Date: 08th January 2016
There can be nowhere more abundant with opportunities for street photography than the streets of London.This is a tour that takes street photography in a slightly different direction and seeks to tease out an alternative approach. The focus will not be the people, although in London, no doubt people will feature, but rather in the urban landscape & architecture.
Doug Chinnery’s now classic London ‘Light & Life’ workshops have become a firm favourite with Light & Landers - he has a wide reaching knowledge of the city and is well placed to advise on both traditional and creative techniques.
Valda Bailey has twice attended workshops in New York with photography giant Jay Maisel - widely recognised as one of the top street photographers in the world. She travels frequently and also has extensive experience of shooting in an urban environment across the globe. She will be on hand to explain how multiple exposure and ICM (intentional camera movement) can be used in an urban environment to help you express your creativity with your camera.
The key to success out on the street is adaptability. Street photographers learn to expect the unexpected and know the importance of thinking quickly and being receptive to serendipity. If the heavens open it doesn’t necessarily spell disaster - we can jump on a bus and shoot through the steamed up windows. Or shelter in a doorway capturing reflections in wet pavements. When the crowds thin out, then some ICM or multiple exposures of the architecture around us will keep us engrossed and reveal the city in a fluid and painterly way.
Of course, for those wanting to use classic camera techniques, we will be happy to help and encourage you with these too - the day will all be about capturing the heart of the Capital as you see it with your camera.
The South Bank will be a perfect starting point - from the view across the river to St Pauls to the endlessly fascinating facade of Tate Modern with its beautiful clusters of silver birch - there is much to be inspired by here. Further along is the wonderfully graffitied skateboard park which offers a great opportunity to shoot using slow shutter speeds.
From here our itinerary will be largely weather dependent but may include The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Bridge, London Bridge, The Shard and Borough Market - the mood of the day, the weather and the magic of the city will guide us to our photographic opportunities.
The tour will be designed to maximise shooting opportunities but there will also be time to talk about thinking creatively and how best to utilise some of the aforementioned techniques in an urban setting as we enjoy refreshments in cafes along the way.
Doug has been a semi-professional photographer for several years, going full time almost two years ago to pursue his dream of a creative life. He has been teaching photography to individuals and groups for six years and has also taught...