John Free Street Photography Workshop
London, August 31 – September 2, 2013
The workshop is limited to ten photographers and is open to all, regardless of their skill level. Beginning photographers will not “get in the way” or “inhibit” more advanced photographers with their presence. All photographers, regardless of their skill, must constantly study the same things in order to improve our images. We are always students when it comes to our photography.
The workshop is designed to allow participating photographers to spend as much time as possible with me photographing at various locations in the city.
Lectures occur as we work together and at meal breaks. There is also ample time for reviewing participants’ photographs and having one-on-one discussions with each photographer. Students will be able to observe me finding and evaluating subjects and how I am able to get in close.
The workshop will help students improve their ability to recognize potential photographic situations and to be able to quickly analyze the elements and forms that give the subject meaning. Students will learn to frame and photograph the subject at the precise instant that all elements are arranged and coordinated with proper timing. By being able to work quickly and quietly, the student is able to photograph the event at the correct moment when all elements, forms and moods have converged to a peak of visual intensity.
By participating in this workshop you will:
˃ Improve your ability to recognize potential photographic situations
˃ Be able to quickly analyze the elements and forms that give the subject meaning
˃ photograph the event at the correct moment when all elements, forms and moods have converged to a peak of visual intensity.
˃ Recognize and comprehend situations in daily life that produce pictures that communicate to the viewer what you intended;
˃ Work quickly and quietly without having to think about or look at the camera;
˃ Gain an enhanced awareness of how to frame the various elements, moods and forms that make up the subject and how important proper timing is in capturing the moment;
˃ Produce photographs that entertain, educate or in some way, affect the viewer for having seen them.
QUOTES FROM STUDENTS:
Watching John work opened up a whole new awareness of what street photography can be. Learning how to get in close without being noticed is really helpful. – S. L.
I had the time of my life working with John Free during his workshop. Anyone who is in any way serious about improving as a photographer would be wise to attend a photographic workshop with John. – D. M.
Thank you for showing me that expensive equipment is not necessary to work quickly and effectively. It is so much easier to respond to the moment now. – L. M.
The daily locations are subject to change based upon events or photographic opportunities. Each morning we will meet at 9:00 a.m. to review each photographer’s work from the previous day. Students should be prepared for extensive walking and occasional tube rides to various locations. I try to choose the areas of the city where I have had the best luck in finding suitable subject material.
MATERIALS: A camera with manual settings is suggested. If using a film camera students are encouraged to use a C-41 process black and white film to be developed at any half-hour processing facility if a critique is desired. Critiques are optional.
COST: $1,200 ($900 for previous students) in U.S. dollars. Early sign-up by 6/1/2013 $900/$600)
The fee includes one year of on-line critiques of students’ work. All students will provide their own transportation, lodging and meals, as well as print processing (if using film). The workshop includes an introductory lecture and the opportunity to work one-on-one with me to develop an individual working technique tailored to fit each photographer’s unique personal vision.
REGISTRATION: A 50% deposit is required to reserve a space, the balance to be paid by August 15. Payment may be made by personal check or through PayPal. Cancellations must be made no later than two weeks in advance for a refund minus at 10% cancellation fee. In the event that the workshop is cancelled for any reason, participants will receive a full refund.
Checks should be sent to: John Free
PO Box 697
Tujunga, CA 91043
PayPal payments can be sent to my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any other questions, please send me an email or call me at 818-353-7223.