We try and keep a finger on the pulse of what delegates say, and over the years one of the key considerations in extending our range of events, has simply been the amazing feedback we constantly get.
Forgive me if that sounds arrogant, but it is simply what happens.
We have all kinds of people attend, men and women of all ages, beginners, enthusiasts and professionals.
So here are some of the things delegates have said on feedback forms, through social media. or on contacting each partner company afterwards.
Quotes have been very restricted in number due to space (honest), so we aim to choose those representative of similar comments…
By Invitation Only Events …
“Just to follow up on my thanks for a fantastic day last Thursday. The images I have obtained are far beyond my wildest dreams which really pays homage to your excellent guidance. It was great to spend the day with such lovely like minded people and as a group I thought we all worked together well. As I mentioned at the time, both the pace and level of tuition you give is spot on”. Hugh Waghorn.
“Thanks for a great day today. You had a great team there and the location was top class – I am sure I could spend a full week there and not exhaust all the potential shooting options …… and it goes without saying it was great to be able to call upon your knowledge and experience to both qualify my personal learning and also expand my knowledge and ideas through your insight”. Jon Southcomb.
“I really enjoyed the shoot, great company, fantastic location and models, as well as learning new things. I’m certainly pleased with the images that I came away with. Overall had a fantastic day and will certainly attend another BIO event”. Mark Seabrook.
“Just wanted to say thanks again for today. We have downloaded the images and are very pleased with the results. All in all apart from the test shots they were the only two I’ve dumped! It will be hard to pick my favourites. Thanks again for a brilliant day, yet again we have learnt a lot. Look forward to attending another shoot when poss”. Tina Ward.
“Thank-you to you and your team for another fantastic day. Really enjoyable”. Guy Turner.
“Just a quick email to say a big thank you for all your hard work yesterday. It was just as you promised, a very interesting and rewarding day and whilst I haven’t had time to do more than unload the pictures to my PC, I have high hopes that there are some great ones there. I really appreciate all the energy and enthusiasm you put into these courses and I hope that I will be able to retain all the knowledge!” P Everest
What a great day yesterday, if you want to learn Speedlights talk to John @gophototraining. Linsey Gooding.
Awesome studio lighting tutorial with @gophototraining today – so much to go away and practise. Ivan P.
Big thanks to John “Speedlight Commander” Clements @gophototraining and Harrisons Cameras for Saturday’s Nikon seminar. Richard Crook.
Great day training @calumetphoto thanks to @gophototraining and @sekonic. G Taylor.
*Brilliant* flash course w @gophototraining training today with john clements. Suddenly a huge amount of stuff makes sense. thank you john!! M Saxl Photography.
‘Thanks for today’s workshop @ Calumet. Really enjoyed & learnt a lot. 🙂 Really enjoyed & learn’t a lot. :-)’. Mark Hambelton.
Thks John @gophototraining for another inspirational #photography day.
Technology may change but fundamentals stay the same learn from the best John Clements. P Wynn.
From Nikon Events/ Workshops (Since 1988)…
‘John was awsome. I will book other courses’. M Dunov
‘John Clements is a really good instructor. He makes you want to do it’. S Niroomand.
“John is great at explaining, and has excellent skills. I really enjoy his courses”. Alan Harrington.
“Absolutely fantastic study day”. Louise McDermot.
“Very interactive course, good and informative sessions.” Stewart Lye.
“Loved the practical side. A course that put things into perspective”. Dipak Thanki.
“Loved John Clements, he is just brilliant. Course was very informative. Overall, a great day”. N Kapour.
“Excellent course. John’s Enthusiasm and cheerfulness was contagious and well worth the time coming. I learn’t a lot”. Stephen Clark.
“Superb course excellent value. Trainer coped with multiple simultaneous questions, even during practical demonstrations and with mixed abilities. Engaging, lively, useful.” Matt Pannell.
“John is a great tutor. Keeps it informative with good mix of theroy and practical”. Anna.
“Really useful course. Learnt things that will be very useful to my job”. Ian Stocks.
“Excellent Presentation”. Ron MacNeill.
“Well paced lots of really practical info. No information overload, just right. Anon.
“The course was excellent. Many thanks.” Maureen Davies.
“Excellent introduction to Speedlights. Brilliant presenter. Will come again”. Paul Wynn.
“Very enjoyable just went too fast” Geraldine Clarke.
“The course was OUTSTANDING. John Clements is a trainer of great skill and understanding”. Richard Spencer.
“John Clements gave us a superb set of informative lessons, everyone felt they benefited Im sure. I will attend another of his Nikon training days! George Birrell.
“Trainer good. Did not make us feel dim! Very relaxed, which made it easier”. Cath Cooper.
“Great tuition and model”. Anon.
From Calumet Events (Since 2008)…
“Thank you for being a great teacher. Incredibly passionate, patient and clear with your explanations. It was an excellent day. I hope I’ll get chance to join you for another course in the near future”. Charlotte Cowling.
“Thought I would just send your some feedback on the seminars I attended today at Calumet Drummond Street. These were amazing seminars, apart from being a great photographer, John has the ability to teach too, able to convey complex issues in a clear and understandable way, which obviously requires great understanding of the subject matter. The structure and pace of the course was excellent, allowing time for questions whilst covering essential information during the day . Can’t believe I learnt so much in one day. And as a bonus John is such a kind, friendly guy whose enthusiasm is infectious. Well done Calumet for holding this seminar. Rating for course 10/10 – could not have wished for more in one day. Dot Ward.
“I am writing to let you have some feedback on the first training course I have attended at Calumet at your store in Drummond Street. I have attended courses by John Clements before and again he provided an expert presentation and workshop session. John is a brilliant presenter and his knowledge is second to none. His presentations are always well paced and he manages to field all questions with authority”. Nigel Goddard.
Calumet Academy Drummond Street. “John hosted a studio lighting course in August. Great course – John is amazing at getting across his knowledge – top guy”!
“I today attended a two part seminar on Portable Flash Units by John Clements in the Glasgow shop. John in the Spring edition of Focus says he is good at getting on with people and this is immediately evident on first meeting him. He is an excellent communicator, an inspiring mentor and I learned in a few hours so much valuable information which I have struggled to find in books and magazines.
John’s presentation was upbeat and very much hands on. Yesterday when shooting I left my flashgun in my bag. With today’s course I would be confident to make extensive use of flash. Thank you for booking the seminars and hosting this splendid course. I certainly would be interested in attending any future courses with this tutor”. Alan Falconer.
“Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed today’s workshop at your Calumet store in Nottingham. John Clements was both engaging and informative and his relaxed style made everybody feel at ease and make the most out of
their seminar experience. I had some doubts whether I would benefit much from the workshops, however within the first 5 minutes I soon realised that Johns experience and teaching skills was highlighting top-tips and important camera craft that will take my photography to another level. Thanks to the Calumet team for the warm hospitality and to John for sharing his wealth of photography experience”. Paul Williams.
“I did both the morning and the afternoon sessions, and just wanted to say what a good day it was. John pitched the day at just the right level, and was really helpful and approachable, especially with his patience at answering the many questions that we inevitably had — a really nice guy. Although I’ve been an enthusiastic photographer for many years I’ve only recently bought my first studio lighting kit, supplied by Calumet, and so the day was of particular value to me, as no matter how many books I read on the subject, nothing beats getting ‘hands on’ with an expert like John to show the way. Several of us commented afterwards that although we already had the kit and so knew the basics, even during the Level 1 in the morning he came up with subtle points that we were unaware of regarding its use”. Derek Squires.
Park Cameras (Since 2008)…
“I attended a training course on Saturday with John Clements, re flash lighting. I went in wanting to sell the flash as I hated it so much, but after spending the day with John with his truly inspirational way of training I am now pleased to say the flash is my best friend. I would highly recommend his courses and way he approaches training. S Ridgley.
“Thank you to John Clements and Park Cameras for putting on a truly inspirational day of flash photography”.
“I went in wanting to sell the flash as I hated it so much, but after spending the day with John with his truly inspirational way of training I am now pleased to say the flash is my best friend”.
“I would highly recommend his courses and way he approaches training”.
“Thank you to John Clements and Park Cameras for putting on a truly inspirational day of flash photography”.
“John is an excellent instructor, very upbeat and enthusiastic’. Adam Beresford.
“Points were relevant to my line of work, John’s teaching style in depth, but clearly explained. Sean Hammett.
“Great tutor, fun and approachable”. David Constable.
“Johns enthusiasm for this subject is quite infectious. SUPERB!. Anon.
“Excellent expert, could not convey his instinct for lighting enough, overall excellent stuff”. Kenny Graham.
“John is a great tutor who involves the attendees – this meaning they get more out of the day”. Jean Parry.
“Above and beyond a 9, I wasn’t sure what to expect but learned more than I could have imagined! ProFoto Lighting School (Since 2011).
“An excellent day learning about new techniques and refreshing upon those things we all sometimes forget, we could not have asked for a better person to learn from than John. Perfect pace and content and we all left with some great reference photos!”.
K Sawford (Amazon Photo Studio). ProFoto Lighting School (Since 2011).
“As someone with only basic experience it was smooth navigation of the craft of lighting, from single light to high-end fashion. John Clements is a natural and inspirational teacher”.
C Gilbert. ProFoto Lighting School (Since 2011).
‘It was certainly worth travelling all the way from Llanelli in Wales, to attend. Everyone was so friendly and helpful.
John is extremely nice guy and Is very experienced with a wealth of knowledge. It was really informative day,
at a beautiful location.
Clive Davis. ProFoto Lighting School (Since 2011).
“I learned more from John in three hours than during a ten week course at my local college and today took portrait shots I did not know I was capable of. Two great sessions and well worth the money. ” I enjoyed all of it” Linda Brien. Olympus Masterclass Workshop.
“This was a competition in the magazine to win a place on the Olympus Masterclass taking place here in Bright Towers with John Clements, industry legend and all-round nice guy. Five lucky readers are here, next door, drinking tea and grinning at John – and this afternoon we’re off to learn about portraits on location”. Bright Publishing Web site. Olympus Masterclass Workshop.
“Even though I am a seasoned photographer ‘I learned one or two gems from John Clements which made it well worthwhile coming along’ many thanks for an excellent event”. Harrison Cameras Sheffield.
Digital Photography Magazine February 2010 (Nikon Speedlight Stage 1 workshop) John is very patient and is more than happy to go over things as often as it takes to help everyone get to the same level of understanding”. Josie Reavely, Reviews Editor
Outdoor Photography Magazine January 2010 Reader Gallery
“I was also very lucky to get to know John Clements, who is a very well established photographer. He gave me great advice along the way on how to improve my techniques”. Lewis Phillips. Canon System user.
(On line) Digital Photography School
“I have done a couple of courses with John Clements, an excellent UK based photography tutor. Both were excellent and I found that they both taught me things I didn’t know and also filled in big gaps in things I thought I did know. The two courses I did were ‘Introduction to Digital Photography’ which covered, in the morning, basic D SLR techniques including using things like exposure compensation, aperture, shutter speed, various settings on your DLSR etc etc. In the afternoon we then did basic post prod, using various packages and focusing on stuff that is common across all of them e.g. levels and curves, filters, file types, why you should use RAW etc. The other course I did was Studio Lighting which was brilliant. Here we learnt all about using studio flash and setup loads of different techniques and took shots of a pro model. Highly recommended if you’re into portraiture or off-camera flash. John’s a great teacher and a really nice guy. From what I can see, he seems to organise through stores (such as Calumet) or manufacturers (such as Nikon)”. Matthew Scullion.
Advanced Photographer Magazine March 2014 (Nikon & Canon Flashes Of Inspiration Workshop).
“From earlier this morning when the group had little confidence in their flashgun skills, it was clear that had all changed greatly”. Will Cheung Editor.