Sun, Jun 23 | The British Museum

Portrait Photography Workshop & Gallery Tour. Tickets: £55.00

Suitable for everyone with a DSLR camera, a photography workshop focussing on all things portraiture.
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Time & Location

Jun 23, 2019, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, UK

About The Event

Suitable for everyone with a DSLR camera, a photography workshop focussing on all things portraiture.

Not just a day for perfecting your technical photography skills, but a day in which to consider the artistry behind truly great portraits, and how they are achieved. It's these two things combined that will help you to unleash your technical and creative ability, and find your own unique voice as a photographer.

We’ll start the day at the steps of The British Museum, Great Russel Street, London where we’ll have a quick meet and greet, and then head inside to take in some of the artworks on display, specifically the amazing 'Rembrandt: thinking on paper' & the 'Symbolist Prints' exhibitions. Here we will consider the works on show and discuss elements such as lighting, composition, storytelling, mood, purpose, angles, primary and secondary subjects and exposure values.

From there, we'll wander over to The Observatory Photography Gallery on Marchmont Street, for something more photography specific, namely Anya Broido's 'People' exhibition. These two venues and their associated works, combine together to give you great artistic and technical understanding and a fantastic creative platform for you to leap off as we continue through the day into the practical session in the afternoon.

So with our heads full of creative inspiration, we will then head over to the Curzon Cinema Bar in Bloomsbury, an amazing venue with a great variety of spaces and different indoor and outdoor lighting, where we can refuel in a specially reserved area, and we’ll consider some of the more technical aspects of portrait photography. We’ll explore some tips and tricks for using the light, composition, focussing, aperture, shutter speeds and ISO, and also elements such as directing your subject and bringing the best out of them. We’ll take on a couple of challenges to put to use the skills we've looked at. I will be on hand to help you achieve the kind of portraits you want to, using natural light, available light, and camera flash units.

We will be modelling for each other, so come prepared to have your photo taken!

Shortly before the workshop, I will send you an email with some more information, including a short form for you to complete and return, so that I have an idea of anything specific you are hoping to get out of the day.

This is a full day, packed with art, science, socialising, exploration, challenges, new experiences and more!

After the workshop, I encourage you to send me your pictures so I can give further advice and encouragement. I'll also send out a write-up of all the things we covered, so you don't need to take notes on the day.


“Thank you again, for the day. You may remember that my objective was to get closer to making a photo about the person rather than of them and I think I made some really big strides towards understanding what this means, and our conversations in the NPG and Photographers Gallery were massive in this respect, and I have been digesting the lessons of the day ever since."

- John, London

I had a fabulous day taking photos with Louise. She helped me to discover exactly what my camera is capable of. Lots of good advice. Louise is passionate about photography and her enthusiasm is contagious. I highly recommend a course with her.

- Debs, London


Do I need to bring any Lighting equipment?

If you have a flash unit, or a reflector then do bring them along, otherwise, just your camera & lens/es.

Do I have to model?

Yes, I’m afraid so! But not much, we’ll all share the load!

How much does the gallery exhibition cost?

You don't have to pay anything extra on top of your workshop ticket price, although it’s good form to leave a little donation as you leave the galleries.

Will there be any refreshments at the Curzon bar?

Yes, the bar has all the usual drink options, hot and cold, and some truly delicious food on offer also. When we arrive at the bar, we'll have a little breather and get refueled while we chat about what we saw at The British Museum and The Observatory.

How far away is the Curzon Bar from the Galleries?

It is a 10 minute walk in between The British Museum and The Observatory, and a 3 minute walk from The Observatory to the Curzon Cinema Bar.

Is the course aimed at Beginners?

Beginners and intermediate photographers will get the most out of this workshop, as will more experienced photographers - if you're looking for a bit of a refresher, a new challenge and a bit of culture, then this is the day for you.

What if I’m running late?

No problem - just let me know and you can catch us up.

What if I need to cancel?

If you need to cancel, your ticket price will be refunded up to a week before the workshop. If it is less than a week before the workshop, then there will be no refund available, however, I will endeavour to fill the slot with someone else, in which case you will be refunded your ticket cost.

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