"Street Photography" Weekend Workshop

 
 

Learn some great techniques from Photographer Len van Bruggen IV including 'secret strategies' and tricks of the trade in this stimulating two day workshop.
 

Build your confidence and conquer your fear of shooting strangers on the street.

Learn how to shoot quickly and to recognize and capture the ‘decisive moment’

•Develop your skills of 'pre-visualisation',observation and learn the art of story telling through pictures

•Blend into your environment and become ‘invisible’ on the streets as well as how to engage (and disengage) with strangers.

•Learn about different styles of street photography and find one which works for you

 

TORONTO street photography workshop

Toronto is a great city for street photography. The variety of old/new, different cultures and cultural neighbourhoods (Chinatown, Little India etc.) as well as it being easy to travel around make it an ideal location for candid 'street' photography. 

We will go off the beaten track, exploring the charismatic and photogenic ‘hidden’ Toronto. Your workshop willinclude elements of street, travel and documentary photography. We start the session with a thorough briefing / tutorial over coffee, before hitting the streets to work together to produce some stunning images. We look at techniques for exposure, focusing and composition; learning how to spot an opportunity for a unique picture; story telling; digital workflow; sharing or marketing your work. Most of all, you will discover new ways of telling the story of your travels through great images. We will be doing some structured shooting and you will receive lots of individual coaching from Len.

This is not a highly technical workshop where we endlessly discuss gear and settings – it’s more about the ‘art’ than the ‘science’ of street photography. As well as learning some great new street photography techniques, you will discover how to produce witty, individual and evocative images which reflect real life on the streets in the 21st century.

Class content:

  • Understand the importance of developing your own style as a street photographer and how to conceive and undertake ‘projects’.
  • Learn how to spot a photo opportunity in an every day street scene.
  • Understand the components of a great street image.
  • Conquer your fear of photographing strangers.
  • Become invisible and shoot your environment quietly and unobtrusively.
  • Get to grips with the technical aspects of street photography: equipment, composition, exposure, light and focus.
  • Discover how a pro street photographer sets up his camera to enable fast and accurate shooting.
  • Learn how to photograph safely in difficult situations or areas and how to interact effectively with the public, the police and other officials.
  • Understand some of the key legal and ethical aspects of street photography.
  • Learn how to react positively if people are questioning, challenging or offended.
  • Promoting and finding audiences for your work.
  • Learn a 'creative' workflow and post-production techniques.Using Adobe Lightroom. 

Detailed Itinerary:


SATURDAY

  • We meet at 9:30 at Lens Work Studio for coffee, introductions, and a thorough briefing (around an hour and a half) before setting off onto the streets.
  • Our itinerary will take in some great street photography ‘hot spots’ in various parts of Toronto.
  • Throughout the day, participants will receive a significant amount of one-to-one teaching and coaching from a Len.
  • We’ll find somewhere quiet for a lunch break, with a group discussion, at around 2PM, before hitting the streets again for the second location.
  • We will finish the formal part of the day at around 4.30pm with drinks, a thorough debrief and a further Q&A session.

SUNDAY
 

  • We meet at 9:30 for coffee on location and have a short briefing before setting off onto the streets.
  • Street shooting at two locations will take us to lunch. Instruction and guidance provided throughout.
  • 1PM lunch break, with a group discussion.
  • Return to Lens Work Studio for presentation/tutorial on digital workflow & editing."Black & White or Colour?". Cropping for balance/composition. etc.
  • Brief critique/review of some of the choice shots taken by the participants.
  • After the course, participants will be encouraged to keep in touch through Social Media (Facebook, Instagram and Flickr.)

 

PRICE & EQUIPMENT NEEDED

  • The workshop costs $200 per person, excluding flights , accommodation or meals.
  • Any Digital Camera with Manual Controls will suffice whether it be advanced point & shoot, DSLR or Mirrorless. NO film cameras for this workshop please.

UPCOMING DATES : Sat/Sun JUNE 3/4  9:30AM-5PM

Time :  9:30am to 5pm for two consecutive days

We offer sessions all year round. For future classes, please check back 1 to 2 months prior to the start dates.

 Please check CLASS SCHEDULE for class dates, availability, instructor and to register.

If you know the schedule dates you wish to register, you can REGISTER HERE

Please CONTACT us  if you have any questions or require more information.

TESTIMONIALS FROM STUDENTS

 

 "I took the beginner class and wow I finally realized how to use more than the auto button as well as how to take some awesome shots.Thanks for the help Len!"  - Allan G.

" I took a photography class years ago, so I have some experience, but needed a refresher badly and this fit the bill perfectly. Len himself taught the class and I must say he a really nice guy and he did a great job,  the four classes covered all the main bases, from camera basics, composition,  editing and lighting. Well worth it and highly recommended. "  -  Michael C.

 "Took acourse on introduction to SLR photography, and was rather impressed with the course material as well as the various instructors who taught through the weeks. The course offered information at a basic level to get people acquainted with their DSLR and Point&Shoot camera very well. Each class was well laid out and there was ample time given to individuals for 1-1 discussions to address specific questions or concerns."   - Uday M.

 "I took two classes at the lens factory. One for beginner dslr photography and another for Photoshop. I found the classes a great value and I learned a lot. I had taken classes with at henry's school of photography and I found these ones MUCH better.
The Photoshop Lightroom class was clear,easy to follow and well presented.
Len's beginner photo class was fun and I finally 'clicked' with understanding shutter,aperture etc. Len's quirky humor,insightful presentation and technical knowledge was much appreciated in the group that I was in.
Highly recommended at any price!"
 - Derek C. 

 "I took the intermediate courses and I thought overall it was excellent.  The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and gave us great tips on using not only our DSLRs but also post processing software such as Photoshop.  They did a great job at assessing what the experience level of our group was and then catered the course towards some of the key things we wanted to learn as a group.  Highly recommended for beginners as well as experience amateurs that what to brush up on some basics. " - Allan C.

 "I highly recommend the photography classes offered .If you're looking for a boring, highly structured, instructional seminar that provides you with formulas for various situations, then this isn't the class for you. Len offers a unique and artistic look at photography that encourages us to explore the use of our cameras to take more interesting photos. Len provided me with the basics about composition and about the functions of my camera and let us go. He encouraged us to ask questions and he provided us with advise on how we might solve any of the challenges we're faced with while taking photos. Len also shared his expertise in photo editing, demonstrating how to enhance our photos or to make them true works of art....And he's pretty entertaining too! Len kept the lessons interesting and made me laugh throughout all five lessons. Len and his special guests and instructors will provide you with a foundation to take more interesting artistic photos. I'm looking forward to learning more from them in the future." - Frank A.

 "I just finished my Beginner/intermediate class at with Len, as our instructor. He was very knowledgable and went above and beyond to answer all questions posed by our class.
I took a beginners class at the AGO this summer and was refunded mid-way through because I found the instructor to be stuck up and unwilling to share "tricks of the trade" with, what he clearly saw as, inferior photography enthusiasts. That was the most refreshing thing about my experience . Len is un-pretentious and open to all creative opinions, not just his own. He gave usual advise on various photography scenarios and was interactive with all explanations.
If you're a novice photographer looking for a hands on experience, I highly recommend this course. Where some classes spend a lot of time explaining the history of photography, this one gets you up on your feet, shooting the first day in. I would say that after this course, I'm a more confident photographer and will be taking a workshop through them again."
 - Nicole C. 

“Len was thoroughly informative with his hands on approach to the workshop. It was more than that though, it was an artistic experience- being surrounded by the art in the gallery, and to then be a part of the process of creating gallery standard work was inspiring and confidence building. The Epoxy Resin class was not only a concise step by step process, but it made the once daunting task seem manageable, it allowed us to learn how to overcome creative obstacles with an industry professional.”  - Colt Iggulden, T.V. production and Visual Artist

"I was hopeless with photography before taking a class at Lenswork. I was convinced nothing could teach me proper photography. Very patient and experienced instructors that gave me great tips and allowed me to experiment. I love the photos I take now."
- Christine U.

"I literally bought a digital camera and it sat in my closet for two years collecting dust. Decided it was time to stop being afraid and took it to the class at Lenswork. I am so proud of myself and now am confident in my digital photo taking."
- Lynn R.

"My family photos from Christmas came out great, everyone was commenting on them and asking if I had taken a course. Clearly Lenswork helped!"

- Robin T.

"This boutique gallery runs great photo and art classes. They were running an opening promotion that I took advantage of and I don't regret it.

 

I have had a digital camera for a few years now, but felt I could really improve my skills. I learned the operation of my camera, composition, a bit about editing and a lot of great ideas. There were handouts, video monitor presentation, lectures and we also all went out and shot around little india.
All in all a great class and I have signed up for another."

-Mark G. 

"When I had a new baby AND a new DSLR...I thought it time to learn how to use it.I wanted to learn more than just shooting on 'auto".There are many classes in the GTA for photography...but I heard about this place through a friend and thought I would give it a go. I learned quite a bit as the classes were easy to follow and a lot of fun. It was a comfortable environment, small classes, and a great instructor. I now understand how my camera 'works' and my photos have dazzled more than a few of my friends. Highly recommended!"

- Melissa F. 

"Had a great time taking a photo course here and learned quite a bit. It was a fun class and I am going to sign up for another. 

The class was taught by Len, the director, and his technical skills and ideas made it very easy to understand more about the 'art' of photography.

I was pretty clueless how to use my DSLR but now have a good understanding of how it works. The ideas about composition and light I have used to great effect as well.

The seating was comfortable and presentation easy to follow.Parking was nearby and there was coffee and snacks as well! They put a lot of effort into making sure we had a positive experience. :)"

- Christina W. 

I took the introduction to photography weekend boot-camp and thoroughly enjoyed it. I had some previous exposure to photography through personal learning, yet I learned a ton from the session. The course is a nice blend of basic technical exposure, along  with analysis of photographs taken by students during the course. Len himself is a wonderful photographer and emphasizes creativity more than technical acumen.

I would definitely recommend those new to photography to take the introduction to photography class. I haven't taken any other classes, but if its the same caliber, then I have no doubt it would be worthwhile.

- Samad R.

I've always wanted to learn how to take better photos and become a better photographer but have had my DSLR sit in the camera bag in the closet of my room for over a year because I didn't know where to start with it - there are so many buttons, functions, modes and settings! 

So, I finally decided to enroll in a photography class and signed up for the Photo 101 - Weekend Bootcamp. At first I thought that trying to cram 12 hours of learning into one weekend would be tedious and too much information to take in at once, but was happily surprised to find this weekend course to be so enjoyable. 

The class was very interactive and hands-on - not boring to sit through at all!

Len (the instructor) was not only very knowledgeable but great at taking the class through all the fundamentals of the camera in a very easy to understand way (he showed every individual how to adjust the settings on their unique model and made sure everyone understood the basics). He was also very helpful, happy to answer questions and excellently resourceful (gave many recommendations for choosing the best lens depending on what type of pictures you are interested in taking: street photography, landscape etc.).

I learned a lot about my camera and the art of photography in just one weekend - definitely a great value for the price! I was very impressed with the class and would definitely be interested in taking another course with Lens Work.

If you are looking to pick up photography as a hobby and do not know where to start, then you need to look no further - this is the place for you!

Extra points: There's a really cute artsy coffee shop directly across the street that serves great coffee and delicious pastries/cake. You should definitely check out this coffee shop during the break!

- Alicia L.

This was a very awesome course! I got everything i wanted out of it, and more. I needed the bascis of how to use my camera. I got the basics plus got introduced to things (such as editing...) which are way above my ability to understand at this point but gald to know the possibilities are there. The instructor is knowledgeable, accessible and create a great atmospher in the course. It was a very enjoyable intro to digital photography!

- Fanny H.

Great course, instructor is very knowledgeable and a very competent  photographer with a good eye as well. I would recommend this course to novices and to experienced photographers alike.

- Brian W.

 

 

"My family photos from Christmas came out great, everyone was commenting on them and asking if I had taken a course. Clearly Lenswork helped!"

- Robin T.