1-2-1 Training with Dan Tidswell

Working with a range of clients, I’ve been shooting portraits, fashion and beauty photography for 15 years. My images appear on billboards, magazines, advertising campaigns and book covers. I am currently represented by Trevillion Images and travel worldwide shooting commissioned work and teaching.

I’m interested in creating inspirational images that are both aesthetically and technically impressive – images that have a clear narrative and resonate with the audience.

As a commercial photographer I have to be able to deliver this level of quality and impact reliably, consistently and quickly. This takes meticulous planning, teamwork and post-production, which over the years I’ve streamlined into my own fully optimised workflow system.

How I teach

My image workflow is an end-to-end process that encompasses all aspects of model photography, from concept to completion. There are five stages of producing a compelling image: Planning, Photography, Lightroom, Photoshop and Marketing. I’ve developed a unique process for each, effectively creating a framework which allows me to focus on the more subjective elements, such as expression and style.

Studio and location training

My 1-2-1 training takes place at The Loft, my studio based in Colchester, Essex. It’s a beautiful space designed for shooting all genres of model photography. Working with a team of hand picked models, makeup artists and stylists, I’ll guide you through all aspects of the creative workflow, taking a targeted approach that improves your technique right from the start.

Find out more

My 1-2-1 tuition workflow is flexible and is designed around your needs as a beginner, intermediate and advanced photographer. Check out the modules below for an overview of what I can offer you. To find out more or book email me dan@dantidswell.co.uk or call on 07880-903-889.

Cost

£180 half day (4 hours)
£360 full day (8 hours)

Plus model charge (varies)

Photography 1-2-1 training

My model photography training revolves around teaching you how to create beautiful images consistently. Combining a deep understanding of the technical excellence required to shoot great images in conjunction with the creative flow that allows you to develop an affinity with your model that enables you to work as a team.

Live Training with outstanding models

My 1-2-1 training is always practical and fun! Either in my studio or on location you’ll learn in a live environment with professional models. We’ll develop concepts together and bring them to life using an optimised workflow that builds layer by layer to create the perfect shot.

I’ll teach you how to select the best tools and setting for each shoot including a detailed explanation of lens choice, aperture, focal length and lighting modifiers. We’ll learn practical approaches to overcoming or working around the technical limitation that you face on every shoot, enabling your think through the best solutions right then and there to ensure your shots are epic.

Working with models brings its own challenges and I’ll teach you how to build a rapport that brings out the very best that a model has to offer in each and every shoot. Building a working relationship based on mutual respect is the key to exploring new concepts and styes.

Explore different styles

I have experience shooting a wide range of styles including portraiture, fashion, beauty, glamour, pinup, latex, lifestyle, natural light, gels, flour and clay to name but a few. You can choose the styles that you’d like to shoot during your tuition and I’ll create a unique mood-board tailored to the model.

Example Gallery

These images were shot on 1-2-1 Training days and showcase the quality of work you can expect to achieve. In each case the photographer shot the model in the morning and then we switched to post-production training in the afternoon using my Lightroom and Photoshop workflow.

 

Recommended models

I’ve hand picked 5 professional models experienced in my training workflow that will give you the best experience possible on every shoot. Each has a unique look and style that covers a huge array of styles including portrait, fashion, high and low key, life style, lingerie and art nude to name but a few. You can also bring your own model for 1-2-1 Photography Training and I’ll help you to focus on their unique strengths.

Tillie Feather

Pippa Doll

KARINA

Find out more

My 1-2-1 tuition is flexible and is designed around your needs as a beginner, intermediate or advanced photographer. To find out more or book email me dan@dantidswell.co.uk or call on 07880-903-889 for a chat about how you would like to develop your skills as a creative.

Cost

£180 half day (4 hours)
£360 full day (8 hours)

Photoshop 1-2-1 training

Using my Photoshop Workflow you’ll learn how how to re-touch any image to a commercial standard. I’ll teach you how to evaluate each shot and then formulate a plan to perfect it.

Retouching Workflow

Every image is different but the Photoshop Workflow takes care of the heavy lifting and ensures that you’re always on the right track!

  • Evaluation: What changes do you want to make? and how to approach them.
  • Skin retouching using my advanced Frequency Separation technique
  • Hair retouching: creating definition and shape
  • Dodge and burn: Enhancing the natural highlights and shadows in each image
  • Liquify: Enhance the natural shapes in the image or correcting imperfections
  • Background: cleanup or replace the background using a range of selection tools and techniques
  • Special effects: adding catchlights to eyes, lens leaks, film grain, compositing elements and more
  • Sharpening: Selectively sharpening the critical aspects of an image to direct the viewer’s eye

 

Learning at your pace

Photoshop can seem overwhelming at first but my Photoshop 1-2-1 training is tailored to your exact needs whether you’re an absolute beginner taking your first steps or an experienced user looking to optimise your workflow and fast track your understanding of the latest tools and techniques.

 

Work live on your images

I teach my Photoshop 1-2-1 Workflow on your images so that after each training session you’ll have finished examples to take away. Alternatively if you would like original images to work on why not book one of my Shoot and Edit packages, select a model to see packages and deals.

Before and after examples

Each of these images was shot during my 1-2-1 Photography training and then re-touched as part of the Photoshop 1-2-1 training on the same day.


Find out more

My 1-2-1 tuition is flexible and is designed around your needs as a beginner, intermediate or advanced Photoshop user. To find out more or book email me dan@dantidswell.co.uk or call on 07880-903-889 for a chat about how you would like to develop your skills as a creative.

Cost

£180 half day (4 hours)
£360 full day (8 hours)

Lightroom 1-2-1 training

I have been using and teaching Adobe Lightroom since in it began in 2007, it has revolutionised my Workflow for model photography and as a tool for importing, organising, rating, editing and exporting my images, nothing else on the market compares.

Each new version brings new enhancements that allow your optimise and speed up your workflow and I’ll teach you how to make the most of them to speed up enhance your workflow. 

Optimised Configuration

My Lightroom 1-2-1 training begins with a deep dive into setting up Lightroom for your optimal use, we’ll cover:
 

  • How to configure the Lightroom database for seamless use across different computers
  • Organising your image library for speed and data storage
  • Efficiently importing your images and applying essential presets like lens corrections
  • Colour space settings for perfect editing
  • Choosing the right backup strategy for you, including local, NAS an Cloud backup options

Model: Ayla

 

Lightroom Workflow

Once your system is optimised for the way your work we’ll get into the nuts and bolts of using my Lightroom workflow to dramatically improve and speed up your model photography, we’ll cover numerous areas including:

  • Post import tasks: Naming your images quickly and sorting your shoots into their own easy to manage folders
  • Essential image corrections:  Using Lightroom’s develop module and syncing capabilities
  • Rating and culling: Efficiently rating your images both locally and using Lightroom mobile
  • Photoshop integration: Round-tripping your best images to Photoshop for detailed editing
  • Virtual copies: Creating non-destructive copies of your images for different crops and colour toning
  • Exporting: How to export your images using pre-set to produce perfect copies for print, screen and social media
  • Much more: Colour toning pre-sets, LUT’s, printing, parametric edits in Lightroom, we’ll cover everything important!

 

Learning at your pace

Lightroom can seem overwhelming at first but my Lightroom 1-2-1 training is tailored to your exact needs whether you’re an absolute beginner taking your first steps or an experienced user looking to optimise your workflow and fast track your understanding of the latest tools and techniques.
 

Work live on your images

I teach my Lightroom 1-2-1 Workflow on your images on your computer so that after each training session you’ll have practical experience that your can continue to draw on as your work in Lightroom at home. Alternatively I can provide a training laptop with Lightroom pre-configured with a library of images for you to learn on in a controlled environment.

Find out more

My 1-2-1 tuition is flexible and is designed around your needs as a beginner, intermediate or advanced Photoshop user. To find out more or book email me dan@dantidswell.co.uk or call on 07880-903-889 for a chat about how you would like to develop your skills as a creative.

Costs

£180 half day (4 hours)
Location: The Loft Studio

Overview

From developing a concept to assembling the team that brings it to life, planning is the key to great photography. I’ve broken down the complexities of planning a shoot into four key areas that work together to ensure success.

Purpose

There are lots of reasons to creative beautiful images whether it be for art, to sell or to develop a beautiful portfolio that gets you noticed. We’ll explore the pros and cons of each and the importance of defining your purpose for each shoot.

Research and development

Defining the style of your shoot will require an optimized workflow encompassing moodboards, props, locations, colour choices and a myriad of other decisions. Here I’ve developed an optimised workflow and an array of online resources that will help you to enhance and refine your shoot.

Financing

Understanding all of the costs associated with your shoot is the key to setting and controlling your budget. I’ve developed a workflow that allows you to quickly evaluate the finances or each aspect and to adjust the costs in real-time to meet your needs.

Building the perfect team

Finding the right people to make your vision come true is the final piece the the planning puzzle. In this module I’ll show you how to find the best talent, how to effectively communicate with them and ensure everything is in place for your shoot day.

Free Tools

Ready to use model release
Inspirational mood-boards
Planning Spreadsheet
Colour grading tools
Model contact templates
Recommended hair stylists
Recommended MUAs
..and much more

 

Find out more

My 1-2-1 tuition is flexible and is designed around your needs as a beginner, intermediate or advanced creative. To find out more or book email me dan@dantidswell.co.uk or call on 07880-903-889 for a chat about how you would like to develop your skills as a model photographer.