Can anyone attend?
Absolutely. Our participants range from amateur photographers through to seasoned professionals; and welcome people who would simply like the experience of a fantastic holiday abroad with a friendly small group workshop on photography.

If you are a beginner, it’s important to arrive with basic knowledge of your camera settings, menu and manual. Armed with the basics, you can better concentrate on technique and style and how to expose for that great image.

For any and all the participants, this is a great opportunity to create a portfolio of work, guided by a professional photographer who can facilitate with advice on how best to approach a photographic subject.

Will you show me how to use my new camera?
Yes, but you should know the basics of your camera. It’s important to read the manual and become comfortable with the menu and features of your new camera. We try to stay up-to-date with all the latest cameras and equipment, not it’s not possible to know every make and model. Basics are the same regardless of what camera you own, as well as learning creative techniques, the use of light and shadows, composition and the technical aspects of todays sophisticated digital cameras. Be sure to bring your camera manual (PDF or hard copy) and we’ll work together to get you more comfortable and confident with your equipment.

What’s included?
Mark Seymour’s expertise, experience, and photographic knowledge, his understanding and research on the workshop locations, and his passion and enthusiasm for photography.
As a general rule – the fee is for covers the knowledge and research we provide prior to the departure and the teaching/training on the workshop itself.

What’s not included?
Flights, accommodation, food, drink, insurance, visa and passport, travel to and from the airport, parking.
We can help with all of the above with our research and on all our workshops we provide detailed information of where Mark Seymour will be staying it is very convenient to stay in the same hotel altogether and often creates a more sociable environment.

Why book a workshop?
Shoot The Street offers small group workshops which means everyone benefits from Mark Seymour’s expertise and attention.
Throughout the workshop Mark will discuss how to be more creative with your photography, improving composition techniques as well as practical skills; exposure, the proper use of aperture and shutter speed, long exposure, use of ND filters etc. This is typically ‘in the field’ as we are photographing, over lunch or in the lounge at the hotel. Every evening we gather as a group to edit and critique our days work.

Although our focus is on capturing great photos, almost everyone who goes on an workshop with Mark Seymour appreciates the itinerary and experience as much as the photographic training that they receive.

What makes a Shoot The Street workshop better than the rest?
It’s the time and attention Mark Seymour puts into each workshop. Mark’s goal is to provide you with an amazing and unique experience where you are able to capture incredible scenes of your travels, learn a great deal about the craft of photography and come home with a new portfolio having pushed the boundaries of what you may have previously thought you were photographically capable of.

Additionally – it’s our small group size (small groups, just 3-8 participants per workshop), choice of locations and our commitment to our participants that sets Shoot The Street apart.

Mark’s knowledge of the workshop location and relationships with the local communities as well as his expert understanding of photography and ability to share his knowledge and passion make Shoot The Street workshops an experience of a lifetime.

Inspiration, photographic discussions and the knowledge the participants come away with is the biggest reason people come back again and again. Imagine spending a number of days with a professional photographer and absorbing all their valuable knowledge.

Finally, truly enjoy having fun together photographing, exploring great locations and facilitating participants expand their knowledge base and walk away inspired, is what motivates Mark Seymour to keep developing his workshops.

What can I expect to learn?
Shoot The Street workshops are designed to not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light*, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment.

Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general.

Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the scene, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country.
And no photography workshop would be complete without discussing workflow and editing.

(*Each workshop runs from morning until night, there are many hours throughout the day when the light is not perfect, and even more so on traveling workshops when we are in transit all day. Photographing during the middle of the day is sometimes unavoidable and to get the best out of particular locations there are sometimes early starts to the day.)

Be part of a group
Each workshop has it’s own Facebook group where participants can get to know each other prior to the workshop and share information and images with each other during and after the workshop. This in itself is often a very fun aspect of being part of the Shoot The Street ‘family’, as it helps cement the great relationships that people form by being part of one of Shoot The Street workshops.
Visit our testimonials to hear from participants who have come on several workshops because of the great experience they’ve had.

What type of camera should I bring?
That is completely up to you. You may bring a DSLR, mirrorless camera, point-n-shoot, or even an iPhone if that is what you are most comfortable shooting with. Of course the more sophisticated the camera, the more options you will have in varying situations and learning techniques since smartphones are limited. We also recommend that you bring a lightweight tripod, extra memory cards and a laptop or tablet (although these are optional).

Do I need to bring a laptop with me?
A laptop computer is essentially your present day darkroom and a necessity for todays digital photography. Not only is it required to download your days images and free up your memory card, but also to display your work for discussions and reviews. We’ll also be teaching you how to use editing and enhancement softwares on your computer. So it would only benefit you to bring one. Your welcome kit will discuss what softwares you might want to consider purchasing before the trip, if you don’t already own them. Or you can choose to download a 15 and 30 days trial just before the workshop begins.

When will I find out more details about my trip?
After you submit your deposit and registration we begin correspondence with you via email or phone.

Our first objective is to help you coordinate your travels to and from our workshop destination. Are you arriving a day or so early, or staying beyond our workshop?

Some people have even chosen to do back-to-back workshops and move on to the next destination with us.

You’ll be sent a request to join a Facebook page for your workshop and a What’s app group which will enable everyone to keep in touch during the workshop.

We will email you before your departure to make sure that everything is in order and answer any last-minute questions you may have and give you any workshop updates.

What can I expect upon my arrival?
Mark Seymour usually meets the participants at our arrival hotel or sometimes at the airport depending on our workshop destination. After checking into the hotel the group meet to review the weeks itinerary, enjoy some food/drink and answer any questions.

NOTE: Many people chose to arrive a day or so earlier to ensure they adjust to the time zone and allow for delays and connections.

What if we experience bad weather?
Great question! Actually, some of the best photos are taken in less than perfect weather with interesting atmospheric conditions. That’s not to say that we will venture out in a thunderstorm or in a dangerous situation, but you get the idea. If the weather is really bad, we will move to indoor locations that might include a church, a winery, interesting architectural structure or a museum. You will learn how to make the most of every situation we encounter and that might include bad weather, remember, Shoot The Street workshops are about having an adventure!

We are in a club can we book as a group?
Yes, we also offer discounts to groups of 3 or more. If you’re a photography club, family or group of friends, we would be happy to make you a special offer. Please email us or call for more information.

Do you offer private workshops?
Mark Seymour offers private workshops for individuals, couples, families and groups.p; customising any Shoot The Street workshops to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests.

Do you offer gift cards?
Give someone you know that would love a photography workshop a Shoot The Street Gift Certificate, which can be redeemed against any advertised workshop and has 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from £100, email us for more information.

Is this workshop tax deductible if I have a photography-related business?
All we can say in answer to this is ‘possibly’. We know many professional photographers who see our workshops as a fantastic opportunity to invest in themselves and learn more about the craft of photography and therefore investing in their business. However, we would suggest that you speak to a qualified accountant to ensure that what we offer may be tax deductible for you or your business.