RPS Workshop – Environmental Portraiture

From the series Look Back In AngerI will be running a workshop for the Royal Photographic Society on April 23rd, with Paul Hill and Nick Lockett. This workshop is about approaches to portraiture on location. There will be plenty of practical photography, going out into the old market town of Wirksworth in small groups with Paul Hill, Nick Lockett and Martin Shakeshaft, ‘Sitters’ and locations are arranged in advance for you to photograph – or you can go off to do your own thing. And there will be a session on how to use lighting to improve portraits, and the opportunity to get feedback on what you take.

Topics include:
– Portraits on location
– Directing people in a photo shoot
– Continuous feedback on your images
– Location lighting
– Portfoio reviews of previous work

Non RPS Members     £155.00
RPS Members     £130.00


With three vastly experienced tutors it will be possible to will cover a wide range of topics, including developing personal photographic projects that lead to a meaningful body of work; how to improve your digital capture; medium and large format photography; working with lighting – speedlights and studio lights; moving image on your DSLR; publishing your photography online and in books. At the end of the day there will be an open feedback session in the seminar room where the group will look at each other’s selection of images made during the day. Bring your work-in-progress portfolio along for a one-to-one feedback review session with one of the tutors.

Groups will be no more than six people per tutor.

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The Different Landscape/Photographers Place – RPS Workshops

I will be teaching on three RPS (Royal Photographic Society) workshops next year in the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire.

The sessions will appeal to those who have gone beyond the beginners’ stage and want a chance to immerse themselves in photography and explore landscape photography from an aesthetic as well as from a technical point of view. Fellow tutors will include Dr Paul Hill and Nick Lockett.


Tree Growing in Barn. Near Sheldon, Derbyshire. November 2014

18th April 2015  CROMFORD
13th June 2015  ILAM
18th July 2015  MONYASH

I will post more details as they are confirmed. Here is what some participants have said about our workshops with the RPS in 2014:

“Thanks guys! You have given me a completely different view of landscape photography.”
“Excellent workshop with three enthusiastic, generous and encouraging tutors.”
“Made me think ‘out of my comfort zone’.”
“Suddenly I am seeing differently. My images are now more of me, and less stereotypical.”

Photographers Place Workshop May 6th-8th.

Poster - Click for large version

I will be teaching on The Photogaphers Place Workshop on the 6th-8th May.


The weekend is intended as an immersion in landscape photography for those who have gone beyond the beginners’ stage and want to learn more about making photographs from an aesthetic as well as from a technical point of view.

The Friday evening session will include a presentation by course leaders followed by opportunity to see samples of work from the group members. You are invited to bring along 2 or 3 of your own edited digital photographs as jpeg files on a memory stick to be shown on a data projector (or prints if you prefer).

Saturday morning will begin with a short session on how to improve your digital capture, understanding histograms and exposures. Then we go out on field trips into the countryside around Ilam, which includes one of Lord Byron’s favourite beauty spots – Dovedale – with one of the course leaders. Groups will be no more than seven people per tutor. At the end of the day there will be an open feedback session in the seminar room after dinner on your selection of images made during the day.

On Sunday there will be a choice of activity: going out to put some of your feedback advice into practise, gathering for a session on post production and publishing photos or getting a portfolio review with Paul Hill. There will be a further ‘wrap up’ session in the seminar room during afternoon tea. We anticipate the weekend finishing at around 4pm.

Fees: £325 including all tuition and 2 nights full board. For more details check out The Photographers Place


Essential Photoshop for Photojournalists (NUJ London Photographers Branch)

On January 19th I will be running a workshop for the National Union of Journalists London Photographers Branch:

This one-day course, organised by the London Photographers’ Branch, will demonstrate how to use Photoshop, Bridge and Adobe Camera RAW (the three linked programmes that make up Adobe Photoshop) to:

  • Make corrections of brightness, contrast and colour balance to out-of-camera RAW files (using ACR) and JPEGs (using adjustment layers)
  • Make local adjustments to parts of an image
  • Rename, batch caption and keyword images
  • Set up a batch resizing action

It will also cover the basic elements of good workflow, including file naming, image storage and back-up.

The course is aimed specifically at photojournalists, and will not explore methods of gross image manipulation that might be employed by commercial photographers or graphic designers. The course will be tutored by freelance photojournalist, digital imaging lecturer and branch member Martin Shakeshaft.

Please note: participants will need to bring their own laptop and software.

Wednesday 19 January 2011
Amnesty International, London

NUJ members: £95
NUJ members (student/reduced subscription): £75
Non-members: £120
(Prices include lunch)

Places are limited. To register, please email training@londonphotographers.org by 7 January 2011 at the latest.

Workshop for LIP (London Independent Photography)

Press release for a Workshop I am running for LIP

Saturday 20th November – 10am-4.30pm
St James Church – 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL – Entrance at side stairwell by Costa Coffee (Map)
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
Cost: £30 LIP Member = 15 places
Martin Shakeshaft is a documentary photographer based in the Peak District. He combines working on editorial projects with teaching digital imaging. A particular area of interest is developing opportunities that the internet and new media offer the contemporary photographer.
His editorial clients have included BBC, Channel 4 Television, S4C, The Economist, The Daily Mirror, The Independent, Newsweek Magazine and many others. A selection of his work is housed in the National Museum of Wales’s permanent collection.
Along with Paul Hill and Nick Lockett he runs the recently reformed ‘Photographers’ Place Workshops’.
The day will start with a talk about a 25 year project that Martin has recently concluded called ‘Look Back In Anger.’ This explores the long term effects of the closure of the coal industry on the people and landscape of South Wales. This has been widely published both in this country and abroad.
We then move onto practical sessions:
• Optimising exposure and file formats, an introduction to taking images. What the histogram shows us and how it can be used.
• Post production, using Adobe Lightroom to sort, edit and output images.
• Using ‘Print on Demand’ services to create your own books. From one-offs to short production runs.
The workshop will include taking images and editing them, so bring a digital camera and laptop if you have one. Trial versions of Adobe Lightroom will be available (this can be used for 30 days). Free software for book production will also be provided.