Join award-winning street photographer Steve Simon and professional travel photographer Ugo Cei for an unforgettable week of living and breathing photography in one of the world’s most fascinating cities, Milan, Italy.
This intimate six-day masterclass (limited to twelve students) will take you on a visual treasure hunt to some of the most interesting and exciting locations in the Italian capital of business and fashion. We will explore the vibrant, visually rich places and neighborhoods Milan is famous for and local expert Ugo will take you to some hidden gems.
In addition to exploring the streets of Milan, we will also take you on a day trip to Lake Como, where those of you with an interest in landscape photography will also have the opportunity to do some golden hour shooting, in addition to savoring the mild climate of the region and the delicacies of some lakeshore restaurant.
In the Passionate Street Photography Workshop Milan, we will wander and explore vibrant, visually rich places and neighborhoods chosen for their visual potential. We have scouted locations and worked out the final detailed itinerary and though the schedule seems packed, we also have scheduled some down time to relax and edit and we encourage flexibility and independence among participants. If you fall in love with an area and want to continue working there–we encourage you to do so. Thanks to Ugo’s profound knowledge of the city, you will get the best tips and suggested shooting positions for a head start on getting great images. In the lectures, assignments designed to get you out of your comfort zone and push you forward in your work will be given. The center of Milan is fairly compact and we will be doing a lot of walking so keep that in mind!
To fuel up for our long days, a wonderful breakfast buffet will get us going and we’ve planned a sampling of the wonderful Italian cuisine, which is as rich and varied as the landscape and the architecture. As a commercial city, Milan is a collector of the best food from all regions of italy, including seafood that gets delivered to its markets in the heart of the night and is sold to chefs and restaurant owners in the wee hours of the morning to arrive fresh on the patrons’ tables.
“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 and share his street-shooting philosophies gleaned from a lifetime of wandering urban places with his camera.
This intensive workshop 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. 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; overcoming fears and shyness, approaching strangers, framing, juxtaposition, layering your compositions, letting the image come to you and whether color or black and white best suits your vision. And we will have fun!
“I am a tourist.“
– Garry Winogrand
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 the new Nikon D5 & D850; along with a carefully curated selection of lenses. He is also familiar with a wide range of equipment to help you maximize your mirrorless, compact, rangefinder, DSLR or even your camera phone for compelling street images.
Ugo has adopted the Fujifilm X-System and routinely carries the X-T2 and the X100S in his bag, with an assortment of lenses. If your system of choice is mirrorless, he will be able to help you with all your questions.
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. 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. Ugo and Steve will help guide participants work in to a cohesive set of images, through careful editing
We will visit a photography gallery and participate in lectures and critiques every day. You will be encouraged to take on a theme over the week for your final portfolio and slide show. We will also be providing assignments to push you to a higher level in your work.
“A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it? “
– Ernst Haas
Most everything is included in your workshop fee, except your return flight to and from Milan and transportation to and from the hotel. Buffet breakfast & some lunches along with two special dinners are included.
You will need to book a flight to and from your hometown and get to the hotel from the airport. Trains and buses from Milan Malpensa airport (MXP) to the city are frequent and affordable. We will have a van and driver to take us around when appropriate but the hotel is in walking distance for most of the great shooting opportunities we will encounter.
The detailed shooting agenda is still being defined, but you can count on days to start with a hearty breakfast, followed by a morning shoot. Between 11AM and 2PM we will have sessions in the classroom and lunch, with some time for rest and attending to personal needs. We will do another shoot in the streets in the afternoon, followed by dinner and, on some days, a night shoot.
We will explore the following neighborhoods and more: the historical center around Piazza Duomo and the Teatro alla Scala; Brera with its pedestrian streets of cobblestones; the Navigli canals that are a hub of night life; the Quadrilateral of Fashion, around Via Montenapoleone with its elegant boutiques; the recently renewed area of Porta Garibaldi, that hosts the best samples of modern architecture in the city.
One day will be dedicated to a trip to Lake Como, including a boat ride to the delightful lakeside town of Bellagio. This will give you an opportunity to explore landscape photography for a change.
Next to the Naviglio Grande Canal, The Yard Milano is in Milan’s most popular nightlife district. It offers ultra-modern suites and apartments with free Wi-Fi and Nespresso coffee machines.
Each suite or apartment at The Yard has a unique design based on a sports theme. They all feature free Wi-Fi access and an LCD TV with satellite and pay-per-view channels. There is a morning cleaning service and afternoon turn-down service.
A sweet Italian breakfast is served each morning. It consists of coffee or cappuccino with a croissant.
Porta Genova and its many bars is just 5 minutes’ walk away. A limousine service is available on request, but there are many tram stops and Milan’s Metro Line 2 nearby.
What to Bring:
• The weather in Milan is often beautiful this time of year. Average temperatures range from mid- 60’s during the day, cooling down (mid 40’s) as the sun goes down. But it could easily be warmer or cooler, we share see. It can sometimes rain in April, which could be great for our images.
• A portfolio of 8 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 that you find in the street.”
– Robert Doisneau
Most everything is included in your workshop fee, except your return flight to and from Milan and transportation to and from the hotel. Price is $5100USD which includes a private, single room. Light breakfast & some lunches along with two special dinners are included. You can pay a deposit or pay in full via credit card; or mail a check made out to: The Passionate Photographer Inc. 470 West 24 Street, Suite 5G; New York, NY 10011. (deposit-$500; balance due February 15, 2018)
You will need to book a flight to and from your hometown and get to the hotel from the airport. Lots of great fares from New York City at the time of this posting.
For questions or inquiries or if you wish to arrive early or extend your trip let me know. We can help with further travel arrangements and accommodations: firstname.lastname@example.org
*This workshop is limited to 12 students!
If for any reason you need to withdraw from the workshop, please notify us in writing (email is okay) on or before February 15, 2018. There is a $500 cancellation fee (your deposit).
If notification of cancellation is made after February 15, 2018 and we can fill your spot; you get your money back minus the $500 deposit/cancellation fee. If you cancel after February 15, 2018 and your spot remains unfilled, we must retain all fees paid.
The Passionate Photographer Inc. is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies or unforeseen circumstances. Please insure that these last-minute emergencies are covered by your travel insurance policy.
Legal Disclaimer – Waiver of Liability is below the testimonials and must be agreed to when you register.
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP TESTIMONIALS
“What a fabulous experience. I learned more about photography in one week than I had in 5 years. Steve is very knowledgable about the technical side as well as composition. He is very patient, gives excellent feedback and will work one on one with you on any photography subject you want. I asked him for help on night photography and at 10 PM he was out on the streets of Havana with me with step by step instructions on how to take the shot. 5 star plus rating!!”
Gary Niederpruem, Chicago
“Best workshop I’ve ever taken! Steve is not only a great photographer, he is also a terrific teacher. He is patient and very hands- on. In some workshops the instructor sends students out to shoot after a short lecture–Steve goes out with his students, coaching them throughout the process. His course is well organized and covers diverse topics. He is funny and engaging and generous with his time and knowledge. I had SO MUCH fun and am ready to sign up for the next one. Highly recommended!”
Anna Blanco, New York City
“Participating in the NYC Street Photography Workshop was an enriching and exhilarating experience. It challenged me to step out of my comfort zone to improve my skills. Steve’s curriculum and hands on approach offered me an opportunity to learn new techniques, add some creativity and visualize subject matter from another perspective. Each day presented abundant photo opportunities, resulting with the capture of some amazing images, exceeding my greatest expectations. ”
Chapman Solomon, Mountain View, CA
My week in Steve’s Street Shooting workshop challenged me tremendously. There’s nothing like taking your work apart and putting it back together with new vision to make you a better photographer. If you take this workshop, I guarantee you will see the world differently at the end.
Anne Dunford, Ithaca, New York
“I used to wait for people to clear out of the way so I could take a shot, now I’m waiting for them to be part of my picture. Steve’s course has given me the desire to start planning specific street photography projects close to home and also revisit those places I’ve travelled to with a brand new perspective on what make a great and unique photograph. ”
Peter Simon, Toronto, Ontario
Steve’s passion for photography is contagious and his teaching abilities and knowledge extraordinary! I highly recommend this workshop to anyone interested in photography.
Paul Lavergne, San Juan, PR
“Steve is a patient and inspiring coach. His award-winning portfolio of work attests to his credentials as a teacher who can point you in the right direction. Working with Steve Simon will make you a better and more motivated photographer. It’s his low-key, one-on-one, no bullshit personality that helps him teach and translate his skill effectively. I learned more than I expected I would, primarily in Steve’s critiques of my, and others’, work. During one session, Steve spoke about how we need to take the literal and make it lyrical, a concept I have tried to put into words for quite some time. As a photographer, it is too easy to be ‘captured’ by the odd, the funny, or the simply interesting. That, too often, results in a snap shot. What I really want to do is compel myself to see things differently and be able to photograph them uniquely.”
Frank Barnako, Great Falls VA
Really happy with it all. This one week course was one of the best weeks of my year. (Or more). The critiques were really helpful. It opened up my eyes to a whole new world. I learned what accentuates a photo or just stands in its way. Steve couldn’t have been any more patient when one didn’t understand. Getting critique on my work, getting to see other peoples work, and the shooting was really great. The vibe—meeting kind people who shared my interest and pushed me to do my best—it was an awesome group! The homey feeling at the loft was so great; feeling so comfortable as opposed to stiff workshops. I’m there for your next! Now I understand street photography and I love it. Just go out and shoot! Freakin awesome experience. (But I doubt you want to put that up on your blog).
Connie Itzkowitz, Brooklyn, NY
“Steve Simon freely shared his passion for photography. He was very generous with his time and the sharing of his skills and knowledge of photography with each participant. I saw parts of New York City I otherwise would not have been able to see, and I used a camera in ways I had not imagined to collect wonderful images. As a beginning photographer, a good portion of what I learned was confidence building. Another major component was technique and technical assistance, which were invaluable. Your patience and the sharing of your extensive knowledge was much appreciated. It felt very special to work with Steve and I definitely look forward to signing up for future workshops.”
Laurence Fitchett Jr.
“Our week-long workshop in NYC was excellent.
The atmosphere was pleasant, and conducive to learning, as well as the sharing of ideas. It was also helpful in that interacting with other Passionate Photographers under your expert, patient leadership proved to be unusually productive. I look forward to my next workshop with you.”
Gary G. Altman, Atlanta
Not only is Steve a great photographer, he is also a caring, compassionate person as well. He is constantly trying to help participants achieve their photographic goals in a gentle, caring, and sincere manner. Sadly, the critiques of my work were very helpful. Steve was right-on in terms of his suggestions to better my work. The totality of the workshop was terrific, primarily because the parts were all excellent as well. Choice of shooting locations, image reviews, suggestions, videos shown, and galleries visited were all great. Steve also promoted wonderful interactions among the participants. The venue was perfect for the workshop. We could spread out, leave our things there, use the facilities, and eat the goodies provided. You know you’re in good hands with Steve! An outstanding workshop!!
Stephen Sholl, New York City
I just wanted to drop you a line again and say thank you. Your courses were valuable but mostly you were inspiring. My photography has grown leaps and the passion I have for the art is largely due to you.
David Christofoli, Vancouver
This is an outstanding workshop, led by a world-class photographer. It is impossible to spend time in a room with Steve Simon and not be inspired to get out there and make great images …I had high expectations and you exceeded them…Steve is very personable, articulate and passionate about photography, very welcoming with a warm, engaging personality. Steve’s style is outstanding. Many photo seminars in London are led by mediocre photographers – you could have promoted Steve’s expertise and track record far better to differentiate this workshop. How many other photogs can say they were commissioned by Nikon to do an international assignment for the D600 launch? The marketing came over as another photo seminar, completely underplaying the quality of the event. I knew of Steve from the TWiP podcast and would have attended if he was talking about how to watch paint dry…”
Steve Lavelle, London
I just spent the last three days with Steve Simon, What a wonderful experience, the best time spent in a workshop ever. Steve is a perfectionist, every presentation not only had spectacular photography but also the perfect music to enhance the mood, a roller coaster of emotions. He cannot hide his journalistic background every single image tells a story. His technique is flawless; his teaching patience unparalleled. I am eager to start a new chapter of my photography applying what Steve taught me in the last few days.
Oscar Piñeyro, Dallas
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