Workshops

Current Workshops
About the Workshops
All workshops are tailored to suit the participantís requirements and can be organised as group or one on one events. Should you be interested in a workshop please contact me on info@lesmcleanphotography.com for further information and to discuss your particular requirements.
Current Workshops
The Black and White Darkroom Workshop
Designed to cover every level in the making of the Fine Black and White Print this workshop is tailored to the level and requirements of the participants. The tuition covers calculating film speed which involves exposing and developing film in a controlled manner to enable you to have total control over negative production. Moving into the darkroom, we will cover both Split Grade Printing and Single Grade Printing; One and Two Bath development as well as Water Bath development; Pre and Post Flashing; fStop Printing and Burning and Dodging. Depending on your requirements the workshop duration can be between one and three days.
Current Workshops
The Street Photography Workshop
Probably my most popular workshop, Street Photography is a one day workshop that takes the participants on to the streets of a chosen location to make photographs of people. The key to the success of Street Photography is the ability to communicate with people and to anticipate what they are going to do. The objects of the workshop are to help build your confidence in engaging strangers in conversations that pave the way to gaining the trust of the subject, and to demonstrate a number of methods I use in the making of candid photographs. In The Street Photography workshop either film based or digital cameras can be used.
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The Landscape Workshop
The first 15 years of my photographic life was spent exclusively making landscape photographs. I have always believed that there are landscape photographs to be made wherever you happen to be, in this workshop we will explore that belief in addition to making the more traditional landscape photograph. This workshop can be linked with a Black and White Printing workshop or Digital Printing workshop, or both, so that the results of the time spent in the landscape making photographs can be seen and discussed. Depending on your requirements the workshop duration can be between one and three days.
Current Workshops
Darkroom to Digital
Making traditional black and white prints in the darkroom has always been the most enjoyable aspect of my photography. To see the final image printed as I had visualised it at the exposure stage is a very satisfying feeling. When I embraced digital image making I knew that I must apply the same passion and principles in the production of the final print. This workshop is designed to build on my darkroom experience and using high quality digital materials and demonstrate how to make digital prints that are comparable to the silver prints I make in my darkroom. The workshop includes demonstrations of scanning, use of curves, contrast controls, burning and dodging and digital flashing. In my digital print making I try to replicate all controls that I have used in my 30 years of silver printing. The workshop is not a step-by-step Photoshop tutorial, but a practical means of learning how to obtain the visualised aesthetic results from your digital capture or negative scans. Also included in the workshop is a practical method of screen calibration and guidance in how to achieve a print that matches the image on your monitor.
Current Workshops
A Way of Seeing
This workshop is designed to help generate ideas and encourage you to think about your photography. Photography is essentially a rather lonely pursuit and at some point we all feel that we have been working in a vacuum and need to find a way out of it. In Ways of Seeing we will look to find that new direction by first, talking of my own ever changing philosophy and then looking at and discussing your own current photographic endeavours. All participants will be involved in open discussions about all work and views, which tends to make for some interesting and stimulating results. An essential part of the workshop is the photographic assignment I give which, when completed, will be the subject of collective discussion and analysis. This is a two day workshop, and participants are required to bring a selection of their work, either individual images or a series based on a theme. A digital camera is useful for the assignment as it eliminates the need to process film.