These Testimonials have been provided by participants of previous Workshops and Courses and by photographers who have hired the Platform3 Studio.
No torture, bribery or corruption of any kind was used to get them!!!! :-)
Landscape Workshops with Mike Brown
If you want a photography workshop that ticks all the boxes, look no further than Mike Brown. I spent an extremely enjoyable long weekend recently attending one of Mike's workshops in Malin, Donegal. This exceeded all my expectations.
Mike has a wealth of local knowledge and took us to 10 stunning and varied locations over 4 days. His teaching is excellent, both on-site and after the shoot when he shared many useful tips on post-processing the day's images. He has worked all his life in photography and entertained us with many tales and anecdotes of his experiences. The accommodation was of a very high standard and conveniently located so that we did not have long journeys early in the morning for our sunrise shoots. His home cooked breakfasts were delicious and we quickly began to look forward to this treat after our early morning session.
For me, the icing on the cake was Mike's interaction after the workshop. Mike has given me a detailed critique of some of the images from the workshop (https://500px.com/photo/123676955). He even re-edited files for comparison. I am already looking forward to my next workshop with Mike.
Paul Byrne, Dublin
Mike Brown’s weekend workshop was an inspiration. It was very much a hands-on experience. The limited number in the group ensured that there was excellent personal guidance from Mike, in his easy going and approachable style.
Technical aspects on camera usage and post-processing were given in an informal and easy-to-understand manner. Mike also gave fantastic advice on how to “see” a photograph in terms of creative composition.
I would highly recommend Mike’s workshops.
(He also cooks a great breakfast!)
Paul Edmondson - Waterford
I attended Mike’s Landscape photography workshop recently in Donegal. It was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend, where I learned loads from Mike who was very generous with his knowledge and tips and was also blown away with the amazing scenery and beaches along the Inishowen peninsula.
His morning fry ups kept the troops energy levels high on those early morning sunrises!
Laura Coughlan - Offshoot Camera Club, Dublin
Some of the things I learned during the weekend was how important it is to take a picture at the right time and with a better eye for composition. With the helpful advice from Mike and a loan of some filters, I came away with pictures that I’m very pleased with. I have a better understanding of how to use different types of filters and what they do, which helped me choose which ones to buy when I got home.
I totally enjoyed the landscape workshop and learned loads over the weekend, I would definitely recommend it!
Suzanne Merrigan - Fermoy Camera Club
Thanks for a great few days in Donegal. Brilliant locations, fabulous enthusiasm and perfect weather! The seascapes were amazing and there was loads of time for exploring locations and experimenting with the camera.
Mike gave loads of tuition, guidance and advice re composition use of filters etc.
I was delighted with my photos when I got home – especially the slow shutter speed effect. The accommodation was excellent and the cooked breakfasts were very welcome after the early morning shoots.
Deirdre Murphy - Malahide Camera Club
Introduction to Digital Photography Course with Dave Edmunds:
“If you want to learn photography, Dave will make what looks like a daunting task into an enjoyable and fun experience”.
Daire O Connor - Kilbrittain
“Brilliant course, well worth signing up for, Dave is very helpful and I really enjoyed it”.
“Brilliant course, very informative, Dave put in great effort to encourage people to develop their interest in photography. Great Stuff!!” James Brady
“Excellent course, learned a lot about my camera and now taking great images”
Studio Lighting Workshops at Platform3
Thanks again for a great couple of Workshops on Studio Lighting. I came away learning a lot and really enjoyed them.
Excellent - thanks again".
Paul Vincent - Ballincollig
I thought the workshop was very good and I have already recommended to other club members!!
It wasn't over subscribed compared to other courses I have been on and the model was very good.
Olivia - Blarney
Studio hire at Platform3:
I recently used the studio for a fashion shoot with a leading stylist. I was shown around the facilities and was made to feel at home. With an abundance of areas to shoot and lighting equipment the shoot went off without a hitch. With a rather large number looks to shoot we had plenty of space for the team consisting of stylist, MUA, and models along with the extensive wardrobe. Along with the photography equipment, there are other facilities, such as audio equipment, television, a changing/rest area with teas & coffees. I am happy with the studio an the results achieved and hope to use it again in the future.
Patrick Slattery - Photographer, Cork
I have used the Platform 3 studio on a couple of occasions. It is a fantastic fully equipped studio which has two bay windows which give fabulous natural light. The staged area with its beautiful old floor boards makes for some really beautiful shots. Recent feature of the studio is their Graffti wall which allows you to do some nice urban looking images. I found the space you had to work in was fantastic as it gives you great scope when shooting. Dave, Tommy and Mike are always on hand are a great to deal with. I would highly recommend Platform3 to any photographer who needs a studio space to rent. Karen - Janaphotography
Fine Art Nude Workshop November 2013:
Just getting into the post processing from Saturday last. I have to hand it to you - your lighting and set ups were superb. Elle Beth looks amazing. Maybe next time I might feel confident enough to give the model some directions. This was probably the most enjoyable workshop I've been on and I should get many happy hours on the pp.
Dick Walsh - Drogheda
Mike Brown Workshops:
I have learned so much about lighting, composition and patience from the workshops I have attended with Mike. I find Mike to be extremely helpful at all times. He does his best to transfer his wealth of knowledge and skill to you, in a simple, uncomplicated fashion. Looking over older photos I have taken, I can see a marked improvement in what I take now. I’m looking forward to my next workshop already.
Chris O’Brien [East Cork]
One day Creative Landscape and Nature Workshops in Killarney with Mike Brown
Hi Mike , Thanks for a great day in Killarney yesterday . We all really enjoyed our day with you and I m quite certain that you will have repeat business from the three new recruits from Conna.
Once again, thanks, it was a real treat. Kaye English, Conna, Co Cork
Mike, I was engrossed in that last shot when you left so I didn't get to thank you for a very enjoyable and informative day... so thanks for a very enjoyable and informative day!
All the best, Dave Harty, Cork
Hi Mike, I just wanted to say - Thank you for a very enjoyable Saturday. I thoroughly enjoyed it & eventually learned what the polariser actually does with reflections! Many thanks again and hopefully I will see you again soon!
Kind regards, Shane Goggin, Cork
BLACK & WHITE DARKROOM WORKSHOP
Just back from a 2-day workshop with Mike Brown of Platform3photo Studio. Over the weekend myself and another two new friends learned how to process, develop and print our own shots using black and white film. I had the added bonus of using Mike's Bronica medium format camera (a beauty!!). This was my first time using a medium format camera as I normally use a pentax 35mm film camera and I really had great fun with it. We took to the streets of Cork to capture whatever we wished and came back an hour later. I never had so much fun in my life!! I've fallen head over heels in love with black and white film photography and each and every step of it from transferring the film to the reel in complete darkness (not easy!!) to the final printing process. When you see the final work, the feeling of immense satisfaction and contentment is amazing. What a brilliant workshop. At no stage of the process did I feel lost or clueless as to what I was doing as Mike was readily available to help when needed. I cannot recommend Mike's workshops strongly enough, his knowledge and expertise is endless. It was a weekend of new knowledge, new skills, new friends, plenty of laughter and I'm absolutely thrilled with my final results. They are going into frames and up on my wall, they are the first shots I developed and printed myself smile emoticon Thank you so much Mike for a most enjoyable weekend and thank you once again for the use of your Bronica!!
Nicola Sommers, Mallow