Light & Land

Impressions of London

17th Aug, 2017 - AVAILABLE

£195.00 PP / Deposit -£195.00 PP

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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.

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  • Tour Code LDN14
  • Included
    • Tuition from Doug Chinnery and Valda Bailey
  • Excluded
    • Insurance
    • Meals
  • Duration 1 Day Workshops
  • Exertion Easy
Impressions of London

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 take our creativity into the Turbine Hall at the Tate or shelter in their doorway looking for interesting shapes and reflections in the puddles. Or have fun with ICM and the passing umbrellas. 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.

Equiptment - what you will need to create ICM & ME images

Intentional camera movement can be achieved with any camera fitted with a suitable ND filter (in order to facilitate a longer shutter speed).

The creation of in-camera multiple exposure images is rather more equipment-dependent. Many cameras today offer this option, however not all are able to blend the images in the same way. Valda uses a Canon 5Dsr. Other cameras offering the same options are the Canon 1DX, Canon 5D Mk4, Canon 5D Mk3, Canon 5Ds and the Canon 7D Mk2. The Nikon D5 and Nikon D500 offer similar options. The Nikon D800 series will combine images, but with fewer blend modes. Sony users can purchase a multiple exposure app. Although they offer a wider selection of blend modes to Canon and Nikon, they will only combine a maximum of two images into one composite file (as opposed to nine or ten with the Canon and Nikon). Many Pentax cameras have a multiple exposure option, though offer fewer blend modes; likewise Fuji and Olympus. iPhones can be used with an appropriate app. If you require further clarification on the suitability of your camera please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected]

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. Wandering along Millennium Bridge towards St Paul’s will give us a different vantage point from which to observe the hustle and bustle of the city.  Further along the South Bank is the wonderfully graffitied skateboard park which offers a great opportunity to shoot using slow shutter speeds.

This is a workshop that concentrates more on finding new ways of interpretation rather than a whistle-stop tour of the city; it is designed to maximise shooting opportunities but there will also be time to talk about thinking creatively and how best to use some of the afore-mentioned techniques in an urban setting as we enjoy refreshments in cafes along the way. The weather will largely dictate the mood of the day, however the magic of the city will guide us to our photographic opportunities.

Timings; Doug and Valda will meet you at 09:30. The workshop will finish at approx 16:30. 

Many thanks again to you both for a most enjoyable, informative and inspiring day. You were a pleasure to meet and it was also most interesting to hear about your own work. Your notes look very complete and I will study them over time. I was looking again last night at your own websites and enjoyed reading about your own influences. I wish you both continued success with your photography and look forward to meeting you again. Tamara - February, 2017

As usual Valda and Doug ran a very relaxed and inspirational workshop. Both were very generous in sharing their knowledge and thoughts. July, 2016

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