Why Choose James Doyle Photography?
There are lots of internet photography businesses. Many make false promises. Some deliver great results. Selecting a photography partner is a big decision. I want you to take your time and research your options when choosing how to learn nature photography. The information below will give you a sense of what makes James Doyle Photography stand out in the crowd.
I can think of a lot of reasons why you should work with me (otherwise I wouldn’t be in business!), but I’m going to distil it down to four key points:
- I teach ethical nature photography, where you learn the importance of the natural world and how it needs to be protected. Why the subject, in itself is not always the most important consideration but your impact on the subject is.
- As a James Doyle Photography client, you may rest assure that I will treat you like you’re my only client. A big part of my approach lies in understanding your needs and crafting a strategy that makes sense for your unique situation. I give you the information you need to succeed in photography and work closely with you to implement the best learning strategy.
- I deliver on realistic goals. You will not see any promises of “You’ll be shooting like a Pro after one outing” or other unfounded claims on my website. In fact, if any business makes such claims, run the other way! This is because I don’t know what goals are realistic for you until I get to know you. My “start with the fundamentals” based approach focuses on learning the techniques first rather than getting a “lucky shot”. Together we identify measurable goals and learning. I am also up-front about the fact that a single outing is not a quick fix. It is an ongoing effort which delivers results as you implement, measure, and refine your skills. I don’t pretend that I know everything about photography or the subject we want to photograph, I still learn new things almost everyday.
- I give back. Unlike many photography businesses teaching photography, I don’t keep all my secrets locked up. I enjoy sharing information and empowering photographers to learn their own style of nature photography.
Bonus: I have a good sense of humour and don’t take myself too seriously. What I do take seriously: Helping you succeed at being a good nature photographer and lover of the natural world.
I try to have you in the field when the best light is available and the creature we wish to photograph are most active. Midday sun is not the time for nature photography, except in rare cases such as overcast days and waterfall photography. Wildlife can’t be controlled. Weather can’t be controlled. Light can’t be controlled (in most cases). We are left to the knowledge we have about our subjects, our general field craft and our skill as a photographer to capture the great photos we seek. Essentially, we need all these elements; light, weather, subjects, equipment and skill, to come together at the same time to produce great photos. We shouldn’t leave our outings to chance or luck, luck plays a big part in many ways but with knowledge and practice we increase our chances of success.
The activities calendar provides a list of any nature photography activities scheduled.
You can search for Activities by “Date” or you can change the way the activities are shown by clicking the “View As” link on the main calendar page. Each page has several other searching option links to help you navigate to scheduled activities. Otherwise double click on any nature photography fieldtrip, workshop or tour listed and you will be taken to a details and booking page, where more information is provided and you can make your booking.
For directions of where to meet, check the “Meetup Location” section. The Google Map in many cases only provides a general location, often the satellite view will give you a more accurate picture. Please read any directions provided in the location text by clicking on the “Location Name” for full directions.
Booking and payment is essential to secure your place.
Please refer to the Refund Policy and the Terms and Conditions – Outdoor Activities before making a booking.