Street Photography is one of the most popular forms of photography on the planet - it is also one of the most feared.
There is something a little odd in photographing complete strangers without their permission. It can be a bit disconcerting. But it needn’t be.
On this 3-day workshop you will learn sound principles for shooting on the street; how to behave, what gear to use, how to interact with people, what to look for and what NOT to do.
Workshop instructor and Founder of Hampshire School of Photography, Kevin Ahronson, began his photographic journey back in 1969, shooting people on the street in his home town of Brighton at the tender age of 14.
“Street Photography was my first love” Kevin explains. “It was how I started, and for my first few years with a camera, it was all I knew. I have not lost that passion and continue to shoot on the street today, over 50 years later”
Day one: An introduction to the principles of Street Photography. This takes place in the classroom at the HSP Training Centre in Fleet, Hampshire
Day two: We meet up in London with our cameras, putting into practice much of what we will have learnt in the classroom
Day three: The final day is back in the classroom. With our computers we select our favourite images and look at editing techniques using Adobe Lightroom
Ultimately, this workshop is about training your eyes to see; to look for light, for the shadows, to spot opportunities, and to develop the patience to wait for them
Street Photographers share one powerful skill in common with the best wildlife photographers out there… The skill of patience.
Street Photography is one of the purest forms of photography.
It owes its heritage to pioneers like Henry Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank.
Bresson’s own book ‘The Decisive Moment’, published back in 1952, remains an inspiration to photographer’s all over the world.
Its principles remain relevant today.
Most students report back after being out on the streets with Kevin that they find a new confidence. This confidence often manifests itself in a passionate enthusiasm to go back out and shoot some more.
One of the advantages of going out as a group is that the street experience somehow feels easier, less intimidating. Confidence-building leads to a more relaxed trigger finger and a keener eye. You are comfortable taking more time over your shots, rather than snapping at everything in sight.
Slowing down is good.
With over 50 years experience behind the camera, professional photographer Kevin Ahronson will share with you his tips and techniques for getting the best out of your street photography.
Spending much of the 1970s and 80s shooting with Olympus OM film cameras, Kevin these days mostly shoots with Fuji mirrorless digital cameras, preferring his trusty Fuji X100V for the street. With only one fixed lens (which doesn’t even zoom), it is for him the perfect street camera. Simple to operate with little to think about, freeing up his mind for the job in hand. Less is definitely more.
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Registered company address and Training Centre:
Hampshire School of Photography Ltd
Stockton House, Stockton Avenue, Fleet, Hampshire, United Kingdom, GU51 4NS
Company Reg No. 11905308
Tel: 01252 613265