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ATHENS STREET PHOTOGRAPHY WEEKEND


This is a 2-day street photography workshop focused on the  “The decisive moment”  where everything comes together in a perfect moment, and you hit the shutter.

A vibrant, historical city under the photography ‘urbanization’ prisma of the leader-photographer Menelaos, passionate photo-reporter. Menelaos will be all the way with you to share his personal insight and show you how a pro explore a place visually, find the perfect lighting, and anticipate great moments as you engage in field shooting.

What makes it worth more is that being part of a small shutterbug’s group is an inspiring and an enjoybale experience too!

 

PRICE:  400 02-03 SEPTEMBER 2017

For this urban photography workshop we  only involve few of the great landmarks as a setting for scenes evolving. Framing and timing will be the key aspects of the craft with the aim of some street photography being to create images at a decisive or poignant moment.

During this intensive weekend street photography workshop, Menelaos will take you out on the street and pass on his tips and tricks on capturing the extraordinary in the everyday.  At the end of each day, the group will  share feedback and discuss ways to improve technique and imagery.

Topics covered:

Shoot in the Field
Train your eye to capture images that make an impact. Learn how to navigate your surroundings and work with light, color, background, and other influences and challenges inherent in each unique setting. Gain a better technical understanding of how to use your camera’s body, lenses, and various settings.
Tell Stories through Pictures
More than just taking pictures is to express powerful ideas through photography. So you will taught to how to expand your ability to choose compelling subjects and portray them in more meaningful ways.
Improve Your Photographs of People
Learn to capture a person’s true character and special moments in their lives while making it a rewarding experience for both of you.
Create Compelling Compositions
Understand how to create stronger, more interesting compositions using wide angle, normal, and telephoto lenses. Discover new ways to use color and pattern to add depth, emotion, and graphic power to your images.
Use Light to Add Drama
Learn how a professional photographer bring his images to life by skillfully using special lighting techniques, experimenting with flash, and making the most of any lighting condition.
Enhance Your Travel Experience through Photography
The best travel experiences usually happen when meeting locals. A camera provides the perfect excuse to go beyond simply what can be seen, to discover the authentic culture of a new place. By stopping and talking to people, the search for great images turns into a quest for more fulfilling travel experiences.

 

ATHENS – A HISTORICAL MODERN DAY METROPOLIS
Athens, the capital of Greece is a magnificent city that combines past and present in perfect harmony. Its unique landscape provides the backdrop for one of the most individual cities in Europe, welcoming people with a thirst for knowledge and beauty. No other capital city in Europe has the combination of so many moments in time imprinted in its subconscious – from ancient Greece, to Ancient Rome and Byzantium and from the Ottomans through to Modern Greece.

An intense city characterised best by its history and decorated perfectly with good food, blue seas, sun and light. The opportunity of seeing Athens’ many faces through the photographic lens and of telling this city’s long and magnificent story through the art of photography is a great challenge for any photographer. During the 2 days, which this photography workshop provides you with, you will find all of your senses brought together to produce an array of unique photographic images each bursting to tell their own story!

 

DAY 1
We all meet at 10am at Syntagma to get to know each other and receive some preliminary instructions on our photo assignmnets of the day*.  Enough time for all to receieve a one-to-one tuition during your strollings to the busy streets and landmarks of Athens is one of the benefits of the small group workshops.

*On each photo walk we photograph on specific projects.

Action area: around Syntagma

This is a 3 hours photo tour and we will all need a break to rest, to have a lunch and download our photos. So we are free to spent our 4 hours break however we want and soon after to gather again for the second part of the photography day.

In the afternoon, action area : A beautiful and wondrous walk around the Acropolis, Filopappos Hill, Thiseio, and Dionysiou Areopagitou street. All these areas intertwine and produce a magnificent picture of the ancient Athenian past waiting to be captured by your lenses. As you walk the pedestrianised Dionysiou Areopagitou street admiring the houses and passing the ancient Herod Atticus amphitheatre, the Acropolis stands majestically above you watching patiently.

After a 2 hours photo walk we’ll have a drink in one of the artsitic hubs around, to review, the results of the fisrt day, the photos taken by all participants, discuss them technically and aesthetically and then explore post-processing options.

The vibrant Athenian night life is all yours, waiting to be explored – we can provide you with some great suggestions!

DAY 2

The human factor is the central point of the second day of our photography workshop tour. The noisy neighbourhoods of Psyri and Monastiraki are quite easily characterised by the craftsmen in the area who work their magic with jewellery, pots, leather and the well-known handcrafted ancient Greek sandals, made by a plethora of small shops. The abundance of colours and smells in the area test the senses whilst the light in the small streets leading to the area of Plaka teases us around the small narrow streets showing us a path leading to the past.

After a break for brunch for whomever wishes to do so, in the afternoon we review, under the prisma of our new achievemnets, the results of the second and last day.

We will exchange our contact details, as well as wishes to see each other again, perhaps in one of our next workshops!

 

 

WORKSHOP COST:  400

2 DAYS
– Small group size (2-6 per.)
– proffesional photographer
– minimum of 6 hours photo workshop each day

Not included
– Accomodation (plenty of proposals for any budget, please advice us)
– Any personal expenses
– Entrances and fees in any site

leader photographer - photo workshops

Born in Patras, Menelaos Myrillas was attracted to photography in a young age. He traveled the world and was lucky to learn the fundamentals about photography by some of the best in the field. He cooperated with the most important Greek Magazine titles and quite a few international ones. He is known for the storytelling character of his work that derives from his need to add both past and future references in present moments. Although inspired by the masters of photography Menelaos is often using modern techniques in order to accomplish a contemporary result.

He was influenced by: John Loengard, Richard Avedon, Robert Doisneau, Dave Hill, Federico Fellini, Orson Welles, Karl Barks, Alfred Hitchcock, Karl Marx and Marx Brothers, DaDa, by flemish painters especially by Johannes Vermeer and some others…

Top tip: Proffessionals talk mainly about the money and prizes, amateurs mostly about the equipment. Real photographers talk mainly about the light.

WEATHER
The month of October in Athens is marvelous.  Days are filled still with sunshine, with an average temperature of 75 degree (25°C)

HOW TO REACH  CENTER OF ATHENS FROM THE ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (33 KM/20.5 MILES)

Taxi
The taxi terminal is located just outside the airport arrivals terminal at Exit 3. There is a flat rate of 35 Euros during the day and 50 Euros at night for going to the center of Athens.

Metro
The metro is another transportation option available at the Athens International Airport. It is quite easy to use and the charges very consistent. The train station is connected to the airport although one will require to go up a level from the arrivals using an elevator and cross over a pedestrian bridge. You are required to purchase a ticket from the station desk for 8 Euros per person. Trains run every 30 mins (on the hour and half hour) from 0530-0015 (0200 on Fri & Sat nights) and take 40 mins from/to city centre (Syntagma Square)

Express bus
The express bus station is located just in front of the Athens Airport Arrivals. The express bus X95 is the one that goes directly to the Syntagma square. It takes approximately one hour to get to the center of Athens.

NOTES
Since we will be walking, comfortable shoes are required.

When photographing in archaeological sites or Museums, tripods and flash are not allowed. All photographs in archaeological sites or Museums are for our own personal use, images or using them for commercial purposes requires a special photography license issued by the Greek Ministry for Education and Culture. When we have a street photography tour, you may need to ask people if it is OK to take their picture. If you have a language problem or feel uncomfortable, let us do the talking.

EQUIPMENT
DSLR’s or Mirrorless are preferred, but todays high-end compact cameras are very impressive. In addition, its recommended you bring a lightweight tripod, extra memory cards and a laptop. Once completing registration, you will be contacted by the photography instructors and you will be sent the full list of the prerequisites.

ATHENS STREET PHOTOGRAPHY WEEKEND


This is a 2-day street photography workshop focused on the  “The decisive moment”  where everything comes together in a perfect moment, and you hit the shutter.

A vibrant, historical city under the photography ‘urbanization’ prisma of the leader-photographer Menelaos, passionate photo-reporter. Menelaos will be all the way with you to share his personal insight and show you how a pro explore a place visually, find the perfect lighting, and anticipate great moments as you engage in field shooting.

What makes it worth more is that being part of a small shutterbug’s group is an inspiring and an enjoybale experience too!

 

PRICE:  400 02-03 SEPTEMBER 2017

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