July 1st-5th 2020
5 days / 4 nights
Accommodation in 4 star hotel in central London
Artist led approach to photography
Travel, Street, People and Urban Landscape
London is a beguiling and complex city. Founded by the Romans and originally called Londinium, it is a city that brings its fascinating history to life, mixing it with a vibrant culture on the cutting edge of art, music, food and business.
London is vast – encompassing diverse and interesting neighbourhoods, from the pretty environs of Kew village, to the arty street markets of the East End, the Roman history of the City, to the gorgeous churches spread across the capital and the futuristic glass skyscrapers of Canary Wharf.
What stuns me about London is the constant juxtaposition of old and new. Next to an ancient alms house you can find jammed into a sliver of space, a tall glass tower, and then next to that a cool new art gallery in an old warehouse.
Whilst history is important to London, it is also a city that loves change. It celebrates the influences and impact from successive generations of immigrants – from the centuries old bagel shops to the vast Indian street markets, to the vibrant African Caribbean carnivals to the countryside farmers’ markets.
To go on an adventure and create your vision of London is one of the most exciting things you can do.
I want to show you my favourite places in London to shoot. We will spend each day criss-crossing the city taking in all of this contrast and change.
We will be learning on the move as we take in the different neighbourhoods of this diverse city.
I will teach you my methods and techniques on how to capture this city with the spirit of an artist. This workshop is personalised to you and how I can aide you to develop as a photographer/artist – whether you’ve just started taking photos or been enjoying photography for thirty years.
We’ll wander along the Thames, capturing the majestic views of Parliament, St Paul’s and the Tower of London, but I’ll also take you off the beaten path to the little streets of old workmen’s cottages, the alley ways filled with old pubs that served the likes of Samuel Johnson, and the pretty and quiet parks that dot the city with interludes of silence and spots of beauty.
We’ll shoot the ancient squares and street art of the East End, the buzz and decadent ambience of Soho and the painterly-like serene views of London from Primrose Hill.
This will be a workshop where we photograph the many faces of the city – using many different genres of photography.
Street photography at the funky Portobello market, urban landscapes in the vistas all over the city, capturing the luscious greenery of the parks, the mix of grit and splendour in the architecture – grand houses next to street art, old shops next to new businesses.
You will finish this workshop with a new found confidence in both your creative and technical skills – as well as incredible portfolio of images of London.
I lived in London for almost twenty years and in that time I created three photo books about the city, held half a dozen exhibitions and carried out many other projects. I also shot commercial and editorial photography here. It is a city I know, and love, extremely well. Better than anywhere else on earth, I reckon!
- Early bird fee: £2,437 per person (approx. $3,100 US / 2,744 Euros)
- Regular fee: £2,967 (approx. $3,720 US / 3,397 Euros)
Please check current exchange rates with your bank.
Partners are welcome to join, please contact us for more details.
4 – 8 Participants
The workshop starts at 11am on the first day and ends at 3pm on the final day.
The workshop content will be tailored to the interests of members of the group, ensuring every attendee receives a personalised experience and progresses as a photographer. Skills we will be covering:
Shooting on manual: technical advice on how to master the manual settings on your digital SLR camera
How to develop your ‘eye’ and style as a photographer
Inspiring advice on how to improve your appreciation of the world and spot photo opportunities within it
The art of creative composition, including the difference between a good shot and a great one
The challenges of shooting in the changing light from dawn to dusk – and how to handle them
Processing – we will do lots of processing together of your images, and I will share my techniques and approach to processing like an artist
Activities / Highlights
- How to develop your own personal artistic vision of a location
- How to see like an artist, and bring emotion into your images
- I will teach you my methods for exploring a location to find subjects
- Group image reviews – there will be many reviews together – and you’ll see how you can all go to the same places and yet create completely unique images. Great stuff!
- Daily photo walks
- Immersive photo-walks and practical workshops around London
- Spend time with a group of like-minded photographers, sharing inspiration, feedback and working together to improve skills
- Opportunity to develop a stunning portfolio of photographs
- Regular Q&A and group discussion in a supportive environment
Experience | Difficulty
Beginner, amateur, hobbiest and semi-pro photographers
DSLR, mirrorless or compact cameras
Some free time allotted
Lots of walking, slight elevation changes
Weather | Sun times
Temps 67-76F/14-23C average Sunrise 0447 | Sunset 2120
- Single room (double rooms are also available for couples) in a 4 star hotel in central London
- All breakfasts and a welcome and farewell lunch
- Photography workshop fee
London is well served internationally.
London Gatwick and London Heathrow airports are both convenient options for the hotel we are staying in London Waterloo.
You can also consider London Luton or Stansted, but they are slightly further away from the Waterloo location.
We can assist with travel directions and options.
Contact Diana on firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 7711 866 795.
We choose hotels in the 4 star category, and aim for excellent, warm local service in excellent locations. Occasionally our chosen hotels have limited inventory, but we will be staying in this hotel, or similar, depending on final group size:
Questions or queries
Please contact us. No question is too big or too small.
Diana Bird – email@example.com or +44 7711 866 795