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May 27-29, 2023: Passionate Street & Urban Mentorship Workshop: Boston Memorial Parade Edition with Steve Simon & Sean Sliney


Limited Space (5 Spots) - Join award-winning street photographer Steve Simon and professional photographer Sean Sliney for an unforgettable week of living and breathing photography in one of the world’s most photogenic cities, Boston.

The workshop officially begins Saturday morning at 10am and ends on Monday at 4pm. But for those arriving early, there will be a meetup and local shoot on Friday evening.

This is a mentorship workshop where Steve meets with each participant prior to the start for a one-on-one Zoom meeting assessment of your portfolio and a tech check to discuss gear and best ways to use it regardless of your system brand. There is a pre-workshop group meeting & lecture as well as a post workshop Zoom class as part of the mentorship. Steve 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.

  • Date: May 27-29, 2023
  • Destination: Boston, MA USA
  • Genre: Street, Urban, Documentary
  • Skill Levels: Confident Beginner to Advanced
  • Group Size: Max. 8
  • Includes: Discovering the most interesting and exciting locations in Boston, welcome dinner, tours (does not include accommodation)
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Workshop Details 

This intimate three-day masterclass (limited to just five students) is designed to maximize both the learning experience and your ability to create a unique and powerful portfolio of imagery from Boston. Our signature assignment will be covering the Memorial Day Parade in Cambridge where we have arranged special access for this historic event.

The workshop officially begins Saturday morning at 10am and ends on Monday at 4pm. But for those arriving early, there will be a meetup and local shoot on Friday evening. 

This is a mentorship workshop where Steve meets with each participant prior to the start for a one-on-one Zoom meeting assessment of your portfolio and a tech check to discuss gear and best ways to use it regardless of your system brand.

There is a pre-workshop group meeting & lecture as well as a post workshop Zoom class as part of the mentorship. Steve 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.

    When we arrive in Boston, you will explore the vibrant, visually rich places and neighborhoods Boston is famous for and local expert Sean will take us to some great vantage points for capturing Boston's architecture along with urban landscape and cityscapes and some hidden gems. 

    Group Dinner

    On the Saturday night we head to our special dinner location for a true Boston culinary event. (Restaurant TBD).

    Boston is one of the most historic cities in the United States.  Famous for many reasons, it’s perhaps best known as the birthplace of the American Revolution.  If Boston is lovely to look at from afar, it’s is even more intriguing up close. The cobblestones of the narrow streets echo a history of revolution and transformation.  However, not a single element has influenced the city so profoundly as its educational institutions.

    As in the past, Boston’s universities and colleges continue to attract scholars, scientists, philosophers and writers who shape the city’s evolving culture. Students arrive from around the world, an endless source of energy for the youthful city.  It is a small city of winding roads and nestled neighborhoods, one where America’s rich history sits directly beside some of its finest Universities, medical centers, and technological innovations.

    Steve & Sean will scout locations to work out the final detailed itinerary to balance the street and urban work we will pursue. Though the schedule may seem packed, woven into the program is down time to relax, edit your work and percolate on the experience and what is being taught. Here's Steve in action during the Chicago version of this workshop. 

    We encourage flexibility and independence among participants and will attempt to personalize your experience whenever possible. If you fall in love with an area and want to continue working there–you are encouraged to do so.

    Limiting our workshop participation, allows us to tailor this workshop to meet the needs of each participant. Lectures and assignments will be personalized to get you out of your comfort zone and push you forward in your work. The city of Boston is fairly easy to navigate but you will be doing a lot of walking so keep that in mind!

    Our Meeting Room Base: 

    Club Quarters Hotel

    161 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA 02110  T. 1.617.960.9100

    Uniquely situated at the center of downtown Boston and its Financial District, this CQ hotel boasts walking-distance proximity to the waterfront, Government Center, and the city’s famed North End. Housed in the Compton Building – which appears on the National Register of Historic Places – history buffs will appreciate being just a stone’s throw from Post Office Square, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston Common, and the must-experience Freedom Trail. As we say here, wicked good..

    Our meeting room is downstairs from the hotel in the Elephant & Castle restaurant. 

    Accommodation:

    Click HERE for Club Quarters Hotel.    Click HERE for Nearby Hotels. 

    Street Philosophies

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

    Steve and Sean will be teaching new and powerful street photography techniques as well as best practices for capturing the amazing urban opportunities Boston offers using your tripod and live view--guaranteed to push you to new heights in your work. Steve will further share his street-shooting philosophies gleaned from a lifetime of wandering urban places with his camera. 

    This intensive, exclusive 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 city.

    But mostly you will be shooting the theatre and architecture that is the street; sometimes together, often on your own.

    All levels of photographic experience can benefit from this workshop. Passion is the requirement. 

    You’ll learn about the “rhythm of place” and we 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 we will have so much fun!

    “I am a tourist.“ – Garry Winogrand

    (All Images ©Sean Sliney) 

    Street Tech

    We will talk urban-tech with Steve & Sean giving you their minimalist view on gear along with simplified shooting processes to maximizing your response time to capture decisive moments.

    Steve’s street tools include Nikon mirrorless and DLSR cameras; along with a carefully curated selection of lenses. He is also familiar with a wide range of equipment to help you maximize your mirrorless, compact, rangefinder, DSLR or even your camera phone for compelling urban images.

    Though our focus is on vision more than gear, we will talk lenses, auto focus, zone focusing, shooting form the hip, using live view, flash, camera support and tripods and a host of other tips, tricks, distractions and ideas that will improve your work dramatically. 

    It’s a street and urban photography masterclass but the lessons learned here will benefit you in all genres of image-making.

    Critique

    We will have in-class meetings on the first and last day of the workshop as well as virtual photo-reviews on shooting days where we will examine a selection of your best or most interesting work from the previous day.

    These daily critiques are of crucial importance, where we share ideas and constructive criticism looking through each others’ images. Our workshop will be a “safe place” for group discussions with suggestions and new ideas put forward. Steve will help guide participants work into a cohesive portfolio of images, through careful culling. You will be encouraged to take on a theme over the week for your final portfolio. 

    “A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it? “ – Ernst Haas

    Itinerary

    The detailed shooting agenda is still being defined, but you can count on days to start a morning shoot.  You will do another shoot in the streets in the afternoon, followed by dinner and, on some days, a night shoot.  The workshop begins Saturday morning at 10am and ends on Monday at 4pm. On parade day we maximize our shooting time and will review work after the workshop via Zoom when you've had time to do a thorough edit.
    Sun will rise around 5:20am and set around 8:00pm.

    You will explore some of the following neighborhoods and places in the city.
    LOCATIONS
    The North End (Little Italy)
    Financial District
    Beacon Hill
    Back Bay
    Central (Historic Downtown)
    Cambridge (Harvard Square)
    Charlestown (Beautiful old New England village feel)
    Seaport and Waterfront
    Boston Common and Public Garden
    Historic locations along the Freedom Trail
    Fenway Park
    Depending on scheduling and weather, we are considering a day trip to Provincetown on Cape Cod.  Other possible activities include Boston’s famous Duck Tours.