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Street Photography Masterclass & Workshop

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Workshop I

Street Photography Shoot and Post Processing
Learn great post processing tips in the computer. No great street shot is complete without a little bit of post-processing in the computer afterwards. On this masterclass you will learn key techniques when creating and manipulating images in the computer, including control of the excessive noise that can be a feature of the high ISO’s needed to get faster shutter speeds. You will also learn important tips for further processing in Photoshop/Elements.

In this unique masterclass you will also learn about how to create stunning black and whites, the natural state of most street photographs.

Topics covered during this unique masterclass you will learn key elements of Street photography including:

– Examples of effective street photography
– Lenses and camera settings
– The rule of sixths for composition
– Expressions and action
– The decisive moment
– The psychology of Street Photography
– Black and white or colour
– Post processing of your shots afterwards in the computer

Refreshements
Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available for you on arrival at the Institute, along with the usual friendly welcome!

Field Trip
Attendees are welcome to join a special hoot held immediately after the Masterclass, details of which will be sent to you on booking. On this shoot all Masterclass attendees will receive special instruction as to how to squeeze the best out of the scene.

Dave McKane has been shooting street photography since his mom bought him his first film SLR for his 21st birthday… and that wasn’t today or yesterday!

Over the years Dave has discovered that for a street photograph to be successful something in the scene has to be meaningful to the photographer and the viewer, even if that something isn’t immediately apparent. Effective street photography is about telling a story in a single frame, not simply recording what was there at a particular time and in a specific place.

People’s expressions are fleeting and situation’s compositional opportunities always are in a state of flux. Catching the right moment, particularly when there is more than one person in the frame, is just as difficult as a sports photographer’s job in terms of catching the moment of peak action.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, probably one of the greatest proponents of street photography ever, once said: “Photography is not like painting. There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know, with intuition, when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative, Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.” He believed in composing his photographs in his camera and not in the darkroom and worked only in black and white.

He also said: “The simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organisation of forms which gives that event its proper expression… . In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a leitmotif.”
Dave will emphasise how important this is throughout the masterclass.

About The Institute Of Photography

The Institute of Photography was established in 2006 and are Ireland’s foremost trainers of Digital Photography. Courses range from Beginner to Advanced from Wedding to Studio, from Photoshop to Lightroom.

At the Institute of Photography we teach ‘real world’ photography We’re simply dedicated to helping you get great pictures, in all sorts of locations. Our notes only cover Digital Photography so you’re not burdened with unnecessary information about topics you don’t need to know about.

Also, too many teachers in this field forget how difficult the jargon is for the average digital camera and software user. We make learning easy for you. We do this by breaking everything down into bite size chunks and then repeating the key concepts so that you can take it all in, little piece by little piece.

All of our notes are specially written in plain English and are illustrated with full colour photographs and illustrations to show you exactly what you need to learn. They’ve been fine-tuned in a classroom setting, so each of the tips in this set of notes works in the real world.