This 4 day workshop is designed to improve your photography regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious, passionate enthusiast. There are principles for photographing buildings and other man-made structures, and knowing these principles will make you a better photographer. Mastering these principles will allow you to learn how “break” them in a deliberate, meaningful way. Join international award winning Architect, Urban Designer, and Photographer Rick Hulbert for this highly acclaimed workshop. The class is limited to a maximum of 10 students to insure personal attention if desired.
WHEN: May 19-22, 2016
WHERE: San Francisco, CA
Light-duty, trails w/noticeable inclines/elevation changes, time away from cars
COURSE LEVEL OF INSTRUCTION:
Highly intensive, small group courses that focus on a specialized genre or medium within the photographic industry.
COURSE CAPACITY: Minimum 5 students, maximum 10
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.
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.
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.
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.
…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.
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.
Just finished the Chicago 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.
COURSE CURRICULUM TOPICS
You will learn the elementary basics of how people see, how the camera sees, and how that knowledge will make you a better photographer. 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 urban travel photography that you hadn’t thought of or considered before, including:
DEFINING, FINDING, & CAPITALIZING ON GREAT LIGHT
LEARNING HOW THE SETTING AND/OR BACKGROUND DRIVES THE IMAGE
UNDERSTANDING THE SIMPLICITY OF THE HISTOGRAM ... AND WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT
ANTICIPATING THE 'DECISIVE MOMENT'
SECRETS OF THE BLACK & WHITE IMAGE
ENHANCING THE PERCEPTION OF 3-D DEPTH IN A 2-D PHOTOGRAPH
CAPTURING A 'SLICE OF LIFE' WITH A 'SENSE OF PLACE'
This course will benefit you in ways that will allow you to take your current photographic skills to the next level and accurately, realistically, or artistically portray urban settings and the elements within. Through the concepts presented in the course, you will learn and apply the basics of Urban Travel Photography to better photograph buildings, streets, and public places while working with the basic compositional elements of distance, perspective and scale.
While the illustrated lectures will give you the fundamental information needed, we will spend a significant portion of the workshop shooting in the field. Your instructor will also give periodic constructive evaluations of your own selected images which is a key part of the learning experience.
The workshop begins at 9am with the requisite orientation & introduction, followed by the first course lecture/discussion on the "Principles of Photographing the Constructed Environment" followed by a lecture/discussion on "Pre-Visualization" before afternoon to sunset photography.
Following independent sunrise shooting, the course starts with a lecture and discussion on "The Art & Science of Photographic Composition" followed by a post-lunch constructive evaluation of student images. The late afternoon through dusk allows for continued field photography.
The third day of the course begins with a morning lecture and discussion on the "Principles of Travel Photography". Following lunch, the early afternoon is set aside for field photography before returning to the classroom in the late afternoon for a constructive evaluation of images.
The final day of the workshop begins with a sunrise photography session before the last lecture and course discussion, "Techniques Going Foward ... Advantages of Black & White, HDR, and Panorama Photography". The workshop wraps at 3pm following the closing discussion and demos.
ACTIVITY LEVEL & DESCRIPTION
Light-duty, trails w/noticeable inclines/elevation changes, time away from cars
All shooting locations will be in the downtown area within walking distance of our hotel or within a short transit ride.
This specialized-level workshop has specific prerequisites for all participants:
LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE
Requires understanding of camera operations & functions, standard photography principles of exposure & composition
All participants must watch the episodes of HSW.tv on content matter specific to this workshop course, as directed by their instructor. While the episode titles might reflect subject matter that is basic or rudimentary, all participants must watch each requisite episode as it is expected you will be knowledgeable and fluent on the concepts presented. (Each episode is comprehensive and short, about two minutes in length.)
That's the extreme basic misconception about exposure. If you come to the workshop with that premise and not what Episode #1 details, then you will be behind right from the start. All students need to be able to understand the instruction presented by the instructor, based off of the principles in the HSW.tv episodes listed below.
For this Urban Travel: San Francisco workshop, your instructor has requested that you watch and familiarize yourself with the following episodes:
> HSW.tv SEASON ONE: Episodes #1 - #14
Rick Hulbert is an international award–winning and published architect, urban designer, and photographer. Rick has been a frequent lecturer, teacher, and seminar panel participant on four continents. He has been named a Fellow in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, which is among the highest honours that can be bestowed upon a member. He is a former President of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia. Notably, Rick 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. Rick’s educational philosophy includes the following notions: Adults learn more from storytelling than from memorization; Learning is heightened when key principles can be related to a humorous event; and, Effective learning arises when knowledge is self-discovered with directed input, as opposed to “taught”.
San Francisco is located central to California and is a major tourist destination. There are several airport options for travel to San Francisco.
AIRPORT OF ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE:
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
TRAVEL TIME/DIRECTIONS TO WORKSHOP:
Travel time from San Francisco International Airport to Fisherman's Wharf is approximately 40 minutes. There are several car rental operations located on-site at the airport.
ALTERNATE AIRPORTS/DRIVING TIMES:
Oakland International Airport (OAK), via Highway 80 is approximately 1 hour.
San Jose International Airport (SJC), via Highway 101, is approximately 1 hour.
Carpool arrangements, if needed, will be reviewed and discussed in the workshop forum discussions. The workshop itself does not require the use of a personal car, however some might wish to have a car for convenience.
For the Urban Travel: San Francisco course, workshop participants need to make lodging reservations at one of the many hotel options in the tourist-oriented Fisherman's Wharf area of San Francisco. The workshop will have a base hotel of the Holiday Inn at Fisherman's Wharf, which participants are welcome to use for their lodging. Participants may elect to choose lodging elsewhere in the city to suit their needs. We recommend using public transportation (Muni, Cable Cars, etc.) to travel between your hotel and Fisherman's Wharf as parking in Fisherman's Wharf is difficult to find and expensive for full day.
Holiday Inn, Fisherman's Wharf: Located at 1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Our workshop hotel location has been purposely located to take advantage of public transit. As such, there is no requirement for a private car to access our daily shooting locations. However, if you want access to your own vehicle, this website will show you affordable options in addition to the Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf Parking Lot.
In order to balance the various individual meal and budget preferences, time is allocated for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day at one of the various dining establishments in the area. While we could eat as a group (if timing and schedules coordinate), meals are the individual responsibility of each workshop participant.
In order to ensure availability for those on our waiting list, all workshop cancellations will have the following fees applied:
Cancellation up to and within 60 calendar days prior to workshop start date:
Full refund of workshop tuition; no cancellation fee (Refund applied within 3 business days of cancellation notice)
Cancellation up to and within 30 calendar days of workshop start date:
Refund of workshop tuition minus $100 cancellation fee (Refund/fees applied at conclusion of scheduled workshop; waived if workshop seat booked prior to workshop start date)
Cancellation up to and within 7 calendar days of workshop start date:
No refund of workshop tuition (Waived if workshop seat booked prior to workshop start date with applicable refund applied at conclusion of scheduled workshop)
A: No, there is not a deadline to sign up for the workshop. However, space is limited. We inevitably receive emails from those who waited until it was too late to sign up for a workshop, inquiring if more spots can be added. Unfortunately, to keep the small group size and to ensure the critical one-on-one educational environment between the instructor and student, we do not add additional seats.
A: Ideally, bring a camera, a wide angle lens, and a USB thumb drive and bring an empty memory card (or a few of rolls of film). You are welcome to bring a tripod, but you may be prevented from using it in some places. Consider other forms of support.
This course is all about taking your photography to the next level regardless of the type of camera or array of lenses you might have access to. You need to have a camera that you know how to use. You should be able to transfer or convert your selected photos to digital files on a portable USB drive so that you can give your selected images to the instructor for display and evaluation.
While the instructor may be using a variety of software products in demonstrating digital post processing techniques, there is no requirement for you to purchase specific software. However, if you have a portable computer with photo software, it will benefit you to bring it along to the classroom sessions.
A: During the pre-workshop forum discussions, we will make carpooling choices if necessary. The workshop itself does not require the use of a personal car, however some might wish to have a car for convenience.
Did you know that HSW offers GROUP DISCOUNTS? Groups of 3 or more participants receive a 5% discount on tuition, while groups of 5 or more participants receive a 10% discount on tuition.
Plus, intermediate and advanced-level workshops are limited to only five participants, so your whole group can exclusively attend a workshop course together!
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