2013 Photography Tours/Workshops
with Ed Vatza
The following is a list of dates and details for my 2013 New York City Street Photography Tours/Workshops. Other Workshops dates and details to follow.
This is your chance to hone your skills as a photographer in candid street situations with an experienced street photographer and workshop leader. Ed has successfully made the transition from landscape photography to street photography employing many of the compositional skills of landscape photography in his street work. During a 4-hour street photo tour in New York City, Ed will take you into various Manhattan neighborhoods, share some of his prime shooting locations as well as sharing the techniques he uses to get the images that are being acclaimed by many.
The 2013 dates for the New York City Photo Tours/Workshops are as follows:
- Saturday, March 23
- Saturday, April 20
- Saturday, May 18
- Saturday, June 15
- Saturday, July 20
- Saturday, August 17
- Saturday, September 21
- Saturday, October 19
- Saturday, November 16
- Saturday, December 14
All tours will begin at 9:00am local time and end at approximately 1:00PM. To be most effective, the size of the groups must be small. Therefore, the maximum limit is four (4) participants per tour. So I would encourage you to pick your date(s) and register as soon as possible.
The cost for a four-hour tour/workshop is $125 per person. To register, send me an e-mail (email@example.com) with the date(s) you are requesting. I will let you know by return e-mail that the date is available and provide forms and payment instructions. Your registration is not complete until registration forms, liability release and payment is received. Payment is via PayPal.
The meeting place for all tours is at the entrance to Bryant Park located at 41st Street and 6th Ave. We will meet at the steps there. These are walking tours so wear comfortable shoes. No cabs, no subways, no buses. We will walk everywhere. The walking tours will be highly individualized. We will typically “warm-up” in Bryant Park before moving on. One sample tour would take us through the Flatiron District, on to Washington Square and Greenwich Village, then SoHo and maybe over the East Village. Another might take us to Chelsea, the High Line, Meatpacking District, and West Village before ending up in Washington Square. Other tours could take us to the Lower East Side, Alphabet City, Little Italy and Chinatown. And yes, we will even do an occasional tour in Midtown, Central Park, Hell’s Kitchen and the Upper West Side. And these are just examples.
One of the keys to successful street photography is to blend in with the surroundings. Now I don’t expect urban camouflage but I also don’t expect to see you showing up in Blaze Orange, Bright Red, or Fluorescent Yellow either. Dress to blend! The same goes for your gear. Travel light. You’re going to be carrying your gear for several miles. Travel inconspicuously. Do you really need that big backpack? Do you really need that big white lens? I think not. They scare the heck out of birds and do the same for people.
While I am a Canon shooter and have all the “big boy” cameras and pro glass, my street kit now consists of three small compact cameras – a Canon G1X, a Ricoh GXR and a Ricoh GRD IV. I’ll probably have two of the three with me on any given tour. They help me remain about as inconspicuous as a 6’2”, 240 pound photographer can look on the streets of New York. But look, if you are a DSLR person, that’s fine. Bring it along. What lens do you need? You’ll do fine with a 28mm, 35mm or 50mm prime. No prime lenses? Try at wide angle zoom… something like a 16-35mm, 17-40mm or a 24-70mm. When I do tote along my Canon 5DMkII, I usually am using a 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens with it. And hey, we can even work with the most inconspicuous and ubiquitous of all cameras, the iPhone. Just remember, Ed Vatza Street Photography Tours cater to YOUR skill level and YOUR needs.
During your 4-hour street photography tour/workshop you will learn how to:
- get the most out of your camera
- find the right subjects
- avoid the wrong subjects
- approach strangers
- compose your image quickly to get the shot
- use hyperfocal distance to your advantage
- edit and post-process street images
Remember, to register or just ask a question, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be happy to answer any and all questions. And I hope to see you on the streets of New York.