Join me for three days of creative photography on the streets of London.
May 24 – 26, 2019
Join me for three days of creative photography on the streets of London.
There is no question that London is one of the best cities in the world for street photography. Its mix of people, diversity, costume and historic and modern architecture provides the creative photographer with a stage for stunning visual discoveries. We will not hold anything back. From edgy Brick Lane and the visually stunning Barbican to the super modern financial district we will capture the best of London. We are not going to go after “me too” imagery but rather focus on creating individual work based on YOUR own seeing.
A ONE-OF-A-KIND PROGRAM
No, you won’t be standing just taking photos of random passers-by or boring portraits of your buddies on the street. 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 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 photogenic London neighbourhoods. Olaf will demonstrate his original “keep it simple” processing techniques tailored to a very special rainy imagery. You will receive notes and plenty of material to take home with you.
PERSONALIZED, ONE-TO-ONE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE
If you thought the only objective of this workshop is learning how to craft great imagery, you are mistaken. Sometimes students are looking for their true calling and find it in photography. 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 other genres of photography. Since my classes are small we are able to work together to find the right path for you.
During the hands-on shooting on the streets of London 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 10 participants.
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 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.
“My photographic life is split into two eras: the life before attending Olaf’s workshop and now. Olaf opened my eyes and gave my seeing a new direction. His formula is simple: foundation times emotion = great images. Emotions are very personal and everybody needs to find his/her own inner voice to bring to the table, but even that Olaf lives and breathes and you can see him living his images. What makes Olaf’s approach so different is teaching the foundations: not apertures, no gear talk or pixel-peeping – it is all about directing the eye and then letting the emotions elevate the imagery to levels I have not thought being capable of. Simple directions plus playfulness, but being concentrated and observing. Magic.This workshop removed a blindfold – I am now seeing! “
– Thomas Weller
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 workshop 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
Saturday morning, we will spend shooting on the Streets of London, then at noon we will move to the classroom to evaluate and discuss the imagery and further work in the program. In the late afternoon, we will head out again to the Streets of London.
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.
The full payment of US$995 is required at the time of registration.
To insure frequent interaction and the best learning experience, only 10 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. 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 paid by the same method that the original payment was made. Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.
RELEASE OF LIABILITY
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If you join us for an event, please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury.
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OLI Publishing Inc. does not provide liability insurance for the protection of individuals who may participate in any of the events planned by OLI Publishing Inc.
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