Documentary photography workshop in the ‘Westminster bubble’
Join us in the ‘Westminster bubble’ for this unique documentary photography workshop.
March 29th could be an historic day for the UK, 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 theme of ‘Brexit’. Based principally in and around Westminster, we will join the frenzy of politicians, the media and protesters in what is undoubtedly one of the most exciting periods for current affairs in many years.
We will use the theme of ‘Brexit’ to construct a photo-documentary project, telling the story of the event in 12-18 pictures. 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 an ‘official’ finish time of 6pm but we may carry on shooting if things hot up. 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
- The role of stock photography
- 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’. There’s always a chance that the Brexit issue will be resolved before the date (which looks unlikely!); if this is the case, you will be working to an alternative brief, based on a current political or social issue.
Your Course Leader: Brian Lloyd Duckett
Brian (‘Duck’ to his friends) is a well-known London photographer and professional street photographer. Prior to setting up a successful commercial and editorial photography business, Brian 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) and the IFJ (International Federation of Journalists). He is also an Official Fujifilm X-Photographer.
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.