RSP London Photowalk – Saturday 26th October

Meeting Location: Leadenhall Market
Date: Sunday 26th October 2014
Meeting Time: 12:00 noon onwards
Price: Free
Facebook Event: http://on.fb.me/1D7m3Wk

LONDON Photowalk

Details

You know the drill by now. I’m returning to my favourite city (and I’ve been to a fair few!) to photograph the sites, sounds and oddities of one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. The melting pots of culture that is London!

You, the camera and the big city and of course the company of some incredibly talented other photographers. What could be better?

Also, I’m not sure if you noticed, but you’ll be charged a grand total of £0 for this event. Come on! Come and meet fellow photographers and have some fun.

The Route

  1. Meeting at Leadenhall Market at 12:00 we’ll start with the usual meet and greet.
    1. The nearest tube Stops are probably Monument, Bank, Tower Hill or Aldgate depending on your direction of travel
  2. We’ll stay at Leadenhall for a short while, even though the area will be relatively quiet on a Sunday.
  3. A few minutes from Leadenhall are some fantastic building such as ‘The Gherkin’ and other impressive architecture.
  4. From the Market Area we’ll head East towards the Tower of London, where they currently have the installation of thousands of ceramic poppies on display (more information here)
  5. After a short while we’ll then head back West, walking adjacent to the River towards London Bridge, where we’ll cross over to the South of the River.
  6. This will leave us in view of The Shard and just a stones throw from Borough Market, where depending on the time may well be our first stop for refreshments at Brew Wharf (very close to Borough Market. If the pace has been fast and the group want to continue, we may carry on and stop elsewhere for drinks a short while further into the route
  7. After a short break we’ll head towards Shakespeare’s Globe and the Millennium Bridge, where we will cross over to once again find ourselves North of the River
  8. At the North end of the Millennium Bridge we’ll be able to get some post card shots of St Paul’s Cathedral.
  9. If by the time we are at St. Paul’s and we haven’t stopped we can head towards the Blackfriar – a very well known pub just north of Blackfriars Bridge. From here we can head south over the bridge.
  10. From here we’ll be able to walk past / through the OXO tower building along the river.
  11. We’re now heading towards South Bank, and a little further on from that will the London Eye.
  12. The walk will most likely end here, but if we find we’ve marched and people want to continue I have an extended route I can take you, including Big Ben Downing Street, Horse Guards, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, China Town, Covent Garden, and much more. But this extended route is possibly not for the feint of heart 🙂

What Can you Learn?

Everything or Nothing. It’s up to you. Come along for fun or come along to learn – this is a free event for all skill levels. If you would like to learn the art of approaching strangers for street portraits there will be an opportunity to learn from me the way I am successfully able to make portraits time and time again.

Alternatively, if Candid street photography is your thing I can help you look for moments, stories, faces and of course – the light!

Whatever your reason for coming along, there will be something for everyone. Fun guaranteed!

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday 26th October 2014

Confirm your attendance

Come and join the Ready Steady Pro Facebook Community and use the Facebook Event to stay up to date with the details of the event.

Looking forward to meeting you and making some great photographs!

Thanks / Michael

Manchester PhotoWalk – RSP Heads North

You’re invited to join your fellow Ready Steady Pro community members for another walk. This time we’re going to be taking in the sights and sounds of the city of Manchester (UK).

Come and join us on Saturday 22nd November 2014 for a day of photography, fun and banter. The walk starts at 10:15. Of course, as always – it’s free!

This particular walk is being organised and hosted by RSP members Kati Fichtelmann & James Hepworth who both know the area very well indeed.

James Says:

Save the date! Saturday 22 November 2014.
Me and Kati are just putting finishing touches to the route around the old and new in Manchester.

Starting around 10:15am and finishing at 5pm, we’ve come up with a route that takes in some great locations around the city. There are scheduled ‘waypoints’ throughout the day that people can meet up at, but the idea is that everyone can go off and do their own thing (it also avoids us going round as one big conspicuous huddle of photographers!). So join us for the full day, or half way round, the choice is yours.

The pair of talented photographers have put together an excellent route for the day. Take a look:

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Click here to see the RSP Manchester Photowalk Route in Google Maps

To confirm your attendance and for all of the latest details about this event simply join the Ready Steady Pro Facebook Group (if you haven’t already) and join the event.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Ready Steady Pro London Meetup

The idea of a meet-up has been discussed a few times now in The Ready Steady Pro Community, and we’re finally taking action and getting one organised, so I’ve teamed up with the guys over at One Camera One Lens to arrange an action-packed day of Street Photography Fun in the UK’s capital city: London!

The date: Sunday 27th April.
The Place: London.
The Time: TBC, but likely some time around mid-morning. We are going to be there all day though, so if even if you catch up later in the day – that’s fine!
Price: It’s a free country. We can’t charge you to come and have fun with a group of photographers 🙂 All you have to do is get yourself there.
Join Us: See the form at the bottom of this post

The last London Meetup I organised was for The Guild of Photographers back in 2013. It was a great day out with a superb group of photographers. I’m sure this trip will be just as much fun!

The class of 2013 @ the Guild Of Photographers London Meetup

What will we be doing? Where will we be going?

The best way to see any city is to walk and wander. Whilst we are drawing up a list of places to go and things to see, it will be a day of street photography where we wander from place to place and photograph along the way. There will be no strict itinerary.

A rare colour street photography photograph from Michael Rammell
Sunset Busker – London Street Photography

The idea of visiting The National Portrait Gallery to take a look at David Bailey’s Stardust Exhibition has been mentioned. Nothing is booked yet though and we’ll probably be able to purchase tickets on the day. (tickets available from the Nation Portrait Gallery Website). The best thing to do would be to register an interest below using the form, or join us over on Facebook. If it is decided that we are indeed going to The National Portrait Gallery, we’ll either let you know via email (complete the form below), or you’ll see the Facebook update on the Event Page.

I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun and probably a bite to eat too, so, if you’re around on Sunday 27th April come join the meet-up. Would be great to meet some of you for the first time and to meet others again and catch up! More details will be confirmed closer to the time (times and meeting location etc) so be sure to sign up to updates or join the Facebook Events Page to stay in-the-know.

Michael Rammell London Street Photography Black and White Portrait
Just too serious

Be sure to check out the One Camera One Lens blog and if you’re a believer in creative-eye-over-gear then perhaps the One Camera One Lens Facebook Group is just the thing you’ve been searching for.

So, for now sign up to keep up to date. More news to follow. Looking forward to meeting you all in London!

November Updates: Facebook Community, Podcast and RSP Weekend Meetup

Hi all! Just wanted to provide a series of updates for you. It’s now been 3 months since we started the group and the Podcast and it’s going very well, I must say!

The Facebook Community

Social Media Thumbs Up
Social Media Thumbs Up

I think it’s fair to say that the Ready Steady Pro Facebook Community has been a success. Everyone is sharing openly and sharing things that are very private in some cases too. That tells me that the group is very much a place where people feel comfortable. The feedback, the repsonses and the banter is superb. I’m really pleased that we’re getting a good mix of content too: current photography news, funny stories, links to great products and discounts and much, much more. The group really does seem to offer a lot of value! I for one very much enjoy being a part of the group! So, thank you to everyone who has joined and big thanks to the extra-active members who post on a very regular basis. You’re making the group great!

The Podcast

Ready, Steady Pro. The Podcast for Photographers Turning Pro
Ready, Steady Pro. The Podcast for Photographers Turning Pro

The Ready Steady Pro Podcast has been a roaring success. At the time of writing this update we’re now up to 10 Episodes, averaging just over 250 downloads per episode. We’ve bought on a sponser in Squarespace and as part of that deal we’ve arranged a discount code specifically for Ready Steady Pro listeners and community members. So, if you’re looking for a new website, give Squarespace a try and be sure to make use of the 10% discount by using discount code “READY” at the checkout, or by going to www.squarespace.com/ready

Andrew Hellmich
Andrew Hellmich

Episode 9 was an interview with Andrew Hellmich, which I know many of you were very keen to hear. I really hope you enjoyed that one – the feedback and the chat in the community afterwards was, as always, very good.

Frank Doorhoff
Frank Doorhoff

Episode 10 will see us interviewing the huge, the massive, the world-renowned and very talented Frank Doorhoff. I’m really looking forward to sharing this one with you all. Frank has so much to share and everything Frank said was full of lessons, tips and advice. Frank was also very kind to offer us a massive 20% off of his downloadable training DVD’s over on his website. Be sure to check that out.

iTunes

Staying with the subject of the Podcast we’re doing really well in iTunes. We’ve not got 13 reviews (all 5 star reviews, I may add!) and that’s keeping us up near the top in the ‘New & Noteworthy’ section. I’m sure at some point though iTunes will stop considering us as a ‘New’ Podcast so to ensure we keep appearing in other promoted parts of iTunes, such as ‘What’s hot’ we need to keep these reviews coming. So, if you haven’t already please head on over to iTunes and leave us a review. These reviews will go a long way to promoting the podcast, growing the community and creating more value for everyone.

The Ready Steady Pro Directory

Social Media is all about being social, so why not meet up? Sara Hazeldine had a great idea of putting together a Ready Steady Pro Member Directory where people can come and enter their location information. This will be a massive help when people are looking to arrange local meetups and photowalks. So, if you’re up in Scotland or down in Brighton – you should be able to find your nearest Ready Steady Pro member. So, head on over to Facebook, click ‘Docs’ in the RSP community and be sure to add your details there too. (this also includes twitter handles, Facebook links, email addresses etc.)

The Ready Steady Pro Weekend

Whilst we’re on the topic of meeting up – we’re arranging a Weekend of photography for Ready Steady Pro community members and Podcast listeners. We’re planning all sorts of fun including trying to get a couple of models along for people to try out all sorts of posing techniques. We’ll play with Off Camera Flash, we can practice portraits and lighting setups and much, much more. The aim is for the meetup to be fun and casual but to try and make sure that everyone who attends feels like they’ve improved over that weekend and learnt something new

The meetup will be based in the Midlands so that it’s central to the UK. Right now we’re looking for a plush venue such as a character hotel or stately home. It’s looking set to take place on the weekend of the 1st & 2nd of March, so if you’re up for coming along and meeting a great bunch of photographers keep that weekend free!. If you’re interested in keeping up to date with this simply sign up to the meetup mailing list below

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