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FREE street portrait workshop

On Thursday 5 Nov, 5-7pm at The Canvas Café, we’re holding a two-hour street portrait photography workshop, free for members of the community to participate in – including, of course, regular customers of the café, locals of the area, tourists and budding photographers alike.

About the workshop
This workshop is designed for anyone who would like to improve their street and/or portrait photography. We’ll take you through effective approaches and techniques, and let you in on our top tips that we’ve learnt through our own experiences. Everything from useful ways to approach people, to what angles and lighting can work to your advantage, to what images work best to help to tell a story.

The workshop will be practical too, as you’ll have the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas with other photographers and attendees. You’ll also be able to put your new knowledge to the test, as we’ll get you to take part in a short ‘on street’ activity. And there’ll be lots of opportunity for questions and answers all in an informal and social setting.

And…as part of the LDNtwentyfour7 Beigel Bake project, we’re encouraging the public to take their own photos with Brick Lane beigels (or bagels) and share them on social media using #LDNtwentyfour7. So coming along to this workshop will be a perfect way for you to get involved.

What to Bring

  • A camera (it can be a SLR, film, digital, point &shoot or even a smartphone)
  • Paper and pen in case you want to take notes
  • An open mind and courage (we don’t even mind if it’s
    a bit of Dutch courage – but we don’t encourage you to come if you’re leathered!)


About the facilitators
We are all photographers from a variety of disciplines and levels of experience, and all approach the conceptual and visual aspects of our work in a different way. But one thing that unites us is our connection to ‘community’ (all being members of London Independent Photography) and using photography to respond to our own imagination, passions and inner vision. And, of course, our courage and dedication to spending endless and unsocial hours loitering out the front of Beigel Bake, asking people for a photo while stuffing their cake, or ‘beigel’ holes.

Places are limited to 25. To book, complete your details in this Google Form. You can turn up on the day, but we can’t guarantee there will be availability.

See also The Canvas Cafe’s events and workshops calendar, Facebook page and Twitter profile. Or email us at

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