But by pure chance my sister-in-law gave me a Christmas present of a street photography course by way of a Virgin Experience Day, which was a five-hour course run by Platform 39 at Westland Place Studios in North London.
So, I emerged from Old Street underground into bright sunshine and made my way to the studio, not surprisingly in Westland Place, to meet a dozen other like-minded souls keen to get snapping.
Our tutor and guide for the day was professional photographer Rita Fevereiro, who showed us the styles of famous street photographers and tips on using shutter and aperture priorities to consider as we attempted to emulate the greats on the streets of Hackney.
Still a little self-conscious with a camera in my hand on the streets of the capital, my photos and those of a few others were more still life than real life, but some in the group quickly forgot their inhibitions and clicked away to include that most important ingredient of street photography - people.
So, after a couple of hours on the streets, it was back to the classroom to see what we came up with. And for a mixed group, some who had a camera for a just matter of months, we produced some great images.
I will attach mine here, but you will see I chickened out and went for things instead of people. Next time, I promise, I will include faces . . . I’ll keep you posted.
For more information about photography courses go to westlandplacestudios.com
To see the work of Rita Fevereiro go to www.luministphotography.com