I will be doing a Workshop on ‘street portraits’ in Bath on Sunday, August 19th, for the Frome Wessex Camera Club. So far, 10 people have signed up.
Here’s how I announced it:
We’ll spend a few hours exploring the beautiful city of Bath, and have fun taking street portraits, of people you do not know.
At the start of the session, Mick will share a short presentation on different kinds of candid portraits. He will also offer some tips on how to interact, in a relaxed way, with people that you meet.
The aim is to help you get great images as a memory of the day.
This session is not about taking ‘sneaky’ pictures, catching people unawares. Neither is it about shooting from across the street with a zoom lens. This is about creating candid portraits with people that you meet and interact with.
Ideally, if you have a 35mm or 50mm prime, we suggest you bring that. An iPhone would also be great!
You will be asked to capture at least two different portraits, and then share them with the group at the end of the session.
There will be a small prize for the image considered by the group as ‘best of the day’.
To sign up, please …
This is a natural extension of some of my Cambodian ‘portrait’ work, though it is hard to be more precise in mirroring my project work. I am planning to set two possible challenges, for participants to choose from.
First, a simple one. Take both an ‘engaged’ and ‘unengaged’ portrait – not looking at photographer versus direct eye connect.
Second, a more thoughtful one, which perhaps has more bearing on my project. Take two candid images, one suggesting Bath’s past, and the other suggesting its future. This is similar to the planned task last week in Phnom Penh, which unfortunately I had to put back because of timing disruption from the elections. I plan to do a Workshop around this idea on my next trip.
Over the next week, I need to prepare a short intro presentation, and sort out a venue.