Beijing Photography Workshop - Capturing Moments - 2021 - Sean Gallagher - Photographer & Filmmaker | Beijing, China
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Location – Beijing, China
Date – 7-8 August, 2021 (Sign-up Deadline – 31st July, 2021)
Level – Beginner/Intermediate/Amateur
Class Size – Limited to only 10 Participants
(*7 places remaining*)
Price – US$200 (1250rmb) /person for 2 day workshop Pay Securely via Paypal below

Once you have paid for you place, please send Sean an email at [email protected] to introduce yourself and ask any extra questions not answered below.

In this new 2-day photography workshop, Sean Gallagher shares the secrets of street photography, learnt during his time producing images for clients such as National Geographic and The Guardian.

This workshop will focus on one key concept for creating compelling images; capturing unique moments.

From noticing fleeting emotions to learning how to anticipate and capture people’s movements, Sean will lead you through the key techniques and photographic approaches that will help you incorporate moments into your photography, immediately elevating the quality and impact of your images.


Saturday 7th August

10 a.m. – 1 p.m We will meet at the beautiful Cafe Zarah, nestled in the hutongs of central Beijing. This will be our base for the weekend. Sean will give an introductory talk and presentation about his work, the aims of the workshop and present the techniques you can use to help capture unique moments. Students will also present some of their previous photos to class for feedback from Sean.

1-2 p.m. – Lunch at Cafe Zarah and group conversation. cafe-zarah-beijing-china

2-5 p.m – Workshop activity: students will embark on first ‘assignment’ given by Sean, photographing moments in the hutongs of Beijing. Students will explore individually, or split into small groups. Sean will spend time with each participant however to offer advice while shooting. Sean will review images with each student and offer individual guidance as they are photographing.

Sunday 8th August

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Meet at a new location in the hutongs of central Beijing. Sean will do a Q&A session with the group, giving advice based on their experiences the previous day. Group will follow a new walking route with Sean to continue the ‘assignment’. Sean will spend time with each participant to offer advice.

12-1 p.m. Meet for lunch at Cafe Zarah and continue group conversations.

1-5 p.m. – Group will regroup back at the classroom at Cafe Zarah to review the images captured over the past 2 days. Sean will give a presentation about editing and how to choose the best images from a shoot. Students will then apply this to their images, selecting the best to share with the class in a final group presentation.


What do you need to bring?

Camera!..but it doesn’t matter what camera. Any camera will do. Even a cellphone. Sean’s workshops focus on the practice of photography and we avoid too much technical talk, unless it is really needed. So, a DSLR, point and shoot camera, or cellphone are all okay. On day 2 of the workshop, you will need something to edit your photos on for the final presentation, so please bring a small laptop or tablet computer.

Lenses…If you are using a DSLR, please don’t bring any large telephoto lenses. Keep your lens choice simple e.g. 35mm or 50mm. These are great for street photography.

Batteries and Memory Cards…Bring plenty of both and don’t forget to fully charge batteries.

What if you can’t attend the whole weekend? beijing-photography-workshop-sean-gallagher

No problem. The most important sessions, are the morning session on Day 1 when Sean introduces the main workshop theme, and the afternoon of Day 2 when we review and present the final images. The rest of the time is allocated for photographing, but if you need to run some errands, or have other family commitments, for example, you can use this time as you wish. It is advised though to stay with the group plan as much as possible so that you get the full benefit of the workshop.

Are food and transport included?

Transport to and from the workshop is not included in the price. Participants are expected to make their own way to and from Cafe Zarah. The main photography activities will all be within walking distance of Cafe Zarah.

Food and drinks are not included in the price, but Cafe Zarah have an extensive and healthy menu that will help fuel everyone through the weekend!

What language will the workshop be held in?

The workshop will be held mainly in English.

What’s the cancellation/refund policy?

You are eligible to a full refund (minus transaction fees) if you cancel 1 calendar month before the start date of the workshop. If you cancel within 1 calendar month of the start date of the workshop, the workshop fee is non-refundable. However, if you are able to find someone else to attend in your place, you can receive a full refund, minus transaction fees.

Please note, the organiser reserves the right to cancel the workshop at any time for any reason. If the workshop is cancelled by the organiser, a full refund will be given to participants. Please note, a minimum number of 5 students are needed for the workshop to take place. If less than this sign-up by 31st July, the workshop will be cancelled and a full refund will be given to those who have already paid and signed up.