Discuss this workshop
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.
To sign up, pay $350.00 down. Remaining $645.00 to be paid to be paid 90 days before workshop start date. Instructor will send payment instructions in separate email.
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
The workshop venue/hotel will be located in the downtown core of each city.
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.
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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