This workshop will focus on visual storytelling in Hong Kong for photographers who want to pursue social photo documentary.
We aim during this workshop to help photographers hone the craft of visual storytelling.
We shall do this by concentrating on a feature on a specific subject that will be chosen during the workshop, and photographers in teams of two will shoot only images relative to that subject.
We will teach methods that will help you understand better how to tell a story as a ‘feature’ through a selection of images. This method can be applied well for future photography projects, not just for social documentary.
You will also be working with sound, mixing ambient sound with voiceovers or interview sounds relative to your images to help tell the story.
The end result will be to produce a slideshow (with sound) of your project by the end of day 2.
We will provide and teach the software that will be used for this (Audacity for sound, and Soundslides Plus for images).
You will also be provided with an off camera sound recording device and shown how to use it (Zoom H1) to assist you with your projects.
This workshop wil be led by 2 instructors, Gary Tyson from F8 Photography and Giles Penfound from the UK.
Gary and Giles served together as British Military Photographers for many years as part of the Combat Camera Teams that deployed globally to such places as Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan amongst many others. Both have good experience in documentary style and photojournalism for many years and now run their own photography businesses in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Gary’s biography can be found on the ‘about‘ page link on F8′s website here, and Giles biography can be found at the bottom of this page.
Equipment requirements for this workshop:
1. Camera and lens (most suitable selection of lenses would be between 35-50mm)
2. Laptop for editing.
3. Editing software of your choice for your images (we recommend Lightroom 4).
4. Audacity and Soundslides software (we will provide this at the workshop).
Administrative details for this workshop:
1. Location of workshop will be confirmed a few weeks prior to the event and is dependant on the final size of the group.
2. This workshop is limited to a maximum of 16 persons – We will not expand the workshop beyond this size group.
3. The workshop will run from 9am, Saturday 30th June – 7pm Sunday 1st July. Each day will be 9am – 7pm.
4. Lunch and refreshments (Tea/Coffee/Juice) will be provided on both days.
5. The cost of the workshop is HK$5,000 total per person.
(previous F8 workshop attendees will receive a discount of HK$500 on the course fee)
Photographers attending this workshop are expected to have a basic knowledge of their cameras in advance, we will not have time to teach camera basics like aperture/shutter speed, so please ensure you have a basic understanding of your camera before signing up for this workshop.
Full details of the workshop and payment information/terms will be provided on receipt of your enquiry via the form on right side of this page.
Images shown in the side column represent some documentary projects covered by Gary, firstly life in a small poverty stricken village in Cambodia, and the second set represents the HK100 Ultramarathon event in Hong Kong.
Images shown above and directly below are of recent documentary project on the Household Cavalry Regiment of the British Army in the UK by Giles Penfound.
The following images depict scenes from the G20 Summit covered by Giles Penfound.
Further information about our guest photographer/instructor for this workshop can be seen below:
Giles Penfound is a photographer with over 20 years experience, his work for the British Army as a combat photographer produced assignments World Wide particularly in Bosnia, Northern Ireland & Iraq. The images from these assignments were printed through the world’s media and he was awarded the BIPP Press Photographer of the Year for his work in the Balkans. Having left the Army in 2007 to pursue a quieter family life he set up his own business as a commercial wedding photographer. Outside of the work imperative Giles’ main passion and focus is producing photographic stories on a range of subjects. His picture stories are sometimes an eclectic mix of styles combining documentary, fashion and fine art photography which always produce beautiful images with a telling narrative. Educated at the University of Wolverhampton and the European Centre for Documentary research in Newport Wales, Giles has a First Class Honors Degree in Documentary Photography and is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, but most of all he is a passionate and inquisitive photographer.