I attended a Beginners Photographic course given by Ashley and Dave of Imber Court Photo Training. The class size was 8. I found the course to be informative, well delivered and professional with humour thrown in for good measure. It probably will not be the last course that I attend and I cannot recommend them highly enough. If anyone wants to be taught a thorough grounding on DSLR photography then Imber Court is the company to go to.
Ashley and David at Imber Court Photo Training have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to photography and the photography business.I attended one of their training courses and the level of service is the best value for money, professional and well delivered training I have ever received on any subject!So in summary I have no hesitation in recommending them and anyone considering them can definitely buy with confidence as they will receive an excellent service.
I was really pleased with the smallness of the group, (5) which allowed the tutor to really spend time with our individual queries. He was clear and patient and very helpful.
From having no knowledge of how to operate a DSLR camera the day before the course, to my vowing never to use the automatic settings again – just a day later, is completely due to Ashley’s outstanding teaching methods. This course was fantastic and I have already booked onto further courses. I would very highly recommend Imber Court Photo Training (and already have, to family and friends).
Well run course with excellent client to trainer ratio. Learnt much during the weekend
A very enjoyable, interactive and beneficial course which requires a basic level of photograph composition skill and DSLR knowledge to get the most out of the tuition, which was of coaching nature rather than formal direction and teaching. The core part of the course is the multiple selected locations field photo-shoots which really did help develop my photographic eye and familiarity with my camera and equipment, including extensive and rewarding use of the tripod. I also found the final Photoshop image editing session to be very beneficial with valuable direction and encouraging comments on my efforts from Ashley and David! I came away from the course buzzing with new enthusiasm and feeling like a proper photographer
The team were really attentive and clearly cared that we, as course participants, gleaned as much value as possible from the 4 hands on days. Good work!
I have attended several courses with Ashley and David from Imber Court Photo Training, both in Surrey and at their Birdham studio. I have always found their practical approach to photography training and their wealth of experience to provide a course which is both excellent and fun. This was certainly the case with the two-day Improvers course I took part in last week. Our group was quickly made to feel at home at the introductory session starting the course where we given our tasks for the day. We visited a variety of sites carefully researched to provide the opportunity to hone our landscape skills. For me the highlights were, beside the beautiful landscapes provided by the Sussex downs, was the visit to a remote garage and store apparently frozen in time. Their star assistant, Terry, was pleased to pose for us to get some portrait experience. Day one concluded with a visit to Goodwood racing and experiment with photographing cars and planes performing at speed.The second day concentrated on coastal photography visiting sites such as Bosham and Selsey. In all the locations both of the trainers were constantly on hand to give help advice and constructive criticism.
The course concluded with a session in the studio downloading and processing some of the images taken on the course.The care taken in designing a programme such as this was apparent in the variety of locations and types of photographic opportunities provided for us on each day.In all an excellent two-day course that I would recommend to anyone who has mastered the basics of photography and wishes to take their interest to a higher level.
Ashley has particularly good inter-personal skills, and both are supremely confident and competent in their field, able to convey technical information effectively to their course participants. They have invested a lot of time and effort to discover great locations for photography, providing variety and different challenges for us to master
Ashley and David provided a very informative, relaxed, fun weekend on improving your photography skills. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend and came away with a greater understanding of my camera and lots of enthusiasm. I would highly recommend this weekend to anyone wanting to take their photography to the next level.
This is the third course I have attended with this company and definitely not the last. Ashley and David are extremely knowledgeable and excellent at coaching you to achieve great results. They make you feel comfortable and relaxed which makes this a great experience. They provided an excellent range of photo opportunities to help us develop our skills and were always on hand to provide support and ideas. The group was a nice size and all at the same stage which meant you could get the most from the time available.I can’t recommend this company more highly.
This is the second time I have used Imber court photography training, I was instantly made to feel welcome. Ashley & Dave are such great teachers, professional and approachable and very wise! My knowledge and my confidence in using my Nikon has grown enormously and that is down to the support,encouragement and time given to me from both Ashley & Dave. I thoroughly enjoyed the Portrait and Wedding Photography course, I learnt so much in the four days,but more so about what style of photography I like and perhaps about what route I want to take.
I am also working towards completing their Imber court online Diploma, for me this is great as I complete the modules in my own time, refreshing my exsisting knowledge and learning as I go. With an added bonus that Ashley is my mentor through the whole process. 🙂
Ashley & Dave have been such a great support to me from the beginning, I know this will continue as I grow into the professional photographer I strive to be.Thank you Ashley & Dave for your continuous support through my photography journey.I highly recommend Imber Court photography training. They truly know there stuff and are always welcoming, willing to help, give advice….with a cupa tea and a chat 🙂
I really enjoyed the get to know my camera course and after the day with Ashley and David I feel a lot happier to use the other settings and not just stick to the auto mode. I intend to do a night time course with Imber in the autumn.
Excellent course! Wonderful day with enthusisastic teachers who aimed at a great beginner level and I felt I went away having learnt a lot and feeling a lot more comfortable with my camera. Being honest much more useful and incuded more than I thought it would.. perfect for all different types of people wanted to get into photography. And tailor it to your own camera. Very approachable and I would definitely use again for more courses. Thank you!
My husband bought a days 1:1 training with Ashley as a birthday gift for me. It proved to be enlightening, enjoyable and educational. Ashley came to our home and,having talked about what I was hoping to achieve when we booked in the date, he came with a power point presentation and took me through how to use my various cameras in easy memorable steps. Previously I’ve only used Automatic mode with varying degrees of success – now I feel able to experiment with techniques!
He explained things very well and made it comfortable to ask questions and get practical tips and by the end of the day I felt confident and able to try using the camera to get interesting new effects. I’ve grasped what I need to do and how to go about it and I shall be out and about practising.
Very enjoyable day ,the course is very informative easy to understand and nothing was too much trouble for them to go over again.
I attended the Beginners Digital Photography 1-day course and it was exactly what I had been looking for. Ashley and Dave are very experienced and knowledgable but make everything easily understandable for the absolute novice. The level and amount of information was just right, and the balance between theory and practice perfect so that I went away with a confidence that I can now start to take some great photos. All of this was carried out in a relaxed, friendly environment. Thanks guys!
Beginner’s course. This was a valuable introduction in pleasant surroundings. I learnt the way round my camera, how it works and how to look after it. The interplay between the various settings that determine correct exposure were explained. We left ‘auto setting’ behind and gained practical experience with depth of field and moving shots. Many questions were answered including some guidance on producing the good photograph. That is what we will all be aiming for. Ashley and David, thank you for getting us off the starting blocks.
The training day was a really good experience. The group size was just right and we all appeared to be novices. All questions were answered courteously and I learned enough to start taking photography more seriously. It would be helpful to have feedback on photographs taken in the future and I believe that there is a course starting in April which I hope to attend. The trainers worked well together to make the day really enjoyable. The tea/coffee and biscuits were also good.
The Photography Course that I attended was a ‘Beginners 1 Day DSLR Workshop’ with Ashley Gardner at Paines Hill Park in Cobham. Ashley was a very good trainer, explaining the workings of DSLR cameras very well.It was very easy to ask questions in relation to my particular camera (Canon EOS 700D), anything that I didn’t understand or extra information that I needed – particularly within the small group of eight trainees on the course.Although we did go outside to put our knowledge into practice in the use of our cameras, the wet weather restricted this particular part of the course somewhat – but this was of course beyond Ashley’s control.The course has transformed my knowledge of the workings of my camera; it now remains for me to put into practice the knowledge that I have gained!I would highly recommend this course to any budding DSLR photographer!
This is the second course I have attended with Ashley and David. They operate in an extremely friendly, professional and relaxed setting. I always come away buzzing that I have picked up so much more knowledge from them, and the reason for that is that they explain things so well with patience and humour, that you cannot fail to understand what they are communicating to you. I hope to continue my photographic training with them in the future.
Excellent and worthwhile training from a friendly, patient and knowledgeable teacher. Would always recommend.
Ashley & Dave at Imber court photo training are amazing, I have done 2 courses now, the 3rd day beginner course and the portrait course and couldn’t be happier with the amount of knowledge I have walked away with! Would 100% recommend to anyone, they are also there after the course for that extra support if you need anything!
Great job guys & Thank you
Its not often I give 100% reviews but the beginners photography course I just did with Imbercourt was quite simply superb. I have really tried but struggled with photography for years but in just one day with Ashley Gardner things fell into place like magic; and so simple and very relaxed. Top marks.
This was the second photography course at Imber Court I have attended. The level of tutor expertise is very high and the teaching is very much student focussed.
Highly recommend their courses.
The day was excellent, as a senior citizen whose little grey cells don’t always work as fast a they used to, Ashley was very patient. Came home with a lot of knowledge and information. There was a good balance of classroom and practical work really friendly relaxed atmosphere. Will certainly look to doing another course in the future.
I was very happy with the service provided. The communication was very efficient. David was punctual and he is an excellent and very patient teacher and took his time in explaining things to me, and was always making sure that I have understood everything.
I have learnt a lot from him and am looking forward to putting all the new knowledge into practice.
Thanks to Ashley and his team.
Fantastic course, well presented in such a logical way it was easy to grasp. Plenty of encouragement and opportunities to practice and ask questions. Highly recommend this training company.
Informative, interesting, educational and inspiring course. I would definitely recommend Imber Court Photography for a 3 day introductory course to DSLR Photography. The content was clearly explained and the supporting materials were simple, yet effective. I have learnt a lot from this course.
Very informative with a relaxed teaching environment which made me feel comfortable to answer questions without feeling foolish. My knowledge increased significantly during the course and I believe I now have the skills to take a decent shot.
Ashley’s instruction exceeded our expectations in every area. He was patient, clear and dealt with two very different learning levels (mum and teenage daughter) Practically he was brilliant guiding us to take great images that we were proud of on the day and giving us a permanent record of various settings and their effects to look back on.He made helpful recommendations for moving forward both in terms of equipment (he stopped us buying a more expensive and inappropriate tripod) and in post production software, We were both delighted and will certainly be returning to learn more
The course was brilliant and the instructor made everything so simple which allowed everyone to understand all the different functions of the camera such as Aperture, ISO and Shutter Speed. He also told us how to take different types of photos where we could blur the foreground or background. Would definitely recommend to anyone that has little knowledge on using their camera and to GET OFF the Auto setting.
I engaged the training services of Ashley to help me understand my camera and photography to enable me to take high quality images and develop them for use within our business. This was a one to one day course and worth every penny and more, I feel confident to undertake all we need for our business and will be following it with some extra in depth training on software in a few weeks. It was an enjoyable day and has also ignited a passion for photography as a hobby.
This was a fantastic one day intro to DSLR camera training and I learned a great deal! thank you Ashley.
As a beginner to DSLR photography this was a brilliant 1 day course. Within the first hour i felt i had my money’s worth. Ashley is a fantastic tutor and i cant recommend his courses highly enough. Far exceeded my expectations. Thank you.
Ashley was a superb teacher, explained everything in a language that was easy to understand .He was very patient and answered everyone’s questions honestly and clearly. The venue was ideal and the facilities for lunch and refreshment were superb and very reasonably priced. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn the basics of photography and will enrol myself on an improvers course when I’ve had time to hone the skills I’ve learnt on this one
I attended the Beginner’s 1 day DSLR workshop. The whole day was excellent. A mixture of lectures & practical. Ashley knows his subject inside out and is an excellent trainer. I now know how to use my DSLR camera. Beforehand I just used to use it on automatic. A lot of fun and a very valuable day. Great value for money and highly recommended.
Fantastic introduction to photography. This course had the right amount of information for a complete novice, and the practical experience was worth it’s weight in gold. Highly recommended.
Imber Court provide a very enjoyable and informative days training and have changed the way I approach photography
This course was brilliant, showed me the basic understanding of how to use my digital camera. Any questions that any of us had were answered in depth and made clear for us to understand fully. Friendly and professional service would defiantly recommend.Thanks guys!
The 1 Day Beginners DSLR Course at Painshill Park on Saturday 27th June 2015 was absolutely perfect for my needs. Ashley & David worked wonderfully in tandem (like any good double act) and keep the interest level and pace just right for our group of 10.
I would HIGHLY recommend this course and hope to join the lads on more advanced courses in the future . . . . . once I remember how to take my camera off ‘auto’ !!!
The course was really good, I felt I learnt a huge amount from it and would recommend this to anybody, in fact I already have to two people already.
Excellent interaction and very clear and easy to understand the course. We were beginners and they didn’t talk down to you but explained very clearly how to use the settings and we worked inside and went outside to photograph using what we had learned. It was done in a very relaxed atmosphere and everyone felt very much at home and not embarrassed to ask basic questions about the camera. Would not hesitate whatsoever recommending to anyone – in fact have already done so – will definitely think about doing the next course up once I have mastered what I have learned so far. Thank you
Ashley was a great teacher. He was patient and no question was ever too silly for him to answer in detail. The course was great for absolute beginners and Ashley explained basic camera concepts in layman terms. There were only three of us and we were given undivided attention during the day.
I have now completed several courses provided by Imber Court Photographic Training. I began with the Beginners course, and was immediately made to feel welcome by the tutors. I am much older than many of the students but was treated with courteously and respect as were all the other students. We were all made to feel that no question was “silly”, and there were many questions. The content of the course was delivered in a combined theory and practical way, which ensured that the basic skills were developed as we progressed through course. The tutors provided individual feedback for our efforts. The language used was technical without being jargon filled, and the delivery of the information was at a pace we could all understand, before moving onto the next section. By the end of the course I was determined that this should be the start of something more. I have subsequently competed the advanced and portrait courses. I would recommend these basic course to anyone who has invested in a DSLR camera, and is not sure how to get the best from it.I joined a course in Spain for the four day course held in the Picos do Europa. Since I live in Portugal the tutors made allowances for me not to travel with them but to meet up with them at the hotel. During the four days I learnt so much more. It was a very practical course and had obviously been planed well. Each day in the morning we were told what the objective of the day was. The tutors provided the transport and took us to some of the most spectacular areas. They gave us help with some of the techniques needed to capture different aspects of composition. The evenings were spent reviewing some of the days work. Opportunities for the students to discus what was good or needed to be changed. This is an excellent hands on student led course, where the tutors have prepared well and are there to help get more from the photographs you take. Highly recommended.Mentorship Course. For the past two years I have enrolled for the mentoring scheme run by this organisation, and have just signed up for a further year. These courses are provided by the tutor setting a project for one month. The information given is clear and some guidance is given on how to complete the project. After sending the photographs to the tutor I receive constructive feedback within one week. The projects have been many and varied and does make me go out and use my camera in a very different way. It has made me become much more focused and disciplined in when, where and how I take photographs. If I have any difficulty I know that the tutor is available by either telephone or email. For someone how knows how to use the camera, but still needs confidence in the use of the camera this is the course for them.
I would highly recommend ICPT’s photography courses, the trainers are friendly, well-prepared and extremely passionate about their subject. The learning is very hands-on with much of it taking place outside of the classroom under the expert guidance of Ashley and Dave. In my opinion this is the best way to learn any new skill.
Outstanding! This was a photography trip to the Rajastan area of India. It was a wonderful cultural experience as well as an exceptional photographic opportunity. The combination of an experienced local guide throughout the trip and Ashley’s photographic guidance made this a holiday to remember. Well organised – nothing was too much trouble – and great fun. This was one of a number of courses/photographic holidays I have attended with Imber Court photo training – Always professionally run but in a relaxed and easy to understand manner. I will definitely be doing some more!
I’ve done several courses with Imber Court Photo Training and I’ve always found them all very informative and fun as well.
There always seems to be the right combination of theory and practical, with a lot of personal supervision.
I have been using Imber Court Photo Training since 2010. i have enjoyed several of their courses and keep returning because of their experience and knowledge, and the ease with which they pass it on to the students. Their training is always informative and good fun. The way they make the students feel at ease despite the varying levels of experience is testament to their hard work.
I have used this company for the last couple of years to develop my photography. I have found them both to be very friendly, informative and encouraging. Would definitely recommend.
Ashley & David are total professionals, with the ability to teach mixed ability students, giving all levels time and patience – I have been on many other courses, which have failed to teach me anything. I have not looked back and never use Automatic settings as I now very comfortable with my white balance, apperture and exposure balance. I am v dyslexic and used tostruggle with to understand camera settings – not anymore – thank you Ashley & David
Excellent, knowledgeable tutors who offer very friendly face to face tutorials or on-line support depending on which course you enrol with. I have learnt many photographic skills from Imber Court and recommend them to other people I meet.
The business provides me with a very personalised photographic mentoring service, whereby photographs I take are critically reviewed and commented on. The comments are always accurate and helpful which leads to an improvement in my skills.
The training course delivered exceeded my expectations. The trainers have proved reliable and I have bought several further courses and a photography trip from them. They are very genuine people. They have sparked a real interest in a new hobby and continue to help my development through their mentoring scheme which is a great idea. I can highly recommend them and have!
I was very impressed with the quality of the training which has helped me to improve my photographic skills.
Ashley and David are excellent tutors and photographers and provide excellent tuition at a very reasonable price. I have attended both group sessions and 1-2-1 sessions with them at both Imber Court and Chichester Marina, as well as having had new baby pictures of my son taken, and always find a warm welcome, really enjoying my time and learning lots.
ASHLEY AND DAVID WERE VERY PROFESSIONAL.I HAVE DONE THREE COURSES WITH THEM AND THEY HAVE ALL BEEN EXCELLENT.I LEARNT MORE ON THOSE COURSES THAN I HAD LEARNT IN TWO YEARS TEACHING MYSELF.
THEY WILL GIVE YOU ALL THE TIME YOU NEED AND IF YOUR NOT SURE THEY WILL SPEND EXTRA TIME WITH YOU.
I WOULD RECCOMEND THERE COURSES TO ANYBODY WANTING TO LEARN PHOTOGHRAPHY,AND AT REALISTIC PRICES.
THANKS ASHLEY AND DAVID FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN SOON
REGARDS KEV ROWLAND
The course was excellent and I learnt a great deal, which is all due to the people who run it. The course was well structured and Ashley is fantastic at teaching the course and was always willing and able to help with any questions we had. I am looking to do further courses with them.
I booked a course with Ashley Gardner of Imber Court Photo Training two years ago and from the moment I applied for the course I was met with outstanding levels of service. I was replied to immediately and booked on.The course was so good that I booked another! Since the second course I have had so much support from Ashley and his team who can never give you enough time.I thoroughly recommend Ashley and his team who run courses from two sites making the choice greater. Ashley also runs courses abroad which I’m told are fantastic by other budding photographers who have been on them.I am now two years later, a fully fledged professional sports photographer with an agency which would never have happened without all the mentoring from Ashley, top bloke, great courses!
Exceeded my expectations, I came away feeling much more confident about how to handle the camera settings in different locations. I took the one to one course which was spot on for me. Ashley was patient and very helpful in knowing exactly what help I needed.
Excellent photography course. Ashley was a great tutor and was willing to help and answer your questions, which gave you confidence to carry on to the next level. You came away feeling you had learnt a lot . HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
First rate service. Excellent training course and learnt so much in a relatively short space of time. I like the fact it was basic theory but enough to understand and the trainer was very engaging and helpful.
This was an excellent 2 day photography course – Ashley was a brilliant, patient and confident teacher and I learn’t more in 2 days with him than I had in a previous 6 week course. He made the course so enjoyable and positively encouraged questions from us. He has a genuine desire to help people to learn and get the most out of it.
Exceeded expectation. I thoroughly enjoyed the photography course and Ashely ensured it was relaxed and structured. I would recommend the course to friends and family and would return for the improvers follow on course.
“Thanks again for an excellent holiday!
I had expected the Picos scenery to be truly spectacular and it most certainly was. I had also expected the Hotel Del Oso to make a very comfortable base for five nights. This was an excellent choice and again I certainly wasn’t disappointed…
What I hadn’t expected were the amazing lengths that both you and ‘young’ Dave (!) went to ensure that everyone was having a great time. Your kindness, humour and obvious passion for your art reflected great credit on you both, making it a truly outstanding holiday and ensuring that I will certainly be very keen to participate in future ICPT extravaganzas.”
Many thanks for your email and group photo – and huge thanks from both Ed and I for an unforgettable trip! We learned a huge amount about photography (although you might not think so looking at the attached shots), really enjoyed the company of the ‘picos pioneers’ and loved the locations, hotel etc. We are definitely up for another adventure when your blood pressure can stand the vagracies of weather, ferries, hairpin minibus drives and snoring!”
“Neither of you could have given us more. Long days, difficult driving, varying weather and the translation of ‘tapas’ in Spanish. Also trying to share out your levels of advice and instruction.The holiday more than met its objectives. A trip of this length concentrates the mind and you definitely learn more. It was also a ‘holiday’ – lovely villages, good company and scenery made it very relaxing.”
“Thanks very much for the last three days. It was a wonderful introduction to photography. I wish it had gone on for a full week, not because of anything missing from the three days but just because I was enjoying every minute of it. You are an excellent tutor and the rest of the class were really pleasant as well and made it so relaxing and good fun.”
“The most enjoyable three days that I have experienced for a long time. Thank you.”
“Just a quick e-mail to thank you very much for the excellent course over the last few days. I enjoyed it very much, from the venue, company, and your expert teaching….not forgetting the delicious food. It all flowed very well. Thank you once again for your time and patience.”
“My second course and another very enjoyable experience. I recommend you to anyone interested in learning about photography.”
“Thank you for the great training course. I really thoroughly enjoyed it and have actually been out and taken some pretty good photo’s since, so I’m dead chuffed!”
“At last the world has stopped for a few moments and I have had the time to really digest all I learnt on my three day beginners course. I must say that you were brilliant and taught me in a way that ensured I was confident in my ability and safe to ask as many questions as I needed to without being made to feel inferior in any way thank you.”
“I would, and have, recommended this course to anyone who was interested in learning about the use of their camera. Cannot wait for the portrait course to come around. Thank you for three fantastic days training. ”
“Brilliant – I came away feeling confident I can now take some lovely pictures. Everything outlined in the course content was covered and I understood what was being taught. Ashley was very competent and very friendly and enthusiastic.”
“Hi Ashley and everyone, It was a pleasure to be with you all over the last 3 days and Ashley thanks so much for an excellent course. I came on the course with high expectations and they were exceeded!! The notes are very helpful and the feedback sheet will follow. Best wishes to all and happy snapping!”
“I really loved the course and felt I got an enormous amount out of it. I loved spending the day at Painshill – so useful to try out all we had learnt. I cannot believe how I have gained the confidence to get out and shoot. And, how much more I want to learn. I feel totally motivated and inspired to learn more. I would love to do the lowlight course and the Photoshop one as I have now investigated that and I don’t think I will get there on my own! I would also be interested in doing a more advanced course at some time to move on when I have put into practise all I have learnt so far. Thank you so much – it was a great 3 days!”
“It worked really well for me, explaining aperture, speed, ISO, depth of field etc which had all been a mystery for a lifetime. Now feel competent to explore the features of my camera and develop my skills and reading the manual sort of makes sense (most of the time!). Appreciated the offer of contact with any queries that might come up in the future”.
“The course ran over three days and they were the most enjoyable three days I have had in a long time. Ashley’s enthusiasm was infectious. I was a total beginner with a digital SLR camera and Ash has given me the knowledge and confidence to progress. I would have liked the course to have continued. A photographic course I would recommend to all beginners. I would definitely attend another of Ash’s courses.”
“Ashley Gardner was the trainer. He was brilliant. He was extremely competent, proficient, motivated and enthusiastic.”
“The course covered everything that I wanted to know. I think it has given me a good basic knowledge and skills enabling me to make more effective use of my camera on a day-to-day basis, but it has also provided a good platform from which to continue to develop.”
“I was very nervous of taking the course – particularly as I did not have a big, fancy SLR camera. Ash was able to tailor the specifics to suit my more modest camera and experience. I liked the fact that there were only five people on the course; Ash was able to give everybody individual attention as and when they needed it. I feel really motivated to try to take better pictures, now. I will recommend this course to my friends.”
“Ashley scored high in all the above. With his teaching skills as well as his knowledge of photography and understanding of the various cameras produced by the class, we all felt our needs were well looked after. The various settings on our cameras were explained in such a way throughout the course that even the most basic photographer like me will abandon the “auto settings” for life!”
“10 out of 10! We had great fun in class and on our field trips ; Painshill Park was beautiful and offered lots of fantastic photo opportunities I have now a much better understanding of my camera and come to understand what a fantastic tool it really is. I am left with a very positive experience that will encourage me to work on my photography skills in the future.”
“I just want to say a huge Thank You to Ashley and looking forward to the next course!!”