Election Special – a documentary photography workshop in the ‘Westminster bubble’
Join us in the ‘Westminster bubble’ on on the day the election results are announced for this unique documentary photography workshop. There are only 6 places available on this workshop
The atmosphere around Westminster on this historic day, December 13th will be electric, and London is already alive with political shenanigans. Working with an experienced documentary photographer, you will develop a picture-led news feature based on the current political situation and focusing on the General Election. Based principally in and around Westminster, we will join the frenzy of politicians, the media and protestors in what is undoubtedly one of the most exciting periods for current affairs in many years.
We will combine the themes of Brexit and the General Election to construct a photo-documentary project, telling the story of the event in a photo-story. You’ll learn how to develop the headline ‘splash’ image, backed up with a selection of images representing the ‘bigger picture’, including some ‘B-roll’ (general views) to support the story.
Working in a small group (maximum 6 participants), you will receive plenty of individual coaching and hands-on attention from a highly experienced photojournalist. This will be a fast-paced, challenging and inspiring day – ideal for street photographers and aspiring documentary photographers.
This will be a longer workshop day than usual, with a 9am start and a finish time of around 5.30pm. The day will start with a thorough briefing and ‘tutorial’ session, where we will cover key topics such as:
- How to approach a major ‘hard news’ event; shooting to a tight editorial brief
- How to develop a cohesive set of images which tell the story of an historic political event
- Finding strong news angles; what picture editors look for
- Principles of photojournalism
- Where stock photography fits in
- Story-telling; shooting and sequencing a news feature
- Legal issues; your rights; dealing with the police; public vs private property
- Technical considerations
- Best-practice captioning & metadata
- Finding markets for your work
- Safety briefing
Major news stories are, by their very nature, unpredictable and ‘anything might happen’ so be prepared to expect the unexpected!
Your Course Leader: Brian Lloyd Duckett
Brian is a long-established London photographer and professional street photographer. Prior to setting up a successful commercial and editorial photography business, Brian worked as a documentary photography working mainly on features. Brian teaches as a Visiting Lecturer on photography degree courses and is a member of the BPPA (British Press Photographers’ Association). He is also an Official Fujifilm X-Photographer (brand ambassador).
Brian has a very relaxed yet informative teaching style and offers lots of individual, hands-on coaching. His two books ‘Mastering Street Photography’ and ’52 Assignments: Street Photography’ are published by Ammonite Press and are now best sellers.
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 lens – or range of lenses – covering a focal length of around 28 to 135mm (full-frame); however, previous students on this workshop have done extremely well with just a 35mm (equivalent) lens, which achieves a consistent, realistic documentary feel. Bring whatever works for you! You won’t need a tripod but there’s no harm in bringing a flash.