Our Client Testimonials
"I have today had another one to one corporate training session with Gemma. A great session so much learned. Gemma has pointed me in the right direction and provided some very valuable advice. I will be booking a studio session very soon!"
"I have today had my training session with Gemma who has kindly reviewed my website and portfolio. I have received some really valuable advice and information which has renewed my passion for photography. A great session thank you very much."
"I had a one to one session with Gemma on studio lighting and shooting models. Great! Everything I've been trying to learn fell into place. A very relaxed session, with lots of fun and plenty of Jaffa Cakes! I'll definitely be repeating the experience and will also recommend Gemma to others."
"I had an amazing Photoshop tuition today, with all the great shortcuts, a must for any budding photographer, and Gem came to my house so we worked on my PC, even better thank you again!"
"Just had an amazing Photoshop one to one with Gem, I've done course at our local college, but felt rushed and got left behind, in this one day course I learnt so much, and more importantly the things I wanted to learn, not just the things some one thinks I need to know, highly recommend a course with her for any budding togs out there, or like me a make up artist, always good to learn a new trade, thank you once again for not treating me like a numpty, and having the grace of patience looking forward to putting all this to practice xx"
"I travelled to Devon for a really enjoyable and productive one to one workshop with Gem yesterday. As she has been editing my pics for some while now she knows my style and characteristics as a photographer. We covered many topics and her knowledge is amazing. She is very easy to talk to and I learnt a lot from her. If you haven't worked with Gem before I strongly recommend that you do. Thanks again Gem! Definitely recommended."
"I have modelled numerous times for Devon Photography Training's workshops in various locations throughout the South West.
She is an absolute star, Gemma always provides a great day and ton of fun. She has great comms before and after workshops and is extremely organised. Gemma is very professional and I cannot fault her at what she does best! She has a great eye for photography and is just as good as a tutor.
I will never pass up on an opportunity to work and shoot with Gem. She is a delight and good friend to me.
Always looking forward to our future collaborations, and thanks for everything Gemma.
"I spent a Saturday in early December on a conceptual "Madame Butterfly" studio shoot with Gemma at Devon Photography Training on one of her workshops in Okehampton. It was a fascinating and enjoyable day. A huge amount of thought and creativity had been put into the shoot yet at the same time the atmosphere was relaxed, friendly and informal with Gemma always keen to impart knowledge and advice to us. There were 6 of us photographers enrolled and we each had plenty of time to get the shots we wanted. Not least, Gemma had arranged a fantastic model to work with. Overall, thoroughly recommended - I had a great time, I'm very happy with the photos I got and I can't wait to do another."
"Gem has been a great help to me with my photography over the last two years. I have not had the time to learn Lightroom or Photoshop because of other commitments and Gem has been superb as being my mentor in assisting with a lot of my editing on images. I attended one of her 1-2-1 workshops towards the end of last year which I found invaluable. Easy going and highly informative her tuition was really helpful. Her costs for photographic workshops are very reasonable compared to some others in the market place. Thanks again Gem and highly recommended."
"Another fantastic workshop with Gemma, excellent tutor, always happy to answer any questions and ensures it's a fun, relaxed and informative day. Handouts were provided which were well written and a model was provided (Nikita) who was excellent and had several outfits available. She kept us fed on jaffa cakes, tea and coffee and provided lunch. Highly recommended"
"I have worked with Gemma twice now and plan to attend quite a few more of her studio days. She is full of knowledge with working the camera, creating light settings and photo editing. This is a great way to start with model shooting, as it works out a lot more economical than employing a model for a day for yourself, plus you get to learn ideas from other photographers and also Gemma comes up with great concepts which are all included in the workshop day. I would highly recommend going along to one of Gemma’s workshop or studio days, plus she also hires well experienced models who are a joy to work with."
"Had the honour of being invited to be the model for one of Gems workshops. It was a great day, and we covered a number of different ideas throughout the day. The Photographers who attended were great as was the chosen venue and organisation. I would highly recommend attending these workshops if you wish to develop your photography, lighting set ups or just generally working with models. Gem is always on hand to advise both model and tog as required and the whole day was a very amusing relaxed event. Thank you"
"Attended a workshop on saturday 17/01/15 with Gemma (Devon Photography Training) Had a fantastic day as always setting up lighting for different themes with experienced models.I have attended a number of workshops with gemma and had a great time I would highly recommend going."
"Just completed my second workshop and really enjoyed it. Gemma is a confident workshop leader who really knows her stuff. Best of all, she's an encouraging mentor for the participants. Just wondering which workshop to do next..."
"One to one with Gemma today to try to understand the workings of my camera. Very good session with all my questions and queries answered. Oh!, I learnt a lot of good stuff as well! Well done Gemma!"
"Yet another wonderful workshop from Devon Photography Training! Gemma is a great teacher, you have so much fun and you learn as well! I will keep doing her workshops because I can see significant improvement in my photography from working with Gemma so I totally recommend her!"
"I have now attended about 7 workshops and enjoyed all of them its a great way to take some amazing photos and get a good understanding of studio photography. Gemma will go at your pace and make it fun to be there I would definitely recommend the workshop."
"A great day. Studio work was all a new experience to me, but Gemma and Ange were very patient. I cannot think of a better way of learning. The photographs may not have been technically brilliant - due to operator error rather than the instructor - but for a fun and educational day out it would be very hard to beat. A big thanks to Gemma and Ange."
"I modelled for one of Gemma's workshops for the first time today, and from the start to finish I had such fun! Honestly I can say she has been a great inspiration to work with and I have learnt so much working with her. I would highly recommend Gemma and am extremely looking forward to working with her in the future."
"Another fantastic collaboration with Gemmie again at a workshop she held on Saturday With Kelvin Bennet and Trude Bosence, It was upbeat, fun and and professional, the images will be treasured for a long time to come!"
"Today I attended a location shoot with Gemma. Not only did I enjoy every minute of working with Gemma, she is a lovely person and very easy to relax and shoot with. She gives excellent guidance and direction and was a joy to spend the day with.
I hope this is not the last time! Thank you x"
"Gemmie is really professional in how she composes herself, she has a kind heart and a funny sense of humour, she's become a friend as well as a work partner and I feel blessed to have met such a unique individual, I hope we will work together until we are grey and wrinkley and sipping tea through a straw, thanks Gemmie for all that you do ♥"
"I worked at Gem's workshop for lighting yesterday, with model Maddison jet, and great photographer Kelvin Bennett , wow loved these workshops, so informative and I'm just the hair and make up artist, the lighting is just perfect, and very informative, she's great to work with and brilliant with the models, taking her time to explain then letting the photographer find their own feet, highly recommended workshops!"
"I have enjoyed all your workshops I have attended. Your instruction has been very constructive enabling me to improve my studio photography skills, working with both models and different types of lighting . Would highly recommend Gemma's workshops."
"I have attended a workshop held by Gemma yesterday. It is absolutely wonderful. We have gone though high key and low key shooting and light pattern. Each section will be demonstrated by different outfit of a model. She brought attention to many details of the model including the shadow and highlight part and taught us what to avoid. Excellent lesson!!!"
"Gemma organised an outdoor shoot with two models and a stylist and it was brilliant! She is calm, organised and very easy to work with. I hope to do more shoots with her! Recommended!"
"I have so far been on two of Gemma's workshops and have come back buzzing both times, her tuition and understanding is superb, I urge anyone interested in progressing with their photography to do at least one course, absolutely wonderful and from a real tog too, their is a difference when the tutor is also as passionate about photography as you are. :) see you soon."
"Have to say I really enjoyed the basic studio Lighting Workshop on 22nd November 2013. It was a very relaxed day, the instructions for the setups were concise and the advice was priceless. It seemed a long day, but there was a lot to pack in. I left the workshop with a good grounding in studio lighting. Excellent day at a great price!"
"Had a great day on the lighting workshop at Station House Studios it went really well.
Lighting setups of all types and a very confident model Candice Peachey. Well worth
going to one of the workshops as Gemma will go at your pace and make it fun."
"I recently attended a lighting workshop at Station House Studios. The day was very well organised to ensure that it was enjoyable for all of us, whatever previous experience we had as whatever our level of ability was. The variety of lighting set-ups and the tutorial support was brilliant. I thoroughly recommend the training days to anyone interested in developing their studio skills."
"About a month ago I attended a lighting workshop at Station House Studios. There were lots of different lighting set-ups provided and a professional model. Also help if and when needed. It was great fun and I came away with some amazing photos and a good understanding of studio photography, lighting patterns and using studio equipment.
I would love to go again and can guarantee you will have a brilliant and instructive day."
"A short while ago I attended a lighting workshop at Station House Studios. Gemma very quickly put everyone at ease. The day was very well organised. Gemma made sure everyone had involvement with putting lighting set-ups together. With the help of a professional model, I managed to get some amazing shots and came away learning quite a lot. I would recommend this course either to anyone starting out in studio photography or wanting to refresh their memory."
"I recently attended one Gemma’s Studio Lighting workshop days at Station House Studios. I found it well structured and really enjoyable. We went through varied lighting set-ups shooting a Model. Gemma has a great teaching style and really helpful ideas on how to improve a shot. She is very approachable and it was very easy to ask questions. I was really impressed with some of the pictures I’ve taken; they are the best I’ve yet taken in a Studio. It was well worth the travel time and I would definitely recommend the workshop."
"I was fortunate enough to attend a lighting workshop at Station House Studios as a photography student and model. The day was very enjoyable and the teaching and support was wonderful. It was a brilliant day and I would recommend this to anyone."
"Today I worked with Gemma at her workshop as both a model and a photography student. I found Gemma to be a warm and inviting host and also patient and thorough with her teaching techniques. She has an obvious passion for photography and true artistic talent that shines through her images. I would highly recommend Gemma to any model seeking some superb shots or any photographer in need of technical training. I hope I get the chance to work with Gemma again at some point! Thanks so much for everything!"
"I found the entire experience with Gemma very good, and would highly recommend her to anyone who is either learning photography or is having photos taken by her, I met her on a Workshop , she made me feel relaxed, and encouraged all of us to shoot in full manual, which is something I shall most certainly do in the future, luckily Gemma knows what she is doing and her portfolio proves it."
"I attended Gemma’s studio workshop today. Gemma was very friendly and welcoming. I liked her style of teaching; she has very constructive ideas about how to improve a picture. I believe it was well worth attending and have taken my best studio shoots yet."
Abstract Art Nude Photography Workshop in Exeter, Devon with Model Nikita Crombie and Tutor Gemma Varney.
Our new Abstract Art Nude Workshop is open for registration from our shiny new Central Exeter Studio!!
We will learn how to use studio lighting with different modifiers, angles, posing and shadows to create abstract art nude images with our model who is the fantastic Nikita Crombie - Those who have worked with her before know how great this lady is at posing.
Spaces are £75 per person, the session will run from 1.30-5.30pm on the 20th August 2016 but can also be run as a 1-2-1 session for £135.
No experience needed as you will get full tutor support throughout the day, the workshop is limited to 6 Photographers so you get a good amount of time to shoot and learn with tutor support.
You will need to bring a camera with off camera flash capabilities (if you are unsure if your camera has this, message me the make and model and I will let you know)
You may also want to bring a notepad and pen although a folder with worksheets will be provided for new attendees to Devon Photography Training's sessions.
Those who already have a training file are asked to bring their folders along so the handouts can be added.
PM me, email or call if you would like to attend.
More information on the sessions I hold can be found on the 1-2-1 Tuition Page.
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