Tobias James

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a close up portrait in black and white of a pretty lady

image with kind permission of student Nic.


Here are some studio testimonials from previous students. Although I have only been running the studio workshops for a year I am amazed at their success. Swiftly selling out, and proving to be a creative tour de force. Run in partnership with Tichborne Studios in Brighton, these workshops give me the opportunity to teach  my specialism of studio photography. Engaging with the full creative opportunities lighting has to offer as well as the controllable environment of the studio.


I have had the chance to meet some terrific photographers along the way, and sometime been privilege to forge new creative relationships. I thank all the sitters we have had in the studio too, from models, dancers, musicians, actors, artists, who have helped to generate the most generous creative space. Here are some examples of the images produced so far along with some testimonials which I hope will convince you to join us!


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Image: After Irving Penn by Richard S.

Richard's studio testimonial

“I took an Irving Penn inspired  master class workshop with Toby, and had an amazing experience.  With only a small number of students in the studio we got a lot of individual instruction and hands-on time to shoot with the two excellent models.  We learned how to use v flats, bounce boards and reflectors to create some amazing images.  But the real reason to take the workshop is the expert knowledge that Toby drops throughout the day on all different aspects of lighting and photographing humans.  These ideas are priceless and change the way you think about photography and art, and stick with you every time you pick up your camera.  I highly recommend his workshops, and am eager to attend the next ones.  Thanks Toby!

Image: Portrait by Violeta

Violeta's studio testimonial

I love portrait photography workshops.  If I would have enough money, I would participate in each one that Tobias has. Also, I had no idea that my old camera can make such beautiful photos. 

Amazing models, fun colleagues, a good location and perfect teaching from the photography master.

I always get so much energy and inspiration from these workshops.

Image: Headshot techniques. Ella  By Natasha W

Natasha's studio testimonial

“Having first learnt the basics of film photography almost 20 years ago, I wanted to upskill and take my portraits up a level. Tobias was detailed in his explainations, encouraging, and most of all, made the day fun and engaging.

I came out with so much more confidence in studio lighting and I am really proud of the portraits I captured on the day.

Thank you”

Natasha Brighton

Image: Savannah by Michael K

Michael's studio testimonial

“I’ve  been to quite a few of Tobias’ photography workshops, and it is always fun! His knowledge is extensive, and he also encourages you to play with techniques and to take artistic risks to develop your own style.”

Michael Horsham

Image:  Billy by Mia 

Mia's studio testimonial

“I thoroughly enjoyed the portrait workshop run by Toby. Having been extremely nervous as I walked into the studio a complete beginner Toby put me completely at ease. He is a fantastic teacher and listened and focused on what I wanted to achieve from the day.

Toby provided me with opportunities to experiment with various lighting set ups, building my confidence throughout the day.  The workshop covered everything there is to know to achieve  stunning portraits and I now have some great pictures to start my folio. “

Mia London

Image:  Portrait by Ella

Ella's studio testimonial

I will definitely come back for more classes as I learnt so much and was an amazing experience with some great photos “


Ella Photography Brighton

Image:  Lilith after Irving Penn by Ian K

Ian's studio testimonial

“Having attended one of Toby’s workshops before, I had no hesitation in signing up when I saw the Irving Penn session.
The studio is well equipped and the tuition from Toby was both well presented and informative.
The other students were equally engaged and both models were superb!
I recommend the sessions to anyone!”


Ian Crowborough

photography studio workshop Brighton student fitness black and white portrait photo Sussex

Image: Headshot techniques. Julie By Jan

Jan's studio testimonial

A relaxed and informative workshop. Toby is very patient, helpful and has a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for photography.

His ability to pick up any camera and sort out it’s quirks for the student is invaluable.


Jan Brighton Photography

If these testimonials have inspired you to want to take part in one of my workshops, please complete the form opposite to register your interest.

I look forward to hearing from you.