• Santa Monica Pier and 3rd Street Promenade - Night shoot

    Santa Monica Pier Carousel

    Santa Monica Pier and 3rd Street Promenade - 7:30pm - 10pm This is where I get a bit artsy and weird. I’m experimenting with a body of work that involves nighttime street photography with flash at slow shutter speeds. The results are unexpected, and interesting, and powerfully strange. Join me at the Carousel at 7:30pm (sunset is 7:44pm) as we shoot through sunset into darkness. Bring a flash if you want to be weird like me, or just work on your night street photography. A fast prime lens is best. Limit 10 people.

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  • Venice Beach Photowalk - Capturing the Human Element

    Venice Ale House

    Venice Beach Boardwalk - 2:30pm - 5:30pm Our theme for the day is Capturing the Human Element without revealing your subject. This is a great opportunity for those who feel nervous shooting strangers up close. No, we’re not going to throw you into the ring and freak you out. Instead we’ll explore some methods for featuring human subjects in ways that are non-confrontational and non-threatening, while producing images that are interesting and unusual. Learn to anticipate where a moving subject will enter your frame, and get some practice moving discretely through a scene. We’ll meet up at the intersection of Rose Avenue and Ocean Front Walk, out by the Venice Ale House. Closest parking is Lot 5 South, just a 5-10 minute walk away. Limit 10 people.

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  • DTLA Street Photography Walk: Broadway Theater & Entertainment District at Night

    Street Photography Walk DTLA Broadway Theater & Entertainment District at Night 8pm - 10pm Meet in front of the Bradbury Building at 8pm. We'll start with a discussion about low-light street photography and TTL flash. Our playground will be the area from 3rd street to 7th street along Broadway and side streets with an intention to wrap up between 9:30 and 10pm. We'll definitely want to split into pods of no fewer than 2-3 people for security.

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  • Downtown LA Street Photography. Capturing Emotion + Environmental Portraiture

    Downtown LA Street Photography Session - 3:30 - 6:45pm Meet at Union Square. There is a Starbucks inside just before the INFORMATION desk. It's very easy to find. Meet at this Starbucks at 3:30pm. Our themes for the day are Capturing Emotion and Environmental Portraiture 3:30 - 4pm. In Street Photography, candid is essential. We'll start with a discussion on pre-focusing (aka Zone-Focusing) as one way to increase discretion when capturing candid photographs of people in public. 4pm - 5:10pm We'll work through La Plaza at Olvera Street and surrounding area. Work there for 1 hour and move on to our next location. 20 minute walk to Grand Central Market. This is a (mostly) indoor location, and we'll start with a brief technical tutorial/discussion from 5:30 - 5:45pm about how to apply zone-focusing and our other sneaky techniques in lower light situations by increasing ISO and reducing shutter speed, etc. Work there for 1 hour. End at 6:45pm. Dinner and drinks at the Central Market if desired. Anyone desirous of image critique is encourage to present images over drinks. As always, light tutorial is available for those who need it. I recommend bringing a prime (fixed) lens instead of a zoom. Zoom lenses are great for travel and landscape images, but if you wish to improve your street photography skills, a prime lens is where it's at. I'll have a wide angle lens and a "normal" lens with me. Also, one IMPORTANT REQUEST: Please disable your camera's FOCUS notification BEEP. When attempting to shoot discreetly, it doesn't work in your favor to alert your subject to your presence when your camera omits a loud beep every time it acquires focus. This is especially troublesome when working with a group of photographers, as your camera beeps can ruin shots for other shooters. Please be kind and disable your camera's annoying burps and other functional noises.

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  • [San Francisco, Mission Street] 4 - Hour Storytelling Photowalk Workshop

    16th St Mission BART Station

    $35.00

    12:30pm - 4:30pm Sunday, June 16th Cost: $35 Limit 10 people. Meet at 16th St. Mission Station 2000 Mission Street San Francisco CA 94110 4-hour Mission Street Storytelling Photowalk Workshop The Mission District is a virtual outdoor art gallery full of vibrant murals, open produce markets, and local color. "The Mission" refers to the San Francisco de Asis Mission, also known as Mission Dolores, which was founded 1776. Today the neighborhood is host to an eclectic mix of restaurants, markets, performance spaces, shops, and nightspots. Our playground over this 4-hour Photowalk Workshop will run a 10-block span from 16th St. to 25th St. Our goal is to create a multi-shot photo essay that captures the story of A Day on Mission Street. The format is one-on-one and small group instruction/demonstration, followed by participants breaking off to work on small assignments -- regroup and discuss. We do this 3-4 times over a 4-hour period. This Photowalk Workshop includes one 30-minute one-on-one critiquing session 1 week following the workshop, conducted via Slack or Skype. This Photowalk is perfect for any street photographer looking to learn some new street photography techniques, improve their storytelling skills, and explore using unique compositions and backdrops to tell a more powerful visual narrative. Topics to be discussed include when to go Black & White for interest and impact, as well as some approaches to shooting people in a public setting in ways that are discreet and non-threatening. Bring your questions, your enthusiasm for street photography, and a sense of adventure. I would advise you to consider discretion. If you've got a camera strap with a big NIKON logo on it for example, you will want to consider replacing it with a plain strap that doesn't attract attention to the fact that you're a photographer. We call this a "cowbell" accessory. No cowbells! As with most street photography scenarios, I would also recommend a small, prime lens if you've got one, vs a big zoom lens. If you don't HAVE a small prime lens, it's okay, you'll just be less discreet with a bigger camera rig and people could notice you, making it more difficult to get those candid shots. I shoot wide more often than not and will most likely be using a 35mm equivalent lens most of the day. Please do reach out with any questions, and I hope to see you in San Francisco. Chris

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  • Santa Monica Evening Shoot

    Santa Monica Place

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  • Afternoon Photowalk at Venice Beach Boardwalk

    Venice Ale House

    Afternoon Photowalk at Venice Beach Boardwalk Time: 3:30pm - 6pm Theme: Location AS Subject Cost: FREE Limit: 10 people Recommended Parking: Lot 5 South. Between Dorothy Green Park and South Beach Park Playground. Note that this lot requires you remove your car before sunset. Meet: Outside Venice Ale House on Rose Ave. We’re going to do something a little bit different for the next series of Ambulant Photowalks. I’m going to break a full day Los Angeles visit into 3 separate activities/locations, and limit each group to 10 people. We’re also going to do a little more shooting and a little bit less walking, with a focus on finding as many photographable moments as possible in a single location before moving on. (I think that I’ve been a bit to eager to move onto the next location, a habit which has negatively impacted my own work.) There are THREE photo walks scheduled for this day. As many of you know I make a day of it when I come down to LA and so I'll be here for a good 8-10 hours. You're welcome to join me for as few or as many of these three sessions as you'd like, though I will be limiting each session to 10 people. *Location AS Subject*. What does that even mean? I was recently working in Rome, on Easter Sunday. The Vatican was absolutely overwhelmed with tourists and as a location was very difficult to shoot. The question came: how can I tell the story of St. Peter’s Basilica and Piazza San Pietro despite the unavoidable bustle of people? Many answers came back in response to that question, and one that I (personally) want to explore this Saturday involves a tripod and a 3-stop ND filter. As you all know, the Venice Beach Boardwalk is also overrun with tourists, especially on Saturdays, which is the very point of a tourist attraction (though the locals certainly bristle at seeing their town having become a tourist attraction.) My goal during this photo session is to find the best vantage points around which to build a composition, shoot from a tripod with long exposure settings in order to blur out motion while keeping the background/setting in sharp focus. In this way, I might tell a stronger story of the location without putting undue focus on the tourists shuffling through my frame. Our playground will run from Rose Ave to South Venice Boulevard. Attractions will include The Venice Beach Boardwalk, Skate Park, Possibly a drum circle. Event officially ends at 6pm, though you're welcome to join me for Dinner at Tocaya Organica from 6pm - 7pm for an unstructured photography discussion. https://www.tocayaorganica.com/ Hit me with any questions here on the Meetup page. Also, please let me know if you intend to join me for dinner.

  • Santa Monica Pier + Beach Photowalk

    Santa Monica Pier Carousel

    Santa Monica Pier + Beach Photowalk Time: 12:30pm - 3pm Theme: Location AS Subject Cost: FREE Limit: 10 people Recommended Parking: Lot 2 South. Note that this lot requires you remove your car before sunset. Meet: At tables behind Santa Monica Pier Carousel Bring: A tripod (optional). An ND filter if you've got one. We’re going to do something a little bit different for the next series of Ambulant Photowalks. I’m going to break a full day Los Angeles visit into 3 separate activities/locations, and limit each group to 10 people. We’re also going to do a little more shooting and a little bit less walking, with a focus on finding as many photographable moments as possible in a single location before moving on. (I think that I’ve been a bit to eager to move onto the next location, a habit which has negatively impacted my own work.) There are THREE photo walks scheduled for this day. As many of you know I make a day of it when I come down to LA and so I'll be here for a good 8-10 hours. You're welcome to join me for as few or as many of these three sessions as you'd like, though I will be limiting each session to 10 people. *Location AS Subject.* What does that even mean? I was recently working in Rome, on Easter Sunday. The Vatican was absolutely overwhelmed with tourists and as a location was very difficult to shoot. The question came: how can I tell the story of St. Peter’s Basilica and Piazza San Pietro despite the unavoidable bustle of people? Many answers came back in response to that question, and one that I (personally) want to explore this Saturday involves a tripod and a 3-stop ND filter. As you all know, the Santa Monica Pier is overrun with tourists, especially on Saturdays -- which is the very point of a tourist attraction. My goal during this photo session is to find the best vantage points around which to build a composition, shoot from a tripod with long exposure settings in order to blur out motion while keeping the background/setting in sharp focus. In this way, I might tell a stronger story of the location without putting undue focus on the tourists shuffling through my frame. I will be working all over and under the Pier, along Chess Park and the old Muscle Beach, Aerial Rings, etc. I will then drive from Santa Monica to Venice Beach to save time and reduce having to walk back through a dead zone later. Hit me with any questions here on the Meetup page.

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  • 4 Days in Rome – Travel Photo Adventure (FREE WORKSHOP - ENGLISH Speaking)

    THIS PHOTO ADVENTURE IS NOW FULL 4-day street photography adventure in Rome, Italy. April, 2019. Easter Week in Rome is sure to be quite an adventure!

  • Santa Monica to Venice Photo Adventure (No-Cost)

    Santa Monica Pier

    Meet at the Santa Monica Pier Carousel - TABLES on the front side, above the boardwalk. LA Photowalk Adventure. We'll meet up in Santa Monica at 3:30pm. From there we'll work our way to the Santa Monica Pier, and then down the Beach Boardwalk to Washington Street in Venice. This will put us near to the Venice Fishing Pier for sunset. GORGEOUS! From there we can have coffee or drinks (or dinner). I tend to Uber back to the Santa Monica Pier and work on my night shooting on the Pier and up towards Third Street Promenade. I come into LA from Santa Barbara and so I always make a day of it. People with lots of stamina can feel free to stick it out with me or peel off at their convenience. FYI: Sun sets at 7:08pm on March 23rd.

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