London Landmarks Photographic Workshop Review

04th April 2012
Inspired Light was what we wished for when we met up with some more photographers keen to improve their photography techniques on our London Landmarks photographic workshop on March 18th,and after a degree of patience we were rewarded with just that!

We began in St James’ Park where there was plenty to catch the eye, from daffodils in the green to broad views of the London Eye across the lake. We worked on composition and exposure techniques, viewpoint and image construction whilst waiting for the light to improve. We moved along to Parliament Square with classic views of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, red telephone boxes and London buses. After capturing the photographic opportunities on offer here, we crossed the river and worked our way along the South Bank, taking in the views of Westminster Palace across the Thames. We concentrated on tightening up composition, using leading lines and working with perspectives, and all the technique work proved invaluable as the light finally began to improve.

The perspective and lines practice came into play when working on shots of the London Eye, from behind the stantions, and then again when we began working from Hungerford Bridge. The light was just magical... the sky became a perfect backdrop for the iconic London landmarks by sunset. We worked with shutter techniques to control the movement of the sky, London Eye and boat lights, creating images with interest and energy. All the composition and exposure practice earlier in the day paid dividends as the photographers used low light photography techniques to capture the beautiful reflections and gorgeous colours that is London by night.

Good planning and knowing the area proved a winning combination once again as we were blessed with some amazing low light conditions, proving that being in the right place at the right time gives you the best possible chances of capturing London at night.

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