Kodak In Bankruptcy

Its a sad day for photographers and the demise of Kodak symbolises the final nail in the coffin for film. Many of us will have grown up using kodak film and its a shame to see a company that was once a huge player now filing for bankruptcy. While Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection is not technically the end and many companies have come back to live another day (General Motors was a high profile company that filed Chapter 11) Kodak is different – they basically own a product that nobody really needs! I expect the makers of wax cylinders felt the same when vinyl records came out. Technology moves on and not always for the better but in this case digital images have so many advantages that film products are dead in the water. Even Kodak only believe there is a future for their digital printing business and that looks unlikely.


What a fall from the dizzy heights of the mid 90s when their share price was $93 and is now worth just around 40 cents. The company is said to owe 6.75 billion with only around 5.1 billion in assets. Kodak is a classic case of not seeing the writing on the wall and switching to digital earlier.

Will I miss them? no not really. In reality I have not taken a film image for the past 7 years but I have so many of my images on film that it is sad to see such a huge company and a household name fail so spectacularly.

My business has up to this point thrive because of the digital revolution and I hope it continues to do so. There was something about film that made it special to use but time marches on and the digital revolution is here to stay.

Goodwood Festival Of Speed – One space remaining

This event always proved popular and this year is now exception. We have just one place available on the 2012 course. There are still places available on the Revival course in September. These course are great value for the motor sport enthusiasts at just £145 which includes the entrance fee.


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25th – 26th February 2012

We have 2 places to fill on our first course of the year down in Dorset. The course takes place over a weekend and includes a nights half board accommodation all for £245. Check out the Dorset pages for more information and feel free to call on 01425 479257 to reserve your place.

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Photography Courses

Learn how to improve your photography skills.

Move your camera away from ‘Automatic’.

Understand camera functions.

Unlock the secrets of correct exposure.

Learn how to see a picture.

Master the essential steps using Photoshop.

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1-2-1 Courses

New to photography and want to learn the basics? 

Have a digital camera and want to know how to use it properly?

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We offer one to one courses based in the New Forest and Purbeck teaching you all you need to know to improve your picture taking whether you are new to photography or more experienced.

This course covers composition / technique in greater detail than our half day course and includes instruction on Abobe Photoshop. An essential part of the image taking process.

We run one day courses on a one to one basis so we can gear the course to your specific requirements.

We instruct on conventional film or digital and have equipment for you to use should you need it.

Comprehensive course notes provided.

Your Instructor Gary Fooks is a successful full time professional photographer who has been running photography courses for many years. Here are just two quotes from letters received this year:

“I was delighted with the course. I found it full of photographic opportunity, appreciated your advice and tutorship and the opportunity to take many photographs in an unpressured way. I was very pleased with the results.”
“I really did learn a lot and now feel confident not to use the automatic setting ever again.

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The cost for a full day just £165 For one person.

Special Offer – 2 People for £245. Weekdays or Weekends.

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