“Discover Your Unique Voice in Street Photography”: San Francisco 3-day Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop (10/25-10/27)

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Do you feel that when you look at your street photographs, you have a hard time defining your style? Do you dream of creating unique and eye-popping images that stand out from the crowd? Do you want to find that signature style that you can put your stamp on and be proud to share with the world?

If so, I am excited to invite you to my upcoming 3-day Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop in San Francisco October 25-27th.

This unique workshop will give you the opportunity to hone your street photography voice, vision, and style while giving you the skills, knowledge, and confidence to take your street photography to the next level.

Workshop Syllabus

Downtown LA, 2012
Downtown LA, 2012

During the 3-day workshop, we will focus on the following topics:

  1. How to develop your style in street photography and stick out from the crowd
  2. How to master composition in street photography and develop your visual literacy
  3. How to create a memorable body of work and the secrets of unforgettable images
  4. How to focus on a project rather than just single images
  5. One-on-one counseling on what to look for when shooting on the streets
  6. How to identify your weakest images and effectively edit and sequence your work
  7. An in-depth study of famous Magnum and contemporary street photographers
  8. Personalized street photography assignments to push you to the next level
  9. How to develop a visual consistency in your work
  10. Advanced techniques on shooting on the street

The workshop will also be tailored to your individual needs, and you will have tons of personal 1:1 time with myself to answer any specific technical, compositional, or related street photography questions you may have. Throughout the weekend we will also give you street photography assignments that will break you outside of your comfort zone and help you take your street photography to the next level.

Workshop Schedule

Day 1 (Friday night) – 5-9pm

Venice, 2012

The workshop will start at 5pm on Friday night, which will give you the opportunity to meet and introduce yourself to the rest of the workshop participants.

After getting to know one another better we will have a portfolio review. You will share your portfolio with myself and the rest of the group, where we will give you constructive criticism on your work (the strength of your work, what you can do to improve your work, and feedback in terms of composition and story-telling). There will also be some time for you to formulate your street photography project for the workshop.

For dinner we will go out with us to eat in San Francisco and we will have the chance to talk about the weekend street photography project, and spend more time to get to know one another.

After good food and drinks, you will go home and edit/post-process your best images of the night and bring them in for review on the next day.

Day 2 (Saturday) – 10am-6pm

Istanbul, 2012
Istanbul, 2012

After an exciting first night (and hopefully a good night of rest) we meet at the workshop space in the morning and enjoy some breakfast, tea and coffee. You will then share your best photos from the night before, where we will give you personalized feedback and critique on your images. We will give you honest and critical comments on your work – rather than just the fluffy-duffy comments you might get on Flickr like “nice shot” or “cool bokeh”. We will be be honest and direct with your work to help you become better in street photography and develop your own voice – which will help you tremendously.

We will then enjoy a nice filling lunch together (which is included in the workshop fee) and chat more amongst ourselves about one another and of course, street photography.

Once we finish our delicious lunch, I will be leading a presentation on Advanced Street Photography Composition Techniques in Street Photography.  We will be using famous examples of the master street photographers and contemporary masters to better help build your visual literacy. This will better help you understand why certain photographs work and why other photographs don’t work. This will also help you better understand how to critique your own work and the work of others.

After this presentation, I will present photos from my ongoing “Suits” project and share the stories behind the photos. I will use my personal experiences working on this project and give you insights on how you can apply it to your own street photography projects.

You will then be given a street photography assignment based on your personal needs, and we will hit the energetic streets of San Francisco once again. For those who are interested, we will also have dinner and drinks afterwards as well.

Day 3 (Sunday) – 10am-6pm

Hong Kong, 2013
Hong Kong, 2013

By Sunday morning, you will be exhausted (in a good way). You will have already had two days of shooting in the exotic streets of San Francisco, while being totally immersed in street photography, and you will know the other participants in the workshop well.

But the fun won’t end, because we will have one more morning of shooting the streets of San Francisco (to get your final photos ready to present for Sunday evening).

Once we get back to the workshop venue, we will have a hearty lunch and then get to the hardest part of the workshop – the editing and sequencing of the photography we shot in the entire weekend. We will teach you the fundamentals of workflow in Lightroom 5, and how to quickly edit and sort your images to create sets with visual cohesion and sense. We will teach you how to be brutal with your own images, and how to select only your finest work to share with others.

Then you will have time to look at the photos you have taken over the 3 days, and choose your best shots to present to the rest of the group. We will sit right alongside you, and help you choose your best images – and tell why certain of your images work or don’t work. We will also give you some great tips & tricks in Lightroom 5 and Silver Efex Pro 2 to create beautiful black & whites and eye-popping color images.

After choosing your best images from SF, you will present your best shots and get direct feedback & critique from myself and the rest of the class. We will be open and honest with you, and give you some of the best critique on your images that you have received in your life. The feedback will be well-thought out, direct, and critical – and will help you better understand your personal style and voice in street photography. You will find this part of the workshop to incredibly fulfilling and helpful.

At the end of the workshop, we will go out and have dinner and drinks with one another – exchange our contact information with one another, and continue our journey in street photography (and also make meaningful life-time connections).

What you will gain from the workshop

Mumbai, 2013
Mumbai, 2013

After attending the workshop I can guarantee that you build up a solid understanding of composition and visual literacy in street photography, and will better understand how to make meaningful & memorable images. Your confidence of shooting street photography will also shoot through the roof, and you will find yourself hesitating less when shooting people on the streets (and getting much closer).

You be given guidance to discover your style in street photography, and how to work on meaningful projects that you will continue to pursue after the workshop. Not only that, but you will have met a group of fellow street photographers that will be your life-long contacts and friends.

While this workshop won’t make you the next Henri Cartier-Bresson, I can guarantee that it will be the spark to help take your street photography to the next level. It will be the passion and energy you put in during and after the workshop which will help you develop your fullest skills.


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


Istanbul Street Photography Workshop Group Photo, 2013
Istanbul Street Photography Workshop Group Photo, 2013

“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.”

– Jordan Dunn (Los Angeles, 2011) 

“Eric’s gift is not just in teaching, but in naturally creating a space where learning happens. And the subject is not just street photography, because I am a better photographer in all directions after taking his workshop. And somehow he creates an amazingly enjoyable and truly human working environment. I can’t remember who i was before that weekend in Tokyo. :-)

– Gregory Lent (Tokyo, 2012)

Critiquing photos by Marek at my Istanbul Workshop, 2013
Critiquing photos by Marek at my Istanbul Workshop, 2013

“I attended the workshop because I wanted to learn more about street photography in general and to become more comfortable with snapping photos of people on the streets. The workshop delivered on both accounts. Eric Kim has a great way of encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone in order to get interesting photos. I now feel truly inspired and ready to start exploring the art of street photography on my own.”

– Martin Johannesson (Stockholm, 2012)

“My head’s been turned upside down on street photography – I think I’ve been polishing a lot of turds in the past. That’s over; now I’ll spend 95% of my time shooting and 5% post processing. The compositional concepts that were taught have really intrigued me, and I’m anxious to explore the books and photographers recommended in class. Really, a fantastic learning experience, very highly recommended. Not to mention that Eric, Neil and Josh were the nicest guys you could meet – and extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Looking forward to the intermediate course, hopefully in an exotic location! Cheers!”

Hakim building his confidence, shooting the streets of Istanbul, 2013
Hakim building his confidence, shooting the streets of Istanbul, 2013

– Phil Rice (Toronto, 2013)

“Speaking as somebody 40 years Eric’s senior, I confess I was a little nervous attending this workshop. Would I be The Old Guy in a class of hipsters? Would my favorite influential photographers — Stieglitz, Cartier-Bresson, Evans, Frank, Meyerowitz,etc. — be ignored.  

All my apprehensions disappeared within 10 minutes. 

Eric combines excitement and enthusiasm with a solid foundation in street photography. By the time you hit the streets and begin making photographs you feel confident that you’re already a better photographer. You just know it!

I recommend Eric’s workshop to photographers of all ages.”

– Joe Arbona (San Diego, 2013)    

[Read all of my 75+ student testimonials here]

Lucy Wheeler shooting the streets of San Diego, 2013
Lucy Wheeler shooting the streets of San Diego, 2013


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!



Dates: 11/8-11/10 (Friday night, All-day Saturday/Sunday)

Times: Friday night: 5pm-9pm. Saturday/Sunday: 10am-6:00pm

Tuition: 800 USD (Special early-bird discount of 495 USD if you submit your deposit before 10/10)

  • There is a special returning student-discount for this workshop. For more information, email Neil Ta at neil.ta@erickimphotography.com 

Meals: Lunch is included on both Saturday and Sunday.

Workshop cap: An intimate class of 10 participants

Location: Book and Job Gallery. Address: 838 Geary St San Francisco, CA 94109

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!

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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. However if you are not sure that this workshop may be a good fit for you, contact us at erickimphotographyworkshops@gmail.com and we can consult you.

Q: What is the difference between this and the upcoming Introduction to Street Photography Workshop?

A: The Introduction to Street Photography Workshop will be focused on building your confidence in street photography, understanding what to look for when shooting in the streets, as well as the secrets of making a memorable image. The Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography workshop will be focused on finding your own style, creating meaningful short and long-term projects, and how to take your street photography 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 (DSLR, Leica, Micro 4/3rds, Point & Shoot, etc).
    • You can use a film camera, but you must get it processed overnight and scanned to present on Sunday.
  • Laptop
    • You will be required to use a laptop on Sunday 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: Are there any discounts for students or returning workshop attendees?

A: Yes! Please email me at erickimphotographyworkshops@gmail.com for more information regarding a student/returning workshop attendee discount.

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 me at erickimphotographyworkshops@gmail.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 me at erickimphotographyworkshops@gmail.com and I can answer all of your questions!

Instructor Biographies

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.

Eric Kim Portfolio



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

Street Photography Workshop Videos

Below is a behind-the-scenes video of a street photography workshop I taught in London in 2012.


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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