Philadelphia Photo Workshop

  • July 16, 2016 - July 17, 2016
    8:00 am - 1:00 pm



Join fellow Olympus Trailblazer Jamie MacDonald and myself for a 2 day workshop in the town of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA.  We will visiting some great places and capturing some amazing images.  During the workshop you will be getting instruction from, and shooting with both of us as we take you from the urban exploration of the Eastern State Penitentiary to the streets of Philly at night.  This jam packed weekend will prove to be a great opportunity for you to unplug from your daily routine and focus on nothing but your photography.  Check out the places we will be going below and we look forward to seeing you in July!

Saturday, July 16th


We will start early on Saturday morning meeting at the hotel we have selected in the Naval Yard area of Philadelphia. From there we will head off to our first adventure on Saturday which will be the Eastern State Penitentiary. We will shoot in this amazing location for a couple hours and then go grab some lunch in one of the area restaurants. (admission charges apply to ESP, see below)

After some lunch we will take a walk through the city passing areas like the famed Philadelphia Museum of Art where you can run up those steps and do your best impression of Rocky. From there we will spend the rest of the afternoon doing some street photography along the Schuylkill River and walk along the Skukyhill River Trail and other local areas nearby.

Late afternoon we will break for dinner and a little rest time to recharge for the night portion. Once we meet back up we will discuss some basic night shooting techniques and how you can apply them to our night shooting event.

Photo by Mike Boening http://www.mikeboening.comOur first stop for the evening will be Boathouse Row. You will have a chance to capture this picturesque site as the sun is going down and the night is setting in. Once completed we will move over to one of our favorite bridge locations where we can even delve deeper into night photography and for those of you with Olympus OM-D models we will be working on Live Composite images from this bridge. This will be a great way to end an amazing day. Jamie and I can guarantee that your memory cards will be full of wonderful images and you will have met some amazing new friends along the way while focusing on your photography. The camaraderie built during this event will last long past the Sunday when 16507742601_1b17189af9_kwe depart Philly.

Sunday, July 17th

We will start our Sunday with a great location to take in the sunrise and capture the city skyline. Get ready to take some amazing morning images and work with Jamie who will be giving you his insight on sunrise images and what to look for regarding composition and settings.

After getting some great sunrise images we will spend the rest of the morning at the Naval Yard where you will have a chance to capture these massive vessels in the early morning sunlight. Once you get near these ships you will be in awe of their size and photographic qualities. Be sure to have your zoom lens for this portion.

To end the workshop we will take in a light lunch together as a group, discuss the last two days and make plans for our post workshop Google Hangout. The workshop will end at approximately 1:00pm.

We have secured a special room rate at a national hotel where you will be able to rest well and get prepared for the events. The rooms are secured for both Friday and Saturday night if you would need them, of course at your cost. This information will be shared with those who register.

Other Items of Note:

  • Meals and lodging are not included in the workshop fee.
  • We recommend that you shoot with gear you know and understand. It’s important that you will be able to move freely with the gear you bring and able to carry with you for long stretches of the day. A one camera, one lens approach works well in street photography.   A more detailed list will be provided for those who register.
  • You should be prepared to physically walk approximately 10 to 15 miles over the two days.
  • Tripods can be carried for the Eastern State Penitentiary portion and of course the night portion. There is a tripod charge of $10 at the Eastern State site, FYI. You are not required to have one for ESP. If you want to leave your tripod for the street portion of the workshop we will find a location to store them.
  • The admission charge for the East State Penitentiary is $14. This is not included in the workshop costs.
  • Lodging suggestions will be shared for those who register.
  • There will be a private Facebook group for those who register to introduce yourselves and discuss the workshop prior to arrival.
  • This workshop will take place rain or shine. Be prepared, bring an umbrella and an extra pair of shoes.

Workshop fee is $149.00 for the weekend..

A short video of some images from last year’s event

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