I am now available for virtual talks at clubs or societies of any sort. I now have two topics, Macro and Seeing - see below for details. The presentations will involve the use of Zoom video conferencing, or another platform if you prefer. The fee is £60 for a normal length talk (maximum 2 hours including a 10 minute break). For reviews click here.
I hope this will be useful to clubs during the Covid-19 crisis. However I will continue giving remote lectures after it is over.
When we return to normality, the following will apply:
I am available for talks at clubs or societies of any sort. I am free most evenings except Mondays, when my own club meets (South Manchester Camera Club, based in Didsbury, Manchester).
I will travel up to one hour from my home in Fallowfield, Manchester. The fee depends on travel time: for up to 30 minutes it is £69, and for 30-60 minutes it is £85. I will determine the travel time in advance using Google Maps.
1. Macro Photography
2. Seeing - the Eye and the Evolution of Vision
The talk is about my experience and knowledge of macro photography as well as my philosophy and approach to photography as an art. I will of course show lots of my best macro images, but the talk is about far more than a set of pretty pictures.
The topics covered are:
1. A brief introduction to me, my background and experience, and why I chose to focus on macro
2. The distinction between story and beauty in art as well as in nature photography (i.e. narrative vs. pictorial qualities of images); my thoughts about this distinction and my approach with regard to macro photography.
3. My interest in competitive photography - the various types of contests suitable for macro, and some of my successful images (see the AWARDS page for examples). My thoughts about the vices and virtues of competitions.
4. A few thoughts about originality and creativity in photography.
5. How to create beautiful macro photos. This is the main substance of the talk, and it covers 7 challenges in macro and how to overcome them.
As I see it, these challenges are:
i. Finding and getting close to the subject
ii. Depth of field
iii. Camera movement
iv. Subject movement
v. Shutter speed/light
vii. Post processing
If asked I can provide a free handout to anyone who is interested with a summary of all these tips, as well as details of my workshops. I will also be happy to take questions.
This is a talk with a difference. As photographers, our main sense is our sight, whether we are taking shots, processing them, or appreciating them. This talk focuses on our faculty of vision - how we see, and how this all important ability evolved. The topics covered are:
1. The human eye: its anatomy and function
2. How the eye is similar to, and different from, a camera (including focusing, aperture and light detection and processing)
3. The variety of eye types in the animal kingdom
4. How and why seeing evolved
5. How and why colour vision evolved
6. Why most mammals do not have full colour vision, and yet we humans do
The presentation will be illustrated with photos, graphics and videos. There will also be lots of activities you can take part in, to learn how the eye works and why various aspects of vision evolved.
I am confident that anyone with a camera will find this talk both fascinating and fun!
Reviews of Talks
'Hi Tony, I just wanted to send a note to thank you for your superb presentation last night. We had really positive feedback from our members who thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Not only are your images beautiful but the way you shared your set-up and techniques was really insightful and so interesting.
'I think everyone in the club, from beginners to our most experienced members, will have learnt much from you. We have a macro monthly competition coming up next season so hopefully many members will be able to put some of your tips into practise!'
-Christine Lowe, South Liverpool Camera Club
My Background in Education
I am confident your members will enjoy the talk, because I have many years' experience in a variety of educational backgrounds. I have spent countless hours not only in teaching but in designing workshops, talks and activities to engage people - to ensure not only that they enjoy the talk but that they learn from it too.
Here is a brief summary of my
1. BSc in Psychology, University of
Nottingham, 1st class, 1988
2. MEd, University of Manchester, 1994
3. MSc in Developmental Psychology,
Penn State University, 1997
4. Graduate assistant at Penn State,
including lecturing and academic
advising of undergrads
5. Graduate Minor in Educational
Theory, Penn State University, 1998
6. History teacher, 11-14 year olds,
Washington DC, 1999-2001
7. Time Trips history and science
workshops in primary schools,
8. Macro photography with DSLR and
macro lens since 2016
Get in touch
44 Whitebrook Road
Manchester M14 6EF
Tel: 0161 224 6445/07754 406422
Banded Demoiselle - Chosen for 2019 Calendar, Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Reviews of Talks
As the Membership Secretary at Bramhall Photographic Society, I’m sure I can speak for everyone who saw your superb presentation tonight. It was inspirational, such beauty and artistry in all your images. I also enjoyed the details you went through in explaining the process of producing these fabulous photographs. I do hope we have the opportunity of seeing more of your work sometime in another presentation. I did say I felt like throwing away my camera, knowing I could never produce work anything like yours! But no, I will persevere and concentrate on improving my own style.
Regards, Heather Carslake LRPS'
'Tony inspires any newcomer to macro photography, he delivers a dramatic original presentation of the exciting micro world all around us. His artistic imagery is accompanied by instruction and tells of a secret world of creation and composition. Highly recommended.'
- Christopher Davies, Chairman, Holmes Chapel Photographic Society
'Thank you very much for your talk last night and for showing us some gorgeous pictures. It was good of you as well to share with us some of the tricks of the trade in a very logical, interesting and informative way making the whole evening enjoyable for those at all levels of photography.
Thanks for preparing the handouts - very professional. I thought the inclusion of graphics to help with the understanding of the points you were making was a good idea and they were wonderfully quite straightforward to understand. I am sure you inspired many members to continue to try and perfect their macro photography.'
- Tony Renshaw, VP Huddersfield Photo Imaging Club
'I really enjoyed your visit to the Bramhall Photographic Society with your fascinating talk on macro photography. Thank you so much for all your information and fantastic photographs. It was a truly remarkable evening.'
-Carol Stansfield, Bramhall Photographic Society
'We were very grateful to Tony North for stepping in when our expected speaker had to cancel on Monday 23rd September. Tony presented us with an excellent, very interesting and informative talk on Macro Photography. He is an expert in this field and shared with us the do’s and don'ts involved, camera settings and lenses he uses, local sites he visits to obtain his competition entries, many of which have won him prizes. All present gained a greater understanding of macro photography and look forward to members trying it out and entering competitions.'
-Bramhall Photographic Society Facebook Page
'I really enjoyed your presentation to Bramhall Photographic Society. I could tell from the content and the delivery that a lot of thought and work had gone into it. I thought it was well structured and flowed well. The examples you chose backed up and reinforced your talking notes. Your passion for the subject was obvious and so your delivery had presence and authority and added to the enjoyment of the topic.
Again from a personal perspective I really enjoyed your talk. It has inspired me to get out and try out the skills you demonstrated, so really appreciate the handout, a very thoughtful addition.'
-John Colburn Bramhall Photographic Society
'Many thanks for last night's session. The feedback has been very positive on both the outstanding quality of the images and of your explanation of the technical aspects you use when preparing for a shoot. This was our club's first speaker Zoom session and you have set a high bar for others to follow.'
-Arthur David, Ashby CC
'Thank you so much for your very informative talk last night. The images of your butterflies in particular were really impressive and so beautiful. We really enjoyed looking at them and the bonus was your generous sharing of your techniques.
We loved your landscapes too. Good luck with the award [APOY] - you deserve to win!'
-Stella Bellem, Uckfield CC
I must thank you for last night. As we pointed out, it was a record attendance for one of our Zoom meetings. We were all anticipating an enjoyable evening and we weren’t disappointed. The positive feed back I’ve been getting has been overwhelming.
Your talk provided something constructive for all of us, from our more experienced Macro workers who learned a few new wrinkles, (we never stop learning) to our novices who have been inspired to go out and try out your methods and advice for themselves and the Q&A afterwards was also most helpful, thanks for taking that extra time.
This is a talk we wouldn’t normally have been able to see as we are at opposite ends of the U.K. but Zoom made it possible and my, was it worthwhile. So a hearty thumbs up from all of us at Leighton Buzzard and I would urge anyone using the Zoom platform to book you for an evening. I know they’ll be more than satisfied, as we were.
- Mike Kitchingman. Chairman & programme coordinator, Leighton Buzzard Photographic Club
'...his talk was well prepared, easy to understand and beautifully illustrated' - see full write up here
- Sherborne Bradford Abbas Camera Club Website
'I'd like to say how much we all enjoyed your talk the other evening. Your images are stunning! It was a most interesting and informative talk; we can tell how much thought and attention to detail goes into composing your macro shots. I’m certainly going to watch the recording and jot down some of your useful tips – plenty of food for thought there. How you managed to get the beautiful atmospheric landscape images, up in Scotland, whilst Storm Dennis was raging all around, I do not know!'
- Heather Green, North Norfolk Photographic Society
'Thank you so much for the zoom presentation last night, it went extremely well and I think Jeremy said it all in his vote of thanks. The pictures were superb and the explanations clear and concise and very helpful for those of us who want to improve our macro skills.'
- Val Brierley, Dorchester CC
'Hi Tony, I sat in on your talk last night and wanted to thank you personally for your very enjoyable talk. Stunning images and packed full of information on all aspects of how you capture your photographs, which i found really interesting. Something that some guest speakers sometimes leave out!'
- Peter Downton, Dorchester CC
'Very many thanks for giving the club such an enjoyable and informative presentation. There have been some very good comments reaching me throughout the day from members which have included brilliant, excellent, a great evening and I feel I learnt a lot etc. Your images were stunning and it would be lovely to see more of your landscapes.
I have a feeling that Zoom is going to be with us for some time and the way your presentation came across has encouraged the more sceptical brethren to take part!'
- Bill Norman, Programme Secretary, Shaftesbury CC
'Many thanks for an excellent presentation last night. Stunning photography throughout.'
- David Lampard, Chairman, Shaftesbury CC
'What a great evening thanks to Tony North, South Manchester Camera Club. Watching Tony’s presentation via Zoom worked brilliantly as he took us through his approach, philosophy and technical expertise. Full of information, wonderful macro images, pictorial and creative – much food for thought. As a bonus, Tony shared some of his magnificent landscapes with us. An inspiring evening enjoyed by all.
Feedback from members has been extremely positive ... ‘enjoyed the talk and very much admired the work..‘ ‘most enjoyable and a subject I love...’ ‘Thanks for last night it went really well..’ ‘amazing what he has achieved in just 4 years..’ ‘great talk, well structured, plenty of info..’.
Many thanks to Tony for helping to make our first online talk a success.'
- Julia Wainwright, Harrow CC
'Hi Tony, just to say another thank you for last evening's super presentation. The Art of Macro - I think we all really enjoyed the art input into your philosophy of photography. The images you shared with us were gorgeous and give us all something to which to aspire. Thanks again for an enjoyable, interesting and inspiring talk.'
- Hilary Bailey, Amersham PS
Facebook comments by members of Watford CC
I am just watching Tony North from Manchester delivering a macro talk via zoom to Watford CC. Great talk, great images, great presenter. 10/10 and dead jealous of his fantastic images.
Excellent presentation. Lovely images.
Good presentation, useful information.
Good clear style by the presenter and a cracking set of images.
Great images and tips on Macro.
Really enjoyable and his photos were very inspiring
Brilliant! Thoroughly enjoyable.
Tony is an excellent photographer and speaker, I really enjoyed the evening.
I really enjoyed that, fantastic photos, I’ll be out tomorrow having a look for insects.
Loved every image, stunning, thanks.
Fabulous photographer. I was in awe. Loved the landscape shots too
Excellent images & nice that he told us about how he gets them plus other hints & tips.
Brilliant macro images and the landscapes were simply mind blowing.
Best bit is he didn’t speak jargon and I Could get everything he said. And the bonus of landscape images was great too.
Liked the honesty in how some of the shots were set up, and the references he gave to other photographers who inspire him.
Despite both genres not being my preferred type of photography, I thoroughly enjoyed it. His candid style was refreshing.
Fantastic photos and very informative and inspiring - loved the fact that there was a ‘how to section’ included
Great talk on Macro, think I may give it a try tomorrow.
Very enjoyable and inspiring images. I liked his friendly and informative style.
Where did that hour and a half go? Loved every minute. Great photos and the level of detail and explanations were right on the button.