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London Photo Walk 2017 - An Update

Event, Audio, Meetup, Olympus, Photography, VideoMichael RammellComment

I've had a few emails and Facebook messages this past couple of weeks about my Photo Walk happening on April 30th, so today I've written/recorded this episode to give you all the details you'll need when you attend.

It's FREE to attend so if you want to join me and over 50 other photographers in London for a day of Street Photography and lots of laughter, just head on over to the signup page.

You have 3 ways to enjoy this post:

  1. Listen to the audio on iTunesStitcher Radio or using the audio player below!
  2. Head on over to YouTube to watch the video
  3. Read on below if you're in a place where you can't watch or listen...

Your Questions Answered

Q: When will I receive confirmation of my place on the photo walk?

A: If you've signed up successfully using the signup form with a genuine email address, then chances are that's how you're seeing this email. Your email address was added to my mailing list to ensure that you get all my updates, just like this one! If however you signed up, but you've found this post some other way and not as a mail in your inbox (or Junk), then be sure to re-register again at MichaelRammell.com/events.

I will be sending a direct mail to all those on the list the week before the walk to make sure that I know final numbers and to answer any final, last-minute questions that may have come through. To make sure you're on that list, be sure to register. If you're in doubt or unsure, simply register again. Don't worry, you won't start getting emails twice, the system is pretty smart and should detect if your email address already exists.

Q: Can I borrow a camera on the day?

A: Last time I was asked this question, my answer was a straight up 'no'. However, I have been working behind the scenes to see if I can get a representative from Olympus to come along and lend some gear for a few hours on the day. I spoke to a couple of the Olympus team members at The UK Photography Show and they were very positive about the idea. Now, that's not 100% confirmed right now, so please don't count, or rely on borrowing a camera. 

That said, I wouldn't rely completely on loan gear for the entire day and would suggest you bring your own camera. Not just because at some stage, you'll have to give it back, but mostly because I would recommend you use the camera you are most familiar with - Street Photography often calls for quick reactions - so you'll need to know your camera well.

In all seriousness - an iPhone (other phones are available) would be an absolutely fine camera to use for the day. I'll be using mine to compliment what I do with my OM-D E-M1, that's for sure.

Alternatively, you could also arrange to borrow an Olympus camera using the Test & Wow Service (Check it out online and be sure to make your booking as soon as possible to ensure the equipment you want is available). Basically, you can borrow a camera and/or lens for 3 days. Handy right!

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Q: Are there details about the route anywhere online?

A: For those of you that have registered, you should already know about the route given that it's on the signup page itself. But, if you're reading this post for the first time today, then the route is pretty much as follows: Carnaby Street > Leicester Square > China Town > Soho > Covent Garden > Trafalgar Square > South Bank, where we will decide what we're going to have for dinner. The route we take between these locations will be determined pretty much by the group on the day and where we end up.

Q: What do we do if we get lost?

A: You will get lost and you will break from the group! I would suggest you use Google Maps on your phone to get yourself back to one of the points on the route as mentioned and wait for us to meander through that area. On the day of the walk I will be giving out sheets with some contact information on it, as well as places to wait to catch up / meet up with should (when) you break from the group. The fact is, with 50+ photographers attending, I would actually encourage people to take a random walk down a random street, rather than all staying together in a pack. Street Photography is often about being incognito. A large group of people with cameras isn't exactly subtle!

Q: Can you suggest any accommodation in London?

A: I've had a handful of emails about where to stay when in London that weekend. Well, naturally those who have asked have had varied budgets available. As such, I would suggest an Air BnB booking, where you can set your budget, choose from renting a single room or an entire home and there are plenty of locations. Perfect if you have a particular diet or food requirement as you would also be able to cook for yourself if you book a place with a kitchen too! Many of these locations will feature WiFi too, which is always a bonus if you're looking to get online and share the images you've made on the day

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Q: What should I bring with me in my bag?

A: This is a very popular question! The temptation is to overpack and throw in everything except the kitchen sink. But, in truth, you simply need comfortable walking shoes, your camera, some spare batteries and perhaps a light waterproof just in case it rains (this is London after all!). If you want to pack your own sandwiches, then go for it, but we will be walking past a dozen small shops where you can buy sandwiches, or a panini or whatever it is that you fancy. Ultimately though, pack light and you can't go too wrong. Pay attention to the weather forecast in the days leading up to April 30th and pack what you think you'll need to stay warm, dry and comfortable. We'll be out on the street for a few hours.

On my very first London Photo Walk, back in 2013, it poured down for about an hour. We go caught in the rain for a short while, but then we all went into Somerset House, had a coffee, compared cameras and images and discussed photography in general. Whatever the weather has in store for us on April 30th, we'll be sure to make some great images.

In the next post in my blog, I'll be sharing with you exactly what I'll be packing in my camera bag (and which camera bag I'm taking). Be sure to subscribe, if you haven't already, and you'll get that post direct to your inbox. Perhaps you can take a few ideas from me and what it is I'm bringing on the day.

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So, those are all the questions I've had so far. If you've not yet registered for the walk and want to come along, be sure to make your way to the sign up page and drop your details in the form. I'll be in touch the week before the walk to give you all a final update.

Otherwise, I thanks for stopping by! Be sure to subscribe here on the blog, over in iTunes to the podcast and also on YouTube too. I'm producing more and more videos at the moment and would love if you would hit that subscribe button to keep up to date with everything I'm up to.

Any other Questions?

Do you have a question that I haven't yet answered? Drop a comment down below or get in touch via email: michael@rammellphotography.com



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London Photo Walk - April 2017

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Come and join me on the first of my London Photo Walks for 2017!

Click the audio player just below to listen to the audio, or watch the announcement on YouTube instead. Can't listen or watch right now? All of the details are below if you'd prefer to read instead!

On Sunday 30th April I'll be hosting my annual walkabout in London. As always this is a completely FREE event and a chance for you to come and meet myself and some other like-minded photographers. With limited spaces available I would encourage you to register your place as soon as you can using the form at the bottom of this post (those of you viewing this in your email may need to open it in their browser), or head on over to the events page to register.

As is very much the tradition with all the walks I host and as past attendees will attest; we will start out at one of London's best coffee shops - The Department of Coffee and Social Affairs on Carnaby Street. We'll then hit the streets, with plenty of stops for discussion (and more coffee!). We'll cover a couple of miles before then ending with a meal to discuss the day (optional)

What, Where, When?

Date: Sunday, April 30th
Meeting Time: 13:00 (UK Time)
Finish Time: Circa 17:30 (UK Time)
Meeting Location: The best coffee shop in London! If you've been on one of my walks previously you may well be familiar with The Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, on Carnaby Street (W1F 7HD). I'll be there from around 12:00, so if anyone wants to meet for a delicious pre-walk coffee, stop by and we'll get acquainted. This rather small, but superb coffee shop is located at the North end of Carnaby Street down one of the small alleys. Look out for the Black signs.
Transport: To get to Carnaby Street you'll need to take a short walk from either Oxford Circus (Central Line) or Picadilly Circus (Bakerloo Line)

Register

To remain up to date with any possible changes to the walk and to register your FREE place, be sure to complete the form below. I look forward to seeing lots of you there!

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London Street Photography with Ready Steady Pro and The Guild of Photographers

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This weekend; Saturday 24th October, was the 3rd annual installment of the London Photo Walk, which I arrange and host for The Guild of Photographers and Ready Steady Pro Communities (If you're not a member of either of these groups, you ought to join at least one of them! More information is included at the bottom of this post).

If you know me you will know my feelings for The City of London: I find the English Capital a feast for the eyes and as a photographer, that makes it a playground! Eccentric characters, alternative culture and a blend of cultures from all around the world condensed in to one city give it a completely unique feel. Of course, underpinning all of that is also that typically British Architecture and character from the locals too. Despite what people may say, London is a friendly and charming place!

The Photo Walk

Each year the route and format changes slightly so that we can keep things fresh and also to provide something of a tourist opportunity for those in the group who have traveled from slightly further afield. This year our walk started in Camden, taking in Camden Market and Locke. From there we used the Tube to get back to the very center of London; Leicester Square. From this point onward we ambled to China Town, Soho, Piccadilly Circus and then to Covent Garden. We finished the evening with 13 of us enjoying the fantastic food on offer at Thai Square, located just a minute from Nelson's Column. (Thanks Tony Jones for the recommendation - the food was superb!)

London was busy, as usual, but somewhat busier than usual. Looking around it seemed there were a few events going on that day as well, which added to the congestion but also gave us more to photograph.

Here are my photographs from the day. I've even kept some in colour!

Share your shots!

Did you come with us on the walk? Share a link to your photographs in the comments section below.

Want to join us on a walk?

All our walks are free and are updated regularly. If you want to come and join us on a walk simply subscribe to the mailing list today to be among the first to know when a new walk has been put together. The next walk will be in April and then another next October. We schedule walks throughout the year as well. So stay tuned!

Ready Steady Pro and The Guild of Photographers

Ready Steady Pro is a completely free community of photographers, specifically aimed at those with a business-in-the-making. Whether you're just starting your business or whether you're already there, The RSP community, blog and podcast exists to pull together information and resources to help you on the way. The community on Facebook takes on a buddying approach. There isn't the usualy back-biting you'll find in many other communities either. Come and join today and stay up to date with future events

The Guild of Photographers is a paid-for member Association. It's the fastest growing photography association in the UK and for good reason too! Guild Members receive numerous discounts on training AND products from all the leading brands in the UK (and Globally too) inlcuding Photography Insurance, The ICE Light and more. More than that The Guild offer



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Event: London Street Photography - October 24th

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Come and join me in London on October 24th for another great, FREE event!

On Saturday 24th October I'll be joined by a group of photographers from the Ready Steady Pro and Guild of Photographers community as we host the next annual Free Annual London Photo Walk, capturing the sights and sounds of one of the worlds most multi-cultural and colourful cities.

This walk is open to absolutely everyone, it's a public event and you're all welcome to join. I would however ask that you simply register so that we don't set off without you on the day and so that we can exchange contact information should anyone get separated from the group, which does happen. (registration details at the bottom)

In what will be the 3rd year in a row that we've hosted this photo walk in October we are making a few slight changes to the format and the locations we take in as part of our route.

Those wanting lunch may want to get something to eat from Camden before the walk begins. The Worlds End Pub, where we are meeting seems to serve food and is open from 11:00am. You can of course arrange with others in the Facebook Group to meet up early among yourselves, if you'd like?

The Details

Meeting Place: The World's End Pub - Camden
Meeting Time: 12:00
Walk Start Time: 12:30
Coffee Break: Circa 4:30pm
Dinner: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
 

The Route:

1. Camden Market and Camden Lock

Starting at (ironically) The World's End Pub in the vibrant & busy Camden area we'll start with a drink and a meet and greet. I'm sure we'll do the "Ooh what are you shooting with" conversation before moving on outside to Camden Market, heading slowly north towards Camden Lock. We'll go at a very steady pace with those wanting to speed on ahead welcome to do so. Camden will give us a great opportunity to get some shots right off the bat in the busy area. It's renowned for it's alternative culture and so should prove to be something slightly different, particularly for those not familiar with that area of London.

After an hour or so at Camden we'll back up again at The World's End Pub to get the group back together before jumping on the tube (which is right outside) before making our way south to Leicester Square using the Northern Line of the Tube:

2. Leicester Square & China Town

Just 6 stops away from Camden we'll find ourselves back on the surface at Leicester Square, heading towards China Town; a bustling and compact area of London that is always sure to provide a photograph or two. Being nearly all on one street, China Town is likely to give around 30 minutes or so of photo opportunities before we're itching to move on. That is of course unless there are some real 'fisherman' among us: those who prefer to sit and wait for that all elusive storytelling moment.

3. Soho

When we get through China Town we'll be heading towards Soho, specifically Berwick Street, which hosts a market every day except Sunday Market: and giving us yet another great chance to photograph people as they buzz around the market unaware of us as we photograph them. Market's always provide a great opportunity and a market in Soho is even better!

4. Carnaby Street (Coffee Stop Circa 4:30pm)

Conveniently, after an hour so in Soho we'll be close to Carnaby Street , which is not only another good spot for photographs, but also, as previous attendees of this walk will attest is an ideal place for our next coffee stop as we take up residence in the basement of 'The Deparment of Coffee and Social Affairs'. These guys sell some amazing coffee and their cakes aren't too bad either. The basement of this little coffee shop offers us a chance to all pull chairs around a table (or rather to pull tables together and completely re-arrange everything!) and take stock of the day so far, talk again about cameras and what else it is we do with our photography.

The length of our stop will be totally determined by the conversation, weather and what the group wants to do.

5. Piccadilly Circus

For those wanting to continue on we'll then head south towards Piccadilly Circus - an area popular among tourists. There will no doubt be selfie sticks aplenty here as visitors to the Capital try to get a photograph of themselves with the famous Picadilliy Lights (or, 'The Curve' as it's now being referred to).

6. Options: Covent Garden, Embankment, South Bank

Our ultimate end destination will be The South Bank, south of The River Thames. If at this point the group would prefer to make a bee-line and head directly to that point we can. Alternatively, we can make our way eastwards towards Covent Garden before heading to Embankment and then over the bridge to South Bank.

7. Food

At this point in the day, which will be somewhere in the region  of 6pm - 7pm you are invited to join us for a meal on the South Bank. We'll put it to a vote to decide where to eat.

Interested? Register your place:

You can register your place many ways:

Those who are a member of the Guild of Photographers can confirm their place using the event in the Guild Facebook Group. (The Guild of Photographers is a member organisation requiring registration)

If you'd prefer you can join Ready Steady Pro on Facebook, completely free of charge of course and register your place using that event page

Alternatively, if you're not on Facebook or would prefer not to join either group you can simply complete the form below:

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