Join award-winning street photographer Steve Simon for an unforgettable week of photography Nov 16-21 in one of the world’s most visual cities, New York.
This intimate five-day masterclass (limited to ten students) will take you on a visual treasure hunt to some of the most interesting and exciting locations in the Big Apple. We will explore the vibrant, visually rich places and neighborhoods New York is famous for and New Yorker Steve will take you to some hidden gems. Locations include: Times Square, High Line Park, Harlem, Fifth Avenue & 57 Street, Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side, Union Square, Washington Square Park, Flushing Queens and Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
“Give me such shows — give me the streets of Manhattan!” -Walt Whitman
“When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt
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 get you past photographic fears and cliches to capturing 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. You will find out what makes New York City the world epicenter for Street Photography. All levels of photographic experience can benefit from this workshop. You’ll learn about the “rhythm of place” and we will 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 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.
Our Venue: The Loft
I’ve rented an amazing New York City loft for our group time. Located in the heart of Chinatown and close to everything, our loft will be an oasis for daily lectures and critiques. You are welcome to safely leave stuff overnight at our workshop space.
“The only thing that gets in the way of a really good photograph, is the camera.” – Norman Parkinson
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 and “Coolpix A” 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 talk lenses, auto focus, zone focusing, shooting form 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.
“If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph.” – Bruce Gilden
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 as we look through each others’ images. The workshop will be a “safe place” for group discussions with suggestions and new ideas put forward. We will visit photography galleries and museum shows and participate in lectures and critiques every day, including two thirty-minute, one-on-one personal sessions with Steve. You will be encouraged to take on a theme over the week for your final portfolio and slide show, which could be a specific idea or as general as your “Love Letter to New York City” capturing general impressions of the city from it’s people, places, food, light or architecture. You are encouraged to do some research into what you will find here, but you don’t need to finalize your theme until you begin to shoot.
“I am a tourist.“ – Garry Winogrand
Day 1: Sunday November 16th: 3pm Arrival & Orientation. Introductory meet and greet talking about the week to come as you view the work of some of the best and most influential modern day street photographers followed by a quick-start session with tips on shooting and editing. A group dinner at the loft is included in the price. Some nights we will screen a different street photography movies at the loft, complete with popcorn. (The movies are optional).
Days 2 through 5 – Monday November 17th through Thursday November 20th: Lectures will take place at the loft between 10AM – 1PM daily so we can take full advantage of the early morning and late afternoon light (sunset is approximately 4:45PM) There will be an optional Thursday night group shooting session at Times Square. Shooting locations will be determined each morning. You are asked to edit your previous days shoot before class, choosing six of your strongest images of the day. Our daily lecture will be followed by a group critique. Then we hit the streets, a little wiser from the day before.
Day 6 Friday Morning November 21: 9AM – 12PM On the last day of the workshop, you will provide your final edit of up to 30 images from the week. I will weed it down to the final 15 per person for the final slide show and I will copy it to your flash drive if you like. I always find it hard to say goodbye at the end of a workshop but I’m heartened by the fact that you leave with a renewed sense of mission and confidence, new techniques and ideas to apply and a reinvigorated passion to continue your wanderings on the streets of your world.
“A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it? “ – Ernst Haas
Where To Rest Your Head The cost of this workshop covers tuition only and the opening night dinner. You will need to find your own place to stay and there are many, many options close to our venue. They range in price from relatively cheap (this is New York City) to $$$$$. I recommend kayak.com as a search engine. AirBNB offers some flexibility in price and accommodation and I have had great experiences using them around the world.
Here are a few reasonably priced hotels I would recommend:
Fairfield Inn & Suites 95 Henry Street, New York, NY 1002 (across the street from The Loft) http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycfm-fairfield-inn-and-suites-new-york-manhattan-downtown-east/
The Pod Hotels http://www.thepodhotel.com/pod-discount-hotel-locations
Jane Hotel http://www.thejanenyc.com
The Gershwin http://www.gershwinhotel.com
Leo House http://www.leohousenyc.com
“The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.” – Paul Strand
What to Bring: The weather can be chilly so make sure you bring some warm clothes that you can layer. 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. Having a back up body is always a good idea. 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.
“The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected you find in the street.”
– Robert Doisneau
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