What we're about

Hello, welcome to this community!
I am a passionate Street photographer and I have been doing it for quite a few years. My aim in taking over this group is to make it engaging, active and entertaining, but most of all to learn about Street photography, practice it and meet like minded people to enjoy their company and conversation and make new friends.
Who would participate in the Meetups? If you want to spend a few hours learning and enjoying the experience, this is the right place! If you want to hang out with fellow photographers, this is the place! If you want to shoot some Street photography and get better at it, this is the…ok, you got the gist of it!
I will be leading mini workshops for beginner and intermediate level photographers, but I welcome advanced photographers so we can learn from each other! The workshops will be 2-3 hours long and will cover techniques, camera settings, different styles and how to shoot them, what to shoot and why, and all the questions you need answered. Each workshop will be covering mainly a specific subject but I will be available for any doubts or questions you might have. At the end of the session we will gather around a pint and have some banter and socialise.
The Meetups will have different formats:
Mini workshop
Styles, specific techniques, framing and composition, what to shoot, how to make an image compelling, etc.
Expert workshops
Occasionally there will be a guest expert in a specific style or a renown or recognised photographer to lead the workshop.
Author themed sessions
We will pick one of the greats (or not so renown but still great) and analyse their work, then go out and try to imitate them to learn!
Critique sessions
This is a really delicate one, but if there is something that taught me the most in the shortest time is having my work critiqued! So there will be critique sessions in which you bring up to ten of your best (or not!) pictures and hear what me and other advanced/expert photographers have to say about it. It may hurt at times but constructive critique will take you to the next level.
The odd social one!
We may just decide to meet up to socialise and have some photography conversation, banter, knowing each other better, have a beer!
After each Meetup it would be great if the participants shared some of their work on the platform so we can enjoy it! Constructive comments will be welcome.
As it says on the tin, the main theme of this group is Street Photography.
Although there are very radical views of how Street photography should or should not be defined, in this group we identify it as candid photography shot in a public place; it does not have to be necessarily street or urban environment. The subject is mostly human or human related, and what we are looking for is behaviour, juxtaposition, telling a story, documenting a funny or interesting situation, never ridiculing or lacking respect for the subject.
The styles of Street Photography can be many and very different, and we will explore each of them on themed sessions.
If you read the whole thing, congratulations! Now come to one of the Meetups and join the community!
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Micro-composition in Street Photography

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How often do we take a photograph and realise that a pole is sticking out behind the head of the main subject? How many Street Photographs do we see where the subjects are against a messy, confusing background?
This happens because although we are composing the image, we fail to micro-compose it.

But what is micro-composition? Nope, it has nothing to do with macro photography! Well, you can micro-compose there as well…

Micro-composition is taking control of the precise positioning of the elements, subjects and background in an image to create a visually compelling experience and clear points of interest for the eye to go to.

Micro-composition will take your images to the next level, making your subject pop and allowing the background and secondary elements in the picture to support the main subject. Your images will be easier to read and spark more interest for the viewer.

In this workshop we will have an initial briefing explaining the main principles of micro-composition and how to do it well and quickly. In Street Photography the pace is often quite fast, we need to have a clear idea about how to do it and do it before the scene has gone. You will understand how to make this a priority in your photography and you will see the results straight away.

After the briefing we will venture on the streets and practice the principles and techniques to come home with a few images that are well micro-composed and a way to practice this in your own time.

Join us in an intensive learning experience and a welcoming and fun group of fellow photographers. You will enjoy the day and come home with a stronger photographic skill. And a few laughs…

After the workshop it would be great to share two or three shots from the day on the Facebook group Shoot The Street:
The community is already formed by passionate Street Photographers and will welcome you and your images, and we will be looking forward to seeing the results of your efforts.

Have you read this far? Wow, well done! You’re committed already!
Book your place and come along!

A day in Venice

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Venice always inspires romantic images of canals, suggestive alleys and small bridges, Gondolas and sleek wooden clad water taxis. A photographer’s bliss.

Also, there is a whole a lot of people to photograph: not only the tourists, but also the wonderful locals that you can find as soon as you venture out of the usual tourist routes.

Venice is a street photography heaven, with beautiful backgrounds everywhere you turn, moments and scenes unfolding in front of your eyes everywhere you look and behind every corner.

We will be walking through the alleys and streets of Venice all day, only stopping for refreshments and a quick lunch, visiting some of the most beautiful areas and getting inspired by this unique city.

We will start at 10 in the morning with a quick briefing and we will talk about how to make the most of the day, what techniques to use and how to come home with beautiful street images. I will be your guide and always be available to offer advice and guidance throughout the day. I’ll be there to show you the best opportunities and to help you take your photography to the next level. I will help you get confident in moving closer to the subject, choosing the scenes and backgrounds to make stronger images, plan the shots and compose them well. We will end the day at 16.30 when we can sit in a bar again and talk about the day’s experiences and have some banter around a drink. It will be a wonderful adventure and an intense learning experience.

Go ahead and book, you will enjoy it and learn a lot! And you will come home with a set of great images!

Some further info:

Please bring along a simple kit! Don’t burden yourself with a big bag: a single camera with a prime lens or two, or a basic zoom will suffice. Please, please, please: empty cards and full batteries! And at least a spare battery. No tripods, telephoto lenses, filters needed.

Flights and accommodation will have to be arranged by the attendee, but I’m happy to share recommendations for Hotels and AirBnBs. Mestre is a cheaper place to stay and you can be inside Venice very quickly by train or bus, I often stay there in an AirBnB.
Flying to Venice Marco Polo or Treviso will be fine either way, Treviso is not far and can be cheaper.

Refreshments and meals will be paid individually to keep it fair. We will meet in a bar (Italian version of the coffee shop!) to start with and stop for lunch on the way when we need it.

We can book a dinner together in the evening in a typical Venetian restaurant and enjoy each other’s company, just let me know for te number of people to book.

We will mainly move on foot but we might need to take a Vaporetto (water bus) to move faster from one location to the other. You can buy a ticket for it in advance should you wish to do so - let me know and I’ll send you the details.

Colour VS Black and White in Street Photography

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The debate goes on: colour? Black and White? What should street photography look like?
We have seen so many images from Cartier Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Robert Doisneau, Garry Winogrand, and so many others that made the history of street photography and they all shot in black and white. But then the likes of Joel Meyerowitz, Saul Leiter, Ernst Haas, Harry Gruyaert, Gordon Parks and others come along and shake the street photography world with their colour photography, in a time when colour photographs weren't considered "artful" but even vulgar!

Who was right? But both of course! Both colour and black and white are fantastic for street photography.

So, how do you decide between the two in the digital era? You just shoot colour and decide in post if that looked better in monochrome?

Nope! That is not the right approach.

Colour and B&W require two different mindsets, a different way of seeing, a different visual language.

In this workshop we will discuss what this visual language is and what the differences are, how to look for either colour or monochrome images, what subjects/scenes to look for and how to compose them.

We will start with a short presentation of the main principles supported by a good number of images to drive the points home.

We will then venture in the streets and will start with looking for images and how you could choose for each scene: I will explain what I look for, what I'm seeing and how I would shoot it. Then it's your turn, and you will have to commit to monochrome first and then to colour in two different short sessions.

At the end we will seek shelter in a cafe or pub and discuss the day together before saying goodbye.

You will leave with a much better understanding of the two different ways of shooting street photography (and general photography, the principles are quite universal!) and you will be able to make a very conscious choice about what to choose and when.

Shooting film? Welcome! You will have your drug of choice loaded in the camera already, but you can load another roll in a second body or simply shoot what you have and learn why you might try the other option!

Book your place and come along for a great learning experience and a great day with fellow enthusiasts. Banter guaranteed!

For the attendees I will send a link a few days in advance with an interesting pre-reading to do before the workshop.

After the workshop join the FaceBook group Shoot the Street:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/277702052406306/ and share a few of the images you shot and will shoot using what you learned! it's a great street photography community and it will help you improving.

See you there!

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Street photography: what, why and how

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