June Competition

Here are some images taken on my holidays over the past 10 years. Most are easy some, I think are difficult. First person to correctly guess all the locations gets a £25 Voucher to use against one of our courses. If nobody gets all the answers the highest number of correct entries wins. To see the full images click on the thumbnails below. Email your answers to forestside@btinternet.com.

Heres what you need to identify for each image:

  1. City
  2. Country
  3. City
  4. City
  5. Island
  6. City
  7. Place
  8. Name of town
  9. Place
  10. Place
  11. City
  12. City
  13. City
  14. City

Return of Fotocourses

With the relaxing of restrictions around Covid19 we are hoping to be able to offer courses again soon. This of course depends on government advice.

From the 4th July we should be able to offer our 1-2-1 courses, 1 day courses and Fotowalks. Once the guidance is issued from the government and we have a clearer picture with regard to the position for hotel bookings we may be able to offer some UK based residential courses later in the Summer / Autumn. At the moment overseas courses for 2020 seem unlikely due to travel restrictions but we are hoping to offer new dates for 2021.

Check out our website www.fotocourses.co.uk for the latest information and new dates. Website update due end of June.

My Selection from the Competition Entries for ‘Best of British’

It was good to see such a selection of varies entries for the competition. I selected my choice with great difficulty this time.

Here are my entries in the highly commended section.

Now for my Favourite Images. In third place Damian Garcia with his entry of the Red Arrows.

In second Place Nicky Geldart with her Red Squirrel

And in first place with a great shot of a Morris Dancer Elaine Henshaw. Well done Elaine.

Thanks to everyone who entered and voted.

May Competition Results – Peoples Vote

We have had all the votes in for your favourite images. The results were spread across a large number of the entries but there were 4 entries that received the most votes by a long way. Here are the results for the peoples vote.

In 4th Place – Brian Allen

in 3rd Place – Amanda Booth

In second Place – Liz Reading

And in 1st place Liz Reading Again – Well done Liz.

Tomorrow I will be announcing my favourites so check back.

Photomatix Software free

I came across this today – HDRsoft are temporarily giving away lifetime licences of Photomatix Essentials. Heres what they say on their website:

“We would like to play our small part in supporting the photography community in these challenging times.

We’ve gathered here a few resources to learn about HDR photography, and get you started with taking HDR photos.

We are also temporarily giving away lifetime licenses of our Photomatix Essentials software so that you can start creating your own HDR images.

HDR photography opens up a whole new world of photography possibilities, whether you’re an amateur, enthusiast or professional.”

Check out this link: https://www.hdrsoft.com/learn/stay-positive.html for your free download.

“Best of British” Competition Entries

A big thank you to all of you who have submitted entries for this months competition. The submissions are in no particular order and I have chosen my top 3 which will be announced when we have had the votes in from the public vote.

To vote for your favourites send me an email to forestside@btinternet.com with your 1st, 2nd and third for the public vote. Make a note of your favourites – each thumbnail has a number. Make sure you click on the images below to see them full frame as some of the thumbnails below are cropped. Closing Date for votes 24th May.

‘Best Of British’ Photography Competition

I will be running a new competition this month. The theme is “Best of British” which is pretty broad but gives scope for some nice variety from landscapes or wildlife to people or anything else you think fits the theme. Prizes of £25 off a future course will be given to the public vote winner and my choice. Anyone can enter up to 5 entries. 

Send your entries to my email forestside@btinternet.com

Closing Date for Entries 15th May 2020
Competition Rules
Maximum 5 entries per person.
Judges decision is final.
There will be 2 prizes.
Entires will be posted on the travelwithfotocourses blog at a maximum resolution of 800 pixels wide. The pictures will not be used for any other purpose without your express permission.

Virtual Photography Courses

Check out our new virtual training sessions using Zoom.

As you can imagine since coming back from the USA in March the business has been very quiet. Things seem to be moving slowly towards a return to normal but training courses still seem some way off. I have therefore been looking at ways I can undertake courses remotely and I will be running 1-2-1 sessions online using Zoom from £15 per session. The sessions can cover anything from camera settings to Photo critique to photoshop / lightroom techniques – You decide.  Please check out the link below to go to the website page for more information.


PhotoBooks – Saal-Digital

I have been asked by Saal to order one of their books and do a review on the quality. Here are my thoughts:

When you go onto the website there are a number of different options you can consider from photobooks to calendars. In order to complete a book you need to download their free software which give the templates and design function for the book. I was asked to complete a Professional Line book on this occasion but I have completed many other books with them -my preferred size is the A4 landscape with the extra thick pages.


The software is well designed and allows you to have a great deal of control over the design process. You can use the templates or create your own pages and choose hundreds of background colours and patterns. Once you have designed your book you upload it and around a week later the book hits your doormat.


The quality of the books is very impressive and you can choose different cover options and thickness and quality of finish. Back in the day when we used a company called Graphistudio for our wedding albums they were considered the best in quality. Saal Digital comes very close at a fraction of the cost. I particularly like the lay flat pages which allow images to go across the fold.

I would have no hesitation in recommending them for your photobooks. I have been using them for a few years now and have always been impressed.

Here is their website https://www.saal-digital.co.uk