Join renowned Scottish photographer Niall McDiarmid for a Portrait Masterclass held at the Leica Akademie in Mayfair.
In this interactive workshop Niall will share his secrets behind approaching and photographing people in the street while also challenging participants to make their own portraits for critique on returning to the Leica Studio.
Topics for discussion will also include camera setup, composition and use of available light.
Participants are welcome to loan Leica equipment on request.
Venue: Leica Studio, 27 Bruton Place, London, W1J 6NQ
Date: Saturday 15th July 2017
Refreshments / Lunch included
10.30 -11.30 - An introduction to Niall’s work
o A discussion regarding what Niall looks to achieve in his portraits
o A brief overview of a few well known street portrait photographers through history
11.30 – 12.00 Review of participants’ images (participants are asked to bring 5-10 images for review; images can be printed or supplied on a USB stick in a jpeg format)
12.00 -12.30 - Discussion on technical tips. How to set your camera up. What to carry. General tips on street portrait photography
12.30 -13.00 - Out on the street (Close to Leica Akademie)
o Introduction on how Niall approaches people on the street
o Role playing amongst the group
13.00 -14.00 – Lunch
14.00 - 14.45 Niall will lead a photo walk on the streets / Participants will explore locations and photograph people they meet
14.45 -15.45 – One-hour task, participants on their own to photograph 2-3 people
15.45 -16.45 – Image upload / critique
16.45 – 17.00 - Q&A
This workshop is open to all levels of photographers who are keen to grow their skill set.
If borrowing Leica equipment, you will need to bring the following:
· Two forms of ID (The first form of ID should be a passport or UK driving license, and the second form, a utility bill showing your home address)
· SD memory card
Niall McDiarmid is a renowned Scottish photographer based in London. His work is primarily about documenting the people and landscape of Britain. Since 2011 he has been travelling across the country photographing the people he meets. He has shot over 2000 portraits in more than 150 towns from Inverness all the way south to Bodmin in Cornwall.
Niall's work is held by the National Portrait Gallery and the Sir Elton John Photography Collection. A large display of his portraits from across the capital will be shown at the Museum of London from May through till October 2017.
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Use of Leica Akademie equipment
Please act responsibly when using any Leica Akademie equipment. We recommend, for instance, that refreshments are kept at a safe distance from all electrical appliances.
For workshops where Leica equipment is to be taken off the premises, attendees will be asked for two forms of I.D. on arrival and their full name and address, which will be kept for the duration of the workshop only. This information is required for security and insurance purposes, and will not be passed to any third parties. If two forms of I.D. are not provided, we regret that the participant will not be able to attend.
Suitable forms of I.D. are:
◦ First I.D. – a passport or UK driver’s licence
◦ Second I.D. – a utility bill or landline telephone bill showing the attendee’s home address
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The Leica Akademie facilities are to be found on the first and second floor of 27 Bruton Place, Mayfair W1J 6NQ. When arriving at 27 Bruton Place, London W1J 6NQ, please enter through the Leica Café Optik entrance (opposite the store), which is on the ground floor. We request that you arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the start of the workshop, due to store opening hours and prior appointments. Due to other workshops, events and activities scheduled to take place at the Leica Akademie, Leica requests that attendees leave the Akademie training room promptly at the end of each workshop.
Please note that Leica Akademie group workshops usually take place in our studio training facility, which is located at the top of 33 stairs (2nd floor) at 27 Bruton Place, as well as out on location. If you have any accessibility needs or any other special requirements to attend a workshop, please contact the Leica Akademie to let us know and we will happily discuss any reasonable adjustments with you, for example, we may be able to run the Akademie from Café Optik on the ground floor.
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