TUITION TESTIMONIALS AND COMMENTS RECEIVED ABOUT MY WORK - Thanks everyone!
Retirement, a love of the outdoors,my first digital SLR and a determination to get away from its automatic modes set me searching the internet for local tuition. Inspired by Mari's website and portfolio, a beginners course of three lessons was quickly booked. What a wise choice that turned out to be.
The first session at her home on a very wet day, showed me how to set up my camera, taught me the basics of aperture, shutter priorities, full manual mode and gave me an understanding of the value of the exposure histograms.At the end of the session I set out to photograph a local waterfall (Melincourt Falls), recommended by Mari and came away with one of the best pictures i'd ever taken. And having used manual mode - what a start!
The second and third sessions were undertaken at Ystradfellte (Brecon Beacons National Park) and Nash Point (Glamorgan Heritage Coast). Two areas I'd been to before, but Mari's local knowledge led me to locations new to me. On location Mari constantly pointed out photo opportunities, encouraging me to select my own camera angles,viewpoints and settings, whilst providing clear and helpful guidance and encouragement. By the end of each sessions I'd accumulated 30 -100 images and Mari provided a very helpful critique on my preferred images.
Would I recommend Mari's tuition to others - I certainly would. She's a knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructor, good company,she quickly puts you at ease. Shes certainly shown me how to take better pictures and has taken me to locations I'll revisit, looking for further photo opportunities..
Thank you for such a great day on the Gower today. I learned so much about landscapes, especially how to see the potential in a rather cold blustery winter beach.
Linda Wright, (via Facebook)
I really enjoyed today's tuition and got a lot from it, will definitely recommend you.
Really enjoyable/thought provoking photography tuition this am with @MariOwen11 #composition #manualincontrol #tones
Tamsin Stirling (via Twitter)
Thank you @mariowen11 for a great day of photography.
John B Winterburn (via Twitter)
Having used an SLR for many years myself and my wife decided we needed some tuition to use the camera in manual mode. Having read about a number of people on the Internet giving training courses I decided to contact Mari as she had a style of pictures that we liked and she is based in Wales. Mari also offers one on one training rather than a group and we felt that we would benefit more from this type of training.
The training was very much hands on with Mari showing us the basis of what to do to ensure a clear picture by adjusting the shutter speed and f-stop. We then did some practical excercises showing how some pictures could be over exposed or under exposed using the manual setting. As it was raining heavily on the day of the training,we were limited by what we could photograph, therefore Mari suggested another afternoon where we meet again to take more pictures on Manual Mode. In addition on this day Mari gave us a good insight on the use of ND Filters, long exposures and working with a Tripod.
Mari is very enthusiastic about photography and gives very clear and straight forward instructions on how to use your camera. Both myself and my Wife feel we have benefited from the training with Mari and the quality of our pictures have improved.
The postman has just delivered the photos and oh my gosh, they are so beautiful! Thanks you so much, can't wait till they're hanging on my wall.
Absolutely thrilled, thanks again,
Vale of Glamorgan
You have captured the stunning beauty of Wales. Your photos are exceptional. Da iawn Mari-champion!!!!
Your photographs are stunning. The B/W work sends a chill up my spine. It is amazing. Thank you for sharing. Discovered your work on Landscape Photography Magazine.
Calvin Abe, Los Angeles
What stunning photography! That's all I can say!
Stunning quality, composition and lighting, but above all else you capture the essence and emotion of the subject.
Guaranteed to brighten up my page - great work!
Ian Gessey - The Cornish Coast
My Canadian friends from Ontario who I met on a cruise around Australia post your photos on facebook. Although I have lived in Perth since 1988 I love your images of Wales. They promote tourism to our beautiful country. Stunning.
Hi Mari, I have just had a trip through your galleries, what a lovely collection of images, your coastal images from the Llyn peninsular are particularly stunning, so inspirational.
Through your work and the wonderful photographies you display in the site, I have the chance to discover different parts of the beautiful landscapes and mountains of Wales. You can be proud of your talent and of your country.
Best regards from France
Magnificent! Your photos give a strong urge to go to discover all these natural landscapes of your Wales. You make a very stylish promotion(class). I adore your pictures!
Stunning, beautiful what more can I say!
You have an amazing eye for the beautiful and surreal. Wales is my family heritage and where I plan on taking my kids to see where we come from. Your work truly magnifies and reveals the magic of the land. Thank you for that.
Thank you for a great afternoons' tutorial- I feel a lot more confident after spending some time with you yesterday and i really enjoyed the session, we couldn't have asked for a better ending at Dinas shooting the sun going down..... fantastic!
Teri Owen, Caernarfon
You are an incredible artist and I love your work. Your photos of the sea draw me into their depths that I can almost smell the salty air. Your work makes me want to come and explore the beauty of Wales, it certainly reminds me so much of our fair shores up and down the coast of British Columbia.
Cheers from Vancouver.
I love your work. It is breathtaking and inspiring.
What an inspiring set of photos. Everyone of them is quality. To use the old phrase "Wow, I wish I had taken them!
Mari, I've been interested in photography for many years but recently seem to have lost the inspiration to go out just to take pictures. One look at your fabulous galleries has changed all that. Your pictures are true works of art and combine technique and compostion with the beautiful countryside of Wales, just awesome. Keep up your fantastic work.
Graham Tinsley, Wigan
A wonderful body of work by a truly gifted photographer. As a fellow photographer I can appreciate your attention to detail and technical application, while still offering the viewer an image of purity, interest and inspiration.
Gord Parrott www.symplimages.com
Superb images, you have a great eye for composition accompanied with excellent technical ability.
Keep updating the gallery!
Just back from a visit to Wales where we came across your work at the Lighthouse Cafe in Burry Port. The proprietor, Rebecca, told us about you and I made a mental note to look you up. Great pictures - they will either inspire me or make me give up!
What wonderful photographic work you do ...
it's been a pleasure to look through & see your inspirational work, I have put a link on my face book so my friends will visit your work, it needs to be seen :)
Hi wonderful work , love your eye for light, found your site at Venitar Welsh photo links, regards.
Keith Evans, Llangollen
I wonder if you have prints that I could buy of Royal Porthcawl Golf
Club, the images on the web site are terrific and I'd love some for my
I truly enjoyed your website, especially Ireland and Scotland, and you do wonderful people photography. I’ll follow you on facebook.
Just like to say I really like your photographs
I'm a photography hobbyist and absolutely love all your work with wide-angle shots.
I am an amateur photographer from Australia, I bought a copy of Digital SLR photography here in Aus and saw your photos. Is this one of yours on the cover too? I must say they are great!!!
Hi Mari, tonight I found your site whilst floundering on the Internet looking for inspiration. I must say I found it with looking at your site! Your work is beautiful, and very inspirational. It was also great to find a female photographer for a change (no offence to the men).
Many thanks for today's lesson. I found it extremely helpful and thoroughly enjoyed it! I'm looking forward to getting out there and
experimenting with all this new information.
My partner and I have just been reading your article in Jan's edition of Digital SLR. This encouraged me to visit your website and have been truly inspired by your work.
I've just spent some quality time wandering across Wales via your images Mari. I've been an admirer of your work for some time and it's nice to see it displayed so well here and all together. I'll be back from time to time to enjoy your view of your country.
Superbe photos,un grand merci.
I've just been on your website during my lunch break and thought I would drop you a quick note to let you know how much I admire your work. My husband and I are beginners at photography. We get a couple of monthly magazines and saw your article where you were talking about your Epson printer.
You have a wonderful site with excellent photography of which you should be very proud .....I travel around Wales lots in the summer months and love all your photographs from there....Also I love doing portrait work and your portraits are beautiful....Your site has inspired me to move myself and update my site.....
Best wishes...Barbara Luke
Your work is beautiful, I saw it on the Val McDermid cover and fell in love.
Monica Lindin, Australia