Experience the Magic of Film: Introduction to Film Street Photography Workshop (Toronto 9/28-9/30)
INTERESTED IN LEARNING THE SECRETS ON HOW TO SHOOT & DEVELOP YOUR OWN STREET PHOTOGRAPHY WITH FILM?
Do you currently shoot street photography with a digital camera and want to explore the joys of shooting on film? Did you take photos as a child on film and want to relive those experiences? Does learning about the process of shooting and developing your own black and white film excite you?
If you are an beginner or intermediate street photographer and want to discover a passion for shooting on film, this workshop is for you.
Through this dynamic and hands-on 3-day workshop you will learn:
- How to develop your own black and white negatives and scan them to your computer
- How to avoid common mistakes when shooting street photography on film
- How to see the world in black & white and color film
- How to capture “The Decisive Moment” on film with zone-focusing
- How to incorporate film street photography to your digital street photography
The workshop will consist of hands-on presentations with insightful tips and techniques for shooting captivating street photographs on film. During the workshop you will learn the techniques to get you started with shooting street photography on film.
You will get the opportunity to develop your own black and white negatives, receive direct and honest feedback on your photos, and learn the ins-and-outs of shooting street photography on film. Not only that, but you will meet other supportive and passionate street photographers who you can learn and share your passion with.
What differentiates this street photography workshop with other workshops is that it will focus less on theory and emphasize the practical tips & tricks of shooting street photography on film.
What we will cover
Day 1: Friday
On Friday evening you will have the opportunity to learn about developing black and white negatives without the need for a darkroom. You will learn how to spool your film in a light tight change bag without seeing, mix chemicals, develop film at proper temperatures, and use charts/applications to assist you with the process.
Day 2: Saturday
The following day you will learn tips and techniques on not only how to get the most out of shooting with film but to be comfortable shooting people no matter the situation. We will spend a good part of the day shooting on the streets of Toronto where you will receive hands-on instruction on how to improve both the quality of your images and your comfort level in dealing with strangers.
More advanced shooters may be asked to work on a specific mini-project over the two days. Saturday night you will be left with homework – you will use the darkroom materials provided and develop two rolls of black and white film on your own from the comfort of your home. You will then choose three images from your developed negatives to be scanned the next day for critique from Eric and your peers.
Day 3: Sunday
Sunday will consist of lengthy critique and discussion of everyone’s select images from the previous day. This discussion will be led by Eric but he encourages everyone to participate, question, and offer their own feedback. Following lunch, you will spend more time getting hands-on guidance as you continue to get more comfortable shooting on the streets, interacting with people, and dealing with unfavourable reactions.
Although street photography can be intimidating (especially on film), this workshop will teach you the practical skills on how to become more courageous and bold, whether you choose to shoot with film or digital. The hope is that you will continue to shoot with film and experiment with the developing process as you become more experienced on the streets.
What you will get out of this workshop
After attending this workshop, you will have the tools needed to continue shooting street photography with film and the knowledge to develop your own black and white negatives. Not only that, but you will have experienced the magic of shooting street photography on film (that all the great masters like Henri Cartier-Bresson did).
Through the workshop you will also build your confidence & courage of shooting street photography, you will learn how to get closer to people, how to identify great street photography opportunities, and meet equally passionate street photographers.
This is not just a street photography workshop. It is a chance to build a community of friends and passionate street photographers that will last far after the workshop is over.
Because there is such a heavy emphasis on shooting with film, the hope is for you to continue to experiment with it and use the practical developing skills you’ve learnt to make photography a more holistic and fulfilling experience.
WORKSHOP TIME AND FEE
Dates: 9/28-9/30 (Friday to Sunday)
- Friday: 5-9pm
- Saturday: 9-5pm
- Sunday: 9-5pm
Workshop Fee: 495 USD + material supplies* (deadline to register: Sunday, 9/23)
- Fee includes: workshop fee, light breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Fee does not include a film camera (we would be happy to make some recommendations that fit your budget!).
- *Material supplies will cost 150 USD but you are free to opt out of this if you have your own darkroom supplies – change bag, chemicals, development tank, cylinder, thermometer, and B&W film.)
Workshop cap: An intimate class of 12 participants
Contact : Neil Ta (email@example.com)
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Eric Kim is an international street photographer from Los Angeles with a passion in interacting with his subjects, especially getting close to them. He travels all around the world and teaches street photography workshops to passionate shooters. He has had exhibitions at the Leica store in Korea, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne and in Cambodia and Downtown LA.
Eric is currently an instructor at UC Riverside and is teaching a university-level course titled: “All the World’s a Stage: An Introduction to Street Photography”. His past workshops include locations such as Switzerland, Beirut, Seoul, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Sydney, London, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, Stockholm, and Berlin. He has also taught a course at UCLA, titled: “Sociology of Facebook and Online Social Networks”. See the syllabus here.
You can see Eric’s work on his website.
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“Eric Kim is a great teacher, his passion for street photography is truly infectious. I mean this in the most literal way possible. This workshop has really pushed me to shoot more often and more consistently. I thoroughly enjoyed his workshop, I learned so much, met great people and really had a chance to sharpen my teeth as a photographer. I recommend this workshop to anyone even slightly interested in street photography. He will challenge you and will take better shots.”
“This workshop really boosted my confidence while shooting on the street. It made me think more about how to compose a photo and what to look for in my photos when editing and post-processing. It was awesome learning from not one but two of my street photography idols, Eric Kim and Jason Martini! Don’t forget to not hesitate and killers shoot twice! Thanks Eric!”
- Alex Crossland (Chicago)
“I am intermediate photographer who has recently discovered the joy of street photography. Attending Eric Kim’s beginning street photography course was a great experience. Eric Kim is an instructor who is truly passionate about his craft and thoroughly enjoys sharing the art of street photography with others.
In the workshop I was able to get a good grasp of what street photography is all about and over come much of the fear that comes with photographing people you don’t know while in an urban environment.
This is the kind of instruction you just can’t get in a book!”
-Bob Chambers (Chicago)
“Eric’s enthusiasm is infectious; he is also brilliant! His dedication to promoting and developing street photography as a genre is remarkable. Thank you Eric!”
- Animesh Ray (San Diego)
“Attending the street photography workshop was a real eye opener for me. I feel like what I learned in the Street Photography workshop is going to affect the way I take pictures in general now and is not just limited to “Street Photography”. Eric also made me think more about composition and how important that is. I look forward to attending another workshop in the future.”
- Dennis Wetzel (Los Angeles)
“Eric is very knowledgeable and giving with that knowledge. There’s no ego or sense of competition … Its all about sharing information, sharing his experiences and letting you know how he does things and what works for him. I got a lot out of the workshop. I love some of the images produced both mine and my fellow workshopers. My true testimonial? If I had it to do again, I’d do it in a second!”
- Greg Jacobs (Los Angeles)
“I love the small group experience. Especially because we had a really cool group of people. Nobody acted like they were the king/queen of photography and we all had a common goal. Eric also let us speak a great deal and that kept things fresh. Also having Rinzi with the group, who had been a part of previous workshops, showed that Eric is legit and knows his stuff. Another plus to that was having another voice to guide us. Shooting with Eric the first day really got the confidence going. I really fed off his energy and style. The second day when we split into groups, I still felt that I could shoot with little hesitation.”
-Brian Quisido (Los Angeles)
“I haven’t touched my camera in years. I am a beginner. If there were a category for SUPER beginners, I would dominate. When my friend told me about this workshop, I was instantly intrigued. You see, I have tons of friends who are into photography and who are professional photographers. How did they all differentiate themselves from one another? I felt street photography did exactly that and I was hooked.
When I arrived at the workshop, I was surrounded by well…technical people. People who knew their stuff and I kind of got lost in it all. However, these people became a kind and supportive group. Not only were they technical, they were creative and passionate. At least, I can relate to that right?
The workshop consisted of a lot of educating – in slideshows, discussions and guest speakers. Many of us wanted to shoot right away but Eric was right. We needed this foundation and knowledge to fuel our street photography drive and skills. At the end of each day, everyone was ready to take on the streets. You experience a lot during those hours of walking and shooting on the streets of Downtown L.A. You learn how to read and gauge people’s body language. You learn how to be direct with complete strangers. You build your own self-confidence. Ultimately, you appreciate the art of street photography.
I highly recommend these workshops. Like I said, there are a lot of photographers out there. What better way to differentiate yourself than to capture the rawness and emotions of street photography. It will cost you a pretty penny but can you really put a price on passion?
- Jennifer Cruz (Los Angeles)
Eric Kim Street Photography Workshop is a unique and challenging photography learning experience. Make no mistake, Eric is extremely passionate about teaching as he is about street photography. Interesting examples from the masters like HCB, Eric lectures not only about lines, composition, color and technical semantics, but takes you further into these great minds. How to make the mundane into an aesthetic piece of art. Walking the streets with Eric is a sight to behold, how he is able to get into personal spaces with spectacular results. Eric is able to build his students confidence in a way that cannot be easily explained. Certainly the best thing about this workshop are the quality of people you will meet and bond with during these 2 short days. People who are as passionate and interested in photography as you are willing to help and offer support. If you’re looking to challenge yourself and push your photography skills and experience further, I highly recommend Eric’s workshop.
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