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Sold Out The Passionate Photographer iPhone Street Photography Workshop with Clifford Pickett & Steve Simon

$ 950.00

The Passionate iPhone Street Photography Workshop: April 22 & 23, 2017.

An Intensive & Transformational Shooting Experience  with Clifford Pickett & Steve Simon

(iPhone Photo Gallery Left: Clifford Pickett

(Deposit of $350 secures your spot)   

“Steve Simon freely shared his passion for photography. He was very generous with his time and the sharing of his skills and knowledge of photography with each participant. I saw parts of New York City I otherwise would not have been able to see, and I used a camera in ways I had not imagined to collect wonderful images. As a beginning photographer, a good portion of what I learned was confidence building. Another major component was technique and technical assistance, which were invaluable. Your patience and the sharing of your extensive knowledge was much appreciated. It felt very special to work with Steve and I definitely look forward to signing up for future workshops.”

Laurence Fitchett Jr.

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Recent advancements in technology have improved cameras of all sizes but perhaps no segment of the market has advanced more quickly than that of mobile phones.  This new breed of smartphones have made tremendous leaps forward in terms of quality and capability–they are serious photographic tools.  Perhaps no photographic genre is better suited for the iPhone than street photography.   With it’s discreet size, silent operation, freedom of movement  and ubiquitous form factor, an iPhone allows a photographer to operate at the speed of New York City streets, yet go unnoticed.

Its unique combination of both hardware and software bring with it a new approach to how we photograph.  A simpler, more creative and dare we say more fun approach? The iPhone removes the technical barrier that gets in between our vision and our capture and instead allows the photographer to focus on what it is truly important: light, composition, gesture and capturing that decisive moment–the true foundations of great photography.  

This is not just an iPhone photography workshop, this is a photography workshop using one of the most intuitive devices possible allowing us to focus on the bigger picture and the elements, process and approach that create powerful imagery.  Lead by Steve Simon (a master street photographer) and Clifford Pickett (a master iPhone photographer) this workshop will take you through the streets of NYC to capture moments.  This is not a technical workshop. That said, you will learn the best ways to shoot, download and process with your iPhone. You will learn about which Apps and accessories can be most useful to communicate and express your feelings about the life we live in the strongest visual way. There will be tips and tricks and best practices to raise your street photography game with your iPhone. 

Our Venue: The Loft

We’ve rented an amazing New York City loft for this workshop. Located in the heart of Chinatown and close to the F train (East Broadway Stop) you can be just about anywhere in the city in a very short time to put into practice our new found knowledge.  The loft will be a safe and secure space for our lecture and there is great coffee and eating opportunities right outside the door. You are welcome to safely leave stuff overnight at our workshop space.

Loft 1

For our shoot, locations may include one or more of the following places: Times Square, High Line Park, Harlem, Fifth Avenue & 57 Street,  Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side, Union Square, Washington Square Park, since they are all quickly and easily accessible from the f train.

Agenda

Day 1: April 22nd:

10am -1pm: Orientation

Introductory meet & greet talking about the days to come as you view the work of some of the best and most influential modern day street photographers led by Steve Simon followed by a quick presentation and demonstration on iPhone photography including best practices for capture, technical considerations, useful apps as well as tips and tricks from Clifford Pickett. A group dinner at the loft is included in the price. We screen one of a number of street photography movies in our collection on the inaugural night. In May we chose: Finding Vivian Maier.

1pm -4pm: Afternoon shoot through the streets of Chinatown

6pm: Dinner at the loft

8pm: Low light and night photography shoot   (Times Square or Greenwich Village)

After the sun sets and light come on, the streets of NYC transform.  While the pace remains, the characters change, the light shifts in color and mood, the streets take on a different form.  We’ll cover how to approach low-light photography using your mobile device covering a range of techniques to apps to gear to capture creative shots in this unique environment.  From overcoming technical hurdles inherent in smaller sensors to creative techniques like panning and slow shutter speeds to capture the energy on the streets after dark, you’ll learn how to create stunning images in any lighting condition.

Day 2:  April 23rd

am: Morning shoot on your own 

10am -11am: Short lecture

11am -2pm: Afternoon shoot through the streets of …….. (I was thinking SOHO, tribeca area)

2-430pm: Final image review and wrap up

Where To Rest Your Head

The cost of this workshop covers tuition, dinner on the first day along with refreshments. You will need to find your own place to stay and there are many, many options close to our venue. They range in price from relatively cheap (this is New York City) to $$$$$. I recommend kayak.com as a search engine. AirBNB offers some flexibility in price and accommodation and I have had great experiences using them around the world.

These three hotels are a few minutes walk to the loft:

Fairfield Inn & Suites – 95 Henry Street, New York, NY 10002 (across the street from The Loft)
Howard Johnson Manhattan Soho – 5 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
Comfort Inn Near Financial District – 154 Madison Street, Chinatown Lower East Side NY, NY 10002

Hotel 91 – 91 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002

Some other reasonably priced hotels I would recommend:

The Pod Hotels
Jane Hotel
The Gershwin
Leo House

“The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.” – Paul Strand

What to Bring

A portfolio of 8 iPhone images – JPEGS on a USB FlashDrive in a folder entitled “Your Name” for critique. Images file names should contain your name as well. This will be for a portfolio review so we can get aquatinted with each other and our work.

Your iPhone, charger and accessories if you have them.

Your own laptop for image editing and note-taking.

Cost

Tuition of USD $950.

$350 down-payment secures your spot and you can cancel for a full refund by January 15, 2016. After that date you can get a full refund if your spot is filled. If not you will get a credit for a future workshop.

Remaining $600 payment due April 1, 2017.

*This workshop is limited to 8 students.

For questions or inquiries: steve@stevesimonphoto.com

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Workshop Testimonials

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. Many photo seminars in London are led by mediocre photographers – you could  have promoted Steve’s expertise and track record far better to differentiate this workshop. How many other photogs can say they were commissioned by Nikon to do an international assignment for the D600 launch? The marketing came over as another photo seminar, completely underplaying the quality of the event. I knew of Steve from the TWiP podcast and would have attended if he was talking about how to watch paint dry…”

Steve Lavelle, London

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.

Oscar Piñeyro, Dallas

I just wanted to drop you a line again and say thank you. Your courses were valuable but mostly you were inspiring. My photography has grown leaps and the passion I have for the art is largely due to you.

David Christofoli, Vancouver

“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!”

Anna Blanco,  New York City

“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. ”

Chapman Solomon,  Mountain View, CA

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.

Anne Dunford, Ithaca, New York

“I used to wait for people to clear out of the way so I could take a shot, now I’m waiting for them to be part of my picture. Steve’s course has given me the desire to start planning specific street photography projects close to home and also revisit those places I’ve travelled to with a brand new perspective on what make a great and unique photograph. ”

Peter Simon, Toronto, Ontario

Steve’s passion for photography is contagious and his teaching abilities and knowledge extraordinary! I highly recommend this workshop to anyone interested in photography.

Paul Lavergne, San Juan, PR

“Steve is a patient and inspiring coach. His award-winning portfolio of work attests to his credentials as a teacher who can point you in the right direction. Working with Steve Simon will make you a better and more motivated photographer. It’s his low-key, one-on-one, no bullshit personality that helps him teach and translate his skill effectively. I learned more than I expected I would, primarily in Steve’s critiques of my, and others’, work. During one session, Steve spoke about how we need to take the literal and make it lyrical, a concept I have tried to put into words for quite some time. As a photographer, it is too easy to be ‘captured’ by the odd, the funny, or the simply interesting. That, too often, results in a snap shot. What I really want to do is compel myself to see things differently and be able to photograph them uniquely.”

Frank Barnako, Great Falls VA

Really happy with it all. This one week course was one of the best weeks of my year. (Or more). The critiques were really helpful. It opened up my eyes to a whole new world. I learned what accentuates a photo or just stands in its way. Steve couldn’t have been any more patient when one didn’t understand. Getting critique on my work, getting to see other peoples work, and the shooting was really great. The vibe—meeting kind people who shared my interest and pushed me to do my best—it was an awesome group! The homey feeling at the loft was so great; feeling so comfortable as opposed to stiff workshops. I’m there for your next! Now I understand street photography and I love it. Just go out and shoot! Freakin awesome experience. (But I doubt you want to put that up on your blog).

Connie Itzkowitz, Brooklyn, NY

“Steve Simon freely shared his passion for photography. He was very generous with his time and the sharing of his skills and knowledge of photography with each participant. I saw parts of New York City I otherwise would not have been able to see, and I used a camera in ways I had not imagined to collect wonderful images. As a beginning photographer, a good portion of what I learned was confidence building. Another major component was technique and technical assistance, which were invaluable. Your patience and the sharing of your extensive knowledge was much appreciated. It felt very special to work with Steve and I definitely look forward to signing up for future workshops.”

Laurence Fitchett Jr.

“Our week-long workshop in NYC was excellent. The atmosphere was pleasant, and conducive to learning, as well as the sharing of ideas. It was also helpful in that interacting with other Passionate Photographers under your expert, patient leadership proved to be unusually productive. I look forward to my next workshop with you.”

Gary G. Altman, Atlanta

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 our things there, use the facilities, and eat the goodies provided. You know you’re in good hands with Steve! An outstanding workshop!!

Stephen Sholl, New York City

 

 

 

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