Introducing Streettogs Academy

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We always push for people to keep on practicing and developing your skills and your eye. We also believe in having a passionate group of people helping each other to become good with this passion of ours. With that in mind, we are launching a new initiative here on the blog: Streettogs Academy.

A bi-weekly challenge for all of us to sharpen our skills and get us moving. For the first week, Eric and I will come up with a theme. We will give you 2 weeks to come up with 1 to 3 street photographs that you will upload on a designated album in our new Streettogs: Academy Facebook.

Who is this for?

This is open to anyone who wants to further develop skills in street photography. Perhaps you are in a creative rut and what to do something different. If you want to have a change of pace, you might want to try to take on the assignments that will be given. Or who knows, you might even get an idea or two shooting the assignments and it might lead to a personal project. 

Here are the mechanics:

  • Upload your photos interpreting the theme in the designated assignment album!
  • No words and captions, just your name, and place where you took the photo.
  • On the comment on your own photo, post a link to your site (flickr, tumblr, webpage etc.) so that your photo would easily appear on the group’s feed. (Please do it only once)
  • Feel free to use film, digital, instant film, mobile phones, etc. 
  • Keep the file appropriate for web viewing (at least 72 dpi), no need for hi-resolution.

Other things to know:

  • We encourage you to shoot during the duration of the 2 weeks instead of raiding your archives.
  • It should go without saying but please post photos that you own.
At the end of the 2 weeks we will have an editor’s choice picked by Eric and myself and community’s choice which garners the most reactions from the community through likes and comments. We will feature the selections on a post here on the blog. The Winner of the editor’s choice, gets to pick the theme for the next assignment!

Our Goals

We want this to be an educational venue for all of us street photographers to learn from each other in a healthy and friendly environment. We don’t want this to be a competition but rather a way for us to keep on clicking.
If you have any questions, regarding the assignment or asking for tips on how to tackle the assignment, or if you need help in your photography, feel free to post in the group. Let’s keep it clean and the comments should always be constructive!Otherwise, if you want to discuss gear, checkout the Streettogs Equipment Group. There’s also the critique group who want to have their photographs commented on by the community. Last but not the least, there’s the General discussion Group.

Join us at the Streettogs Academy Facebook Group and Check out the First Assignment! 

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Upcoming Street Workshops

If you want to conquer your fears and meet new peers in 2015, invest in an experience you will never forget! Check out my full list of upcoming street photography workshops below:

May 9th

San Francisco - Special 1-day Essential Street Portrait Crash Course - SOLD OUT!

June 5-7th

Seattle - Introduction to Street Photography Workshop - SOLD OUT (contact neil.ta@erickimphotography.com for the waiting list)!

June 24-28th

Paris - Week-Long Intensive Travel Street Photography Workshop - OPEN! (Early-Bird Deadline: May 24th)

July 10-12th

Amsterdam - Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop - OPEN! (Early-Bird Deadline: June 10th)

July 15-19th

Prague - Week-Long Intensive Travel Street Photography Workshop - OPEN! (Early-Bird Deadline: June 15th)

July 31st-August 2nd

Vienna - Introduction to Street Photography Workshop - OPEN! (Early-Bird Deadline: June 30th)

August 7-9th

Berlin -Introduction to Street Photography Workshop - OPEN!

August 14-16th

London - Introduction to Street Photography Workshop - OPEN!

August 19-23rd

Istanbul - Week-Long Travel Street Photography Workshop with special co-host Charlie Kirk - OPEN! (NEW!)

August 28-30th

Stockholm - Introduction to Street Photography Workshop - OPEN + NEW!

October 14-18th

New Orleans - Week-Long Travel Street Photography Workshop - NEW!

You can also learn more about my street photography workshops here.