I have just returned home after a wonderful trip to the "Emerald Isles" where I was delivering masterclasses for the SWPP as a part of their Digital Imaging Roadshow. Before I settle down for the weekend, I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to everybody who came along to listen to me - you were a … [Read More...]
Photography Courses from Damian McGillicuddy, Olympus UK’s Principal Photographer
Welcome to the home of Damian McGillicuddy, the Principal Photographer and Educator for Olympus UK and one of the most decorated photographers in the world. Over his 30-year career Damian has amassed over 670 international awards, 13 Photographer of the Year titles, 7 fellowships, a double masters and he is the only photographer in the world to be awarded the prestigious title of Grand Master with Bar by the Societies.
McGillicuddy is also one of the industry’s premier photographic trainers, with his students achieving similarly prolific success; in just 5 years he has guided his trainees to achieve 14 Photographer of the Year awards in their own right.
I may lack the lovely hair and East End heritage but I do know what I am talking about and one of my missions at Olympus was to deliver industry leading education to photographers at large. I do a lot of training from Oakbase, my studio in Chester, but I also do a lot of Olympus supported sessions.
I’m lucky enough to be living my photographic dream, so my greatest pleasure in the industry comes from helping other photographers live theirs.”
Damian McGillicuddy Photography Training offers world-class instruction in a number of forms, from an intensive mentoring programme (Mentor Me On Steroids) and photography courses held at his studio, Oakbase (formerly home to “The Calendar King” Mel Grundy, one of his photographic heroes), to public masterclasses for the SWPP and seminars at the annual Photography Show, through to Olympus-subsidised events such as The BIG Shoot Experience Click here to take a look which enable photographers to participate in big-budget commercial shoots.
Recently he has partnered with Olympus to open a nationwide chain of McGillicuddy Training Academies Click here to go to the academies site enabling him to deliver dedicated teaching across the country. “One of my missions at Olympus is to deliver industry leading education to photographers at large. I do a lot of training from my studio in Chester, as well as free and subsidised sessions at places like the Societies Convention and Roadshows, but there’s only so many times I can drive to so many places.”
With five facilities around the UK – Gateshead in the northeast, Royston in the east, Birmingham in the Midlands, Poole in the south and Chester in the northwest – the McGillicuddy Academies offer elite-level education to photographers far and wide. “Each one is led by a principal that I’ve handpicked from my students,” McGillicuddy notes. “I’ve spent years teaching and mentoring them to the highest standards, so you’re learning from people who have a direct and detailed understanding of my methods and philosophy.”
Although he is an ardent advocate of Olympus equipment, Damian is keen to stress that all his training and events are camera-agnostic. “I’m not a salesman, I’m a photographer and a teacher. I don’t care what kit you’re using, I just want you to use it properly so that you can get the best out of your photography.”
Visit the blog Damians Blog for the latest thoughts and opinions from the “Olympus Strobist”, check out the new semester of courses Take a look at our Courses to find out what and when you can learn from the Grand Master, and keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest Team McGillicuddy news and updates on social media.
What an INCREDIBLE night at the SWPP Awards Dinner, capping off an amazing week of achievements at The Societies’ Convention! It was truly humbling and an absolute honour to be presented with my Grand Master Second Bar Award last night. I’m utterly over the moon to receive this recognition from … [Read More...]
"There is no reward without hard work" A simple, yet very true statement. A statement that is at the forefront of my mind most days, but particularly at this time of year. Having submitted and passed 9 photographic panels for qualification with several societies over my career, I am no … [Read More...]
I’m writing this from my hotel room at the Hilton Metropole, as I’m spending the rest of the week and the weekend in London for the SWPP Trade Show and Convention. We’re only one day in and it’s already been a fantastic event, as Angela Adams – one of my Mentor Me On Steroids trainees – has … [Read More...]