A London at Christmas street photography workshop: lights, consumption and retail madness!
London takes on a frenetic pace during the weeks leading up to Christmas, with the street alive with shoppers and party-goers. This is a ‘project-based’ workshop where we will aim to produce a cohesive set of images which tell the story of ‘Christmas in London’.
With a maximum of 6 participants, this workshop is designed to help you become a creative, competent and confident street photographer. It will combine structured shooting with coaching from your course leader, Brian Lloyd Duckett. Our workshops are not ‘photo walks’ – nor they are about taking pictures of random people in random streets doing nothing in particular. They provide an immersive, intensive learning experience, designed to elevate your street photography to a new level.
This workshop is as much about about the ‘art’ than it is about the technical side of street photography. As well as learning great new street photography techniques and creative approaches, you will discover how to produce stylish and distinctive images which reflect life on the street in the 21st century, focusing on three key styles of shooting:
- Visual storytelling: developing a strong narrative in your work
- Using everyday ‘street life’ to create beauty from the mundane
- The abstract / fine art approach to street photography
What level is this workshop?
This is for people who are familiar with their camera and have a grasp of the basic exposure settings. You may be new to the genre of street photography or you may be an experienced shooter who wants to refine and improve your technique.
What you will learn
- Develop a street photographer’s ‘eye’ and learn how to spot a photo opportunity in an every day street scene.
- Appreciate the aesthetics of and various approaches to street photography.
- Understand the importance of developing your own style as a street photographer and how to conceive and undertake ‘projects’.
- Understand the components of a great street image.
- Practice different types of street photography and discover your preferred style of shooting.
- Conquer your fear of photographing strangers.
- Become invisible and shoot your environment quietly and unobtrusively.
- Learn the technical aspects of street photography: equipment, composition, exposure, light and focus.
- Maximise the potential of your camera when photographing buildings and urban landscapes.
- Learn how a professional street photographer sets up his camera for fast and accurate shooting.
- Learn how manual focusing can speed up your work and make you more effective as a street photographer.
- Learn how to photograph safely in difficult situations or areas and how to interact effectively with the public, the police and other officials.
- Understand some of the key legal and ethical aspects of street photography.
- Learn how to react positively if people are questioning, challenging or offended.
- We meet at 10.15am for coffee, introductions, tuition and a thorough briefing (around 1.5 to 2 hours’ tuition) before setting off onto the streets.
- Our itinerary will take us to some great street photography ‘hot spots’, where we will put into practice some of the principles learned in the morning session. Expect to walk around 6-8km on this workshop.
- Our small group sizes allow participants to receive a significant amount of one-to-one tuition and coaching from the course leader, Brian Lloyd Duckett, a professional street photographer and photojournalist.
- We’ll find somewhere quiet for a lunch break, with a group discussion before hitting the streets again for the second structured photographic session.
- We will finish the formal part of the day at around 4.30pm with drinks, a thorough debrief and a further Q&A session.
- Individual critique for photos taken on the day is available during the week following the course.
- After the course, participants will be encouraged to keep in touch through our alumni network.
After the workshop
During the week following the workshop you’ll receive a detailed follow-up note, including reading references and lots of other useful resources. You’ll also be invited to join our online Alumni network for critique, discussion and opportunities to meet up with like-minded street photographers for shooting days.
Critique is an important part of the learning process and you will be invited to submit your images for critique, either privately or via the Alumni forum.
Your Course Leader: Brian Lloyd Duckett
Brian is a well-known London photographer and professional street photographer. Prior to setting up a successful commercial and editorial photography business, Brian has worked as a press and agency photographer on the streets on London and many other UK cities. Brian teaches as a Visiting Lecturer on photography degree courses and is a member of the BPPA (British Press Photographers’ Association), the AOP (Association of Photographers) and the IFJ (International Federation of Journalists).
Brian has a very relaxed yet informative teaching style and offers lots of individual, hands-on coaching. His latest book ‘Mastering Street Photography’, is published by Ammonite Press and is a comprehensive street photography manual. The book is the perfect accompaniment to the workshop and you will be offered the opportunity to purchase a signed copy when you check-out. If you don’t book a workshop place, you can still buy a copy HERE. Brian is currently working on his next book which outlines 52 street photography projects.
What kit do you need?
Any camera will be fine, whether it’s a compact, bridge, mirrorless, CSC or DSLR. We also warmly welcome people who prefer to shoot on film. You will ideally have a prime lens which has a focal length of around 28 or 35mm (full-frame) or around 18 or 24mm (crop sensor). If you don’t a have a prime lens, a zoom will be fine. You won’t need a flash or tripod for this workshop.