"Facing Your Fears: Photographing Strangers In Public Spaces - Street Photography"
This is a workshop-webinar experience conducted on Zoom by photographer Craig Boehman. It's intended for both beginner and advanced photographers who are seeking to expand their photographic output.
As the title of this workshop suggests, "Facing Your Fears: Photographing Strangers In Public Spaces - Street Photography" is for photographers who are looking for a methodology to overcome their fears in photographing people. I've intended this to be for those of you interested in street photography, but this webinar really does apply to any situation when a photographer may need to photograph strangers. I'll talk about some of my experiences photographing in the streets of India and in the West, and I'll discuss several practical methods a photographer may employ to overcome their fears.
The more immersed in street photography I become, the more I find myself writing about it. Not because I want to become a master street photography guru or anything lofty like that. But I do seek clarity of thought and procedure. I want to advance in the craft (or art if you prefer!) of street photography and be able to empirically assess my skills. Simply put, I want to get better at it. And conquering one’s fear or anxiety when faced with photographing strangers is part of my plan.
There’s no sense talking about fear in street photography if you can’t measure it. Unfortunately, there is little material out there in the genre to address this specific task. In fact, I’ve found none. Most accepted work done in measuring fear and anxiety is conducted by psychologists and other industry professionals. I’ll give you one example.
Once I was researching O.C.D. for a screenplay I was writing and I contacted one of the most respected researchers in the United States working with the phenomenon known as “hoarding.” He told me one thing that I still remember from all those years ago and from among all the very technical and useful information he sent me about his research with hoarders: A condition like hoarding isn’t a problem unless it interferes with one’s daily routine. That is to say that somebody who collects a lot of “junk” may not be a clinical hoarder in need of professional help if this person can still eat, sleep, go to work, interact socially, and conduct a relatively “normal” life despite the fact of having a cluttered home. The problems arise when there’s simply too much stuff to function. And as a professional, this doctor and his team had to measure the amount of stuff the suspected hoarder collected compared to the available living space (among other factors) in order to arrive at a rating so that treatment could be recommended and progress charted.
I’d like to think the same methodology, even to a less scientific extent, can be applied to overcoming fear and anxiety in photographing strangers in street photography, less the co-pay! But first, we have to measure our fear and anxiety before we can expect to overcome it and advance down the scale to become less inhibited and ultimately, anxiety-free. Because if fear/anxiety is holding you back from taking the kind of street photographs you want to take, you may not be in need of medical attention but you should work on lowering your rating if you want to get better at photographing strangers so as to better your street photography.
This webinar will look at a rating system I've come up with to address fear in street photography. I'll refer you to it so that you can gauge where you're at and where you want to end up on the chart. I'll talk about ways to help you achieve this. Additionally, I'll be handing out assignments during the webinar that each participant may elect to complete. Assignments then will be shared on a private Facebook Group where all participants may see one another's work and discuss their experiences. This process will be far more helpful, in the long run, than simply listening to a talk online. It will help you actually realize your fears and incrementally face them and overcome them. Then the barriers will come down and you'll be able to get the pictures you really want.
To Book Or Not To Book
As with many of my workshops, I like to give you as much information as I can upfront. I don’t want anyone booking one of my experiences and immediately regretting it because it turned out to be something completely different expectations-wise.
I'm including for you here the rating system I'll be using during the webinar. It's called S.P.A.I. (pronounced "spy"). You can take a look at how it works on my blog. For a few of you, it may be enough information to get yourself started shooting street photography and people in general. If that's the case, I'm more than happy.
For those of you who would like to participate in a small group experience, then this webinar workshop would be ideal for you. You'll hear about my experiences and how in the beginning I used the SPAI system to help me overcome my fears.
You select the date/time of the webinar.
The basic outline of the Zoom webinar workshop:
1) Questionnaire + Terms & Conditions form sent to you to determine compatibility and interest + other details – prior to the webinar
2) 45-minute talk by me on Zoom with 15 min Q&A
3) ON YOUR OWN: Shooting assignment
4) I will upload everyone’s assignments to the web for perusal by everyone in the group
Price & Terms
- 100 Euros per hour talk. Add-on details on booking page.
- Non-refundable / non-changeable upon payment.
Please send your queries to me at info@Craig.Boehman