Overcoming your Fear of Shooting Street Photography

Eric Kim | Confident Beginner

Have you ever walked on the streets and saw a moment that you wanted to capture, but you were too scared to take the photograph? Do you want to become more confident shooting in the streets and learn how to better interact with your subjects? Do you want to meet other street photographers that are as equally passionate about street photography or interested in learning like you?

In this action packed 2-day workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of street photography, how to create visually compelling images, how to conquer your fear of shooting street photography, as well as tips & tricks oon how to capture “the decisive moment.”

The workshop is limited to a class of 16 passionate individuals who want to take their street photography to new heights. The workshop will be an intimate experience in which you will learn solid fundamentals, get honest & constructive criticism on how to improve your photos, and meet other enthusiastic street photographers. This workshop is ideal for beginner or intermediate street photographers.


Workshop Syllabus

Here is a syllabus of what we will cover in the workshop:
1.     How to conquer your fear of shooting street photography
2.     How to become invisible and shoot without anybody noticing you
3.     How to react to people who get offended
4.     The fundamentals of design & composition in street photography
5.     How anticipate & capture “The Decisive Moment”
6.     The best technical settings to use on your camera
7.     The secret of creating beautiful black and white photographs
8.     How to master editing & workflow in Lightroom 5
9.     How to develop a razor-sharp eye when shooting on the streets
10.  The fundamentals of critique & feedback in street photography

Workshop Overview

The workshop will consist of presentations with insightful tips and techniques to help you better learn how to shoot captivating street photographs as well as opportunities to shoot the street. To help you gain hands-on experience, the workshop less lecture-based and more focused on you shooting on the streets, discussing with myself and others, and learning what makes a memorable street photograph.

During the workshop you will be able to showcase your street photography, and get helpful comments and critiques from fellow street photographers. If you have ever uploaded a photo to Facebook or Flickr and have been frustrated by comments like “nice shot” or “what camera did you use?” you will find the feedback in this workshop incredible.

The workshop will also give you the opportunity to meet other supportive and passionate street photographers that will help you in your own photographic journey. After the workshop, I will make a private Facebook group for everyone in the workshop to keep in touch, continue to shoot together, and build a community.

Day 1
We will meet in the morning in class where I will give you specific assignments and tasks that will make you push your comfort levels in approaching and interacting with strangers. I will accompany you side-by-side when shooting street photography, helping you gain your confidence and also giving you tips & tricks on what to look for when shooting. There will also be a focus on how to shoot street photography in a sensitive way. In addition, I will also give you technical advice on the best settings to use on your camera for street photography.

Day 2
You will have more time to shoot street photography in the morning, to catch the beautiful golden light at the Dubai fish market. I will continue to help you incorporate design and composition into your photographs on the street and give you tips on how to capture the light.

After shooting on the streets, we will return to class and I will give a presentation on editing and workflow in Adobe Lightroom. I will give you many tips and tricks to go through your images efficiently, how to choose your best images, and how to post-process your photos into beautiful black & whites with Silver Efex Pro 2 (a black and white plugin for Lightroom).

You will choose your best images from the workshop and present them to the rest of the group. You will be given constructive critique and feedback on your images rather than the shallow “Nice shot” or “What lens did you use?” comments that you might get on Facebook and Flickr. Many people who have attended my past workshops say this is the most rewarding part of the workshop.

2day workshop 

What you should bring

Day 1
* Digital camera, ideally with a 50mm or wider lens
* Memory cards
* Your camera manual

 Day 2:
* All your RAW files from day one.
* Your laptop with a copy of Photoshop CS3 or above (If you don't have a copy you can download a 30 day trial from Adobe here. Please make sure you don't download it too early as it only lasts for 30 days).


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. 

Limited Spaces

Tuesday, February, 9 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Wednesday, February, 10 5:30 AM - 1:30 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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