Last Updated on 04/13/2017 by Chris Gampat
We’ve collaborated with a few folks and put together a number of workshops (some free) that you’ll be interested in checking out if you’re into street photography.
Hit the jump for details.
Working the Scene: A Free Facebook Livestream Workshop
Facebook LIVE Street Photography Workshop with Jonathan Higbee
Saturday 4/15 2 p.m. EST Facebook.com/jonathanhigbeephotography. You’ll be able to view it at Jonathan’s Facebook page. You can read more about the event after the jump and join it here.
Sponsored by Zeiss and the Phoblographer
Produced by Chris Gampat, Mark Beckenbach & Jonathan Higbee
What are the benefits of “working the scene” when making street photography?
The question I’m asked most is from people wondering how I make my signature street images. This broadcast will focus on the most vital part of my process: how to exploit the hell out of a promising street scene by staying put in one spot. Instead of a photo walk it’s a “photo wait.” Want a unique, impactful photo that only you could’ve made? Work the scene.
1.) Walk around the city for a few minutes “scouting” for my next shot while discussing other photographers known for their photo-waiting and the impact it has on their work.
Answer live questions about scouting — what I look for when I’m hunting for my next scene, etc.
2.) At the location, “Working the Scene”
We’ll include things like:
– What I look for once I’ve found a location
⁃ My instinctive and immediate sense of what’s possible, how to “see a scene” and how to build these instincts
⁃ Obtaining the ideal mindset to get what you want
– What I like about my work that’s made in this manner
⁃ It’s all about context, environment and narrative; characters are less prioritized
⁃ Getting a clean image — attention to background and dimension is key
⁃ Technical aspects to getting the shot and working the scene in as flexible a way as possible
⁃ Camera angles — the sky’s the limit and it’s important to play with a variety
⁃ What’s in my bag
⁃ Being as present as possible to remain open to anything and thinking quickly
⁃ Intention is important, vision is important, but be ready to throw it all to the wind when something unimaginable begins to unfold before your eyes
⁃ Dealing with shyness, anxiety, and insecurity when it’s obvious I’m photographing strangers
⁃ How do you know if you’ve got the shot?
⁃ What specific details to note when coming back and photographing the same spot again
⁃ Ensuring the shoot and image fits into your body of work or a specific series
– Continue shooting even if you think you already got the shot!
Creating the Photograph: On Assignment at a Restaurant: $100 package
When we started talking about making an educational video on lighting, at the top of the list was that it had to be 100% real. We wanted to show our creative process from start to finish which, for how we shoot, would be simple and to the point letting the tools do their parts to help us create. Far too many photo-educational videos are staged to only show perfect results which can have a negative impact on the students confidence when they can’t easily replicate that perfection.
Both Chris Gampat and Giulio Sciorio approached this project as they would with any other editorial assignment: get in, capture beautiful images and get out. To capture we used minimal kit just as we would in our everyday shooting.
Camera tools hit the streets about every two years, technology is going to change but what won’t is how we work with light. Without light there is no photo regardless of the camera tech. With today’s market everyone can pick up a camera and get decent results out of the box which plays into the insta-demand market we live in, but what can’t be learned in an instant is lighting.
Learning lighting takes time, presence and patience. Watching Creating the Photograph: On Assignment at a Restaurant is the first step but practice is what will make this video valuable for you for years to come.
The purchase includes:
One long form carefully put together video.
Two unedited BTS video clips that really show the process
Four RAW files from Giulio and a Large Number from Chris for you to work on yourself.
Buy Now: $100
How to Become a Legitimate Street Photographer: $99, available for purchase
This special workshop will take part in three online sessions.
Session One – Taking Great Photos
Chris will show you how to get out there and keep shooting. He’ll cover your tendencies and how to market them as your strengths and unique creative vision. Then he’ll get into how you can make images that you found to be lousy into great photos.
Session Two – Building Your Platform
Chris will explain how to build a platform for people to come see your work. Blogs, websites, Instagram, and Flickr will all be included.
Session Three – Marketing Your Work
Chris will talk about getting the word out there about your platform. He’ll explain how to talk to editors, Instagram curators, Flickr and Facebook groups to explore, etc. But we all know that networking isn’t just something done online, but also in person. So he’ll help you get off the ground there too.
Also be sure to check out our other Online marketing workshop, also available for purchase
Intimate Strangers: Advanced Street Portraiture: April 22nd
For photographers who spot stunning subjects just strolling through the tumultuous tundra of NYC, this workshop will cover the tips, tricks, and techniques to approaching absolute strangers who catch your eye and working with them to make meaningful images.
Covering advanced direction techniques, speed shooting / focusing methods, and compositional approaches that make for unique images of fascinating people. This workshop builds on the methods covered in the introductory course offered at the link above and shows shooters how to properly engage subjects to make stunning photographs on a moment’s notice in dozens of various lighting scenarios.
Covering both daylight and low light shooting, this workshop will help you understand how the light modifies the subject and how best to address the worries of shooting portraits in seemingly uncontrolled circumstances. Covering run and gun lighting techniques, as well as how to properly use the light around you to your advantage when making a portrait of a stranger at a moments notice.
Additionally, all participants will receive an invitation to the exclusive FrameWorks workshop Alumni network, giving them access to other Alumni with whom they can share work, garner critique, and connect with other image makers with similar interests. Frameworks benefits include early access to all future workshops as well as special alumni events.
NYC based photographer Daniel Sawyer Schaefer will be leading the workshop along with Phoblographer Editor in Chief Chris Gampat. 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.
Black and White Street Photography/Urban Geometry Tutorial Adorama Workshop: $250
Join La Noir Image’s and The Phoblographer’s Editor in Chief Chris Gampat for an Adorama Event Space exclusive as he takes you on a journey to create better street photographs and through a growing new branch of street photography called Urban Geometry in this two day exclusive, limited-sized intensive course. Built on the ideals of great photographers such as Cartier-Bresson, #UrbanGeometry on Instagram has turned into a growing genre focusing on the way that the human eye perceives shapes and lines in a scene.
All attendees receive a free 24/7 Traffic Collection Sling bag.
Before the event, Chris will provide registrants with some material to look at. You’ll also become aware of how black and white photography works differently from color. He will teach you how to see the world in a different way.
Day 1: The class will commence with a few secret locations to be photographed and worked with by the small group. (12PM, a secret location)
Day 2: Attendees will find themselves back at Adorama to submit a single image of theirs shot during the session to be critiqued by Chris and the class. (11AM at the Adorama Event space)