Experience the Magic of Film: Introduction to Film Street Photography

Eric Kim | Confident Beginner

Do you currently shoot street photography with a digital camera and want to explore the joys of shooting on film? Did you take photos as a child on film and want to relive those experiences? Does learning about the process of shooting and developing your own  black and white  film excite you?

If you are a beginner or intermediate street photographer and want to discover a passion for shooting on film, this workshop is for you.

Workshop Syllabus

Through this dynamic and hands-on 2-day workshop you will learn:

1.     How to avoid common mistakes when shooting street photography on film
2.     How to see the world in black & white and color film
3.     How to capture “The Decisive Moment” on film with zone-focusing
4.     How to incorporate film street photography to your digital street photography
5.     How to develop your own black and white negatives and scan them to your computer

Workshop Overview

The workshop will consist of hands-on presentations with insightful tips and techniques for shooting captivating street photographs on film.  During the workshop you will learn the techniques to get you started with shooting street photography on film.

You will get the opportunity to walk through the developing process of black and white film, receive direct and honest feedback on your photos, and learn the ins-and-outs of shooting street photography on film. Not only that, but you will meet other supportive and passionate street photographers who you can learn and share your passion with.

What differentiates this street photography workshop with other workshops is that it will focus less on theory and emphasize the practical tips & tricks of shooting street photography on film.

What we will cover

Day 1
You will learn tips and techniques on not only how to get the most out of shooting with film but to be comfortable shooting people no matter the situation. We will spend a good part of the day shooting on the streets of Dubai where you will receive hands-on instruction on how to improve both the quality of your images and your comfort level in dealing with strangers. More advanced shooters may be asked to work on a specific mini-project that day.

Day 2
Eric will demonstrate how to develop black and white film without the need for a darkroom and discuss best practices with film scanning. We will then review the best images from each of the participants taken on the previous day. This discussion will be led by Eric but he encourages everyone to participate, question, and offer their own feedback.

 Although street photography can be intimidating (especially on film), this workshop will teach you the practical skills on how to become more courageous and bold, whether you choose to shoot with film or digital. The idea is that you will continue to shoot with film and experiment with the developing process as you become more experienced on the streets. Because there is such a heavy emphasis on shooting with film, the hope is for you to continue to experiment with it and use the practical developing skills you’ve learnt to make photography a more holistic and fulfilling experience.

1.5 day workshop
What you should bring

* Film camera, ideally with a 50mm or wider lens
* For this workshop you will be required to shoot on C-41 process film. Make sure you have enough film to get you through the workshop, we recommend at least 2-3 films per person.

Where to buy film? GPP store stocks a wide variety of C-41 35mm and 120 film.
If you’re unsure about which film to use, email us at info@gulfphotoplus.com and our friendly store folks will be happy to assist you.



The workshop fee includes the development and low-res scanning of 2 rolls of C-41 process film. If you would like to have additional C-41 rolls developed, this can be done at the cost of AED 40 / roll through GPP during the workshop.
Please note that other B&W films other than C-41 will not be processed during this workshop.

About the Instructor
Eric Kim

Eric Kim is a California based international street photographer. He has been shooting street photography for over 7 years and started a blog to share his work and lessons learned around 3 years ago in response to the lack of information and resources he found when starting out. Today Eric is so active in the social media and blogging world that it is virtually impossible to miss him. He pours his heart and soul into serving the street photography community at large and teaches workshops internationally. 

Sunday, February, 7 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Thursday, February, 11 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Booking Closed
Who Should Attend

You are familiar with aperture, shutter, ISO and understand how these work together to create a correct exposure.

You shoot in Aperture or Shutter Priority modes and can use the basic features on your digital camera confidently

You would like more opportunities to practise and consolidate what you already know and also to stretch yourself a little further both creatively and technically.

This session is limited to 14 students only

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