Documentary Group: Social Documentary Photography Workshop: The Mystique of Making Better Photographs

01 November 2015

10:00 - 17:00

The Canvas Cafe
42 Hanbury Street
United Kingdom

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Group Member£60.00 
RPS Member£65.00 
Non RPS Member£70.00 


Coinciding with the DPOTY exhibition, in Spitalfields, just a few steps from Brick Lane. We'll be covering Social Documentary and exploring The Mystique of Making Better Photographs while focusing on the thought processes when we take photographs.  More information HERE

Leading the workshop is Gabrielle Motola who has been an Olympus Ambassador for several years and we are indebted to Olympus UK for their support in staging this event.  For more information about your presenter see: 

In photography, especially during spontaneous situations, there is that moment when something catches our attention and we are moved to act. There is little time to think of exposure, f-stops, shutter speeds, there is little time to think at all. Irrespective of our setup, we sometimes don’t take the picture right away. Instead something else happens. We may have an emotional response to the situation, we intellectualise, we may move our position to make the shot ‘better’, we hesitate, we fumble with our camera settings, we lose the moment. Sound familiar? How can we prevent this from happening and move towards a place of synchronous thought and action? What do we notice in the first place? How can we make our pictures better? We will explore this question within three main realms; aesthetic, awareness, and response. This workshop will address taste, thought, emotional response, observation, reaction, and touch briefly on technical technique, both in shooting and post production.

In addition to honing our technique, we must narrow the gap between thought and instinct. We will accomplish this through action oriented exercises.

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Opening times

The workshop will start at 10.00. The venue is a cafe where you will be able to purchase refreshments and lunch.

Cancellation policy

The Royal Photographic Society is a registered charity and the DG organisers are volunteers. The DG has adopted the following refunds policy in respect of events & activities organised by or on behalf of the Group as follows:- 1. In the case of events and activities where the charge for participation is £20 or less (per person), no refunds will be made where a person cannot participate for any reason outside the control of the DG. 2. In the case of events and activities where the charge for participation is more than £20 (per person), no refunds will be made where a person cannot participate for any reason outside the control of the DG unless:- a) the actual cost of the event or activity to the DG has been met by paying participants, and b) the reason for not being able to participate is one that is outside the control of the person in question, and c) notice in writing (email is acceptable) outlining the circumstances for non-participation is given to the DG no later than seven clear days before the start of the event or activity. 3. In any case, the DG will only refund the sum paid (per person) and will not compensate for any consequential costs that may have been incurred, such as travel, accommodation, refreshments or subsistence. 4. A condition of payment for DG events or activities charges is that this policy is accepted. 5. In the event of dispute the DG Treasurer’s decision is final.

Hearing and access requirements

The workshop is not suitable for those who have mobility or access problems as access is via a staircase.

David Cantor
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Region: LondonGroup(s): Documentary