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Street Photography: Four Go To Market

It’s been a hectic week. The Fast and Smart Speedlights for Wedding Photography one-day course in Kent and three other photography workshops in Surrey (on portraits, posing and art nude) all coincided with the arrival of the snow. It felt like a conspiracy between The Beast from the East and Storm Emma, but we ploughed on through and the majority managed to make it. As usual, we had a great time with some lovely people but it’s always nice to be back home.

Lincolnshire is also the home of the Complete Photographer course. Our last one was just a couple of weeks ago and, as usual, it was really inspiring to watch the delegates learn and grow as photographers.

we get to cover a lot of ground

The 5-day format of the course means that we get to cover a lot of ground, from revisiting the basics and filling in any knowledge gaps on the way, to honing and developing each photographer’s particular skill set. Because the course never exceeds four delegates, we can do that. Part of the process involves taking people out of their comfort zones, getting them to embrace a genre or master a skill that they have avoided up to now. For some, Boudoir is their bete noire. For others, working in low light or combining artificial with natural light is a challenge. Most, it seems, find that taking shots of people in day-to-day situations can be intimidating. So street photography is something I get them to tackle.

the promise of a hearty breakfast

Early on the third day of the course, with the promise of a hearty breakfast at The Auction House cafe restaurant afterwards, we drive into the local market town of Louth, just as the stall holders are setting up in the Cornmarket. I give the group half an hour and the brief is to photograph the traders, the customers and the produce. Last month, I asked the photographers to get together after the course had ended and whittle down their choice of images to the 6 - 8 pictures which best sum up the mood and atmosphere of the market. I reckon they did a pretty good job 🙂

Louth Market

Photographer Jane Petrie

Louth Market

Photographer Deanne Ward

Louth Market

Photographer Simon Downing

Louth Market

Photographer Simon Downing

Louth Market

Photographer Helen Walker

Louth Market

Photographer Simon Downing