Learn to Shoot Film


A very special one-and-a-half day workshop in London to learn to shoot film with hugely talented photographer Lauren Keim.
Boost your creativity, learn a new hobby and meet inspiring people, immerse yourself in the wonder of the analogue world.

Once you have learnt to shoot film there really is no going back. This addictive, simple and inspiring way of photography will help you reduce your dependence on your phone, train your ‘eye’, help you really understand how photography works and learn to shoot on manual. Your photos will have colour, depth and dimension that just isn’t possible with digital photography.

Whether you want to improve your photography for your business, for your family photos, learn to be more present in your surroundings or you just want to learn a new skill, this inspiring workshop will teach you everything you need to know to take control of your images. This workshop is a chance to connect and make friends with like minded people who can support you as your adventures into film continue after the class. It’s a ready made film community that Lauren and I wish to welcome you to join.

Who it is for

This workshop is for you if:

  • You are fed up of spending all your time on your phone

  • You feel that you have plateau’d with your photography

  • You’d like to learn a new skill and stimulate your creative instincts


The workshop will be run at McQueen’s beautiful flower workshop in Bethnal Green, London from 10 to 4pm on Saturday 27th April. A delicious lunch will be included as well as coffee, tea and cake.

On Sunday morning we will meet at Columbia Road Flower Market at 8am (early, to avoid the crowds) where Lauren will take us on a guided photo walk so we can put our new skills into practice. After a much needed coffee and pastries we will go our separate ways at around 11am.

In order to prepare you for the class you will receive three online course modules (in February, March and April) to get you up and running with shooting with film. You will learn how to choose a camera (you should budget around £80 for this if you don’t already own a film camera), what film stock to use, where to get your rolls developed and will learn the fundamentals of shooting manual. These lessons are designed to enable you to bring a set of prints with you to the workshop for critical analysis so that you can begin to understand your personal style and how you can improve your images.

What’s included

At the end of the workshop you will have learnt the following:

Pre-workshop online lessons

  • How to choose a camera, how much to pay, how to choose film stock and a lab

  • Getting to know your camera including loading, winding and remove your film

  • Making friends with the controls (aperture, shutter speed, focus, metering)

  • How to get your rolls developed

  • Access to Lauren to ask any questions along the way

Saturday workshop

  • Group analysis of our prints

  • Composition, light & shadows

  • other stuff

Sunday walk

  • A guided walk through Columbia Road flower market with me, accompanied by photography guidance from Lauren where you will be able to ask her for tips and help shooting your images

About Lauren

She’s pretty and smart but might need more detail

The setting

McQueens is a xx flower company specialising in xx. Their gorgeous space in Bethnal Green is spacious and is the perfect place to be inspired by light and shadow. Bethnal Green in the historical East End of London and borders onto fashionable Shoreditch and the beautiful streets of Spitalfields. This inspiring and fascinating part of London has houses London’s immigrants since the Huguenots of the 17th century and is the historical home of cut flowers, French bulldogs Jewish bakeries and caged birds.

Food & accommodation

All food and drink during the Saturday workshop are included, as well as coffee and pastries after the walk on Sunday.

The workshop finishes for the day at 4pm on the Saturday and I can provide you with some suggestions for lovely places to have dinner and can help you arrange to dine with other workshop attendees if you wish.

Accommodation is not included in this workshop but I can happily provide you with suggestions for hotels in the local area.

Terms of booking

This is a non-refundable workshop. Please be sure you can make the workshop before booking. If for any reason we need to cancel or reschedule the workshop we will of course refund the money you have paid. We cannot be held responsible for other costs, such as train tickets, or any other incidentals and strongly recommend you have insurance in place to cover this.

If you have any questions at all about this workshop do email me at annabel@bleakhouse.london