Huck Photo Workshops

Huck Photo Workshops

A new kind of masterclass — Up your game, hang with the pros and join the Huck photo family with a new kind of practical workshop, designed especially for you.

Here at Huck, we’re lucky to work with an amazing network of talented photographers whose personal work and storytelling style pushes boundaries every day. And then there’s you – our devoted readers – who also never fail to blow our minds with the images you make and share.

Now, we’ve found a way to close the gap and bring everyone together in an intimate setting to share ideas, get inspired and generate more amazing work.

Huck Photo Workshops are a new kind of masterclass for photographers, by photographers, that aims to demystify the freelance game and celebrate the spirit of collaboration that’s always been at the heart of Huck. Open to image-makers of all abilities, the workshops take place at our 71a Gallery, in Shoreditch, London.

Guy Martin


Tips, tricks and hard-won lessons from Huck’s award-winning roster of professional photographers and working photojournalists – the best shooters in the field.

  • – Open to anyone: Up your freelance game or fuel your personal passion
  • – Learning by doing: One-on-one tuition in small, supportive groups
  • – Insider knowledge: Professional photographers, editors and visual storytellers who will demystify the photo game and have you shooting like a pro
  • – Practical workshops: Real-life assignments and techy tips – no boring theory
  • – Actionable advice: Tailored to your strengths and skills
  • – Inspiration! Photographers who know their stuff and produce amazing personal work
  • – Community! Feedback on your work, ongoing support, and Huck family love for life
  • – Showcase: Share the work you produce – if you so wish – via



June 25 | Independent Publishing: How to put out your own photobook with Palm* Studios and If You Leave

In the disposable world of online imagery, photobooks are still the holy grail for photographers from all disciplines. But what does it take to turn your personal project into something you can hold in your hands?

In this practical and intimate workshop, photographers-turned-indie publishers Lola Paprocka, Pani Paul and Laurence Von Thomas will come together to break down the dark art of print publishing, share the lessons they’ve picked up by doing everything themselves, and help you bring the project you’ve been grappling with out into the light.

Get the lowdown on:

  • – Printing: Get to know your options and the pros and cons of offset vs. digital.
  • – Editing: How do you whittle down thousands of frames into one cohesive project?
  • – Format: How will your book look and feel? Paper stock, format, binding and cover options.
  • – Design: Inspiration and guidance on layout ideas. 
  • – Publishing: Pros and cons of self publishing vs. registering as a publisher with ISBN numbers.
  • – Copyright and text:  How will you explain your project in an intro?
  • – Social media and PR: Once the book is out there – the hard work begins!
  • – Exhibitions: Book launches and exhibitions are more than just parties. How do you make them happen?
  • – Funding: Crowdfunding, small budgets, working with partners – how does it all work?
  • – Sales and distribution: Admin stuff that may sound boring – but really, really matters.

Lola Paprocka is a London-based photographer, curator, independent publisher and art director. Originally from Poland she moved to London 13 years ago. She mainly works with medium format and occasionally 35mm. She is a founder of Palm* Studios, a platform that promotes photographers, produces exhibitions and has its own publishing house called Palm*. Lola’s inspirations come mainly from brutalist architecture and portraiture, as captured in her latest photobook, Blokovi, which drops anchor in post-Soviet Belgrade. Lola has exhibited globally in various group shows and photography festivals as well as curated the Independent Photography Festival in London and many book launches and solo exhibitions.

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Pani Paul is an Australian photographer living and working in London. He predominately shoots on medium format cameras. His commercial and personal work focuses on portraiture and fashion. He’s worked for i-D, Nike, Dazed and Confused, Hero and many more. He is a publisher at Palm* Studios. Pani took part in various group shows around Europe, Australia and had his first solo show as a part of IPF festival in November 2015 to celebrate the launch of his first photobook, Mile End.

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Laurence Von Thomas is the founder of If You Leave, a photography blog and print publication that champions independent photographers working at all levels across all disciplines – from fine art and staged portraiture to street photography and observed documentary. IYL’s open-submission competitions – which culminate in print publications and exhibitions – have become a platform for emerging talent and a go-to place for photography fans looking for the next big thing. He also runs Arthur-Frank, a small publishing house that focuses on ‘screen-to-print’, bringing projects born on the internet to life in physical form.

Independent Publishing with Palm* Studios and If You Leave will take place on June 25, 12.00 – 4.00 pm , at 71a Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4QS. Tickets are available for £39 via Eventbrite.


June 8-9 | Documentary Portraits: Cultivating That Perfect Moment with Guy Martin

Observational portraits that capture a person’s true character are not as easy as they seem – especially under the pressure of a tight deadline. So how do you cultivate that perfect moment? How do you capture a person off-guard and show them in an authentic light?

Over the course of two evenings – including a real-life assignment, straight from the pages of Huck – documentary photographer Guy Martin will share hard-won lessons and practical advice that will take your portraits to the next level, whether you want to nail that next commission and up your freelance game or simply capture your loved ones in the most authentic way.

Learn how to:

  • – Respond to a real-life Huck editorial brief *
  • – Foster intimacy with your subject (and make them feel at home)
  • – Build a narrative out of incidental and complementary shots
  • – Work to a tight deadline – and thrive!
  • – Deal with lighting and composition in challenging environments
  • – Edit your own work: With post-production tips and tricks
  • – Build healthy relationships with editors – or simply shoot passion projects like a pro
  • – Hone your voice and build your confidence to shoot anyone, anywhere, anytime
  • – Plus: One-to-one feedback with Huck’s editorial team (and a folio review for working freelancers)

Guy Martin is an award-winning documentary photography, a member of Panos Pictures and lifelong contributor to Huck. In 2011, he photographed the revolution in Egypt before documenting the civil war in Libya from the east to the besieged western city of Misrata.

Originally from Cornwall, Guy’s love of surfing made him a natural contributor to Huck. He’s covered a diverse range of stories that capture everyday people and icons of culture in the most intimate way, from a feature on world champion surfer Kelly Slater – based on unprecedented access – to a report on the female drag racers of Ramallah, Palestine.

Guy’s work has also appeared in the GuardianObserverSunday TimesThe Daily TelegraphDer SpiegelD MagazineFADERMonoclem, The British Journal of PhotographyARTWORLDThe NewStatesmanThe Wall Street Journal and Time.

*PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is spread across two evenings. It’s recommended you schedule in time to shoot with a subject on Thursday 8 June, to fulfil your assignment, which will then be reviewed during Thursday evening’s session.

Documentary Portraits with Guy Martin took place on June 8-9, 6.30-9.30pm each evening, at 71a Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4QS. 



May 27 | iPhone Photography: And Post-Production Tech Wizardry with Daniella Zalcman

You don’t need a high-end camera to be a top-notch shooter. But how can you get the most out of that little camera in your phone?

Join award-winning photographer Daniella Zalcman for a fun, practical and intimate photography workshop that will turn your smartphone snaps into high-end professional stills:

  • – iPhone and smartphone tips and tricks (and other closely guarded pro secrets)
  • – Practical tutorials: Composition // Lighting // Portraiture // Double-Exposures (built from your own stills in the palm of your hand)
  • – Editing: Learn how to spot your best frame
  • – Post-production tech-wizardry: Apps and software that will instantly up your game
  • – Digital storytelling: How to build a narrative and hone your voice
  • – Folio review and feedback on your work

Daniella Zalcman is a documentary photographer based between London and New York. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, and a member of Boreal Collective.

Her work tends to focus on the legacies of western colonisation, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of indigenous children in North America. She won the 2016 FotoEvidence book award for her project Signs of Your Identity, which will be released this fall, and is the co-founder of Echosight, an experimental Instagram project that allows photojournalists to collaborate on double-exposure stills.

Daniella’s work regularly appears in The Wall Street JournalMashable,National Geographic, andCNN, among others. Her photos have been exhibited internationally, and select projects are represented by LUMAS and Subject Matter. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in architecture in 2009.

iPhone Photography with Daniella Zalcman took place on May 27, 6.30-9.30pm, at 71a Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4QS. 

Keep checking 71a Gallery for news on forthcoming workshops.