NYC Street Photography Workshops
NYC Street Photography Workshops
Meet with me and a few other photographers for a full day of New York City street photography.
Starting in a cafe, we'll gather our thoughts over a coffee and discuss the key techniques and classic approaches to successful street photography. We'll look at some examples of great New York street photography for ideas and inspiration and discuss why they are successful photographs. We'll also talk about our locations and the potential opportunities for images.
Armed with solid techniques and ideas, we'll head out on the streets for two instructed photowalks, with a lunch break in between to take stock and discuss the progress so far.
At the end of the afternoon walk, we'll gather again to review and critique each others images.
You'll finish the day being confident in approaching people on the street for both street portraits and candid shots, as well as having connected with other street photographers.
What you need
A digital camera and a reasonable understanding of it's basic functions. I can offer assistance on the day but the more familiar you are with your camera the more you'll be able to concentrate on the images you make.
You should also be able to comfortably walk for a few miles during the day.
If you have any other questions, shoot me an email.
Over the last few years of photographing on the streets of Paris and New York, I've been refining my approach to street photography. This isn't a 'do this' guide, but I'll show you what works for me and how I'm intentional in the images I make and how I go about creating them.
Most photography for me is about Light, Story and Composition. For any genre or particular image, one element might be more critical that the others, but usually they all play a part. And that's true for street photography, although Story is often the key element that I'm looking for. Not always though, as strong evening shadow or the shape of an umbrella or silhouette might form the key element.
Leading up to that though, and for Street Photography specifically, the key steps for me are to plan, explore, observe and absorb.
Plan - I probably don't plan as much as some in terms of specific images. I enjoy the work of other street photographers but don't often look to see what other images have been made for a particular area. I do like to check out areas that others have recommended though, and do some background reading on the history, culture and landmarks so I have a rough idea of what to expect and what to look for.
Explore - Even if I'm familiar with the area of the city, it's not usually to difficult to find something new to see. A sidestreet to explore, an open building to check out, or even just to see how an area looks at a different time of day or in different weather conditions.
Observe - Usually I'm watching people, not just around me but further away. If I can spot an interesting character coming towards me then I want as much time as possible to think about how or where I might want to photograph them, and whether to take make a candid shot or ask for a portrait.
I'm also particularly interested in combinations - connections or contradictions, people and surroundings, animals or objects - whether it's a combination that makes a story or humour, or a more visual combination such as complimentary colors, shapes or patterns.
Absorb - Take time to fully taking in the surroundings - the sites, sounds, smells, atmosphere. Try to be fully present and aware.
Photograph like breathing in, taking a deep breathe to still the mind and fully appreciate what's around you (never just what's in front of you - always look around, find the less obvious, just like a deep breathe might bring smells you hadn't sensed before).
A few other thoughts and techniques
Record the unusual and the typical (because it won't be typical in a few years time) - clothing, cars, adverts, signs, stickers, details
Be a journalist, recording the surroundings, be specific about your project
Have business cards ready to give to anyone you meet, especially for street portraits
Have a few dollars at hand
Be friendly but don't worry what people think
Don't scare, intrude or confront
Use light and shade but don't rely on a time of day
Relax and enjoy yourself