Street Art Photography Tour London

Street Art Photography Tour London

Join this East London Street Art Tour and photograph the best of the constantly changing street art in the capital! These two hour photography tours will take you to East London’s Shoreditch and Hoxton areas including Brick Lane where colourful street art is as vibrant as the community it shares.

Steve has been photographing street art for many years. He’s utterly fascinated by the world of urban artists. He knows this whole area of East London really well and his invitation to join his tour is your chance to get insider knowledge of the artists and their works that adorn the streets courtyards and buildings.

Tours meet at Old Street station. From there you’ll be guided by Steve. Taking in everything from huge murals to hidden gems the everyday passerby would miss it’s a really rich mix of styles colours and influences often with a political or social message included.

Everyone knows of Banksy ‘Britain’s unlikeliest national treasure’ and sure Banksy made his mark on this area but there’s so much more to street art in East London. This tour will show the best of the art by the best contemporary street artists of the moment with fresh works appearing as quickly as they disappear it’s an ever changing canvas.

You might see the latest big wall painting by Shoreditch-based artist Jim Vision or be shown some of Otto Schade’s surrealist and abstract work. Then there’s Stik from Hackney well-known for oversize stick figures. And Woskersky? We love the amazing eyes that often feature. You might even see a Thierry Noir piece. This French-born artist is renowned for his brightly coloured cartoon style works and was the first artist to paint the Berlin Wall in 1984 pre-empting its fall in 1989.

From stencils quickly used on walls to intricate sprays on rolling shutter doors this traditionally industrial landscape is now a mix of achingly cool loft apartments and warehouse conversions alongside the multicultural mix of food shops markets stalls specialist shops and eateries that bring East London to life.

For these East London Street Art Tours you just need a camera or even a camera-phone to be able to capture these striking images. Steve will share his photography know-how so you can take some really stylish photographs of the art you encounter on your tour. A very cool way to see beyond the usual tourist attractions of the capital!

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History of London Photography Tour

History of London Photography Tour

Discover the history of London through photography! This fascinating London photography tour will show you London’s history through little-known architectural gems and hidden away places. This is a tour of London like no other!

Tours depart from near the Bank of England in the City of London. This is the area known for big bold skyscrapers and being the centre of finance and banking. It’s not all about coffees to go and air conditioned blocks of steel and glass though. Behind the bustling facade of business you’ll find there’s rather a lot to uncover about the capital’s past and you get to capture it on camera.

Your host is a professional award-winning photographer who has a passion for architectural photography. This whole area around Old Street is filled with fascinating buildings that merit being looked at talked about and photographed.

The Square Mile as it’s often referred to is where the Romans settled and indeed this photography tour covers many centuries of London’s history. From Grade II listed Edwardian hotel buildings to warehouses built with Moorish mosaics and Gothic-styled stones it’s all part of London’s rich architectural DNA.

And it’s not just buildings that catch the well-trained eye round these parts of London. For example the way the modern walkways and bridges marry up to classic landmarks like St Paul’s cathedral make for stunning photographs when you know how.

That’s what you’ll be learning all about. As you tour the quieter back streets and alleys away from the main roads you’ll work on composition and lighting to capture the best of London’s hidden architecture at its most interesting angle.

As you can probably tell taking good pictures of buildings is quite an art form but it’s an integral part of archiving how London has been built over the centuries. These history of London photography tours will teach you a lot about London’s past (and present) and photography skills too.

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Discover Photography London

Discover Photography London

Join a discover photography workshop in London and learn to love manual mode on your camera! So you’ve got a DSLR camera and you’re taking lovely shots in automatic or standard shooting mode but how come your images aren’t quite as striking as some you see online? This workshop will show how to capture impressive images in manual mode.

Aimed at beginners this photography workshop held near Old Street in the capital will help you discover just what your camera can do. There’s a whole wealth of potential in a DSLR beyond the ‘point and shoot’ method we’re all so used to. An award-winning photographer will accompany you every step of the way as you explore your camera.

In essence it’s all about selecting the correct exposure aperture shutter speed and ISO. Chances are you’ve heard of all these things but you’re not quite sure how to use them to maximum effect. The aperture can be thought of as the camera’s iris whilst the shutter speed is how quickly it opens and shuts with the ISO being the camera’s sensitivity to light. Learn how to adjust all of these factors and you’ll come up with some amazing images.

Of course it’s not just about the mechanics of your camera. There’s also the question of composition. That’s to say capturing that creative angle and focal point that makes your image stand out from the rest. This sort of artistic eye is not easy to teach but your expert tutor will show you how to open your creative mind to add an extra zest to your picture taking.

The setting for these workshops is sure to provide inspiration for your new-found manual photography skills. The Westland Place Studios is a vibrant hub for artists in the heart of London’s City. Home is a distinctive Victorian industrial warehouse building where a collective of sculptors painters ceramists designers and photographers work.

You’ll spend around two and a half hours discovering photography during this workshop in London. By the end of your session you’ll feel perfectly confident turning off that automatic mode and slipping into manual to shoot some of the finest pictures you’ve ever taken. A highly recommended workshop in the capital for anyone with a digital SLR camera.

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Birds of Prey Photography

Birds of Prey Photography

That incredible wingspan in full flight those ferocious claws – this is the beauty of birds of prey photography! These very special wildlife photography days take place at a farm centre near Abingdon in Oxfordshire. Home to over 90 different birds of prey this is your chance to photograph these magnificent creatures all day long.

Run as a conservation and education centre the falconers here are incredibly dedicated knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. These birds of prey photography days will show you just how well trained these raptors are – they don’t even flinch when faced with the long lens of an enthusiastic photographer. In fact they rather like being the centre of attention and love nothing better than to puff up their chests – and pose!

We think you’d agree the birds are incredibly photogenic. A macro shot of the steely blue eyes of an Eagle Owl an evocative frame of a Falcon flying over water with its own reflection or even capturing that split second moment the wings of a Hawk flap before take off. This is the stuff of wildlife photography dreams. We can just imagine a stunning shot of your favourite raptor that you took yourself hanging proudly as a canvas over the sofa.

The skilled staff on are on hand to assist with the birds to help you get the very best opportunities to photograph. For example they’re very adept at hiding the Jesses from view (saving you a photoshop job afterwards!). From simple but very effective portrait shots of birds on their perches to snapping the raptor in full hunting mode or atmospheric in flight images the falconry team is on hand to make it happen. That leaves you to concentrate fully on your camera set up and getting yourself into position.

Most guests on these birds of prey photography days are keen to capture native British birds of prey in flight and there’s plenty of opportunity to do just that when you attend the regular flying demonstration that’s part of the day’s itinerary. You’ll have access to all areas (as long as you’re not blocking spectators’ views) and will be able to move around inside the arena too. All this means you’ll be able to get in position for those unobstructed angles and viewpoints you’ve always dreamed of.

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Photography Courses London

Photography Courses London

Attend a photography course in London and get to know your depth of field from your white balance! Most of us have DSLR or advanced compact cameras these days but how many of us really know just what all those buttons and functions do? These beginner and intermediate photography lessons take place in central London and are run by a professional photography school.

Actually these London-based courses are nothing like going back to school it’s all about practical photography skills with learning in a fun and informative way.  A team of highly skilled and passionate photographers is on hand to teach you all you need to know so you can snap away with confidence.

The Beginner Photography course takes place in and around the Southbank area of London. Meeting up first for a theory session you’ll learn how to use all the functions on your camera to maximum effect rather than just pointing and hoping for the best as you press the shutter. Subjects on this introductory photography lesson include ISO shutter speed aperture exposure depth of field and freeze or blur motion.

For a truly contemporary feel to your lesson try Street Photography. It’s a bit of a buzz word in photographer circles but it encapsulates that sense of being aware of everything that’s going around you and how anything from a seemingly mundane moment in time to a big event can make for stunning photographs. Of course London is the ideal open air studio for this emotive style of photography and this school will take you to the Bankside area next to the Thames where there is just so much to shoot.

These two courses give you a full day of photography in London as part of a small group but if you fancy one to one tuition to really get to grips with your camera we are also offering individual half day lessons from this London photography school too. As it’s just you your camera and the tutor the syllabus for the three hours is totally adapted for you as is the location. So if you want to improve your wildlife photos head to London’s parks if you are a fan of architecture the City is the place to be or for capturing people at play how about south of the river?

A photography course at London’s friendliest photography school is a great way to get out and about in the capital camera in hand to create captivating images that any pro snapper would be proud of. And you don’t need really expensive gear for these photography lessons it’s all about knowing your camera and opening your mind to creativity in the heart of London!

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