SHAPE & FORM MASTERCLASS – Street and architecture photography workshop with Alan Schaller

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This three day workshop will show you how to work with shape and natural light, to create graphic and dramatic photographs. Learn how to best utilise architecture and the environment around you by finding new perspectives and unique angles.

The workshop will take place during the London Design Festival, celebrating design and architecture across the city. Discover Alan’s methods while accompanying him around London to architectural scenes he has photographed extensively.

If you are looking for a fresh direction for your photography or want to learn a new skill set and way of seeing with the camera, this is your chance to immerse yourself in the world of design and graphic art with a photographer very much active on the scene.

Alan’s work has found its way to the front covers of magazines, in leading newspapers, used for advertising by luxury brands, and has been exhibited and featured internationally.

Both black and white and colour photography welcome, as well as all cameras. Participants are welcome (and recommended) to loan Leica equipment on request (please see Participant Notes). Laptops/tablets should be brought for editing purposes.

Date: 14TH / 15TH / 16TH SEPTEMBER 2018

10am – 5.30pm daily.

Meeting point day one: Leica Store 27 Bruton Place, Mayfair W1J 6NQ

Refreshments / Lunch included day One and Three

Day One

Morning session in Studio from 10.00am to 12.30pm:

- Overview of the day with an introductory explanation of Alan’s approach to graphic and geometric based photography.

- View of a selection of Alan’s work in this genre, digitally and printed.

- Why shoot graphic art?

- How to shoot in this style: camera set up, perspective, use of light.

- Getting the intended mood right at the time of capture. Pre-visualising the end result.

Lunch - 12.30-1.30pm.

Afternoon session shooting from 1.30pm to 5.30pm:

Practical demonstration in London until 5.30pm around a variety of locations preferred by Alan. This session will be an opportunity to put into practice what was discussed in the morning.

Day Two

The second day of this workshop will be dedicated to shooting in London, exploring installations of the London Design Festival and creating the content for editing on the final day.

Morning session from 10am - 1pm

Meeting at the Tate Modern for 10am where Alan will demonstrate more techniques and methods. Everyone will have a chance to work with him individually here and explore one of the best locations for architectural shooting in the world.

Lunch 1pm - 2pm

Afternoon (Part One) 2pm - 4pm

The group will now split and go to photograph individually. Alan will suggest great areas close by to work with, including Millennium Bridge, the London Underground, the National Theatre and the Southbank in general.

Afternoon (Part Two) 4pm - 5.30pm

Meet back at the Tate Modern to look through the work taken over the past two days, and pick 3/5 images for editing the following day

Day Three

Post processing and curation 10.30 - 5.30 at the Leica Studio in Mayfair.

This day will be dedicated to post processing, and getting the images to look not just strong individually, but cohesive as a set. Alan will show you how he edits for his style, and will encourage you to take elements of his approach and integrate it into how you like to edit. Alan will also take this day to speak about how he curates his work both online and for exhibitions.

This workshop is open to all levels of photographers who are keen to grow their skill set.

A limited number of loan cameras are available on request.  If you’d like to borrow a Leica camera please email to check availability prior to the start of the workshop.

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

Please bring your own laptop for editing and post production work.

The workshop will include outdoor shooting, so please bring appropriate clothing and suitable protection for your camera.

Alan Schaller is a London based street photographer and photojournalist. He has worked in Africa, The Middle East, The USA, Australia and much of Asia and Europe. 

Over time he has developed a distinctive black and white signature. Alan's eye tends to be drawn to emotive moments, geometric compositions and light play. 

His work has been featured in The Financial Times, Time Out and The Independent among other international publications. He has worked for clients including Typhoo, Kew Gardens and London Fashion Week. Alan co-founded Street Photography International whose Instagram account is one of the biggest in the world for the genre, with six million views a month. 

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◦    Cancellation made up to 14 days before the workshop date – full refund

◦    Cancellation made between 8 -13 days before the workshop date – 50% refund

◦    Cancellation made up to 7 days before the workshop date – no refund

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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

Outdoor workshops

If you are attending one of our workshops that involves an outside activity, please ensure you bring appropriate outdoor clothing and suitable protection for your camera.

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Arrival/departure times

The Leica Akademie facilities are to be found on the first and second floor of 27 Bruton Place, Mayfair W1J 6NQ. 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.


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