This workshop is delivered in assocation with the RPS, the booking process is through the RPS website (see link below)
Manchester is a great city to photograph. The workshop begins at 9.30 AM and runs until sunset. It starts by photographing some of the wonderful inner city architecture. This includes Beetham Tower (Hilton Hotel), the commercial district of Manchester at Spinningfields, Piccadily Gardens, the University buildings on Wilmott Street and the Chips building at Ancoates. We will then head to Salford Quays for the late afternoon and dusk to be on location for when the lights illuminate the architecture, adding another dimension to this great location. This will include Media City, the Imperial War Museum North which lends itself to some wonderful long exposure photography with the clouds sweeping past the shard at the top of the building. We will be looking for abstract angles, careful framing, strong colours, leading lines and use filters to extend the exposure, balance the sky with the foreground and use polarizers to cut down on surface reflections and saturate the colours. We then move to the Lowry theatre with it's exciting geometry and metallic textures reflecting the eveming light.
The use of filters for dramatic effect will be explored. This will cover neutral density filters to slow the shutter speed creating atmospheric water movement, graduated neutral density filters to balance the exposure between the land and sky, and extreme 'big stopper' filters to create wonderful movement in the clouds and water. Technical aspects will be explored including achieving accurate exposure using the manual setting of the camera along with making creative decisions regarding aperture and depth of field.
There really is no better way to develop your craft than by 'getting out there and doing it'. I will provide you with a friendly, fun and informative workshop experience that will, I am sure, leave you with some memorable images to add to your portfolio.