Ian Watts (Owner and Tutor)
I think my interest in photography started with Rice Krispies, when I was about 8 years old: A number of tokens from cereal packets were exchanged for the Kodak Instamatic that I still have today! However, it wasn't until my 21st birthday that I was given my first SLR and I quickly acquired a selection of telephoto lenses and an extra camera body to shoot my main interst at the time: Motorsport. I was an occasional 'Pro' Motorsport photographer through the early to mid-80's, when I became too busy establishing and running my own business training company, so photography became a hobby only until 2010 - when I had a lifestyle change and became a full-time sports event photographer.
My photographs, of Dog Agility World Championship events in particular, have been published in every populated continent and my wildlife images have been shortlisted for the British Wildlife Photography Awards. I also still shoot Motorsport and other events occasionally, and am becoming a keen landscape photographer since relocating to The Lake District in 2017 (it is inevitable living here and seeing breathtaking views wherever you go!). I also now have my own studio - a converted boathouse looking out onto Lake Windermere and am able to help with portraits and using artificial lighting.
In 2019 I seized the opportunity to combine both my previous and current careers by becoming the regional instructor for Going Digital lake District, Lancashire and the Isle of Man (requested specifically for both Motorsport and Landscape workshops). I also have significant technical understanding from my engineering degree and became the preferred trainer of Land Rover and other car manufacturers when non-technical people needed help understanding more complex product features of new vehicles.
I love teaching, as much as I enjoy photography itself, and this is my dream job - helping people to understand how to make that shot they saw in their mind, look as good, if not better, in print or on a big screen. I look forward to helping more of you get better photographs of whatever it is you want to shoot.