Photo © Scott Strazzante
Photo © Scott Strazzante

SF Street Photography

In this workshop, learn how to capture the whimsy and irony, struggle and strength of everyday life in one of America’s most visually dynamic cities.

This workshop is aimed at avid photographers who want to hone their skills by photographing people and documenting ever day life in the hustle and bustle of a city. We will focus more on improving the content of the photographs than the technical aspects of the photographic process. Please bring a camera that you are comfortable with that will allow you to focus 100% on the image-making.

The workshop will begin with a lecture by Strazzante on the art of street photography. He will include images from his latest book- Shooting from the Hip- a collection of black and white images from across America. Class discussions will include how to approach documenting everyday life, what is street photography, and how to approach people for street photography.

Next the participants will take the ferry from Sausalito across the bay to San Francisco. The group will walk along the bustling Embarcadero from the Ferry Building to Fisherman’s Wharf and back. Along the way we will continue our discussion of how to photograph people while incorporating the urban landscape. After the ferry ride home, the students will edit their work and have a group critique session.

Photo © Scott Strazzante

This will be an exciting and full day of photography, and each participant will leave with new skills and a complimentary copy of Strazzante’s book, Shooting from the Hip!


Instructor Bio

Scott Strazzante
Scott Strazzante

Strazzante is a former POY/NPPA National Newspaper Photographer of the Year, an 11-time Illinois Photographer of the Year and was part of a Chicago Tribune team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for investigative journalism. Strazzante’s personal project, Common Ground, has been featured in National Geographic, Mother Jones, New York Times’ Lens Blog and on CBS Sunday Morning. The 23-year-long effort, which has won BOP’s Best Feature Video and POYi’s Community Awareness Award, became his first book with PSG. In 2017, PSG released Strazzante’s second book, Shooting from the Hip, a collection of black and white images made with an iPhone and the Hipstamatic app. You can see more of Scott’s work on Instagram @scottstrazzante and Facebook.

Who Should Take This Workshop

Pertinent Details

  • Maximum eight (8) students
  • Focus is on content of photographs, not technical aspects
  • Participants need to be able to walk San Francisco streets for a few hours
  • Transportation and meal expenses not included

Workshop Fee Includes

Required Materials

  • A camera you are comfortable with
  • Laptop with Lightroom installed
  • A working knowledge of Lightroom