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Street Portraits Class
Natural Light and Flash

Harness the power of natural light and master the nuances of flash

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Capture Authentic Portraits in Vibrant London using Natural Light and Flash

Embark on an extraordinary journey through the bustling streets of London and discover the art of Street Portraiture. Join us for a captivating one-day portrait photography workshop in the picturesque South Bank area, where you’ll learn to tell stories with your lens and engage with your human subjects in a whole new way.

Street photography, by its very nature, revolves around the inclusion of people. Our workshop takes this concept even further, focusing specifically on the art of portraiture.

We believe that the most powerful portraits are created in collaboration with the people we encounter on the streets. By engaging with the public and building connections, we elevate our portraits to a whole new level. The practical training will not only refine your technical skills but also, this class will empower you to connect with strangers, allowing them to become active participants in the creation of your photographs.

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Course key facts

Course level 2 Foundation Beginner to Intermediate
Group size 6 students optimal tutor attention
Duration 1 day 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location London
DSLR Photography Courses
South Bank
Waterloo, London

Balance Natural Light and Flash in Street Portraiture

To kickstart the workshop, we’ll begin with a session featuring a talented young actress as our model. Guided by our experienced instructor – Robert Irving, you’ll learn essential techniques for capturing stunning portraits using natural light. We’ll explore the dynamic streets of London, utilising the vibrant surroundings to create striking compositions and masterful use of available lighting.

Building upon this foundation, we’ll then venture deeper into the streets, challenging you to discover and approach your own subjects. With the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired, you’ll have the confidence to select and photograph individuals you haven’t yet met. Through insightful discussions and practical guidance, we’ll explore the art of choosing subjects, approaching them respectfully, and capturing their essence in compelling portraits.

Next, we’ll introduce you to the world of flash photography. While our primary focus is on harnessing the beauty of natural light, we encourage you to bring a flashlight or use an off-camera flash to expand your creative possibilities. Our expert instructor will provide insights on how to balance flash with natural light, creating compelling effects for your outdoor portraits. You’ll explore a variety of uses for flash in outdoor photography, including:

  • Illuminate your subject in low light conditions
  • Transform unflattering lighting into flawless portraits
  • Make your subjects pop off the background
  • Add depth and detail with fill light to perfect your portraits

By the end of the workshop, you’ll possess a refined understanding of street portraiture and the ability to create powerful portraits independently, working with the public to tell engaging stories through your photographs.

From Shadows to Radiance: Discover the Art of Balancing Natural Light and Flash in Outdoor Portraiture

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With groups no larger than 6 students we can guarantee that everyone will get a high level of attention and some personal tips.

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Creative, Inspiring, Enjoyable

Our Street Photography courses already helped hundreds of photography enthusiasts, here’s what some of them had to say!

London photography courses satisfied students

“A great day out and fantastic street course with Rob! We've looked at the technical elements of photography, shutter speed, aperture and ISO, tips on composition, how to approach people, and we practiced a lot. Rob is so knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. Would highly recommend!”

CarlyNikon D5600

“I've attended the street course on the South Bank. Rob is such a nice person, he helped everyone with camera settings and gave a lot of tips on how to approach and talk to people you want to photograph. I am much more confident now and hope to practice a lot more on my own. Thank you so much!”

NatashaCanon 800D

“Great street photography course. I learnt so much more about my camera and discovered new ways of taking more creative pictures. There was a good balance of technical explanations and the practical exercises. Sunnny weather was a bonus! Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Highly recommended!”

SteveFujifilm X-T3

One to One Tuition

One to One photography tuition with an experienced photographer is the best way to learn about your camera and how to use it to its full potential.

Your 1to1 session will be 100% tailored towards your photographic needs and your camera gear.

You will get plenty of hands-on practice, instant feedback on your pictures, and lots of tips.

Private street photography lessons in London are available on weekdays and weekends.

Please feel free to get in touch with questions.

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Gift Vouchers

Photography Courses Gift Vouchers make perfect presents to celebrate a Birthday, Fathers Day, Christmas or any other occasion

Group Course

£ 145

6 hours class
  • In-person tuition
  • Up to 6 participants
  • Many dates available
  • Professional tuition
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One to One Tuition

£ 300

4 hours tuition
  • In-person tuition
  • Your own private tutor
  • You choose the date
  • 100% tailored to your needs
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How do the gift vouchers work?

To redeem a gift voucher, its recipient must visit our website, choose a suitable date, and register on the course. We will send a welcome reply email with the booking confirmation, course outline and directions to the studio.

If you have a voucher for a 1to1 tuition – please get in touch. We will arrange everything to suit your calendar and your photography needs.

All our photography gift vouchers are valid for 12 months – giving recipients plenty of time to redeem their gifts.

What happens after I buy a voucher?

It is very important that you provide us with the full name of the gift voucher recipient. If you haven’t done so during the checkout process, please email us. Without that information, we can not print and send the voucher.

Along with the glossy voucher, you will receive a beautiful handmade card, a copy of the course outline and information on how to use the voucher.

There is plenty of space inside the card for your personal message or Christmas wishes.

Questions about Street Portraits?

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I registered for the course, what now?

First of all – thank you for booking a class with us!

You will soon receive a confirmation email with all the important information.

One week before the course will be due, we will send you a quick reminder email with all the joining instructions, time, place and directions.

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page, email – [email protected] or call us on 020 8947 8118

How can I pay for the course?

Paying for the course is straightforward, secure and only takes a second. After completing the registration process you will be taken to the Order Summary page where you can choose to pay with PayPal using any credit or debit card.

You can also pay by bank money transfer – please email us for details: [email protected]

If you have a gift voucher and would like to use it as part or full payment for the course, please get in touch with your gift voucher number and we will make a reservation for you.

What should I bring to the course?

For this Street Portrait Photography Course, all you need to bring is your digital camera, at least one lens, fully charged battery, and make sure to have some free space on the memory card.

Ideally, you should also bring a flash gun/speedlight, but you can also use a camera pop-up flash.

But generally, you are welcome to bring as much or as little gear as you like.

Do you offer free camera hire?

Yes, we offer a free camera and lenses hire for the duration of the workshop.

It is a popular option as you can learn about all the different camera functions before buying one.

We have Nikon and Canon cameras available.

Please let us know your preference once you complete your booking.

What happens if I’m late or miss a course?

We start classes promptly and keep to stated hours. Please try to arrive 10 minutes earlier to prepare your camera and all the gear that you have.

If you are running late or can not find us, please let us know so that we can help you and provide directions.

If you find out that you can not make it on the day, we would appreciate it if you notify us as soon as possible. We can try to make some alternative arrangements for you.

If you would like to cancel your attendance and give us enough notice, we can offer you a full or partial refund. Please visit our FAQ page to read all about refunds and cancellation policy.

If I can not make it on the day will I get a refund or a credit for another course?

If you find that you can’t make it on the day of the course but you give us at least 7 days notice, you will be given the choice of a full refund or a credit for another course.

If you notify us less than 7 days to the start of the course and if we manage to re-sell your place or fill that place from the standby list you will receive a full refund or a course credit.

If we are only notified on the day itself, or if you fail to present yourself at the course then we regret that there will be no refund.

Contact us

If you can not find what you are looking for please submit a question to us. We aim to reply within a few hours.

Alternatively, just call us on 020 8947 8118.
Our business hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

You can also contact us by email[email protected].

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