Advanced Black & White Photography with Alan Schaller

This comprehensive workshop will heighten your understanding of black and white photography, both at the time of capture, and when editing. You will be shown how to coax the maximum tonality from any scene, from portraits with rich tonal depth through to high contrast street scenes. Alan Schaller’s black and white photography has found its way to the front covers of magazines, in leading newspapers, used for advertising by luxury brands, and has been exhibited and featured internationally. If you have a passion for black and white, in any genre of photography, this is your chance to learn how to set yours apart.

Participants are welcome to loan Leica equipment on request (please see Participant Notes).

Date: Saturday, 29th & Sunday, 30th June 2019

Day 1: 10.30-18.30

Day 2: 10.30-17.30

Refreshments / Lunch included

Day 1

Morning session in Studio from 10.30am to 12.30pm:

  • Overview of the day with an introductory explanation of Alan’s approach to black and white photography.
  • View of a selection of Alan’s black and white work (digital and prints) with commentary.
  • Why black and white?
  • Tone and texture.
  • Shape and form.
  • Getting the intended mood right at the time of capture. Pre-visualising the end result with a focus on street photography and portraiture.

Lunch - 12.30-1.30pm.

Afternoon session shooting from 1.30pm to 6.30pm:

Shooting in London until 6.30pm around a variety of locations preferred by Alan. This session will be an opportunity to put into practice what was discussed in the morning. Alan will work with everyone individually over the course of the afternoon.

Day 2

In studio from 10.30am to 17.30pm.

  • Review of participant’s photographs (total of five images) taken from the day before, or a selection (five images) from pre-existing work if preferred.
  • Discussion about the importance of post-processing and different ways to approach it. Alan will edit a few photographs with a laptop connected to a projector while explaining the process.
  • Editing consistency.
  • Group will spend time editing their images. Alan will work with everyone in turn on this.
  • Advice on getting work with a black and white portfolio.

This workshop is open to intermediate and advanced photographers who know photography basics and are keen to grow their skill set. 

Participants are asked to bring 5-10 images for review; images can be printed or supplied on a USB stick in a jpeg format.

A limited number of loan cameras are available on request.  If you’d like to borrow a Leica camera please email to check availability.

If borrowing Leica equipment, you will need to bring two forms of ID to the session. The first form of ID should be a passport or UK driving license and the second form of ID a utility bill showing your home address.

Please bring your own laptop for editing and post-production work.

The workshop will include outdoor shooting, so please bring appropriate clothing and suitable protection for your camera.

    Alan Schaller is a London based street photographer and photojournalist. He has worked in Africa, The Middle East, The USA, Australia and much of Asia and Europe.

    Over time he has developed a distinctive black and white signature. Alan's eye tends to be drawn to emotive moments, geometric compositions and light play.

    His work has been featured in The Financial Times, Time Out and The Independent among other international publications. He has worked for clients including Typhoo, Kew Gardens and London Fashion Week. Alan co-founded Street Photography International whose Instagram account is one of the biggest in the world for the genre, with six million views a month.

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    Where charges apply, Leica workshops must be paid for in advance by bank transfer or credit/debit card. Refunds for cancellation on the part of the attendee will be given as follows: 

    ◦    Cancellation made up to 14 days before the workshop date – full refund

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    Use of Leica Akademie equipment 

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    Suitable forms of I.D. are: 

    ◦    First I.D. – a passport or UK driver’s license

    ◦    Second I.D. – a utility bill or landline telephone bill showing the attendee’s home address

    Outdoor workshops 

    If you are attending one of our workshops that involves an outside activity, please ensure you bring appropriate outdoor clothing and suitable protection for your camera. 

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    In attending any workshop, you must comply with the provisions of the health and safety policy applying to the Leica Akademie, and with all conditions and regulations made in respect of the Leica Akademie by the relevant fire authority. Copies of these policies are available to view on request. 

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    Arrival/departure times

    The Leica Akademie facilities are to be found in the basement floor of 64-66 Duke Street, Mayfair W1K 6JD. Upon arrival, please enter through the Leica Gallery or Leica store entrance and make your way downstairs. We request that you arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the start of the workshop, due to store opening hours and prior appointments. Due to other workshops, events and activities scheduled to take place at the Leica Akademie, Leica requests that attendees leave the Akademie training room promptly at the end of each workshop.


    Please note that Leica Akademie group workshops usually take place in our training facility, which is located at the bottom of one flight of stairs (basement floor) at 64-66 Duke Street, as well as out on location. If you have any accessibility needs or any other special requirements to attend a workshop, please contact the Leica Akademie to let us know and we will happily discuss any reasonable adjustments with you, for example, we may be able to run the Akademie from Gallery space on the ground floor.