About John Clements…

Welcome to gophototraining, supporting my photography workshops and events around the UK. You may not know me, but with a real world photography experience approaching four decades, I have accumulated skills as a professional photographer, technical imaging consultant, and long term workshop leader.

My events draw on these and 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 events. Alongside those who work in the wider photographic industry and fellow professional photographers, who just want a refresh, or add to existing an skill set. 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 became involved with digital imaging alongside in 1988, so early in the scheme of things. For a number of years I worked for Nikon Corporation as the ‘UK Advisor Of Photography’. 
 An amazing technical role. Where alongside conventional types of photography, I helped with numerous MOD and Police force requirements, scientists, dentist and those working with priceless artefacts in museums too name a few more specialist uses. Digital. film, infra-red and ultra-violet photography all had their uses.

I have also been flattered that book and magazine publishers asked me over the years to pen a few words. Over a dozen books, in the days before self publishing, were produced and 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 in the past as a ‘freelance’ about photography for the photo press inUK magazines, combining my technical and artistic skills. Often regularly doing so across many years.

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
Nikon User Magazine (Technical Editor).

Hopefully my background will give confidence that our events are genuinely going to be helpful, inspiring and fun, based on proven experience and real photography. I explain and demystify into everyday terms. the technical, and encourage those more artistically focused. We are ultimatley ‘photography’ not ‘technically’ focused, but anyone who consideres themselves a capable photographer, will have to get the right balance .

So hopefully we may see you on an event around the UK. Or maybe, you would prefer to focus on some bespoke 1-2-1 training? Or do you belong to a camera club or other organisation who would enjoy an inspirational talk?

But even if not, my very best wishes and good photography.