STREET PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP | BLACKPOOL | 2019
What do Sir Don McCullin, Elliot Erwitt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Tony Ray-Jones, Martin Parr, Ian Berry, Bruce Davidson, and Gueorgui Pinkhassov have in common? They have all photographed on the famous streets and sands of Blackpool!!
Based in the North West, this iconic seaside resort has always been close to our heart. We spent our first holiday together in a Blackpool B&B and subsequently visited the resort every year before deciding to move to the Fylde Coast in 2008.
Photographically, there isn’t anything quite like Blackpool. We never tire of the wonderful opportunities that it affords all year round. The people, the attractions, and the history make it an incredible place to shoot. We know the town inside out and back to front and want to share the excitement we still get when we step onto that famous promenade looking for pictures.
Our previous Street Photography Experience Days have been very well received, but for 2019 we wanted to take things a step further. We want to help you become a better street photographer and even if you don’t shoot street regularly, the skills you will learn can help you tremendously if you photograph documentary style weddings and portraits.
The base for this two-day workshop will be our home in beautiful Lytham St Annes, just a few miles south from Blackpool. On tap will be great coffee, a fantastic collection of photobooks, and we are only 500 feet from the beach.
The workshop dates are April 13 & 14th 2019.
"I was fortunate enough to do a street photography workshop in Blackpool and all I can say is, WOW, what a wonderful experience.
Jeff and Sarah were extremely hospitable, as well as very open and honest about their approach to photography. I have come away with a new insight into street photography and feel extremely motivated to go out and implement some of the new ideas I've taken away from my excellent day with them. If you ever get the chance to attend one of their workshops, I would very highly recommend it and you'll almost certainly see me there too, as I will most definitely be signing up again.
Lastly, I had a four and a half hour trip each way from Bath to attend the Blackpool workshop, but I would do it again in a heartbeat as it was an outstanding 10/10 experience."
Non-shooting group session discussing:
(i) Lighting theory as it relates to street images
(ii) Composition and visualisation
(iii) Lens choice
(iv) Finding your style and moving away from the cliched
Practical shooting on the streets of Blackpool:
(i) Working with the light
(ii) Instinctive imagery
(iii) Patience and perseverance
(iv) Getting in close and developing confidence
(v) Staying in sight but remaining unseen
EVENING GROUP DINNER
Dinner at one of the coast’s most famous fish and chip restaurants.
Shooting on the streets of Blackpool where you can go and shoot your own pictures or continue with guidance from us.
(i) Looking at the pictures we have taken over the past two days
(ii) Editing and printing session in our digital darkroom where you can see how Jeff works on the images and prepares them for print. He will also print your favourite picture from the workshop for you to keep
"I have had the "Ascough" experience and I can highly recommend it. You will see Sarah and Jeff working side by side, see how different and yet how marvellous both of them are. Afterwards, you will surely have learned something about your own way of shooting / seeing the world."
Frank Nürnberger. Berlin
"Thanks a lot for yesterday. I really enjoyed shooting alongside you and Sarah and it was very interesting to see how you both approach street photography and seek your pictures. Now I have plenty of things to experiment with and see how I can apply them to the way I shoot."
WHAT TO BRING
Street photography can be shot with any camera so this workshop is not camera model specific. All we ask is that you bring camera equipment that you are very familiar with. This can be a DSLR, mirrorless, rangefinder, or compact. For the purposes of feedback in a workshop situation, digital is preferred.
Lens choice is also a very personal thing but we recommend something from the 28/35/50mm range (or equivalent) and maybe a wildcard lens such as a telephoto or super wide. We recommend prime lenses over zooms for street, but if you only have a standard zoom, we can work with that.
We live in the North West and even though the weather is pretty good during the Spring and Summer, we are prone to the occasional band of wet weather. So please bring some form of waterproof clothing and a good pair of waterproof shoes. There will be plenty to photograph even if it does rain.
Most of all, please bring your passion for photography along with an open mind and a willingness to try different things.
This two-day workshop is open to just FOUR photographers. This is so that we can give everyone the same level of experience, time, and tuition.
The cost for the two days is just £450 per delegate. This includes all tuition, a buffet lunch on both days, dinner on day one, and an A4 print of your favourite picture from the two days.
Accommodation isn't included but as we are in a holiday resort, there are literally hundreds of places to stay. We will be happy to recommend somewhere for you.