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If you love taking photos, but want to get to grips with using shutter speeds to produce more creative photos, then this is the photography workshop for you!


During the workshop you will learn about different types of panning, light trails and long exposure photography with ‘in the field’ tutorials, allowing you to practise and experiment with newly learned techniques while photographing St Pauls Cathedral, Leadenhall Market and Tower Bridge, some of London’s most iconic locations.


At the same time as learning the technical side of using longer shutter speeds, we will talk a lot about the thought process of creating (not just taking) photos. I will offer tips on composition, guide your photographic eye and help you develop a proactive photography mindset, ensuring you can apply your new found skills to any given situation when photographing in the future.


Please note: I will always be happy to talk about any topic that you do not understand, however I recommend attending one of my beginners photography workshops prior to attending this one.


Itinerary: No two days are exactly the same, as photography is all about the light. Some subjects suit cloudy days and others suit sunny days. In general though, this beginners London photography workshop will run as follows:

Meet: Close to Waterloo. I will offer a brief overview of the day, before setting straight out to explore London with our cameras.

Part one: Head to The London Eye and South Bank area, where we will cover the basics of ISO, aperture, shutter speed, shooting modes and focusing. Once you are comfortable with this, we will start to experiment with slow shutter speeds while photographing interesting subjects along South Bank such as Leake Street Graffiti Tunnels, the Thames, markets, buskers and South Bank’s iconic skate park.


Part two: After a quick break to fuel up, we will discuss photographic story-telling, tricks to create eye-catching compositions and how to make the best of whatever lighting situation you face yourself in. The day unfortunately has to come to an end, with a sunset and blue hour/night shoot over-looking the Thames near Millennium Bridge, ensuring you return home with a variety of images to be proud of.


Subjects covered:

  • ISO, aperture and shutter speed
  • Shooting in manual mode and aperture priority mode
  • Experiment with panning in shutter speed priority mode
  • Histogram and the importance of exposing to the right
  • Try out tips and tricks for eye-catching compositions
  • The importance of light and shooting at the best time of day
  • Conveying stories in your photographs
  • Focus modes and capturing sharp photos
  • Selecting the most appropriate equipment (although it is not about what equipment you have, it is how you use it!)

Shutter Speed Creativity Photography Workshop in London

SKU: MEWCourseShutter
  • Matthew is a London-based photographer and filmmaker, specialising in the travel and leisure industry. His personal work has received recognition in Travel Photographer of the Year and Wildlife Photographer of the Year on numerous occasions. Commercial clients include the likes of Talisker Whisky, Visit Wales, Stena Line and Nikon. When he isn’t photographing, he is teaching others to do so, running photography workshops and holidays, and giving talks to photography societies, schools and at travel shows.

    Matthew’s images regularly appear in international publications such as National Geographic Traveler Magazine, Conde Nast and Lonely Planet. His collection of travel, wildlife, landscape and documentary photography comprises over 25,000 images from 50 countries and covers a diverse range of subjects; from portraits of remote tribes in Myanmar to skiing adventures in Scotland, and remote landscapes in the Atacama Desert to lions hunting in Kenya.

  • For enthusiast to advanced, meet St Pauls to Tower Bridge, price is per person, up to 8 people & 3 hours. 

    You will receive an email with the course information & instructions on how to book.

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