Just finished the coolest workshop here in Dubai– the 2-day Experience the Magic of Film Workshop at Gulf Photo Plus 2016. The students all hit the streets with their cool film cameras (some 35mm and some medium-format), and we had a blast shooting film and also learning how to process the film. Check out the behind the scenes and all their photos below:
Eric: This article is by John Hall, a photographer and human being I respect deeply. John Hall was one of my students at a week-long street photography workshop in SF, and since then he has been my zen master (he always reminds me to stay centered). He recently attended a Jacob Aue Sobol workshop in Kyoto, Japan and I loved the article so much I wanted to share it with you. You can see his original article here.
John: I just finished a week long workshop with Jacob Aue Sobol in Kyoto and it was terrific. The Leica team was also most helpful during the week as the workshop was held in their beautiful Gion Leica store. Jacob, Chloe and Albert did a super job with a diverse set of students. A highly recommended workshop!
Just finished an incredible “Conquer Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography” here in Stockholm, and wow– this is one of the most awesome before/afters. I was so impressed to see how much all of the students pushed themselves out of their comfort zones, and how they started off the work terrified to approach strangers and shoot at a close distance, to having no problem at all– even using flashes, edgy compositions, while building a human connection with their subjects.
Man I have to say, I love teaching these workshops to death. They are so damn fun, and I love meeting all of the students time and time again. Some people ask me, “Eric, aren’t you bored of teaching the same old workshop over and over again?” Never. There are always new students, with new perspectives, who also inform my thinking and judgement. Not only that, but I always strive to do something a little different each workshop, and I am proud to know that every new workshop gets a little bit and little bit better.
I also started to realize what I love most about teaching the workshops; building a sense of community. Many at the students at the workshop didn’t know any other street photographers, and now they know some other local street photographers in Stockholm to meet up, have coffee with, shoot together, and “kill babies” together (editing down images).
I’m so blessed to do what I love for a living, and I am also proud of all the students at this workshop (and all the other workshops) for their enthusiasm, passion, and improvement. Keep rocking on brothers and sisters! :)
See all the great before/after photos below, and you can also check out my upcoming street photography workshops in San Francisco, New Orleans (1 spot left), and Downtown Los Angeles.
Before (Never shot street photography before)
Before (never shot street photography)
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I am excited to share my new upcoming street photography workshops for the rest of the year! If you want to conquer your fears in street photography and meet new peers, don’t miss out on this chance to invest in your education!
I know the workshop isn’t cheap, but I can guarantee you that it is an experience you will never forget, and something that will help inspire your photography for years to come. Not only that, but you will have a chance to pick my brain, get pushed outside of your comfort zone, and to connect with a community of other passionate street photographers in your own city!
Below is my full upcoming schedule. If you have any questions, email my manager Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org
Excited to have you! :)
Berlin –Introduction to Street Photography Workshop – SOLD OUT!
London – Introduction to Street Photography Workshop – SOLD OUT!
London – Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop – SOLD OUT!
Stockholm – Introduction to Street Photography Workshop – OPEN!
San Francisco – Conquer Your Fears of Shooting Street Photography – OPEN!
New Orleans – Week-Long Travel Street Photography Workshop – OPEN!
San Francisco – Discover Your Unique Voice in Street Photography – OPEN!
Downtown LA – Conquer Your Fears of Shooting Street Photography – OPEN!
Downtown LA –Discover Your Unique Voice in Street Photography – OPEN!
I am excited to announce I will be teaching my popular “Introduction to Street Photography Workshop” in Seattle (September 16-18, 2015) hosted by Gulf Photo Plus as part of their PopUp GPP Seattle event!
For those of you who have never heard of “Gulf Photo Plus”, it is the most happening photography educational center in Dubai. Their annual “GPP” event is also the most exciting, fun, and informative photography event that I have personally attended. You certainly don’t want to miss out on this event, and have lots of great coffee in Seattle as well!
About the workshop
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 an intimate class of 12 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.
Who is Gulf Photo Plus?
GPP (Gulf Photo Plus) believes in the art and science of photography as a medium of creative expression, and exists to inform, educate and inspire photographers of all levels. The Dubai-based company organises year-round photography workshops, inspirational talks, exhibitions and events for the local photography community, and is famed the world over for its biannual photofests. March 2015 was the 11th edition of the annual GPP event in Dubai.
The annual GPP event draws participants from around the world with their impressive line-up of photography educators. Past educators include Magnum’s David Alan Harvey, Zack Arias, Joe McNally, Steve Simon, David Hobby (Strobist), Greg Heisler, and Joey Lawrence to name a few! I was fortunate enough to be an instructor at GPP2014 and it was one of the most rewarding teaching experiences of my career.
What is PopUp GPP Seattle?
Following the success of PopUP GPP in London and Singapore, GPP is continuing with their winning formula – the best instructors, exceptional organisation and a passion for photography…next stop, Seattle September 19th and 20th, 2015.
Participants of my workshop September 16-18th will receive free admission to the weekend’s event, which will feature sessions from Zack Arias, Joe McNally, David Hobby, and Greg Heisler! These are all masters of their respective genres and photographers whom I have great respect and admiration for.
How Can I Register for PopUp GPP Seattle?
There are two ways you can register for the PopUp GPP Seattle event:
1) Register for my workshop Conquer Your Fear of Shooting the Streets (September 16-18th), which includes admission to the September 19-20th sessions!
For more information on the two PopUp GPP Seattle events, contact Gulf Photo Plus at email@example.com. They promise to get back to you within 24 hours except on weekends – weekends are Friday and Saturday in Dubai so bear with us if you send an email on the weekend. You can also reach them by phone at +971 4 380 8545.
Excited to see you in Seattle :)
Other Upcoming Street Photography Workshops
If you can’t make the GPP event in Seattle, join me at one of my other upcoming street photography workshops!
I am very proud of my students at my recent Seattle Conquer Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography Workshop. They all pushed themselves out of their comfort zone, approached strangers, got rejected, but also got accepted. They all did an amazing job building their confidence, learned how to better interact with strangers, and the coffee and experiences we had in Seattle were amazing!
I’m also quite proud of their before/after photos, see them all below!
Conquer Your Fears in Street Photography
If you want to conquer your fears and meet new peers in 2015, invest in an experience you will never forget! Check out my full list of upcoming street photography workshops below:
New York City – Introduction to Street Photography Workshop – SOLD OUT!
San Francisco – Special 1-day Essential Street Portrait Crash Course – SOLD OUT!
Seattle – Introduction to Street Photography Workshop – SOLD OUT (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the waiting list)!
Paris – Week-Long Intensive Travel Street Photography Workshop – OPEN! (Early-Bird Deadline: May 24th)
Amsterdam – Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop – SOLD OUT (contact email@example.com for the waiting list)!
Prague – Week-Long Intensive Travel Street Photography Workshop – OPEN! (Early-Bird Deadline: June 15th)
July 31st-August 2nd
Vienna – Introduction to Street Photography Workshop – OPEN! (Early-Bird Deadline: June 30th)
Berlin –Introduction to Street Photography Workshop – OPEN! (Early-Bird Deadline: July 7th)
London – Introduction to Street Photography Workshop – SOLD OUT (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the waiting list)!
London – Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop – OPEN! (NEW!)
Stockholm – Introduction to Street Photography Workshop – OPEN!
SF – Conquer Your Fears of Shooting Street Photography – Register Intent – NEW!
SF – Discover Your Unique Voice in Street Photography – Register Intent – NEW!
New Orleans – Week-Long Travel Street Photography Workshop – OPEN!
Austin – Conquer Your Fears of Shooting Street Photography – Register Intent – NEW!
Los Angeles – Conquer Your Fears of Shooting Street Photography – Register Intent – NEW!
Los Angeles -Discover Your Unique Voice in Street Photography – Register Intent – NEW!
You can also learn more about my street photography workshops here.
If you are in Toronto (or closeby) and want to take your photography to the next level, check out the upcoming Magnum Photos Editing Masterclass in Toronto as part of the Contact Photography Festival 2015. You will get the help of acclaimed Magnum photographers Michael Christopher Brown, Mark Power, and Larry Towell.
For photographers who are starting a project, mid-project, or if you’re stuck shooting and want to move your project forward.
This weekend is the last opportunity for you to qualify for the early-bird discount for my Toronto Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop. I am also excited to announce I have added an Amsterdam Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop as well!
If you wanted to take your street photography to the next level and invest in your own growth and education, join me at one of my upcoming street photography workshops in 2015:
February 25th-March 1st
San Francisco – Week-long Intensive Street Photography Workshop – SOLD OUT!
Chicago – Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop – OPEN!
Toronto – Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop – OPEN!
New York City – Introduction to Street Photography Workshop – OPEN!
Seattle – Introduction to Street Photography Workshop – OPEN!
Paris – Week-Long Travel Street Photography Workshop – OPEN!
Amsterdam – Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop – OPEN! (NEW!)
Prague – Week-Long Travel Street Photography Workshop – OPEN!
July 31st-August 2nd
Vienna – Introduction to Street Photography Workshop – OPEN!
Berlin –Introduction to Street Photography Workshop – OPEN!
London – Introduction to Street Photography Workshop – Register Intent – NEW!
Istanbul – Week-Long Travel Street Photography Workshop – Register Intent
Stockholm – Introduction to Street Photography Workshop – Register Intent – NEW!
New Orleans – Week-Long Travel Street Photography Workshop – Register Intent
You can learn more about my street photography workshops here.
I just finished a week-long intensive street photography workshop in SF, and man– was it one great experience. The students all did an incredible job stepping outside of their comfort zones, improved their street photography, and built up an amazing sense of teamwork.
I am so proud of all of their improvement through the week, read more to see all of their before/after images! Also if you are interested in improving your body of work, learning more about composition, and building your confidence in in the streets, check out my upcoming street photography workshops.
I just finished an epic “Conquer Your Fears of Shooting Street Photography Workshop” in Downtown LA this past weekend and put together a fun behind-the-scenes video above. All of the students did an incredible job building their confidence in the streets, getting closer to strangers, and had a lot of fun getting to know one another.
Read more to see snapshots from the workshop as well:
Hey guys, I am really excited to share that Matt Stuart (from In-Public) is coming to the states and teaching two workshops with Leica Akademie (in Los Angeles and San Francisco)! The workshop is only $599 and limited to 12 participants, and this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss out on! Matt is one of the most talented street photographers out there, and I can guarantee this is an experience you will never forget. More info below:
Hey streettogs, I am excited to share that registration is officially open for my upcoming Downtown LA Introduction to Street Photography Workshop (Jan 2-4th) and my Portland Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop (Jan 9-11th). Make sure you sign up quickly before the early-bird discount expires!
If you want to conquer your fears of shooting street photography, improve your composition, and meet other passionate street photographers– don’t miss out and see my full list of upcoming street photography workshops in 2015 below:
One of my biggest beliefs in life is in transparency. Whenever I learn something potentially useful or insightful– I don’t want to simply hoard the information to myself. Rather, I want to share it with as large of an audience as humanly possible.
I wanted to share how I teach my street photography workshops— and I hope this can be used as a blueprint for anyone out there who wants to teach their own street photography workshop. I believe what I am sharing here doesn’t only apply to street photography workshops– but any photography workshops (or teaching in general).
A lot of the philosophies I will share are based on personal experience, and also from the honors pedagogy course I took at UCLA (USIE: Undergraduate Student Initiated Education). I learned a lot from the USIE course at UCLA, where I taught a 1-unit seminar (we met once a week) for a quarter. I taught a course: “The Sociology of Facebook and Online Social Networks”
where I made a blueprint for a course, gave assigned readings, assignments, and had once-a-week course discussions. I credit my mentor Kumiko Haas for all of my pedagogical training.
Take everything in this guide with a grain of salt. This is just my personal philosophy– and won’t work for everybody out there. But I think you might learn 1-2 things that you will find helpful in your own teaching (or learning).
It was an absolutely incredible weekend teaching the Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop in San Francisco. We had folks come from all over: Seattle, Texas, Zurich, Tokyo, and all over the Bay Area in California. I am so proud of the friendships we made during the workshop– and the huge before/after improvement after the workshop.
Side note: If you’re free this Friday at 6pm — we are having a meetup in Berkeley, California at Artis Cafe. RSVP on the Facebook event.
Read more to see all the epic before/after student photos! Also check out all of my upcoming street photography workshops.
Hey Scandinavian (and European) streettogs– I am excited to share that I am hosting an intimate 2-day Introduction to Street Photography Workshop in Stockholm limited to 6 students (October 29-30th, 2014). I know it is a bit last-minute (and in the middle of the week), but I wanted to have a chance to host a workshop open to the public before I do another workshop for adopted children in Stockholm (that same weekend). I don’t know when the next time I’m going to be in Stockholm (or anywhere else in Scandinavia) — so don’t miss out ;)
If you are a bit timid in your street photography (and want to build up your courage), if you want to improve your compositions (or style or vision), or meet other passionate street photographers– this workshop is perfect for you. Don’t miss out on this experience to make new friends, have great food (and strong coffee), and of course hit the streets of Stockholm together.
If you want more information about the workshop, read more. If you can’t attend this workshop, make sure to check out all of my upcoming street photography workshops.
I’ve had the photographic week of my life in Provincetown with Magnum last week. I wanted to use this opportunity to reflect on some of my thoughts and experiences– and I will try my best to be as candid as I can (pun intended).
I had an absolutely phenomenal time at the Magnum Days workshop and slideshow in Provincetown this week. Below are some of the video slideshows of each teacher’s students– I was really impressed by everyone’s progress. Read more to see all the student photos.
Just got up my notes for David Alan Harvey’s Magnum Workshop. Check it out and the video presentations/critiques below!
Today David Alan Harvey just arrived from France, and I had one last morning session with Constantine Manos. Below are my notes and video critique recordings:
Also check out Karl Edwards notes on “Street Shootr”:
Dana Danzel, a drag queen at a bar. I approached and asked her if I could take a few photos. I loved her personality, and blue accents. Shot a roll of Kodak Portra 400 on her on my Leica, and shot a few photos with my phone to email her. Provincetown, 2014.
Just flew out from sfo this morning at 6am and arrived for the meet and greet for the Magnum Workshop. Was met with a beautiful sunset, and was able to meet some great folks. Also had a great chat with Song, the Magnum workshops coordinator.
I recently had the pleasure of teaching a week-long travel street photography workshop in Saigon, Vietnam. It was seriously the time of a lifetime— I loved all the time I spent with all the students, and it was inspiring to see how much progress everyone made during the week. I also loved the sense of friendship and community that formed during the workshop— over talking about photography, eating great Vietnamese food, and (very) strong Vietnamese iced coffee.
It is an experience I will never forget— and to see the before/after of the students really brings me a lot of pleasure and happiness as a teacher. Check out their images below, and you can see my upcoming street photography workshops for 2014 and 2015.
I recently edited some behind-the-scenes footage that my friend Todd Hatakeyama shot of my Downtown LA Introduction to Street Photography Workshop. We had a ton of fun sharing our passion for street photography, interacting with people on the streets, and giving honest feedback and critique on each others’ work– and I was amazed by the sense of friendship & community that formed during the workshop.
If you want to build your courage in street photography, be re-inspired, and meet other passionate street photographers– check out my upcoming street photography workshops in Tokyo, Melbourne, Stockholm, London, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, and NYC.
Hey streettogs, I am excited to share my upcoming street photography workshops for this year as well in 2015! If you want to push your boundaries in street photography, gain inspiration and confidence, and meet other passionate street photographers– join me at one of my upcoming workshops.
Some of my upcoming destinations include Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, San Francisco, Stockholm, London (Intro and Advanced), Portland, Chicago, Toronto, New York City, and more! Read more to see my full schedule.
I just finished my Toronto Introduction to Street Photography Workshop with my manager (and fellow co-teacher) Neil Ta. I was amazed by how much the students were able to build their confidence, push outside of their comfort zone, and have huge progress in their photography in such a short weekend! Check out all of their before/after photos below.
If you want to conquer your fears in street photography or take your creativity to the next level, join one of my upcoming street photography workshops!
I recently finished teaching my Istanbul Week-Long Travel Street Photography Workshop with Charlie Kirk. We started off the workshop with a portfolio review, and we focused on each student’s individual needs. I am very impressed with all of the improvements from the students in working really hard during the week, and making a tight edit at the end!
See all the before/after photos below, and if you are interested in taking your street photography to new heights, check out my upcoming street photography workshops.
I just finished my NYC Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop this past weekend, and was so impressed to see the progress all the students have made. The focus of the workshop was finding your own style and voice– and it was centered on working on a mini-project.
Check out all the students’ before/after work below! If you want to take your street photography to the next level, you can also see my upcoming workshops here.
Above is another GoPro video I made on the streets of Dubai during my street photography workshop here at Gulf Photo Plus with the new Fujifilm X-T1 and Fujifilm 27mm f/2.8 Lens. Here I instruct Jillian and give her a little encouragement to overcome her fears of shooting street photography. Check it out!
If you were ever curious what it is like at my street photography workshops, here are some fun behind-the-scenes snapshots at my recent Amsterdam Introduction to Street Photography Workshop. You can see the student’s work on Facebook here. You can also see all of my upcoming street photography workshops here.
Above is the presentation I used as an introduction to composition in street photography. Feel free to use, edit, and distribute the presentation on Slideshare here.
Learn more about composition in street photography via the lessons below:
- Composition Lesson #1: Triangles
- Composition Lesson #2: Figure-to-ground
- Composition Lesson #3: Diagonals
- Composition Lesson #4: Leading Lines
- Composition Lesson #5: Depth
- Composition Lesson #6: Framing
- Composition Lesson #7: Perspective
- Composition Lesson #8: Curves
- Composition Lesson #9: Self-Portraits
- Composition Lesson #10: Urban Landscapes
- Composition Lesson #11: “Spot the not”
- Composition Lesson #12: Color Theory
- Composition Lesson #13: Multiple-Subjects
I just had an incredible time teaching my Introduction to Urban Landscapes: A Street Photographer’s Perspective at Gulf Photo Plus 2014 here in Dubai. If you were interested you can see the slides above or on on Slideshare. You can also read more in-depth about Urban Landscapes on the blog here.
You can see all the student photos from the workshop below!