Hackney Outdoor photo school

Photography workshops for tomorrow’s visual story-tellers!

Learn how to capture people and nature in the diverse and dynamic East London landscape. These half-day photography courses are led by a qualified documentary photographer and exhibited photographic artist, who also has 15 years' experience working with children and is fully CRB checked. A selection of student images will be showcased here each month, culminating in an end of year exhibition at an East London location.

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." - Maya Angelou

See below for workshop outlines: Kids and Teens:

Kids 7-11 years - Parks and Marshes:

A child’s vision of the world is vibrant and boundless. I encourage children to explore that vision without the fear associated with the technical side of photography. After looking at the basic ingredients of what makes a great photo we head out into the green spaces of East London, where each child can have fun and unleash their creativity; bringing our world into focus through their own unique lens.

First Saturday of every month, 11am – 2.30pm.

Meeting point @ The Hub Building Cafe, Victoria Park East, E9. Collection from The Pavillion Cafe, Corner Old Ford Road, Victoria Park, E9 7DE. Children can be left with me for the duration of the workshop. However, you are free to stay with your child should you prefer.

What your child needs to bring:

Camera – This workshop aims to encourage creative seeing. With the focus on such things as image composition and viewpoint, all camera types can be used, from a smartphone to an SLR, anything goes!

A photograph that you like – can be one of your own or something you’ve found online or in a magazine. What is happening in the picture and what do you like about it? Come up with a caption (a title that describes the photograph), but keep this a secret for now.

Packed lunch.

Cost: £40 per child(20% discount when booking more than one child).

Max of 5 children per group (always fully supervised).

Teens 12 + Street photography – Brick Lane:

Brick Lane is a colourful and dynamic landscape; home to contemporary fashion, historic architecture and diverse culture. Beginning with a short lecture on urban documentary photography, we then head out onto the streets for a practical demonstration of the techniques involved. We will explore the back streets of Spitalfields as well as Brick Lane itself. Students are encouraged to look past the obvious to really see what is out there, combining trusted techniques with personal vision. After a group discussion on the photographs taken, students can move forward with the confidence to shoot independently and the ability to assess their own work more critically.

Third Saturday of every month, 1 – 4.30pm.

Meeting and collection point @ Liverpool Street Underground Station.

What you need to bring:

Camera – The technical component will be secondary to the more creative applications of composition and viewpoint, therefore any type of camera can be used. However, depending on the overall group level we may touch upon more technical aspects of photography, where a more advanced (Bridge or SLR) camera would be most useful. You can contact me with any questions you may have about this.

Cost: £40 per person (20% discount when booking more than one child).

Max of 6 in a group (always fully supervised).

The initial lecture and the review of images will take place inside a Café, so students will need to bring money for their own drinks/snacks.

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