The Passionate Street Photographer: Finding YOUR Vision / Telling YOUR Story

Steve Simon | Confident Beginner

The most rewarding part of the photographic process often comes when you find a project or theme you feel passionate about. In this documentary/street workshop designed for beginner to intermediate photographers, we brainstorm to find a story or theme from the streets of Dubai that inspires and excites you; and then spend time shooting, developing the idea and putting together a set of pictures where the sum is greater than the individual parts. “The more personal you make it, the more universal it becomes” to paraphrase Diane Arbus.

Your Dubai “Passion Project” will drive you to work hard, guide you past frustrations, through obstacles and push you towards a photographic place of competence and excitement you cannot predict. And it will be fun!

You can use an iPhone, mirror-less, DSLR or any image-capturing tool you like, as long as you know it well. The technical is the easiest thing to fix, so Steve will make sure you move past any tech problems so the camera fades to the background and you can concentrate on making strong images.

When working on one-storyline over time, it challenges and helps you to see new details, notice nuances and threads in the work that tie it together. This workshop will help you find meaning and purpose in your picture-taking process while learning about yourself and elevating your unique photographic vision. Your story or theme for the final portfolio and slide show could be a specific idea or as general as your “Love Letter to Dubai” capturing general impressions of the city and it’s people, places, food, light or architecture. Steve can personalize assignments for participants having difficulty finding focus. You will be encouraged to leave your comfort zone and liberating yourself from photographic routine.

A big part of this workshop is the “critique” session where we share a selection of work from the previous day. Critiques are of crucial importance and  a “safe place” for group discussion. Then we hit the streets, a little wiser from the day before.

There will be a strong emphasis on  editing and sequencing your final set of images. One of Steve’s goals for you in this workshop is to help clarify and focus your vision for a consistent point of view, as well as form a framework for future shooting. Regardless of the genre in photography you are most passionate about, this workshop will make you a better photographer.


3 day workshop

What you should bring

* your camera, lenses and memory cards
* your camera manual
* a tripod
* a mini portoflio with a selection of 6 images to be shared with Steve prior to the class


About the Instructor
Steve Simon

Steve Simon is an award-winning documentary photographer and critically acclaimed author of five photography books. He is best known for his work focusing on the human condition, capturing life as he encounters it. Steve shines a light on important subjects and issues using the power of photography in the hope of facilitating positive change. His documentary work has been widely published and featured in solo shows across the globe. Steve has also always enjoyed sharing his photographic knowledge with others and regularly guest lectures and leads workshops at photography events worldwide.

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Wednesday, February, 10 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Thursday, February, 11 12:45 PM - 8:45 PM

Friday, February, 12 5:30 AM - 3:00 PM

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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 10 students only

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