Join me for three days of creative photography on the streets of San Francisco!
October 25 – 27, 2019
A ONE-OF-A-KIND PROGRAM
Participants will be guided to tap into their own way of seeing using techniques based on a special photography-training program – Simplicity-in-Seeing – designed from the ground up by Olaf Sztaba. The objective of the program is to encourage participants to take risks, unleash their creative potential and learn how to use simple techniques to produce strong dramatic compositions.
We will be discussing and practicing five key concepts during this workshop:
SEEING THE IMAGE
CRAFTING THE IMAGE
EXECUTING THE IMAGE
POST-PROCESSING THE IMAGE
EVALUATING AND PRESENTING THE IMAGE
We will learn how to See the Image, Craft the Image and Execute the Image using techniques Olaf has developed over the years to journey past the snapshot. Every day includes a mix of presentations, discussions and street shooting in the most visually-striking San Francisco neighbourhoods. Olaf will demonstrate his original “keep it simple” processing techniques. You will receive notes and plenty of material to take home with you.
PERSONALIZED, ONE-TO-ONE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE
While working with my students I never assume that they are all heading in one direction. Considerations of character, interests and visual exploration may lead some students to discover new, very unique ways of seeing. Since my classes are very small we are able to work together to find the right path.
During the hands-on shooting on the streets of San Francisco each participant will spend extensive time with me individually. Such one-to-one interaction with my students is imperative in the learning process so our class sizes are limited to 8 participants only.
On completing your registration, you will receive a welcome letter and a direct email address for Olaf. From this point on, Olaf will help you with your preparations in terms of gear choices and will answer any questions you may have. In the period leading up to the workshop you will receive email communication regarding any changes, updates and/or preparation ideas. All my students remain in direct contact with me after the workshop so we can interact and discuss your progress.
We always strive to create a relaxed and respectful atmosphere of learning no matter the level of your photographic knowledge. There is no such a thing as a “stupid question” at the workshop. The joy of photography will be the central theme in everything we do.
You should leave the workshop with a clear vision, confidence and a set of mental and technical tools to craft stunning imagery.
Note: When choosing your workshop and investing your hard-earned dollars, keep in mind that the photographic industry is flooded with such offerings. Although there are distinctions in teaching styles or approaches the ultimate distinguishing factor should be the imagery produced by your instructor.
WHAT OTHERS SAY
“A true visual poet” – Sid, podcaster
Olaf posesses that rare ability to truly observe that which the rest of us can only see – Spencer Wynn, Fujifilm X-Photographer
“I’ve seen Olaf at work, and it is poetry” – Peter Faris, workshop participant
“Real Artistic Visionary” – Tomash, a founder of FujiLove
“Olaf’s stunning photography is a visual gift to the world” – Patrick, a founder of Fujirumors.com
“A unique eye for superbly creative and aesthetically pleasing images” – Iain Palmer, a founder of 53mm
“Olaf’s photos always surprise with their dramatic contrasts, reduction of elements to powerful geometric shapes and the placement of colour where it matters. All this, despite his wicked sense of humour.” – Sally Jennings, a writer and editor
Friday, 4:00PM – 8:00PM
The workshop will start on Friday afternoon with a get-to-know-you session, organizational topics, and ethical and personal aspects of street photography. Then we will dive straight into the Simplicity-In-Seeing program. We will make sure you are ready for the next day of shooting.
Saturday, 9:30AM – 5:30PM
We will spend shooting on the Streets of San Francisco.
Sunday, 9:30AM – 5:30PM
On Sunday, we will perfect our techniques and shoot most of the day with frequent breaks for discussion and honest evaluation. The workshop will conclude late Sunday afternoon with an “I did it” photo extravaganza and a personal one-to-one photo chat.
Suggested: mirrorless, SLR-like cameras or iPhone. A basic knowledge of how to operate your gear is advisable. A camera with a 35mm or 50mm prime lens is recommended. If possible, please try to avoid zooms.
I was extremely resistant to both because it meant I had to ask people for photographs or bypass their permission. Olaf’s teaching let me put the worst of that behind me, even (amazing!) made me enjoy it. The result? The best five days of my photographic life and some of the best images I ever produced. I’ll never be the photographer he is but he shared enough of his knowledge and focus that I came out of the workshop a much better photographer than the guy that went in.
Robert Raisler – California
The full payment of US$995 is required at the time of registration.
To insure frequent interaction and the best learning experience, only eight spots are available.
CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
Please make sure you are committed to the workshop before purchasing, as there is NO REFUND possible once your payment has been processed (there are some exceptions for emergency situations). However, at any time prior to the start of the workshop you may transfer your paid seat in the workshop to another participant.
Leaving a workshop in progress, for any reason, will not result in a refund. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop because of an inadequate number of participants or due to illness. In the event that a workshop is cancelled prior to departure, you will receive a full refund of the cost of the workshop.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved. Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
“The video and blog only gave a taste of what it was like to work with Olaf in person. He has a singular devotion to his work, and has acquired expert knowledge of how to capture amazing images. Fortunately, he is incredibly generous in sharing this knowledge. Without knowing Olaf, my biggest fear in taking the workshop (apart from the fear my images might suck) was that he might be a secretive hard-case who dribbled out crumbs of information. The exact opposite was true. Shooting sessions included solid approaches to getting good images, but were also filled with many creative suggestions.
I have many more great images from the workshop, and many great memories as well. I highly recommend his workshop to aspiring photographers, and also to experienced photographers seeking inspiration and a unique perspective.”
Peter Faris – Calgary
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