Keith Skelton is leading a one day photo workshop to the streets of Los Angeles. Keith has led numerous landscape photo workshops. However, early interests included the styles of photojournalists W. Eugene Smith and Ernst Hass. Beginning a career as a photojournalist shaped his style as a location photographer.


For the first time I am offering a one day DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, Day of the Dead photo workshop. The event is held at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery. We will shoot from 3pm till after dark. See my gallery HERE.


Street or urban photography arguably is the most challenging area of photography. But it is a way to make personal observations and statements which can be fun and rewarding.  Practiced by such legendary photographers as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand, Robert Doisneau, Robert Frank, Burk Uzzle, and Elliott Erwitt, street photography is a form of candid photography that often defies the rules of composition and technique.

Street Photography also involves getting close to people. Shooting photographs of strangers in pubic places takes some courage, fast reflexes, and basic camera gear. To do this type of shooting successfully you have to be in the scene, part of it, not the usual distant observer. Good street photography is about telling a story in a single frame by skillfully anticipating actions and interactions. It is about seeing visual puns, serendipity, and humorous incongruities in a muddled world. It is the ability to capture that singular moment.



-Learn how to transform everyday life situations into powerful images.


-This course is designed for photographers who want to  to quicken their

reflexes and become more self assured photographing strangers.


-You will learn how to approach and photograph a portrait of a stranger.


-You will learn about anti-composition, shooting from the hip, in your face,

and working a corner.


-We will also discuss the best equipment and camera settings to use. You will

learn how to get the most out of your compact digital or film camera.


-You will learn about some of the iconic street photographers as we view and

discuss their pictures.


-We will practice shooting in two different urban locations in Los Angeles.


-Using a compact Digital camera on the street.


Shooting from the hip


DIA DE LOS MUERTOS - DAY OF THE DEAD 

Learn how to photograph the moment while exploring the streets and culture of Santa Barbara and Los Angeles California. 

SEE PHOTOS FROM THE LAST LOS ANGELES STREET WORKSHOP HERE


This is a documentary about Garry Winogrand with Bill Moyers, Creativity, WNET, 1982

To reserve space for a California Photography Workshop, click below.


REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FORM IS HERE


Returning students get a 10% discount.

Workshop fee does not include: Hotel accommodations, all meals, entrance fees,

and transportation to & from Santa Barbara.

Enrollment limit: 12 students per session.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:



Bring whatever cameras you are most comfortable using. It will be presumed you are familiar with it’s operation and functions. Note that some people are intimidated by a photographer using a large DSLR with telephoto lenses. Most serious street photographers use some sort of rangefinder camera such as the Leica M or the Voigtlander Bessa film camera. I regularly use small compact digital cameras such as the iPhone, Panasonic LX3, GF1, and the Canon G11.


You are not required to have either of these cameras for the class.


Be prepared for a day of walking. I will be sending out further detail after you sign up.



Photography by Keith Skelton