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Introduction to Manual Photography


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66 Duke Street, W1K 6JD London Mayfair
23.05.2020 - 23.05.2020 (10:30 - 17:30)

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Product description: This workshop is an introduction into the world of manual photography,... more
Product information "Introduction to Manual Photography"

Product description:

This workshop is an introduction into the world of manual photography, where students will learn theory and techniques within a classroom environment, before putting this theory into practice during a portrait / still life session, followed by a guided photo walk along Oxford Street. Through a number of challenges and experimentation, students will learn how to photograph using a number of different methods in order to produce a desired final image.

During this workshop students will learn:
• How to use the exposure triangle and the effects that ISO, aperture and shutter speed
have on an image, both in isolation and in combination with each other.
• Compositional techniques to create a desired final image.
• How to operate a fully manual camera.

Month: May 2020
Akademie Category: Introductory Workshops
Difficulty: Basic
Location: Leica Store Mayfair

Be sure to read our T&Cs before booking.

10.00 Attendee arrival 10.20 - 11.20: Introduction to the workshop. An...more

10.00 Attendee arrival

10.20 - 11.20: Introduction to the workshop.

  • An explanation of the exposure triangle and the effects of using ISO / aperture / shutter speed on exposures - how to use each of these 3 things in isolation as well as in combination.

  • A look at the differences between shooting in auto and manual modes, with a hands-on demonstration of the basic manual controls of a Leica M (and other models if astudent wishes to bring their own camera) 

11.20 - 12.00: A discussion on how composition is used in the creation of an image. A look at the language of composition and how it can be used to lend narrative to photographs.

12.00 - 12.30 Aperture and ISO workshop - students will be encouraged to make one
another’s portraits (or alternatively photograph still life if not comfortable making portraits),
exploring the effects that both the aperture and the ISO have on the final image (using a
fixed shutter speed).

12.30 - 13.00 Review of photographs and group discussion with Q&A session.

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 14.20 Explanation of how shutter speed affects the final image and how to use this to create certain effects in a photograph.

14.30 - 16.30 Photo walk - a group walk along Oxford Street and side streets.
Task 1 - making images using aperture priority.
Task 2 - making images using shutter priority.
Task 3 - making images in fully manual mode.

16.30 Coffee

16.45 - 17.30 Review of images and Q&A session.

17.30 End

This workshop is for Beginners.  Level: Beginners Aim: to build the student’s knowledge... more

This workshop is for Beginners. 
Level: Beginners
Aim: to build the student’s knowledge of the theory of photography, and to learn new techniques that they will put into practice during the workshop and further during their own photography journey.

The workshop will include a practical shooting exercise. A limited number of loan cameras are available on request. If you’d like to borrow a Leica camera, please email to check availability at least 3 days prior to workshop and arrive 15 minutes early on the day of the workshop to arrange the loan.

If borrowing Leica equipment, you will need to bring two forms of ID to the session. The first form of ID should be a passport or UK driving license and the second form of ID a utility bill showing your home address.

About David:

David is a UK based street photographer, whose work has a strong emphasis on storytelling through classic photojournalism schools, and a modern interpretation of the sociological relationships of subjects and their environments. His work regularly explores modern societal issues, both on a large scale, as well as on a more internal and personal level, often delving into the emotional impact on groups or the individual.

His background in literature and creative writing serve as a strong framework for the stories in his photographs, with his passion for poetic narratives and the written word often influencing his images.

T&Cs Akademie

Leica workshops are intended for adults 18 years or older. Individuals under 18 years of age wishing to attend must be accompanied by a guardian. The guardian must make the booking on behalf of the attendee, and must notify the Leica Akademie when making the booking.

Leica reserves the right to change any prices, services or other particulars contained in its website or printed materials at any time before entering into a booking. If there is any change, the Leica Akademie will notify the attendee before entering into such a booking.

If the workshop includes lunch, attendees are asked to e-mail the Leica Akademie ( regarding any special dietary requirements when making the booking.

Please refer to all information provided regarding individual workshop details and requirements. Confirmation of your booking will constitute your agreement to the terms and conditions outlined.

Payment and cancellation procedures

Where charges apply, Leica workshops must be paid for in advance by bank transfer or credit/debit card. Refunds for cancellation on the part of the attendee will be given as follows:

Notice received by us

% of price refunded to you.

Twelve or more weeks before workshop date


Six or more weeks but less than twelve weeks before workshop date


One or more weeks but less than six weeks before workshop date


Less than seven days before workshop date




Please note, however, we may make deductions from the price, as described below.

If payment for the workshop is not received in advance, we regret that the participant will not be able to attend.

The Leica Akademie reserves the right to cancel or alter any workshop. All workshop dates and times are subject to change, but Leica will endeavour to ensure workshops are held on the committed dates/times, unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as the tutor being unable to attend due to illness, or other unforeseen circumstances. Leica will inform the participants with as much notice as possible on these occasions.

Should a cancellation become necessary by the Leica Akademie, the attendee will have the choice of attending an alternative workshop (and where this is of a lower price, Leica will refund the difference), or withdrawing from the workshop and, where applicable, accepting a refund of all monies paid for that specific workshop to Leica Camera Ltd.

In the event that the specific tutor is unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond Leica’s control, then the workshop will be cancelled, if no suitable replacement tutor can be arranged.

For complimentary workshops, the workshop will be rearranged to another date and the attendee offered a place on that alternative date.

No cancellation penalties (including travel expenses to and from the workshop, or accommodation costs) will be paid out in the event of workshop cancellations by Leica Akademie. Please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected in the event of a cancellation or alteration to a workshop.


Attendees are responsible for the security and safety of all items brought to a Leica Akademie workshop, and are also responsible for both their own insurance and the insurance of their own equipment. At no time should any items brought to the workshop be left unattended. Leica Camera Ltd does not accept liability for any loss, injury or accident that may occur during a workshop.

Use of Leica Akademie equipment

Please act responsibly when using any Leica Akademie equipment. We recommend, for instance, that refreshments are kept at a safe distance from all electrical appliances.


For workshops where Leica equipment is to be taken off the premises, attendees will be asked for two forms of I.D. on arrival and their full name and address, which will be kept for the duration of the workshop only. This information is required for security and insurance purposes, and will not be passed to any third parties. If two forms of I.D. are not provided, we regret that the participant will not be able to attend.

Suitable forms of I.D. are:

- First I.D. – a passport or UK driver’s licence
- Second I.D. – a utility bill or landline telephone bill showing the attendee’s home address

Outdoor workshops

If you are attending one of our workshops that involves an outside activity, please ensure you bring appropriate outdoor clothing and suitable protection for your camera.

Health & Safety and Security

In attending any workshop, you must comply with the provisions of the health and safety policy applying to the Leica Akademie, and with all conditions and regulations made in respect of the Leica Akademie by the relevant fire authority. Copies of these policies are available to view on request.

You must comply with all guidelines and policies issued to you in connection with your use of the Akademie and the equipment therein. If, in our opinion, we consider that at any time up to and during the Akademie workshop you may cause damage to people or property, we reserve the right to terminate the workshop forthwith and you shall not be entitled to any refund of your fees.

Arrival/departure times

The Leica Akademie facilities are to be found in the basement floor of 64-66 Duke Street, Mayfair W1K 6JD. Upon arrival, please enter through the Leica Gallery or Leica store entrance and make your way downstairs. We request that you arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the start of the workshop, due to store opening hours and prior appointments. Due to other workshops, events and activities scheduled to take place at the Leica Akademie, Leica requests that attendees leave the Akademie training room promptly at the end of each workshop.


Please note that Leica Akademie group workshops usually take place in our training facility, which is located at the bottom of one flight of stairs (basement floor) at 64-66 Duke Street, as well as out on location. If you have any accessibility needs or any other special requirements to attend a workshop, please contact the Leica Akademie to let us know and we will happily discuss any reasonable adjustments with you, for example, we may be able to run the Akademie from Gallery space on the ground floor.

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