About John Clements…
Welcome to gophototraining, supporting my photography workshops and events around the UK. You may not know me, but I have been in the real world of photography full time for four decades now. I have accumulated skills as a professional photographer, technical imaging consultant, and long term workshop leader. My events draw on these and all my experiences. I aim to inspire people and shorten their learning curve. Making things logical and fun as we go.
Throughout my career, I have also presented events and taught photography on behalf of some big names in camera and lighting manufacture. Helping users get the best from a particular brands products.
I am also flattered that many who now teach for camera manufacturers, or through formal education means, have also been on my courses. Alongside those who work in the wider photographic industry and fellow professional photographers, who just want a refresh, or add to an existing skill set when I may have acquired knowledge.
While increasingly in recent years, those who wish or need to shoot images for their business attend.
My events therefore cater for the beginner, enthusiast and pro photographer. All wrapped up in an often praised experience. And thank you for the amazing feedback we get, not just about the content, but the style and our personality.
And we do find people come back year on year. Many thousands have kindly been on our courses over the decades now, so I guess there must be something to that. If you are kind enough to join us at an event, I look forward to sharing my knowledge, experience and enthusiasm.
My Photography…I remain a professional photographer. Mostly people focused, but not exclusively. I have tackled quite a range of subject matter over the decades, taking me too countless studio’s, company locations, Ambassador’s residences, and historic venues. Freezing cold beaches, into peoples homes and more.
Photographing the well known, royalty, actors, politicians and other recognisable people over the years. And of course, the Great British public. From portraits to weddings and business images. Then the fashion stuff, and diverse subjects such as scene of crime imagery, photographing laser beams and commercial photography. My commercial photography has catered for various uses from brochures to wider campaigns. It has been an interesting mix to say the least.
I am particularly proud that my images have been published around the world, in print and electronic forms. As well as hanging in business and peoples residences.
Technical Skills… My ‘technical’ background in photography has enabled me to work for, and with, some of the worlds leading imaging companies as an Ambassador, Evangelist and to use the horrible modern term ‘Influencer’. These have included among others, Nikon, Profoto, Adobe, Olympus and Hasselblad. During my career I have often been asked to give input on potential and future products under development; including digital cameras, lighting and film products across numerous brands.
My journey started with film of course. But I became involved with digital imaging alongside in 1988, so early in the scheme of things. For a number of years I worked as the ‘UK Advisor Of Photography’ for Nikon Corporation. An amazing technical role, you live, breathe and sleep photography in all its forms. Apart from more conventional types of photography, I assisted with numerous MOD and Police force requirements, scientists, dentist and those working with priceless artefacts in museums to name a few more specialist applications. From film to digital, from conventional to infra-red and ultra-violet photography. It gave me a reservoir of knowledge that few get a chance to accumulate.
Publications… I have also been flattered that book and magazine publishers asked me over the years to pen a few words about photography. Over a dozen books, in the days before self publishing, sold around the world in various languages. From equipment guides, through specific ‘genre’ titles and digital manipulation techniques.
Likewise, dovetailing alongside my ‘day job’ as a photographer, I wrote regularly for many years as a ‘freelance’ technical editor and contributor, combining my technical and artistic skills.
Digital Photo Pro (Technical Editor). Practical Photography (Technical Consultant). British Journal Of Photography (Technical Contributor). Amateur Photographer (Columnist). Which Camera (Technical Editor). Mac User (Contributor). PC Pro (Contributor). Nikon Pro (Contributor). Nikon User Magazine (Technical Editor).
I hope my background will give confidence that our events are genuinely going to be helpful, inspiring and fun. Based on proven experience and real world photography focused. They are for anyone be they enthusiasts or professionals. I explain and demystify into everyday terms the technical, and encourage the artistically focused. Anyone who considers themselves a capable photographer, will for most types of photography have to get that balance right.
Hopefully, we may see you on an event around the UK. Maybe, you would prefer some bespoke 1-2-1 training, or would you enjoy an inspirational talk at your club or organisation?
But even if not, my very best wishes and good photography.