“Conquering Your Fear of Shooting on the Streets” Introduction to Street Photography Workshop in Tokyo with Eric Kim (11/2-11/4)
Have you ever walked on the streets and saw a moment that you wanted to capture, but you were too scared to take the photograph? Would you like to learn how to overcome your fear of shooting on the streets and destroy those moments of hesitation? Do you want to meet other street photographers who are equally as passionate as you? Then this is your chance.

If you are a street photographer starting off and want more courage shooting on the streets, learning what to look for when shooting on the streets, or meeting other passionate street photographers this workshop is for you. Through this dynamic and hands-on 3-day workshop myself and Eric Kim will cover some of the following topics:

How to conquer your fear of shooting street photography
How to become invisible and shoot without anybody noticing you
How to react to people who get offended by street photography
How to never miss “The Decisive Moment“
The best technical settings to use on your camera in street photography
How to create memorable and timeless images
The secret of creating beautiful black and white photographs
The best way to tell a story through your street photography
How to develop a razor-sharp eye when shooting on the streets
The fundamentals of critique & feedback in street photography
Workshop Overview

Tokyo, 2011. Eric Kim

I’m sure you have sat in classes and workshops where all the instructor did was lecture, while you fell asleep in your chair and didn’t learn anything meaningful.

This workshop will be different than other photography workshops you have done in the past. Not only will the information we present during lecture be practical, you will have an opportunity to speak your mind and give your opinions in street photography.

Therefore the workshop will be less lecture-based and more focused on group discussion on interaction (one of the best ways to learn in my opinion).

You will have two full days of shooting street photography on the streets, and we will be right next to you, helping you build your courage shooting on the streets.

Not only that, but you will learn the best settings to use on your camera in street photography, and what to look for when shooting on the streets. Not only that, Not only that, but you will be able to showcase your photography with other supportive and passionate street photographers that will give you constructive criticism & critique in your street photography.

And the best bit? It is in Tokyo! One of the most vibrant and exciting cities on earth. Tokyo never stops and never sleeps. It is a visual treat and the perfect place to really go for it on the streets.

Workshop Schedule

Day 1 (Friday night) – 5-9pm

Tokyo, 2011. Photograph by Eric Kim

The workshop will start at 5pm on Friday night, which will give you the opportunity to meet and introduce yourself to the rest of the workshop participants.

First night introductions

After getting to know one another better we will have a portfolio review. You will share your portfolio with myself and Bellamy, where we will give you constructive criticism on your work (the strength of your work, what you can do to improve your work, and feedback in terms of composition and story-telling). we will have a brief introduction to the fundamentals of shooting street photography.

Once we are finished with the portfolio review, we will then have a brief presentation on an Introduction to Street Photography. We will be discussing what you should be looking when shooting on the streets, how to approach people, and how to build your courage when taking street photographs.

After discussing the fundamentals, we will do some night-time shooting in Tokyo. You will hit the neon streets of Tokyo with the other participants and shoot the night-life. We will be exploring the different colorful neighborhoods together, and applying what we learned during the presentation to our work.

Shooting the streets of Tokyo at night

Participants who are interested will go out with us to a nice Japanese restaurant (not included in the workshop fee) and we will have the chance to talk about the night shooting assignment, and spend more time to get to know one another. You won’t want to miss this– the food in Tokyo is phenomenal.

After good food and drinks, you will go home and edit/post-process your best images of the night and bring them in for review on the next day.

Day 2 (Saturday) – 9am-6pm

Photograph by Bellamy Hunt

After an exciting first night (and hopefully a good night of rest) we meet at the workshop space in the morning and enjoy some breakfast, tea and coffee. You will then share your best photos from the night before, where we will give you feedback and critique on your images. We will tell you what you did well, what you can improve on, and address any problems or difficulties you might have had. We will also tell you what to focus on during the workshop to get better shots.

We will then enjoy a nice filling lunch together (which is included in the workshop fee) and chat more amongst ourselves about one another and of course, street photography.

Once we finish our delicious lunch, I will be leading a presentation on what makes a memorable street photograph, and will teach the fundamentals and rules of composition in street photography. I will also talk more about how to conquer your fear of shooting street photography.

I will also be sharing photographs from my portfolio (as well as the process of shooting my “Dark Skies Over Tokyo” project) and telling all the stories behind the photos. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions about

You will then be given a street photography assignment based on your personal needs, and we will hit the energetic streets of Shibuya (one of my favorite places to shoot in Tokyo). For those who are interested, we will also have dinner and drinks afterwards.

Getting close when shooting the streets!

Sharing photos that we shot

Day 3 (Sunday) – 9am-6pm

Tokyo, 2011. Eric Kim

By Sunday morning, you will be exhausted (in a good way). You will have already had two days of shooting in the exotic streets of Tokyo, while being totally immersed in street photography, and you will know the other participants in the workshop well.

But the fun won’t end, because we will have one more morning of shooting the streets of Tokyo (to get your final photos ready to present for Sunday evening). We will shoot in Shinjuku and the colorful surrounding areas.


Once we get back to the workshop venue, we will have a hearty lunch and then proceed with a presentation on editing/post-processing in street photography. This will give you a good opportunity to rest up from the last two days, while also learning how to overcome the difficulty of choosing your best shots in street photography, how to convert your RAW photos to beautiful black & whites and rich colors, and tips & tricks with Lightroom 4 and Silver Efex Pro 2.

You will then have time to relax and edit/post-process your images shot from the last 3 days. We will be ride beside you, giving you hands-on feedback on how to edit/post-process your images, and address any technical questions you may have about using Lightroom 4.

Everyone in the class giving meaningful feedback/critique to one another

After choosing your best images from Tokyo, you will present your best shots and get direct feedback & critique from myself and Bellamy (and the rest of the class). If you have ever had frustrations getting pointless comments on Flickr or Facebook like “nice shot”, “cool”, or “what camera/lens do you use?” this part of the workshop will help you tremendously.

Adam presenting one of his shots

Photo by Miwako

At the end of the workshop, Bellamy Hunt will give a presentation on working on short and long-term projects, and present his work and previous projects. He will also talk about shooting street photography with film.

Bellamy presenting his projects to the class

One of Bellamy’s shots

What you will gain from this workshop

Life-long friends from the Tokyo workshop

Once you are done with the workshop, you will have had the time of your life. You will have learned the fundamentals of shooting street photography on the streets (what to look for, rules of composition, and common mistakes to avoid) and how to overcome your fear of shooting on the streets.

The best shot from the workshop, by Sebastian!

You will have met incredibly passionate street photographers from all around the world, who you can connect with and share your common passion with. Even after the workshop is over, you will still keep in contact with all of these people (we will set up a private Facebook group for all the workshop participants) and some of them will become your life-long friends.

You will be inspired to shoot street photography everyday (or every opportunity you have) and will start thinking about working on short-term and long-term street photography projects. You will also have knowledge on which street photographers you can continue researching (classical and contemporary street photographers) to continue building your passion.

You will also have photographs from Tokyo that you are proud of, and excited to share with your friends, family, and the rest of the street photography community.
You will then wonder when the next workshop in Tokyo will be- and excited to continue your life-long journey in street photography.


Group photo of last year’s Tokyo Workshop. Click to see all behind-the-scenes photos.
See all the behind-the-scenes photographs from last year’s Tokyo Street Photography Workshop here.

Student Photos From Last Year’s Tokyo Workshop

Sebastian Evans

Mattias Leppaniemi

You can see all the student photos from the Tokyo workshop here.


Travel and accommodation is not included for this workshop in the fee. If you need assistance finding a suitable hotel to stay, we can assist you. Please contact me for assistance.


Bellamy and I am so confident that attending the workshop will improve your confidence and skills in shooting street photography that we offer a 100% money-back guarantee if you are not fully satisfied after attending the workshop. Very few (if any) other workshops offer this guarantee!


Dates: 11/2-11/4 (Friday night, All-day Saturday/Sunday)


Friday: 5-9pm
Saturday: 9-6pm
Sunday: 9-6pm
Workshop Fee: 1000 USD (795 USD early-bird discount before 10/2). That is cheaper than buying a new camera lens! There is also a student-discount and returning student discount available. Email [email protected] for more information.

*The weekend after (11/9-11/11) I will also lead an Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop in Tokyo. On 11/16-11/18 I will also lead an Introduction to Film Street Photography Workshop in Kyoto. If you are interested in signing up for multiple workshops, there is a specialbundled-discount. Email [email protected] for more information.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch are included on both Saturday and Sunday. Drinks and snacks will also be provided to keep your stomach happy.

Workshop cap: An intimate class of 14 participants (7 students per instructor)

Location: TBA

Contact : Eric Kim [email protected]


If you would like to register click the button below. If you have any questions, please email Eric Kim at [email protected]

After you register, we will send you an email regarding the deposit and payment options.

To secure a spot in the workshop, you must send a deposit.

Register soon, spots are running out for this popular workshop!


Q: Are there any pre-requisites for attending this course?

A: No there aren’t! This workshop will be best suited for street photographers starting off or wanting to polish their skills who have a general understanding how to use and operate their camera. However if you are a beginner and need more hands-on help, we welcome you as well!

Q: What is the difference between this and the upcoming Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop?

A: The Introduction to Street Photography Workshop will be focused on building your confidence in street photography, understanding what to look for when shooting in the streets, as well as the secrets of making a memorable image. The Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography workshop will be focused on finding your own style, creating meaningful short and long-term projects, and how to take your street photography to the next level.

Q: What do I need to bring to the workshop?

A: You will need to bring the following to the workshop:

Digital camera (DSLR, Leica, Micro 4/3rds, Point & Shoot, etc).
You can use a film camera, but you must get it processed overnight and scanned to present on Sunday.
You will be required to use a laptop on Sunday to edit/post-process your images. However if you do not own a laptop, let me know and we can make necessary arrangements.
To take down notes during the workshop (all slides will be emailed to you afterwards as well).
Q: Are there any discounts for students or returning workshop attendees?

A: Yes! Please email me at [email protected] for more information regarding a student/returning workshop attendee discount.

Q: What if I need to leave early one of the days / show up late?

A: That will be okay, but please let us know in advance so we could accomodate to your schedule.

Q: What if I cannot attend one of the days, but wish to attend the workshop anyways?

A: You still will be able to attend the workshop. Email me at [email protected] regarding the matter, and we can sort it out to best fit your schedule.

Q: What if I still have a question that isn’t answered here?

With any other questions/inquiries please email me at [email protected] and I can answer all of your questions!

Instructor Biographies
Eric Kim

Eric Kim is an international street photographer from Los Angeles with a passion in interacting with his subjects, especially getting close to them. He travels all around the world and teaches street photography workshops to passionate shooters. He has had exhibitions at the Leica store in Korea, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne and in Cambodia and Downtown LA.

Eric recently taught a university-level course at UC Riverside Extension titled: “All the World’s a Stage: An Introduction to Street Photography“. His past workshops include locations such as Switzerland, Beirut, Seoul, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Sydney, London, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, Stockholm, and Berlin. He has also taught a course at UCLA, titled: “Sociology of Facebook and Online Social Networks”.

You can see Eric’s work on his website.

Portfolio from Tokyo

Bellamy Hunt

Tokyo-based street photographer Bellamy Hunt is also quite the vintage camera buff. He was born in Oxford in the UK and went on to study art and photography. Having also lived in London, Sydney and Amsterdam, once Bellamy had the opportunity to travel to Japan he has never looked back. Though he started shooting with a Minolta XG-7, he now shoots almost exclusively with Leica because of its speed, ease of use and unobtrusiveness.

You can see some of Bellamy’s work on his Flickr.


“Eric Kim is a great teacher, his passion for street photography is truly infectious. I mean this in the most literal way possible. This workshop has really pushed me to shoot more often and more consistently. I thoroughly enjoyed his workshop, I learned so much, met great people and really had a chance to sharpen my teeth as a photographer. I recommend this workshop to anyone even slightly interested in street photography. He will challenge you and will take better shots.”

– Jordan Dunn (Los Angeles) and best-of-show for “YOU ARE HERE” street photography exhibition with ThinkTank Gallery and Leica
“This workshop really boosted my confidence while shooting on the street. It made me think more about how to compose a photo and what to look for in my photos when editing and post-processing. It was awesome learning from not one but two of my street photography idols, Eric Kim and Jason Martini! Don’t forget to not hesitate and killers shoot twice! Thanks Eric!”

– Alex Crossland (Chicago)

“It was the most amazing experience to be part of the workshop. Meeting new people from all over the world with their skills and talent made me want to learn more. Thanks to Eric, Alfie, Charlie, and Bellamy, I completely got out of my system and be true to myself. With street photography I was able to know what and who I really want to be. Be true to yourself, you can’t please everyone.

thanks so much Eric! Hope to see you soon somewhere

I made a review about the workshop. I just want people to know how amazing the workshop is, i will make this my progress diary too. Really Eric, thank you very much! You really taught that we dont have to please everyone!”

-Takeshi Garcia (Tokyo, Japan)

“Eric’s enthusiasm is infectious; he is also brilliant! His dedication to promoting and developing street photography as a genre is remarkable. Thank you Eric!”

– Animesh Ray (San Diego)

“Attending the street photography workshop was a real eye opener for me. I feel like what I learned in the Street Photography workshop is going to affect the way I take pictures in general now and is not just limited to “Street Photography”. Eric also made me think more about composition and how important that is. I look forward to attending another workshop in the future.”

– Dennis Wetzel (Los Angeles)

“Eric Kim teaches by helping you see, and decide for yourself, the elements involved in a good street photograph. He pays homage to the acknowledged masters and his own humility reinforces the fact that he is openly sharing his own lessons and experiences with you, rather than being dogmatic. For me, this is the hallmark of a good teacher, especially in this artistic endeavour of ours, where you cannot teach creativity, you can only inspire. I came away from Eric Kim’s workshop, not with a set of generic “rules” of photography, but with a reinforced desire to go back out onto the streets, overcome my own doubts and shoot more street photos.”

– Justin Tan (Singapore)

Before this course I would never even think about photographing people in the street up close, I kept thinking that I was going to upset them or just that it was too confronting for me. It was such a pleasure to be involved in this workshop, Eric was such a great teacher and friend. He taught us so much during the 2 days and most importantly because of Eric I can now approach people in the street and photograph them without freaking out.

I would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone that wants to learn street photography. Eric is a very insightful person, is always encouraging and just a really nice guy. You also get to meet heaps of great people and make many friends from the course and you will have FUN!

Can’t wait for the next workshop

– Kylie Knight (Melbourne, Australia)

“I haven’t touched my camera in years. I am a beginner. If there were a category for SUPER beginners, I would dominate. When my friend told me about this workshop, I was instantly intrigued. You see, I have tons of friends who are into photography and who are professional photographers. How did they all differentiate themselves from one another? I felt street photography did exactly that and I was hooked.

When I arrived at the workshop, I was surrounded by well…technical people. People who knew their stuff and I kind of got lost in it all. However, these people became a kind and supportive group. Not only were they technical, they were creative and passionate. At least, I can relate to that right?

The workshop consisted of a lot of educating – in slideshows, discussions and guest speakers. Many of us wanted to shoot right away but Eric was right. We needed this foundation and knowledge to fuel our street photography drive and skills. At the end of each day, everyone was ready to take on the streets. You experience a lot during those hours of walking and shooting on the streets of Downtown L.A. You learn how to read and gauge people’s body language. You learn how to be direct with complete strangers. You build your own self-confidence. Ultimately, you appreciate the art of street photography.

I highly recommend these workshops. Like I said, there are a lot of photographers out there. What better way to differentiate yourself than to capture the rawness and emotions of street photography. It will cost you a pretty penny but can you really put a price on passion?

– Jennifer Cruz (Los Angeles)

I enjoyed the guidance from Eric, both during discussion as a group, as well as the one-on-one discussion. Eric also encourages us to create a community and keep it alive as it’s a very important part of street photography!

Eric does not go into technical details much, as we are a lot more interested to create a meaningful photographs with strong social context, rather than making interesting pictures with pretty bokeh and other meaningless technical minutiae. This, as a result, made us a lot more critical in judging our own and others’ work too. This is what’s important to improve ourselves as street photographers.

Another thing that makes Eric a great mentor is that he encourages us to look at street photography in different directions – that is by looking at other street photographers’ work – in order for us to find our own style.

Nicholas Susatyo (Sydney, Australia)


If you would like to register click the button below. If you have any questions, please email Eric Kim at [email protected]

After you register, we will send you an email regarding the deposit and payment options.

To secure a spot in the workshop, you must send a deposit.

Register soon, spots are running out for this popular workshop!