“Take Your Street Photography to New Heights”: 3-day Introduction to Street Photography Workshop in Chicago (4/19-4/21)

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Have you ever walked on the streets and saw a moment that you wanted to capture, but you were too scared to take the photograph? Do you want to become more confident shooting in the streets and learn how to better interact with your subjects? Do you want to meet other street photographers that are as equally passionate about street photography or interested in learning like you?

In collaboration with talented Chicago street photographer, Satoki Nagata, I am excited to announce I will be teaching my popular “Introduction to Street Photography Workshop” in Chicago 4/19-4/21. In this action packed 3-day weekend workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of street photography, how to create visually compelling images, how to conquer your fear of shooting street photography, as well as tips & tricks how to capture “the decisive moment.”

The workshop is limited to 15 passionate individuals who want to take their street photography to new heights. The workshop will be an intimate experience in which you will learn solid fundamentals, get honest & constructive criticism on how to improve your photos, and meet other enthusiastic street photographers. This workshop is ideal for beginner or intermediate street photographers.

Register soon, the cut-off date for the early-bird discount is less than two weeks on (Sunday) 4/14!

Workshop Syllabus

Photograph by Eric Kim

Here is a syllabus of what we will cover in the workshop:

  1. How to conquer your fear of shooting street photography
  2. How to become invisible and shoot without anybody noticing you
  3. How to react to people who get offended
  4. The fundamentals of design & composition in street photography
  5. How anticipate & capture “The Decisive Moment”
  6. The best technical settings to use on your camera
  7. The secret of creating beautiful black and white photographs
  8. How to master editing & workflow in Lightroom 4
  9. How to develop a razor-sharp eye when shooting on the streets
  10. The fundamentals of critique & feedback in street photography

Workshop Overview

Photograph by Satoki Nagata

The workshop will consist of presentations with insightful tips and techniques to help you better learn how to shoot captivating street photographs. To help you gain hands-on experience, the workshop less lecture-based and more focused on you shooting on the streets, discussing with myself and others, and learning what makes a memorable street photograph.

During the workshop you will be able to showcase your street photography, and get helpful comments and critiques from fellow street photographers. If you have ever uploaded a photo to Facebook or Flickr and have been frustrated by comments like “nice shot” or “what camera did you use?” you will find the feedback in this workshop incredible.

The workshop will also give you the opportunity to meet other supportive and passionate street photographers that will help you in your own photographic journey. After the workshop, I will make a private Facebook group for everyone in the workshop to keep in touch, continue to shoot together, and build a community.

Workshop Schedule

Friday Night (6pm-9pm)

Photograph by Eric Kim

Friday night is an opportunity for you to get to know everyone else in the workshop. Satoki and I will then give an honest & constructive portfolio review of your your 5 best images. We will identify your strengths and weaknesses in your work, and help you edit down your work into a strong set.

We will also give a brief presentation talking about the fundamentals of street photography, and afterwards we will eat some epic deep-dish pizza in Chicago together. This will be another great opportunity to talk more about your passion in street photography, and get more feedback & direction on your work.

Saturday (10am-6pm)

Photograph by Satoki Nagata

On Saturday morning we will meet and introduce ourselves to one another in the group. Then we will start the workshop off with a lecture/powerpoint presentation discussing the fundamentals of street photography, how to conquer your fear of shooting on the streets, and tips about composition when shooting on the streets. During the presentation it will be very interactive — as you will be asked to give your own thoughts, experiences, and opinions.

We will then grab our cameras and hit the streets where I will give you specific assignments to give you focus. Satoki and I will accompany you side-by-side when shooting street photography, helping you gain your confidence and also giving you tips & tricks on what to look for when shooting. There will also be a focus on how to shoot street photography in a culturally-sensitive way. In addition, I will also give you technical advice on the best settings to use on your camera for street photography.

At the end of the day, we will go out to dinner together where I can continue to give you feedback on the photos you took the day-of. This will also give us more time to get to know one another better and talk more about street photography.

Sunday (10am-6pm)

"Flight", Paris, 2011
Photograph by Eric Kim

On Sunday morning you will have more time to shoot street photography in the morning, to catch the beautiful golden light. I will continue to help you incorporate design & composition into your photographs on the street and how to capture the light.

After shooting on the streets, we will return to the workshop location and I will give a presentation on editing & workflow in Adobe Lightroom 4. I will give you many tips & tricks to go through your images efficiently, how to choose your best images, and how to post-process your photos into beautiful black & whites with Silver Efex Pro 2 (a b/w plugin for Lightroom 4).

You will choose your best images from the weekend and present them to the rest of the group. You will be given constructive critique & feedback on your images rather than the shallow “Nice shot” or “What lens did you use?” comments that you might get on Facebook and Flickr. Many people who have attended my past workshops say this is the most rewarding part of the workshop.

At the end of the workshop, we will go out for a final dinner together where we can continue to share our passion & experiences from the workshop. I will also make a private Facebook group for everyone to keep in touch after the workshop in order to build a community of learning.

What you will gain from this workshop

“Sneeze”, Downtown LA, 2012

After attending this workshop, you confidence of shooting in the streets will go through the roof, you will know the fundamentals of design & composition to make better photos, and know how to anticipate & capture the decisive moment.

One thing I also want to let you know is that 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.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to have fun, improve your skills in street photography, and have an experience that you will never forget.


Travel and accommodation is not included in the workshop tuition. If you need assistance finding a suitable hotel to stay, we can assist you. Please contact Neil Ta at neil.ta@erickimphotography.com for further assistance.


I am so confident that you will enjoy the workshop and improve your street photography that I offer a 100% money-back guarantee.  If for some reason after attending the workshop you aren’t satisfied, I will return all your money back in full. I don’t know any other workshops that are so confident that they offer this guarantee!


Photograph by Satoki Nagata

Dates: 4/19-4/21 (Friday night, all-day Friday/Saturday)

Times: Friday night (6pm-9pm), Saturday/Sunday (10am-6:00pm)

Tuition: 800 USD (495 USD early-bird discount if you submit the full deposit before 4/14). Email us regarding a special student discount!

Meals: Lunch is included on both Saturday and Sunday.

Workshop cap: 15 participants

Location: Location TBA

Contact : My manager Neil Ta (neil.ta@erickimphotography.com)


If you would like to register click the button below. If you have any questions, please email Neil Ta at neil.ta@erickimphotography.com

After you register, we will send you an email regarding the deposit and payment options.

To secure a spot in the workshop, you must send a deposit.

Register soon, spots are running out for this popular workshop!

Register now


Q: Are there any pre-requisites for attending this course?

A: No there isn’t! This workshop will be best suited for street photographers starting off or wanting to polish their skills who have a general understanding how to use and operate their camera. However if you are a beginner and need more hands-on help, we welcome you as well!

Q: What do I need to bring to the workshop?

A: You will need to bring the following to the workshop:

  • Digital camera (DSLR, Leica, Micro 4/3rds, Point & Shoot, etc).
    • You can use a film camera, but you must get it processed and scanned on Friday night and have it ready to present on Saturday.
  • Laptop
    • You will be required to use a laptop on Saturday to edit/post-process your images. However if you do not own a laptop, let me know and we can make necessary arrangements.
  • Notebook
    • To take down notes during the workshop (all slides will be emailed to you afterwards as well).

Q: What if I need to leave early one of the days / show up late?

A: That will be okay, but please let us know in advance so we could accomodate 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. Email my manager Neil Ta at neil.ta@erickimphotography.com 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 neil.ta@erickimphotography.com and we can answer all of your questions!

Instructor Biography

Eric Kim

Eric Kim Street Photographer

Eric Kim is an international street photographer from Los Angeles with a passion about shooting and teaching street photography. He has taught over 30 street photography workshops all around the world to over 400 students. He has had his work exhibited at the Leica store in Korea, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne.

In 2011, he was one of the judges for the London Street Photography Festival and is a contributor to the Leica Blog. In 2012 he also taught a university-level course at UC Riverside Extension 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.




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You can see more of Eric’s work on his website.

Satoki Nagata


Satoki Nagata was born and raised in Japan, and after graduating university with a degree in Neuroscience, moved to the U.S. and started using a camera to photograph Chicago and its citizens. Although he never received formal education in photography, he has studied documentary and fine art photography with photojournalist Damaso Reyes since 2009. Since moving here, Nagata has been documenting ordinary people and their lives in the city of Chicago.


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If you would like to register click the button below. If you have any questions, please email Neil Ta at neil.ta@erickimphotography.com

After you register, we will send you an email regarding the deposit and payment options.

To secure a spot in the workshop, you must send a deposit.

Register soon, spots are running out for this popular workshop!

Register now

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