A small selection of the training course reviews received from very happy attendees


“After attending the wedding photography course, I was able to put into practice everything by photographing a wedding recently. The couple loved the photographs and I have also been asked by one of the bridesmaids to photograph her wedding later this year. None of this would have been possible without attending your course. Your wedding course not only showed me exactly how to photograph a wedding but it also gave me so much confidence. Thank you”
Dianne Lloyd, Brentwood, Essex

“Hi Jeff. I loved the attending the beginner’s course and found it extremely helpful. You managed to explain things in such a simple way that made it easier for me to process. Also, it was a great group of people and enjoyable learning. Thank you for all you help, you have taught me things that my husband has ben trying to for months”
Charloitte Strickson, Essex

“Just wanted to say a huge Thank you for putting on a great wedding photography workshop. I had such a great time and learned so much that my head is literally bursting with ideas and added confidence to propel my wedding photography business to where I’d like it to be.
It’s exactly what I needed as I have so far pretty much gone it alone, learning as I go and hoping for the best, but your course has given me a good insight into how the full-time pros do it. I am so pleased that I have done it and will definitely be recommending your courses to anyone else I meet who may be thinking about getting into wedding photography.”
Jamie Andrews, Essex

“I just wanted to send a quick email to say thank you so much for giving such a fab photography course and teaching me so much. I was petrified of using the camera but now feel a lot more confident. In such a short amount of time you taught us all such valuable tools to use the camera more effectively. I am looking forward to putting it all into use now.”
Sarah Allison, Bocking, Essex

“I found the Beginners Photography Course really helpful. I now feel more confident and excited about using my camera how it should be used”
Shirley Spittal, Boxted, Colchester, Essex

“I loved this relaxed and highly informative Introduction course and would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in photography”
Becky Eddolls, Clacton, Essex

“The Beginners Course is extremely good with lots to learn and you will gain lots of knowledge and lots of confidence using the camera”
Teresa Vince, Colchester, Essex

“This was a a very instructive and informative course, led in a very encouragingly and friendly atmosphere. Everyone felt at ease and was able to learn and move forward. Thank you Jeff.”
Paul Rubenstein, Watford, Hertfordshire

I have found the Beginners Photography Course a brilliant way to start learning how to use all my camera features. A friendly class and great for building confidence. I can’t wait to get out and about using my camera. Brilliant 2 days. Very keen to learn more. Thank you
Catherine Adams, Great Notley, Essex

“Fantastic course. Everything was explained clearly for beginners. It’s amazing how much Jeff has taught us in two days. I will never go back to automatic settings ever again. Thank you so much. I loved the course and it has given me a real enthusiasm for photography.”
Steve Cochlin, St Albans, Hertfordshire

“Jeff is a very knowledgable, friendly and does very well at explaining things. He gives you plenty of time to learn an ask questions.”
Jennifer Smith, Romford, Essex

“Jeff’s Portrait & Lighting course was extremely useful; this is the second course I’ve had with him and it was equally enjoyable and informative.  It’s always good to meet other photographers on the course, whether amateur or professional and to chat about different aspects of photography. I’ve picked up so many tips from these courses, particularly about lighting and equipment and also about natural poses for individual portraits and group photos. Jeff’s style of teaching is relaxed, which puts people at ease very quickly and he makes time to see you individually to help whenever you need it.”
Jacqui Lyndon, Gosfield, Essex

“I have taken 2 courses with Jeff and really learnt a lot. Jeff is an excellent teacher with a wealth of knowledge, that he is able to get across in a completely jargon-free way that anybody could understand. If you are looking for photography training in Essex, I would highly recommend Jeff and Excel Photography Training, you will not be disappointed.”
Paul Line, Basildon Essex

“Jeff, what I learnt in the first half hour made the course worthwhile – The rest of the day was a BONUS!. Many thanks”
Brian Haydon, Budapest, Hungry

“Great course Jeff. Now I’m going to go buy a new camera and then come back for the second instalment.”
Anne-Marie King, Coggeshall, Essex

“The Introduction course was truely value added. It gave me first hand opportunity to appreciate the functions of the camera and I am exceedingly uplifted to step up to the next level.”
Seni Salui, Woking, Surrey

“I came in knowing nothing and left with the confidence that I can really start taking interesting photographs. I cannot recommend the course highly enough.”
Warren Benny, Hornchurch, Essex

“After being recommended by a friend, the course exceeded all of my expectations! Thanks Jeff.”
Jo Cattermole, Ipswich Suffolk

“I went on the course as a person set on Automatic. I will not be using this again. I now have the confidence to use my camera to it’s full potential.”
James Harrison – Griffiths, Detective Chief Inspector (Retired), Brentwood, Essex

“I found the day really informative, yet easy to understand. It was very relaxing but packed with relevant information. I enjoyed that the majority of the day was practical, therefore reinforcing everything we learnt.”
Kerry Franklin, Galleywood, Chelmsford, Essex

“Jeff is an excellent tutor, very clear, consice and logical in his explanations of technical aspects of using a digital camera. Very hospitable and well watered and fed.”
Evi Antoniou, Saffron Walden, Essex

“Excellent course to increase confidence in taking more creative photos. Good pace of course, very friendly and relaxed atmosphere in which to learn. It’s the basis to go away and practice what’s been learned.”
Richard Spinks, Rayleigh Essex

“What an excellent day! I found course to be pitched at correct level, very structured but also very friendly and relaxed.”
Christine Spinks, Rayleigh Essex

“The course has really given me a lot more confidence to use my camera and I won’t be using the ‘Auto’ setting quite so often. Thanks for a great day.”

Chrissie Coxon, Croxley Green, Herts

“Jeff the course given me confidence to go out and practise on my own without always being on ‘Auto’ Thank you.”
Linda Crane, Longacres, St Albans, Herts

“I feel more confident now and will feel happier playing around for the sake of it. I found the portrait posing helpful so that when I photograph people in future I will pose them better.”
Linda Priestley, Great Totham, Maldon, Essex

“I found Jeff very helpful, informative and friendly. I learnt a lot in a very short time and I will no doubt be returning for more.”
Brian Thomas, Director, Building Connections Ltd, Chafford Hundred, Grays, Essex

“Thanks Jeff for an inspiring day. I feel more confident & will approach this with new vigour.”
Gill Featherstone, Ditton, Aylesford, Kent

“Once again, an excellent course with lots of practical work. Working with Jeff is a real confidence boost.”
Rebecca Bradshaw, Witham, Essex

“I really enjoyed the day. I now feel able to use my camera properly! I would definitely recommend it to others.”
Alison Mead, Galleywood, Chelmsford, Essex

“Jeff communicates his knowledge and understanding of his craft with Infectious enthusiasm. A great day indeed”
Andrew Harper, Reading, Berkshire

“The wedding workshop was really useful. I learned how to take different types of wedding photographs. The business part of the course was really helpful. Thank you.”
Mara Calvi, Colchester, Essex

“Thanks Jeff. I feel much more confident taking portraits and learnt some more great tips.”
Marie Swann, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire

“Thanks Jeff for another superb workshop and wonderful. We all learnt a lot and gave me a positive ‘Photographic’ injection”
Burt Ophoff, Ravenswood, Ipswich, Suffolk.

“Thanks Jeff for an inspiring day. I feel more confident & will approach this with new vigour.”
Gill Featherstone, Ditton, Aylesford, Kent

“The course was fab… I came away understanding lighting concepts. Jeff is a great tutor.”
Clara Davies, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

“The beginners course really helped me learn the functions of my camera. The teaching methods were very easy to follow and it made me want to start photographing straight away.”
Alex Row, Brentwood, Essex

“Really easy going course for the beginner looking to expand their knowledge. Thanks Jeff”
Nicole Holiday, Westcliff on Sea, Essex

“Fantastic journey from complete novice to a more confident enthusiast. Eager to practice and put to use all the excellent, practical advice and tips learned. A thoroughly enjoyable day.”
Richard Hart, Director, Blue Cube Studios, Colchester, Essex

“What a fantastic way for people of all levels, from budding newbies to passionate professionals to enhance their chosen hobby or profession. First-class tuition with excellent facilities. A thoroughly enjoyable course.”
Joseph Boatman, Blue Cube Studios. Colchester, Essex

“The course was well put together with informative instruction and will look forward to a follow up in the future.”
Martin Roffe, Hornchurch, Essex

“The course has left me feeling a lot more confident with my camera and inspired. I’m determined NOT to revert back to shooting in Auto.”
Rebecca Judge, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

“…It was really good fun and interesting. Jeff is an excellent tutor. I would really recommend him. His work is good too”
Cheryl Bell, Winchmore Hill, London

“… really happy with the course, it made me more confident in my photography and makes me want to learn more”
Liat, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire

“I had no previous knowledge of the technology linked to cameras and have come away with a good, useful practical knowledge”
Sarah Esson, Braintree, Essex

“I had a fantastic day, found the course so useful and Jeff is a great tutor. Well worth the journey”
Maria Donnelly, Canterbury, Kent

“A very relaxing and worthwhile course. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to start practising my new skills”
Claire Wallace, Sheering, Essex

“… a Great course for getting started. Highly recommended
Angela Hamill, Ipswich, Suffolk

“…I learned a lot and feel very enthusiastic about practising my new skills”
Chris Gowel, St Albans, Hertfordshire

“The course provides a great opportunity to build confidence…”
Owen Gregory, Kelvedon, Essex

“… great information, practical and helpful. Well delivered, friendly and knowledgeable”
Donna Page, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire

“…very helpful and I learned a lot. I felt very welcome and would recommend to others”
Jon Read, Maidstone, Kent

“The course helped me understand how my DSLR worked and how to get to take photos of what I wanted and how I wanted them to look”
Gary Cohen, Brentwood, Essex

“Jeff is a natural people person… and his relaxed style aided the learning process considerably. I have come away from this course with renewed enthusiasm”
Martin Spencer, Witham, Essex

“Really interesting day, explained loads… Would definitely recommend to others.”
Alison Gray, Gosfield, Halstead, Essex,

“A friendly but busy day covering everything that was proposed. Jeff made it easy for someone like myself who isn’t technically minded. A good day and I would recommend it to anyone. Many thanks”
Malcom Toll, Southend on Sea, Essex,

“As a total novice I found the course friendly, informative and really helpful. I can now feel confident and enthused when taking shots. Would recommend the course to anyone”
Angela Houghton, Chelmsford, Essex,

“We learned a lot in one day. Jeff Does not hold back any knowledge at all. Photoshop training was very good too”
Nanthapa Cooper, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

“Jeff is very helpful… Good description in layman’s terms which is good for a beginner”
Christo Apostolides, Hutton, Essex

“I would like to thank you again very VERY much for all your help and inspiration – your enthusiasm is contagious! Also please thank Holly [Model] for indulging us”
Trudi Gould, Colchester, Essex

“Fantastic course. Provided the knowledge & skills I needed to take this hobby to another level. It was a warm & friendly environment that enhance learning. Good fun, would recommend to anyone who would like a challenge”
Nadia Donald, Borden, Kent

“Very practical advice, good attention to individual needs. Nice mix of theory and practical”
Dr Stephen Harding, Rendlesham, Suffolk

“This was a fantastic ‘Introduction to Digital Photography’ course and I look forward to using everything that I have learned today. It was good fun with an excellent teacher”
Katie Hughes, Epping, Essex

“A great intro and insight to what is possible with a camera… very detailed and a great day. Very recommendable.”
Brad Cannon, Billericay, Essex

“A pictorial insight of the eyes of a photographer – Very enjoyable day.”
John Brenkley. Thundersley, Essex

“…has given me lots of ideas to go and create my own photos.”
Martin Webb, Epping, Essex

“Great day – can’t wait to start using the techniques I’ve learnt and finally start taking photographs, rather than snapshots!”
Jenny Wiegold, Brent Pelham, Herts

“…I felt I have started to take great pictures. Jeff’s comments to me on the course have built up my confidence. I really enjoyed the day and felt like I learnt a lot”
Terri Whitehead, Heddingham, Suffolk

“A good friendly day. I have had fun and now have my photo bug back. Jeff has reminded me that getting off ‘Auto’ settings is best.”
Marianne Tucker, Braintree, Essex

“Fulfilled all my expectations and more. What a fantastic day, thank you.”
Vicky Haywood, Black Notley, Essex