Photographer Edmond Terakopian tutoring at a Panasonic Lumix S1R workshop for Jessops Academy tutors, showcasing the new camera on behalf of Panasonic UK. Natural Hisotry Museum, London, UK. May 09, 2019. Photo: Pete Walker / Jessops Academy / <a href="https://www.instagram.com/pete.jessopsacademy/">https://www.instagram.com/pete.jessopsacademy/</a>

Photographer Edmond Terakopian tutoring at a Panasonic Lumix S1R workshop for Jessops Academy tutors, showcasing the new camera on behalf of Panasonic UK. Natural Hisotry Museum, London, UK. May 09, 2019. Photo: Pete Walker / Jessops Academy / https://www.instagram.com/pete.jessopsacademy/

Workshops, Talks & Training

I’m a firm believer that one never stops learning. Every shoot brings unique circumstances and one learns something new every day. Having started as a passionate photographer in 1986, I turned professional in 1989, primarily as a photojournalist, but also as a commercial photographer, a social photographer and also as a short film maker. I thoroughly enjoy passing on knowledge and tips and helping those new to the industry, the hobby or a particular aspect of our work as professionals, to pick up new skills and further their career. Anyone who has been on any one of my workshops or presentations will hopefully vouch for my passion and energy for image making.

My clients on my bespoke one on one workshops are roughly a 50/50 split between professional photographers and passionate enthusiast photographers, either looking at building on existing skills or to take the jump into professional photography.

Whilst I’m an enthusiastic adapter of the newest technologies, I firmly believe it’s not our tools for image making, but our thoughts, emotions and visual intellect that allows us to craft great photographs. As with most photographers, I rather dislike the, thought to be complimentary, phrase “I love that picture. You must have a great camera”! #grrrr I love using the best photographic gear I can get my hands on, as do most photographers. however, my ethos is that if you work on your skills and visual education, you will enjoy that new camera even more as it helps you craft better photographs.

A fleeting fancy on new gear, can become frustrating as the equipment gets in the way, as opposed to becoming helpful. It’s all about learning how to use the new gear, not just technically, but to help craft a sophisticated  aesthetic. It can thus help photography become a life long passion that enriches not only the photographer, but those around them; be they family, clients, attendees at an exhibition or readers of a publication featuring one’s photographs.

Whilst I give many group workshops, talks and presentations, years ago I discovered the best method is the bespoke one on one, as the topics are tailor made and discussed at the speed and depth needed by my client. Some clients will book a day or two, whilst I have clients who have been with me for several years. The flexibility is there for your exact needs.

Over the years, I’ve given workshops and talks for Adobe, Apple, Canon, Leica, London College of Communication, Metropolitan Police Service, Olympus, Oxbridge Academic Program and Panasonic. I was a tutor at the Leica Akademie in Mayfair, an Olympus Visionary, on the Apple Advisory Board for Aperture, am an Adobe Influencer and work in an ambassadorial role with Panasonic. I’ve also been writing camera reviews for the best UK photography magazines, which means I shoot with a very wide range of cameras and lenses, so regardless of your camera brand, I can help improve your skillset.

The most popular subjects are Street Photography, Lightroom use with a tailored workflow and Video (including audio and editing on FCP X). However, the wider list is much more varied, flexible and consists also of photojournalism, portraiture, lighting, backup strategy, portfolio editing, photo essay construction, social media and so on. For professional photographers, the business aspects are crucial, so I’m happy to mentor on the business aspects too. If your needs are listed, don’t hesitate to get in touch and if I can help, I will.

If you’re an organisation (educational or club) that would like training or a presentation talk, do drop me a line with your needs. I also happily give talks to camera clubs, so contact me. You can reach me via my Contact Page.

Photographer Edmond Terakopian gives a presntation on his career, “30 years of photography; photojournalism and beyond”,  at the Behind The Lens theatre. The Photography Show, NEC, Birminham, UK. March 19, 2019. Photo: Yoshie Nishikawa

Photographer Edmond Terakopian gives a presntation on his career, “30 years of photography; photojournalism and beyond”, at the Behind The Lens theatre. The Photography Show, NEC, Birminham, UK. March 19, 2019. Photo: Yoshie Nishikawa

Testimonials

“Edmond is a rare find. Someone who I had hoped would simply teach me how to enjoy using a Leica. However what I found in the day I spent with him was someone who opened my eyes on how to see light, how to look at everything around me with new eyes and took me back to simple ways of days gone by! He inspired me through his personable, flexible and adaptive manner to learn and tune my photography skills. I witnessed a master at work and realised it was the start of a new dawn for me one where I can learn and be inspired but with the support and guidance of a talented teacher who is a delight to spend time with enjoying a shared passion for photography…”. Joel Segal


“The two day one-to-one workshop with Edmond was excellent, both in terms of quality of material and Edmond’s relaxed attitude towards training. The two days taught me a lot about DSLR HD Video recording and editing as well as an in depth introduction to sound recording and associated peripherals needed. I can wholeheartedly recommend a one-to-one session with Edmond – the man knows his stuff!”. Kevin Mullins / FujiFilm Ambassador / Wedding Photographer


“Sometimes you come across a real expert in their field, someone with many years experience of the good, and bad, things in a professional area. Sometimes you meet a great teacher, one who takes the trouble to work out what you really need, where your weakness – and strengths – lie, who inspires you, and is not afraid to challenge a little. Rarely do you get both in the same place. Edmond Terakopian is such a person. The time we spent in a bespoke workshop was one of the best investments I’ve made. We covered an enormous amount of ground, and his patience, enthusiasm and attention did not let up for one second. Already I’ve put some of his advice into practice, and very quickly secured a great commission at a proper professional rate only days later, using his direct guidance on positioning and recognising my value. Highly recommended”. Paul Clarke  / Award-Winning Events Photographer  


“Just spent the day with Edmond and where there was darkness there is now light! It’s a long time since I learned this much in a day, and my only wish is that I’d done this years ago. Inspired by what’s possible and breathing easy now that the system for processing and storing photos is fully sorted. Great blend of art and science. Many thanks!” – Peter Kirkby


“I’ve now had three separate one day sessions with Edmond and loved each one of them. Edmond is clearly a very accomplished photographer but also an articulate teacher and the two do not always go hand in hand. His passion of photography is apparent in his desire for you to get the most of out of the day and I’m sure I have not done my last workshop with Edmond. Highly recommend.” Jeremy Peters


“Edmond is the ideal teacher: probing, exacting – but always constructive and encouraging. We have had only one session together, but I feel he has already helped to make me a rather better photographer than I was, and I look forward to more. He is hugely generous with his time and knowledge even after the tutorial day, even processing some of my shots himself to show me different ways of doing it. Most of all he is the most delightful man to spend time with; never was learning so pleasurable. I can’t recommend him too highly”. Christopher Middleton


“It was a fabulous day; so much so that I’ve already booked another day with Edmond! So what made it so great? Well, firstly, Edmond is a truly delightful person to spend time with…friendly, patient, relaxed, and with an easy-going style. Secondly, he really knows his stuff…whether it’s anything to do with the Leica camera and lenses (and Canon’s); image processing; or the craft of ‘street photography’, then Edmond has all the answers. Thirdly, he’s a great teacher…getting the balance just right between giving me advice and feedback, and just letting me ‘get on with it’ and ‘learn by doing’, as well as being patient with my battery of questions! I also learned by just watching him at work…and comparing his (more successful!) approach to street photography compared to my own. Lastly, he’s a brilliant craftsman when it comes to street photography…I was both inspired and challenged by the superiority of his (brilliant) images compared to my own! So I can’t recommend Edmond highly enough and am already looking forward to our next session together. I had a wonderful combination of great fun, intense practical learning, and inspiration and I came away with more confidence and, more importantly, having made a new friend.” Jim Grover


“On the recommendation of a friend who had spent time with Edmond in a bespoke workshop, I booked 3 individual days to get me started on a passion I had long wanted to pursue but was limited by my skill and knowledge. Having just completed my 3 days, I feel inspired, confident and read to really pursue photography. We achieved more in 3 days than I could have imagined, for a novice, I feel good with my camera, (his support on choosing the right one for me was invaluable), I now have a grasp of editing and processing and I have a system that works for me. What I think Edmond did really well was his ability to coach me at my pace, whilst constantly providing both challenge and building confidence. He has shown me both technical and creative skills and perhaps most importantly opened up the door to the magic of photography. He has a lovely relaxed style, is great company and clearly a real expert who loves to share his knowledge. The improvement in my shooting is immense and has really given me a fillip. I know I will have more sessions with Edmond as I progress, they are a great return on investment. Edmond, thank you”. Mona Bitar

Working on a Keynote presentation for The Photography Show on an Apple iMac Pro and iPad Pro at home in London, UK March 14, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Working on a Keynote presentation for The Photography Show on an Apple iMac Pro and iPad Pro at home in London, UK March 14, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

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