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)
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
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)
ESSENTIALS TO PACK
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
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)
SPACES ARE LIMITED SO THAT WE CAN SOCIALLY DISTANCE AND STAY COVID SAFE!
Sat 10 October 2020
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.
Sat 10 Jul - Mon 12 Jul 2021
£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.
+ dates 2021
£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]
Flexible dates + times
£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.
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.
Affordable. Inspirational. Sociable.