City Centre, Portsmouth


Saturday 29th April 2023


10:00am to 12:00pm



Street Photography in Portsmouth City Centre

This is an all skill levels photography workshop exploring the streets and architecture around the city centre of Portsmouth.

On this street photography walkshop we’ll be exploring lots of the urban landscape in Portsmouth’s city centre. The walkshop begins at the steps of Portsmouth Guildhall before then exploring other architectural landmarks such as the Civic Offices. From there we’ll explore some more corners hidden away and some hard to find perspectives using reflections and symmetry. We’ll move to a multi-story carpark which provides some interesting views over the city and with the stairwell giving us great light vs shadow. The walk then takes us around the Brutalist architecture of the Central Library, looking at leading lines, textures, layering and different perspectives. Our last stops is a wall of glass and a tunnel providing views through to the street beyond.  

This workshop involves a leisurely 2 hour walk with fun & creative photo activities allowing you to find out much more about your camera and how to get the best out from it in the future. We’ll be looking at composition, perspectives, textures, leading lines, creating narrative and also how to take control of aperture and shutter speed.

Expect to see busy streets, architectural lines and views, textures, new perspectives and much more.


Who will be there?

Group size is limited to 15 per workshop. All ages very welcome, if under 16 please be accompanied by an adult. Please arrive around 15 minutes early for a prompt start for the walkshop.


What do I need to bring?

All you have to do is bring along your camera to take part. It can be anything from a digital compact through to a DSLR and if you want to shoot 35mm film, cool! If you don’t have your own camera we have a selection of digital compacts you are free to borrow for the workshop (please let us know in advance). We can even offer 35mm SLRs for you to use if you like. Many people just bring along the camera they have in their pocket everyday, their smartphone and you’ll learn loads that’ll make a big difference to your mobile photography.


What is access like?

About 90% of the walkshop is wheelchair accessible with paths and roads, although there are some steps at different points.


What is a walkshop?

Through Strong Island Media, professional photographer Paul Gonella has delivered photography workshops over the last 10 years to over three thousand people of all ages and abilities across the south coast. Working with partners such as Chichester Harbour Conservancy, University of Portsmouth, Making Space, Hampshire Cultural Trust plus many schools, colleges and youth groups. We developed ‘Walkshops’, where rather than sitting down in a classroom you actively learn different photography skills and techniques out and about with your camera, with support from a professional photographer at every step.

We’ve delivered well over 100 walkshops from Worthing through to Bournemouth and as far north as Surrey and from the summer of 2015 we have run a very successful series of walkshops open to the public in and around Southsea & Portsmouth and along the coast.


Walkshops are 2 hours long and cost £15 per person either, paid either in advance online via PayPal or cash in person at the start of the workshop (please book online for both).

Please book through EventBrite online HERE or via the button below, a booking fee will be added.

Payment can be done online via PayPal or in cash on the day.


If you pay in cash on the day just pay the £15 and we’ll absorb the booking fee – it saves on the inconvenience of having all the loose change in person on the walk.

Where to Meet

By the Charles Dickens statue next to the steps of the Guildhall.

Paid for on-street parking is available by the Guildhall.

The nearest bus stops are by Commercial Road and on Winston Churchill Avenue, both about 5 minutes walk away.

Portsmouth and Southsea train station is 2 minutes walk away.


List of the course tutors

Paul Gonella