Manchester Urban Photography Workshop
OCTOBER 2023 DATES NOW FULLY BOOKED - SEE BELOW FOR MARCH AND OCTOBER 2024 DATES
Each Spring and Autumn I lead urban and cityscape photography workshops in Manchester city centre; dates are given below. To see the sorts of images you will be able to achieve on these workshops, please peruse this gallery of my own images. To see images taken by attendees at previous workshops, view this gallery.
There will be a maximum of three attendees at each workshop, in order to ensure plenty of access to each shooting spot and to make sure you get as much guidance from me as you want. I can also model in some of the shots if so desired (you can see me in some of the images in the creative gallery, wearing a black jacket and blue shirt).
Manchester is a major city with lots of potential for interesting and arresting photography. I have been creating Manchester-based city images for several years, both 'straight' (although often with alteration of colours in post processing) and creative (using intentional camera movement and/or multiple exposure).
In the workshops we can focus on straight or creative styles (or both) depending on the interests of the attendees. We will also shoot both during daylight and night time to get a wide variety of light and colour conditions.
The day lasts 7 hours in all, beginning after lunchtime (depending on sunset time) and running till a couple of hours after sunset. We will take one or two breaks for drinks/food, most likely at Caffe Nero, which has a good selection. In case of very poor weather we will reschedule; however a small amount of rain is a good thing as it allows reflections!
You can also book a 2-hour post processing tuition session via Zoom at a mutually convenient time and date. This will cover both straight and creative image processing in Lightroom and Photoshop.
WORKSHOP DATES 2024
Saturday 9th March, 1.30-8.30pm - 1 place available
Saturday 16th March, 1.30-8.30pm - 1 place available
Saturday 23rd March, 1.30-8.30pm - 3 places available
Saturday 12th October, 1.30-8.30pm - 3 places available
Saturday 19th October, 1.30-8.30pm - 3 places available
Saturday 26th October, 1.00-8.00pm - 3 places available
For the 7-hour Manchester workshop: £120
One to one: £40 per hour
You can also book for two people only - the fee will be £160 per person.
For the 2-hour Zoom processing session: £25
Please note, VAT does not apply; these are the total amounts.
Please contact me for enquiries or to make a booking.
Payment is due on booking. I will hold your place for 48 hours until you have made payment. This can be by Paypal or bank transfer.
Please note, I do not accept payment by cheque.
If you cancel up to 7 days before the workshop you will get a full refund. If you cancel up to 48 hours before the start of the workshop you will get a 50% refund.
What You Will Need
2. Tripod (needed for blue hour/night shots)
3. Medium range lens (I use my 18-55mm lens on a crop sensor camera - on a full frame something like a 24-70 would be suitable).
4. Wide angle lens (I use an 11-16mm lens) - very useful for many of the shots
5. Knowledge of how to use/alter camera settings, e.g. mode, manual/autofocus, ISO, aperture, focal length, live view, white balance, exposure delay, exposure compensation
7. Full Covid vaccinations
'Enjoyable and educational!'
- Ruth Lochrie
'Thanks very much for today. Steve and I both enjoyed it and learned a lot.'
- Gill Moon
'I've no doubt there'll be a massive improvement in any future images by being able to follow the video guidance [recording of the editing Zoom] more closely. Thanks again from both Gill and me. We really feel that we've gained so much from both of the workshops, and I'd advise anyone considering signing up to do so.'
- Steve Moon
'Thank you so much for a truly great Urban Workshop yesterday. We did a lot! ... More than good value!'
- Florence Talks
'Thanks very much for a great session yesterday. It was really enjoyable as well as informative, and gave me the opportunity to try several new ideas.'
- Michael T
'I have just been processing some of the shots that I took on Tony's
Urban Photography workshop last month, and with his direction, I think that I have produced some excellent images. The workshop was extremely interesting both for the guided photography and for Tony's broad knowledge of the history of the places we visited. The workshop was well thought out and organised and I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in urban landscapes. We also got guidance into achieving some of the remarkable effects that you can see in Tony's gallery of shots, something I hope to take away and put my own spin on.'
- Chris Jordan
'Even if you think you know Manchester, Tony will take you to some wonderful locations that you didn’t know existed, at the right time of day and then point out the perfect shot. You’ll have a day to remember.'
- Jon Moffatt
'I thoroughly enjoyed Saturday’s workshop and am part way through going through my numerous images. Compared to my normally more sedate and considered landscape or wildlife photography, the workshop was fast paced and varied. I totally appreciate the goal was to expose us to a variety of locations, opportunities, situations and techniques. You achieved this goal! I managed to capture some satisfactory results on the day, but, perhaps more beneficially to me in the longer term, I am noting ideas to apply in the future.'
- Les Stringer
'a very instructive day!'
- Sheila Brown