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This workshop will cover the fundamentals of Street Photography, defined as candid social documentary photography. Students will be educated with theory and techniques in the classroom, before going out on the streets for the majority of the session; putting what they have learned into practice. Through experimentation you will become more present minded/mentally involved in seeking out points of interest – characters, situations, scenes, and will become more adept at translating your concept into the final image. Key things you will learn:
- Camera techniques for effective fast paced shooting.
- How to visually and conceptually reduce down a chaotic scene into interesting elements.
- How to recognise action, interaction, gesture, and emotion, and conveying these in an image.
- How to “belong” in a space with a camera (body language and sociology), and feel comfortable capturing what you want, without regarding external factors.
|Akademie Category:||Introductory Workshops|
|Location:||Leica Store Mayfair|
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10.00: Attendee arrival
10.20-11.00: Introduction to street photography concepts, open discussion about what the students are looking to get out of the course.
Camera techniques: shooting from the hip, zone focusing, panning, framing around a series of compromises between values (action, interaction, gesture, emotion).
Body language session, making sure there isn’t any outstanding awkwardness
11.00-13.00: First street session – down Oxford Street, around Oxford Circus, concentrating on characters, scenes, situations – NOT location/light/abstraction. In pairs, providing a spoken monologue of what they’re reacting to with their pair. Scavenger hunt assignment, incorporating the techniques from the classroom.
13.00 - 14.00: Lunch
14.00-14.30: If the students want then photography on the underground – Bond street to Leicester Square (scenic route), if not then just a walk to Leicester Square.
14.30-16.45: Photography around Soho, including Chinatown, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square. No longer in pairs/as a group – will coordinate via whatsapp group so that I can meet up and provide on the spot feedback.
16.45–(17.30/18.00): critical feedback and group sharing session, last Q&A
Simon is a London based Documentary photographer, currently working on a number of long-term projects.
He began his career as a fashion photographer, but was quickly drawn to the storytelling potential behind the scenes; ignoring the staged, posed, front of house models on catwalks or presentations. This drew him into full time work as a photojournalist, where he uses street photography to train his eye, whilst also telling everyday stories which contextualise his other projects.
Whether shooting on assignment or personal work Simon focuses on the oddities in the everyday, using the visual language of minimalism and with humanist intent behind every photograph. Simon’s work is defined by it’s surrealism, humour, insightfulness, and emotive themes.
This workshop is for those new to street photography who have a basic understanding of manual camera settings.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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.