F8 & Eric Kim Street 'projects' workshop review - Aug 2014

Last weekend myself and Eric Kim ran a workshop here in Hong Kong.  We had a nice group of mixed abilities from all over Asia and Europe, clients from Macau, Hong Kong, India, Vietnam and even as far away as Budapest in Hungary came to Hong Kong to spend the weekend shooting with our group and sharing ideas and learning some new tips and tricks. Eric introducing himself at the start of the workshop.

Winnie Ho shot this vibrant coloured image as part of her 'Through The Window' project.

The focus of this workshop was 'working on projects', so it was slightly more advanced that some of the basic street shooting style workshops, requiring a different approach to shooting on the streets.  Some may find it easier being given a project to focus on, some find it harder to focus on 'telling a story' with a short sequence and tighter edit of images.  Whichever way you approach it, for sure it will help develop visualisation skills for all photographers looking for a slightly different approach to their work.

Mainlander shopping spree, Hong Kong

End of first night...much beer is needed to soften the blows of the critiques :-)

The first evening of the workshop was spent reviewing clients existing portfolios that they were asked to bring along for critique.  This is always a very valuable part of the workshop as it enables everyone to get to know each other, let down their barriers and showcase their current work.  It also helps us to figure out which direction we think they may like to try next and after the workshop finishes to see how they have moved their benchmark up a level or two.

Sam and Oscar comparing their toys out on the streets.

The 2nd day is spent with various presentations in the morning (after lots of coffee and snacks), sharing some examples of our own projects and talking thoroughly as a group about everything that has been showcased that morning.  After lunch we discuss potential ideas for projects with the group, share them all and let the clients pick 2 projects to work on over the rest of the weekend before their final presentations.  This method proved to work very well, and the discussions brought out some great ideas for people to try.


A nice 'selfie' taken by Annie Gallivan as part of her project 'Shadow Play'.

Then, the group departed off, either alone, in pairs or under guidance from us where requested, to explore deep into Kowloon and Hong Kong Island for the rest of Saturday and Sunday morning, exploring their ideas, sharing feedback over dinner and fine tuning their visions before meeting back at the workshop base for Sunday lunch and to start the process of selection, editing and presentation.

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Sam checks his negatives on the 2nd evening after a day shooting.

Geoff has his contact sheets proofed by a friend at dinner.

People always underestimate the importance of being a strong self-editor, something that some people struggle with, so we used some techniques that are really useful in Lightroom to help the visual process, helping the group break down their portfolios to a very tight edit by the end of the day.

Geoffrey Chen, shooting on film for his 'Lust' project.

Final presentations were made individually, allowing each client to showcase their work and get up in front of a group and practice their presentation skills.

We had group  discussions over the presentations, and gave our final thoughts to the clients.

Carolyn Kang - Up close and personal with her 'Portraits' project.

To finalise the workshop we have an excellent presentation from our good friend Jonathan Van Smit (flickr link), an acclaimed street shooter based in Hong Kong, well known amongst our community for his black and white close up street shooting in Kowloon.  Jonathan has been a guest speaker at many of our workshops and always inspires others with his dedication, drive and passion for what he is doing.  He has recently departed on a personal project in Israel, and we wish him the best of luck with that project and stay safe!!!  More of Jonathan's work can be seen here.

Alex Haslam's contrasty black and white images were part of his 'Hidden Faces' project.

All said and done, the workshop was a great success, all client feedback has been positive, and I for one have seen some large improvements in portfolios of many of the clients as I have spent a lot of time with most of them before and am quite familiar with their work.

Alex explores the issues related to exposure when shooting with lens cap on...sorry mate, couldn't resist hehe.

Laszlo Szigeti - for his 'Reflections' project.

Below I would like to share some more images from the workshop, bearing in mind the clients only had less than 24 hours to produce their sets of images, these are some of the individual images, tagged with the name of their project to give context.


Sam Lok, shooting on film for his 'Layers and Triangles' project.

Michelle Leung focussed her project around "Sham Shui Po'.

Harriet Pollard's project focussed on 'First Impressions', having just arrived from India a few weeks beforehand.

Jonathan Nguyen's project 'Old People' had a good look with his processing.


Great work everyone, looking forward to the next workshops already.

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Rajasthan Photography Workshop November 2013 - Behind the Scenes

One month ago we led a small workshop (8 people) to Rajasthan in India and had an epic experience as a group of photographers. This blog post is just a short look at some behind the scenes images showing our little gang shooting around Pushkar, Jaipur and Delhi over the week, and most of all a reflection of how much FUN we all had together in such an amazing place.

We will be heading back to India in just a few months time in February 2014, this time deeper into Rajasthan to Jodhpur, details of that workshop can be seen here:


That aside, here is a look behind the scenes at our last Rajasthan workshop, which was held in November 2013.

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F8LM3754Myriam shares her image with a lovely lady in the streets of Delhi F8LM3865On route to Pushkar by train...the best way to travel in India F8LM3882 Katherine getting to grips with the awesome light inside the trainF8LM3915Our group waiting to board a train to Pushkar F8LM4170Katherine and Justine taking an elephant up the hill to the Amber Fort F8LM4275Chai Masala Tea Break....this picture was taken at tea break number 135 of 567 during the week...;-) GF2A5456Monica showing her subjects how great they look on camera GF2A6564Gary teaches a local guy how to shoot the Ricoh GR GF2A6612Gary getting some composition tips off the local dog (all dogs we met were super friendly!) img-5143Tasha taking a poignant moment during the train journey to Pushkar img-6254Tasha and Jon doing some strange 'pigeon-dash'! img-6450Tasha can even charm elephants into smiling img-6563Ruth and Katherine with their lovely smiles out enjoying the shooting img-6593Justine out doing some 'training' (excuse the pun). img-6858Gary failing to impress the locals with his cricket skills... L1003482Asking a local to shoot our group photo, he did very well for his first time on a rangefinder   Gary TysonJon posing in an alleyway of Old Delhi L1007576Tasha and Sakshi checking eachothers work L1007578A couple of our local guides in Delhi L1007643Gary checking the Rajasthan scenery on route to Pushkar L1007657Myriam scouting for subjects on the train L1007832Ruth and Patrick loving PushkarL1007864Jon and Patrick trying scarves as reflectors and diffusers...worked perfectly!  L1008169Ruth on the last day in Jaipur L1008209Justine at the mosque in Delhi early morning L1008355Becky at the riverside in Delhi on our last day in India L1008523-EditJon shooting portraits on his trusty Rolleiflex OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPatrick gets up close and personal with his subjects OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJon and Monica taking a taxi

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Jodhpur Photography Workshop - February 2014

After our successful photography workshop in India last month we have decided to go back at the earliest opportunity. We were oversubscribed last time, so here's another chance for people to explore this amazing place with us.

This time we will have TWO professional photographers on location to assist and guide where necessary.

Gary from F8 and Ian Taylor, who's work resides at the following links:


and here:


Follow the link for details, sign up fast, places are very limited.



Rajasthan - India photography workshop, November 2013

In recent years we have been running many successful workshops in Cambodia and as much as we love the place, many of our clients and new enquiries are asking for us to lead a workshop in different parts of Asia so here is the first one, into the heart of Rajasthan in India from 5th - 10th November 2013. This workshop is limited to a maximum of 8 participants.

We will explore Delhi and 'the pink city' of Jaipur in Rajasthan, travelling between the two by train.

This promises to be an exciting workshop and good learning experience for all of us, so sign up quick, a few of the places have already been sold before it was advertised today.

For more information please follow the link to the workshop signup page below: