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Street Portrait Workshop in London

  • The Photographers' Gallery 16-18 Ramillies St London, W1F 7LW United Kingdom (map)
© Andrew Newson

© Andrew Newson


On the course you will either be working in Aperture Priority and utilising Exposure Compensation or Manual exposure mode and using spot light readings for perfect exposures.

The real skill here though is being able to approach a stranger and make a great portrait of them. At first this might seem really daunting but I will be on hand for moral support and technical advice should you need it. By the end of the session you might even find this process quite addictive and got some great shots too.

The workshops runs like this...

10.00-10.30am: Coffee and talk

I’ll give a detailed talk and encourage discussion on what settings to use for stranger portraits. This will included using manual exposure and using spot light readings. Once everyone is confident we will head out to start shooting.

10.30am-1.00pm - Shooting

I will be shooting on the day too and you are more than welcome to watch me first before trying it out for yourself. We will start in a group and have a meeting place to return to every 30 minutes. This is good so we can have a quick look at the results on your LCD screens before heading out and getting more shots. I will also spend time with each participant, as by way of moral support and to help with settings and creative approach.

1.00pm: De-brief

We will re-group and head to a local pub and download your results to a laptop and do a feedback session.


The course will be run in the Soho area of London. This is where we will meet, where we will shoot and where we will hold the de-brief meeting. Nearest tube stations will be Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, I beleive Tottenham Court Road will not be open!

Meeting place: The Cafe at The Photographer's Gallery on Ramillies Street.

Equipment and Expertise:

This workshop is really for those that have an SLR or advance compact camera such as a CSC (Compact System Camera). Lens choice is somewhat of a personal preference but usually somewhere between 35mm-50mm (full frame) is about right for this kind of portraiture. If you are using an APS-C sized image sensor camera then roughly 23-35mm is the equivalent and on a Micro Four Thirds sensor, roughly 18-25mm.

You don't have to use flash and I tend not to, but if you wish to then of course you are welcome to. This course is not a couse in flash photography but will offer what advice I can.

In terms of experience needed to attend you can be a relative beginner but it would be good if you knew what ISO, Aperture and Shutter speeds are and how to adjust them. You'll be working in either Aperture Priority mode or fully Manual and I will advise on the day.

If you have the facility to download images to a tablet or laptop on the day then that would be very useful, if not I will have a laptop or tablet to do so for you. This will be part of the de-brief and image review sessions afterwards.


The workshop cost is £49 per person.
There is a 10% discount for current and future Photoclub in the Pub members making it £44.10

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