Night Photography, Light Trails and Shutter Speed Creativity Photography Workshop in London < Let's GoDo - Let's GoDo

Night Photography, Light Trails and Shutter Speed Creativity Photography Workshop in London

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Hosted by Matthew
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Experience Category

  • Classes & Workshops

About the experience

Experience Duration : 3 hrs
Experience Summary:

If you love taking photos, but want to get to grips with using shutter speeds to produce more creative photos, then this is the photography workshop for you!

During the workshop you will learn about different types of panning, light trails, night photography, long exposures and intentional camera movement (ICM) with ‘in the field’ tutorials, allowing you to practise and experiment with newly learned techniques while photographing St Pauls Cathedral, Leadenhall Market and Tower Bridge, some of London’s most iconic locations.

At the same time as learning the technical side of using longer shutter speeds, we will talk a lot about the thought process of creating (not just taking) photos. I will offer tips on composition, guide your photographic eye and help you develop a proactive photography mindset, ensuring you can apply your new found skills to any given situation when photographing in the future.

Please note: I will always be happy to talk about any topic that you do not understand, however I recommend attending one of my beginners photography workshops prior to attending this one.

Detailed description:

No two days are exactly the same, as photography is all about the light. Some subjects suit cloudy days and others suit sunny days. In general though, this workshop will run as follows:

Meet: Close close to St Pauls Station. I will offer a brief overview of the session, before setting straight out to explore London with our cameras.

Part one: Photograph the area around St Pauls Cathedral. Just because it is a popular photography spot, doesn't mean we can't get great photos. The focus will be on using slow shutter speeds to create movement, experimenting with various types of panning, and discussing intentional camera movement (ICM). You will also be challenged to get creative with compositions, trying to capture something unique.

Part two: As we head towards Leadenhall Market there are lots of very photogenic buildings. With iconic London buses, taxis, and lots of people around, we will continue to focus on capturing movement to add some life to the images. In Leadenhall market you will have time to put these new ideas into practice.
Part three: Our final stop is Tower Bridge, where you will learn to use long exposures to create blurry water and, blurry clouds (if there are clouds around!). We will end the workshops by photographing light trails on Tower Bride, ensuring you go home with plenty of photos to be proud of!

Subjects covered:
How to do night photography
Experiment with panning in shutter speed priority mode
How to shoot light trails
Ways to use intentional camera movement (ICM)
Long exposures
ISO, aperture and shutter speed
Shooting in manual mode and aperture priority mode
Histogram and the importance of exposing to the right
Try out tips and tricks for eye-catching compositions
The importance of light and shooting at the best time of day
Conveying stories in your photographs
Focus modes and capturing sharp photos
Selecting the most appropriate equipment (although it is not about what equipment you have, it is how you use it!)

About the host

Hi, I'm Matthew. I'm a London-based photographer and filmmaker specialising in the travel and leisure industry.

My work has received numerous recognitions as Travel Photographer of the Year and Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Commercial clients include Talisker Whisky, Visit Wales, Stena Line and Nikon. When I'm not photographing, I'm teaching others to do so, running photography workshops and holidays, and giving talks to photography societies, schools, and travel shows.

My images regularly appear in international publications such as National Geographic Traveler Magazine, Conde Nast and Lonely Planet, and my travel, wildlife, landscape and documentary photography collection comprises over 25,000 images from 50 countries.

It covers a diverse range of subjects, from portraits of remote tribes in Myanmar to skiing adventures in Scotland and remote landscapes in the Atacama Desert to lions hunting in Kenya.

Places we'll visit

The exact meet point will be provided on booking, but the workshop starts very close to St Pauls tube station and ends at Tower Bridge.

Additional information


What the Host requires you to bring
  • Camera: Essential! Ideally a digital SLR or other camera that can be controlled manually.
  • Lenses: Standard lens (c18-55mm) essential, telephoto lens optional.
  • Tripod: Essential for long exposures during the sunset/night shoot and for doing light trails. Loan can be arranged.
  • Filters: Optional, but a 6 stop or 10 stop ND filter will come in useful.
  • Other: Wrap up warm if it is a cold day. The temperature drops quickly after the sun sets!


  • Who can come Adults
  • Activity level not much
  • Skill level intermediate


Primary Language : English

Private groups

Does the Host accept Private Group : yes
Private groups minimum size : 3
Private groups maximum size : 8

Alternate Dates

If you would like to request for alternative dates not currently showing in availability, please contact the host directly via private message


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Meet Up Location : St. Paul's Cathedral, London, UK, (EC4M 8AD),

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