Workshop: Skate Photography

Learn how to compose, light and shoot skateboard action images in the skateable space of our SKATEBOARD exhibition.

What to expect

This half-day workshop will look at how to compose and light a professional skateboard photograph. There will be an initial talk and inspiration workshop taking you through the history of the skateboard photograph from its inception to the modern day, encompassing magazines, equipment, trends, cameras and equipment used across the decades.

You will then visit the SKATEBOARD exhibition as part of the workshop, where you will learn how to compose and light a skate photo, using professional flash equipment in the skateable space.

There will be a professional skateboarder on hand to be the subject in the images that will be produced on the day in the skateable space.

You will have the chance to shoot with a Sony A7IV camera and Godox flash equipment.


• Light refreshments and equipment will be provided upon arrival.

• All equipment and materials will be provided for the duration of the session, but you are encouraged to bring your own camera if you have one.

• This workshop is open to everyone, no previous experience required.

• Tickets include a visit to the SKATEBOARD exhibition as part of the workshop.

Photographs by Leo Sharp


Leo Sharp

Growing up in the concrete mecca of Milton Keynes, Sharp has travelled around the world’s grimiest skate spots. His skate photography career includes working as Photo Editor at the UK’s leading skate magazine, Sidewalk. His photographs have also been published in international titles including Thrasher, Transworld, Skateboarder, and more. Sharp has also worked as a Lecturer in Photography at Falmouth University and exhibited in a number of exhibitions. Visit @sharphoto

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Booking information

Adult: £50

Adult (Early bird): £45

Members*: £40

*Please note that this benefit only applies to the cardholding Members and not those of additional guests. 

Early bird until 30 December.

Capacity is limited, please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

This workshop is suitable for adults 18+.

Information on the Design Museum Academy Cancellation Policy.

the exhibition


The first major UK exhibition to map the design evolution of the skateboard from the 1950s to today – a story of design, performance and communities progressing together.

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Background image: Josh Young Fakie Ollie Truro, 2013 © Photograph by Leo Sharp.