ON THE DAY
Dates: Tuesday 10 MAY 2011
Time: 7:30pm - 11pm
Venue: The Water Poet, 9 - 11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields
London E1 6BX
Tel: 0845 260 2460 (Shoot Experience)
TIP: Travel as light as you can and wear comfortable shoes!
Below is a small selection of tutor, Toby's night time work.
© Toby Smith, shootunit.com
HOW IS THE COURSE TAUGHT?
The evening course is taught in small groups (no more than 10 people). The workshop will start with an intensive one hour tutorial after which you will head into the streets to put into practice your new found knowledge. The photo walk will start in Spitalfields and wind it's way through Bishopsgate, the City and to the South Bank. You will learn how to make use of the light around you, the way the you see it, and perhaps more importantly how you want your audience to see it. The small numbers allow for discreet street photography and personalised tuition.
Everyone will gain something regardless of his/her specific approach or technical level. The workshop will combine concise classroom tuition and outdoor adventures, with an emphasis on putting into practice the skills gained immediately - supported by helpful guidance, care and attention.
You will carry out a number of challenges designed to exercise different techniques, practice new skills and encourage creative experimentation.
View the full course outline - please note, this is a guide and if some material is not covered on the evening it will be found in the course notes provided.
BEFORE THE DAY
WHAT IS IT?
A photography workshop to learn and experience the exciting and endlessly creative realm of Night Photography. In the capable hands of long exposure maestro Toby Smith you will receive an intensive one hour training session explaining the technical secrets and possibilities of night light and its playful capture. Following this, a two and a half hour, hands-on Photo Walk across central London will give you the opportunity to experiment with the architecture and ambient light, ending at the BFI cafe.
You will never see the streets or your camera in the same light again!
PRICE: The course costs £102
WHO IS THE WORKSHOP FOR?
This workshop is aimed at photographers who are comfortable with their camera but looking to expand the lighting conditions and environments in which they can work. This course will benefit both technical and artistic shooters wanting to capture night at its best.
If you are not comfortable with main settings of your cameras we recommend you consider our Street Photography and Camera Handling workshop first.
ACCEPTED CAMERAS & REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
Solid ground level tripod and small torch/head torch essential.
Digital SLRS and Digital Leica
Analogue Cameras - SLR's with full manual control and good quality colour or B/W negative film, Manual Rangefinders, Small Medium format systems, Hasselblad/Mamiya 7/Bronica
Cable release highly recommended
A-Z or mapping device (iPhone etc)
If in doubt of camera suitability please email us. You will benefit from shooting digital on the night so we can share/critique results as we go.
WHO WILL BE TEACHING THE COURSE?
You will be in the capable hands of our very own Toby Smith who has been judge, photographer and technical manager of all things Shoot Experience from the beginning. Toby has seven years of experience behind the lens in both contemporary and commercial fields.
In 2009 he visited Madagascar three times when a personal project on illegal timber snowballed into an international investigation partnering with Global Witness, EIA and assigned by GEO Magazine. The resulting project, after a legal embargo, was published across 18 pages and exhibited at the Barbican in April 2010. Images and efforts of the investigation are linked to the recent investigation and seizure of Gibson Guitars by Federal Agents. Undercover footage will also form components of upcoming US and UK TV features.
He manages a Photography studio in East London and has taught practical photography everywhere from East Africa to the East Midlands.
"I think the content of the course was good for me - knowing about how light affects a picture and how to manipulate that, along with the length of exposure was really useful and I'm still playing around."
Dawn Barnes, LDA Design
You will have had a fantastic evening, getting to know your camera, your fellow photographers and the nooks and crannies of the East End after dark.
You will receive personal feedback from Toby and advice on how to continue improving your photography.
Your course notes will be a constant source of information as you begin to hone your photography skills.
You will receive free entry to your next Shoot Experience public photography treasure hunt to try out your new skills.
We also offer a Street Photography and Camera Handling workshop, follow-up re-touching course, Point and Shoot Photography and Documentary Photography workshops - ask your tutor on the day for details.
Your workplace may pay for the workshop if it fits training requirements
Solid practical skills for professional or personal use
Great peer to peer experience in East London
Small groups and personalised tuition
Free entry to a Shoot Experience public event (conditions apply)