.CITY OF LONDON WORKSHOPS.
On this street photography workshop you’ll spend the day shooting among the glass and stone of the City of London. The route takes us from ancient to modern and back again, as we investigate the characters and stunning backdrops of the bustling heart of the capital. We will concentrate on composition, making the most of the light and using the graphics of the area to frame, overwhelm and emphasise our subjects. It will be a day of action and movement against a solid, static, backdrop.
You will learn:
- How to incorporate people into architectural surroundings
- How to see scenes that have potential
- Metering in difficult situations
- Getting close to people without them noticing you are there
- Effective use of light for creating impact and interest
The City is one of the most exciting areas of London – its buildings span centuries and a mass of styles to form an incredibly varied atmosphere, which allows us to create a broad range of different-looking images.
The day will begin with a coffee and a chat so the small group can get to know each other and so Damien can discover what you hope to get out of the class. We’ll then head out for a series of lessons in specific locations so you can grasp new skills under Damien’s watchful and attentive eye. Although you will have the freedom to photograph what you like, this will be a structured class of learning, not just a walk around a famous area of London. Each class ends with a friendly and constructive critique of the pictures taken, so we can share our experiences and learn from each other’s mistakes and successes.
The class will finish at 4pm, but if you need to leave before that time that can easily be arranged. The class will be suitable for photographers of all levels of experience, from complete beginner upwards. It will be a small group, and everyone will get plenty of help and attention.
Book or ask questions by emailing us directly.
This course takes place in the shining financial district of London, and begins in a cafe close to Liverpool Street station. Other stations close by include Aldgate East, Shoreditch High Street and Moorgate.
We'll end the day in much the same place, and Damien will be able to direct you to the closest station for your journey home.
Exact details of start points and times will be sent to all students prior to the day.
Frequently Asked Questions
What camera will I need?
Almost any camera will be suitable for this course. Small light cameras are the most suitable for street photography, but any DSLR will also be absolutely fine. A digital camera will allow you to see the results of what you are learning and to assess your on-going success, but it is quite possible to work with film if that is your preference.
What lenses will I need?
Focal lengths between 24mm and 90mm (full frame equivalent) are most suitable for street photography. You won’t need long lenses or extreme wide angles, unless they are part of your photographic style. Try not to bring too many. Damien uses a standard lens most often, but also likes a 24mm and an 85mm, and prefers fixed focal length lenses for their faster maximum apertures. Zooms though, will be absolutely fine. If you have any specific questions about kit please feel free to get in touch.
Will I need a flash or a tripod?
No, and no.
What about the weather?
Street photographers aren’t afraid of a bit of bad weather so unless it pours with rain or it gets too cold we will stay out shooting. Should things get too bad we’ll find somewhere undercover or inside to carry on the day, but please do check the weather forecast before the day so that you can dress appropriately.
These courses aren’t long hiking days, and in fact we often don’t travel very far at all, but you will be on your feet for a lot of the time so please wear shoes that are comfortable. We stop for breaks so you won’t be on your feet all day, but you will need to be comfortable so you can concentrate.
If you have any special dietary requirements please let Damien know at the time of booking so we can make sure you are catered for.
What is included?
Street courses generally include tea/coffee at the beginning and the end of the day, and a sandwich-style lunch.
Students are responsible for their own equipment and for ensuring they have appropriate insurance.
If you have any other questions about the day, or any other courses I offer, please feel free to email me here.
- All Day Hands-on Workshop
- Suitable for Photographers of all Levels
- Critique & Summary of Day
- Lunch Included
Dates available for this course
- Friday 22nd May 2020 10am - 4pm
- Thursday 4th June 2020 10am - 4pm