The last five years especially here at the plastic project have been about creating a resource of images from across the planet, that is accessible to any school, college or individual that would like them. As well as shooting thousands of images ourselves we have also drawn in some of the best surf and adventure photographers from around the world. The idea being that at any given time one of us is on a remote stretch of coastline that no one else visits, we are beyond where science goes, and beyond where anyone but surf photographers and adventurers go.
That puts us in a unique position to document the extent of pollution, mainly plastic, but we go beyond that, across the planet. We have created a resource that has now been used and seen by over one million students. Now we want to go bigger, we want everyone on the planet to see what we are doing and create a constantly evolving resource which monitors the health of our coastlines, and therefor our oceans. This is where you come in.
Up until now I’ve used my network of professional contacts, but we want to broaden our reach, we want to get everyone involved, we can all be photographic activists. So what we want is people to submit shots, that you are happy for us to use within our resource. We want shots like these, rubbish in the coastal environment, it’s critical that it is not beach cleans, we want to show what coastlines are really like, and we want to cover the whole planet.
If you’d like to get involved drop me a line – email@example.com
We Also have some spots on photo workshops as well –
We’ve had a great reaction to all the weeklong workshops which are now completely full, but we are running weekend workshops again in Cornwall and France. There are five spots per weekend, and there are four weekends. They are slightly different from the previous ones, there is still a heavy emphasis on surfing but we also look really closely at the environment we are shooting in and how we can use adventure and surfing to have a positive impact on environmental awareness. Full details are below, as are the dates, they cost £100 for the weekend, or long weekend in France, that is just for the workshop accommodation and travel are extra, but all transport whilst at the workshop is taken care of by us. It is open to all levels of photographer and we have a full range of gear you can use from water housings to lenses to full setups.
Everything we cover is below and the dates are –
April 20/21st Cornwall (Easter)
June 1/2 Scotland, Thurso and November 2/3
August 3/4 and 10/11 Cornwall – Ocean Photography Workshop – This covers the same as the usual workshop, but focusses more on time in the water sooting, watermanship and shooting waves.
FRANCE IS FULL
We also have three one week workshops in Iceland in October, Scotland November and Cornwall in November. Drop me a line for details – firstname.lastname@example.org
What we cover
Equipment – what you need to shoot surf, the ocean and the environment. This year we have a set of water housings you borrow as well which fit most Nikon, Canon, Panasonic and Sony Cameras, so if you haven’t got a housing you’re covered. We also use GoPro and we have some housings for phones as well, so it’s all about getting int he water.
Although I encourage everyone to shoot on their own gear as it’s what you will be using when you go away, we can confirm we all have lenses compatible with Sony, Nikon and Canon, as well as cameras, and waterhousngs from Aquatech, CMT and Salty Available.
The Art of Shooting – This really focuses on composition and shooting of everything from action to lineups to the general coastal environment. It’s about getting those one or two golden images instead of hundreds of the same thing, whether it’s an epic lineup, incredible action shot or something that resonates about the environment. It’s all about planning, being patient and nailing those one or two golden shots.
Water Photograph – Not everyone wants to get in the water, or has the experience to do so. So what we do is go through a solid grounding on the techniques of how waterhousings work and using them in the water. We do get in the water, but it’s very much at a level everybody is comfortable with.
Aerial Photography – This is a new element, with the rise in drone photography and filming we look at the technical, legal and technique side of shooting from the air.
Social Media – As well as being a photographer I’ve also spent several years working for companies from Nike down to The Plastic Project, so I have in depth knowledge of how to use social media as a photographer without getting lost black hole time surrounding it.
Business – We look at everything from working with magazines to working with clients to shooting your own projects. This can be taken to any depths you like, if you’re looking to becoming a pro then it is in depth enough but if you are justin it for fun, there are a lot of pointers when it comes to the moment you will inevitably be asked to sell some of your work.
Below is an example of shots taken on a workshop, the top one is of Zek Lau taken by Lawrence Sly, this ended up as a spread in Carve Magazine, the bottom is Lawrence just going through the ave having taken the shot, shot by his friend Sam Naylor.
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You can sign Up below, all workshops have at least 2 spots viable at the moment, I will mail you once booked to confirm dates, or just drop me a line first.
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