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Hi, my name’s Neil Atkinson and I teach people to become better photographers!


In addition to my photography teaching, I’ve spent over 40 years in professional photography working around the UK and abroad on a variety of commercial and editorial assignments.


I wrote and presented the ITV photography series A Moment in Time, which combined landscape and portrait images with the childhood reminiscences of 12 famous people from the North East, and during the series, I became the first person to demonstrate Adobe Photoshop on UK television.


In recent years, I have developed the use of photography, film and multimedia with hospice patients, families bereaved through murder, children excluded from mainstream education and stroke victims.

In 2010, a film I made with hospice patient Joanne Cairns from Ashington, was shortlisted in the Best Documentary Film category of the prestigious Limelight Film & Arts National Awards.  

I've collaborated with national and regional charities, Police forces, hospitals and hospices, schools and colleges - so if you’d like to discuss a potential project, please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.


I gained a teaching qualification 16 years ago and since then, have taught 2,500+ people of all ages and skill levels, to be better photographers. My photography training courses take place in Newcastle, Gateshead, Northumberland, Durham and Tyneside, and they cater for everyone from absolute beginner to professional.


My workshops are frequently copied - so please don't be confused by similar-sounding events. It's also quite common for photographers with empty diaries to try their hand at teaching - but you deserve better! Before choosing a photography teacher, ask to see their teaching qualifications. Here are my credentials:

Qualified Master Photographer (two professional Institutes)

Qualified Adult Education Teacher

Post Graduate Qualification in Continuing Education

Apple Teacher Institute - Digital Media in the Creative Classroom

BCS Digital Cre8tor - qualified as Trainer and Assessor

16 years as Photography & Darkroom Teacher

10 consecutive years Evening Chronicle Bride of the Year Photographer

7 years Hospice Creative Therapist and Bereavement Art Therapist

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