Discuss this workshop
Urban environments comprise the most diverse target-rich places to photograph anywhere. Most photographs contain a “subject” within a setting or background. The cool reality is that Buildings and Urban Places are both subjects and settings. Think about all of the images you have taken or will take in the future that contain buildings as the featured subject or as backgrounds to a myriad of other photo subjects … like people, for instance.
This workshop series is designed to improve your photography regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious enthusiast, or a professional photographer, or earn your living as a member of the global real estate, design, and construction industries.
There are rules for photographing buildings and other man-made structures, and knowing these rules will make you a better photographer. Mastering these rules will allow you to learn how “break” them in a deliberate, meaningful way.
You will learn how a basic understanding of street photography will assist in your architectural and urban photography. You will discover how the fundamental principles of travel photography will enhance your architectural and urban imaging.
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, Pentax, Sony and other camera brands to attend. The principles taught will also apply to point and shoot cameras, new mirrorless cameras and even camera phones. We’re serious! Bring your iPhone or Android and see what you can create!
We will discuss the elementary basics of how people see, how the camera sees, and why High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography can be so enticing and fulfilling. This is true whether you are wanting to document reality or you want to create a fine art interpretation of the built environment .
This workshop is designed to get you to think about concepts in architectural and 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 architectural and urban images using the long established basic principles of portrait, wedding, and event photography. By the way, if you are a wedding or event photographer, this workshop will take your photography up a notch as well.
You will learn how to create jaw-dropping images that will be the envy of both your photographer friends and potential future clients. You might even be able to impress your kids!
And yes … for those of you with “NAS,” we can also talk about the best gear and broadly touch on software solutions that can make your images sing.
A four-day workshop with a maximum enrollment of 10 people
Outline Seminar Schedule and Structure
(Schedule is tentative depending upon weather and time of year.)
10:00am – 12:30am Introduction/Objectives/Discussion:
“Classical Rules of Architectural Imaging”
12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch Break
1:30pm – 2:45pm Discussion: “Composition”
2:45pm – 3:00pm Break
3:00pm - 4:00pm Discussion: “Pre-Visualization”
4:00pm– 7:00pm Golden Hour and Sunset Photography
9:00am - 10:30am Composition ... Buildings are like People
10:30am - 10:45am Break
10:45am – Noon Revisualization ... Constructive Critiques of Selected Images
Noon – 1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm - 5:00 pm Demonstrations/Discussion/ Field Photography
9:00am - 10:30am Street and Travel Photography
10:30am – 2:00pm Field Photography and Lunch Break
2:00pm - 3:00pm Creative Rule Breaking in Photography
3:00pm - 3:15pm Break
4:00pm – 5:00pm Constructive Critiques of Selected Images
7:00am - 9:00am Sunrise and Golden Hour Photography
9:00 am - 10:00 am Breakfast Break
10:00 am - Noon Constructive Critiques/Post Processing
Noon – 1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm - 3:00pm Discussion/Demonstration/Wrap-up
Note: Optional, “on your own” pre and post workshop photograhy each day.
All Shooting locations will be in the downtown areas within walking distance of our hotel or within a short transit ride, so private vehicles will not be necessary.
Comments from Former Students
“Just finished the Chicago Urban and Street Photography Workshop with Rick Hulbert – Fantastic! I learned a ton and had a great time. Rick is a fabulous teacher, photographer and Architect. He really knows his stuff and isn’t shy about sharing his experience and knowledge. Well worth the money as I walked out of the workshop feeling as though I’m headed to the next level as opposed to walking out the workshop with a few good images but haven’t learned much.”
- Tom Ferguson
“Rick is an exceptional instructor who truly loves working with students of every level of experience. My favorite part of the workshop as watching Rick take one of our images both as shot and after our efforts at post processing, and then watch him manipulate the original RAW file in real time . . . incredible! I learned as much about software as I did out in the field shooting. A great balance of being the classroom and being in the urban environment.”
- Herb Brail
“…what a truly learning experience I had with Rick. He is an amazing and talented teacher who was so willing to share his secrets, wanting us to succeed and advance our photography to the next level. I learned so much from him, from our photo expeditions … to manipulating the images in post production. This was my first class taken with Rick and I hope it won’t be my last.”
- Cheryl Tadin
"Many thanks for an incredibly informative and fun (workshop). It has changed how I see, photograph and relate to buildings and has definitely improved my level of photography. Watching you manipulate images on the computer is priceless teaching and can never be reproduced in a manual or video tutorial. I do appreciate the work and care you take to produce such a quality course. It is definitely one that I would like to take again."
- Andrew J Burnett
"Thanks for one of the best photographic learning experiences I’ve had. And I’ve had a lot. I could not have designed a more efficient way to learn the art and science of photography of architecture.
Thanks for all the work you put into this, and for going above and beyond, way beyond, what we expected from the workshop."
- Neil Boyle
"I attend a lot of workshops, and your class stands out as the most impactful and useful. Your guidance during the lecture and review was immediately applicable and actionable, and I know I have become a better photographer already. The number of aha! moments was impressive, and my one regret was that it wasn't a full week - or longer - workshop."
- Lala Mamedov
"Thank you for putting together a fantastic course. I've taken many classes and this one was definitely one of my favorites. You have an excellent teaching style and I felt that it was easy to absorb the information that you were presenting. I'm a visual learner and one that enjoys a little humor mixed in so it was a great weekend and I'll be looking forward to future classes that you'll be teaching."
- Glen Murray
“…it was one of the best photography classes I have taken. You have a real knack for teaching. Your lessons and feedback have really allowed me to grow as a photographer. You encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone and gave me much more confidence in my abilities.”
- Liz Gray
“I learned more from you in the first 4 hours than I learned from the last four years of seminars and workshops from other instructors. . . You have had the most significant impact on my photography since I took it up and the smartest decision I've made in that regard was to take your workshop Little did I know that you would change my photography life.”
- Irene Graham
"Thanks again for the most inspiring four days! I absolutely loved your approach to teaching. Your sense of humour made it more than just a learning experience and was a big factor in what for me, was the best workshop I've attended."
- Joanne Kennedy
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