Full day street photography workshop

22nd July 2016


This week I had another 1-2-1 street photography workshop booked with a student who contacted me a couple months ago. Laudo advised that he was pretty open to learning new things, such as making better creative photos, improve his compositions and thus making stronger photos, but his main concern was that he was a bit scared about getting too close to subjects in order to get a good shot. The result is that he would end up just getting shots of back's of heads or just play things too safe which left him a bit frustrated with his images.



So we scheduled a full day workshop in central London. We met in the very cool chilled out space inside the Holborn hotel where he was staying and with my personalised notes & example images on my iPad took him through some basic theory on content, composition, some camera techniques and a bit about psychology (like body language), that may help him get closer and shoot with less fear. We then hit the streets to continue the workshop.

Laudo was using a Sony RX100 III, which is a very small, portable but high quality camera, and ideal for street photography. When I first meet with a student, I like to observe his or her initial way of shooting, style and technique as everyone has a different approach. I can then highlight anything I can see to help improve their success right. I could see that he was quite hesitant when he saw a street photo opportunity, so I encouraged him on many occasions to take the shot without thinking too long, and/or I would take the shot myself without issue, so he could change his negative fear to positive productivity. Also, when he was using his flip screen, he was using the widest default range so everything looked too far away, which would end up with him having to crop to enlarge the image later and possibly diminish the overall quality and the original frame.



As the workshop went on, and guiding him through some of the techniques I was teaching him, I would encourage him to get a bit closer and think about his compositions more, instead of the 'shoot n' run' technique he was using before which wasn't doing him any good.

I took him through many different styles of street from street portraits, decisive moments, to geometrical, light-play creative style shots so he had a variety of shots to take away with him and learn from. By the mid to end of the workshop, I was joking with him without him realising that he had gone from 'I'm afraid to get too close' to actually almost being in people's faces with his camera which he didn't even realise he was doing! He was so busy focusing on trying to perfect his photos in camera as I taught him, that I could see that he almost forgot to be afraid more times than not!

Baring in mind, it was the second hottest day of the year, we had lunch and about 5-6 rehydration breaks! Still we managed to wander around most of Holborn, Covent Garden, Soho, Chinatown, Leicester Square, Mayfair and finally Carnaby Street. Just as well both our camera batteries had drained and we were also physically exhausted from walking several miles all day in the hot London sun!

As we said our goodbyes, Laudo thanked me and said he was extremely happy with the many photographs he had taken, that he had learnt a lot from spending the day walking around with me and that he felt a lot more confident than he did before the workshop. An extremely fun and productive day overall!



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