Dade Freeman
Photographer & Trainer


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Creative Collective Workshops

Creative Collective

On my photographic journey I have attended several workshops, some good some bad. Generally, all pretty much the same format. For that reason, I wanted to create something different, something challenging and multi purpose. And, I may have just done it! 

My workshops will have challenges, deadlines, competition and the need to help and learn from each other. Meaning there will be much more experience available on each workshop.

By utilising the basis of several TV shows - such as MasterChef and The Great British Bake Off - I set about creating something different for my workshops. Now don't get me wrong, I am sure somewhere someone has done something similar, after all, very little is truly brand new. However, by framing the concept on a tried and tested formula gave me a clear direction of how to structure this new format of workshops.

The sponsors for this photographic experiment that share the desire for learning are The Guild of PhotographersThe Flash Centre, Pixapro and Magmod. Who I would like to thank for having vision and a genuine interest in photographers development.

Creative Collective

These workshops are designed to challenge you creatively, individually and within a team. We all know photography can be lonely and we have all seen those images where you think "Why did they shoot it like that? I could have done better". Well now is your chance to prove what you can do, while learning from each other in a safe, constructive and creative environment!


The Collective

On this half day (4 hour) workshop, the six of you will be given three creative challenges to complete, with endless possibilities. You will be given your assignments, a timeframe and a tips sheet to help you produce the best images possible. I will be on hand to offer advice and technical knowhow, but the work and effort will be all yours. 

I don't want to give the game away, but here is the outline for what to expect on these workshops. 

Challenge 1 - You might be producing an image inside a studio environment. Or perhaps, creating an image out on the street. Or trying you hand at capturing fast moving subjects. 

Challenge 2 - You will learn to think and see creatively using a single subject. This is tougher than you might think, esp after the first few shots.

Challenge 3 - You will be given a group challenge where your combined skills will be tested. If you ever wanted to know how did they do that, this challenge will help answer those questions.

At the end of the session will be a feedback opportunity and the chance to discuss and share images.

Just the beginning

This is just the first of a series of workshops I have put together, which will run each month.

The biggest challenge I have found is finding somewhere suitable to use as a studio, editing suite and creative environment (with natural light). If anyone knows somewhere that would fit the needs of this workshop, please let get in touch. I want to stay reasonably local, South coast for now. I do have plans to run these creative workshops further a field in the near future.

If these workshops go the way I envisage, then Latest TV will be brought in to film the workshops in a reality style format. Aiming small is not on my agenda ;)

To sign up for these workshops simply join - The Brighton Photographers Group and look for The Creative Collective Workshops.

Dade Freeman is a Brighton photographer creating portraits and fine art images for commercial and personal use.