Street photography workshop: The poetic witness
Street photography is a form of art photography that features the human condition within public places. The subject of the photograph can also be absent of people and can be an environment where the image projects a decidedly human character or aesthetic.
Sydney constitutes a wonderful mix of people and diversity that sets the stage to meet a variety of unique characters and situations. In this workshop we focus on capturing this special personality and vibe while developing your street photography techniques.
TUTORS: 1 professional Photographer (Sharon Hickey / Shane Rozario) and a Photographers Assistant. Subject to group size.
CLASS SIZE: Minimum 2 / Maximum 10
TIME: 9AM to 2PM (5 hours)
Saturday 20th June 2015
LOCATION: Newtown. Meet outside the Newtown Train Station on King Street.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: There is easy access to and from Newtown / St Peters Stations.
PRIVATE TRANSPORT: You can park at Dendy Cinema - 261 King St. Enter via Lennox St. Max fee $12. Phone 1800 PARKING (1800 727 5464)
Destination - NEWTOWN / ST PETERS
Newtown is a vibrant suburb best known for its diversity of people and thriving street culture and street art. A hub of activity it has many characteristics perfect for street photography - people, cafes, vendors, street merchants, buskers, pets, historical buildings and many unexpected surprises too!
We begin the workshop at Newtown central then head south along King Street toward Sydney Park and explore the urban landscape that unfolds on the way - with old antique / trinket shops and charming eclectic speciality stores plus many unique spaces heavy with street art and local residents alike. We will take a detour through the back streets and explore the urban residential space that these historical streets hides in waiting.
We continue onto Sydney Park and break for lunch at a café. A great opportunity to exchange questions and stories.
After lunch we focus on capturing park-life. However unlike many park's, Sydney Park has an array of different landscapes to shoot. It features stunning historic architecture in the form of the now disused St Peter brickworks, in addition to people with characters, dog walkers, joggers and boot camp junkies.
To top off a fantastic workshop our final location is the back lanes of St Peters, where we have the chance to photograph street artists in action and capture the cutting edge of urban culture as it happens! The perfect end to our 'street photography' experience.
We finish at 2pm in St Peters. St Peters Station a short 2 min walk away.
Who Should Attend:
Beginners / Amateurs / Intermediate. People who have a basic knowledge of their camera.
Photographing and noticing interesting details about other people can be a difficult thing to achieve. This is generally because it is much more of a self-conscious process to photograph random people in random places.
Street photography is really candid photography done in a public place – this could be a street, a railway station or train, a café or populated area. This is another great avenue for story telling, the difference here is photographers want to stay invisible to experience and produce the most realistic stories.
Henri Cartier-Bresson is popularly known as the best street photographer of all time and once said, “above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes”. In essence this is what photojournalism is all about and what every press photographer aims to capture when out on assignment to produce an image or images for a story.
Framing and timing are the key aspects of the craft, with the aim of creating images in a decisive moment.
Detailed course notes will be emailed on completion of the photography workshop.
Any camera which has the ability to control its settings. Ideally a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. For this course though a compact or even a smart phone will also suffice.
- Street strategies for taking shots from known and unknown position
- Knowing when to take risks
- How to approach your subject if necessary
- What equipment is best
- Developing technique
- The correct lens
- What camera should I bring
- How to recognise keys points of interest
- Is the subject dynamic enough
- Use of light
What to bring:
- Your camera, including a smart phone, compact camera or DSLR (gear should be kept to a minimum)
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Hat and sun screen
- Weather dependant clothing
Learn how to disappear in a crowd and capture what is happening without being in control of the environment or situation. At the end of the course, be able to make the best possible 'natural shot' you can.
You will come away with the knowledge to capture and tell a story in a 'single' image.
- Drinks, meals / snacks
- Pubic transport / Parking
If it looks like there will be unbearable weather on the day, we will contact you early that morning to advise that the workshop will not operate. Otherwise, you should assume the workshop will operate as scheduled. In the event of cancellation, you can select an alternative workshop date.
We look forward to seeing you on the day.
Len's School: 1300 85 81 69
On the day:
Sharon Hickey: 0411 370 577
Shane Rozario: 0402 095 510