Tuition & Tours with Alex Hyde
Teaching photography is an important and enjoyable part of my business. I like meeting new people and sharing creative ideas. I have coached people of all ages and technical abilities, both in one-to-one sessions and small groups.
When teaching I will do my very best to understand your interests and requirments and tailor the information accordingly. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like to find out more, I am always happy to answer your questions.
Longer Workshops and Tours
- May 2017 - Dorset's Spring Treasures
- June 2017 - Borneo: Festival of Wildlife
- June 2017 - Austria: Close-up on Alpine Nature
- January 2018 - Bugs 'n' Beasts Indoors - Oxford
- September 2018 - Macro Masterclass: Northshots Cairngorms
- Date TBC - Macro Photography Workshop: Sheffield
- Beginner's Course in DSLR Photography
- Peak District Nature and Macro Photography
- Macro Photography
"Good teaching requires two crucial ingredients: a detailed and thorough understanding of the subject and the ability to communicate clearly, precisely and without resorting to jargon. Never are these more important than when teaching technical subjects to those who may not be technically minded. Alex has the enviable ability to cut straight through ‘technical haze’ and lift the shrouds of mystery that surrounds so much of photography and digital processing."
Nick Garbutt, Devon
"Hi Alex - just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed yesterday's excellent one-to-one tuition day. It was extremely useful and I learnt several brand new post-processing skills as well as having two very good sessions out 'in the field' shooting panoramas and multiple exposures for blending on the PC later."Mike Cummins, Derbyshire
"The day I spent out in the Peak District really opened my eyes to different ways of looking at things I could take photos of. Alex was a really great help and showed me how I could make the most of the tools that I had to work with and the landscape around us- His enthusiasm is something incredibly special and really helped make the day a brilliant experience!"
Abbie Rechert, Derbyshire
"I am an Octogenarian whose lifelong interest has been photography. The digital age of Photography has come as a distinct culture shock to me. The skills with film and darkroom that I had practised for many decades have all been superseded by the new technologies. I was struggling and needed help! My family bought me a day’s tuition with Alex Hyde. Alex proved brilliant. My cognitive skills are not what they were only a few years ago; but he was infinitely patient and was able to explain things slowly and simply in terms that I could understand. I have employed him many times since and with his help have made considerable progress. One of my pictures has been accepted for publication. I will continue to employ Alex Hyde for as long as he is prepared to teach me."
Len Dawes, Derbyshire
I run these days throughout the year, please email me to register interest
Next Date TBC (11-12-16 workshop sold out)
Grenoside Reading Room, School Lane, Grenoside, Sheffield, S35 8QU
Group Size: 7
For bookings and more information, please email Alex here
Learn how to achieve stunning macro images of insects and plants with your DSLR camera. Professional wildlife photographer Alex Hyde will guide you through a range of exciting techniques that will allow you to capture amazing close up details of nature.
Learn how to:
- Photograph insects and plants to reveal tiny details
- Gain good depth of field
- Create high impact compositions
- Use off-camera flash for creative lighting
- Use focus stacking to gain extended depth of field
The small group size (maximum of six) means that this course is suitable for photographers of all levels of experience. The workshop will be based in the Grenoside Reading Room www.grenosidereadingroom.co.uk. This is a largely indoor workshop, though we may do some photography in the garden area. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
Please also bring the following equipment: DSLR camera, macro lens, tripod and a flash gun with an off-camera lead or wireless triggering system as we will be using the flash off camera. A flash diffuser such as the Lastolite Micro Apollo 45 MKII is also helpful, but avoid the little ones that look like white yoghurt pots (see here) as they give relatively harsh light for macro photography. I have a few spare flash guns (Canon), off-camera leads and flash diffusers that can be borrowed on the day, though sharing may be required.
12th - 14th May 2017
Location: The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset, UK
Tutors: Alex Hyde & Nick Garbutt
Group size: 19
>>Click to book through Wildlife Worldwide website
Whether you are new to photography or looking to fine tune your techniques, the rich ancient meadows of Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve will provide a tranquil and inspiring workshop environment in which to further develop your skills.
The Kingcombe Centre in Dorset will be our base for a weekend packed with opportunities to improve your nature photography. Award-winning photographers Alex Hyde and Nick Garbutt will introduce and explain the necessary principles and techniques, so you too can create images with impact and successfully photograph small creatures and plants next time you travel abroad or indeed step into your back garden.
The hedgerows, fields and hay meadows surrounding the Kingcombe Centre have remained much as they were for over 200 years and are almost untouched by artificial fertilisers and pesticides. As a result they are home to a huge array of wildlife, some common and easy to see, others rare elsewhere in the UK. The wildflower meadows are a reminder of how much of the countryside used to look, the air buzzing with bees, butterflies and other insects.
The aim is that this weekend be informative and enjoyable and that you will leave with a selection of pleasing images and a new set of skills that you can put into practice on your next trip abroad or while visiting your local nature reserve.
17th - 24th June 2017
£1,595 pp (price excluding international flights)
Leaders: Alex Hyde and Nick Garbutt
Group size: 10
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Included in the price/package:
- All transfers
- 7 nights in double room with en suite bathroom at Wiesenheim Familien Hotel
- All meals
- Macro photography tuition
- Wildlife and nature photography workshops
We explore the many and varied meadows to discover gems such as the delicate burnt orchid hidden amongst the grasses, and along the way encounter many exciting and beautiful insects that flourish on the alpine slopes. In the locations we visit there is a good chance of finding the iconic Apollo butterfly. Moving higher up the slopes, the colourful meadows give way to swathes of vibrant alpenrose and high alpine species such as dwarf snowbell and trumpet gentian. A friendly, family-run hotel provides the perfect base for our week of photography and fresh mountain air.
The tour has been designed to maximise the opportunities for macro photography. Wildlife photographers Alex Hyde and Nick Garbutt, along with a renowned local guide, will take you through everything you need to know to photograph the region’s fascinating plants and wildlife.
Alex Hyde has established himself as an expert in macro photography, and has taught at the University of Nottingham and at London’s Wild Photos photography festival. By understanding the behaviour of his subjects, he is able to capture intimate portraits of spiders, insects and other invertebrates in their natural habitats. An award-winning photographer and author with a background in zoology, Nick Garbutt has photographed wildlife all around the world and has led tours for the past 18 years.
BORNEO: Festival of Wildlife
Departs 2nd June 2017
PRICE: from £5195 per person (including flights from/to UK)
LEADERS: Alex Hyde, Nick Garbutt, Nick Baker, Nigel Marven and Nick Mackman
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To celebrate 25 years of Wildlife Worldwide, the Festival of Wildlife presents workshops and presentations from renowned wildlife experts in the Danum Valley, Borneo’s premier wildlife location. Alex will be present to coach you in macro photography techniques in one of the best locations for inverebrates in the world. With so many fascinating subjects to work with, this promises to be a very special experience.
The expert team includes wildlife presenter Nick Baker, wildlife presenter Nigel Marvin, wildlife photographer and author Nick Garbutt, award-winning sculptor Nick Mackman and macro photography expert Alex Hyde.
Since its inception in 2004, the Festival of Wildlife concept has evolved to become a week-long event packed with a variety of activities. The concept was devised by Wildlife Worldwide founder Chris Breen, whose vision was to “celebrate all aspects of an area’s flora and fauna”.
27th - 28nd January 2018
Location: Juniper Hall Field Centre, Dorking, UK
Tutors: Alex Hyde & Brett Charman
Group size: 12
>>Click to book through Wildlife Worldwide website
Join award-winning photographers Alex Hyde and Nick Garbutt, along with expert animal handler Jungle Jonathan, on this one-off photography workshop in Oxford. You will learn how to photograph a wide range of interesting small creatures, such as praying mantids, lizards and snakes. Whether you are looking to explore the world of close up photography for the first time or brush up on your photography skills before your next trip to the tropics, Alex and Nick look forward to sharing their photographic tips and techniques with you.
Northshots Macro Masterclass
29th September - 3rd October 2018
Cairngorms National Park with Northshots Photo Adventures
>>Booking Information / Nothshots website
During this workshop in the heart of the spectacular Cairngorms National Park, the focus is all about learning. Not only will you go away with new and exciting images, but the skill and knowhow to tap into the unseen miniature world wherever you live.
Award-winning professional wildlife photographer Alex Hyde, will guide you through an array of different photographic techniques that will allow you to capture amazing close-up natural details. During this Masterclass you will be provided with a range of fascinating insect and plant subjects to hone your skills in the comfort of our country lodge accommodation, as well as exploring local sites which will prove that compelling images can be made everywhere in the world of macro.
- Photograph insects and plants to reveal tiny details.
- Create high impact compositions.
- Use off-camera flash for creative lighting.
- Use focus stacking to gain extended depth of field.
- Use white background or ‘field studio’ photography for intimate insect portraits.
1 Day Workshops - from £230
Prices for all one day courses are £230 per day for one person (+£100 per additional person) excluding travel. If you would like me to design a day's tuition tailored to your requirments then please don't hesitate to contact me.
As an alternative I also offer online tuition and mentoring, ideal if you want to get feedback on your photography or live outside of the UK. Please enquire for details.
Beginner's Course in Digital SLR Photography - One Day Workshop
One-to-one rate £230 >>booking / request details
Starting from the very beginning, I will guide you through everything you need to know to become a confident digital SLR user.
Learn the benefits of shooting RAW.
Courses are based in the Peak District, Derbyshire where I live. If you need accommodation, I can recommend an excellent B&B nearby.
Peak District Nature and Macro Photography - One Day Workshop
One-to-one rate £230 >>booking / request details
- This day-long session is based around what's seasonably available, making the most of what nature has to offer. This could include searching for fungi in ancient oak woodlands or roaming the limestone dales looking for wild flowers and insects. Whatever we end up photographing, you will be able to learn my favourite techniques in nature and macro photography. This will include use of off-camera flash, a skill that is central to my work.
- Courses are based in the Peak District, Derbyshire where I live. If you need accommodation, I can recommend an excellent B&B nearby.
One-to-one rate £230, excluding my travel
(+£100 per additional person)
>>booking / request details
- This course is usally based at your home, I can travel to you so long as you don't live too far away (I'm based in Derbyshire). Alternaitvely I can arrange for you to visit me in Derbyshire.
You might have noticed that I have a soft spot for insects and spiders. I will bring a range of exciting subjects to your home, including a praying mantis or two. Your own props are also welcome, there is always plenty to photograph in the garden.
I will also bring my photographic equipment for you to use, should you not own everything we need.
You will learn about using flash to light insects and other critters, allowing you to freeze the action, control your depth of field and unleash your creativity.
Learn how to use focus stacking to extend your depth of field beyond what's possible in a single image.
Requires an existing basic knowledge of digital SLR photography (though not flash). Please contact me for more information.
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