The Passionate Street Photographer in Dubai

Steve Simon | Confident Beginner

Join award-winning street photographer Steve Simon for an unforgettable workshop of living and breathing photography in one of the world’s most visual cities, Dubai. This 2-day masterclass (limited to ten students) will take you on a visual treasure hunt to some of the most interesting and exciting street photography locations in Dubai.

Steve will be teaching you new and powerful street photography techniques guaranteed to push you from your comfort zone to new heights in your work. Steve will share his street-shooting philosophies gleaned from a lifetime of wandering urban places with his camera. He will help you find your own unique vision and street style through assignments created to give you direction, getting you past photographic fears and cliches. You will learn to capture lyrical, poetic and decisive moments that communicate the energy of the streets.

But mostly we will be shooting the theatre that is the street; sometimes together, often on our own, following the light of the street. All levels of photographic experience can benefit from this workshop.

You’ll learn about the “rhythm of place” and discuss the laws and ethics of street photography as well as dealing with difficult situations that might pop up. We will define a strategy for capturing the rich daily life of people on the street and overcoming fears and shyness, approaching strangers, framing, juxtaposition and layering your compositions, letting the image come to you and whether color or black and white best suits your vision.  We also will explore the art of the Street Portrait and capturing Urban Landscapes.

We will talk street-tech and Steve will give you his minimalist view on gear along with a simplified shooting process to maximizing your response time to capture decisive moments. Steve’s street tools include a Nikon D810, V3, “Coolpix A” and iPhone 6 Plus cameras along with a carefully curated selection of lenses; but he’s familiar with a wide range of equipment to help you maximize your mirror-less, compact, rangefinder, DSLR or even your camera phone for compelling street images.

We will also talk lenses, auto focus, zone focusing, shooting from the hip, using live view, flash and a host of other tips, tricks, distractions and ideas that will improve your work dramatically. It’s a street photography workshop but the lessons learned will benefit you in all genres of image-making.

In class, we will look at a selection of your best work from the previous day. These daily critiques are of crucial importance, where we share ideas and constructive criticism. The workshop will be a “safe place” for group discussions with suggestions and new ideas put forward. Our daily lecture will be followed by a group critique. Then we hit the streets, a little wiser from the day before.

2 day workshop


What you should bring
  • A portfolio of 12 images - JPEGS on a USB FlashDrive in a folder entitled "Your Name"  for critique. Images file names should contain your name as well.

  • This is a digital workshop, so a DSLR, Mirrorless, High-End Compact or rangefinder camera will all work.

  • For your DSLR or Mirrorless, fast prime lenses are ideal, or at least one wide-angle zoom. Lenses in the classic range for street photography: 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm will all work (based on full frame camera) and fast lenses f2 or faster offer more flexibility.

  • Two or three fully-charged batteries & charger.

  • More memory cards than you think you will need and a  card reader.

  • Your own laptop for image editing and note-taking.

  • A flash is optional but bring one to experiment with flash on the street.

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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Sunday, February, 7 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Monday, February, 8 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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