Testimonials

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Colin Strong

Keith Knight

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I was one of six attendees for the Nikon Europe Street Photography course in Kolkata in 2015, for which Mark Seymour was the course leader. The attendees ranged in ability from beginner to professional, but this did not phase Mark who adapted his approach so that all of us on the course felt included and all came away having learned a great deal.

The course provided a fantastic opportunity to immerse myself in street photography for a week, with plenty of superb opportunities to capture some great images. Mark provided some useful hints and tips along the way, gently nudging rather than providing formal instruction – and this worked extremely well in the hot sunshine of Kolkata, where a classroom approach would have been inappropriate.

Mark’s approach was relaxed and flexible, so that the individual wishes of each of the attendees could be accommodated, and the course timetable and itinerary was kept reasonably fluid rather than having to adhere to any regimented plans.

Mark is completely happy to share the benefit of his knowledge and experience, and is able to communicate this at different levels – keeping the tech-speak to a minimum where necessary for those of us who are relatively new to digital photography. I am grateful to Mark for all the help and guidance which he gave to me on the course, and there are many learning points which I will benefit from in both the short and long term

Nigel Hollinshead

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Dear Mark

At a certain stage of your journey as a photographer you reach a point when you begin to think you ought to let a professional review where you are at. If you don’t know one willing to do that, the only option is to pay for help. But experience might have shown you that lectures where you look endlessly at brilliant pro slides don’t do much for you on the ground. They are not hands-on.

To be made to open your photographic sole and allow someone to give you some hard criticism is the real goal. I that is you. Then dig deep and allow Mark Seymour to do just that. He has no hesitation telling you that one of your images could have been taken by a casual snapper.

When you are shooting with him he will soon have you moving your feet like never before and he will make you dive into the action with a prime wide-angle lens, showing how polite but firm behaviour gets you into the essential spot to frame the shots you want and need. Getting over any fear, getting you outside your comfort zone, framing for light, gesture and context are all Seymour hallmarks.

Be under no illusion, you are in safe hand but realistically critical hands and you will improve, no matter what level you are at on this crazy journey called photography.

Louise Waldron

Paul

I had an amazing experience in Myanmar 2018 with Mark Seymour on the street photography workshop. I have been a professional photographer for over 20 years mainly in social photography which a bias towards studio work. I wanted to challenge myself and take images for personal development. Mark’s enthusiasm, energy and attitude helped me to understand that the barriers photographers have which this genre are often only in themselves. If you approach things with the right mindset and put your fears to one side, you can and do achieve amazing results. Its fairly easy knowing how to take great images, but if you put yourself where others wouldn’t your images will be even better. I have learnt so much from this course, and much of it being about taking a new approach, having the right attitude and staying with scenes long enough to develop into stunning street images.

Alison Tuck

This was a very well prepared trip visiting places that we would not normally see. The Course Trainer – Mark Seymour, was an excellent leader who had the ability to take us out of our comfort zones in the markets with a resulting confidence. He split up the group up daily so we got to go out photographing with different photographers in the group which allowed us to learn from all the other people on the course. All in all it was a well-run enjoyable couple of weeks and we would go with Mark again.

Steve Beckett

I had the pleasure of being on Mark’s street photography workshop in Kolkata, India. Mark had organised the workshop extremely well and took time to explain exactly where we would going and what would get from the workshop, which was very reassuring. The workshop was well paced and we visited some great photographic locations, with some not being your usual tourist locations. This all lead to some wonderful photographic opportunities and in no time memory cards were filling up!

Bruce Hammersley

Steve Tarling

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Signing up for a street photography course, I thought I was going to Istanbul for a few days to chill and take some pretty pictures along the way.

How wrong could I be, but in a fantastic way!

I ended up at morning prayers at a Mosque in the suburbs of Istanbul. It was an unique experience and we were made very welcome. I got what I initially thought were some shots that I was pleased with. But when Mark showed me his photographs, it was like I had been to different mosque all together. For the next two days Mark took me under his wing and guided me with his experienced eye and inspired top tips. He developed my confidence where to position myself in relation to the crowd, and showed me how his approach to people immediately put the subject at ease so that they continued being themselves doing what they were doing, allowing for natural candid shots.

This was like a professional pianist teaching another pianist chords that he had never heard. An incredible opportunity that gave me an insight into seeing the world creatively as a street photographer. If you have the chance to work with Mark then jump at that chance you will not regret it!

Bruce Hammersley

Paul Stott

Alistair Jones

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Hi Mark

I can not begin to express how grateful I am to Mark for this once in a lifetime experience. The itinerary and content was so well put together and his selfless approach to first rate tuition will see my photography go up another notch or two. Quite simply an awesome trip’.

Thank you Mark !

Sean Lenihan

Steve

Mark is a very amiable person and would readily impart his vast photographic knowledge in a constructive way. At each of the locations he would take the time to guide you on how to get the most effective the shots and where to look for the best for photo locations that otherwise you might have missed.

I have been doing street photography for a number of years but Mark showed me some techniques and composition ideas I never even thought of and I came away with some fantastic shots. I would certainly recommend you attend any of Mark’s courses as I’m sure you will come away with some new found knowledge and skills – thanks Mark, All the best

Stephen

Mark is an excellent trainer, he puts everyone before himself as a photographer, what I mean by that is that he approaches a scene, sees something potentially interesting in that scene to photograph yet suggests that someone else might like to take the picture of it before he might disrupt the scene by capturing it for himself.
A very selfless and giving photographer and a really nice person too !

When on a course abroad for a number of days in a very foreign environment, it’s important to be able to relate to, interact with and get along with the trainer. Mark was bundles of humor, a great personality and has an intelligence that recognizes strengths and weaknesses and caters for training with this to everyone in the group at every level. I appreciate this is a real skill and can’t be easy.

I’m really glad I came on the course and would highly recommend it to everyone of all levels of photography.

Mark Ashworth

Having shot professionally all my life – I wanted to experience something new and to shoot for myself. Documentary photography interests and challenges me and I wanted to work with Mark as I have seen this side of his work develop over the years.

The course exceeded my expectations – we didn’t stop shooting for 2 weeks, and when we weren’t shooting we were editing, critiquing or talking about photography. Mark certainly gives 110%. It would have been nice (although not necessary) to have a day off!

The course was certainly more biased towards shooting. the nature of the genre means you are sometimes not shooting with Mark, which is fine, so perhaps some more time towards reviewing images would be welcome – especially for those less experienced. There was a fair bit of traveling especially by road. I think three days in each area was good.

Marks dedication, energy and enthusiasm was second to none. I don’t really think I would change that much at all… I found out about the course as I have know Mark professionally for a number of years and became good friends. I think seeing some videos of what goes on would help – and seeing the range of photographs captured would be enough to book again!

I would like to visit other parts of Europe, and perhaps China.

I would tell anyone thinking of booking that if they want to get out of their comfort zone, learn how to shoot real life stuff, both from street portraits to documentary work then go for it. They should be afraid of long days, lots of walking and of course FUN! This certainly isn’t the course if you just want some holiday snaps – its photographing real life in lots of different, non tourist and often poor areas. It is in fact an extremely humbling experience.

Steve Beckett

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I had the pleasure of being on Mark’s street photography workshop in Kolkata, India. Mark had organised the workshop extremely well and took time to explain exactly where we would going and what would get from the workshop, which was very reassuring. The workshop was well paced and we visited some great photographic locations, with some not being your usual tourist locations. This all lead to some wonderful photographic opportunities and in no time memory cards were filling up!

Mark is a very amiable person and would readily impart his vast photographic knowledge in a constructive way. At each of the locations he would take the time to guide you on how to get the most effective the shots and where to look for the best for photo locations that otherwise you might have missed.

I have been doing street photography for a number of years but Mark showed me some techniques and composition ideas I never even thought of and I came away with some fantastic shots. I would certainly recommend you attend any of Mark’s courses as I’m sure you will come away with some new found knowledge and skills – thanks Mark

All the best,
Steve

Vishal Bali

Andy Mac

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“Having been on a number of Mark Seymour’s photography workshops abroad I am always so brilliantly surprised by how much more there is to learn, how much more fun we seem to have on each adventure and how much better my photography becomes as well as the level of confidence in photographic travel that I seem to build.

The photography course in Myanmar was an adventure through a country where quite often, I felt like the first Western-looking person that many locals may have seen with their own eyes. The hustle and bustle of the markets, the smiles and kindness of local people, a truly different way of life that is rarely documented in the West, really makes for a life-long memory with an abundance of great pictures to hang on my wall.

More than this however, is the great company that Mark provides – the course is made special by his personality, his humour, his down-to-earth approach, his friendly humility and the teachings of all things photography when out shooting in the day as well as back in the hotel in the evening – going through images and critiquing how we could each improve the next day.

Highly highly recommended”

Sarah Brabbin

I had an amazing day training with Mark Seymour yesterday down in Windsor. What a thoroughly nice chap he is! He really knows what he’s talking about and was so careful to make sure that I got the best out of my training and even ran over our allotted time to make sure he covered everything I’d asked about. His photography journey is also fascinating! I left feeling inspired and am sure our paths will cross again in the future Thank you Mark!

David Hugget

Steve Bishop

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Hi Mark

Just a quick message to say thank you so much for the training day at Speakers Corner at the weekend. The day was very well structured, informative and great fun. You shared your knowledge, your passion and your art which was very eye opening. I learned about composition, the importance of the critical moment, staying with it, story telling and camera settings.

Overall, it was a thoroughly good day and I will definitely recommend the course to my friends.

Thank you
Steve Bishop

Alan

I was one of six attendees for the Nikon Europe Street Photography course in Kolkata in 2015, for which Mark Seymour was the course leader. The attendees ranged in ability from beginner to professional, but this did not phase Mark who adapted his approach so that all of us on the course felt included and all came away having learned a great deal.

The course provided a fantastic opportunity to immerse myself in street photography for a week, with plenty of superb opportunities to capture some great images. Mark provided some useful hints and tips along the way, gently nudging rather than providing formal instruction – and this worked extremely well in the hot sunshine of Kolkata, where a classroom approach would have been inappropriate.

Mark’s approach was relaxed and flexible, so that the individual wishes of each of the attendees could be accommodated, and the course timetable and itinerary was kept reasonably fluid rather than having to adhere to any regimented plans.

Mark is completely happy to share the benefit of his knowledge and experience and is able to communicate this at different levels – keeping the tech-speak to a minimum where necessary for those of us who are relatively new to digital photography. I am grateful to Mark for all the help and guidance which he gave to me on the course, and there are many learning points which I will benefit from in both the short and long term