Chicago Street Photography Workshop 2015
Shooting in Chicago is always a rush (no pun intended), and this year turned out to be no exception--it was remarkable. The city feels like it’s alive, and literally pulsating with energy and electricity, and you cannot help but get in sync with it. In all actuality, the city is alive and life there thrives. From the moment you arrive, until you take the last train to O'Hare, you intuitively tune into Chicago's frequency and ride its pulse wave. Potential shots can be found on every corner and every street, in the parks, under the ‘L’ and along the boulevards--you literally can’t miss. If you’re new to street photography or an old pro, this is the city for you. But if you missed our workshop this year, there is good news; we plan on holding the workshop again in June 2015, so sign up now before all the spots fill up!
June 25-28, 2015
Chicago, one of America’s great cities that is called by many names like “The Windy City,” “Chi-Town,” “Second City,” “The Big Onion” and more. Chicago is also known for its first-rate cuisine, magnificent architecture and magical quality of light. I had the privilege of living in downtown Chicago in the late 1980s, where I spent a lot of time walking the streets, camera in hand. It’s a great town for street photography, stretching from Grant Park and the Loop, to Michigan Avenue (The Magnificent Mile), Rush Street, the lakefront, Navy Pier, the Near North side, Old Town, Lincoln Park and the Lincoln Park Zoo just to name a few. Chicago is huge, and there is no way to exhaust all it’s possibilities in just a few short days. This is real street photography at it’s best. We will spend a lot of time roaming the streets of Chicago and shooting. Classroom time will be divided between inspiration, instruction, and one-on-one editing. This is your chance to learn street photography from an internationally published, master street photographer who has been roaming the streets with a camera for the past 25 years. You won’t want to miss this one!
What to Expect
People are infinitely fascinating to observe and to photograph, and no matter how many years you spend shooting on the streets, you will never repeat the same experience or take the same photograph twice. Each of my workshops is unique and location specific, and every workshop is lead by me personally. I will share my passion for street photography with you, and you will benefit from my decades of shooting experience during our time together.
During the workshop, we will spend the majority of our time shooting--isn’t this what we live for? There is no replacement for time shooting, and it is the fastest way to greatly improve your seeing, your technique and to overcome any apprehension you may have pointing the camera at total strangers. During our classroom time, I will share my proven street photography techniques, show you what to look for on the street, present ideas on where to practice street photography once you get back home and teach you how to feed your minds-eye while being inspired by great photography. The largest emphasis of our classroom time will be one-on-one editing with me. By looking at your work, I can quickly assess where you may need improvement, offer suggestions and steer you in the right direction to get the great photos you desire. The final day will be spent editing your entire body of work down to a concise portfolio of images that you can be proud to take home and share with family and friends.
111 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60603 • Phone: (312) 214-6400
(The hotel is located in the Loop in the downtown Chicago business district)
Minimum Experience Level
BEGINNER / Intermediate
Limited to 6
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INTRO - Thursday, June 26
6-7 pm - Introduction – Intro to workshop, Street Shooting Techniques
7:00 - Dinner together – Ed Debevic's (informal group)
8:30-10:30 - Night Shoot at Water Tower & Rush Street
DAY ONE - Friday, June 27
8 am-3 pm – Shoot all day in The Loop
4-7 pm – Group Meeting 1 – Intro to Photo Mechanic, Download/Edit Photos, etc.
DAY TWO - Saturday, June 28
10 am–noon – Group Meeting 2 – Instruction, Edit Photos
1-7 pm– Shoot all day North of the River
FINAL DAY - Sunday, June 29
8:00-9:30 am – Breakfast together (informal group)
10-3 – Group Meeting 3 - Final Edits (one-on-one)
4 pm – Slideshow of everyone’s work and final thoughts
NOTE: Workshop tuition does not include food, travel or accommodations