The Passionate Photographer Masterclass LISBON with Steve Simon & Soichi Hayashi


An Intensive & Transformational Shooting Experience with Steve Simon & Soichi Hayashi.

  • Dates: Oct 15-21, 2018
  • Genre: Street Photography, Travel
  • Group Size: Max. 9
  • Skill Levels: All Skill Levels
  • Includes: Premium private accommodation

This intimate and comprehensive 7-day (6 nights) masterclass will take you to some of the most picturesque, historic and exciting locations on and off the beaten path in Lisbon.

Steve Simon and Soichi Hayashi have carved out an amazing itinerary which is designed to give you a great and comprehensive portfolio of images alongside unforgettable authentic Lisbon experiences.

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Workshop Details

Join Steve Simon and Soichi Hayashi for an unforgettable week of living and breathing photography in the ancient city of seven hills: Lisbon, Portugal. This intimate and comprehensive 7-day (6 nights) premium masterclass will take you to some of the most picturesque and beautiful locations on and off the beaten path in Lisbon.

From the majestic squares (some of the largest in Europe) to the maze-like streets, tiled facades, medieval buildings and breath-taking views. Steve Simon and Soichi Hayashi have carved out an amazing itinerary designed to give you a great and comprehensive portfolio of images alongside unforgettable authentic Lisbon experiences. 

This workshop is limited to 9 students and is expected to fill up quickly so don't delay in reserving your spot.

Our Base: Centrally located in Lisbon’s prestigious Avenida da Liberdade, a few minutes’ from Restauradores Square.

Our Hotel: The Bessa

This stylish, contemporary hotel is perfectly situated for everything  you will be photographing --a few minutes’ from Restauradores Square and the Elevador de Santa Justa-- Lisbon's cast-iron elevator with a beautiful view of the city.The upscale, minimalist rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and balconies, as well as mini-fridges. Room service is available 24/7. The hotel has a vintage-chic restaurant with exposed-beam ceilings plus a terrace featuring a bar and a vertical garden. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a fitness room, turkish bath and sauna. All rooms have a Bluetooth integrated sound system, a comfortable work desk for picture editing and a satellite/cable flat-screen TV.

 

Details

My co-leader Soichi Hayashi, is a long-time friend and accomplished photographer who has traveled the world on assignment. His  beautiful and evocative work is very different from mine, which makes for an effective and complimentary teaching team.

He is also a great visual communicator and expert on all things technical- so ask a lot of questions and expect to learn much from him.

In the Passionate Street Photography Workshop Lisbon, you will wander and explore vibrant, visually rich places and neighborhoods chosen for their visual potential. Your tutors have scouted locations and worked out the final detailed itinerary and though the schedule seems packed, they also will give you down time to relax and edit.

Flexibility and independence is encouraged among participants. If you fall in love with an area and want to continue working there-- you are encouraged to do so.

Steve & Soichi are working with an accomplished local photographer/educator for each of the areas you visit giving you tips and suggested shooting positions for a head start on getting great images. During the lectures, assignments designed to get you out of your comfort zone and push you forward in your work will be given. Lisbon is a fairly compact city and you will be doing a lot of walking so keep that in mind!

Night Photography

Lisbon comes alive at night and you will have many opportunities to learn how best to capture the night light and night life from typical skyline views to capturing the atmosphere and energy on the narrow streets.

You will shoot hand-held at high ISOs but having a small, light travel tripod is a good idea. The opportunities to capture the magic of Lisbon nights are plentiful, available every night just steps from the hotel.

Food

A wonderful breakfast buffet to fuel up for the day ahead is included and Steve & Soichi plan a sampling of wonderful Portuguese cuisine, which is as rich and varied as the landscape and architecture. As a port city, you will find fresh fish and seafood everywhere.  Portuguese olive oil is famous for quality and is infused in most every dish, including cod and sardine BBQ. Portugal is also renowned for its cheeses and for its famous custard tart. It's a cafe culture and you'll find great coffee and baked goods always in close proximity.

This intensive workshop will help you find your own unique vision and street style through assignments created to get you past photographic fears and cliches to capturing lyrical, poetic and decisive moments that communicate the energy of the streets. But mostly you will be shooting the theatre that is the street; sometimes together, often on your own.

All levels of photographic experience can benefit from this workshop. You’ll learn about the “rhythm of place” and you will discuss the laws and ethics of street photography as well as dealing with difficult situations that might pop up. You will define a strategy for capturing the rich daily life of people on the street; overcoming fears and shyness, approaching strangers, framing, juxtaposition, layering your compositions, letting the image come to you and whether color or black and white best suits your vision. And you will have fun!

Street Tech

You will talk street-tech and Steve & Soichi will give you their minimalist view on gear along with a simplified shooting process to maximizing your response time to capture decisive moments. They shoot with Nikon gear and a carefully curated selection of lenses; but they are familiar with a wide range of equipment to help you maximize your mirror-less, compact, rangefinder, DSLR or even your camera phone for compelling street images.

You will talk lenses, auto focus, zone focusing, shooting form the hip, using live view, flash and a host of other tips, tricks, distractions and ideas that will improve your work dramatically. It’s a street photography workshop but the lessons learned will benefit you in all genres of image-making. In class, your tutors will look at a selection of your best work from the previous day.

Class Lectures/Critiques

Each lecture will lay the foundation for your daily shoots. The honest, insightful critiques are of crucial importance, where we share ideas and constructive criticism as you look through each others’ images. The workshop will be a “safe place” for group discussions with suggestions and new ideas put forward.

We also know that photography doesn't end when you push the shutter button; in some ways that is where it begins. It is paramount that you find a consistent way to deal with the thousands upon thousands of images you will take in your life time. 

Steve and Soichi will walk you through their processes of organizing, editing, processing and archiving their huge library of images. You'll learn how they work with programs like Photo Mechanic and Lightroom to cull their best work out of every shoot. They will discuss all aspects of the process, from memory cards through archiving onto drives and in the cloud. 

You will be encouraged to take on a theme over the week for your final portfolio. We will also be providing assignments to push you to a higher level in your work.

“I am a tourist.“ - Garry Winogrand

Schedule

Day 1 Monday October 15

1pm: Arrival & Orientation.

Introductory meet and greet followed by a quick-start session with tips on shooting and editing. You will then take a photo walk in the area of your hotel

Dinner on the first night is included

Day 2 Tuesday October 16

7am: Breakfast

Early Morning Shoot: Castelo & Alfama

11am-2pm: Class in the meeting room

You start the day with a lecture and critique. You meet daily @ The Bessa meeting room usually from 11am to 2pm  so you can take full advantage of the best early morning and later in the day light. (Sun will rise just before 8am and set around 7pm).

In this your first class session your tutors will introduce participants by seeing a brief portfolio of their work and participate in a lecture from Soichi and Steve. You will also hear a brief history on photography in Lisbon and see some work from Portuguese photographers. You are encouraged to edit and choose your top six images from that morning (and the previous day’s shoot) for critique

Afternoon Shoot: Mouraria

7:30pm: Special Welcome Dinner

Day 3 Wednesday October 17

7am: Breakfast

Early Morning Shoot: Bairro Alto

11am-2pm: Class in the meeting room

Afternoon Shoot: Mouraria

Dinner on your own

8:30pm: Night Photography Shoot: Streetcars and Old City

Day 4 Thursday October 18

6:30am: Breakfast

All Day Shoot: Sintra

The medieval National Palace

The old town for lunch and photo walk

The  Quinta da Regaleira, known for magnificent gardens and neo-manueline architecture which originated in Portugal

Evening: Dinner and Critique

Early morning departure for the resort town of Sintra, a fairy-tale city nestled in the foothills of the Sintra mountains and just a 40 minute drive from Lisbon. You will spend a good part of the day exploring the cobble-stone streets and pastel-colored villas and castles which surround the town. Some of the architecture in this UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the 8th century

Day 5 Friday October 19

7am: Breakfast

Early Morning Shoot: Old Town

Afternoon Shoot: Short van ride to Castelo, Boca do Inferno & Cabo da Roca just outside Lisbon

Dinner on your own

Evening Critique in Meeting Room

Day 6 Saturday October 20: Free Day

7am: Breakfast

Early Morning Shoot: Student's Choice

11am-2pm: Class in the meeting room

Afternoon Shoot: Village of Cascais

Dinner on your own

8:30pm: Night Photography Shoot: Parque das Nacoes

Day 7 Sunday October 21

Early Morning Shoot

Breakfast

10am-12pm: Class in the meeting room

Special last lunch together and wrap up

 “The only thing that gets in the way of a really good photograph, is the camera.”  - Norman Parkinson

    Testimonials

    Gary Niederpruem, Chicago

    “What a fabulous experience. I learned more about photography in one week than I had in 5 years. Steve is very knowledgable about the technical side as well as composition. He is very patient, gives excellent feedback and will work one on one with you on any photography subject you want. I asked him for help on night photography and at 10 PM he was out on the streets of Havana with me with step by step instructions on how to take the shot. 5 star plus rating!!”

    Anna Blanco, New York City

    “Best workshop I’ve ever taken! Steve is not only a great photographer, he is also a terrific teacher. He is patient and very hands- on. In some workshops the instructor sends students out to shoot after a short lecture–Steve goes out with his students, coaching them throughout the process. His course is well organized and covers diverse topics. He is funny and engaging and generous with his time and knowledge. I had SO MUCH fun and am ready to sign up for the next one. Highly recommended!”

    Anne Dunford, Ithaca, New York

    "My week in Steve’s Street Shooting workshop challenged me tremendously. There’s nothing like taking your work apart and putting it back together with new vision to make you a better photographer. If you take this workshop, I guarantee you will see the world differently at the end."

    Paul Lavergne, San Juan, PR

    "Steve’s passion for photography is contagious and his teaching abilities and knowledge extraordinary! I highly recommend this workshop to anyone interested in photography."

    Chapman Solomon, Mountain View, CA

    “Participating in the NYC Street Photography Workshop was an enriching and exhilarating experience. It challenged me to step out of my comfort zone to improve my skills. Steve’s curriculum and hands on approach offered me an opportunity to learn new techniques, add some creativity and visualize subject matter from another perspective. Each day presented abundant photo opportunities, resulting with the capture of some amazing images, exceeding my greatest expectations.”

    Stephen Sholl, New York City

    "Not only is Steve a great photographer, he is also a caring, compassionate person as well. He is constantly trying to help participants achieve their photographic goals in a gentle, caring, and sincere manner. Sadly, the critiques of my work were very helpful. Steve was right-on in terms of his suggestions to better my work. The totality of the workshop was terrific, primarily because the parts were all excellent as well. Choice of shooting locations, image reviews, suggestions, videos shown, and galleries visited were all great. Steve also promoted wonderful interactions among the participants. The venue was perfect for the workshop. We could spread out, leave your things there, use the facilities, and eat the goodies provided. You know you’re in good hands with Steve! An outstanding workshop!!"

    Steve Lavelle, London

    "This is an outstanding workshop, led by a world-class photographer. It is impossible to spend time in a room with Steve Simon and not be inspired to get out there and make great images …I had high expectations and you exceeded them…Steve is very personable, articulate and passionate about photography, very welcoming with a warm, engaging personality. Steve’s style is outstanding. I knew of Steve from the TWiP podcast and would have attended if he was talking about how to watch paint dry…”

    Oscar Piñeyro, Dallas

    "I just spent the last three days with Steve Simon, What a wonderful experience, the best time spent in a workshop ever. Steve is a perfectionist, every presentation not only had spectacular photography but also the perfect music to enhance the mood, a roller coaster of emotions. He cannot hide his journalistic background every single image tells a story. His technique is flawless; his teaching patience unparalleled. I am eager to start a new chapter of my photography applying what Steve taught me in the last few days."