Street Photography Weekend Workshops

Join a small group led by a pro photographer for a weekend of street photography assignments and city exploration!


About The Photo Weekender

Led by Fujifilm Ambassador Polly Rusyn

Passionate About Travel. Cannot Live Without Photography.

That sums us up, and if that’s you too - whether you are an absolute beginner, more advanced, or a pro photographer in any field - let us show you and your camera our favourite cities. Not only do we provide an assignment based workshop, The Photo Weekender saves you hours of research by expertly planning photography orientated itineraries complete with awesome food stops - all booked in advance (unless we hit a food market) for sociable group meals in tried and tested eateries!

Led by Polly Rusyn, a professional photographer, Official Fujifilm X-Photographer, and former adventure travel tour leader - our photo adventures take place within 48 hours over three days (an afternoon, a full day and a morning) in a European city. Unless it's a Long Weekender, which is three full days and a morning with a bit more free time thrown in. Just book your own flights and accommodation to suit your budget, pack anything that can capture an image and join a bunch of like-minded friendly photographers who love to travel, and we’ll sort out the rest. Join us for a weekend of street photography, city exploration, new friends, bad jokes, good laughs and the chance to learn something too. Make a Weekender part of a longer holiday or just come away with us for a quick escape...

Through a series of briefings and photography assignments we show you how to shoot strangers Ninja-style so you can become confident making candid photos on the street; introduce you to the building blocks of what makes a great photo in terms of light, composition and storytelling, so you can be as creative as you want - no postcard shots here! We will wow you with elements of colour theory and Gestalt principles of visual perception, and promise never to stand you in a spot and tell you what to shoot - instead we give you the tools to see photo opportunities, capture your own unique moments and observations, and develop your own style. But most importantly you’ll return home with super memories, great pictures and improved skills as a candid photographer. Sounds awesome right?!

Need To Know

(Short Attention Span Version)



  • Experienced tour leader and professional photographer rolled into one

  • Perfectly planned itinerary to maximise discovering the best of a city over 48 hours (unless it's a Half Weekender or a 1-1)

  • Creative photography assignments to inspire and improve your photography

  • Group bookings (where applicable) in hand-picked eateries for sociable lunches and dinners

  • Feedback on a set of ten self-critiqued images post tour (five for a Half Weekender)



  • Flights and accommodation: you can book your own to suit your budget

  • Food and drink: only pay for what you consume

  • Public transport: sometimes we make side trips or jump on buses or metros (Long Weekenders may have additional inclusions)

  • Any entrance fees: mostly we go shooting in free public spaces but sometimes we can’t resist a local attraction (Long Weekenders may have additional inclusions)


  • Your passport, travel insurance and some dosh

  • Anything that can capture an image plus plenty of batteries and memory cards

  • Comfortable shoes, as there is always a lot of walking

  • A sense of humour and a sense of adventure

It was an awesome weekend, and I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone, regardless of their level of photography skills, as Polly skilfully develops the 'inner photographer' in us all. Thank you Polly for being the 'hostess with the mostess': everything was brilliantly organised and I had a great time, as indeed I did on the two previous trips. I look forward to the next one.

Theresa B.


Upcoming Weekenders

Up Your Street Photography Game While Discovering A Cool City Through Your Lens.

NEW! Half Weekenders in London

These new one day London workshops are designed to build one on another, just as a regular Weekender does over a whole weekend! 

Learn a definition of street photography, how to approach the street as “theatre", how to “work the scene”, the key thing to always remember, how to take candid photos of strangers without fear, how to work with the light conditions, about “The Curiosity Principle” and about the importance of the whole frame. Then go to the next level with a couple of Gestalt theory "ideas" to train your brain to become triggered by, how to start adding complexity and how to start layering but incorporating foreground elements in your scenes! (The Next Level workshop includes a brief recap of the Foundation)



London, England
Sat 10 October 2020

London, England
Sat 31 October 2020

Street Photography Next Level

Street Photography Next Level

£95 per person (group size 2-5)

[includes £10 credit towards a 1-1 Session]

This is a challenging one day street photography workshop for intermediate street photographers, and the next step up from the Foundation. You need to have some street photography experience under your belt already for this, as this is designed to take your photography up a notch, and will really put you to the test. 


Istanbul, Turkey
Sat 10 Jul - Mon 12 Jul 2021

Street Photography


£245 per person (group size 5-7)

The historic Sultanahmet Quarter, Taksim Square with its vintage trams and vibrant street life, a photo walk along Istiklal Street to Galata Bridge and buzzing Eminönü - home to the labyrinthine covered Grand Bazaar, and the colourful district of Balat.

Private Groups
Flexible destinations

+ dates  2021

Street Photography

£2,250 per group (2-12 people)

If you are an existing gang of friends or family, a camera club, a small business, a squad or group of any kind then gather yourselves together! Choose from 2021 destinations plus Cádiz, Gdańsk, Lisbon, Porto, Prague or Seville. 

[Price is per group regardless of size]

1-1 Sessions

Flexible dates + times

Street Photography

£40 (40 minutes via Zoom)

Fancy some personal help?! We'll meet via Zoom for 40 minutes dedicated to whatever you want to talk about. This could be: help with selecting your best shots after a day out shooting, a portfolio review, post-processing tips etcl! Get in touch via email so we can plan a date and time.


NEW 2021 Weekenders coming soon!

Gift Vouchers Are Cool!

Ever been stuck for a gift idea? Be stuck no more! Get hold of a Weekender Gift Voucher and treat someone who loves photography (and banter) to an unforgettable experience with an awesome group of people (we seem to attract the good ones!). Choose from £25, £50 and £100 vouchers.

Our Manifesto

Affordable. Inspirational. Sociable.


We believe photography is for everyone and photography experiences should be affordable

We want you to travel with us again and again exploring inspiring cities with your camera, so we believe in offering a high quality experience that is also awesome value

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All content, images and intellectual property is © Copyright 2018-2020 Polly Rusyn Photography (trading as The Photo Weekender). All rights reserved.

All photography (except for participant galleries) were made by Polly Rusyn. All participant images remain the copyright of the individual photographer. No stock photos here!