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Street Photography - Coney Island Mermaid Day Parade Workshop

  • Jun 21, 2014 · 10:30 AM
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Street Photography is all about the unguarded moment. Nowhere do people let their guard down more than at a parade, and at no parade more than the Summer Solstice celebration known as Coney Island's Mermaid Parade! We’re not talking just about the nautically clad marchers, but also the parade watchers. Parades are among the best places to photograph people as their attentions are totally focused on the spectacle and they are at their unselfconscious best!

We will begin the Workshop at 10 a.m., first go over technical issues specific to photographing at the blink of an eye, and walk the neighborhood practicing our craft. Perhaps we'll catch a sea creature emerging from the subway. Then comes the special treat: around 11 a.m., we will enter the staging area for the paraders and floats. Watch out for mermaid costume malfunctions - the decisive moment! Remember to bring your flash - it's handy either to fill in the shadows on a sunny day or add a little "pop" on a cloudy one.

Topics to be covered include:

• Approaching strangers: a best practices approach;

• Overview of effective camera settings and technique;

• Predicting and capturing "the decisive moment";

• Tips for capturing unique images;

• Compositional insight; and

• Lens choice and gear recommendations

Please note that each student will have to pay $20 in addition to the Workshop cost to enter the staging area. This is a worthwhile experience and part of the 3-hour Workshop as 2 hours will be spent in the staging area with hands-on help from your instructor. Tickets to the staging area are not included in the Workshop cost, must be purchased at the entrance to the staging area and cannot be purchased in advance.

About the Instructor:

Dea Jenkins is a multimedia artist with a concentration in the digital arts. The majority of her body of artwork is based in digital photography. She has worked as a freelance photographer for three years shooting fashion photography, portraits and occasional events. She refers to herself as a people photographer, and loves to photograph beautiful, unique faces. She also enjoys helping others find and develop their creative paths through teaching and mentoring. You may find her work at

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  • Dawn W.

    Hi folks - I am only seeing photos from 2 photographers from this workshop. There is a free photography book at stake here and the competition ends tomorrow at 7pm! Post your images as soon as possible to be considered!

    June 24, 2014

  • Dawn W.

    You can call me at [masked]-9570. I sent an email out with instructions and my number yesterday...

    June 21, 2014

  • Juan Manuel S.

    Trains are horrible, might be somewhat late. Anyone I can call in case I'm late

    June 21, 2014

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