2018 Street Photography Workshops

I am pleased to announce new dates in 2018 for my 20 hour street photography workshop!

My goal with these 2.5 day workshops is to help you find your own vision as a street photographer,  to enhance your creativity and to give you the tools to make the images you see in your head.  During the workshop you will learn about:

  • The history of street photography
  • Legalities and ethics
  • How to prepare yourself and your camera for a day on the streets
  • Considerations for crafting story-telling images
  • How to work effectively with light and shadow
  • Composition
  • Techniques for shooting candidly
  • Techniques for approaching strangers and making portraits on the street
  • Editing and post processing

Along the way you will gain confidence, have fun, make new friends and capture great images!  And, through it all, I will be there right beside you offering advice and feedback.  I have been teaching for over twenty years now, up to and including at the college level, and I love everything about the process of helping a student achieve their goals.  Multiple diplomas in Adult Education and Curriculum Design, plus thousands of hours in the classroom, have provided me with so many incredible moments and memories and I can’t wait to spend more time in 2018 doing what I love the most… teaching.

Here are some of the things previous students have said about their workshop experience:

“Practical and inspirational are the two words that describe my feelings about the workshop I just completed. An evening of theory and classroom instruction. Then a day and a half of shooting to have lots of time to implement the theory and techniques. Then a half day of image review.  Small group and individual instruction. Ian keeps checking in encouraging you. I increased my confidence and now have a great set of techniques and compositional elements to work on. Workshop started and stayed on time. No wasted time. I highly recommend taking Ian’s workshops.  Thanks again for a great weekend. I hope to see you on the streets sometime.”

– Paul

“I found the course to be fantastic and totally worth the weekend!  I really enjoyed the interaction with the other students and seeing the pictures.  Their feedback was so valuable to my development as it allowed me to gain perspectives otherwise not available in the private workshop.  Thanks!”

– Jeremy

“Ian’s style of teaching is easy to understand and I found him to be accessible to me and to everybody.  I especially appreciated how he set aside time for each student, since that personal touch is what I am looking for when I take any sort of class. I liked how he “set us free” on Sunday to wander on our own and put what we’d learned to some independent use. I also was impressed at how he clearly explained some of the features of the Fuji X100T/F that I had not understood, even though I’ve had my camera for 18 months and tried to school myself on its various features. The possibilities are endless with this camera in my hands.  I knew that BEFORE this weekend, but AFTER the weekend I’m even more certain the investment was money well-spent.  What can I say??  A huge thank you, Ian.  I love your approachable and organized teaching style and look forward to meeting up with you again down the road.”

– Susie

“Truly excellent workshop. The skills I acquired over the weekend resulted in four of my favourite urban images, photos I would never have have taken prior to the workshop.”

– Doug

The following 2018 courses are now available for registration (click each link for more information and to register):

Montreal Street Photography Workshop:  May 25th to 27th, 2018
Vancouver Street Photography Workshop:  June 15th to 17th, 2018
Paris Street Photography Workshop:  July 13th to 15th, 2018
Vancouver Street Photography Workshop:  August 10th to 12th, 2018
Toronto Street Photography Workshop:  August 17th to 19th, 2018

Note:  All of these workshops sold out in 2017,

so don’t hesitate to book early!

I look forward to working with you and to helping you develop your vision and confidence on the streets!

Best wishes,

Ian

96 Hours in Paris – Part Four

A few years ago my PTSD raised its ugly head, a hidden scar from years of working as a paramedic that plunged me into darkness.  The long process of healing, of becoming whole again, taught me a lot about mindfulness and purpose.  It led me to re-define my entire life, for the better.  In a strange way PTSD ended up being one of the best things that ever happened to me because I, like many others before me, built a new life out of adversity.

This trip to Paris, which came on the heels of teaching a sold out workshop in Amsterdam, was a celebration of this new life in a way.  There is a saying you hear every now and then that goes something like “build a life that you don’t need to take a vacation from”.  That, right there, is exactly what I have done over the past few years.  On this trip I walked the streets of Paris for 96 hours, a camera in my hands, creating art.  Art that I will write about.  Art that will be sold as prints.  Art that I will share on stage during my presentations.  Art that I will use to support my workshops and the books I have in development.  Not art made on a vacation, but art made as part of the creative life that I built and choose to live.

And, to get to do it in Paris, a city that I love dearly, is a beautiful thing.  After all, Audrey Hepburn said it best:

“Paris is always a good idea!”

I hope you like the final set of images from this series.   I have really enjoyed processing them, and I am very thankful for all of the kind words and comments that they have received.  Sharing art is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?

Until next time!

Ian

96 Hours in Paris – Part Three

Over two million people live in Paris, a number that swells past twelve million when you include the surrounding areas.  Streets and alleyways are impassible at times, people twisting and turning to fight their way through the crowds as they go about their business.

Paris, somehow, can be a lonely city too though.  It isn’t just the enormity of it, but something that lies subtly under the surface.  Walking the streets of Paris without a destination or schedule you become more in tune to it, the lack of direction allowing you to become more mindful and observant.  Things slow down and you realize that the people fighting their way through the crowds are in their heads, alone amongst many.  You start to notice the people who carve out their own personal space in this busiest of cities: the lady sitting for hours on the outdoor patio, the gentleman reading a newspaper on the bench, the girl standing peacefully by the river or the person lost in thought standing on a bridge looking out on Nôtre Dame. This happens in all cities of course but, somehow, it feels different in Paris.

Being able to observe life here, to really slow down and observe it rather than being a participant, is an incredible experience.  To also get to do it as a photographer is a gift and so I did what I love doing the most… I made pictures.

Click here to view Part Four of this series

Note:   All photos taken with the Fuji X100F, or the Fuji X-Pro2 with the 14mm f/2.8 and the 50mm f/2 lens, using the Acros film simulation.