New Photography ‘Weekend Workshops’ launched in Beijing! - Sean Gallagher - Photographer & Filmmaker | Beijing, China

New Photography ‘Weekend Workshops’ launched in Beijing!

Posted by on Aug 23, 2009 in Workshops | 2 Comments
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I’m delighted to announce here on my blog the launch of my new photography workshops here in China. The first will be held from Friday 18th September to Sunday 20th September here in Beijing, offering students a chance to change the way they approach their photography through a tailored 3-day programme introducing them to photographing China’s capital under my guidance and that of other China experts.

More information can be found here:



WELCOME to the home of WEEKEND WORKSHOPS, a 3-day intensive photography course that centers on introducing the participants to the fundamentals of photography through the eyes of established professionals, in diverse locations throughout China.

Student Level: Beginner / Intermediate / Passionate Amateur

Student Level: Beginner / Intermediate / Passionate Amateur

The concept of WEEKEND WORKSHOPS was created by award-winning photographer Sean Gallagher and professional guide and interpreter Jessica Zheng, in response to the demand by photographers for a more affordable andpersonalised approach to workshops with professionals possessing a unique knowledge of the workshop location.

Over the course of 3 days, photographer Sean Gallagher will help participants cover essential topics such as ‘portfolio reviewing’, ‘photographer shadowing’, ‘night photography’, ‘productive editing’ and ‘visual presentation’. All the components will combine to give each participant an intensive photography experience from which they can develop their own style and voice and approach to their work in the future. The workshops location and the places visited during the 3 days will be fully guided and introduced by Jessica Zheng, contributing to the participants’ deeper understanding and knowledge of the workshop’s location.

REGISTRATION: To register for any of the workshops below, please send an email to after which a registration form will be sent to you along with payment details. A 30% deposit is required to secure a place, payable online through Paypal. The remaining fee is due 1-week before the workshop commences.




Dates: Friday September 18th – Sunday September 20th 2009

Course Leaders: Photographer Sean Gallagher & Guide/Interpreter Jessica Zheng

Location: The Far East International Youth Hostel, Beijing

Accommodation: Students are responsible for their own accommodation however the Far East International Youth Hostel offers a special discount rate of 280RMB/night (plus breakfast) for workshop participants.

Participants: Minimum 5 people, Maximum 10 people (Registration is on a first-come first-serve basis)

Cost: 1499 Chinese Renminbi per person for 3 days

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS Beijing will be a unique opportunity to explore and discover your photography in China’s ancient and mysterious capital. A clash of modern skyscrapers and traditional hutongs, this diverse city will be your backdrop to create images that represent not only the city itself but also your unique view of it. With our base as the beautiful Far East International Youth Hostel, situated in the heart of old Beijing, you will be assisted in your work by award-winning photographer Sean Gallagher, who has been based in Beijing for 3 years, and guided by Beijing resident and professional guide Jessica Zheng. The workshop leaders will encourage you to express yourselves through your photography and at the same time assist you in your discovery of the city through a detailed 3-day plan.



MORNING – Registration at Far East International Youth Hostel. Introductions, Portfolio Review and ‘Basics Breakdown’ – refreshing your understanding of the photography basics.

AFTERNOON – ‘Photo-Shadow’ – Entering the maze-like hutongs of central Beijing, you will ’shadow’ professional photographer Sean Gallagher to see how he approaches people and photographs in street situations. Flipping the role, Sean will then shadow you, watching how you work, in order to understand your approach to photography and be able to offer you advice on your shooting style.

EVENING – ‘Group Meal + Presentation by Sean Gallagher’ This will be a time for the whole class to sit and eat together in one of Beijing’s unique hutong restaurants. Sean Gallagher will then present his work from 3 years of photographing in China.


MORNING – ‘Old Beijing’ – Rising before dawn, we will head out to The Temple of Heaven park in central Beijing. Built in 1420, the temple’s parks are an iconic symbol of traditional Beijing and on weekend mornings play host to hundreds of the city’s residents who venture there to do taichi and swordplay around the temple, wooded lawns and morning light. This will be a perfect chance to photograph to the ‘Old Beijing’.

AFTERNOON – ‘Productive Editing’ – Heading back to the Far East Youth Hostel, we will sit down and look at your work from the previous day and a half shooting, editing it down to the best images, whilst course leader Sean Gallagher offers advice to you on the best ways to effectively edit your work and manage your images.

EVENING – ‘Beijing at Night’ – This will be you opportunity to experiment with night photography. We shall visit the Olympic Park which offers the spectacular subjects of the Olympic Bird’s Nest and Water Cube which will be your subjects and/or backdrops for the evening’s work.


MORNING – ‘Final Chance’ – This will be the final chance to head out onto the streets to capture those shots that you missed over the previous 2 days. Want to head back into the hutongs to get that portrait? No problem. Want to get up early to revisit the Bird’s Nest to get the right light? Sure thing. This is your chance to improve your images before the final evening slideshow.

AFTERNOON – ‘Visual Presentation’ and final editing. How do we display our photos properly? What software should we use? This is where you will learn how to use programs that will allow you to show off your images, at the quality they deserve.

EVENING – ‘Final Party & Slideshow’ – The culmination of the workshop will manifest itself in the form of a slideshow of the group’s work from the previous 3 days. This will be chance to have final discussions about the workshop process and enjoy the last evening in the perfect setting of the Far East Youth Hostel’s hutong courtyard.


Extra Notes – Please Read

* If the minimum number of students is not met for the workshop, the organisers reserve the right to cancel the workshop, offering a full refund to any monies paid to registered students.

** Students are encouraged to have their own personal travel insurance before beginning the workshop. Weekend Workshops, it’s organisers and/or the host organisation cannot be held responsible for any damages, loss of property and/or injury incurred during the duration of the workshop.

*** Students are responsible for their own food, transportation and accommodation prior, during and after the workshops, unless otherwise stated.

Final payments of workshop fees indicates the acknowledgement and agreement of above said points.


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