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About MyPhotoSchool

Date Posted: March, 26 2013

MyPhotoSchool, is an online photography school where you can take online photography courses with personal tuition from the world’s most acclaimed photographers.   The beauty of MyPhotoSchool's online photography courses is that you get to meet experts in the comfort of your own home. Each course includes video lectures, downloadable course notes, and the facility to chat with tutors and fellow classmates online, in a ‘virtual classroom’. The classroom may be ‘virtual’ but the camaraderie is real, and the technology is very intuitive and easy to use.  All MyPhotoSchool courses cost £145, last four weeks and begin on the first Saturday of every month.

All of the MyPhotoSchool tutors are outstanding in their field (and studio), being accomplished photographers and acclaimed photography writers.   Courses cover everything from getting to grips with the equipment, understanding light and exposure, perfecting composition, professionally editing and making money from photography. Tutors at MyPhotoSchool, include world renowned wildlife photographer Heather Angel, former president of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS); David Handley, Sony Fashion Photographer of the Year; Phil Malpas, professional photographer and author of colour photography best sellers; Nigel Hicks, Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP), professional photographer and author; Tony Worobiec, Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, founder member of Arena, journalist and author; and David Taylor, award winning landscape photographer. For more information on all of the MyPhotoSchool tutors and the courses that they teach, please go to the MyPhotoSchool courses page.

MyPhotoSchool also provides a free photography website and a monthly themed competition for members registered to its website, with prizes available. Please go to the MyPhotoSchool website for more information.

About MyPhotoSchool People:

Elspeth Briscoe, Founder

Elspeth Briscoe spent 15 years working for internet companies.  She started off agency-side helping internet start-ups through IPO in the boom time.  She went on to hold strategy positions at eBay and Skype, and more recently consulting for The Guardian (digital).  A change of direction (and a love of the environment and horticulture) had her re-training as landscape designer (PGDip distinction).  During her design studies Elspeth met her business partner and MyPhotoSchool co-founder, Duncan Heather who was the principal of the college. Elspeth & Duncan have also founded MyPhotoSchool’s sister company, the world’s first virtual gardening school, MyGardenSchool

Duncan Heather, Founder

Duncan is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and member of the British Institute of Professional Photographers.  Although he still considers himself an amateur he has twice been a IPA-Lucie award winner; has won the SWPP & BPPA Monochrome Photographer of the Year and was placed first in the RHS Garden Photographer of the Year Competition.  Duncan is also founder of the world’s first virtual gardening school, MyGardenSchool with Elspeth Briscoe, and is the principal of The Oxford College of Garden Design - widely recognised as one of the world’s top landscape design schools and now a pioneer in online education.


David Taylor, Tutor & Chief Blogger

David Taylor is an award-winning landscape and travel photographer. After 18 years as a graphic artist in the computer games industry, working on titles such as Destruction Derby, the Test Drive series and L.A. Rush, David turned to professional photography full-time in 2006.  David's work has taken him all over the world, from the sun-kissed beaches and aqua seas of Zanzibar to the bright chill of northern Sweden in the depths of winter. But his first love remains the wild countryside and rugged coastline of his home county of Northumberland, which he has photographed extensively, and which he continues to delight in exploring.



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