Date: 03rd - 05th April 2017
London is quite rightly one of the greatest destination cities in the World. For the photographer it has everything. Iconic views, stunning architecture spanning millennia, fascinating cultural diversity and ever changing light.
On this city tour we will help you capture the heart and soul of London in all types of light. Our hotel puts us right in the heart of the city. The mighty Thames makes a wonderful feature, reflecting the colours in the sky by day and duplicating the city lights by night.
To enable us to maximise our time with our cameras we have our own London “Cabbie”, Terry Gibbins, himself a photographer, to drive us. He will be leaving his usual black cab behind to drive our people carrier. With his intimate knowledge of the city we will be able to get to locations very difficult to access any other way. He will drop us right on the spot so we spend our time working with our cameras, rather than enjoying the delights of public transport.
This also means we can travel to locations well away from the heart of the city, such as the Thames Flood Barrier and Canary Wharf. After each location, Terry will be on hand to drive us on to our next location. In this way the tour will yield a diverse portfolio for everyone which really captures the essence of the capital city.
Over the duration of the tour there will be opportunities to shoot from before sunrise through until late in the evening. (Although, of course, if you wish to opt out of a particular session, you are free to do so.)
Our dawn sessions will enable us to photograph iconic locations in wonderful light as London wakes up and comes to life.
Our daytime sessions will focus on making the most of capturing the very essence of London. The buzz, the history, the architecture and diversity. We will look at long exposure photography, street photography and also analyse our compositional skills.
At times working with or without tripods, we will learn how to adapt to each set of circumstances, both in setting up our cameras and also in our approach to the subject.
Our evenings will revolve around capturing the sunset, the twilight and then the city as darkness falls. We will learn low light and night photography techniques including light trail photography.
Our location list reads like a “Who’s Who” of London icons:
The Houses of Parliament
Tate Skateboard Park
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Columbia Road Flower market
Petticoat Lane or Brick Lane Market
The Gherkin Building
The Lloyds Building
The Thames Flood Barrier
The Millennium Dome
The London Eye
Battersea Power Station
The Shard and more - we will try and cover as many as possible without being rushed.
This unique tour has been designed to help you capture as much of the city as possible in all types of light. This also allows us to work on lots of varied camera and compositional skills through the day. The group size is small, limited to just seven participants so everyone will get lots of individual help and personalised attention over what looks like being a wonderful weekend of photography.
To read of review from a past guest on the London tour, please click here.
Great locations and such a bonus to have Terry take us from place to place. We couldn't have visited all the sites without his knowledge of London and good driving.
Doug was extremely helpful with advice on technical and composition matters. He seemed to have plenty of time for everyone.
Great tour, so impressed that we managed to visit so many locations in such a short period of time.
I first want to thank you and your team for a wonderful introduction to your tours. I learned so much from Doug it is still sinking in! Doug was very attentive and was eager to take as long as needed until I understood something. His patience was was appreciated and I look forward to future trips with him and light and land. I now have new inspiration to go out and create art!
Doug took us around many of London’s iconic sights including Westminster Bridge, the London Eye, St. Paul’s and the Thames Barrier - to name but a few! But also to quite a few more unusual ‘finds’, in terms of location. Thanks must also go to Terry, our black cab driver turned tour guide, for getting us right to the doorstep of these places. They made a good team and helped to put everybody at their ease.
All I can say is WOW, I thoroughly enjoyed my second tour, and would definitely recommend Light & Land to others. It is a great opportunity to meet with people who all share the same passion for photography, together with a great deal of expertise on hand through the group leader. I must say, having travelled with several photography companies, Light & Land really get the extras right too. Good hotels, well situated, good places to eat which capture the essence of the place, and excellent transport arrangements between locations. It really does make all the difference.