Urban Landscape Workshops

Documenting humans’ relationship with the built environment

Urban Landscape Photography Workshop


A unique blend of street, cityscape 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.

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 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


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), the AOP (Association of Photographers) and the IFJ (International Federation of Journalists).

Brian has a very relaxed yet informative teaching style and offers lots of individual, hands-on coaching. His latest book ‘Mastering Street Photography’, is published by Ammonite Press and is a comprehensive street photography manual. The book is the perfect accompaniment to the workshop and you will be offered the opportunity to purchase a signed copy when you check-out. If you don’t book a workshop place, you can still buy a copy HERE.

What level is this workshop?

This is an intermediate level workshop, ideal 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 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.


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"When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice"

- Robert Frank
Zen like photography workshop – Brian is everything you want in a tutor: knowledgeable, patient, and generous with his experience. Within 15 minutes I realized how little I knew about street photography but Brian made it very accessible and achievable. We had a great afternoon learning something new with every turn of the street. And we ended the day in the pub – what’s not to like?
Andrew C

Reading, Berkshire

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