Contact Ian on 07768871875 or e-mail

IMG_0647_edited-1Workshop Course Vouchers
Can be purchased as a gift  and redeemed any time during the year with
the holder able to contact me and arrange a suitable date.

A. Half day course 2 students only.  All abilities (The first 1.5 hrs we spend in the studio working through the details of all the functions of your camera as in the list below.  We then go out on location taking a wide variety of photographs using different settings. Back in the studio for the last hour we download images for a general critique. A folder of notes accompanies the course. £60 per student.  9.15am to 1pm



2018 Dates

Leigh Art Trail week 9th to 16th June inc.
Friday 22nd June  One space available
Tuesday 26th.June Available.
Friday 29th.June Available
More dates to come

I only take 2 students. We start at 9.15am  until for the half day sessions on our Gallery Barge in Leigh. All times are approximate.
Booking.  I will take bookings in advance, on payment of 50% of the course fee . This can be made by telephone via our card machine or by cheque. If the booking is cancelled up until the day before the workshop the deposit will be refunded. If the workshop is cancelled through illness or bad weather we can move to another date.
If there are 2 students who have a date, contact me as I can usually host workshops at short notice during the week or on a weekend.   Ian on     or tel. 07768871875
Whatever camera you own
On my half day or full day photographic workshops I take a maximum of two students. The courses are suitable for a beginner with a new camera who wishes to learn what the settings on the camera are for and how to use those settings to take better pictures or an advanced amateur who wishes to improve their photography.
Bring to the course, camera and lenses together with download cable if available, a fully charged camera battery and if possible a clear memory card.   Don’t forget warm clothes and sensible shoes.  The courses are weather dependent and subject to change of date.
Gift Vouchers.
There is no time limit on when they are used and I leave it up to the holder of the voucher to arrange a date. They can be purchased by posting a cheque made out  to  ‘ The Estuary Gallery’  or by credit or debit card by phone.  Contact me for address details on 07768871875 or e-mail
Course Aims:-  To discuss and understand the following:-
Know your camera.  What all those settings on your camera are for.

  1. ISO,  Shutter Priority and Aperture Priority and when you would use them instead of automatic setting.
  2. Depth of Field.
  3. Metering
  4. Composition
  5. Use of Flash and light
  6. Megapixals and Memory Cards

Personal tuition by Ian James on all aspects with film or Shutter priority, aperture priority and the reason for using over automatic mode digital, compact, bridge or single lens reflex  camera from beginners to advanced amateurs.
The half day courses are held on the Estuary Gallery Barge in  Leigh-on-Sea along the Essex coast where Ian has lived and worked as a photographer for the last 40 years. Between 1990 and 2005 Ian taught City and Guilds Photographic modules at various adult education centres in Essex and since 2010 he has run the very successful  photographic workshops by passing on his wealth of knowledge gained by a lifetimes work with cameras.
The courses can be tailored to your interests to include all or some of the following. :- Architecture, Landscape/Seascape, Flora and Fauna, Family, Portrait, Documentary, Action/Sports and Close ups.  Contact Ian on   07768871875 or e-mail.
Estuary Gallery Barge location and parking
The Barge is situated at Leigh Marina, approx 300 metres to the East of Leigh Railway Station, Leigh-on-Sea,SS9 2ES. ( turn right through the Marina gates by the first large shed.) We are moored alongside a pontoon on the right hand side of the Marina or ask for Ian James with the Gallery Barge. Parking is not available in the Marina unless you are choosing or collecting work. However there is a car park opposite Leigh tip and skateboard park approx 5 mins walk to the barge. It is free after 10am Monday to Friday and £1 on weekends.
Students comments
1.Hi Ian,
Thanks again for the workshop last week, it was brilliant! I learned so much and can’t wait to get out with my
camera more, armed with all the extra know-how. For anyone browsing this page, Ian is a fantastic tutor and
a very talented artist, would highly recommend one of his workshops.
Thanks again, all the best,   Kelly

2. Thank you for a lovely informative session with my camera. I appreciated your reassuring manner, which gave me confidence. I look  forward to putting my new-found knowledge into practice and to seeing you again during the Leigh Arts Festival.  Best Wishes  Ann