If you want to fulfill your dreams of shooting street photography in Tokyo, I cordially invite you to my upcoming workshop (May 9-13, 2018):
If you have a passion for street photography, want to experience Tokyo, and take your street photography to the next level, this workshop is for you.
Why Tokyo for street photography?
To start off, Tokyo is absolutely one of my favorite cities in the world for street photography. There is something about the city which inspires and motivates me to shoot street photography. I love the Japanese Zen aesthetics, the crazy rush of people, as well as just how different the Japanese culture is from anywhere else in the world.
The first time I went to Tokyo in 2011, I was blown away. There were a million decisive moments happening wherever I went. I was awe-struck by the intensity of the streets of Shibuya, the inspirational grittiness of Shinjuku, and the quiet and tranquil streets of Ueno.
I’ve been working on my “Dark Skies Over Tokyo” project from 2011 to present, and there is something about the grit and soul of the city, which renders beautifully in monochrome.
Honestly at this point in my life, I only want to teach street photography workshops where I personally like to shoot street photography. Tokyo is one of those places.
For more thoughts, check out my Tokyo Diary 2016 >
A week of shooting street photography in Tokyo
Personally, I like to spend at least a week in a foreign city, and I think a week in Tokyo is ideal. It gives you enough chance to explore different neighborhoods, try out some of the great Japanese food (I’m salivating over the ramen, just writing these lines), as well as the chance to really feel part of the city.
I really want this workshop to not just be a photography workshop — but an experience.
That means, the focus of the workshop is not just to improve your street photography, but for you to get to know Tokyo better.
If you’ve ever wanted an excuse to come to Tokyo, and your passion is street photography, this workshop is for you.
The workshop format
The workshop format is going to be focused on helping you improve your street photography over the week, to focus on a personal street photography project, and have the chance for you to take your street photography to the next level.
In the workshop, I will accompany you when shooting on the streets, giving you practical tips, advice, and encouragement— to push you outside of your comfort zone. I also will make sure to maximize your shooting time, and for you to spend as much time exploring the diverse neighborhoods of Tokyo.
In the workshop, you will have the opportunity to work on your own self-directed street photography project, with feedback and guidance from me and your fellow peers in the workshop. You will therefore have freedom to check out different neighborhoods in the workshop like Shibuya, Akihabara, Shinjuku, Ueno, Harajuku, or any other of the cool trendy neighborhoods in Tokyo.
Furthermore, you will also have the opportunity to get real-time feedback on your street photographs, and your progress during the workshop (thank god for digital cameras and LCD screens).
I think one of the most difficult things in our street photography is to get honest feedback, which is constructive (teaching us how to make better street photographs). I feel one of the best parts of the workshop is the opportunity to share your street photographs with like-minded individuals, who foster a supportive community of learning and self-improvement.
The workshop will start on a Wednesday, and end up a Sunday (giving you some more lee-way to take time off of work).
Each day, we will start off by shooting in the morning, and getting feedback on our photos daily at coffee shops. This will give you an intense opportunity to not only shoot a lot, but get lots of feedback on your photos.
Furthermore, each night we will have dinner together— giving us more opportunities to talk about street photography, life, and the chance for us to bond on a deeper level.
By the end of the week, you will edit down your project to your best 3 photos. These 3 photos will be a distillation of your best street photos in Tokyo. Each photo will stand on its own, will be strong, and be an image you are proud of putting in your portfolio.
Not only that, but I will publish your best photos from your project to the blog, which will a nice virtual gallery for you to share your work with a wider audience, and to get some exposure.
Consider this workshop as an opportunity for you to escape the craziness of life back home — perhaps your stressful job, your family life, and for the unique chance for you to put 100% of your focus and energy on your street photography.
Investing in the workshop
The tuition of the workshop for the 5 days is 2500 USD. However if you register before April 1, 2018 — you will get a 500 dollar discount— so a total early-bird price of 1995 USD.
I know the workshop is a substantial investment, and I want to guarantee your money’s worth. Therefore I offer a 100% money-back guarantee, meaning— if you do the week-long workshop in Tokyo, and you don’t feel like you’ve improved your street photography or taken your work to the next level, let my manager Neil and I know that you’re not satisfied, and we will refund you 100% of your tuition. I really have faith that this workshop will transform your street photography, help you conquer your fears, and give you an experience you will never forget.
I put all my heart and soul into my teaching, and I want to prioritize your personal growth and development in your street photography. Not only that, but I want to get to know you deeper as a human being— this workshop will be a chance for us to talk about life, philosophy, all while enjoying nice espressos and beers.
A break-down of the logistics for the workshop:
- Date: May 9-13, 2018 (Wednesday to Sunday)
- Time: 10am-5pm everyday
- Workshop cap: 16 participants
- Location: Ginza, Tokyo
- Contact: email@example.com
Don’t miss your chance
To register and secure your spot for the workshop, email Neil (my manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you email us, we will address your personal questions, assist you if you need help finding accommodation, and also send you a questionnaire to learn more about you, and your photography style and preferences.
Tokyo Student Workshop Photos 2016
To get a sense of what kind of street photos you might get in Tokyo, check out my past 2016 Tokyo Street Photography Student Workshop Photos >
Behind the scenes
Check out this behind-the-scenes video my friend Todd did for my recent street photography workshop in Tokyo, 2016:
If you’re not sure whether the workshop will be worth it, read my 200+ student testimonials >
Before/After Student Workshop Photos
To have an idea of how you can improve your photos from the workshop, check out these inspirational before/after student workshop photos >
Hotels or lodging
Also note that the tuition of the workshop doesn’t include food, drinks, hotel, or airfare.
The meeting location of the venue for the Tokyo workshop is Ginza.
Hope to see you soon
I am excited to (potentially) have you at this week-long Tokyo Street Photography Workshop. Talk to your partner about the possible trip (maybe convince them to come along with you to Tokyo), see if you can take time off work, and whether your budget allows for this workshop and trip this year.
I do truly believe that investing in experiences is one of the best investments for your time and money. And trust me, this workshop will be great.
Also, if you’ve done one of my workshops in the past, also contact Neil about a returning-student discount. Love to have you again, and help guide you in your personal street photography development.
Cancellations / Refund Policy
Some fine-print for the workshop:
- We reserve the right to make alternative arrangements or cancel the workshop with less than 5 participants.
- For international applicants, we are not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case the workshop is modified or cancelled. We highly recommend that you buy refundable tickets and/or travel insurance.
- By submitting your deposit you agree to these terms and conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are there any pre-requisites for attending this course?
A: No there isn’t! This workshop will be best suited for street photographers who have a strong understanding of how to operate their camera, and have had some experience in street photography and want to take their skills to the next level.
Q: What do I need to bring to the workshop?
A: You will need to bring the following to the workshop:
- Digital camera
- You can use a film camera on the side (alongside the digital camera).
- You need a laptop on the last day to edit/post-process your images. If you do not own a laptop, let us know in the registration form and we will try to make the necessary arrangements for you.
- To take down notes during the workshop.
Q: What if I need to leave early one of the days / show up late?
A: That is okay; please let us know in advance so we could accommodate to your schedule.
Q: What if I cannot attend one of the days, but wish to attend the workshop anyways?
A: You still will be able to attend the workshop. Contact us regarding the matter, and we can sort it out to best fit your schedule.
Q: What if I still have a question that isn’t answered here?
With any other questions/inquiries please email my manager Neil Ta at email@example.com and will answer all of your questions.
Don’t miss your chance
Live life without regrets. Don’t wait too long before registering for the workshop, as I’m pretty certain this workshop is going to sell-out soon. Also the sooner you book the workshop, the cheaper your airfare and accommodations.
To secure your spot for this workshop, please email Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org