Urban and Street Photography Workshop – Chicago with Rick Hulbert
How to photograph built environments including architecture and other places for people
Thursday–Sunday, September 22 – 25, 2016
Urban environments comprise the most diverse, target-rich places to photograph . . . anywhere. Most photos contain a “subject” within a setting or background. The cool reality is that Buildings and Urban Places can be both subjects and/or settings. Think about all the images you have made or will make in the future that contain buildings as the featured subject or as backgrounds to a myriad of other photo subjects . . . like people and their activities.
This workshop is designed to improve your photography regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious enthusiast, professional photographer, or earn your living as a member of the global real estate, design, and construction industries.
There are accepted principles for photographing buildings and other man made structures. Knowing these principles will make you a better photographer. Understanding the science and art behind these principles will allow you to learn how to “break rules” in a deliberate, meaningful way.
You will learn how a basic understanding of Street Photography will assist in your architectural and urban photography.
While the illustrated lectures will give you the fundamental information you need, we will spend a significant portion of the workshop in the field, with hands on photography. Your professional instructor, Rick Hulbert, will also give daily constructive critiques of your own selected images which is a key part of the learning experience.
There is no requirement for fancy equipment. Any and every brand of camera will work, so we strongly encourage participants with Canon, Sony, Fuji, Leica and other camera brands to attend. The principles taught will also apply to point and shoot cameras, new mirrorless cameras, and yes. . . even camera phones!
We will discuss the elementary basics of how people see, how the camera sees, and why extending the Dynamic Range of light captured in your images can be so enticing and fulfilling. This is true, whether you are wanting to document reality, or wanting to interpret reality.
This workshop is designed to get you to think about concepts in Urban Photography that you hadn’t thought of or considered before. That is, admittedly a rather bold statement. However, that is exactly what this four day experience will achieve.
You will discover how to better frame and crop your images using the long established principles of fine art painting and drawing.
You will learn how to create jaw-dropping images that will be the envy of both your friends and potential future clients. You might even be able to impress your kids!
Finally, if there is an interest, we can talk about the best gear and broadly touch on software solutions that will make your images sing.
A four-day workshop with a maximum enrollment of 10 people
About Your Instructor – Rick Hulbert
Rick is an international award winning and published professional teacher of photography and practicing architect. He has been a frequent lecturer, and seminar panel participant on 4 continents. Richard has been named a Fellow in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada which is among the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member. He is a former President of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia. Notably, Richard is also an Academician in the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, one of the youngest members ever to be elected to that august body. As an Architect, Richard has won design awards or has had his works published each and every year for the past 35 years.
Check out Rick’s website at http://www.rickhulbertphotography.com
Outline Seminar Schedule and Structure
(Schedule is tentative depending upon weather and time of year.)
We will commence at 10:00 am sharp with a general orientation and introduction.
Day one will focus on photographing the designed and constructed urban environment. This includes a visual presentation and discussion of “an historic and contemporary view of architectural photography.”
Later that afternoon, we will discuss the concept of “pre-visualizing your images.”
This will be followed by field photography from the golden hour through dusk.
We will start at 9:00 am with a visual presentation and discussion covering “photographic composition.”
We will then have our first opportunity to talk about the images you made on Day 1.
This will include thoughts on “a constructive evaluation of selected student images” along with an introduction to the concept of “re-visualizing your images.”
The late afternoon will be set aside for additional field photography.
Once again, we will commence at 9:00am with a visual presentation and discussion covering “Urban Street Photography.”
We will then take advantage of mid day light to engage in field photography with an emphasis on including people and their activities while not losing sight of the lessons learned on days one and two.
The later afternoon will be set aside for “a constructive evaluation of selected student images” along with an ongoing discussion of “image re-visualization.”
We will meet at a pre-selected location at sunrise for a field photography experience working with and enjoying early morning light.
After a break for breakfast, we will have our concluding “constructive evaluation of selected student images” along with an on going discussion of “re-visualizing your images.”
Time will be set aside to discuss urban photographic topics not covered during the first 3 days.
1. Optional pre and post workshop photography each day is encouraged, but not required.
2. Meal breaks will be provided, but food, lodging, and transportation is not included in the workshop fee.
3. All shooting locations will be within walking distance of our hotel, or within a short transit ride. Private vehicles are welcome, but not required.
– Full instruction by our professional architect, urban designer, and photographer.
– Conference space for our workshop
– Transportation to/from event
A participant canceling attendance to this workshop must inform us immediately and may opt for a transfer of his or her reservation to a later workshop or request a refund. If the notification or request is made at least 45 days in advance, then we will offer a partial refund or allocate the funds towards a different workshop minus a $60 USD administrative and re-booking charge. If the notice for cancellation is received 45 calendar days or less before the date of the workshop, there cannot be a refund or transfer to a different workshop since funds will already be fully committed to the workshop.