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August 19-21, 2022: Nikon Mirrorless Z9 Vancouver Mentorship Masterclass with Steve Simon

Join Steve Simon for an Intensive & Transformational Shooting Experience in Vancouver, BC.

  • Dates: Aug 19-21, 2022
  • Genre: Street Photography, Travel
  • Group Size: Max 5 participants
  • Skill Levels: All
  • Includes: Tuition, Group Dinner

In this combination Bootcamp and Workshop, Steve takes you around Vancouver to use and learn the most powerful features of the Nikon Z9 Camera while accumulating a great portfolio of images.

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Workshop Details

Join award-winning street photographer Steve Simon for an unforgettable week of living and breathing photography in one of the world’s most visual cities, Vancouver, British Columbia.

The new Nikon Z9 Mirrorless Flagship Camera is breaking ground (especially with the new V2.10 firmware!) removing barriers for getting the five-star images you pre-visualize getting. In this combination Bootcamp and Workshop, Steve Simon takes you around one of the world's most beautiful cities to use and learn the most powerful features of the Nikon Z9 and other Nikon mirrorless cameras.

This workshop includes the Nikon Z9 Online 6-Hour Bootcamp TBA where Steve provides all the settings and set-up cards to instantly populate your Z9 menu. He then explains in detail all relevant features and functions of the camera. This way, when we meet in Vancouver we can hit the ground running.

Some of the settings to enhance your speed of response include back button autofocus, a Hybrid AF setting, Auto ISO, Easy Exposure Compensation, frame rate and playback options along with other best practices designed to simplify your process and build muscle memory so the technical fades to the background and you increase your success rate. 

An Intensive & Transformational Shooting Experience

This intimate three-day masterclass (plus an extra bootcamp day; limited to 5 students) will take you on a visual treasure hunt to some of the most interesting and exciting locations in Vancouver designed to utilize Z9/Nikon Mirrorless features like pre and post burst, hybrid front and AF-ON focus with subject/eye detect, function button recall as well as night shooting with Starlight mode. You will explore vibrant, visually rich places and neighborhoods including: Gastown, Stanley Park and English Bay, Chinatown, Granville Island, The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), The Night Market & Yaletown.

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. 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.

You will find out just how photogenic Vancouver is for a street photographer and discover new ways to capture the previously "uncapturable" with this new technology. All levels of photographic experience can benefit from this workshop. With street photography the world you capture is largely out of your control, making it one of the most difficult genre’s to master.


You will define a strategy for capturing the rich daily life of people on the street and overcoming fears and shyness, approaching strangers for street portraits, framing, juxtaposition and layering your compositions, letting the image come to you and whether color or black and white best suits your vision.

Our Meeting Room: The Sylvia Hotel

The Sylvia Hotel is a designated heritage building built in 1912, located in one of my favorite areas in Vancouver, on English Bay beside Stanley Park and just 5 minutes from downtown. 

Post Workshop Mentorship

After our in-person experience we will schedule a post-workshop Zoom Class for a final lecture and critique as well as a discussion of our experience during the workshop with the Z9 or other Nikon mirrorless cameras. 

Our post-workshop Zoom session means we won't be rushing at the end to choose and process images for Sunday Critique, giving you time to look over your entire take for stronger submissions and a deeper discussion which will make for a more productive final meetup.   

Limiting our workshop to five participants allows me 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. Vancouver is fairly easy to navigate but you will be doing a lot of walking so keep that in mind!


In class, you will look at a selection of your 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 and discuss any problems that arise when shooting with the Z9. The workshop will be a “safe place” for group discussions with suggestions and new ideas put forward.

You will be encouraged to take on a theme over the week for your final portfolio, which could be a specific idea or as general as your “Love Letter to Vancouver” capturing general impressions of the city from it’s people, places, food, light or architecture.


Day 1: Friday August 19th: 2pm Arrival & Orientation

  • Introductory meet and greet talking about the week to come as you view the work of some of the best and most influential modern day street photographers followed by a quick-start session with tips on shooting and editing.
  • Steve will then lead a group portfolio critique followed by a ice-breaking photo walk.
  • There will be a night shooting session @ The Richmond Night Market.

Days 2: Saturday August 20th

  • We start each day with a lecture and critique. We meet @ The Sylvia Hotel Meeting Room 10am-Noon daily so we can take advantage of the best early morning and later in the day light. (Sun will rise at about 6:10 am and set 8:15 pm).

  • You are encouraged to edit and choose your top six images from that morning (and the previous night’s shoot) for critique.

  • After the group critique you hit the streets, a little wiser from the day before.

    Shooting locations will be determined each morning. 

  • There will be a group dinner one night, an afternoon/night shooting session at The Pacific National Exhibition another night.

Days 3: Sunday August 21st 10am - 2pm

  • On this, the final day of the workshop, we do a morning shoot.

  • Then back to class for a final lecture and critique. Then an afternoon shoot until we meet again in the post-workshop Zoom meeting TBD. 

  • Participants and tutors alike always find it hard to say goodbye at the end of a workshop but you'll heartened by the fact that you leave with a renewed sense of mission and confidence, new techniques and ideas to apply and a reinvigorated passion to continue your wanderings on the streets of your world.

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

Where To Rest Your Head

The cost of this workshop covers tuition only and a special group dinner. You will need to find your own place to stay and there are many, many options close to the venue.


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."