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Sept 19-25, 2022: The Passionate Photographer Moscow & Saint Petersburg Masterclass with Steve Simon & Soichi Hayashi

Join Steve Simon for an Intensive & Transformational Shooting Experience in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

  • Dates: Sept 19-25, 2022
  • Genre: Street Photography
  • Group Size: Max 9 participants
  • Skill Levels: All
  • Includes: Tuition, accommodation, most meals, transfers and transportation within Russia

Steve & Soichi will be teaching you new and powerful photography techniques guaranteed to push you from your comfort zone to new heights in your work and share street-shooting philosophies gleaned from a lifetime of wandering urban places with a camera.

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Workshop Details

This intimate and comprehensive six-day masterclass (limited to 9 students) will take you to some of the most picturesque, and interesting places in this city of 12 million people; a melding cosmopolitan blend of European influence and unmistakable Russian character-- you will explore locations on and off the beaten path in Moscow and moving on by train to Saint Petersburg.

Steve and Soichi have carved out an amazing itinerary which is designed to give you a great and comprehensive portfolio of images alongside unforgettable authentic experiences. This is a premium workshop with luxury accommodation in a single room.

Our tentative itinerary is below. It will be updated closer to the workshop date. 

Street Philosophies

“When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.”  - Alfred Eisenstaedt

Steve and Soichi will be teaching you new and powerful street photography techniques guaranteed to push you from your comfort zone to new heights in your work and share his street-shooting philosophies gleaned from a lifetime of wandering urban places with his camera.

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. Moscow and St. Petersburg are amazing places for a photographer. 

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

We will talk street-tech and Steve will give you his minimalist view on gear along with a simplified shooting process to maximizing your response time to capture decisive moments. Steve’s street tools include a Nikon Z7, D850, D5, and iPhone 8+ cameras along with a carefully curated selection of lenses; but he’s 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.

We 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, you will look at a selection of each other's best work from the previous day. These daily critiques are of crucial importance, where you 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 will visit a photography gallery and participate in lectures and critiques every day. You will be encouraged to take on a theme over the week for your final portfolio and slide show. Your tutors will also be providing assignments to push you to a higher level in your work.


Moscow - Hotel Metropol

A private car will pick you up from the airport and bring you to The Metropol Hotel. Steve has chosen the Metropol in Moscow for it's comfort and amenities along with it's proximity to street photo opportunities.

This 5-Star hotel is just a five minute walk to Red Square and the perfect location to maximize your 5-Star image quest during your relatively short stay in Moscow. For convenience, the daily lecture and critique session will be in one of the hotel's meeting rooms. A delicious and authentic Russian breakfast is included.

St. Petersburg - Domina Hotel

You take a fast train to St. Petersburg, where you stay three nights at the Domina Hotel, perfectly situated in the center of this beautiful and relatively compact city where many of your best photo opportunities are within walking distance of the hotel. Your daily lecture and critique session will be in the hotel's meeting room.


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."