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Leica Akademie

Inspired by the tradition of our German Leica Akademie, the Leica Akademie Mayfair offers a unique collection of educational workshops that inspire creativity and strengthen photographic skills. Open to photographers of all levels, the Leica Akademie Mayfair's personalised one-on-one sessions and intimate group workshops help develop skills for the next generation of photographers to capture 'the decisive moment'.
 
For more information and to book, please contact the Akademie on 020 7629 1351 /
akademie@leica-camera.co.uk

Leica Akademie Mayfair Workshops and Bespoke Sessions

Test Drive the latest Leica M at Akademie Mayfair

As part of Leica's centenary celebrations, Leica are offering 100 people the opportunity to 'test drive' the new Leica M in a series of inspirational workshops which will offer participants, not only the opportunity to more fully appreciate the last 100 years of Leica photography, but also the ability to assess the latest Leica M rangefinder camera.

For whom: Experienced photography enthusiasts wanting to experience using Leica's unique digital rangefinder
Duration: 3 hours
Timing: Test Drives will be available between 22 April and 31 May 2014 ( excluding Sundays)
Equipment: M camera body and lens provided; please bring a memory card
Price: Complimentary

How to reserve a place: Please email akademie@leica-camera.co.uk with your contact details, expressing an interest in attending and two possible dates. A short questionnaire will be emailed back by return leading to confirmation of your test drive booking.



 
Introductions to Leica Cameras

Introduction to the Leica M-System
This inspirational workshop offers the unique opportunity to shoot with the highly desirable Leica M digital rangefinder system – incorporating the world's most compact, full frame digital cameras - the Leica M, Monochrom & M-E. This workshop is intended to be an overview of the rangefinder system, as well as an introduction to the Leica way of seeing.

For whom: Anyone interested in experiencing Leica's iconic M digital rangefinder system
Duration: 3 hours
Equipment: M camera body and lens provided; please bring a memory card
Price: Complimentary


 

Introduction to the Leica X Vario
Participants are invited to discover the new Leica X Vario and experience its remarkable performance first hand. It is the world's first compact camera to combine a large, APS-C format, CMOS image sensor with a zoom lens, offering great versatility and creative freedom.

For whom: Anyone interested in experiencing the Leica X Vario
Duration: 2 hours
Equipment: Leica X Vario provided; please bring a memory card
Price: Complimentary



Workshops for Leica Owners

For Leica M Owners
This hands-on workshop is designed to help owners of the latest Leica M model get outstanding results from their game changing, digital rangefinder system. The Leica Akademie tutor will lead the workshop and share personal tips, working methods and shooting techniques based on his own photographic experiences. As the Leica M is the first Leica rangefinder camera to offer video recording, this feature will be thoroughly discussed, ensuring participants know how to find the optimum settings for high-end movie capture. 

For whom: Owners who want to get the best out of their M
Duration: 3 hours
Equipment: Please bring your camera, lens and a memory card
Price: Complimentary for new Leica M camera owners who purchased through an authorised Leica dealer (or £150)



For Leica M Monochrom Owners
This workshop offers Leica M Monochrom owners the opportunity to learn more about the unique attributes of the Leica M Monochrom – the world's first full frame digital black-and-white. The tutor will also introduce pioneering photography that has defined Leica throughout history. Attendees will be encouraged to view the world in black and white and consider content and composition within their own images. Colour filters will also be discussed and the tutor will demonstrate the capabilities of Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 on an image. 

For whom: Owners who want to get the best out of their Leica M Monochrom
Duration: 3 hours
Equipment: Please bring your camera, lens and a memory card
Price: Complimentary for new Leica M camera owners who purchased through an authorised Leica dealer (or £150)



For Leica M-E, M9/M9-P Owners
Designed to enhance the Leica M experience, this comprehensive and practical workshop encourages Leica M-E and M9/M9-P owners to refine their photography skills and acquire new techniques. The tutor will discuss intuitive working methods and shooting techniques, share advice on expressing individual style, and review the work of influential photographers. An inspiring selection of Leica lenses will be made available on the day. 

For whom: Owners who want to get the best out of their Leica M-E and M9/M9-P
Duration: 3 hours
Equipment: Please bring your camera, lens and a memory card
Price: Complimentary for new Leica M camera owners who purchased through an authorised Leica dealer (or £150)



For Leica C Owners - Table Talks
The perfect introduction to their newly purchased camera, Leica C owners are invited to attend a complimentary 'Leica C Table Talk'. During this session, the Leica Akademie tutor will guide participants through the set-up of the Leica C, its features and functions, whilst showcasing the camera's integrated WiFi with NFC using a smart device.

For whom: Owners who have recently purchased a Leica C
Duration: 1 hour
Equipment: Please bring your Leica C and a memory card
Price: Complimentary for new Leica C owners who purchased through an authorised Leica dealer



Bespoke One-on-One Sessions
 
These personalised sessions are tailored to each participant's individual needs. Whether the aim is to understand the technical side or explore creative possibilities, the Akademie tutor will be on hand to guide participants in the right direction. Sessions are fully customisable to a photography genre of choice including street, portraiture and travel. 
Price: £75/hour – Cost for bespoke days and/or groups available upon request



Creative Workshops

Lightroom® in Action
An Adobe® expert helps participants achieve optimum results from their digital images during this introduction to the world of RAW photography. This practical session is ideal to understand and assimilate Lightroom® into the photographic workflow. The session is based upon real world photographs – encompassing workflow methods and RAW processing. 

For whom: Leica M (digital), X, D-Lux and C owners who wish to use the latest version of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® with greater confidence
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: £95



Leica Street Photographer

Leica Street Photographer is a creative workshop designed for those who wish to sharpen their photographic skills and capture the 'decisive moment' in the streets of London. Before heading to Soho with a digital Leica M, participants are invited to meet at Leica's creative hub, the Café Optik, for an introduction to iconic Leica imagery, a brief history of the brand and advice that can inspire and encourage budding street photographers. Images will be reviewed and critiqued over lunch in a Soho café. Participants will also receive expert advice on taking and editing photos, understanding light and the elements of image composition. Upon the group's return to the Leica Akademie, an Adobe® Lightroom® specialist will demonstrate how to get the most from Lightroom® to make images really stand out.

For whom: All Leica M digital rangefinder users with a competent understanding of camera settings and exposure and an urge to get creative!
Duration: 6 hours
Equipment: Please bring your digital M camera, lens and a memory card
Cost: £275 (includes lunch)



The Leica Way of Seeing

Unleash your creative side as we take an abstract approach to photographing with your Leica camera! The Leica Way of Seeing is a creative workshop aimed at those who wish to seek out alternative images on the streets of one of the capital's most beguiling neighbourhoods. Participants will be accompanied by the Leica Akademie tutor as they explore Soho in search of visual inspiration and abstract imagery with their Leica. Images will be reviewed and critiqued over lunch. Participants will also receive expert advice on taking and editing photos and developing a distinctive style. The Leica Way of Seeing is designed to encourage photographers to think outside of the box and experiment with visual ideas including perspective, viewpoint and subject.


For whom: Leica compact digital camera users and Leica M digital photographers with a competent understanding of camera settings and exposure and a desire to look beyond the confines of conventional photography
Duration: 6 hours
Equipment: Please bring your Leica camera (& lens) and a memory card
Cost: £275 (includes lunch)



All our workshops are subject to our terms and conditions.

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