The RPS has commissioned this GDPR compliant Model Release Form which it is making available to all as part of its objectives of supporting photographers. A Model Release Form establishes a contract between the photographer and a model, defines how and where photographs may be used and the basis of any remuneration. It protects both the photographer and the model in the event of any dispute – provided the parties have abided by the terms of the release.
Workshops from the Royal Photographic Society
Whether you're diving into photography for the first time or honing your skills, there is a range of online and in-person workshops run by the RPS and its members.
We offer a range of high-quality workshops for all photographic abilities, run by qualified and experienced facilitators. Plenty are online for you to access from home, with others being run in-person for a more hands-on experience.
We offer on-demand workshops that you can watch anytime, anywhere and at your own pace in a range of subjects.
We have a range of workshops that will take your smartphone photography to the next level. From shooting images to editing, you'll learn how to harness the power of the photographic tool that sits in your pocket.
Project based workshops
Developing your next project starts here with our various workshops focusing on idea development, research, learning and project planning.
Street Photography Workshops
Developing a project, or learning new image making skills? We have a range of workshops specifically around street photography to get you out and about and capturing the world around you.
We offer a range of workshops covering a wide variety of photo editing software. From smartphone editing to Adobe suites theres something to suit every skill level.
From layout to practical bookmaking, our range of workshops will teach you how to create your own photobook to display your images.
Open University Online Courses
Digital photography: Creating and Sharing Better Images and Discover your Genre, Develop Your Style
Two 10 week online courses, developed by the Open University and supported by the RPS for beginners and those who wish to develop their photography further.
Open College of the Arts Short Courses
The Open College of the Arts is offering two new on-line courses, Photography As Language and Investigating Place. These courses are designed to make you think and connect more deeply with the images you see and those you take. Supported by the RPS.
Revised in 1997 and 2007 in consultation with the RSPB and the three Statutory Nature Conservation Councils. Produced by The Nature Group of The Royal Photographic Society. “There is one hard and fast rule, whose spirit must be observed at all times. The welfare of the subject is more important than the photograph.”
The Royal Photograhic Society encourages all photographers to protect their images against copying and unauthorised use. The Society works closely with other organisations and photographers to provide support and education of the issues surrounding the making, sharing and using of images. This useful guide is produced by the British Copyright Council.
Allie Astell, Founder of Manage My Website is an authorised Squarespace Trainer and Approved Specialist and has lectured for Guardian Masterclasses. With 12 years’ experience training people in website design and online marketing, she'll spend 2 hours teaching you how to optimise your online presence with clear guidance to walk you through the process. This is a webinar not to be missed.
Babs Balogun LRPS is a graduate of Film production with honors and has achieved a Masters degree in Interactive Multimedia. Babs was interviewed by the BBC about his light painting and interviewed by BBC Stoke.
Babs runs cre8fotos, and works from a dedicated light painting studio where he creates wonderful images. He was recently made an ambassador to Ants on a Melon - an American company that makes light painting tools.
Jo Bradford is an award-winning photographer and best-selling author based on Dartmoor in the UK. She is the driving force behind Green Island Studios where she has created a bespoke analogue darkroom and photography workshop and studio space. From here Jo takes pictures of the wild and windy moor from the studio doorstep and posts them on Instagram as @greenislandstudios where she has a large and loyal following for her smartphone photography.
Benedict is a UK based photographer, journalist and artist. He practices as a fine-art and commercial photographer and as a photography workshop leader and is also an award-winning journalist who until recently was editor of Britain’s best-selling consumer photography magazine, Digital Camera. Writing credits include; Amateur Photographer, PhotoPlus, NPhoto, Professional Photography and Practical Photoshop, with a regular column, The Art of Seeing, for Digital Camera magazine.
Chris Burfoot has been teaching studio photography for over 30 years, for much of that time for the RPS.
He gained his associateship of the Master Photographers Society in 1986, closely followed by the RPS, and the BIPP. He has always worked in the photographic industry and has been a lighting specialist for most of the time, working for major lighting manufacturers including Elinchrom and currently as a Lighting Consultant and trainer for Broncolor.
Tim Daly teaches photography at the University of Chester and has a research interest in the ‘thingness’ of photography and the materiality of the photographic print. Daly has worked on various themes including architecture: of social housing, the Plotland movement and former asylum complexes, DIY culture especially renovation and modification and leisure pastimes and tourism. Credits include: Bloomsbury Academic, AVA, Peachpit Press, Focal Press, Aurum Press, The Photographers’ Gallery and NGBK, Berlin. In 2017, Tim established Fugitive Press.
Simon is a multi award winning Fine Art Street Photographer. He has featured in the International Photography Awards, International iPhone Photography Awards, Mobile Photography Awards & Professional Photographer of the Year. His limited edition Fine Art Street Photography prints are sold globally by Saatchi galleries, etc. He is a passionate educator, a lover of simplicity on both gear and technique and welcomes photographs of all abilities and with cameras from iPhones, mirrorless to DSLRs.
Michelle is passionate about light painting and is looking forward to building people’s confidence and experience with this great genre of photography. Having run her own Learning and Development company for many years, she is a very experienced workshop facilitator and coach. She is known for her creativity and desire to help others unleash their own in fun and supportive learning environments.
Maria is a photographic practitioner, teacher, writer, lecturer at De Montfort University and runs photography workshops across the UK and abroad. Her commercial specialty is Dance Photo/videography, collaborating with dance companies around the UK to produce promotional imagery. Maria’s personal photographic projects often draw on her contemporary dance background, using the body and the camera collaboratively as a vehicle to express her ideas and experiences.
Alixandra's work focuses on under-reported conflicts and the often forgotten humanitarian consequences of war. She is known for her in-depth investigative reporting and uncanny ability to work in the most difficult social and geographical environments. She began her career as a war artist in Bosnia. Going on to work as a frontline news photographer for the press. A co-owner and member of NOOR Images and the NOOR Foundation, she has been published in books and across international titles, and exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide.
Jon has been in the photographic industry for over 40 years, and has had a wide range of experience working with a variety of leading Advertising and Fashion agencies. He is a Fellow of the British institute of Professional Photographers and National Union of Journalists. Credits include: Gucci, P&O, Dunlop, The Telegraph, Vogue, Saatchi, B.P, Ferrari, BBC Film and Getty Images. Jon is also has Two Fashion & Beauty Teaching DVDS and a Glamour & Beauty photography book published in the UK and in Russia.
Martine is a senior lecturer on the BA & MA programme at Nottingham Trent University in the School of Art & Design. With a career as an architectural photographer spanning three decades her area of specialism encompasses a mixture of professional practice and technical delivery. Martine has been published in books and journals world-wide and exhibited internationally, including a solo show in Ningbo, China. Her book 'Photography for Architects - Effective use of images in your architectural practice' is published by Routledge in 2023.
Alex is a pro landscape photographer and author of ‘Photographing Kent’. He’s taught photography to enthusiasts on his Tripod Travels tours with Lizzie Shepherd and at his local University. Alex is a brand ambassador for Kase Filters and Fotospeed and those on his workshops will receive special discount codes for their products. Alex loves book making and sees it as a final part of the creative process and a brilliant way to display our work in creative and visually engaging ways.
Robert holds the Excellence award of the Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique. Inspired by remote locations, where untamed land is sculpted by natural elements, his photographic schedules are often dictated by sunrise, sunset, moon, tides and weather. Based in Wiltshire, Robert leads photography tours throughout Britain, as well as overseas. He is the author of several books on photography and astronomy including Photographing the Heavens, Night Sky, Photographing Wiltshire and Britain’s Best Landscapes and How to Photograph Them.
Paul photographed regularly for The Guardian, The Observer and later ran the Creative Photography course at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham. With his wife, Angela, he established The Photographers' Place, Britain's first residential photography workshop. He is author of Approaching Photography, Dialogue with Photography (with Thomas Cooper), and has had two monographs published. Exhibiting regularly internationally since 1970, he was the first art photographer to receive an MBE for services to photography and the first professor of photographic practice in a British university. Until 2010 he ran the MA Photography course at De Montfort University and now runs photography workshops all over the world with his partner, Maria Falconer.
Lilian is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and has been an amateur astronomer for many years. She is a speaker at various astronomy clubs and more recently at photography groups too. Lilian’s real interest in astronomy is astro-photography and her garden observatories have been featured on the BBC Sky at Night. Lilian is always keen to try out new ideas and share her thoughts on capturing the night sky, e.g - have you ever thought of using a gimbal or a GoPro for astrophotography? She has also written several astronomy books.
John Humphrey has a professional background in the management of mental health. He specialises in art and macro photography, and presents RPS workshops on Creative and Experimental Photography, Macro Photography, and Advanced Photoshop.
John’s books ‘Close-up and Macro Photography’ and ‘Creative and Experimental Photography’ are published by the Crowood Press.
Tim is Academy lead and Technical Manager at Fotospeed. He worked as a freelance photographer for over 10 years, as-well-as a digital re-toucher. Tim leads the Photoshop, Lightroom, Monochrome and Practical printing courses at Fotospeed and is an Adobe Photoshop Associate. He will be sharing his personal knowledge and experiences of working with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, and how he has used the software for printing and editing his work over the last 15 years. Tim completed his MA in Photography at Falmouth University in 2021.
Polina's approach to flower photography is “somewhat similar to that of a portrait photographer – for every flower and plant that I photograph, I always try to find its unique look, study its mood and character, and ultimately unlock the hidden beauty of my models”. While appreciating the natural beauty of plants and trying to stay true to their original look, Polina does not limit her point of view to purely botanical. She tries “to lift a flower off its typical setting and put it into indeterminate space, where its beauty can be seen in all its purity”.
John has a keen understanding of various digital media and emerging technologies. He worked for the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the Big Issue as a freelance photographer and is a founding member and company director of several companies that work across film production, design and software development, including Omni Creative. His clients include: Nest, npower, Innovate UK, The Welsh Assembly, the Home Office, the University of Bath, the Association of British Insurers, Maritime UK and Tech Partnership.
Jenny Sowerby, a social media manager with 20 years’ marketing experience. Jenny manages social media and online marketing for a number of small businesses ranging from hospitality and retail through to events marketing. All have in common a desire to reach potential clients in fun and creative ways - for which Instagram is the perfect fit.
Stewart has been a professional photographer for many decades, has a Degree in photography, a Masters in Visual Communication (Photography), a Level 7 PGCE teaching qualification, and is currently engaged on a Professional Doctorate PhD researching the Design of Documentary Photography and Community Resilience.
Nigel is a very experienced teacher, leading inspirational classes at many institutions, including New York University, Photofusion and London’s famous Camera Club. He is also currently lecturing at the Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as running workshops for the RPS.
Tim Pearse is photographic artist, master printer, and process instructor based in Bristol. His work has been exhibited in galleries and institutions across the UK and USA, including the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; Humble Arts Foundation, New York, amongst many others. Tim prints for notable artists and photographers from across the UK, working from his darkroom in Bristol, where he also teaches black and white printing along with a variety of alternative photographic processes.
Marketa Zvelebil has won a number of international photographic competitions and has had photographs exhibited in France and other countries (Germany, South Africa, Vietnam, Spain, Sweden, UK and others). Several of her photos have been published in various magazines including National Geographic Traveller Magazine, Digital Photographer and other as well as books. Her photos have also been published on photographic sites such as Shutterbug, digitalcameraworld.com and PetaPixel.