"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."Dorothea LangeRead More
Workshops are a full day in length and cover a range topics specific to the location or event. The "day" can be broken up into a series of short sessions or half days as well.
Street photography is almost a spiritual process for many because it is so personal and so akin to a kind of photographic enlightenment. I see things: moments just reveal themselves because I have put my self in the right situation for it to happen." Nick Turpin.
In this workhopswe will focus our attention on the art of street photography. There are many definitions trying to pin down what exactly street photography is. It may or may not have people in it, may or may not be candid, may or may not be in public place... on and on.
But what does seem to be true is that it shows some evidence of presence of people in an urban setting and it touches our soul. It makes us laugh, cry, or feel amused at how a glimpse of a moment of ordinary life can touch our hearts. Street photography offers us the opportunity to create meaningful images that tell a story. Are you ready to get started?
Another great technique is to shoot through glass or to work with reflections. This creates a more artistic feeling. I will set up several exercises to help you achieve this.
To SEE is very much about the moment. Being present, curious and creative are key skills we will work on. Timing is everything when it come to street photography and chance favors the prepared photographer. This workshop will help you understand where to stand, how to anticipate the action and what camera settings work best for catching the action. But mostly it will help you see creatively and notice what others miss.
"Let’s focus on making memorable photographs. Photographs that stir us emotionally, that make us think about humanity, society around us, the people we interact on a daily basis, the small beauties of life that we pass up for granted, others who are suffering, and the hopes and dreams of everyday individuals." Eric Kim
Some of the topics I will cover in the workshop will be:
Ethical issues of what is and is not ok when it comes to photographing strangers.
• Timing and positioning so you increase the chances of getting the lucky shot.
• Composition of subjects within the frame and in relationship to each other.
• How to use elements of color, light, texture, and motion to evoke emotion and tell a story.
• How to simplify the shot so you capture the essence of the moment.
• Some basic camera operation tips will be offered if you need them to freeze the action and catch the moment.
How to get permission for the photo with out destroying the candid feeling.
This special workshop on street photography will introduce you to a step by step method for gaining confidence in photographing people. This is a essential skill for travel photographers, family photographers, and anyone interested in capturing the ordinary moments of life in a way that tells a story.
We will start at Harvard Square where there are plenty of people to practice on. People will be busy shopping, eating, and watching street performers so they will never notice you are photographing them for your class assignments. We will move on to a second location for the afternoon.
How the workshop is structured:
We will meet together at the Harvard Square where I will give a short introduction to the topic of street photography and show you sample photos.
You will be given specific photo assignments designed to build your skills step by step. I will provide handout cards so you can practice the assignments again after the class.
At the end class there will be social time where we will take a look at the photos of the day and give each other constructive critique. I highly recommend you plan on joining us for this part of the workshop.
Please RSVP right away to hold your spot in this class. The tuition for the workshop is $125 I look forward to seeing you.
P.S. This class is appropriate for all levels so if you have just joined the group, this would be a perfect place to start. You can leave your camera on Auto if the is where you are at the moment. If it has been a while since you took this class, good time to repeat. I will have some new assignments for you if this is your second time around.
You do need a camera rather than an iPhone for this one but not a tripod. You will meet like minded people who love photography and you will learn some new skills at the same time. What a great way to spend the day!
Be awake, alive & in the flow. Join master photographer Suzanne Merritt, developer of the Flow-tography method for a day-long introductory workshop.Take your photos from like to LOVE
Image By paulettetraverso.com Bay Area photographer and co-host of event.
Take this opportunity to have fun and be playful while taking your photography skills to a deeper level. Master photographer Suzanne Merritt is visiting the bay area from Boston and will be teaching a day long workshop on Flow-tography, the method that she developed to teach a non technical mindful approach to photography. We will start at the museum and depending upon the weather may also shoot at Lake Merritt and or Chinatown.
“In this introductory session I’ll introduce you to three Flow-tography techniques you can use immediately. Then we will PLAY with some of the practices for connecting to your experiences of beauty. You’ll begin to experiment with this contemplative method and feel the difference between taking a snapshot, and creating a photograph.
The images you’ll create through this process feel very different. They capture the seemingly hidden world that exists around us but is only revealed when we learn to go beyond the surface to the more subtle, intimate visual qualities of your life. It’s not just about making images, Flow-tography is about experiencing and photographing the moments of your life that make you feel awake, alive and creative by accessing the “flow”.
shadows of people walking Image By Suzanne Merritt Founder of Curious Soul Photo School
“Over the past 25 years through the study of aesthetics, taking photographs, meditation, and teaching creativity, I have developed some simple yet powerful practices that will help you enter a “flow” state by choice rather than by chance. This will liberate you to create images that express the essence of your experience. Sounds intriguing? Join me to discover the satisfaction and joy of this technique.”
Photo By Suzanne Merritt "Weeds"
Suzanne Merritt, master photographer and creator of the Flow-tography method Founder of The Curious Soul Photo School Boston and the Polaroid Corporation’s Creativity Lab. Suzanne has taught over 200 workshops in Flow-tography in the last 2 years in Asia, the United States, and Europe. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn this accessible method of being and seeing directly from her.
During the day:
Explore and photograph experiences of beauty that make you feel alive
Discover how to use visual design elements of color, texture and light to express what you feel
Learn to see more deeply with a fresh intuitive eye to find unexpected beauty
• discover OR rekindle your creative self and your unique point of view through photography
• learn about 8 universal archetypes of beauty and how they show up in your photos
• discover what type of photographer your are using the lenses of beauty
• practice the essential Flow-tography method of starting from stillness, becoming present, connecting to the moment, and then capturing the image after the scene captures you
• feel relaxed and revitalized as you go at your own pace
• take away the fundamentals of Flow-tography that will impact your photography and possibly your day to day life
You'll have FUN learning from Suzanne and meeting other like minded photographers. We will go slow, take our time and enjoy the day. This class is open to all levels. If you have been meaning to get back into photography, this would be a great way to begin.
We’ll start promptly at 10:00 am at the Oakland Museum.
10:00 - 11:00 Introduction to The Flow-tography Method of Being in Seeing
11:00 11:15 break
11:15 - 12:15 Round One Photography Session individual instruction
12:15 -1:15 Lunch break and discussion
1:15-2:15 Introduction to Flow-tography 8 Patterns of Beauty
2:15-3:30 Round Two Photography Session individual instruction
3:30-4:00 review, questions, critique next steps to stay in the flow
Optional Social time following the class. Plan on some extra time if you would like to stay for this.
What’s not included:
entrance to the museum (if we have rain we will go inside)
lunch (bring your own if you like)
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can contact Suzanne directly firstname.lastname@example.org
What's the refund policy?
If the workshop is canceled for any reason you will receive a full refund.
You can transfer your tuition to a friend if you are unable to make it .
Testimonials from former Flow-tography Workshop participants:
"Suzanne's ideas about photography are revelations to me. I came hoping to learn more about my picture taking and on reflection found I was learning more about myself. Suzanne creates an environment that encourages collaboration. It brought out much of my best and I will be spending a long time reviewing and gaining more. BRAVO! " Barry W.
"I really enjoyed this workshop. It allows you to feel the experience and beauty of what brings the picture to you. Instead of chasing after it. The lesson is a much needed one not only in photography but a life lesson." Kim M.
"To me, Suzanne's concept of Flow-tography is about seeing with your inner soul the beauty around us. Open yourself up to this and you will start to see what's around you in a way you have not experienced before."Lisa W.
"Suzanne's ideas about taking pictures really resonated with me. As a result I ended the day with a really high percentage of pics that I love - even with subjects I don't usually feel confident with. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to create photos with a more meaningful/emotional impact and get a break from the sometimes intimidating technical aspects of photography. Time well-spent!" Nancy M
You are invited to discover a playful path to mindfulness through photography. Flow-tography offers a way to experience more joy and happiness in life. It is not just about "getting the shot", it is about experiencing the moments of life that make us feel awake, alive and creative. All it requires is our full attention and slowing down to be still, from the inside out. Over the past 20 years I have developed a method for combining mindfulness and photography in a step by step system that is easy for anyone to use. I will share the basics of Flow-tography with you during this series.
Are you curious about how to take photos that match your memory of a moment of beauty in your life? Are you interested in learning more about mindfulness? In this 4 part series you will discover how to improve the quality of your photos by slowing down to really see and and be present. The results are an increased sense of inner stillness, and a
In this introduction to the Flow-tography method, you will discover simple, mindful practices that can immediately improve the quality of your photography. You will discover why it is important to compose yourself before you focus on composing your photos.
- Spend less time "fixing" your photos in post processing by taking better quality images on the spot.
- Take fewer photos. Spend less time deleting disappointing photos and more time enjoying the moment.
- Get to know your camera settings so you can easily take photos that are in focus and properly exposed.
- Discover how easy it is to use your breath as a tool for creating a feeling of calm and inner stillness while taking pictures.
- Learn to be more present, centered and connected before you shoot
- See more deeply and capture the beauty of nature with a fresh eye
- Rediscover your creative self and your unique style of photography from the inside out
In this introductory series, I will cover the basics of this approach 20 years in the making. Then we will PLAY with some of the practices for connecting to beauty in nature and urban settings through photography. I will introduce 4 mindful meditation techniques you can use right away. There will be short photograph assignments between sessions so you can experiment with this contemplative method immediately and feel the difference between taking a snapshot, and creating a photograph.
Fall Series Dates: October 4-11-18-25 Tuesdays 5:30-8:30 pm
Tuition: $250.00 for the series of 4 sessions.
Location: Sessions will be conducted in various locations in downtown Boston including my artist studio at the Boston Center for the Arts 539 Tremont Street Boston MA
Curriculum Outline: Each session will include content from the three skill areas that make up the Flow-tography method. See = Seeing Creatively to develop your own style translating your experience of beauty into an equivalent photo. Be = Deepening your sense of connection between inner and outer experience through mindful practices Do = Technical camera knowledge necessary to execute your creative vision.
Session One See: clarify your creative vision Be: slow down to be fully present Do: Basic camera settings, buttons and menus
Session Two See: close up and macro exercises for noticing details Be: Expanding awareness of inner and outer states of flow Do: Using Scene and Mode settings
Session Three See: Introduction to creative visual language Be: deepening connection to your subject Do: Introduction to ISO - Aperture - Shutter Speed
Session Four See: Seeing with heart/mind to find the pulse of the subject Be: dropping expectations and being open to unexpected images Do: simple edits to amplify the essence.