The New York City Photography Workshop hosted by Adam Marelli and Vineet Vohra has concluded. If you’d like to learn more about how that workshop went, read the participant testimonials below.
“No workshop can be better than one which sends you home with good ideas and a long list of questions to answer. And this one did both.
Adam and Vineet constantly presented us with challenges. There were the technical problems of shooting in manual mode with a fast shutter, high ISO and great DOF all while dealing with a high dynamic range of light. I went home and studied for a week and worked out the trade-offs and the value of a prepared mind.
Before the workshop, that idea meant to me that the process began and ended in two seconds … and it is exactly here where my understanding was re-formed.
There is a tip-of-the-iceberg understanding of street photography that is derived from Cartier-Bresson’s phrase ‘the decisive moment.’ Before the workshop, that idea meant to me that the process began and ended in two seconds … and it is exactly here where my understanding was re-formed. My process now has five steps. First, find a clean and colorful site with good figure to ground. Second, be hyper-aware! Read every sign, every advertisement, every clothing detail, shadows, puddles, clouds, everything. Third, find or create a story for the photograph. Fourth, prepare the camera settings and focus. Fifth, learn to wait for the final detail that completes the story. Then — I jest — take a spontaneous photo.
Always look for a story. See a ‘We Deliver’ sign; wait for a pregnant woman to walk by. See a sign containing a cartoon dog, or a puddle or a cloud that looks like a dog; wait for real dogs to walk by. We saw dancers on the street; shoot all three elements — the street itself, the dancer, and the photographer at work. In Chinatown men were waving colored banners — shoot the waver, his colorful banner, and the bag holding the contributions sitting off to the side.
Both Adam and Vineet were very generous in offering time for answering questions. Walking the streets of New York City, Vineet demonstrated his ideas, offered suggestions, and answered our practical questions. For me, a series of email exchanges with Adam were invaluable.
For me, a series of email exchanges with Adam were invaluable.
This workshop changed how I think about my photography. I think it could change yours too.”
– David Addis
Adam’s workshop comprises of a nice balance between didactics and real world shooting. Most workshops out there consist of the participant being released into the city and immediately shooting while the workshop leader kicks back in the hotel with very little hands on teaching. And when the workshop is over, you really have not learned much at all with bad habits still intact. On the contrary, Adam is with you from classroom to the streets with a camera in hand and this is what makes his teaching unique.
Adam is with you from classroom to the streets with a camera in hand and this is what makes his teaching unique.
When you are done with Adam’s workshop, you always learn something. You learn not only about photography but about art. Even if you think you know enough, you will find out after the workshop that in fact you did not. And I believe this means time and money well spent.
Whether you are a beginner or seasoned, I highly recommend A\M workshops.”
– Sk Saito
If you’d like to take part in an A\M Photography Workshop, check out our upcoming workshop schedule.