TESTIMONIALS

On this page you will find testimonials from my workshop participants who have been so kind to write some words about attending one of my workshops:

Andy. One to One workshop.June 17.
I had a great day with Jon at Morston a very interesting and informative time. Jon is a great mentor giving me pointers and advice to improve my positioning and layout of the scene I was photographing.Looking forward to another day with him.

James. Aspect 2i Norfolk Coast Workshop. April 2017
“Great workshop on my favourite coast! Three full and really useful - if rather windy, days. Jon was a great tutor, always more than willing to provide advice and encouragement. His friendly style, along with working in a small group, definitely provided the support I needed to improve my photography. I can fully recommend Jon as a workshop leader.”


Andy.Isle of Skye Workshop. March 2017

I've just returned from Jon's Isle of Skye workshop. The island is somewhere I've planned on visiting for some time, so after seeing Jon's advert for his workshop, it seemed like the ideal opportunity.

Skye is one of the most visually stunning places I've ever visited, and that's possibly its problem - there's so much to see it's hard to know where to start. Luckily Jon knows the island like the back of his hand. Yes, he took us to the well known locations, but it's the out of the way places Jon knows that I'd never even heard of that were a real highlight for me. Sure, a guidebook can help, but nothing beats having someone on hand with so much experience.

Jon was on hand to give advice when it was needed, whether it was on the technical aspects of photography, composition or how to make the most out of Skye's ever changing conditions.

Jon's workshop was friendly, enjoyable and challenging and I would definitely recommend them to anyone considering one, regardless of their level of experience.

David. Isle of Skye Workshop. March 2017
I spent four days with Jon on the changeable Isle of Skye. We had hail, snow, horizontal rain, gales and even sunshine, most days!
Jon managed to plan the trip with his extensive knowledge to maximise our photographic opportunities in all the weather conditions. He was helpful, approachable and relaxed. This all ensured we had a great time and a successful workshop. My knowledge and skills increased and I have loads of images that I am proud of. Thanks Jon, see you again.

Sue.Norfolk Broads and East Coast Workshop. March 2017

I know a number of very accomplished photographers whose work I envy, however, the majority can’t teach.

Jon Gibbs is the exception. He is an accomplished photographer whose teaching ability is outstanding. He is patient and knowledgeable with an excellent eye, he is always there if you need help, but never in the way. Whenever I was stuck on composition he had suggestions that made me see a different view. He help with editing when time allowed. Best of all he is entertaining and has a lighthearted approach when it is needed most.

We stayed in a beautiful warm and comfortable self catering converted barn in East Norfolk, and went to excellent local hostelries for supper as well as having adequate pit stops during the day which always included coffee and excellent cake!

Bruce.Norfolk Broads and East Coast Workshop. March 2017

Jon’s course on the Norfolk Coast was ideal for me: He knows the interesting sites, had endless patience helping me with composition, didn’t take his own camera on shoots and was still cheerful at the end of the day!

Chris.Isle of Skye Workshop. Nov 2016

‘This is not my first workshop with Jon and it is unlikely to be my last. That said it was my first time to the Isle of Skye. Having seen many fantastic photographs on Jon’s website of various locations on the island, it is somewhere I have wanted to visit. I saw Jon was advertising a workshop on the island and jumped at the opportunity.
The group size on the workshop was a great size and it was nice to meet some fellow photographers who also shared the same passion and enthusiasm for photography. The workshop started with a meet up at the house where we all got settled and had some chats about some of the locations we all wanted to photograph. After checking the forecast for the week, it gave an idea for Jon of how to plan the week and slip in some other locations. Although the island on the map looks relatively small, it does take time to get around the island.
Also, take what the forecast says as a pinch of salt, the weather can change in a blink of an eye. This was proved when we all walked up to the Old Man of Storr and the conditions were hail, rain, strong winds, and poor visibility. We persisted and ascended higher meeting another photographer along the way who was walking back down. As we got higher the visibility improved and the strong winds had blown the rain clouds away. We all waited patiently for the sun to rise and we managed to get some fantastic light and great shots. Jon knows the island very well and insisted that we keep going because the conditions change constantly. There were days of the trip where the weather wasn’t looking too great but Jon managed to always deliver on great locations. It may just mean sitting in the car having a choccy bar and waiting 10 mins.
Jon is also a man of his word and did not have his own camera throughout the workshop, instead opting to be a windshield, rain cover, bag holder or just being on hand to dispense helpful advice about the framing of a shot or things that needed to be tweaked. Overall I had a fantastic trip even though I managed to break my camera, oooops, because of the group and Jon leading a dynamic and flexible workshop.’

Chris’ images from the trip can be found here:
Skye Workshop images
Chris' website

Sian.Coastal photography day workshop. March 2016

Below is a blog entry from Sian about the coastal photography day workshop I ran for Aspect 2i in April 2016
Sian's blog entry
Sian's website

Kevin.Isle of Skye Workshop. Nov 2016

My first photography trip to the Isle of Skye left a long lasting impression, the mountains, streams and the alluring changeable weather and light made for some stunning photographic opportunities. I vowed it wouldn’t be the last time to venture to the Island, I didn’t realise it would take me five years to return!

I have been a long-time admirer of Jon Gibbs photographic images from Norfolk and around the UK, he has an astute talent of blending beautiful light with the natural elements. When I saw that he was running a workshop in Scotland, specifically the Isle of Skye, I had no hesitation in booking a place.

The workshop ran from Sunday to Wednesday however Jon’s relaxed and flexible attitude was clear from the initial exchange of emails, “get here when you can, go home when you want” ( Jon stayed for a week ) I decided to fly from London City airport and then hire a car from Glasgow, this gave me the opportunity to break the journey up by stopping in Glen Coe for a cup of tea and some cliché photography. Jon rented a charming cottage in the village of Borve, a five minute drive from the main town of Portree , spacious, comfortable and an ideal spot to explore the island, he offers a basic shopping basket of food for the workshop days, breakfast and a pack lunch is included, however you are free to purchase your own food at the local stores. Evenings meals take place in the cottage or pub food in the main town.
A couple of things to point out, Jon does all the driving (keeping to small numbers enables this) and NEVER shoots whilst the workshop is taking place, extraordinary restraint from a photographer given the natural instinct when faced with beautiful scenery would be to reach for the camera, he is there to help you improve as a photographer and goes on to explain that if he would be taking photographs there would be no tuition, refreshing given other workshops I had been on. Continuing with the relaxed approach outings are discussed in the evening as a group, Jon’s familiarity of the Island helps to weigh up travel time from one location to the next and when the best time to visit a particular site. Whist out on a shoot Jon’s knowledge and teaching is always on hand but never intrusive, he insures each ‘student’ is given ample time and is always willing to discuss tips and tricks gathered from 20 years plus taking photographs. He has an invaluable check list of do’s and don’ts and by the end of the workshop they start to become second nature and are a great asset to your photography.

Jon is extremely passionate about photography and this shines with his enthusiasm to teaching the subject, he wants you to get the best out of the workshop, maximise the time in the field and capture the best images whilst on location. I had a thoroughly enjoyable 5 days on the island and would highly recommend the workshop to any photographer who is looking to improve their photography in a wonderful location.

Kev's Scotland and Skye images
Kev's website