.LONDON BRIDGE AND BOROUGH MARKET.

This really is one of the most dramatically varied and architecturally diverse areas of the southern side of the Thames. The gleaming glass of The Shard mirroring the sky sits right alongside the ancient stones of Southwark Cathedral and the cobbles in the lanes around the famous Borough Market, with some dark Brutal concrete slabs and hard edges somewhere in between. A busy junction of history as well as of people and activity, this area contains more in a few hundred square metres than any photographer can hope to cover in a single day, so it’s never short of incredible pictures ready to be captured. Under Damien’s tuition you will concentrate on:

  • Using the architecture as a dramatic backdrop
  • Seeing and understanding light in a new way
  • Finding different ways to deal with exposure
  • Filling the frame with people without them noticing
  • Reacting to compositional challenges to create impact

The day begins with a coffee and a chat so our 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.

We will meet at the southern end of London Bridge, so the closest stations are London Bridge, Borough and Monument (on the other side of the river).

At the end of the day we will be in much the same place, and Damien will be able to direct you to the station you need to get home.

Exact start and end locations, as well as timings, will be communicated to all students by email ahead of the day to help with route planning.

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, mirrorless or compact camera 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.

Footwear

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.

Diet

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.

  • Pricing
  • £180

  • All Day Hands-on Workshop
  • Suitable for Photographers of all Levels
  • Critique & Summary of Day
  • Lunch Included
  • Click Here To Book

Dates available for this course

  • Saturday 30th July 2022 10am-4pm

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