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What our
clients are saying

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Reviews

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Robin Ashman

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Arriving at such a beautiful location and on first meeting Simon and Lisa, I knew the following 4-days were going to be fun.

 

Simon and Lisa's style makes learning easy and intuitive, they made the complex simple, and explain things in a way that enabled me to take a 25-year-old hobby to a whole other level.

Overall I would heartily recommend this course for a truly relaxing, fun and informative few days 👍

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Sam Manicom

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Before I talk about the course itself, I will mention the accommodation and the food that the package includes. Simply excellent. But onwards…

I have to admit that I was rather nervous going into the course, but the warm, friendly and informed tutelage of Simon and Lisa dealt with my shortcomings and I found the class to be full of people like me. Hungry to learn.

On this course, Simon and Lisa explained how to use the likes of ISO, shutter speed, aperture, bracketing, different lens possibilities, tripods and so much more. And they did so with excellent timing. I feared I was going to feel like I was on an uncomfortable intake overload for the duration of the course. Not with these two. Their teaching style is fun and even eye-wateringly mad at times. The breaks are well spaced and I knew that they were adapting these to our group’s needs.

 

The groups are never more than 12 people so the instructor to student ratio is great.

Something else I really liked about the course was the lack of jargon. Lightbulb moments were happening regularly around the class.

I can’t recommend this course highly enough.

 

The venue, the locations, Simon and Lisa’s knowledge, their ability to describe, their sage advice, the pace in the class environment, their humour and much more.

I wish I had been able to do this course before I went travelling. My photos would have been far better than acceptable, and the fun of photography would have been greatly enhanced.

Whether you are a complete novice, intermediate or skilled, Simon and Lisa’s ‘Living Lens’ courses are a great opportunity for you to expand your abilities significantly, and to have fun while doing so. I will be signing up for the next stages of courses. I want to practice this stack of no longer intimidating knowledge first.

Thank you Simon and Lisa!

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Roz Milford

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A really great course which Lisa and Simon pitch at just the right level taking into account existing skills and previous experience making the course suitable for complete beginners up to more experienced photographers.

 

The content covers all the essential information you need to improve your photography. The group size is small enough to ensure everyone gets plenty of quality support and direction. The locations chosen are perfect and varied. The course is suitable for any style of photography... landscape, street, portrait, macro etc.

 

Lisa and Simon are enthusiastic, accomodating and really welcoming, as is Caroline who runs the centre where the course is based. The centre is perfect...relaxed, spacious, clean...and has a cool bar area. Be prepared to put on a few pounds with the incredible, plentiful food available! Accommodation is comfortable and cosy. It was a really fun, informative weekend.

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Neil Bailey

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When I booked this workshop Simon & Lisa sent me a confirmation email stating “trust me we're going to cram those days (& evenings) full of learning and fun”. Well, I’ve just got back and can state that their workshop did exactly what it said on the tin. The location was amazing, the accommodations quirky (in a nice way) and the food was delicious; thank you very much to Caroline who prepared our meals with such skill and care. Simon and Lisa deliver a workshop that makes learning really good fun. I can thoroughly recommend it to both beginners and intermediate photographers who want to improve their skills with the camera and get a good grounding in editing their shots to take them to the next level.

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Tony Peckham

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Last week I spent three days and nights on a course with Simon and Lisa Thomas, Living Lens Photography. In my life courses have been associated with pressure and boring moments. This one was brilliant and definitely had no boring moments.  Simon and Lisa’s excellent knowledge of all things photographic practised all round the world on their amazing travels, made the training given highly valuable and believable. I learnt more about photography in those three days than in the previous 73 years of my life even down to the simplest of things as discovering the viewfinder diopter which now means I don’t have to keep removing my spectacles to get focus every time I look through the viewfinder!!  The expertise shown by Simon and Lisa was outstanding but the teaching was always conducted in a friendly and patient manner making the whole experience so enjoyable and worthwhile. Good friends were made too. Whether one is a beginner or a much more experienced photographer this is a course to fit all, in beautiful surroundings. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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Stuart Freeman

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Having fallen in love with Simon and Lisa's travel photography some time ago I was excited when they decided to run courses. I have always enjoyed photography but have always felt that my photo's lacked a little something. This weekend definitely pushed my skills far further than I thought would be possible in only 2.5 days. Not only in composition but it also helped with the processing side of things in an equally impressive way. Couple that with being inspired by other like minded students who were also challenging and improving massively, incredibly tasty and well presented food and great accommodation in a stunning setting and it all adds up to a great weekend! Can't wait to come back for the next level!

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Laura Peters

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Lisa and Simon are so great, being able to teach so much without overloading us with information. I came away after the weekend with a couple of ah-ha moments realising what I had been doing wrong with either the camera or editing. Was a really cool, finding some amazing locations during the day and after relaxing being social in the evenings.

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David Smith

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Last weekend I attended a Living lens Photography course that I can't recommend highly enough. Simon & Lisa clearly have extensive knowledge of photography, but more importantly possess the people skills (and patience) to be able to teach to a group with mixed abilities and knowledge. Nothing was ever to much trouble! Set in a lovely, remote location in the Welsh mountains it was a very relaxing weekend without ever the hint of pressure. You got out of the course what you put in! The hospitality was wonderful and the food exquisite (thank you Caroline). Thank you Simon, Lisa & Caroline. I hope i get to do something similar again.

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Helen Bailey

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As someone who had only ever used Auto mode, I applaud Simon and Lisa for teaching me how to take control of my camera. The workshop was immense fun, the food delicious (thanks Caroline), the location beautiful and the venue relaxed, plus it was great value for money. Just awesome!

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David Williamson

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We recently attended a Living Lens photography and post-progressing workshop aimed at beginner and intermediate camera users. We visited a number of great locations where we practiced different photographic techniques. We then returned to the classroom to review our photos and learn how to post-process them. The course was intensive but Simon and Lisa shared their incredible knowledge and experience in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Their enthusiasm knows no limits. The food was of a very high standard thanks to Caroline who worked tirelessly during our stay. We came away having gained a great deal of knowledge through hands on experience and now need to put this into practice. However, we now have the confidence to do this. We also enjoyed the comradery of our fellow students. All in all a very informative and enjoyable weekend. We look forward to returning to continue our photographic journey. David and Myfanwy.

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Nathan Moxey

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I can hands down say that this is the best money I have spent in a very long time!

Having met Simon and Lisa a couple of times earlier this year and started talking about photography they told me they were starting this course and I had to take part! It was clear from the start that Simon and Lisa had thought about this course and had spent time researching and planning where they were going to take us. I'll be honest I can't remember the names of the places we went but I can say that they were spectacular! They had arranged our accommodation and food at the Nick Sanders Expedition Centre. This was great with a lovely double bed in a glamping pod to relax in! But most importantly with a great seating area for the workshops, the pair gave and a bar for us to debrief and unwind in at the end of each day. I can't even start to describe the food except to say that it was quite frankly incredible. I have been to restaurants that couldn't match the quality and you were never left wanting more as Caroline normally had enough for seconds! Throughout the course, nothing was too much trouble for Simon or Lisa and if anyone needed a hand they were never far away! If you look at a course by these and think it's too good to be true I urge you to put that feeling aside and trust that it's worth every penny you pay!

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Tom Ferry

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Just back home from an awesome weekend at Living Lens Images photography workshop! 100% recommend this to anyone who has an interest in photography.

None stop laughs all weekend with great company, stunning locations, the most incredible home-cooked gourmet meals (This alone was worth the cost!) and of course, amazing teachers in Simon and Lisa. Really helped me rekindle my mojo with the camera, and the post-processing, to tune in to what I can achieve when I think about it. Everything was explained in a step by step process, in easy to understand simple language, that helped produce instant results for everyone there. One of my favourite things was the way we all learned from each other, making this a "workshop" in the truest sense of the word, rather than the boring "I am holier than thou" environment you get on some other, much much more expensive options out there. Looking forward to building on the knowledge learned, and also returning for more workshops in the future! Thanks, Simon, Lisa, and of course, the wonderful Caroline who kept us fed and watered the whole weekend.

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Stephen Marsh

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What an amazing few days. The course was incredible, with Simon and Lisa’s knowledge imparted in a friendly and understanding manner. No pretence, no preaching. I learned so much not just about photography and editing, but also about the hidden capabilities of my camera and me! The venue was sublime and Caroline’s cooking worthy of some Michelin stars! All round a perfect course with superb instructions. Thank you.

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Maria Androsova

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I really enjoyed learning photography with Simon and Lisa, as they have an easy delivery style, are both engaging, talented and experienced. The photography weekend was a nice balance of on-site practice in stunning and carefully selected locations and technical editing, with much interaction and time for individual and group discussions. I loved the setting for the workshop, the structure of the course and the good cheer. Looking forward to the next course.

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Daniel Rowland

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As someone who has been on many training courses as part of my job I can honestly say the Living Lens blew them all away, fantastic tuition from both Simon and Lisa in all areas from camera craft and the technical aspects (delivered in a much more memorable way than I have ever seen before), right through to reviewing everyone's photos from the weekend and together discussing what had worked and what had not, a real joy to see everyone's skill improve over the weekend. The last part of the course was editing, the recommended software works brilliantly and has enabled edits that I would not have been able to do in programs I have been using in the past. The setting that has been chosen for the course is fantastic, as were the locations for the photoshoots. The food served by Caroline is absolutely outstanding and locally sourced, a massive thank you to her for keeping us all full of energy all weekend. I learned loads from the weekend and had a fantastic laugh with a brilliant group at the same time. I can’t recommend these guys highly enough, get in quick before they head back out on the road!

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John Small

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"It does what it says on the tin"!! As a newbie to Digital SLR cameras (previously used GoPro and iPhone) this was by far my biggest challenge. But I have to say the advice and knowledge from both Lisa and Simon was excellent. They both have such a wealth of skills in camera use and editing that you will simply improve no matter what your own skill level is. The facilities are certainly worth a mention let alone the photo shoot locations and I haven't even mentioned the FOOD !!! Now the food was outstanding, simply home grown or locally sourced it all added up to being such an immersive few days not to be forgotten in a very long time. Thanks Living Lens

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Travis Gill

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Wow! What a wonderful experience with professional photographers and motorcycle overlanders Lisa and Simon Thomas!

Everything from the location, accommodations, food, field trips, and training was amazing! I had such a fun time, while still learning so much. Simon is a wonderfully patient instructor who genuinely wants his students to succeed. Lisa was equally supportive, but in a way that ensured the class stayed on schedule. Together they made the workshop feel like a valuable experience that was well worth the expense. Sign up for one of their photography workshops - you won’t be disappointed.

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Neil Foulks

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My photography (I really mean me!) needed a kick up the rear to get it back to where it once was as I've become lazy over the years. Lisa and Simon are world travellers and a lovely couple to boot. They also take outstanding photographs and I felt quite honoured to be a part of the small group of other photographers whom, for whatever reason, wanted to take better photos and we all achieved that over the course of just a few days, by way of the hands on, individual and group approach to the delivery of the course and the kind of personal touch only available in small groups. Group critiquing sessions were very useful to get another person's eye on each photo, so we all learned from each other as well as the tutors regardless of our level of ability which ranged from total novice to paid (semi) professionals.

 

Simon is a whizz with Photoshop, which was very helpful for me and I am now capable of carrying out a lot more complex edits. We finished each day with our heads full of new knowledge and bellies full of Caroline's awesome home cooking (all locally sourced and plentiful) YOU WILL NOT GO HUNGRY (see attached photo of what was left of the best creme brulee ever - taken with my phone, I know!) The accommodation was cabin style with a log burner in each and the most comfortable bed I have possibly ever slept in - and it wasn't just my luck, we all slept very well. The local scenery is so idyllic and laid back as is the atmosphere of Nick Sanders' Expedition Centre where the course was held.

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Was this was money well spent, compared to an online course or watching Youtube videos? HELL, YEAH!!

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An ideal getaway for a few days for any budding photographer and would make an awesome, unforgettable gift. Well done!

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