For visitors from abroad – workshop testimonials

Selected feedback from students/participants

Concerning photography workshops conducted by Edmund Schilvold

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Featured comment:

“Many thanks for a beneficial course. I am a person who inclines toward the theoretical, and I know much of the theory [concerning photography], but the practical is something quite different, and I learned very much! Moreover, Jeloy was a discovery to me. Thank you also for an incredibly nice book – with regard to both the pictures and the text!”

Geir Ellingsrud (former dean of the University of Oslo)
Participant on the course from the 12th to the 14th of June 2009 (Jeloy)

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”I had three enlightening and enjoyable days on Jeloy, and the course exceeded my expectations. I was curious to see how much weight you would give to the different subjects, and how the plan would work out. I think you achieved a good balance between the reviewing of basic knowledge and [the giving of] new challenges. And the people in the group fit reasonably well together. You were thorough in your explanations, and convincing, having knowledge of all the subjects we went through and the questions we posed, while avoiding the trap of lengthy elaborations. Good!”

Hakon Haugan, Notteroy
Participant on the course from the 17th to the 19th of June 2011 (Jeloy)

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Thank you for very good guidance – I am very satisfied. I like your calm way of being, and the way in which you explain things …

Heidi Grinaker, Fredrikstad
Participant on the course from the 8th to the 10th of April 2011 (Jeloy)

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”Many thanks (…) for a very good course. You have skill! I have learned heaps, and am looking forward to shooting somewhat better pictures, hopefully, and to working with RAW-files (…). All the best from a very happy and contented workshop participant.”

Katrin Ohlander, Moss
Participant on the course from the 4th to the 6th of February 2011 (Jeloy)

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Many thanks (…) for a wonderful weekend. You are a fantastic teacher, who paints verbal images with great care and patience. That makes it [the new learning] easy to comprehend – both the theory and the practice. The combination of practical photography, theory and image editing was perfect. You master composition both in images and in teaching. The course has inspired me to shoot pictures more often, and to play with image editing in Photoshop.

Karen Hannasvik, Biri (Lillehammer)
Participant on the course from the 5th to the 7th of November 2010 (Jeloy)

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Many thanks for a great and enlightening weekend – the [combination of] practical and theoretical was right on target for one who needed a bit more basic knowledge of the secrets of photography.

Terje Makestad, Oslo
Participant on the course from the 5th to the 7th of November 2010 (Jeloy)

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“I have learned incredibly much in these three days, and I am looking forward to continuing with photography, and with post-processing in Photoshop. I also liked that fact that the group was small, so that everyone could be given individual guidance.”

Bjorg Unndis Dale, Oslo
Participant on the course from the 5th to the 7th of November 2010 (Jeloy)

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”I was greatly satisfied with the photography course, and feel that I learned a lot. Wonderful with practice both outdoors and indoors (…) You are, by the way, very skilled at teaching things. One feels that one is able to stay on track and understand what one hears.”

Kirsten Heiberg, Snarøya
Participant on the course from the 1st to the 3rd of October 2010 (Nord-Garthus farm, Begna Valley)

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”Thank you for the notes. I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for a very enlightening course. It will be fun to explore [the subjects] further.”

Berit Rustebakke, Leirsund
Participant on the course from the 1st to the 3rd of October 2010 (Nord-Garthus farm, Begna Valley)

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”I also want to thank you for a good course, have to say I learned a lot. (…) It was great fun, have to say time went by very quickly.”

Gerd Bjørnødegård
Participant on the course from the 1st to the 3rd of October 2010 (Nord-Garthus farm, Begna Valley)

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“Thank you for a great course! An intensive weekend with a fine combination of lots of photography in natural surroundings and useful theory to increase understanding. Excellent guidance as we went along. I have learned a lot that I expect to put to good use in the future. The Photoshop session was splendid.”

Ola Smith, Hosle
Participant on the course from the 24th to the 26th of September 2010

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“Many thanks for a course rich in learning. I was inspired to do more photography, and to use the image editing program more systematically. It was great fun. You are good at explaining, and your burning enthusiasm for photography was plain to see. So, many thanks for three wonderful days!”

Anne Sofie Roimal, Oslo
Participant on the course from the 24th to the 26th of September 2010 (Jeloy)

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”The course was very well planned, with a great mix of theory and practice. It was very good that the practical part came right after the theoretical part, since this meant that we could try things out immediately. I have gained an unbelievable amount of knowledge of camera settings, and of how to find motifs outdoors, in nature.”

Shirley Christell Lovtangen, Sarpsborg
Participant on the course from the 4th to the 6th of June 2010 (Jeloy)

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”Many thanks for this weekend! As I hope you understood, all my expectations were completely satisfied. Perhaps I, with my level of knowledge and my experiences, fit the profile of the ideal participant perfectly. In any case, the course gave me more than I had hoped for of tips, advice and new insight. Because of this, the course also gave me so much inspiration that I cannot wait to start employing the new knowledge. This certainly makes for more and better images!”

Tore Lie, Son
Participant on the course from the 26th to the 28th of March 2010 (Jeloy)

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”Thanks for updated information. I would like to add that I benefited greatly from the course in March this year. I frequently use the things we were taught!”

Andreas Sinding-Larsen, Oslo
Participant on the course from the 12th to the 14th of March 2010 (Jeloy)

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“Hi Edmund! I just want to thank you for some delightful days. It [the course] was incredibly interesting and rich in learning, and inspired me to dart out this morning – into the mist that was laying on the forest here.”

Elisabeth Maria Sandaker, Rade
Participant on the course from the 16th to the 18th of October 2009 (Jeloy)

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”Thank you for a glorious weekend on Jeloy, with a perfect mix of theory and practice! I have gained both new knowledge and inspiration.”

Anne Gunn Pedersen, Sogne
Participant on the course from the 2nd to the 4th of October 2009 (Jeloy, level two)

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”Thank you for a gorgeous weekend! I have learned lots, and am looking forward to experimenting with all that I have learned. I think the course was very well planned, with two days outdoors, ‘in the field’, and one day of [image] editing indoors.”

Ann-Kristin Braeck, Moss
Participant on the course from the 18th to the 20th of September 2009 (Jeloy)

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“I want to give thanks for a very enlightening, inspiring and entertaining weekend, with great weather and beautiful surroundings. I knew a little bit when I arrived, but went home with new knowledge, new inspiration and new energy.”

Stian Halvorsen, Jessheim
Participant on the course from the 18th to the 20th of September 2009 (Jeloy)

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”I often think back on the photography course on Jeloy with joy!”

“Many thanks for delightful days on beautiful Jeloy. Kari and I agreed that we had derived great benefits from your course. Now it is up to us.”

Reidun Hovind Haugland, Asker
Participant on the course from the 28th to the 30th of August 2009 (Jeloy)

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”Three intense days, with a good mix of both theory and practical exercises, in the beautiful nature on Jeloy. For me, the course was a very useful refreshing of old knowledge of photography, combined with an excellent introduction to the digital world – one which got me started with Photoshop. The course also gave me lots of inspiration to see potential images – recommended!”

Dag Erik Storberget
Participant on the course from the 17th to the 19th of April 2009 (Jeloy)

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”Hi Edmund! Would like to thank you for a exceedingly content-rich and inspiring course in Vaga last weekend. (…) You are truly knowledgeable.”

Lise Foss, Oslo
Participant on the course from the 26th to the 29th of March 2009 (“The Academy of Photography”, Vaga, four-day course)

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”Again, thank you for some very beneficial and entertaining days of photography!”

Cornelia Vikan, Stjordal
Participant on the course from the 26th to the 29th of March 2009 (“The Academy of Photography”, Vaga, four-day course)

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”The content of the course was good, and it was very enlightening. A perfect beginner’s course for those who want to go a bit further in photography. One becomes very motivated to go deeper into the various subjects after this course.”

Kenneth Isaksen, Rygge
Participant on the course from the 20th to the 22nd of February 2009 (Jeloy)

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”Thank you for a weekend rich in learning. It was a great inspiration.”

Kent Engedalen, Oslo
Participant on the course from the 20th to the 22nd of February 2009 (Jeloy)

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“Thank you for a valuable course this weekend! Great!”

Nordvald Ruderas, Helgeland
Participant on the course from the 20th to the 22nd of February 2009 (Jeloy)

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”I enjoyed every minute these two days also, and have learned heaps. (…) At the level 1-course this spring I got a real aha-experience, and was very inspired both by the manner of your teaching and by how we were made to approach the assignments. (…) I therefore quickly decided to register for the level 2-course this autumn, and I do not for a moment regret it. I have truly become an enthusiast.”

Tina Normann, Larkollen
Participant on the course from the 25th to the 26th of October 2008 (Jeloy, level 2)

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”I came to the course conducted by Edmund Schilvold as a lost amateur photographer, and went home motivated to learn much, much more. On my own, I had trained myself into liking my SLR camera, but I began making demands that required more skill and understanding. I got the push I needed. Thank you!”

Petter Andersen, Moss
Participant on the course from the 26th to the 28th of September 2008 (Jeloy)

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”I had big expectations for this course. Some [of the curriculum] I knew from before, but I learned a lot. The course was well laid out, with a good combination of teaching indoors and photography outdoors. It was also very advantageous that we were only five people, since this meant that everyone got the help that was needed. The course satisfied my expectations, and I highly recommend it to others with an interest in photography.”

Erik Solberg, Porsgrunn
Participant on the course from the 26th to the 28th of September 2008 (Jeloy)

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”Thank you for a super weekend course, tremendously rich in learning. I am very satisfied.”

Therese Norman Andersen, Slemmestad
Participant on the course from the 23rd to the 25th of May 2008 (Jeloy)

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”I think the course was very enlightening. It was a fine combination of theory and practice, both indoors and outdoors, in the beautiful landscape, and everything was explained in thorough manner, which causes it to be remembered. Only five participants meant that we all got sufficient individual attention.”

Arild Pettersen, Rygge
Participant on the course from the 11th to the 13th of April 2008 (Jeloy)

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”Thank you for the last time, it was so nice to see you again, and to view your beautiful images. I derived exceedingly great pleasure from participating on the first course – so of course I will join the ‘level 2-course’.”

Tina Norman, Rygge
Participant on the course from the 11th to the 13th of April 2008 (Jeloy)

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Some facts regarding the workshops/courses:

The courses held on Jeloy (the island of Jeloy, known as “the gem of the Oslofjord”) usually began at 2 or 3pm on Friday and ended at 2 or 3 pm on Sunday, consisting of between 18 and 20 hours of tuition in total. The number of participants was kept low, between three and six, in order to ensure a high quality experience.

Since I first began conducting long-weekend photography workshops, back in April 2008, I have planned and led approximately 40 such workshops, and had more than 150 photography-interested adults (usually between the age of 30 and 60) as students.

In 2010, I also organized a weeklong photography “safari” in Western Ireland, with Coopershill manor in county Sligo as the base. In February and March 2011, I taught an evening course in photography for the Norwegian educational establishment Folkeuniversitetet (the People’s University).

Regarding the translation of the testimonials

All of the above testimonials have been translated into English from Norwegian by Edmund Schilvold, the undersigned. I have endeavored to perform the translation in as faithful a manner as possible. Where no exact equivalent exists in English for a given word or expression in Norwegian, or where word for word translation would produce rather odd English, I have attempted to translate it such a way as to preserve as much as possible of the tenor of that part of the original comment, while maintaining idiomatic English.

 

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