London Photography Workshop (Leica Workshop)(Client from the US!)

London Photography Workshop (Leica Workshop)(Client from the US!)

Write up for one of my London Photography Workshops (Leica Workshop) to give more detail as to what is included + plans for a download

Leica photography workshops

If you have searched around on my MrLeica blog pages you may have seen that I teach Leica photography workshops.  My photography tuition is not limited just to Leica cameras but that is what is requested the most.  I don’t post a write-up after each photography workshop as the day(s) often follow a similar plan for each client/ student.  In the UK I run London photography workshops but overseas I teach where ever I’m invited.

Overseas photographers that book me for photography tuition

I’ve decided to document a Leica photography workshop that I ran earlier this year as it was a bit different to the norm.  Clients (photographers) visit me for my photography tuition from all parts of the world and as far as Alaska.   Often these people are travelling on business and arrange to meet me for a day while passing through the UK.  This eventually became the assumed norm for any overseas photographers requesting one of my 1-2-1 photography workshop.

Client flew in from Boulder, Colorado (America)

Following a chain of emails back and forth, in April this year Shaun flew into London from Boulder, Colorado (USA).  After approximately a 10 hour flight Shaun landed into the city and I arrived to London to meet him.  He had booked me for my usual 6 hour 1-2-1 photography workshop so it was time for us get started!

*MrLeica Photography Workshop Cost?

Here is a map of Shaun’s travel to the UK!

Leica Photography Workshop - Map of the global

Meet and greet – time to grab a coffee!

Once Shaun and I met we sat down with a coffee and got chatting.  It soon came to light that Shaun had flown in to the UK just for 2 days and wasn’t here on business.  I was a little surprised!  There must be other guys with a Leica camera in the US that offer a similar photography workshop experience I thought?  Shaun said he liked my work and followed my blog and that was the reason for his trip.

Leica Cron Bokeh - 90mm f2

Shaun had requested in advance (via email) that he was interested in a model photography workshop specifically and using mostly natural light.  I rallied around before the day arrived and organised 2 models for us, one for the morning, one for the afternoon.

Photography workshop model #1 – Valerie

For the morning session we met up with fellow American Valerie who I had first worked with in Florida.  (I had flown to Florida for a few days to photograph a Leica wedding (a fellow Leica photographer’s wedding no less who found me on DPreview if I remember correctly!)  Val was now living in the UK and was keen for some new photos so met us in London.  I can’t remember exactly but I think we photographed 2-3 clothes changes with Val shot in a few different locations.  This allowed us to use different backdrops and different types/ qualities of available light.

Leica Workshop London


In addition to my usual digital Leica camera I also took a few other film cameras.  I had my Intrepid 4×5 large format  camera (made of wood)(I still need to finish this camera write-up, sorry!) with me so I shot a few frames on that and even some Fuji Instax photos (making the most of the blue skies we had.

Fuji Instax Mini 90 Review - blue skies

Lunch – Time to compare notes / images!

During a workshop we normally stop for something to eat roughly half way though the day and I try to answer any questions a client may have.  Shaun also had a digital Leica M camera so we were able to compare photos on the camera LCD displays.  I was using my Leica M240 at that time so explained how I see photos and why I chose my compositions etc.

Photography workshop model #2 – Miriam

For the afternoon shoot we met with Ukrainian model Miriam that I found on Instagram. We had not worked together until now but had spoken online before the day.  As with the morning session we photographed a few different clothes changes and worked with a range of lighting conditions.

Leica Photography Workshop

Workshops are always fun!

Shaun and I were lucky to have both Val and Miriam join us for the workshop.  Everyone seemed to get along really well and it was an enjoyable day for all involved (I think!?).  Shaun felt like a good friend that I’d known for ages after a mere 6 hours of working together!  It was a bit sad when it was time for everyone to go their separate ways at the end of the day.  Great people with the common goal of having fun and creating the best possible images!

Leica Camera Workshop


Thanks to Shaun for being crazy enough to fly all the way to London just to have a photography workshop with me.  I hope it was worth it Shaun if you are reading this!  Great to meet you!  Thanks to Val and Miriam too for modelling!

London photography workshop – An insight into my Leica photography tuition

General plan for the day

My London photography workshop days usually follow general similar plan yet each day is 100% tailored to the photographer I am teaching.  The beauty of 1-2-1 photography tuition and the reason why I stopped teaching group sessions is I can give one person my 100% attention.   I found it more difficult when teaching a mixed group when everyone had varying degrees of experience and knowledge.  For my 1-2-1 photography tuition I recommend that clients prepare a list of questions to ask me (mentally or written!) in advance.  The day itself then works like a Q&A session where I try to share all I’ve learnt with regards to their topic(s) of interest.

Coffee shop

Photography workshop days are broken up with coffee shop stops so there is always plenty of time to ask questions and compare cameras/ lenses etc.  I’m quite fortunate in that I have collected quite a number of Leica M mount lenses since starting to use Leica cameras.  If a photographer is looking to buy a particular camera lens or focal length I bring the lens with me for them to try for the day (if I have it).

London Photography Workshop

Doesn’t need to be Leica

Although I use Leica cameras for my digital photography and some of my film photography it is not a must that clients bring a Leica camera to a workshop.  Often there might be a dotted line to Leica such as a Sony photographer than uses Leica lenses via an adapter or a Nikon digital photographer that also owns an old Leica M3 film camera and so on.  I normally bring both Leica and non-Leica cameras to workshops if a client wants to see a Hasselblad in action or some 4×5 photography for example.

Available light or Artificial light?

Some photographers would like to learn how to work with available light and others want to learn how to master a speedlight (or experiment with the basics).  Most of my own photography is portraiture or “model photography” as I often write in my blogs.  Generally photographers approach me to learn how to use light for portraiture but I have taught street photography and other genre also.   I explain how I see light and why I would choose to photograph in a certain location.

Model Photography Workshop


If the client would like to learn how to light a portrait I try to get one (or occasionally two) models to join us for part of the day.  Some photographers may be a master at nature photography or landscape photography and have all the best gear yet have never experimented with photographing people (other than perhaps fun shots of friends and family).  I let the client see how I work with a model then switch over so they get to direct the posing if they would like to.

Start building your portfolio

For anyone looking to get into portraits or photographing models the workshop can work well towards capturing some professional looking images to start building your portfolio.  (When you first start out as a photographer and are looking to collaborate with a model having some portfolio images is a must.  The model(s) will want to see example photos before committing their free time to test with you).

Photo editing

Photographers often ask how I edit my photos.  During the workshop I share my thoughts on editing photos (Lightroom, my MrLeica Lightroom Presets and Photoshop) and how to get the best from different Leica cameras.  (I also talk about my film developing for those shooting film).

New York Model - Hasselblad

Not everyone is able to travel to me (or fly me out to teach them)

Not everyone is able to travel for one of my Leica photography workshops or can to fly me out to them.  I have been fortunate enough to be flown to New York (twice)(NYC1, NYC2), Zürich (twice)(Zurich1, Zurich2) and Amsterdam in the past to teach.  Thank you if you are reading this!  Amazing experiences that I never thought I would be doing, especially the NYC and Zürich trips that were all multiple day workshops!  Meeting in London for a photography workshop is probably the cheapest way to have photography tuition with me.  You also get to see the city while you are in the UK and London is easily accessible from most places .

That said it is not always financially possible.

Mr Leica photography workshop download!

With the above problem in mind, and with some people not able to meet me face to face for a workshop I am considering documenting a Mr Leica photography workshop (in writing and with photos)(behind the scenes and resulting photos from the workshops).  It would be a very detailed document that might take me 3-6 months to write (on and off).  My aim would be to try to capture everything I can from a workshop day excluding the face to face interaction.

Canon F1


If this is something that might interest you I would love to gauge the potential uptake to understand if it is worth me taking on the mammoth task of writing it up!  If you think it could benefit you a short email or comment with your thoughts would be gratefully received.  You can also include any content requests you might like and I can do my best to please.

Waste of money?

My idea is if you purchase the downloadable Mr Leica Photography workshop document (price still to be determined) and then you later book a 1-2-1 workshop with me (face to face) I will give you a discount from the workshop cost.  That way it will be like buying the download for a much cheaper price.

Faceless download only offers half the experience?

I appreciate most photographers want to attend a photography workshop to work face to face with a model or see me working face to face with a model.  This download file is aimed to fill the gap for anyone that can’t attend a workshop yet wants in on some of the Mr Leica “tips and tricks”.  For anyone that later does what to travel for a workshop I hoped the discount mentioned above will help avoid the thought of paying out twice for essentially the same “experience”.

Leica Cron 90f2

Personal note

Sorry for the recent slow down in new blog posts.  I have increased my triathlon training quite a bit in the last few weeks so I’m going to bed earlier (not a bad thing!) and up early.  (For anyone interested I’m enjoying my running at the moment so building up the weekly mileage)(32 miles this week + swimming & cycling).

I have a lot of film in the fridge still to develop, colour and B&W, the Epson V800 scanner has developed a hardware fault so I can’t scan colour and am organising another model trip overseas this side of Christmas. At least I’m never bored I guess!

Thanks for reading (and let me know if you ever want to book a workshop!)


How To – Fake Window Light with Flash (Speedlight Portraits)(YouTube Tutorial)

How To – Fake Window Light with Flash (Speedlight Portraits)(YouTube Tutorial)

Do you ever wish you had more light for window portraits? Do you live in a country with limited daylight during the winter months? In the UK there can be insufficient light for my portrait photography on grey overcast days. For this reason I boost the available light with flash (or additional light sources). See below for how I do it.

Tamron 45mm f1.8 Portrait

Single speedlight portraits (fake window light)

In this post I will show you how to fake window light with very simple setup. The YouTube video linked below includes lighting diagrams and behind the scenes video during a model portrait session together with example photos.

Digital cameras with high ISO – No need for flash?

It is worth mentioning that with many modern digital cameras you can use ISO 3200, ISO 6400 and higher (on some cameras such as Sony). With such a high ISO you will probably never need to use flash photography. That said, it is a good skill to have to be able to make light anywhere on demand.

Film photography vs Digital (Lighting)

When it comes to using film cameras light is much more important than it is for digital. It’s a necessity. The most popular film stocks are ISO 100 or ISO 400. There are then films like Kodak Portra 800, CinesStill 800T for if you need more light (than ISO 100-400). Above ISO 800 you have Ilford Delta 3200 and Kodak TMax 3200 as some very low light film options.

Personally I’m not a huge fan of these high ISO films. The extra film grain created when working in low light can be too much for my portraiture. For this reason I usually shoot at ISO 100-400 and create the light as needed. (Grain can look awesome but I prefer for other styles of photography, when the grain is that apparent.

Leica M240 vs Leica CL - Ektachrome vs Provia

Advantages of 35mm film cameras

When I’m not using flash for portraits I often shoot with 35mm film cameras such as the Leica M3 or Nikon FE2. The advantage of the 35mm camera system is you can use fast lenses with maximum apertures of f1.0 (Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 lens), f1.2 (Nikkor 50mm f1.2 ai-s lens), f1.4 (Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 lens) and so on. I usually shoot with a shutter speed of 1/60 handheld for my portraits as it seems there is always insufficient light. I can’t remember the last time I used 1/125 so I must live under a cloud!

Mamiya 7 Review - Photo

Disadvantage of medium format cameras

Unlike 35mm film cameras medium format cameras tend to have slower lenses. There are a few rare fast lenses such as the Mamiya 645 80mm f1.9 lens and the Contax 645 80mm f2 lens. Both are great portrait lenses and let me work in less light. For most other medium format film camera systems the fastest lens is usually f2.8 and many lenses being f4. The Hasselblad 501C is an good example of this. An f4 lens on a cloudy winter days is not going to work for window portraits unless you push the film to perhaps ISO 1600. For that reason I use flash to mimic daylight. Some old film cameras can work with flash triggers, some with PC sync cables, and with some there is no option to use flash at all.

Fomapan Retropan 320 Soft

Window Light Portraits

Below are unedited images from the Leica CL camera SD card preview. Which of the following sets of portrait images are made with flash? A,B,C,D,E,F as marked below.

See the YouTube video for the answer (linked further down in this post).


YouTube Lighting Tutorial

In this YouTube video I also include diagrams of the different lighting setups I use. You can then hopefully replicate the setup to get a similar look.

YouTube Video – Window light portraits with a speedlight

Speedlight Related Blog Posts

Here are some more photo shoots as examples using speedlights for portraits

Leica Workshop Zurich Switzerland (2)

Zurich Photography Workshop II – August 2015

Matthew Osborne Photography /

Model Photography Workshop

Back in UK after another fun three day photography workshop in Zurich, Switzerland. The workshop content was specifically female model photography using digital Leica cameras and a range of film cameras including Leicas. We shot with mostly available light but combined some strobes and daylight also. All photoshoots were in Central Zurich, outdoor on location and we tried to minimise travel during sessions so not to waste time.

I managed to pack five cameras in my hand luggage to take but then realised my bag weighed 11 kilo so had to leave the weighy yet compact Fuji GF670 behind.  Zurich has amazing architecture so I wanted to take some wide angle lenses but also two 50mm lenses, one for each Leica camera body.  I packed my latest lens purchase,  the light and compact Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50 for the Leica M3 instead of the  Leica Summicron 50mm f2 DR I normally use.

Camera Gear

Leica M Typ 240 digital camera
Leica M3 single stroke – film camera
Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2
Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50mm f1.5
Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5
Zeiss ZM Biogon 25mm f2.8
Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f4.5
Nikon F4 SLR film camera
Nikkor 60mm f2.8 Micro
Fuji GA645 medium format film camera
Film & Filters

Camera Film (135 & 120)

Ilford Pan F 50 B&W
Ilford FP4 125 Plus B&W
Kodak Portra 160
Kodak Portra 160VC (Expired)
Kodak Portra 160NC (Expired)
Kodak Ektar 100
Fuji Velvia 100f (Expired)


We worked with different models each day.  Some agency models, some not, some familiar faces and some new ones.  We did two shoots where we had two models with us at the same time so that gave us the oppotunity to pose the girls together.  Nadja and Joelle where good friends so planned for matching outfits for each of the four looks we did.  Laura and Stephanie were also close friends but most of their photos were individual and styled very differently. Big thanks for Joy, Nadja, Joelle, Laura, Stephanie and Sarah for helping make the workshop possible.  Lots of fun and I hope we get to meet again some day!

Digital Photos

A few sample images using the Leica M 240 camera from the photos I have gone through so far –

Leica Noctilux Portrait

Leica M240 + Noctilux

Model Photography Workshop

Zurich Photography Workshop

Film Photos

First of the black and white film negative scans I develop at home.  Colour film photos to follow at a later date once lab developed –

Leica M3 SS + Zeiss ZM Sonnar

Leica M6!

Zurich Photography Workshop

Zurich Photography Workshop

Matthew Osborne Photography

May 2015

A few weeks ago I flew from the UK to Switzerland for a long weekend of 1-2-1 model photography tuition in Zurich.  The local photographer I was teaching uses some similar cameras to me including both analogue film Leicas and digital Leicas but also medium format film cameras such as the Mamiya 645 Super.

Mr Leica Photography Workshop

Cameras for the trip:

  • Digital Leica M9 Camera
  • 1950s Leica M3 Film Camera (50mm frameline)
  • 1950s Leica M2 Film Camera (35mm framelines)
  • Voigtlander Bessa R3A Camera
  • Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4
  • 1950s Leica Summicron 50mm f2 DR + close focus Goggles
  • 1950s Leica Elmar 50mm f2.8 Collapsible
  • Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f1.4 (for M2)
  • Fuji GF670
  • 35mm and 120 Film

I only had a 8kg cabin bag allowance so had to pack as light as possible.  I decided to take more film camera bodies than lenses as I knew I wanted to shoot with different film stocks and pack my smallest medium format camera, the 6×7 folding Fuji GF670.

Film packed included:

Fresh stock –

  • Kodak Portra 160
  • Kodak Ektar 100
  • Kodak T-Max 100
  • Kentmere 100 (**first time trying this film – excited!)
  • CineStill 50D (**first time trying this film – excited!)
  • Rollei Retro 80S (**first time trying this film – excited!)
  • Ilford Pan F 50 ( (**first time trying this film – excited!))


The first model for the three day photography workshop was an agency model, Joy.  Joy was a young new model but took direction well and was very enthusiastic.

Leica Summilux 50 Portrait

Playing with Lines

The second model/ dancer was Julia who we shot with until it was dark.  I slept well once I reached my hotel! 🙂

Voigtlander 35 1.4


Day two started with a couple shoot with a twist.  Local model and band member, Taisha asked if we wanted to do a band shoot with her and her band partner, Ben.  I like a challenge so we accepted and I shot it differently to my normal portraits.  My take on a music cover shoot.

Swiss Band

We then did some model style images with just Taisha before finishing

Leica M9 Model Photography

For the afternoon shoot we met agency model Nadja.  My Fuji GF670 needed a fresh battery so I borrowed a Mamiya 645 Super to shoot some medium format film alongside 35mm.

Model Photography Workshop

Airbrushing with Light


For day three we met with agency model Anne-Marie.  We had scoped locations for the shoot the evening before so we had a plan of where we would be shooting.  For the third day in a row we had blue skies and sunshine so I felt very forntunate if a little warm!  The overhead sunlight was actually quite a challenge and was too harsh for Anne-Marie’s skin in many situations.  I tried to demonstrate how to get the best from a 5in1 reflector and used every trick I knew to make the light more manageable yet still shoot out in the open as we had planned for.

Zurich Models

Agency Model Shoot

Film Images

I will share some of the photos taken on separate film type used blog posts when I get chance.  It was the first time for me shooting with 35mm black and white Ilford Pan F 50, Rollei Retro 80S and Kentmere 100 films and also my first chance to try out 35mm CineStill 50D.  The bright light conditions we had were perfect for these types of slower film stocks so I felt lucky it all came together for the trip after months of planning and co-ordinating everything.


The Zurich photography workshop was such a success I have already been invited back to run another workshop in August!  For the next trip I will take a wider lens to capture more of the beautiful city within my images.  Looking forward to it already!

Your City

If you would like me to fly out to meet you in your home city and provide 1-2-1 photography tuition, or teach photography to you and a small group it is more than possible.  You do not need to own or use a Leica camera nor do you need to shoot with film.  It would probably suit experienced photographers looking to master portraiture or those wanting to learn how to work with a model more so than a beginner.


Amsterdam Photography Workshop

Amsterdam Photography Workshop

Matthew Osborne Photography

April 2015

Flying into Amsterdam on Saturday for the model photography workshop 📷✈️😎 #klm #travel #photography #workshop

Back in April I flew over to Amsterdam for a weekend to teach 1-2-1 model photography to a local portrait photographer using Leica rangefinder cameras, both analogue film Leicas and newer digital versions.

Cameras for the trip:

  • Digital Leica M9 Camera
  • 1950s Leica M3 Film Camera (50mm frameline)
  • 1950s Leica M2 Film Camera (35mm framelines)
  • Voigtlander Bessa R3A Camera
  • 1973 Leica Summicron 90mm f2
  • 1950s Leica Summicron 50mm f2 DR + close focus Goggles
  • Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f1.4 (for M2)
  • Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm f1.4 (for Bessa – has 40mm framelines)
  • Rolleiflex SL66E + Zeiss Planar 80/2.8 HFT lens
  • 35mm and 120 Film

I decided to take one medium format camera and for a change I packed my 6×6 Rolleiflex SL66E.  I normally use my Leica Noctilux on the M9 so packed my 90mm Summicron lens instead this time.  I kept the Summicron 50 DR on my M3 and had the 35mm and 40mm Voigtlander lenses on the M2 and Bessa.

Film packed included:

Fresh stock –

  • Kodak Portra 160 and 400
  • Kodak T-Max 100
  • Kodak Tri-X 400
  • CineStill 800T

Expired non-refrigerated film –

  • Kodak BW400CN
  • Fujicolor C200
  • Kodak EliteChrome 100


We had a full day on Saturday with model Mariska in the morning and fitness model Deborah in the afternoon with a slight overlap.  We were lucky with the weather and had sunshine nearly all day so shot with available light only.  I shot with fresh film stocks on the first day and we used a reflector for some fill light on some photos.

Amsterdam Models


Sunday I shot with model/ actress Julia in the morning and then model/ dancer Nyima in the afternoon before catching my flight home in the evening.  I decided to try shooting with some of my expired film and make the most of the blue skies for the second shoot.  I styled the photoshoot with satured colourful film in mind and it work well I think.

Amsterdam Fashion

Film Images

I will share some of the photos taken on separate film type used blog posts when I get chance.  I scan the lab developed colour film negatives and develop and scan my black and white film negatives. Images to follow!

Bye bye #Amsterdam .. Sun setting this evening before I departed. Enjoyable weekend of #photography and sun, 4 #models, 1 #workshop, 5 #cameras ( #leicam9 #leicam3 #leicam2 #bessa R3A #rolleiflex SL66E ) and lots of #film :) 😎📷💃:a

Your City

If you would like me to fly out to meet you in your home city and provide 1-2-1 photography tuition, or teach photography to you and a small group it is more than possible.  You do not need to own or use a Leica camera nor do you need to shoot with film.  It would probably suit experienced photographers looking to master portraiture or those wanting to learn how to work with a model more so than a beginner.