I think the most powerful thing Craig taught me was how to become part of a scene in order to capture it — to slow down and be patient enough to become invisible, comfortable. His natural approach to street photography overrode my inherent shyness as a photographer. With his guidance, I learned to see in a wholly different way. I became attuned not just to obvious photographic elements but to the details I wouldn’t normally notice — how people play off each other without being aware of it, how to see the architecture of a particular moment and then the subtle ways it changes. Craig’s workshop helped me to appreciate the artistry of human nature — which is most at home on the street. His passion, kindness, and skillful tutelage influence me still.
Photo © Kirsten Whatley
I was skeptical at first about taking a photography workshop. I never did one before, and didn’t think I would enjoy it or it would help my photography. I was wrong.Not only is Craig Litten a great guy and fun to interact with, he has an uncanny way of identifying your strengths and weakness as a photographer.I have watched many YouTube videos and have an extensive library containing thousands of dollars of books, and I already had a lot of photography knowledge going into this workshop. Despite this, I still learned different techniques for working a scene and being invisible on the street. YouTube videos and books can’t replace actually witnessing someone doing street photography that has several decades of photojournalism and street experience. This experience teaches you how to get the shot. And shots I took a-plenty.Craig was able to go through thousands of the images I took during this workshop in a fairly short amount of time. He grasped my thought process in approaching the scene, and gave me pointers on how to improve.I would highly recommend Craig Litten’s Street Photography Workshops for anyone who is interested in street photography. Craig has a very clear vision, but more importantly he can help you with your vision and your photography gifts.Thanks Craig
Photos © John Ellis
This concept of street photography has been around for a long time, and most everyone that takes snapshots with any and every camera out there has done some whether they know it or not. Much of the public body of photo work probably could in fact be categorized as such and yet, it’s not likely that a large percentage have been introduced to some of the iconic street photographers that Craig introduced us to. Cartier-Bresson, Winogrand, Evans, Parr, Webb and many others give us the framework of that single image story-telling goal. Craig’s own wicked skills and experience are the icing on the cake, plus he’s about the nicest guy you’ll ever meet.
Photo © Kurt Stepnitz
The weekend in New Orleans helped me to grow as an artist. I had to stretch myself to get up close and personal with my subjects, instead of using a telephoto lens and shooting like a sniper. I had to slow down and let a scene develop, and wait to capture it instead of my usual shoot and run style of photographing. This was a wonderful experience, and I would recommend the New Orleans Street Photography Workshop to anyone interested in learning how to do street photography.
Photo © Tyson Eakman
I recently participated in Craig’s Miami Street Photography workshop. This was a wonderful weekend filled with lots of great street scenes in Little Havana, Wynwood Arts District and South Beach. Craig is an accomplished street photographer with great energy and enthusiasm for his craft. He was most generous of his time and instruction. We had time for some one on one work on the street, where he gave me lots of great ideas and tips. Craig encouraged me to “see” the scene, move around from all angles, look at what is entering the viewfinder from the sides and try to capture the fleeting moment. He helped me overcome some of my fears and inconsistencies. He showed me how valuable my images could be with a fixed prime lens…using a 35 mm on a full frame camera. He helped me in ways that will move my photography to the next level.Craig knows how to work a scene and also knows when he has finished milking the situation. Our classroom sessions and reviews of our images were informative and most helpful for those of us trying to build a street photography portfolio. Oh… and did I mention that Craig is a really nice, fun guy… he has lots of great stories from his many years as a photographer.I would gladly return again (Miami or another city) for a chance to work and learn from Craig.
Photo © Art Newberg
Recently, I became more interested in street photography and wanted to challenge myself with a serious workshop. This experience was rewarding in a number of ways. In taking the time to really see people on the street, I learned a lot about them and myself. Craig taught me that street photography is about emotion, humor, mystery, documenting life - showing us ourselves. I wasn’t just looking for interesting behavior and composition; I was getting up close to see facial expressions, emotion, and meaningful interactions between people. I realized that I’d been going the through day-to-day routine without really seeing the people around me. I gained a great deal of confidence through these encounters. The weekend really changed my perspective, and I can’t wait to get back on the street.Thank you, Craig!
Photo © Wendy Drexler
Craig Litten’s Street Photography Workshop in New Orleans was a remarkable experience. Being workshop junkie, I’ve attended a great many workshops over the past 20 years this was like no other—and that is a really good thing. Both as a photographer and teacher I’ve not encountered anyone whose approach is similar to Craig’s. First, his ability to create great images, often on the fly, is uncanny and he was able to instruct those attending the workshop in his methods of doing so—easy to understand the techniques but hard to replicate.Another aspect of Craig’s approach that I’ve not encountered is his emphasis on the process of selecting images (what he calls editing). This process was invaluable and actually gave me insight into my own images that I would have otherwise missed.
Photo © Byron Annis
The workshop was like going out photographing with a bunch of friends, relaxed and fun. I was in the right place at the right time every day. Looking back on it, I learned a lot from Craig. He made learning and improving my photographic skills fun. He is a very talented journalistic photographer with a passion for street photography. He quickly assesses what each individual student needs from him, and he has the ability and talent to help you improve your photography without it feeling like school…that’s what I wanted, and I got it. I’ll be back for another workshop, for sure.
Photo © Andre´ Bogaert
I attended one of Craig Litten’s Bike Week Workshops held in conjunction with The Southeast Center for Photographic Studies back in 2009, and have made it a point to shoot with him as much as possible. Over the past few years, the instruction and -most importantly- the perspective he’s provided has really elevated my game in the realm of street photography. I’ve become more observant, efficient, and bolder in my shooting habits as a result. I’ve had more fun behind the lens in the field with Craig than in just about any other instance. The dude rocks and has really motivated me throughout my photographic career.
Photo © Luke Bhothipiti
I had a terrific time photographing with Craig at Daytona Beach Bike Week and came away with enough great images of my own to mount a successful exhibition. Craig is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about street photography and knows from experience the best places to shoot a big event. Highly recommended!
Photo © Roger Goun
Many photographers selfishly keep their best locations and tips a secret, which I believe stems from a basic insecurity that is naturally inherent in human beings. Not Craig. His workshops are intended to make YOU, the client, the BEST street photographer you can be. Craig shares his extensive knowledge that comes from more than two decades of working as a photojournalist, and shooting on the street. After spending the weekend with Craig, I can say that he is passionate, intelligent, confident and dedicated to his craft.The attention he spent with me during the editing phase was priceless. Craig’s expertise in culling the bad from the good, from the fabulous is due to his discerning eye and sharp sense of what is street vs. what is just a snapshot.It doesn’t matter how long you have been using a camera or what your skill level is: learning from Craig Litten is like a gift that you will continue to open with excitement and joy each time you turn your camera on! If you want to learn more about Street Photography, then look no further and sign up now for any one of Craig’s workshops!Thank you Craig, for a fabulous workshop!!
Photo © Janet Combs
As a professional wedding photographer and filmmaker, I find that a few times a year, it is important for me to leave all the big camera gear behind and dive headfirst into what I love photographing the most, life on the streets. I highly recommend photographers at all levels to take one of Craig’s workshops. You will leave inspired and ready to document moments in life in an entirely new way.
Photo © Robert Burnett