Urban Landscape photography workshop: a unique blend of cityscape, street and architectural photography
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.
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.
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
- We meet at 11am for coffee, introductions, tuition and a thorough briefing 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 commercial and street photographer.
- 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 5.30pm 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).
Brian has a very relaxed yet informative teaching style and offers lots of individual, hands-on coaching. His first book ‘Mastering Street Photography’, is published by Ammonite Press and is a comprehensive street photography manual. His latest book ‘52 Assignments: Street Photography’ (Ammonite, 2018) is a project workbook designed to develops skills and techniques in a focused and fun way.
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.
Prime lenses are ideal (though zooms will be fine) – ideally covering the focal range 28 to 85mm (full-frame equivalent). Wider / longer lenses may be useful but are not essential for this workshop. You won’t need a flash or tripod.