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John Free - Street Photography London & Brighton Workshops
27th August 2012 - 0 comments
The John Free London Street Photography workshops took place on bank holiday weekend 24-26 August 2012. Thanks to Dave Bull (whom I met through my Street Photography Meetup group) We Shoot People, I was asked if I could help organise these events with him. It was a no brainer!

I attended two of the three London workshops and the Brighton one by kind invitation of John and Wendy Free. What can I say, three fun filled, challenging, knowledge packed, but memorable days that I probably won't forget.

John is a great teacher and mentor. His passion and eagerness to share his years of knowledge is overwhelming. John's inspiring methods of teaching, wit and insightful techniques are invaluable. I have learnt so much to becoming a better street photographer. But I especially learnt that whether you are a beginner or an experienced photographer, as long as you have the willingness to work hard, learn, and have an open heart and mind you can achieve great things, no matter what camera you own.

Southbank (It was a soggy London workshop but rain is always great for street shots!)


Kensington Gardens

Borough Market

Brighton - Final pep talk from John

John Free and myself

Some comments from students who attending the London Workshops:

"Learned so much, so many bad habits that need correcting ;) I had a great day, John is so clear in his instructions. Looking forward to seeing some of people's results in a photo album" Susan J

"This was a great day, I gained greater insight into how to see the shot and how to approach the situation. John's a great tutor, and his passion and motivation are infectious. I'm so glad I managed to attend the day, shame it wasn't the full weekend." Steve C

"Really enjoyed this day out with John Free. I learned many things and am planning to shoot a lot more black and white in the future." Karen C

Thanks to: John Free, Wendy Free, David Bull, We Shoot People members and all the new friends I have met along the way.
John Free - London Street Photography Talk
23rd August 2012 - 0 comments
I had the pleasure to get involved with John Free's London talk and workshops last weekend. As organiser of a London Meetup group called We Shoot People which was created for anybody with a love for street photography, it was an honour to be asked to help with this project. Thanks again to Dave Bull!

From the minute you check out one of John's YouTube videos you instantly feel his passion for street photography. This passion is even more powerful in real life - when he speaks you listen. John has years and years of experience and knowledge in this genre of photography so he knows what he is talking about. His dedication to his art is clear to see and he has many wonderful stories and anecdotes to tell which only adds to the experience of spending time in his company.

John Free is on a clear mission to teach the ways of street photography and get as many as people as possible inspired and passionate about it too. Often quoting some of his favourite photographers; Cartier-Bresson, W. Eugene Smith in his flow, you almost feel as if their spirits are watching and guiding him when he speaks.

These are just some of the comments from the students who attended John's talk:

"This was a fabulous and genuine lecture. I feel totally enthused about street photography and cannot wait for the workshop tomorrow! Thanks very much for coming John and thanks to Linda for organising it. I feel sorry for people who missed it! :-)" Sharon

"I thought John was wonderful. Entertaining and inspirational. I'm so glad I came along." J.S

"John's talk was from the heart and you could hear the passion in his voice. He loves what he does and wants 'YOU' to feel the same about your work and he brought that message across. His mantra was that you have to keep practicing, because you may think that you know it but you don't, you just become complacent! This man has been doing this for over 40 years and he is still honing his skills. Hopefully, most people will have left that room with a couple of words of wisdom.." S.R

"An amazing evening listening to someone speak from his heart and inspire you from the very start. John's take on photography was an eye opener." Chet

"Great talk. I was happy to see that almost everyone "got it" wasn't another "heres how i do it" lecture from an average photog with a "i heart Leica" t-shirt!!" Dave

"John is an extremely motivational speaker and a master craftsman. Main things I took home were to shoot from the heart, never take posed shots and try to develop the 20 degree offset strategy. My quote for the night was: "People will have photographs for generations because of you". An outstanding evening which made you think where you are at right now with your own photography. Highly recommended." John K

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