My workshops are based around my books of Cities at Dawn (London, Paris, Venice, New York…) They are a chronicle of my passion for the etheral light of dawn and the epic beauty of an empty city. Take a look at the BBC World report on my project so far, where I talk about the light and what is special about each city – BBC World interview.
My dawn workshops are not for everyone.
It’s not an easy thing to get out of a nice cozy bed and leave the house at an insane hour just to take some photos. But I promise you it is worth it! At no other time of day will you find perfect vistas in the middle of a bustling city, with the streets empty of those pesky cars and jostling crowds. The tranquillity you will find will take your breath away. I have been doing this for over a decade and I can tell you it never gets dull. Morning light and the exhilaration of being out and capturing and first rays of the day knowing that the inhabitants will never experience what you are experiencing came make you feel a bit elite…you have made the effort and are being well rewarded with stunning images and a heart that is content with life.
Before the workshop you’ll receive a questionnaire from me so I can gauge your skill level and interests. I then tailor the workshop to each member of the small group. On my workshops I cover all of technical basics of photography – I will help you start or improve your skills such as shooting on manual; your aperture, shutter speed, and getting to grips with all those buttons on your camera!
Photographer and blogger Chris Osburn very kindly said of my workshops: I found our guide, Anthony Epes, to be knowledgeable, affable and impressively capable of going with the flow and adapting to the dynamics of his group (there were five of us on the tour representing just about every skill level and with a variety of camera models) – see his full review here.
What I also share with you my life’s great passion – the Way of Seeing.
I am passionate about light and photography and I will share this passion with you and show you how I see the world around me; fleeting light and a momentary reflection. It is something that is learned but first you have to have an experience to inspire you. That is what my workshops promise to give – inspiration for further learning and practice and an understanding of how you must be always “ON” to truly get the best creativity out of yourself…your camera will follow…promise.
“[Anthony Epes] brings a painters eye to the waking city… his glittering pictures of the medieval/modern hodgepodge of the city are striking” Nick Curtis, The Evening Standard
Key things you will learn
I feel that a good understanding of composition is THE most important part of creating great images. I will talk endlessly about composition and how you MUST apply these techniques to your photography.
Here are the basic rules of composition I talk about
- Leading lines and how to see them.
- Natural Framing.
- Balancing Elements.
- Symmetry and Patterns.
- Rule of Thirds (Golden Mean)
- Layering elements for depth.
- Background searching.
- Foreground framing.
- Movement and how it is important in composing.
- What to avoid – mergers and cut-offs.
- Colour and Image balance when composing.
- Learn to shoot on manual and why creative exposures can make the difference between a good shot and a great shot
- Spend time with a group of like-minded photographers – discussing photography, getting feedback and working together to improve your skills
- Small groups so there are plenty of opportunities for 1-2-1 guidance and teaching
- Improve your technical skills – including Histograms and Basic Daylight Exposure technique(sunny 16 rule)
- Immerse yourself in early morning light of these beautiful city and find ways to capture your own vision of London, Paris or Venice
- Professionals know their equipment inside and out. The importance of this knowledge will be stressed again and again. Don’t worry, it’s fun!
- Light Meters – interpreting what it tells you, what it is”Seeing”, and how to expose creatively because of and in spite of it. Someday you may never need it again.
- ISO – choosing one subjectively and also for creativity and how it affects image quality.
- The Histogram – the most useful feature on those wonderful little digital screens. Learn how to read it at a glance and what it means for quality.
- Shutter Speed – how to use for freezing and motion blur and how it relates to lenses.
- Aperture – understanding Depth of Field and the relationship with lenses, using for subject isolation and sharper images.
- Depth of Field Preview – your camera most likely has this button and you’ve never used it. It is very useful.
- Don’t overlook knowledge of this essential piece of kit. Working it well or not can make or break a shoot. Save time when it’s essential by not struggling with it.
- Ball heads and how they can help you compose.
- Picking one that works for your shooting style.
- Blue Hour shooting tips and tricks.
- Learn about colour temperature and its effects.
- Deciding what is important in your image and exposing for it.
- Using mixed light sources.
- What is contrast range and why you need to know it.
- Understanding the limits and capabilities of your camera.
- Many exercises in the Way of Seeing.
- Auto White Balance(AWB) the how and why of it.
- Following reflections to their source, always fun and a great exercise in “seeing”.
If there is anything in particular you would like to discuss with me in advance please email me at [email protected]