New for 2020, this six-hour practical workshop in Birmingham city centre combines theory and practical to transform your snapshots into potential masterpieces.

We will explore why and how great photographs work and what we can learn from master photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams and William Eggleston. Alongside this participants will be asked to suggest a personal favourite, maybe a classic photographer, maybe someone they admire online.

Then we’ll spend a couple of hours walking through Birmingham city centre putting these ideas into practice. The emphasis will be on street photography, capturing Birmingham’s moments, with scope to explore landscape, abstract and a bit of portrait photography where appropriate.

Then, after lunch we’ll return to the classroom for a group critique of our work, drawing out and formalising techniques we can use in the future to develop our photography practice.

Suitable for all digital cameras including smartphones. While the technical functionality of a DSLR is useful for aspects of composition, such as depth of focus, this workshop will cover much, much more.

Based at a cozy city-centre venue, right next to New St Station, this workshop costs £60 for the day.


  • 10am: An exploration of compositional techniques used in some of the great photographs of the last century, looking at how we can used them in our photography.
  • 12pm: A walking workshop in Birmingham city centre where we’ll put these techniques to the test.
  • 1:30pm: Lunch. (Bring your own or purchase from cafe.)
  • 2pm: In depth review of photos from the walk, drawing out specific lessons we can apply to our photography in the future.
  • 4pm: ends.

Suitable for: Beginner or intermediate photographers. All digital cameras from smartphones to DSLRs are welcome.

Accessibility: Venue is accessible. Walk is mostly pavements.

Frequency: Monthly on Saturdays.

Location: BOM (Birmingham Open Media), 1 Dudley Street, Birmingham, B5 4EG

Standard price: £60

Upcoming Classes

Photo School classes and walks have been suspended due to coronavirus. I will be in touch soon with those who have booked or bought vouchers. Thank you for your patience. More about how the outbreak will affect Photo School.