Liverpool - Light, People, Architecture - Aug 3-4 2013

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Liverpool has it all, from the Beatles to the cathedrals, from great city architecture to the docks! Liverpool goes back to 1207 and it has an extremely rich history.

About the workshop
You will learn to see, understand and work with both available and artificial light and find out what it takes to work with people in front of the camera. Practice within the group as well as with (no need to panic here) strangers from the street. Don't worry, we will make this a very safe and fun experience for everyone, exploring proven street portraiture techniques to achieve great results. You will also be shooting some of the amazing and historic Liverpool architecture.

The workshop includes a primer on exposure and colors and on the creative angles of photography, including the basics of image composition and the all important intersection of the visual hierarchies of black and white vs. color.

Last but not least, John Arnold will initiate you into the basics of post processing portraits and architecture.

Is this for you?
This workshop is open to everyone with a digital camera who wants to advance their photography. Basic camera knowledge is required. Questions? Just ask!

The hosts
The workshop is hosted by Chris Marquardt (of Tips from the Top Floor fame) and John Arnold, host of Photowalkthrough.

The workshop will take place at the Camp & Furnace and at the famous Albert Dock that goes back to 1846, making it the first non-combustible warehouse system in the world. Camp & Furnace is located right in the Baltic Triangle, a historic city central area that is just a stone's throw away from Albert Dock and within walking distance to many of the other famous Liverpool landmarks.

Oh, by the way, if you are old enough to remember the song Ferry Across The Mersey, we will be shooting right next to it!
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Day 1 Warm-up - Light - People

Explore our workshop headquarter and its surroundings and learn how to make the best use of available light. Learn the basics of exposure and color and know how to perfectly nail shots every time. Find out how easy it is to get great colors and skin tones in your portraits.

- what is a good picture? Image composition
- primer on exposure and colors
- hands-on: exercises with available light
- portraiture exercises in small groups
- image review in the group
- architecture basics
- recording of an episode of Tips from the Top Floor
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Day 2 Artificial light, street & strobist, post processing

You will learn how to make good light if available light is bad or missing. If you have one, please bring your strobes kit (small flash, radio trigger, umbrella, ..). Don't worry if you don't have a strobist kit, we will provide you with what's needed.

- learn to read the histogram and make most use of it
- master artificial light
- assignments in small groups
- image review in the group
- group shot
- John Arnold's post processing primer using pictures from the two workshop days
Date: Aug 3-4 2013
Location: Liverpool, UK
Theme: Light, People, Architecture
Hosts: Chris Marquardt
and John Arnold
Duration: 2 days
Language: English
Max Participants: 20
Min Participants: 10
Experience required: basic
Price: £ 399 £ 349
Major credit cards and PayPal accepted.


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Cold drinks

Not included

Main meals
Anything not mentioned above

The hosts

Chris Marquardt is the host of Tips from the Top Floor, the world's longest running photography show on the net. He has held workshop all over the world, from Germany to the US, from Canada to Nepal and Tibet. 2013 will take him to Japan, back to the Himalayas and to India and finally to the UK.
John Arnold teaches photography and post processing at workshops and through free video tutorials at This is the fourth time, Chris and John have teamed up for a workshop.

Workshop location

Camp & Furnace (» link)
67 Greenland Street
Liverpool, Merseyside L1 0BY
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Closest airport:
Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL)

Workshop times

Day 1: 10am - 5pm (+ evening)
Day 2: 9am - 4pm

Please allow for time on the evening of day 1, where we will record an episode of Tips from the Top Floor and go grab a bite to eat with the group.


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Workshop pricing

Workshop: £ 399 £ 349

Registration and payment process

To register for this workshop, please click the registration button above. If there is space, you will receive a confirmation with an invoice and further information. You secure your spot on the workshop by paying a deposit of £100. If you don't pay the deposit within two weeks, your reserved workshop spot will be opened up for others. The balance payment is due on Jun 3 2013 (2 months before the workshop begins).

Major credit cards and PayPal accepted.


Thanks for the pictures on this page to Steve J. O'Brien, Giåm and ronsaunders47

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