Black & White Street Fashion Portraiture with Arteh Odjidja

Join commercial photographer Arteh Odjidja for an inspiring Black & White, Street Fashion Photography workshop. Where you will learn how to work with available light, black & white tones, street locations and a professional model; for the ultimate fashion portrait workshop.

You will learn about shooting in Black & White and how monochrome street photography has a unique appeal; setting a stronger mood and atmosphere and simplifying structures, textures and lines.

The practical exercises will help you to consider the choices made when capturing a fashion portrait in terms of composition, depth of field, lighting, interaction with the subject, body language and expression, and finally how all these elements impact the final image.

Whether this is your first time shooting fashion in a street location, or if you want to learn some tips and techniques from a professional fashion photographer; everyone is welcome to come and improve on their photography practice.

Leica Cameras are available to loan for the workshop (see participants notes) and other cameras of the participants choice are also welcome.

Date: Saturday, 11th May 2019

Time: 10.30am – 5.30pm

Goal for the day: To give attendees confidence in the technicalities behind preparing and shooting a street fashion portrait in B+W and achieving their desired outcomes. To give attendees the skills to master available light, utilise available street locations and direct a professional model.

Equipment needed:

-Camera & Lens + SD card  (Leica Cameras are available to loan for the workshop, see participants notes)

-Notebook + Pen

-Comfortable shoes

-Leica FOTOS App

10.30am – 12.00pm


The day begins with assessing the participants goals and finding out what they hope to gain from their workshop experience.

Arteh will introduce his own work, covering his creative process and how his personal style has developed as a photographer.

A detailed overview of the following key aspects of black & white street fashion portraits will be discussed:


-Different types of light and light sources:

Direct light

Diffused light

Bouncing light

-What to expect when shooting on a street location in London

-How to work with skin tones


-Using your locations effectively

-Scouting textures


-Rapport with model and team


-What tones work well in monochrome fashion portraiture

-How to choose clothes that work with different skin tones


-Posing do’s and don’ts.

12.00pm - Lunch

12.30pm – 4.00pm

Practical session at street locations. Each participant will find x2 locations of their own for their shooting session with the model.

4.00pm – 5.30pm

Meet back at Leica Store Mayfair.

Attendees edit their images using Leica FOTOS App and select 3–4 pictures to show the group for a review.

This workshop is open to all levels of photographers, who are keen to develop their photography skills. Please bring a laptop and a memory stick with your selection of no more than 10 images that represent your style for discussion.

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.

    Arteh Odjidja is a commercial fashion/portraiture and fine art photographer born and raised in London, where he resides today. Growing up with a father working in the filmmaking industry, Arteh Odjidja developed an early love for the creative process, and showed sure signs that he was destined for a career in art and design.

    Specialising in fashion/portraiture and fine art photography, Arteh has managed to build up his commercial portfolio with commissions from some of the world’s most recognised brands in menswear fashion and luxury, including Leica Camera, Paul Smith, Ozwald Boateng and Mont blanc.

    Arteh’s desire to expand his repertoire has led him into the art world. The Savile Row designer and long-time collaborator - Ozwald Boateng OBE, housed his first solo exhibition 'Stranger in Moscow' in 2013,  which was shortlisted for the AOP awards in the same year. He has since exhibited his work extensively in the US and the UK as a contributing artist in the world renowned 'Dandy Lion Project- Exhibition' and book published by Aperture New York. Arteh's work has been featured in established industry publications such as Black+White Photography magazine, The British Journal of Photography, The Photoworks annual, The New York times and the Huffington Post.

    Arteh continues to add to his portrait series 'The Stranger Series' which focuses on portraying the aspirations / dreams of young migrants. With the aim of re-addressing the so often negatively skewed narrative of young migrants to major cities around the world.

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

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

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

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