with Jeff Ascough
We all love taking photographs and we all want to improve our work. The question is how do we do this? It's no surprise that the number one question I get asked is;
"How do I become a better photographer?"
The simple truth is that it all starts with finding your identity as a photographer. It’s a sad fact that most photographers just regurgitate images they’ve seen from others. Once you discover who you are, everything makes sense. You start to see the world through your eyes; taking pictures becomes more enjoyable and people follow you for your style. If you are a commercial photographer, price becomes less of a factor because your work doesn't look like everyone else’s.
So how do you find your identity?
For over a decade, I have been helping photographers of ALL LEVELS AND EXPERIENCE to find their style, the thing that separates them from everyone else. I've helped photographers to curate their portfolios and online galleries so that their websites are the very best the can be and, more importantly, showcase who they really are as photographers. Spend some time with me on ZOOM and let me help you.
For some, the ZOOM sessions have introduced a valuable second opinion on images, a tightening up of a body of work. For others they have led to a radical rethink, a shift in mindset and attitude, and a rekindling of passion towards their work.
I have also helped photographers get to grips with their workflow and post processing, and helped them to develop their own style away from the common presets that litter so many photography portfolios.
My students include a number of well-known photographers and camera ambassadors. I've taught on behalf of Canon, Kodak, FujiFilm, PhaseOne, AlienSkin, and at many conventions and workshops across Europe. I even had the honour of teaching black-and-white digital capture and printing to Sir Don McCullin. Not many photographers can say that!!
So, if you want to take your work to the next level and show the world who you are as a photographer, please get in touch. I'd love to help you become a better photographer.
"I can't thank you enough for the kindness you have shown towards me this week"
Sir Don McCullin
Please get in touch if you are interested in booking an online session
£100 per hour
I know how tough it can be when someone criticises your work or puts you down. I've been in that situation many times. It's easier to find fault than it is to look for strengths in someone's work, and I guess that's what really sets me apart from everyone else. I always look for the positives, because without them, it is impossible to grow.
A portfolio review is the fastest way of improving your photography. A fresh pair of eyes, disconnected from any emotional attachment to the images, can see things which you may have missed. Looking together at a gallery of your work, we will look at your strengths, weaknesses, some alternative approaches to different situations, and ideas on how to improve your photographs in both the short and long term.
If you are new to the Leica rangefinder system, this 60 minute 1-2-1 session will help you get to know your camera. Jeff will show you how to set everything up and teach you the best ways to meter and focus your Leica M camera. He will also give you personal tips and tricks that he has learned from over 20 years of using both film and digital M cameras.
This session is only for Leica M digital and film cameras.
£150 per hour
As photographers, we often over-complicate our workflow and spend meaningless hours editing images. In this session, we will work on developing the look that you want for your images and how to achieve consistent results efficiently and without relying on canned presets. I guarantee you will save time and improve the quality of your final images.
If you are a film photographer, I can show you the best way to scan your negatives and how to get the best results from each file.
This session utilises Adobe Lightroom. If you are new to the software, I will be happy to show you how to set it up to make it run smooth and fast.
don't take our word for it
There really aren’t enough words to express my gratitude to you for yesterday, but I’m going to give it one more shot. The last time anyone looked at my work with such insight and clarity and honesty was probably the last proper critique I had in college almost three decades ago. It was refreshing and enormously enlightening and my brain has been busy processing everything since. I suspect this will significantly alter the course of my career in a positive way, and I can’t wait to start making changes to my website. I’ll never look at my work the same way again. In fact, I’ll probably spend most of the next few days reviewing my entire catalog again with fresh eyes. I am eternally grateful to you.
AMANDA S (USA)
I approached Jeff a couple of years ago and chose him from the many photographers I found to be offering critiques based upon the consistency of his style and the enduring quality of his work. At the time I was feeling overwhelmed with the task of taking photographs at weddings and underwhelmed with what I was producing. I was shooting blindly with no real intention or idea about what I was doing or how I was approaching the job.
I initially felt a bit intimidated showing my work to Jeff but without judgment he spent time talking me through my collection of images. Drawing on the strengths and weaknesses that I demonstrated, he explained to me why a particular photo stood out based on its merits, and using the same reasoning broke down why other pictures didn’t work. These were concepts that I’d never considered or understood before, despite recognising this discipline within other photographers’ work that I admired, I had no idea about how to attempt to replicate any of that sophistication in my own.
I have been fortunate enough to receive Jeff’s input on a yearly basis and through each critique and in relation to my growing level of understanding, Jeff has been able to coach and direct me on my camera technique and control within different environments and situations, my position as a photographer in relation to the subject, my post production and my ability to see and construct a potential photograph. I think when I first enquired about Jeff’s critiques it mentioned on his site that other photographers who had received his help had subsequently seen the quality of their work go through the roof. I never expected to share that experience, but compared with what I was taking, the quality of my work has exceeded the ceiling that I thought that I was capable of, and this is directly attributed to the input that I have received from Jeff.
ALEX A (UK)
I highly recommend Jeff to go over your portfolio. I had him help me out with mine and his input is top class. He gave me new tools to look at my photographs and really helped a lot. Can’t recommend him enough.
ANDREA B (ITALY)
Thank you so much for a truly fantastic 2 sessions. It has been eye opening, incredibly rewarding, and a highlight, to after all these years of following you and being inspired and guiding through interviews I read, (especially at the start of my career) to finally have a chance to talk, learn and be critiqued by you!!
HOOMAN B (USA)
I was a little apprehensive before the review as having followed Jeff for quite a while on social media and knowing how revered he is. I needn’t have worried. Jeff is a very straight talking, honest, but kind and considerate at the same time. The two hours flew past as he showed me how I could improve my website, the copy within and individual images themselves with my weaknesses being consistency, cropping and post production. I left with an enormous sense of relief as I finally had a sense of direction, some new skills and a feeling I could pull myself out of the rut I was in and move forward in a very positive manner.
I look forward very much to my next review when I have implemented what I have learned so far. If you have any reservations wether or not to give it a try....Just do it, invest in yourself; you will be so surprised what you walk away with!
KEVIN C (UK)
With tears in my eyes, I want to thank you again. This meant so much to me (gross understatement), you have helped me immeasurably and I am deeply grateful for your honesty and advice. Thank you is not enough, yet it is all I have. With deep gratitude.
EMMA W (HAWAII)