We are thrilled to be working with the lovely people at the Camera Museum and Cafe, run by Aperture Photographic – the world’s first Camerashop, Museum and Cafe.
This venue was suggested by a customer back in 2009, and since then has become one of our favorite locations for photography classes, which we only ever teach here in small groups – a maximum of 6 people which means that we can give more individual attention. Situated in Museum Street a few hundred yards from the British Museum, it gives us a fantastic location for photography lessons as well as the chance to drool over the Hasselblads in Aperture Photographic’s shop. They also do lovely food and great coffee. Have a look at the cafe website. It’s a great place to spend the day, and it’s easy to get to – the nearest tube is Holborn, 10 minutes away.
We can help with street photography techniques, and we can photograph in the British Museum gardens, and intrepid snappers can even venture into the Museum itself. They forbid the use of tripods, but if you know what you are doing, you can still get some good results! If you don’t, we can help. Museum photography is very popular, but also requires some specific photography techniques to cope with the poor light, irrelevant backgrounds, strange colours and reflectivity, and Chinese tourists that like to stand in front of you. Even if you are not interested in the museum artefacts, the building is great for landscape photography. There is always something amazing to photograph in this part of London.
It is always interesting to see what equipment other photographers are using in the difficult light of the museum – there are a lot of prime lenses in evidence – these can help with the low light levels, and also to make your photographs more pointed and specific – we have some photography tips on what lens you might need for this, or you may be able to borrow a lens from the tutor or another student. Strangely, you may even need a wide-angle to show pieces in context. So whether you enjoy portrait photography, landscape photography or even macro photography we have the photography tips that you will find useful in this slightly difficult photographic light.
We always have varied groups of people at our photography workshops in central London, which enables you to see other people’s points of view of the same subjects, which is always interesting. The Camera Cafe and Museum is at 44 Museum Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A 1LY, we meet at the entrance at 11am in the week, or 12 noon on Saturdays. We finish there between 5pm and 6pm. If you are lucky you may even see David Bailey, who is an occasional visitor and even donated some cameras to the museum.