“Conquer Your Fear of Shooting in The Streets”: Downtown Los Angeles 3-day Introduction to Street Photography Workshop featuring Rinzi Ruiz and Dana Barsuhn (11/1-11/3)

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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?

I am excited to announce I will be teaching my popular “Introduction to Street Photography Workshop” in Downtown Los Angeles (11/1-11/3) with talented LA street photographers Rinzi Ruiz and Dana Barsuhn.

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.”

If you are a beginner or intermediate street photographer and you want to take your work to new heights and meet other passionate street photographers, check out more info about the workshop below!

Workshop Syllabus

Photo by Eric Kim
Photo by Eric Kim

Here is a syllabus of some topics 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 5
  9. How to develop a razor-sharp eye when shooting on the streets
  10. The fundamentals of critique & feedback in street photography

Workshop Overview

Photo by Rinzi Ruiz
Photo by Rinzi Ruiz

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. There will also be plenty of 1:1 time with you, for us to better learn your strengths and how to improve your photography.

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 (5pm-9pm)

Photo by Dana Barsuhn
Photo by Dana Barsuhn

Friday night is an opportunity for you to get to know everyone else in the workshop. Rinzi, Dana, and I will then give an honest & constructive portfolio review of your your 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 a nice meal in Downtown LA 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)

Photo by Rinzi Ruiz
Photo by Rinzi Ruiz

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 lead by Rinzi Ruiz, Dana Barsuhn, and myself. 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 we will give you specific assignments to give you focus. You will get plenty of 1:1 shooting time with myself, Rinzi, and Dana and working next to you, helping you gain your confidence and also giving you tips & tricks on what to look for when shooting. In addition, we 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 we 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)

Photo by Dana Barsuhn
Photo by Dana Barsuhn

On Sunday morning you will have more time to shoot street photography in the morning, to catch the beautiful golden light. We will help you better understand and see the light- while giving you lots of 1:1 attention on your needs.

After shooting on the streets, we will return to the workshop location and I will give a presentation on editing & workflow in Adobe Lightroom 5. 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 5).

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

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After attending this workshop, you confidence of shooting in the streets will go through the roof, you will know the fundamentals of what makes a compelling street photograph 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 & ACCOMMODATION

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.

TESTIMONIALS

“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)

“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!”

– 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]

100% MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE

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!

WORKSHOP TIME AND TUITION

Photo by Eric Kim
Photo by Eric Kim

Dates: November 1-3rd, 2013 (Friday night, all-day Friday/Saturday)

Times: Friday night (5pm-9pm), Saturday/Sunday (10am-6:00pm)

Tuition:800 USD (Special early-bird discount of 645 USD if you submit your deposit before 10/10)

  • *I am also teaching a 3-day Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop in Downtown LA with Rinzi Ruiz 11/7-11/11 (the weekend after this workshop).
    • If you would like to register for both workshops, you can register for both for a special discount of 995 USD (compared to 1300 USD)
      • Email Neil Ta at neil.ta@erickimphotography.com if you would like to register for both workshops.

Meals: Lunch is included on both Saturday and Sunday.

Workshop cap: 20 participants

Location: The Hatakeyama Gallery. Address: 905 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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

REGISTER NOW!

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

FAQ’s

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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 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.

Portfolio

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

Rinzi Ruiz

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Rinzi Ruiz is a street photographer based out of Los Angeles. He combines his background in graphic design to create compelling images with juxtaposing lines, shadows, and contrast. He is constantly on the search for light, and his work has been featured at the ThinkTank Gallery as well as the Hatakeyama Gallery.

Portfolio

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1x1.trans Develop Your Unique Street Photography Project Workshop with Eric Kim and Rinzi Ruiz in Downtown LA (6/29 7/1)

1x1.trans Develop Your Unique Street Photography Project Workshop with Eric Kim and Rinzi Ruiz in Downtown LA (6/29 7/1)

1x1.trans Develop Your Unique Street Photography Project Workshop with Eric Kim and Rinzi Ruiz in Downtown LA (6/29 7/1)

1x1.trans Develop Your Unique Street Photography Project Workshop with Eric Kim and Rinzi Ruiz in Downtown LA (6/29 7/1)

Dana Barsuhn

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Dana discovered his love for seeing and capturing the decisive moment some eight years ago while on a road trip up the West Coast. While fascinated with the visual beauty of the coastal communities, he often found himself drawn to include people in the frame of his viewfinder.

Portfolio

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1x1.trans Interview With Dana Barsuhn, Film Los Angeles Street Photographer With Leica M4

1x1.trans Interview With Dana Barsuhn, Film Los Angeles Street Photographer With Leica M4

1x1.trans Interview With Dana Barsuhn, Film Los Angeles Street Photographer With Leica M4

REGISTER NOW!

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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