Hello Manchester! Urban Landscape photography workshop: buildings, people and light
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. We will explore the city of Manchester, including Castlefield, Spinningfields and the Northern Quarter.
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 photography to a new level.
This workshop is as much about about the ‘art’ than it is about the technical side of urban landscape photography. As well as learning great new techniques and creative approaches, you will discover how to produce stylish and distinctive images which reflect life in the urban environment in the 21st century.
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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 urban landscape photography or you may be an experienced shooter who wants to refine and improve your technique.
What you will learn
- 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.