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Street Photography - Beginners (Online)

Aimed at those wishing to capture candids on the street


About The Course

People's expressions are fleeting and a situations 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 trying to catch the moment of peak action.

Over the years Dave McKane 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.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, probably one of the greatest proponents of street photography ever, once said:

Street Photography Masterclass
© Dave McKane

“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 approach is throughout the course and the field trip afterwards.

Learn Key Camera Techniques

Through Dave’s examples of his own street photography from around Europe, you will learn how to research and identify special locations that are likely to result in great street photography shots. You will also learn the professional photographer’s tips and techniques on how to set the camera up to ensure you get pin sharp shots every time.

Street Photography Masterclass
© David McKane

Topics Covered

During this unique course 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

Full Colour, Illustrated PDF Tutorial Notes

Full colour, illustrated PDF tutorial notes which are carefully worded and appropriately illustrated are an integral part of our courses. Because lectures tend to have an effect which lasts only a short while, particularly if no notes are give out, we believe our handouts are the key to making your newly gained knowledge much more long-lasting. As part of that philosophy you will recieve detailed notes covering the whole course that will both aid learning both while on the course and in the weeks and months afterwards.

Course Co-Ordinator
The course co-ordinator for this course is fine art photographer, Dave McKane. Dave graduated from the 3 Year Photography Course in Colaiste Dhulaigh, Dublin in 1985, and has over 30 years experience in creative photography. He got his first film SLR in 1982, owned multiple darkrooms, was an early adoption of a scanner (1989), Photoshop (1993), his first digital camera (2002) and Lightroom (2007), he has vast experience in the field of using photography as a creative expressive medium and has held multiple exhibitions of his own photography, mainly in the United States.
Dave's work can be seen in the following places:

Website | Facebook | Flickr | Instagram | Twitter
Course Code SPL1
Modules 2 Modules
Learning Hours 2 Hours
Course Fee €20
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