A very warm welcome to Ivor Rackham’s photography site
Whether you are visiting to find out about photographic services, limited edition and high quality framed prints, or first class camera and software training or look at my photos or read my blog, you are in the right place.
My shop is here. If you can’t yet find what you’re looking for, then please contact me by email phone or social media. I am adding new products and services all the time, so please bookmark my shop and call back from time to time.
I believe in getting as many people as possible to become great photographers. I deliver a whole range of training packages through my popular courses and workshops.
My basic courses teach the rudiments of exposure and camera control, experimenting with different settings and with the ‘rule of thirds’. I deliver those either in one day, two half days, or over five weeks.
The intermediate courses build on that, teaching techniques including spot metering, long exposures and the golden section.
More in-depth, my advanced training courses and workshops are more challenging. Still hands-on, they cover colour theory, advanced metering, Gestalt perception, Itten’s Contrast and composition. We look at studio lighting and a host of other professional level techniques. I just launched my new 10-week advanced course.
Scheduled course syllabuses are fixed. But, these still have flexibility depending upon the participants’ learning. Even less rigid, I build the bespoke courses – often run as one-to-one training or for small groups of friends or families – to meet your needs.
I am proud of my superb 100% positive feedback on Google and Facebook. Over 90% of my clients come back for more training.
Events, parties and portraits
I photograph weddings, corporate events, parties, family portraits and products. I also get commissions for photographic work for magazines and newspapers. My customers include local, national and international businesses, national and local charities as well as musicians, politicians and youth organisations, schools and colleges and, of course, individuals.
Each image I make is individually developed and processed. I want you to have the great product and not a sausage-machine snap.
I don’t produce a price list for my services as every request for my work is different. Contact me to discuss your needs and ask me for a quote.
Last Minute Wedding Photography
Although I do shoot weddings, I restrict the number I do to a few a year as I have lots of other work and I keep my weekends free for family life. However, I do consider being an emergency back-up service for when other photographers drop out at the last minute.
Ivor’s Limited Edition Prints
I restrict the print runs on my images. I believe that people deserve original art that’s not likely to appear on every other person’s wall. This has made my work sought after.
Printed on the finest quality paper by an outstanding photographic laboratory, my large, fine art prints are only supplied framed. This is so any risk of damage to the print is mine. I use a top-quality professional framer for that work. I only charge his retail prices for the framing.
I first picked up a camera when I was 8-years old. I still have the black and white print I took of my sister on the dunes by a beach in Norfolk. It was a medium format Kodak box camera. Ten-years later I bought a Zentih TTL; a Russian Built SLR that fell apart within a week. I took it back to the shop and, after toying with a Miranda for six months, graduated to shooting with an excellent Olympus OM2n.
That Olympus went everywhere with me, including on expeditions in Europe and Africa. It was one of the few cameras to survive the dust of the semi-desert conditions in Namibia. Later, it spent a lot of time around my neck when I was working in outdoor education in Scotland. It finally got sold and replaced by digital technology when I was running a holiday business in Tanzania.
All my life people were telling me that I should become a professional photographer and I did a lot of unpaid professional work, both shooting images for voluntary organisations, the occasional wedding or party for friends, and training people.
A few years ago I finally got an opportunity to start doing what I love for a living. I left my full-time employment and set up Ivor Rackham Photography. I now train people to take better photographs, which is really rewarding work. Just as rewarding is that people keep buying my images; I hadn’t set out to sell them. People also keep asking me to shoot their portraits and events and I love that too.
Getting frustrated by poor quality customer service and poor quality products, I became determined that my business should provide premier services and products, and that is working for me.
I also set up the Northumberland Camera Club, in conjunction with JPI Media. My weekly column first appeared in The Northumberland Gazette and is Now syndicated to The Berwick Advertiser and The Morpeth Herald. The club has a Facebook group, which is growing daily. Please do join. It’s friendly, non-competitive and free!
Most of my work comes through word of mouth, but I have extended my website to include this shop to make my products and services more available. If you want talk with me by phone, email or Messenger beforehand, you are very welcome to do so.
My blog also has a substantial following. It has evolved from a showcase for my photos to articles aimed at helping people with photography. I am always glad to hear your comments and answer your questions there.
Other services I offer are business technical support and web design and build, including networks and CCTV.
I believe in passing full ownership of a website to the customer so in the future you are not tied to a contract and you can change a website however you like.
I also build affordable, high performance PCs for photographers.
So please contact me for any on my photographic services.
Thank-you for visiting my site and I look forward to hearing from you.