Well it's certainly been a wild few weeks as my OM-D and I have been here, there and everywhere since my last blog post! I've been so busy teaching and shooting overseas that I've barely had time to open the stack of mail that was waiting on my desk when I got back – but I couldn't wait any longer … [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.
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I’m the first to admit that even as a Grand Master I learn something new every time I pick up a camera. I just love this medium and want to immerse myself in it and learn as much as i can about it. I want to be as eloquent as possible as I can be in the amazing “language of light”. I thought it … [Read More...]