In recent years, I have gained my Licentiateship with the Royal Photographic Society and have been awarded a Credit with the Photography Alliance of Great Britain. I have also achieved the one Crown award from the British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE1) as a result of having numerous works accepted into national exhibitions, including winning gold medals in these. I regularly have my work published in national photographic, travel and lifestyle magazines. As an experienced teacher of many years, I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others and have worked with many individuals to help them develop their own photographic skills, both with their camera and with post processing. If you are interested in this, please get in touch via my contact page and we can discuss a personalised package for you. I have also spoken at camera clubs to share my experiences and work. some comments from these sessions are below:
'Landscapes are not my favourite topic, so someone doing something a bit different was most welcome. I hope Janet enjoyed her visit - I'm sure we all did!'
'It gave us lots of food for thought and yes, I'll be joining the queue at the filters counter!'
'I thought the evening with Janet was informative and well presented. I definitely will be trying some moving water shots with the ND filter I have but have hardly used! '
'What an excellent speaker last night. I found it so interesting and helpful.'
'Janet Miles visited us to talk about the subject of creative shutter speeds. Most beginners in photography are pleased that they have captured their moving subject sharply without blur but it does not take long before someone mentions that the helicopter they have frozen in mid air looks like it might fall from the sky and that a little motion blur might look like it was really moving. A few years back, any bird, razor sharp with glorious bokeh was a competition winner but these days cameras get better, judges want something different and a bit of action blur on the tips of the wings is what they want to see.
Janet uses creative shutter speeds in practically every subject she takes whether that be the waves at local Somerset beaches or on foreign shores, to the movement of the weather with clouds and lighting, even the stars above our heads. She has photographed people as they travel through the landscape as well as smoke and drips of water using a drip kit. She intentionally moves the camera horizontally and vertically.
Whatever the subject all of Janet’s photographs they have a special essence about them and that was Janet, all had been created with care and thought. It is clearly not enough for her to focus her camera on the subject, freeze the moment and pass on, she has to put some of her thought into it, it is like she is stamping her mark on each location. A consequence of this is we are seeing something the human eye can not see, something only the camera can create and it is quite simply fascinating and very beautiful. A strange experience as a viewer, is that it has the effect of calming the eye, you start to visually travel through the picture more slowly, you see more and it gives a greater sense of satisfaction.
As a teacher, Janet is no stranger to speaking publically and delivers her message directly and simply without waffle. She answered questions and comments from the audience without being deflected from her subject and this natural approach was very much appreciated. We only saw a small part of her extensive library of pictures and were left wanting more.
With the invention of the web and the digital camera we are more saturated by photography than ever before and to make our images stand out we have got to do something different. Just walking up to somewhere snapping the scene and moving on to the next is a bit like shooting ducks in a barrel – easy. Next time as you start to frame up, pause and have a think about putting a bit of you into the picture – maybe a different shutter speed will do that.'
'I’d recently started a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud and wanted to start using Lightroom quickly. Janet set up a training session for me to get to grips with handling a file from the camera through processing to print and storage. It was
fantastic training, Janet talked through and demonstrated the steps with superb clarity dealing with my questions as the lesson progressed. She has a wealth of experience with the software and a thoroughly effective instructional technique. Soon I’ll book an introduction to Photoshop with Janet.' DM Webb MBE