If you want to become a better photographer before 2015 is to end, you should stop thinking about which camera or lens to buy and start thinking about where you should go to learn and whoyou should learn it from. Europe this year is filled with tons of great photo workshops and in the best of them it will not matter whether you are packing a huge DSLR or a pinhole camera! It is probably safe to say that Europe is something special when it comes to photography. The clean and minimalistic Scandinavia, the more sullen and saturated mid-continent and the warm and back-lit filled South. And many would say that those characteristics are transferred to the images of the photographers in those regions.
Where ever you come from and wherever you're going, I'm sure you'll learn A LOT from any of these favourite picks of mine.
If you think that the fee's are too high, I think you should read up on why I believe that it will make you a ten times better photographer than a new piece of gear will.
Did I miss a superb photo workshop taking place in Europe during 2015? Share it with all of us in the comments!
Non-Gear Focused Photo workshops in Europe 2015
Intuitive Photography with Anders Petersen
Anders Petersen studied under (and became very close friends with) the great Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm. Equipped with only a small pocket camera, he gets extremely close and intimate with his subjects. Petersen is preaching "brain-less photography", meaning that you should shoot with your heart and stomach, not your head.
The more you talk about photography, the less it becomes about photography. It’s more about the conditions of life and people and it is more interesting than talking about technique, lenses and cameras. You are not supposed to be a slave of mechanical tools: they are supposed to help you and be as small and as unimportant as possible not to disturb the communication.
May 4 - 7th in Amsterdam
The Creative Eye with David Burnett
Ever since David Burnett covered the Vietnam war for Life magazine, he's been documenting over 70 countries as a photojournalist. In this Parisian workshop, you will:
learn how to conceive and construct a photographic image by being aware of your environment and your abilities in the field. Develop your creative eye by exploring the process of looking, perceiving and your imagination. And most of all, discover your own visual language and get better at the act of looking and capturing the creative image.
October 28 - 31st in Paris
Visual Storytelling with members of the VII Agency
The photo agency VII consists of some of the best conflict photographers on the globe and their main goal is to show the rest of us the hardship and happiness of people in the less fortunate areas of the world. Together with Eye's In Progress, four of the members are conducting workshops in four of Europe's capitals.
Learn and improve how to build a documentary reportage by covering an editorial story. To refine storytelling and story composition by analyzing real-situation problems, images analysis, editing and captions writing.
Most of all, the Visual Storytelling Workshops will help you discover your own visual language as well as practical and conceptual know how to confront real situation reportage making. This workshop will also focus on how to gain a new perspective on one’s works and attitude.
Ed Kashi is also doing a workshop on New Frontiers in The Art of Visual Storytelling 2 - 8 August in Tuscany, Italy.
Contemporary Photography with Lise Sarfati
Lise Sarfati is an extremely productive contemporary photographer focusing on capturing people and expressions in a very intimate way. Her visual language is strong and more importantly; very consistent throughout all of her work. That is also what her Paris workshop is focusing on - creating coherency in your projects and work.
Learn the process of creation of a body of work while focusing on the soul of the photographic project. Gain insight on how to choose the theme until the realization of the project and create at the end a contemporary photographic series.
Most of all, the workshop with Lise Sarfati will help you discover your own visual language as well as conceptual know-how.
October 8 - 10th in Paris
Street Photography Workshops with Eric Kim
Even though Eric Kim is relatively young, he's really made himself a name on the streets! Snatch a spot on one of his many workshops in Europe this year and you'll without a doubt take your photography to another level. You will learn how to overcome approach- anxiety, the right mindset for street photography and how to become invisible (well, almost).
Week-Long Intensive Travel Street Photography Workshop June 24-28th in Paris
Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop July 10-12th in Amsterdam
Week-Long Intensive Travel Street Photography Workshop July 15-19th in Prague
Introduction to Street Photography Workshop July 31st-August 2nd in Vienna
Introduction to Street Photography Workshop August 7-9th in Berlin
Introduction to Street Photography Workshop August 14-16th in London
Week-Long Travel Street Photography Workshop (with special co-host Charlie Kirk) August 19-23rd in Istanbul
Introduction to Street Photography Workshop August 28-30th in Stockholm
Portrait with Richard Dumas
Richard Dumas manages to get extremely close and capture celebrities, making them look human- like anyone. His photos are timeless and cinematic, often black and white. In this workshop he will focus on how to build rapport with your subjects and work with natural light.
Learn and improve your way of portraying people by mastering the relationship with the subject, being more confident and creating evocative and meaningful portraits.
This workshop will also focus on how to best capture a portrait with natural light. Most of all, the workshop with Richard Dumas will help you discover what is your very own personal path to portrait photography.
October 28 - 31 in Barcelona
How To Develop Your Personal Project with Franco Pagetti
Time Magazine, VOGUE and New York Times are just a few of the clients of Italian photographer Franco Pagetti. Having a personal project is something that every photographer should consider and is a sure-way to produce and learn much more. Pagetti, a news photographer since 1996, will explain how to develop and construct a project.
Some of the aims will be to identify a subject that interests not only the photographer, but also the media and the public opinion, to search for a personal artistic style and to confront the practical aspects tied to the profession of photojournalism, such as the presentation of one’s work in editorial terms, the management of relationships with the editing office of newspapers and magazines, and the functioning mechanisms of photographic agencies.
August 2 - 8 in Tuscany, Italy
Food & Lifestyle Photography with Stefano Scata'
Learn how to nurture your travel photography without having to do an around-the-world-trip. Learn how to use ambient light and shadows to show a destination and it's inhabitants. Scata' has been shooting for Lonely Planet, The Wall Street Journal and Food & Travel among others.
I’ll show you that we don’t always we need models, that everybody can be used to tell a story and I’ll explain to you that food can be elegant and delicate, no matter if it's out of a country- house kitchen, or from a three star restaurant.
August 2 - 8 in Tuscany, Italy
Telling a Story With Portraits with Rena Effendi
Being born in Azerbaijan and raised in the old Soviet Republic probably took part in pushing Rena Effendi into sharing the stories of victims of drugs, poverty and violence. Her work has been exhibited and awarded all over the world and in this workshop she'll teach you how human faces can tell the stories of an entire city, country or world!
What makes a creative work individual, unique, stylized and personal? What makes a photograph reflect deeper meanings than the surface of the print?
What separates the great image-makers from the average? What is in an image that makes that image have a life of it’s own?
July 26 - August 1 in Tuscany, Italy.
Rena Effendi is also doing a workshop called Street Magic in Lisbon May 19 - 26th in Lisbon, Portugal.
More workshops in Tuscany: TPW
From the Photographic Material to Publication with Gaël Turine
Another VU Agency photographer, Gaël Turine, will be doing a workshop in Paris on how to prepare your work to be published in all the different media out there. Every channel has it's own requirements and work process and with the help of Turine and a few other business professionals you'll be guided through the most important parts, giving you the tools you need to deliver what is necessary.
May 29 - 31 in Paris
Artists Book Workshop with Nico Baumgarten
Learn how to transform your projects and work into beautiful photography books. Learn how to differentiate yourself from the competition, edit the selection, design the book and last but not least; bind it together by hand.
Nico Baumgarten is a freelance photographer and book-binder - educated in Milan - with 4 self published books out since 2011. He's taught photography and bookmaking workshops in Berlin, Riga, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam and Paris.
April 24 - 26, May 1 - 3 in Riga
More workshops in Latvia: ISSP