Thursday, June 1

London street photography walk/workshop - 1st July 2017

This is a practical introduction to street photography in London, suitable for beginners or intermediates, given by well-known street photographer Paul Russell (

It takes the form of an informal walk and discussions around London’s vibrant West End (with around 4 hours walking/shooting and 2 hours sitting/discussion).

We will be attempting observational, candid street photography in the tradition of Cartier-Bresson and Garry Winogrand. This will involve taking candid photos – not asking people for portraits. Participants should bring a digital camera so that we can assess photos on the day.

Topics that will be covered include:

• Spotting possible photo opportunities
• Promising locations in Covent Garden and Soho
• How to take interesting photos including people, without using a telephoto
• Methods for overcoming photographer's block
• The importance of having themes in mind when shooting
• How to be discreet using body language/demeanour
• Street photography camera techniques, e.g. zone focusing
• Learning to anticipate and make the most of interesting situations.

And, of course, this is an opportunity to meet other photographers. The most interesting photos from the day will be displayed together online to provide a photographic record of the day (as for this London walk/workshop in February here).

Essential details
Date: Saturday, 1st July 2017, 12 to 6 pm
A maximum of seven participants.
Price: £48
Starting point: Trafalgar Square

Contact if you have any questions or just book using a debit or credit card with the BUY NOW button at the very bottom of this post. (You may need to use the "Check Out as a Guest" option if you don't have a PayPal account.)

About Paul Russell
I am one of 46 international photographers profiled in Thames & Hudson’s Street Photography Now book (the other photographers profiled include Martin Parr and Bruce Gilden). I am a member of the In-Public street photography collective (, and my work has been collected by the Museum of London.

One of my London photos below is featured in the book 100 Great Street Photographs, just published! .

Please be wary of the growing number of street photography workshops given by people who like to take walks/workshops, but have scant credentials or track record in the genre...

Price: £48. Contact to book/further details

Photo: Paul Russell, Soho

Photo: Paul Russell, off the Strand

Photo: Paul Russell, queuing in London

Photo: Paul Russell, London city worker

Photo: Paul Russell, Covent Garden

Photo: Paul Russell, off Oxford Street

Photo: Paul Russell, Trafalgar Square

"this has given me some more ideas on where I go with my photography" Stephen Fisher (Bath workshop)

"As a former participant i can honestly say you will have a great time and learn heaps from one of the best around." Steven Phillips (London workshop)

"thank you, excellent workshop" DK (London workshop)

"As a former PR workshop "graduate" I can definitely say his advice will prove invaluable for you in years to come" Darren Lehane (Bournemouth workshop)

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