Photo by Julia Dean
This six-month class is intended to teach students how to shoot candidly on the street, not only from practical experience, but also from studying historic and contemporary street photographers. We will meet once a month on Monday evenings, for lecture and critique, and once a month on Saturdays for a shooting session. (As a bonus, Julia also offers extra shooting dates each month, advocating the more you shoot, the better you will get.)
Topics covered in class include: how to see light, how to find great backgrounds, the laws and ethics of shooting on the street, how to shoot candidly, how to capture the “decisive moment,” how to anticipate the future, how to approach people, how to shoot from the hip, equipment choices, lens selection, seeing in 3D, seeing in black & white, how to tell a story with a single image, and how to be brave, but careful.
Many of the shooting sessions will take place downtown where Julia resides and spends most of her time shooting. We will shoot on Broadway, the Toy District, the Fashion District, the Flower District, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, the Arts District, on Olvera St., and in Union Station. If it rains, we’ll ride the Metro for a few hours. We’ll also shoot on the Venice Beach Boardwalk and on Hollywood Blvd.
We will set up a private Facebook page for all three street shooting classes, so we can post our photos between monthly critiques to get instant feedback from each other.
The participants in this class will be expected to produce a book or slideshow of their work by the end of class.
Street Shooting 2 is meant for serious street shooters who enjoy the camaraderie of being with other street photographers. During the Saturday shoots, you can chose to shoot alone, with Julia, or with another participant in the class. After the shoot, members of the class often meet at an interesting locale to chat about their experiences. There are five street shoots planned for this class, plus two additional events; the Day of the Dead festivities on Olvera Street and at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. (As a bonus, Julia also offers extra shooting dates each month, advocating the more you shoot, the better you will get.)
These events are meant to teach you how to tell a story while shooting an event. From years of experience on the road as a freelance photojournalist, Julia will teach you how to shoot a story with a beginning, middle and end, whether you are shooting an event or a slice of life.
Like the shoots, lectures and critiques are an important part of this class.
Topics covered include:
- What is Documentary photography; Social documentary photography; Street photography; Photojournalism.
- What is the difference between photojournalism and documentary photography.
- What is a picture story versus a documentary project.
- How to tell a story when shooting an event such as a parade, a wedding or a 10-year old’s birthday party. How to tell a story when shooting an interesting topic such as an on-the-road circus or a serious societal topic, such as homelessness.
- The importance of editing and sequencing for a slideshow or book.
- How to design a book and/or slideshow.
- How to write a caption/cutline.
- How to get your work published.
You will also be given “at home assignments,” such as designing a business card for the street, plus “how to submit a photo” to one of the many contests that Julia will tell you about.
The participants in this class will be expected to produce a book and a slideshow of their work by the end of class.
LACP will also set up a private Facebook page for all three street shooting classes, so you can post your photos between monthly critiques to get instant feedback from each other.
The LA Street Shooters’ Collective picks up where Street Shooting 2 left off, continuing the camaraderie of shooting together on the street, sharing your work, and getting feedback from each other. The course has been created specifically for those who have taken both Street Shooting 1 and Street Shooting 2 and includes four shooting sessions and four classroom sessions over five months. (As a bonus, Julia also offers extra shooting dates each month, advocating the more you shoot, the better you will get.)
During the Saturday shoots, you can chose to shoot alone, with Julia, or with another participant in the class. After the shoot, members of the class often meet at an interesting locale to chat about their experiences.
The class will decide on the shooting locales.
Each class will set up a private Facebook page so we can post our photos between monthly critiques to get instant feedback from each other.
The participants in this class will be expected to produce a book and slideshow of their work by the end of class.
This intensive two-day course on street photography is designed for intermediate and experienced photographers. Using his decades of experience of photographing the streets, Ibarionex will walk students through the process of seeing and capturing great photographs while exploring the city. These skills will help each photographer develop his or her personal approach for street and travel photography.
The course will feature lectures, critiques and plenty of hands-on time photographing in the streets of Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles.
The course will also cover:
• Core camera features and controls for quality photographs
• Developing an awareness of light and shadow
• Tips and techniques for creating clean and strong composition
• Increase familiarity with a variety of street photography images
• Becoming comfortable with photographing strangers
• Culling and editing photographs using Adobe Lightroom
• Increased understanding of how to evaluate photographs
Please bring five images (saved as JPEG) of your best work to the first class session. For both class sessions, please bring a laptop, card reader and USB memory stick.
LACP offers two wonderful opportunities each year to display street photography – 1) a “Street Shooting in Los Angeles” exhibition by participants in Street Shooting 1 with Julia Dean, Street Shooting 2 with Julia Dean, The LA Street Shooters’ Collective with Julia Dean and Working in the Streets with Ibarionex Perello (usually programmed in the summer), and 2) a “Street Shooting Around the World” exhibition (usually programmed in February).
Students choosing to take part in the “Street Shooting in Los Angeles” exhibition will be asked to pay $20 each to help cover the expenses. This fee can be paid closer to the start of the exhibition.