Workshops for key stages 3, 4 and 5

Our education team offers Photojournalism and Documentary Photography workshops to equip students with photography and visual journalistic narrative skills.
Our programme is designed to give students a space to learn about documentary photography and photojournalism and express who they are and what they care about, further develop reporting skills, writings, photo editing, photo book designing, video and audio reporting. Students will be encouraged to develop their own ideas for personal photography projects, which will provide a portfolio of visual work, key for entering further education in the media and arts industry and/or gaining work opportunities.
Workshops can be delivered in a range of ways to meet the needs of your school and are interactive, practical, drawing on contemporary topics. This will empower students to recognise the value of photography and journalism and enables them to tell stories that matters to them. We are also bringing in professional photojournalists to share their work and experiences.  Our courses are suitable to those interested in making photography, journalism, media, and communication into a career, developing their skills and/or developing a photography portfolio.

Example workshop formats

  • Day long workshop programme with guest speaker: combining whole year group sessions, introduction on photojournalism and documentary photography, practical assignment, guest speaker.
  • Classroom workshop session: smaller, classroom-based sessions for each form/class in a year group over the course of a single day. Introduction on photojournalism and documentary photography, practical assignment, guest speaker
  • Condensed (3 hours) workshop; working with a whole year group, introduction to documentary photography and photojournalism, practical activity.
  • 6 Weeks afterschool workshops: working with a combined whole year group/s, students will build skills and a photography portfolio of work. Over 6 weeks, students will build skills as a photographer, learn about documentary and photojournalism and developing a portfolio of photography work.

    A breakdown of these 6 weeks sessions are below:
  • Introduction to Photography: camera skills and techniques
  • Exploring various narrative methodologies and photography genres
  • Planning a Photography project and Field Assignment
  • Learn to prepare and edit a photo story or series to be published
  • Hands- on field Assignment (day 2)
  • Development of your portfolio and critique, exploring further projects and setting up individual digital galleries of photographs.

Session One
On day one you will be learning Basic Photography Skills. You will be exploring different depth of fields and camera settings through practical exercises. Furthermore, you will be exploring different lighting through portraiture. The goal is to learn how to achieve a good, exposed photo and how to shoot in a variety of environments and exploring different compositions.

Session two
On day two, you will be learning about different visual narratives that can be used in your storytelling through a number of visual photo stories examples. Following that, you will be working on producing sets of images according to different visual narratives. You will be working in groups and individually to also explore feature photography.

Session three
On day three, you will be given a photography brief that will allow you to work on a set of images within a work, field environment. You will receive guidance and support in accessing people, environments for you to work on your brief. Group critique.

Session four
Learn about the essential skills required for editing your work and making it ready to be published. You will learn how to process, edit a photo, enhance your photos, create a gallery of images and/or a photo story to be published online.

Session five
On day five, you will be working on a field assignment and street photography. You will learn how to recognise a decisive moment, how to be comfortable to take photos in the streets. You will learn how to develop a photo story and accordingly learn about which images you will need for your story.

Session six
On the last day of our workshop, we will look at your individual portfolios, and how to continue developing your own photography projects and workflow, including getting your photos on a commercial site ready to sell. Furthermore, you will receive an individual critique of your photographs.

What does it cost?
We are determined that as many young people as possible, from all backgrounds, should get the opportunity to study and work in photography and journalism. Thus, we do our outmost to ensure that our workshops are affordable to all schools and colleges. We are happy to discuss options, so get in touch and we will do all that we can to help.


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