficulties. Depending on that he builds up what he calls “the process”: working out a proper photo step by step. Everything starts with taking a photo of course. If you made up your mind about perspective, image composition and so on, then put your camera on a tripod and get your picture with one exposure or a bracket series. And then take a shot every time something special happens: e.g. an interesting sky, a sheep in the foreground, sunbeams or spots of light on the scene. But you must be patient: It could take hours to gather enough exposures to combine them to an interesting picture afterwards.

GETTING MORE DETAIL IN YOUR PICTURE
After getting back to the cottage we started working with Photoshop. One of the first surprises for me was the fine resolution I can get out of my camera (a Nikon D 800 with about 36 megapixels). Sharpening techniques is the key – not just in one step but rather several well combined actions to get a clean result. (Certainly, I already knew a lot about sharpening techniques.

There are thousands of tricks – each of them the ultimate one of course! But in comparison to David’s method at least all techniques I know are rubbish!) It creates incredible clarity to describe every detail, but David has a very methodical approach to working on photographs with Photoshop. First, he explains every step of his process using an example. Then you do the learned skills on your own using your own exposures – with David’s support of course. By and by you get used to a lot of very different techniques to enhance and elaborate your photos with astonishing results. I’d like to present one of the photos I had worked out together with David in more detail: it was taken at the Rhaedr Ogwen (Ogwen waterfall) with a view at the Nant Ffrancon valley during a foggy evening. You can see above the final photograph.

CAMERA AND PHOTOSHOP ARE LIKE BRUSHES AND PAINTS
But David does not have any ready-made recipes or ultimate Photoshop tricks in his pocket, just like many of photo books promise. Instead he puts the focus in teaching several techniques for improving the entire picture or parts of it very precisely – and combining these techniques in a clever way. It is important for him to think forward-looking and be able to anticipate the intermediate or final result. To compare it with painting once more: The camera and Photoshop are like the painter’s brushes, paints and canvas. But just using brushes, paints and canvas does not mean painting like Rembrandt or Picasso! That requires a repertoire of techniques, competence and visionary power.

PHOTOS FOR MORE THAN A SHORT GLIMPSE
This kind of working needs time and patience. But it is a good compensation to the popular quick shooting and producing piles of images. Maybe you have only two or three pictures after a week, but they will catch the interest of the spectator for more than a short glimpse. In that way David’s method is a challenge for an ambitious photographer to put more effort and creativity to his work. The rewards are photos you can be proud of. A few words about the accommodation and the environment: My wife and I have seen a lot of locations in the UK but we both agree that Snowdonia National Park is the most breath taking one! The rural style cottage in Capel Garmon near Betws-y-Coed is cozy and very comfortable in a really quiet location with spectacular views – the right environment for creative working. The owners Cathy and Paul are living nearby and are exceedingly friendly and helpful. All in all: David’s workshop was an experience to me. Strenuous sometimes, but enormously instructive and with a long-lasting effect on my future photographic work.

Werner Kirsch, Cologne, Germanywww.kirschfoto.de

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