London Docklands urban landscape photography workshop
In this new workshop, we explore London’s Docklands and Canary Wharf, observing and photograping the people the amazing light and the architecture in the striking part of the city.
Since its development in the 1990s, London’s Docklands has always held fascination for street photographers. Amidst the sterile structures lies a beating heart, with city workers absorbed in their own worlds of money-making and hi-tech. Humans’ relationship with the built environment has fascinated street photographers for many years and has now become a photographic genre in its own right. This urban landscape photography workshop combines elements of architectural, landscape and street photography to offer participants a unique learning experience.
Before the workshop
3-4 days before the workshop you’ll be sent comprehensive joining instructions with details of the meeting venue, start and finish times and a brief questionnaire about you and your objectives – which we ask you to complete in advance of the workshop. This helps us ensure that the workshop can be geared, as far as possible, to the participants’ needs.
Morning briefing / tutorial session (10am start)
This is a critical part of the day, where we explore such issues as:
- Exploring 3 creative approaches to street photography
- How to build your confidence as a street photographer
- Ethical and legal considerations
- Fieldcraft: the techniques we use on the streets
- Gear selection, camera settings and technical issues
Morning session: street shooting
We spend the rest of the morning out shooting, working on specific techniques and approaches, working mostly as a group
Afternoon session: street shooting
After a short lunch break, we continue to build on the lessons learnt during the morning whilst working on some additional techniques; you will be undertaking a number of challenges and tasks throughout the day.
Workshops usually finish around 4.30pm, when we find a quiet corner in the pub for a de-brief, Q&A session and further discussion over a well-earned drink.
What will you learn on the day?
- How to create a relationship between people and their environment
- Begin to develop your own style as a photographer and how to conceive and undertake ‘projects’
- How to spot a photo opportunity in an everyday urban scene
- Principles of composition in the urban landscape
- What is ‘good light’ and how to work with it
- Technical considerations when photographing buildings
- Recognising – and shooting – architectural detail
- Understand the components of a great urban landscape image
- How to become invisible and shoot your environment quietly and unobtrusively
- Maximise the potential of your camera and lenses when photographing buildings and urban landscapes
- The legal issues involved in shooting the built environment
- Learn how to react positively to interventions from security guards or the police
After the workshop
We will send you an extensive follow-up note, with a recommended reading list, links to films and videos and other helpful resources. Critique is an important part of the leaning process and you’ll be invited to submit images for constructive critique to help keep your development on-track.
As far as we’re concerned, the workshop ‘never ends’ and we are always here for support and advice as your street photography journey progresses.
The StreetSnappers Collective
After the workshop, you’ll be invited to join the StreetSnappers Collective, a hub dedicated to street photography. Membership is completely free and is restricted to those who have participated in our workshops. It’s a small, select and welcoming group of people with a shared passion: street photography.
Benefits of the Collective include access to a lively, active and very warm Facebook group where you can post images for critique, ask questions (about gear, techniques or locations, for example) or create debate about street photography. Members can arrange meet-ups in their areas, form critique circles and organise their own events. There’s also a monthly competition designed to challenge and stretch you, whilst continuing to develop your skills in specific areas.
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 street shooter who wants to refine and improve your technique.
What gear do you need?
Any camera model / make is 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 which has a focal length of around 28 or 35mm (full-frame equivalent) or around 18 or 24mm (APS-C 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 street photography workshop.
Your course leader – Brian Lloyd Duckett
With a background in photojournalism, Brian is a London-based documentary photographer and professional street photographer. He teaches as a visiting lecturer on photography degree courses and is a member of the BPPA (British Press Photographers’ Association). He is an Official Fujifilm X-Photographer. You can see some of his personal work here. Brian has a relaxed and engaging 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 have become best-sellers. You can buy signed copies directly from Brian here