Workshops

JOHN FREE PHOTOGRAPHY
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

Your inspiring methods of teaching, wit and insightful techniques are invaluable to any photographer. I will definitely ‘put in the work’ as you encourage me to improve my images and share what I’ve learnt with others. – Linda Wisdom, London

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Photo by Linda Wisdom

 

If you join one of John’s street photography workshops you will participate in a photographic celebration, dedicated to improving your abilities to make meaningful and powerful images. You will be offered  an assignment that John will critique at the end of the day.

As we walked John showed us how he disarms his subjects and avoids conflict while getting very close and most often not even being noticed. It was amazing to watch. I can honestly say it has changed how I approach all my photography. – Claire W., Dublin

You taught us way more than just the secrets of taking great snapshot of life. I learned how to be way more confident, aware and mainly to just be you! I will always be thankful for that. – T. Sweeney 

PRIVATE ONE-ON-ONE WORKSHOPS WITH JOHN FREE  in Los Angeles are available year round for an full day working on the street with John while he demonstrates, and you practice, his techniques for getting in close without disturbing the subject, or even being noticed. You will also learn how he makes photographs at the speed of life, how to increase speed in camera handling and mental calculations to make an effective photograph. He will also discuss and demonstrate the various ways to find or build subject.

The day will begin with a lecture, slide show and discussion by John and his son Scott of the history of street photography, analyzing the approach and intent of John’s favorite photographers including Hine, HCB, Frank and Smith. He will also give you the inside story about how he made some of his most iconic photographs. The lecture will give you a great warm up for a day of working alongside John.

You will:

•  Gain insight and motivation from the discussion and slide show

•  Understand the discipline of manual focus, full frame, available light and candid subject and

why adhering to a set discipline allows greater freedom and ability to notice and seize the

moment

•  Observe and practice John’s unique approach to in-the-street encounters and his

ability to find and deal with subject

•  Hear firsthand how John’s most famous photographs were made

Cost:      $400

Just a fantastic one-on-one workshop with John today. John’s ability to explain how to put elements together to create an effective photograph is second to none. It is true most of the time people do not even know John is there allowing us to get close and create those wonderful images. If someone did notice us we had a smile and John’s hilarious verbal judo made everyone laugh! – Gary T., Los Angeles

One-on-One Workshop in Los Angeles – CONTACT JOHN WITH DESIRED DATE(S)


Date desired


GENERAL INFORMATION

2017 Schedule coming soon

All workshops include a daily introductory lecture as well as the opportunity to work one-on-one with John to develop an individual working technique tailored to enhance each photographer’s unique personal vision.  You will have the opportunity to spend as much time as possible with John photographing at various locations in the city, with opportunities to learn by watching him work.

The daily locations are subject to change based upon events or photographic opportunities and you will receive specific locations after your registration is complete. Students should be prepared for extensive walking and occasional public transportation rides to various locations. John chooses the areas of the city where he has had the best luck in finding suitable subject material.

The workshops are designed so that participants will provide their own transportation, lodging and meals, as well as print processing (if using film). Students may bring their laptop computers to view photographs during the daily critique sessions.

A 50% deposit is required to reserve a space,  the balance to be paid no later than two weeks before the start of the workshop. Payment may be made 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.

Two full days of street shooting in LA with John Free and other wonderful photographers…loved every minute! Excited to edit and see the candy! Thank you for sharing the practice. D. Arlook, Los Angeles

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. WHAT BOOKS/PHOTOGRAPHERS SHOULD I STUDY IN PREPEARATION FOR YOUR WORKSHOP?

“I recommend that my students study the works the photographers who have inspired me, of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and W. Eugene Smith and the book the Tao of Photography: Seeing Beyond Seeing by Gross and Shapiro. I also recommend the book The Family of Man.This book is the permanent embodiment of Edward Steichen’s monumental exhibition at the 1955 Museum of Modern Art in New York.

 

2. WHAT CAMERA AND LENS DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR THE WORKSHOP?

I recommend that you carry one digital or film camera, including smart phones. I use a “normal” lens on a 35mm SLR film camera. I also do not carry a camera bag so I can better blend in.

 

3. DO YOU CRITIQUE EACH STUDENT’S PHOTOS DURING THE WORKSHOP?

I do not require photographers to submit images for evaluation but I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity since it’s a good way for us to learn together. For those using digital cameras we can either look at them on your camera or on your laptop.  Alternatively, students using film can email me their images up to one year after the workshop and I will critique them online.

 

4. WHAT SHOULD I WEAR/BRING?

We do a lot of walking during the workshop so comfortable shoes and clothes are a must. This also helps you blend in and nothing wrong with people thinking you’re just a tourist out taking pictures. Sunscreen and bottled water is also strongly suggested! What is most important is that you bring with you the excitement and willingness to learn how to take great pictures.

 

5.  I JUST FINISHED MY FIRST PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS AND I LOVED IT! BUT I KNOW I STILL HAVE SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN. WHEN WILL I BE READY TO TAKE YOUR WORKSHOP?

We are all students when it comes to our photography and anyone and everyone who wants to improve their photography is welcome to take the workshop. Many of John’s students have found that they met a group of fellow street photographers that will be your life-long contacts and friends who share a passion for street photography.

 

6. I AM AN EXTREMTLY SHY PERSON AND MAY BE TOO AFRAID TO GET IN CLOSE TO TAKE A PHOTO OF A STRANGER. WILL I BE PUT IN A POSITION WHRE I DO NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE?

No one will be placed in any uncomfortable situations. Remember most of my techniques involve people not even noticing we are even there. I will be demonstrating these techniques and you can participate in them when you feel ready. My goal is to make you invisible.

It was great to meet you and get a first-hand experience of how you do that voodoo you do… you’re a funny guy, made me laugh. Listening to your philosophy was inspiring and an education to watch how you dance with your subjects -Gardner H

For more information or questions email John at johnnienikon@yahoo.com.