About CourseConsider this your very own photographer-friendly guide on where to go for the best photographs of London, England. Join Scott Kelby and Larry Becker as Scott shares his favorite locations to shoot, along with the kind of veteran traveler tips that will help you capture images that you’ll be delighted to bring back home. Timing is everything, so you’ll not only learn where to go, but what times will yield the best chances for great photographs. This is strictly a travel guide for photographers (including a downloadable PDF), so there’s no Photoshop or Lightroom involved, just the kind of information that will aid you on your photographic journey and inspire you to get out there and shoot.
- Lesson 1: Introduction 14:47
- Lesson 2: The Lloyd’s Building 07:02
- Lesson 3: Leadenhall Market 05:06
- Lesson 4: St. Christopher’s 07:08
- Lesson 5: More London Riverside 07:50
- Lesson 6: Abbey Road 08:51
- Lesson 7: The Shard 10:35
- Lesson 8: St. Clement Danes 04:43
- Lesson 9: Museum of Natural History 06:43
- Lesson 10: St. Paul’s Cathedral 03:26
- Lesson 11: 1 New Change 05:08
- Lesson 12: Tate Britain 08:22
- Lesson 13: London Eye 05:23
- Lesson 14: Somerset House 06:04
- Lesson 15: The Science Museum 02:24
- Lesson 16: Parliament and Big Ben 08:01
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Because they speak English.That helps.>> If your going overseas, its good to land in a place where everybody speaks English.>> My wife has relatives there and i've never been.>> Dude, you've got to go.Well, that's what I'm hoping to convince you here.>> Well, maybe.You've got to prove it.>> I'm going to try.We're going to try in this class.So here's what this class is about.I'm really talking about where to shoot.So if you were going to London, and I know that you will be going to at some point.>> With a camera.>> With a camera.You're going with a camera.There's obvious places, right?If I say to you, Larry close your eyes and picture London.What pops into your head?>> Big Ben.>> Big Ben, of course.And Parliament, and of course because there kind of together.And Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus.All the same thing.I don't want to dig to deep into those I just want to just touch on at the very, very end we're going to touch on one of them.But those are the places you can't avoid shooting.Everyone's going to shoot there, right?>> Yeah of course.>> So I want to show you the places that I've uncovered, some through some friends that live there.We'll talk about them a little later.Some through doing a lot of research.I always do research before a trip.Now when I go, I have two sources.Number one is Pinterest.Pinterest is great, because you go to Pinterest and you type in London, andother people have curated collections of their favorite London pictures.>> Now, that's a cool idea.>> It's great, because they're doing the curation for you.I also go to 500px, but I'll tell you what the difference between the two is.500px, on whole, has wonderful, it's a community.500px.com on the whole has wonderful pictures, but they also have,when you find a picture, you'll find a really good picture here, and a good picture here, and a photographer.On Pinterest, it's someone who loves London and has looked at all the photographers and said, here's my favorite pictures.>> And they pull it into an album.>> They pull it into an album and then it's just, and all the names of everything are there and all.So it's very, very good.They're both great resources and I use both of them.So that's the research I did before.And so I wound up shooting in places in London, and I'm going to show you here, that are maybe not real obvious,maybe you didn't realize that you could shoot there, that there's permission or access or whatever there is.We're going to talk about all kinds of things, when you can use a tripod, when you can't.Stuff like that.I also want to mention, this is very important, there is a PDF that goes along with this class.In the PDF, it has the address of every place we're going to show, and the GPS coordinates.>> Now that's cool.
>> To the exact spot.Well it is, except for I got the GPS coordinates from Google Maps, I'm going to give you a disclaimer.I expect them to be very close.[LAUGH] But I didn't go there and do it with GPS meter.I went to Google maps, I did the research, I found out here's the spot where it's at and I put it in.So that's on this PDF.May sure you that download this PDF.It's in the download tabs on Kelby One.Download it, and it'll have the adresses, it'll have a couple of tips and stuff for you.But it is your guide to take with you when you go.>> And now you can do this class instead of Pinterest for your research.>> That's right, this is your research, all right?>> [LAUGH]
>> So this is the benefit of friends that live there I've been going to London every year for many, many years.In fact, the first place I ever sat foot outside of the United States was London.>> I remember that.I remember that.I remember seeing the pictures from that.Yeah, yeah, that was a long, long, long time ago.I was twenty.Your pictures are better.I was twenty somethings so about six years ago.[LAUGH].Anyway, don't laugh at that.>> Okay, sorry.
>> Anyway, so let's take a look at one of the first places.Now, the reason why I wanted to shoot this place that I'm going to tell you about is because I went to a concert there.So I actually got to see Eric Clapton in concert at the Royal Albert Hall.>> That's cool.
>> Now the Royal Albert Hall is this classic hall where somany incredible performances have taken place and still take place to this very day.And if you remember in the Beatles on Sgt Pepper,they actually I mean, there's a line in of of the songs that was.Now we know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.And so, here's a cool thing about the Albert Hall.They do individual tours, they do group tours, they do historical tours,they do behind the scenes tours, there are all kinds of opportunities.And The Royal Albert Hall wants you to take pictures.>> That's unheard of.>> [LAUGH] I know, most places, and I'm going to tell you, you're going to see this a lot throughout this series, andthere are of course other classes in this series, there's the Photographer's Guide to Paris,the Photographer's Guide to Rome, there's Venice, pretty much it's always the same.For whatever reason, the world has decided that a tripod is the worst thing in the world.>> I still can't get over that.>> And unfortunately as much as the Royal Albert Hall wants you to take pictures,they do not want you to use a tripod either, so unfortunately tripods are not allowed.However, one of the good things about the Royal Albert Hall is there are a lot of places where you can set your camera on top of something.There's railings and stuff, and they take you on the tour.There's a railing upstairs where you can set your camera because in a theater, it's going to be darker.Your, even with the lights on and stuff because that lighting is beautiful.Even with the lights on there is, its a dark atmosphere.>> Sure.
>> And so I'm going to show you one picture just to kind of get us going.So this is kinda the hall from the stage looking out to the house,all right, and this is taken with a 16 mm super wide angle.And 16 mm actually for a full frame camera is not crazy wide,because they make 14s, they make 10s, they make 11s.So they make really, really wide.So this is literally sitting at stage aiming back towards the house.So do you see those columns up at the top there?There's columns going all the way around?You can sit your camera on all kinds of stuff there.There're all kinds of places when you're on the tour that you can just rest your camera, use your self timer soyour camera doesn't move and you can take a picture.>> Now you said no tripods, monopods?>> So this is an interesting thing.Security guards know no tripods.Sometimes they'll go well, that's not a tripod, so I don't know what to say.However, the problem is a monopod Is really better forholding a lens that's heavy than it is keeping something still.So at the end of the day you're still holding it and it's still moving.It's probably steadier than your hands, but not a whole bunch.So what I would recommend is this.Number one is to put your camera on something.Number two is if not there's a couple different things I use.I carry around a little plate called a platapod.>> Yeah, those are great.>> They are great, they're very small, lightweight but they're made of like industrial aluminum,like commercial grade, I believe it's aircraft grade commercial aluminum.But they're so light.I mean they're so strong.You put a little ball head on it.And here, I'll drop in a photo here so you can see what a rig looks like.So it's just the little plate, and then the ball head on top, and then your camera on top of that.I've never been stopped with this yet.>> No, it's very subtle.>> Yeah.
It's very small and subtle and it's not a tripod.And it's not a monopod.It's no kind of pod at all.>> It can go in a little waist pack, it can go in-
>> Yeah, it's so thin, you can stick it anywhere.So it's perfect to fit in your camera bag.And that's how you'll be able to get some.Now, I made arrangements through a friend to get access when there was no one there.But you know what?They want you to take so many pictures that they actually ask you hey, if you take pictures of the Royal Albert Hall,will you post them to @royalalberthall on Twitter or Instagram?So they are very photo friendly, but they still don't allow tripods.So, let me just take you through a few different shots.This is the pipe organ.So this is standing at the stage.So the opposite direction of where this was, this is literally turning around and looking at the stage.And I just think, I don't know what those big bellows are up at the top.[LAUGH] These big sails like looking thing.But I love the color and I love the details.So that's a shot from the other side.This is me getting up close.This is me walking all the way across that floor that you saw in the previous shot.And just getting a close up of kind of the booths and things.And this is when you're on the tour you go around.>> That's cool.
>> this top.>> Remember I said the columns up top.>> Right.>> So this is actually a very, very wide shot.Sixteen.And I'll show you a fish eye in just a moment, but the reason why the colors were changing was,and this is interesting about the tour about the royal Albert hall, when you go, they tell you, look, rehearsals will probably be in session for something.So whatever is happening that night, when you go through, you're probably going to, so they were rehearsing forthe international ballroom championships.So, there are actually two people I cloned out that were dancing on the floor.It just looked weird because I set my camera on something and it's like a 30 second exposure or something.That was that long.>> Really.
>> No, it's probably five or six seconds.But when they're moving, it makes look a big smear, I'm cloned them out.All right, here is a fisheye shot taken from the front of the stage.And it's just crazy wide.>> So bring wide angles is definitely bottom line on this.>> Absolutely, for this particular hall, absolutely, Larry.I would definitely take a wide-angle, the widest you have.If the widest you have is a 24-
>> And that's with a full frame too.>> That's with a full frame.So the wider you can, the better.And after using a crop sensor, I would try to go ideally,like if you could just take any lens you want to the Royal Albert, I would take the widest one you have.I'd take on a crop sensor, a 10 or a 12.If you want this look, if you want this all encompassing, we're getting the seating and the stage, and the roof and everything,I would go for a 10 or a 12 If not, no more than an 18.Right, if you can get an 18.By the way it would be worth it to may be rent a lens, if you know you're going to the Royal Albert Hall, when you are there its overwhelming.Here it is in black and white which is still, I think it still looks cool in black and white.And here is a pan out of the, you've got to go wide.>> It's a pan out?Yeah it's a pan out.It's paniferic.And then okay so this is me shooting there.Now you know I'm holding a tripod and you know what the rule is, no tripods.Again, a friend arranged for me to be able to go outside the tour and be outside the tour and be on the floor.The only difference is I get to use a tripod.That was, I mean it was outside of that.>> But that makes a big difference.>> Well, it does because then I could do longer exposures and stuff.But, there's enough light in there actually, that you're in pretty good shape.But, I want to show you something interesting.This was taken with an iPhone, okay?This is what an iPhone shot would look like.So if you're standing there, and you're using and iPhone, and you're just using the available light.So you're not bringing flashes or anything.>> Right.
>> And you don't need a flash.It's a theater.It's lit.[LAUGH] So there's a bunch of.See all those lights up there?This is what it looks like with an iPhone.And the reason I'm showing you this is because people will tell me, they'll go, well, I don't know if I need a DSLR.My phone takes really good pictures.>> Uh-huh.
>> Your phone takes really good pictures outdoors at 2 o'clock in the afternoon on a sunny day.>> Of your kids and your spouse.>> Of your kids and your yeah.>> Because every picture is great when it's of your kid.>> Yeah, and maybe once in a while, you'll see an Apple ad or somebody they show a beautiful shot taken on location.But they don't show, here's what it would look like with a DSLR.I'm going to show you the shot taken.So that's my camera with a 16mm So this is what, if you're standing right there and you hold up an iPhone.And I tried to fix this up a little bit, it looks like this.If you're using a DSLR, it looks like this.>> A little different.>> Yeah but there's nothing really different, they're in the same spot, you're aiming at the exact same thing.But I think this is, you don't get to see this example.Here's what it looks like with an iPhone, and here's what it looks like with a 16 millimeter.>> Well with the aperture control you have the beautiful beams of light?>> Yeah, yeah, F22 you get those little sparkles.By the way, if you want sparkles from lights like that, there's an f-stop that does it.It is literally f22.If you put it on f22, that's what creates those.Because if not-
>> And how do you do that on an iPhone?>> Ouch.>> [LAUGH]
>> So,that's the problem, but on a camera like that, you go to F-22 and it creates the.Because normally, if you shoot into like in a theater, it's just a big blob of white.>> Sure.
>> So it's like shooting into the sun.It's just a big blob of light.When you go to F-22, it actually creates those little lines.Now, we used to this with a filter, back in the old days when I was shooting film,I had a filter that had little metal lines through it, right?And you'll still see this sometimes on the Oscars or whatever, where they'll pan the crowd, and all the lights are glistening.They are actually using that filter.But here, you can pull that same thing off by just using F22.But at F22, you're going to need to have your camera steady.So don't do it when you're hand holding, do it when you've set your camera on something.And by the way, don't be afraid to set your camera on the stairs, you're going to get a great low angle.So, don't let it hold you back that you don't have, it is absolutely worth it.By the way, the outside of the building is beautiful.It's round.>> Yeah.
>> Right?It's a beautiful outside, beautiful interior.They've got a great restaurant in there.It's just a great time.They charge, I believe.By the way, all the prices I give you today, they can change at any time.They can go down, never going to happen.They can go up, more likely.It is about, for an individual tour or a group tour, you're about around 12 pounds.>> For here?>> Right, 12 British pounds.>> But without tripod permission.>> Yeah, there's no tripod, don't bring your tripod, just don't even bring it.But a platypod.>> Yeah I know.>> I bet they wouldn't say a thing.I've never had anyone go, you can't do that.They're like what's that?It just holds my camera steady.Okay.So I don't know about you Larry, but I can never get anyone to adequately describe whyyou can't use a tripod other then they think somebody might trip on it.Yeah.>> But do you know that, for instance Walk Disney World, they let you take tripods.>> I didn't know that.>> What's the most crowded place in the world?>> That's Goofy.>> Walt.
>> [LAUGH]>> Let's move on.Anyway, that's The Royal Albert Hall, it's something that may not have been on your list.But I absolutely think you'll love the history, you'll love the tour and you'll get some great pictures.
Scott is the President and CEO of KelbyOne, is also the original "Photoshop Guy", is the editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference, Training Director and instructor for KelbyOne Live Seminars, and author of a string of bestselling technology and photography books.