The Beginners Street Photography Workshop in Thessaloniki, Greece!
Dear Streethunters.net Readers,
I know how overwhelming it can be for you, the beginner street photographer, to look through all the options street photography has to offer, organise all information available from various sources, choose what is best for you and select your path. I know this first hand. It took me many years to finally find myself as a street photographer.
Through this course, I want to share with you what I have learned through the years, help guide you on your path and try to inspire you to see street photography from a different perspective. I will teach you composition techniques, lighting techniques, some basic theory about the masters of photography that have set the foundation for modern street shooting and many other things which you will find listed below in the course notes. However my most important goal will be to teach you to be yourself and how not to be afraid to express your emotions through your photography.
A workshop taught by two tutors!
But this time I will not be teaching alone. I am very excited to announce to you all that I will be teaching alongside acclaimed Street Photographer Yiannis Yiasaris. Yiannis is a Greek Street Photographer from Thessaloniki that is based in Melbourne, Australia. He is a world famous published photographer that has won numerous awards and has had his work exhibited many times. He will be travelling to Thessaloniki this February to teach this exciting workshop with me in his beautiful hometown. For more information on Yiannis Yasaris, please read the Tutors section below.
What Does This 1 Full Day Workshop Include?
We will meet in the morning at 09:00, grab a bite and a coffee in a local place and get ready to start learning about the basics of Street Photography. We will start with a quick introduction and some theory and then move on to the more interesting, practical part of the course. So, this workshop will include the following topics:
Theory (09:00 – 10:30)
- What is Street Photography?
- A brief history of Street Photography / Photography
- Types of Street Photography
- Unobtrusive or standard
- Intrusive of Gutsy
- Raw / Photojournalistic
- Fine Art
- Smart of Intelligent
- What does a Street Photographer need to know?
- Knowledge of the basics of photography
- Knowledge of basic camera usage
- Knowledge of Privacy laws & regulations of the country he/she is planning to shoot
- Street Photography Etiquette
- Light and Composition
- Types of light and techniques
- Types of composition and techniques
- How to talk with people in the Street
- How to get out of awkward situations
- How to prepare for a photo walk?
- Deciding to start a project
- How to self publish your very own photo book
Practice (10:30 – 17:00)
- Being proactive and seeing photos before they happen
- How to blend in with your surroundings and how to be invisible
- The effects of various lenses in Street Photography
- The Pros and Cons of Wide Angle lenses in Street Photography
- The Pros and Cons of Normal Angle lenses in Street Photography
- Shooting with slow shutter speeds
- Shooting with fast shutter speeds
- Shooting wide open
- Shooting using zone focuse / hyperfocal distance
End of workshop (17:00 – 19:00)
- Examination of your photos on your laptops and brief portfolio review of your existing work. Portfolio reviews will take place if we have enough time on our hands.
Anytime we are hungry we will take a break and eat. There is no specific time for this. We will eat when we are all in need of food. After lunch we will continue with more shooting!
Be prepared to get pretty tired and worn out, so take advantage of the night before and catch some Zzzzzs and remember to wear comfortable shoes!
How Will This Workshop Change You?
Once the workshop is over you will have a fundamental understanding of:
- The history of Street Photography,
- How to compose your photos,
- What settings to use in what situation,
- How to approach strangers in the street,
- How to prepare yourself for a Street Hunt,
- How to start a project
- How to self publish
- What to expect from your gear,
- How to choose your best photos
- How to process your photos
You will feel more self confident, you will feel free to experiment more with photography, you will be more in connection with your camera and feel sure of your abilities as a Street Photographer. You will become proactive and learn how to react instantaneously to any situation. You will be a changed person. A Street Hunter!
When Will The Beginner Street Photography Workshop In Thessaloniki Take Place?
We will be teaching the Beginner Street Photography workshop in Thessaloniki, Greece this February on the
Saturday the 10th of February 2018
Yiannis and myself will be teaching a full day workshop. We will be offering our Street Photography expertise in one 10 hour session, from 9am to 7pm.
Location of the Beginner Street Photography workshop
The workshop will take place in the streets of Thessaloniki, Greece. Because this is an beginner course, there will be some theory that will be taking place in the NEON Kafeneio. However most of the action is going to be hands on because there is nothing that beats good old practice!
Maximum Number Of Students
In order for me to be able to focus on each and every one of you without making anyone feel left out, the course will not be accepting any more than 8 students. So, the maximum amount of students in the workshop is 10.
About Travel Expenses And Accommodation
If you are visiting from another location, the Travel and Accommodation expenses are not included in the cost of the “Beginner Street Photography workshop in Thessaloniki”. You must provide for your own Travel and Accommodation plans. If you are flying into town t is advisable to book a flight with cancellation / refund options, in case of a cancellation of the workshop due to health reasons or insufficient students. For more about cancellations, please read the next section.
Cancellations (PLEASE READ)
If you need to cancel
You are entitled to cancel and partial refund, as long as you give at least 1 week’s notice before you cancel. Initial deposits are non refundable. If you fail to cancel at least 1 weeks before the official start date of the workshop, we are not obligated to refund you. If you wish to cancel at the last minute, this will affect all the members of the workshop, so we hope you understand when we ask you to please not do that unless it is for a very serious reason.
When and why would we cancel the workshop
We have the right to cancel a workshop that hasn’t met the minimum requirements of at least 2 students two weeks before the official date of commencement of the workshop.
As mentioned before, if a workshop is cancelled, we will not be responsible for any travel or accommodation plans you have made. We strongly recommend making flexible plans with refundable options. If a large number of students back out at the last minute, the workshop will have to be cancelled.
If we cancel the workshop, we will be refunding you 100% including the initial deposit. So by submitting your deposit you agree to these above terms and conditions.
What will you learn at the “Beginner Street Photography workshop”?
You will learn everything mentioned in the section “What does this 1 full day workshop include” mentioned above.
What do I have to know, before I attend the workshop?
The only thing you have to know is how turn your camera on and off and how to transfer your images from your camera to your laptop/tablet. We will figure out everything else together.
What are the minimum requirements for taking the workshop?
All you need is a camera, either digital or film, batteries, a laptop or tablet for editing and organising your photos and a notepad for taking notes. Please check the following list of items for your convenience:
- One camera digital or film
- Extra batteries
- One laptop or tablet for editing and planning photos
- Notepad for note taking
I have another question. How can I contact you?
You can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions in regards to the workshop. If you want to ask Yiannis a question, all you have to do is address the email to Yannis. We will get back to you with a reply within 24 hours.
Can I have a 1 on 1 Beginner Street Photography workshop?
Yes you can. Please get in touch with me directly at email@example.com and I will let you know more details concerning a 1 on 1 Street Photography workshop.
Can I have a 1 on 1 Beginner Street Photography workshop in another city?
Yes you can. Please get in touch with me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will let you know more concerning this.
About The Tutors
Spyros Papaspyropoulos (Tutor)
Spyros Papaspyropoulos is a passionate Street Photographer that loves to experiment with all sorts of gear and formats. He is equally passionate about digital and film photography and has a vast knowledge of both mediums. He has been photographing since a boy as a hobby. He has had a camera around his neck all of his life, documenting it on a daily basis most of the time. During that last 5 years, he has only been shooting Street. He has been pushing his boundaries trying to reach new levels of expertise in Street Photography by experimentation and constant trial and error. This hands on experience has given him the ability to easily work through issues that most new Street Photographers face. Most of his body of work is from Crete, where he lives and from Athens, the capital of Greece which he visits on occasion to Photograph. He has had his work published in local newspapers of Crete, in the Camerapixo magazine and numerous blogs.
- the One Camera One Lens website (video)
- Thomas Benezeth‘s website
- On Street Focus Hosted By Valerie Jardin (audio)
- Interview And Q&A On Street Focus Hosted By Valerie Jardin (audio)
- Interview On ISO400 Hosted By The Phoblographer (Julius Motal) (video)
- Interview on Hit The Streets Hosted By Valerie Jardin (audio)
- Interview On StreetPhotography.Com By Michael Ernest Sweet
- Interview On Street Photography Cristiano Baruffaldi Facebook Page
- Interview Of A Street Photographer By Top Street SPC
In mid 2013, Spyros and Andrew Sweigart co-founded StreetHunters.net. A website that is now the definitive resource for Street Photographers all over the world. Spyros has contributed with more than 500 blog posts about Street Photography related subjects. You can read all of Spyros Papaspyropoulos Blog posts if you visit his Author page or you can see him sharing his knowledge through a series of videos he produces for StreetHunters.net called Street Hunts. If you wish to see his work, feel free to visit his Flickr Albums.
Yiannis Yiasaris (Tutor)
Yiannis Yiasaris is a Greek self taught photographer that lives and operates in Melbourne, Australia. Since his youth, he remembers himself observing people living their every day lives and feeling a passion to capture those moments with his camera. Even though he did experiment with different types of photography he soon understood that his true love was street photography. A large portion of his work is from Melbourne, but also from other locations from around the world. Currently he is working on his ultimate project which is a book with photographs from 100 cities. He has already printed two limited edition photo books, has been voted as the best black & white photographer in Australia in 2016 and has been the winner of many street photography contests. Interviews and presentations of his work have been published in the Greek and international media, magazines, newspapers, radio, etc
“Throughout the weekend Spyros constantly reviewed our images giving feedback on the good and areas for improvement.
Upon reflection I totally enjoyed this workshop. Athens provided a fantastic environment to learn in. Shooting alongside Spyros and getting my work constantly appraised really helped and encouraged me to keep shooting.
If you want to learn about creative flash for street photography I highly recommend going with Spyros.”
– David Saunders
“Great Flash Street Photography Workshop yesterday with Spyros Papaspyropoulos”
– A. Watson (aka Never Edit)
“Τhank you very much for what you taught me Spyros Papaspyropoulos!”
– Ilias Tsantos
“This was the first time I attended a workshop with Spyros, the one-day Beginners Street Photography workshop in Athens. We started at 9a.m. with an introduction to general principles of street photography, followed by tasks on specific techniques and perspectives, finally reviewing our work at 9p.m. During the entire day Spyros was fully engaged and participated with us in all the tasks with an exuberant energy that motivated us to keep pounding the streets and experimenting with our photography. I very much valued Spyros’ excellent teaching abilities, his technical knowledge, his perspective, and insightful and supportive comments. He offered straightforward and clear instructions, he encouraged us to ask questions about any aspect of the day’s activities and devoted time to reviewing and commenting on the day’s photos. Spyros is a great teacher, direct, honest, supportive and really friendly. The entire one-day workshop was a real experience and a pleasure for me and would certainly recommend future workshops to anyone interested in street photography. Many thanks Spyros!”
– Pericles Loucopoulos
“Taking part at the ‘Beginners Street Photography Workshop in Athens’ was a real blast.
Having no prior experience or solid knowledge about what Street Photography actually is, i did not know what to expect.
Spyros is a great guy and an amazing teacher. Eager to answer any questions we had he shared with us technical details and street photography secrets.
This was an exhausting 12+ hour of non stop street photography. The day consisted of a combination of theory and practice sessions. We were taught about street photography history, techniques, composition, light, ethics and ways to approach people and react on different occasions.
After the end of the practice session, we all had our daily photos analysed and evaluated by Spyros, giving us even more insights about quality street photos and valuable tips for better photos in the future.
I would by all means participate in any future workshops by Spyros and of course i strongly suggest any newcomers to take part to one.
A total value for money!
Thank you Spyros.”
– Giannis Pagonas
What Is The Cost Of The Workshop?
The cost of the workshop is €150 and it doesn’t include accommodation, travel or dining expenses. To reserve your spot in the workshop you are required to make a deposit of 50% of the workshop (€75). The deposit is non refundable. 5 days before the workshop the second deposit of €75 is required.
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