Lumix launches workshop series with London Camera Exchange and Damien Demolder

I’ll be holding a series of workshops between September and the end of March 2019 across the eight London Camera Exchange Lumix Elite stores. The workshops aim to teach new skills to photographers of all levels, and to demonstrate some of the unique features of the Lumix range along the way.

The courses will give users a chance to try new kit as well as to get a better grip on their portraiture, macro, street and black and white photography. There will also be workshops devoted to lenses as well as The Talking Handbook, that will help Lumix users get the most from their camera by understanding all the features that it has to offer.

Courses for LCE Elite stores

1. Photography for Beginners
2. Lumix lens day
3. Black and white workshop
4. Street Photography
5. Portraiture
6. Shooting macro
7. The Talking Handbook: Finding your way around Lumix cameras

Times will be 10am until 3pm, and venues will be close to the store.

1. Photography for beginners

A workshop for those at the beginning of their photography journey or those who’d like a bit of a refresher. During the day you’ll learn about exposure controls and ways to change the way your pictures look before you take them. We’ll look at focusing, depth-of-field, blur and common mistakes that we’d all like to avoid.
All camera equipment will be provided so you can come even if you haven’t bought a camera yet, and everything will be explained in simple to understand language – no experience necessary.
The day will be a mixture of chat and practical hands-on sessions.

2. Lumix lens day

This is a day for those who want to find out more about lenses and what different focal lengths are for and why we have them. You’ll learn what all the markings on the lens mean and how to use the controls they offer, as well as what separate different types of lenses that are designed for particular purposes. Find out what makes a good lens and how to appreciate and make the most of the characteristics of optical systems.
You’ll get to try a wide range of lenses and gain practical experience of how they work and how you can use them to improve your photography.
All cameras and lenses will be provided, and the day will be suitable for those new to photography as well as those with more experience who want to get more from their lenses.

3. Black and white workshop

Harness the power of monochromatic photography and learn to express yourself using just different shades of grey. We’ll explore the effects of excluding colour and the atmospheres we can create in its absence, and the controls open to us to customise the way tones relate to each other. The Lumix cameras offer a lot of control over the way our black and white images appear, and the raw files are provide an excellent starting point for those wanting to process to monochrome either in-camera or in software.
The day will suit all levels of photographer as well as those wanting to find out how to get sophisticated black and white images instantly with easy camera settings that let you concentrate on the subject.
There will be a talk first and then a practical hands-on session to allow you to develop you own skills and style. All the kit you’ll need will be provided.

4. Street Photography

A lot of enthusiasts are keen to try street photography but find their nerves rather get the better of them. This workshop is designed to take some of that fear away and to show you how to create striking street pictures without the worry. During the day we’ll look at techniques that will make your life easier and your pictures better, as we examine what makes a good street image and how we could go about achieving pictures that tell a story.
The morning will be a talk and discussion, and in the afternoon we head out to the streets to practice some of the things we learnt in the morning.
All the cameras and lenses you’ll need will be provided.

5. Portraiture

When you shoot portraits you are never short of subject matter, and on this workshop we’ll learn how to make the most of that fact. We’ll discuss what the essentials are for a good portrait, and how those things can be achieved. Working in a range of environments we’ll explore light, focal lengths, composition, angles and exposure to work up a full tool box that will allow us to get the results we wanted.
Cameras, lenses and lighting will be provided, so you only need to bring your ears and your imagination.

6. Shooting macro

When you feel that you have photographed everything that you can see around you all you have to do is look a little closer and you’ll find some detail you hadn’t noticed before. That’s the wonder of macro photography – you could spend the whole day in a 1m square area of field and never run out of action.
Guests on this workshop will learn the essentials of macro working including finding an interesting subject and then deciding how to represent it in a picture. We’ll look at focusing and depth-of-field control, as well as multi-flash lighting and the lenses that allow us to get close.
Cameras and lenses will be provided, but you can bring an interesting subject with you if you like.

7. The Talking Handbook:
Finding your way around your Lumix camera

Lumix cameras have a pretty straight forward menu system, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a whole lot that we mightn’t know much about. This workshop is designed to familiarise you with all the features of your camera, so you can make the most of what it has to offer. The cameras are stuffed full of really useful functions that can help to expand your creativity as well as to make your life easier.
When we have finished you’ll know what everything does and hopefully feel inspired to use those features. It will be like having a new camera!
You can bring your own Lumix camera with you, or borrow one of ours that maybe you had your eye on. We’ll have a pile of lenses to use as well.

How to book: 

Find the course you’d like to attend and the date that suits you – then email the relevant store to request a place. Exact venues will be communicated closer to the event. If you have a question please feel free to ask in our forum or by emailing me.

Email addresses: 

LCE Bath
LCE Bristol
LCE Cheltenham
LCE Exeter
LCE Hereford
LCE Lincoln
LCE Winchester


LCE Bath LCE Bristol LCE Cheltenham LCE Exeter LCE Hereford LCE Lincoln LCE Winchester

Member Comments

  1. posted a comment on 23 September 2018 at 3:52 pm

    You recently held a workshop at John Lewis Store, Bluewater, Kent, which I wasn’t able to attend, and I wondered if you have another planned for this, or nearby venues.


  2. jobie posted a comment on 2 November 2018 at 5:49 pm

    I went on the lens day at Winchester and it was terrific. Great balance of presentation and action, heading out to Winchester cathedral where we practised with the fab range of cameras and lenses brought by Damien and Dom from Panasonic. I’m booked on 2 more sessions and can’t wait. Such incredible value and great whatever your experience – there is always something to learn, and Damien and Dom were there all day to answer questions, give advice. Also had a tempting discount from our lovely folk at LCE.


  3. anttherant posted a comment on 6 November 2018 at 10:23 am


    I would like to book up one of the Bristol workshops for the Lumix handbook. It opens the link and asks me to configure an email account which doesn’t seem to work. Can you forward an email address I can make contact on?

  4. admin_damiendemolder posted a comment on 7 November 2018 at 11:07 am

    Hi Ant

    The email address is:

  5. kustom48 posted a comment on 5 January 2019 at 11:18 am

    Will there be any more ‘hands-on’ workshops and events in 2019 ?

    • admin_damiendemolder posted a comment on 5 January 2019 at 2:28 pm


      Yes, we have a pile of events left in this series – you can see the dates above. There will be more events beyond March I would think, but I don’t know for sure or what they will be. Keep checking here for more information.

  6. chrispo1066 posted a comment on 14 March 2019 at 2:06 pm

    I attended the Talking Handbook course in Exeter and just wanted to say how much I enjoyed it and learned from it. I would like to do more of the courses if there is another set organised. Many thanks to all involved.

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