2014-11-12

Events to photograph in London November 2014

November sees a number of events in London that are great for photographers. A selection are shown below with some tips on how to get great shots at them.

Saturday 1st 
Regent Street Motor Show

This now annual event offers a mix of old and new cars on display along the whole length of Regent street - which is pedestrianised for the day. You can see anything from cars due to do the London to Brighton Veteran car run on the 2nd, all the way to the latest super cars.
This is a very popular event and you can get right up close to many of the cars. Try and take a low viewpoint to add drama to your images and use a wide aperture when close up to emphasise the small details.
Many owners will be present with their pride and joy so there are great opportunities for portraits and candid shots too.


Sunday 2nd
London to Brighton Veteran car run

This annual event is a fantastic event and a real experience to attend. The cars begin leaving on their journey at 6.58am and are all through the start line by 8am. Aim to arrive around 6.30am so you can walk along the lines of cars ready to start and get some great images of them. Light levels are low so consider using flash - but turn down the power or use fill-in mode so you do not overpower the natural light available. Watch out for high-vis jackets as these naturally are highly reflective and will spoil your shots. Once the cars start moving again consider using a slow shutter speed and flash set to rear-curtain mode as this will give a nicely blurred effect with an overlaid sharp area when the flash fires. Watch out for participants dressed in period costume - but also watch out for those filming their journey with iPads and phones - rather spoils the period feel!

Thursday 6th
Oxford street lights switch on
The annual switch-on bash - this year at John Lewis - over 750,000 LED bulbs plus celebrities and music acts.

Friday 7th-26th 
World Press Photo
Not an event to photograph but a free exhibition not to be missed! Be inspired by over 160 pictures selected from over 100,000 images submitted. Level 2 of the Royal Festival hall is the place to see the images.

Saturday 8th
Lord Mayors Show
No, not Boris, this is the annual extravaganza for the Lord Mayor of the City of London. Thousands of participants and hundreds of floats mean numerous subjects for your camera. If you want to get shots of the participants avoid the very popular areas like St Pauls - though here you can get general shots with St Pauls in the background. Bear in mind the parade is in two parts with a gap in-between so you have two opportunities to capture the parade between about 11am and 2.30pm.

There is also a spectacular fireworks display in the evening - see our Fireworks blog for hints and tips.

Sunday 9th
Remembrance Sunday
Taking place 100 years after the start of the first world war this event will be especially poignant. Members of the Royal family and dignitaries join current and former members of the services to remember the fallen. Wreaths are laid at the Cenotaph followed by 2 minutes silence at 11am.

Tuesday 11th November -11th January
Skate at Somerset House
Great chance for skating pictures in an stunning setting, early evening and nightie are especially spectacular.

Sunday 16th
Regent street christmas lights switch on
Spectacular show followed by fireworks - starting around 4pm.

20th-23rd 
Taste of London Winter
Tobacco Dock, 50 porters walk, E1 2SF
Foodie event with celebrity chefs and stalls from most of London's top restaurants.

21st November- 4th January
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
With wooden chalets, fairground rides , a circus and a 53 metre high observational wheel this event has plenty to occupy your camera.

27th-30th
Brick 2014
Excel Centre
4 days event showcasing the amazing possibilities of Lego - including a recreation of St Pancras Station!

28th-30th 
Foodies Festival Christmas
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL.
Great event to visit and also right in the heart of the Brick lane area - great for street photography and art.

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