Zack Arias & Steve Simon: The Passionate Street & Urban Workshop: New York City Edition


Join Steve Simon & Zack Arias for an Intensive & Transformational Shooting Experience in The Street Photography Capital of The World.

  • Dates: Oct 5-9, 2018
  • Genre: Street Photography
  • Group Size: Max 12 participants
  • Skill Levels: Passionate Photographers (Portfolio Review Required)
  • Includes: "Critiques & Lectures, Opening Night Dinner, Snacks

Steve & Zack 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 street-shooting philosophies gleaned from a lifetime of wandering urban places with their cameras.

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Workshop Details

Two of the most passionate photographers you will ever meet, Steve Simon and Zack Arias have teamed up to share this intimate five-day masterclass (limited to 12 students) designed to maximize both the learning experience and your ability to create a unique and powerful portfolio of imagery from New York City. You will explore the vibrant, visually rich places and neighborhoods New York is famous for with Steve & Zack taking you to some hidden gems.

Locations may include: Times Square, High Line Park, Harlem, Fifth Avenue & 57 Street, Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, Little Italy, Ground Zero and the Lower East Side, Union Square, Washington Square Park, Queens, Coney Island and other parts of Brooklyn.

Passionate photographers with varying degrees of experience will benefit from this workshop. There is a portfolio review process for acceptance into this workshop for new students who have not taken a workshop with Steve or Zack. After signing up and providing a deposit, you will get information on the portfolio review. Deposits will be refunded in full if you are not accepted this round.

Street Philosophies

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 our own.

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!

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.

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 the participants to 12 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.

Street Tech

You will talk street-tech with Steve and Zack, who will give you their minimalist view on gear along with a simplified shooting process to maximizing your response time to capture decisive moments. Steve’s street tools include Nikon Gear, Zack uses Fuji tools and they both carefully curate  a 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.

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. Along with gear choices you will learn best practices of handling yourself on the street, approaching strangers, and dealing with constantly changing variables. 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 your best work from the previous day. These daily critiques are of crucial importance, where you share ideas and constructive criticism as we look through each others’ images. We will speak truthfully about your work and help you identify strengths and weaknesses. The workshop will be a “safe place” for group discussions with suggestions and new ideas put forward. We will also be providing assignments to push you to a higher level in your work. 

We know that photography doesn't end when you push the shutter button and capture an image. In some ways that is where it begins. In this day and age of digital photography 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 Zack will walk you through their processes of organizing, editing, processing and archiving their huge library of images. You'll see how they work with programs like Photo Mechanic, Lightroom, Capture One, and Photoshop. They will discuss how they deal with memory cards on a shoot all the way through archiving onto drives and in the cloud. 

Both Zack and Steve have wandered countless miles through the streets of cities around the world and will bring their collective knowledge to share in this master class.

Special Feature: "Behind The Ropes" Access to Columbus Day Parade

After last year’s successful coverage of the parade, we are negotiating special access to the Columbus Day Parade for workshop participants. This annual televised event has more than 35,000 participants marching down 5th Avenue between 44th and 79th streets with more than 500,000 spectators cheering along the route of this colorful and meaningful photo opportunity.

We are hoping to secure press passes from the parade organizers so you can shoot along the parade route strictly secured by the NYPD, and not on the sidewalks behind the barricades where spectators line-up. These city-authorized press credentials mean you walk and shoot along the parade route for the best images; not confined to the packed sidewalks behind barricades. Stay tuned. 

Venue: Loft Space TBD

Schedule

Day 1: Friday October 5

  • 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.
  • A golden light warm-up photo walk in the Chinatown/Little Italy area close to our venue will break the visual ice. 
  • A group welcome dinner at our loft location is included in the price. We might  screen one of a number of street photography movies in our collection on the inaugural night. Last workshop we saw: Bill Cunningham New York.

Days 2 through 4: Saturday October 6th & Sunday October 7th:

  • Lectures will take place at the loft between 10:30am – 1:30PM daily so we  can take full advantage of the early morning and late afternoon light (sunrise is approximately 7AM; Sunset: 6:15PM.)
  • Shooting locations will be determined each morning. You are free to hang out at the loft to edit or as a base for further shooting. You can keep your stuff safely secured their and grab whatever gear you need for a particular shoot.
  • There may be a Saturday Night Shoot – Brooklyn Bridge & Sunday night group shooting session at Times Square. Itinerary to be finalized. 
  • You are asked to edit your previous days shoot before class, choosing your strongest images of the day.
  • Our daily lecture will be followed by a group critique. Then you hit the streets, a little wiser from the day before.

Day 4 Monday October 8th: The Parade!

  • 11am: Columbus Day Parade. If we are granted press passes, we will cover the parade. If not, there is more than enough for a street shooter to do in New York City. Times Square, High Line Park, Harlem, Fifth Avenue & 57 Street, Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, Little Italy, Ground Zero and the Lower East Side, Union Square, Washington Square Park, Queens, Coney Island and other parts of Brooklyn. 
  • We will meet back at the loft to edit.
  • We will screen the Saul Leiter movie: In No Great Hurry.

Day 5 Tuesday Morning October 9th: 10AM – 2PM

  • On the last day of the workshop, there's a early morning shoot, and final lecture critique. 

We always find it hard to say goodbye at the end of a workshop but I’m 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.

“I am a tourist." – Garry Winogrand

 The pressure of street shooting is nothing compared to the Gulf Photo Plus Shootout, in which Zack has done numerous times. Take a look below...

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. you could spread out, leave our 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."