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Red 5 Studios

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1 October 2018

What a fantastic course, gave me the confidence to shoot fully manual all the time and would never go back to automatic mode on my camera. I gained some great insight into how to get a host of great wedding shots, the workflow into efficient editing and also steps to improve my business. Can't wait to book onto another course in the near future. Thanks Gary & Paula! More...

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1 September 2018

I spent a day with Gary and Paula last week and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Both were lovely company, friendly and made me feel instantly at ease, but most importantly I came away having learnt so much in just one day, and thoroughly excited about developing a new skill and a new hobby. Thank you :-)

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2 August 2018

Enjoyed the course very much. Got some good images for my portfolio and learned lots of good tips.

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2 August 2018

I already had a very very basic knowledge of taking photos manually but felt there were a lot of gaps in my understanding. Really really recommend the 121 day with Gary. He filled all the gaps in and more. I cant help but feel excited and much more confident about going and taking photos whether it be travelling or family. He also taught me the basics of photoshop which I've always wanted to try but felt that first step was abut daunting. Gary takes everything at your own pace and very tailored to you.If you want to improve your skills but dont know what courses to take i would really recommend this one as it is worth every penny.Thanks again Gary. More...

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25 July 2018

Fantastic! Gary made our time fun, enjoyable and the knowledge we gained was outstanding! Thanks Gary and Paula! X

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25 July 2018

Brilliant day learned loads of stuff time to put it to the test cheers Gary and Paula

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25 July 2018

Very good courses highly recommended. I love how Gary and Paula's enthusiasm for photography which rubs off into your own work. Well done Shoot Smart and Red5 xxx

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25 July 2018

I have done two courses with Shootsmart over last couple of years. I came away from both with a wealth of knowledge and ideas. Highly recommended.

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25 July 2018

Great DSLR course today. Now I know what I've been doing wrong for years. I'll be forgetting about auto settings in future. Manual only from now on.

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25 July 2018

I've done one day course for begginers
Very professional service.I am looking forward to do the next course
Recommended:)

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25 July 2018

I watch his VLOGS on Landscape Photography. Haven’t worked with him nor attended a workshop, but I can say Gary is an Excellent Photographer and he explains his approach to his pre-visualized images ahead of time in simple terms.....

Jeff W Waldrop

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25 July 2018

Gary makes learning so easy, if you want a hands on training course this is the guy for you, I find it much easier to learn when I am shown what to do, not just sat at a desk, Gary gets right in there with you teaching you things that you need to know. If your thinking about it, DO IT JUST Do IT you will not regret it. Graham More...

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25 July 2018

I completed the 3 day wedding workshop and I highly recommend it if you a serious about wedding photography. The course is extremely professional and you will learn a tremendous amount of skills that are invaluable.

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25 July 2018

Absolutely great day with Shoot Smart! First class training! I've left the beginners DSLR course not being afraid to get off automatic mode! The course is well paced, methodical and engaging. The team are true experts and clearly passionate about the art of photography, I'd thoroughly recommend. More...

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25 July 2018

I would like to thank Paula and Gary for delivering an excellent off camera flash course today, I have learnt so much which will help me develop my skills as a photographer and it has been presented in such a way that even I could understand it.
Many thanks to Gary for the tuition and thank you Paula for putting on a fabulous buffet and I look forward to joining you again on one of your future portfolio days.
I would highly recommend this tuition.
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25 July 2018

What can I say about this team of professionals that hasn't already been put on here? Fantastic training, wonderful hospitality and both the indoor/outdoor locations were perfect! A massive thumbs up to Gary and Paula for their hard work with us on the five days last week. A mention must also go to superdog Scooby and the models we were lucky enough to shoot (metaphorically speaking!) I've already got my first wedding this Saturday and feel the training I received will be put to great use! More...

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25 July 2018

A really good week learning about weddImg photography. Monday was learning the basics and getting a reminder about shooting in manual. Tuesday was on location at Ripley Castle near Harrogate. A beautiful 'bride' and a French 'groom' with a fantastic comedy accent!
Great tips and feedback on the shots and a fascinating session on post production with Photoshop on Wednesday.

Thursday was studio flash and portrait photography with a little girl in the morning and a slightly bigger one in the afternoon.

Today was off camera flash, put and about in the sun and snow.

I've come away buzzing - full of ideas and with memory cards full of fantastic shots for my portfolio and website. It was a great week!

Thanks to Gary and Paula and great to meet all my course mates. By the end of the week, I could almost understand what they were saying in last of the summer wine land.

Bruce
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25 July 2018

Shoot smart are absolutely amazing !! In January I did the DSLR Day Course . Gary is a fabulous trainer . He explains everything so well so it's easy to understand ( although he needs to improve on his drawing skills ha ha ! ! ) . I came away feeling a lot more confident about shooting in manual and learning more about my camera and it's settings . Hisself and Paula made every single one of us on the course feel so welcome and comfortable . Paula puts on a great spread too .Food to suit everyone , thank you Paula . All in all such an enjoyable day and I'm so looking forward to the 5 day course in two weeks . Would highly recommend shoot smart a very professional team you will
Not be disappointed .
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25 July 2018

Professional, super friendly, great on location shoots (Hazelwood castle for us) enough food for a rugby team and more. After many different courses iv attended with many different kinds of photographer's over the years Gary stands way above the rest with his style and fun professional way of teaching. . I came away a totally different ( amateur) photographer after my 5 day wedding course.. And thank you to the real boss behind the scenes Paula ... Thanks again and see you again.. Edd More...

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25 July 2018

Just completed the 1 day DSLR course. It was fantastic, I can't recommend it enough for any budding photographers, I learnt so much in a day and am excited to start using the manual functions on my camera. Gary is excellent at making the class fun but also teaching all you need to go manual in an easy to understand way. It is taught in a nice small group and both theory and practical tasks to understand all aspects. Well worth the money! Paula also puts on a mean spread and tea and coffee galore �. Thank you Gary and Paula. More...

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25 July 2018

I completed the 5 day wedding photography training with Gary and Paula in June 2016. Before booking a place on the course, I scoured the internet, researching wedding photography courses across the length and breadth of the UK. I came to the conclusion that Shoot Smart offered the best value for money and one of the most in-depth courses in the country. I wasn't wrong. Paula very kindly answered a long list of questions over the phone then I went ahead and booked a place on the course and traveled over 400 miles from the Highlands to Huddersfield. Paula was able to recommend excellent accommodation nearby at Heritage Suites in Lindley and because I was enrolled on the Shoot Smart course, I received a discount of £5 per night in my serviced suite.

It was an intense yet thoroughly enjoyable week. I got on very well with Gary and Paula as well as the rest of the group and had many laughs. Four of the five days were spent in Red 5 Studios discussing business, learning Gary's trade secrets in Photoshop, practicing with the manual settings on our cameras, experimenting with lighting, shooting models in the studio and receiving feedback on our images. We also got outdoors for some training with off-camera flash. Throughout the week Gary explained everything clearly and was always happy to answer questions. Our days in the studio were broken up by Paula's superb buffet lunches and numerous cups of tea! We also photographed a mock wedding at Ripley Castle near Harrogate on the second day of the course. The beautiful 'bride' and handsome 'groom' were so believable and I've returned home with hundreds of images, many of which I'd be proud to include in a portfolio or on my website.

I've dabbled with the idea of wedding photography on and off for many years but the fear factor has always put me off. Completing this course with Shoot Smart has given me both the skills and the confidence that I needed. I now feel ready to build on everything I've learned from Gary and Paula and go out there, change my career and finally fulfill a life-long ambition of earning a living from photography. I can't thank Gary and Paula enough and I would highly recommend this course to anyone contemplating wedding or portrait photography. It was worth every penny and every moment of the 900 mile round trip. Thanks again.
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25 July 2018

I have recently completed the 3 day wedding course with the extra day about the science of flash. Gary and Paula have a wonderful working studio. They share many tips on how to become a successful photographer. I found the mock wedding shoot very informative and realistic. The three days are packed full of information on photography workflows, photoshop workflows, lots of photography business advice. The 4th day where Gary explains and demonstrated the science of flash is well worth it. Gary and Paula share their knowledge gained from many years experience of running a very successful photography business. The course also offers post course support. Whatever level you are at you will find a course at Smartshoot. The courses include a very nice lunch and in my opinion and I did do my research they are very good value for money. Thanks Gary and Paula More...

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25 July 2018

I did the 3 day wedding photography course. It was well worth it. I learned some good skills and got good images for my portfolio. I learned a few photography tricks that Ive been wanting to learn for a long time. More...

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3 July 2018

Did a wedding course with Gary & Paula in September last year. If your serious about becoming a wedding photographer then I would 100% recommend these guys, top quality course with top quality professional photographers.

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29 May 2018

Excellent 5 day course covering weddings and portraits plus loads more. Gary clearly teaches from practical experience and knowledge gained and explains it in easy to understand terms . Excellent value for money compared to alternative courses I have seen advertised. You are treated as an individual and extra guidance and support offered above and beyond. Paula is also an integral part of the team working hard to ensure logistics are in place. It has inspired several of us from the course to get up and running photography businesses. More...

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29 May 2018

Great location and very easy to find. Amazing owners, Gary and Paula are very experienced photographers who run a great business! They are both incredibly knowledgeable and you will learn a hell of a lot from them no matter what course you do. You will not go thirsty or hungry during your visit as Paula is very hospitable! I did the 4 day wedding course and it was brilliant and I will definately be booking other courses with them in the future. Look no further, they are one of the best! More...

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29 May 2018

A truly enjoyable experience. Gary and Paula oozed enthusiasm and passion for photography and this was infectious. Gary taught me that good glass is essential. I have 2 full-frame cameras but my lenses were a little inadequate. More expense , but, hey ho. I can thoroughly recommend Shoot Smart. Gary is an excellent photographer and an inspiring tutor. More...

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6 December 2017

I have recently attended the 3 day Wedding photography course, one full day was spent at a top wedding venue in the area and step by step went through the full process of photographing a wedding. I have got some amazing shots and learned loads; both photography skills and the preparation for the day and how to manage the day, which are all vital skills for a competent wedding photographer. The rest of the course takes place at their amazing working studio. I wasn't going to stay for the 4th day... I am so very glad that I did. So did everyone else on my course. Gary will also advise you on equipment, as in what he would use and how to get the very best of what you have already... Since the course I have used what I learned to source and make a couple of small purchases one of which was only £1.84; which with my new skills I feel as moved my photography to the next level. The group of people on my course were from all over the UK. Like me they had researched lots of courses before deciding on this one. Everyone said they thought it was amazing value for money. Some were staying in local hotels which they were happy with. Their hospitality is as good as the course itself. If you look at their website you will see the kind of photos you can create on the course ... I thought I'd attach one which I did on my own to practice my new skills. You will not be disappointed in this course. Thank you Gary and Paula More...

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29 May 2017

I attended a 3 day wedding photography Course with Gary and Paula last week, and I have to say it was the best investment into my photography I could imagine! The course was fun, informal, practical and really productive. I came away with much better understanding of using ambient light and window light and using light meters and in-camera metering. I came away confident going into my first wedding gig, and with some stunning images to add to my portfolio. Paula provided fantastic catering which everyone were so grateful for, and Gary's style of tuition is spot on. He knows his stuff! This is a really good value course and I highly recommend it! Thanks Gary and Paula! More...

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29 May 2017

I attended the 5 day course from the 13th of March 2017. I had been looking for training like this for a while and there is nothing like it here in Scotland. Couldn't find a duff review for this course so bit the bullet and have no regrets. It's pretty full on so be prepared. So much information you really need to be taking notes where you can. Gary really knows his stuff inside out, and Paula is a gem. A real photographer in her own right but only seems to get credit for providing the grub, which is Fab!! I was a total greenhorn and found the location shoots a bit challenging as I'm not used to working at that speed, or in the studio. I hope to go back for a portfolio day as soon as one is available, because this is a quality service, run by quality people. Sign up, don't have any doubt. It cost me as much for my accommodation and travel as it did for the course and I would do it again. More...

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2 May 2017

I attended a 3 day wedding photography Course with Gary and Paula last week, and I have to say it was the best investment into my photography I could imagine! The course was fun, informal, practical and really productive. I came away with much better understanding of using ambient light and window light and using light meters and in-camera metering. I came away confident going into my first wedding gig, and with some stunning images to add to my portfolio. Paula provided fantastic catering which everyone were so grateful for, and Gary's style of tuition is spot on. He knows his stuff! This is a really good value course and I highly recommend it! Thanks Gary and Paula! More...

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27 March 2017

I spent a long time searching when and where to do a photography course and my money was very well spent attending here. Gary is an excellent tutor and our days were filled with serious learning, plenty of hands on work coupled with humour. My only regret was not doing the 5 day wedding course but I will certainly look at going back to enjoy one of the other numerous training courses available. Learnt plenty which has given me plenty to think about and practice. Book a place you won't regret it. Thanks also to Paula for the lovely grub More...

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