Last Updated on 03/25/2017 by Chris Gampat
For every photographer that has ever been afraid of asking a complete stranger for a portrait, know that you’ll be in fantastic hands for our upcoming workshop on April 2nd in NYC. We’re teaming up again with Adorama to teach photographers how to approach complete strangers and ask them for a quick photo, direct them to get the best photo possible, and move on to keep doing it. It’s going to be a major confidence booster. More details are after the jump.
Strolling through New York City and passing the constantly changing cast of characters that inhabit the Big Apple makes the life of an NYC street photographer a lovely one. That being said, sometimes you feel like rather than the run and gun style of wide-angle street shooting, something more direct is called for to do aparticular subject any sort of justice. This workshop will cover the best methods for approaching, engaging, and directing absolute strangers who catch your eye throughout the course of the day.
The lecture portion will be kept short and sweet, making sure to cover some of the basic points of how best to approach a subject, how to make your intentions clear, and how to make sure the image you have in mind when approaching the subject is easily executable.
Rental of equipment is always encouraged, and Adorama has a fantastic selection of optics available. Testing out a lens you may be intrigued by is a lovely way to spend this workshop.
Participants will receive direct training on how to approach subjects, both how to handle someone open and ready to be photographed, and also how to gracefully leave someone be if they’re not open to the idea. For those who are open to being photographed, participants will learn how to direct their subjects in a quick and accurate manner to make sure they get an image that does both subject and photographer justice.
Additionally, each participant will receive, courtesy of Adorama, a free 24/7 camera bag from their fantastic traffic series.
NYC based photographer Daniel Sawyer Schaefer will be leading the workshop, Daniel is a regular presence at Adorama and the workshop coordinator for The Phoblographer. He is best known for his portraiture and street photography, utilizing a style that meshes modern, top of the line digital systems with rare and unusual vintage optics to create hyper-narrative images with a cinematic sense of light. His work can be found on his Instagram as well as his previously linked website.