Hutong Photography Workshop | November 15th 2009

NOVEMBER WORKSHOP – “Hutong Photography”

Dates: Sunday 15th November 2009 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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

Location: The Far East International Youth Hostel, Beijing

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

Student Level: Beginner/Intermediate – All ages welcome!

Cost: 499 Chinese Renminbi per person*

As a result of the success of the first “Hutong Photography” workshop in October, another workshop has been scheduled in November for those who missed out on the first one. Just like the first workshop, our class will focus on one of the special areas that makes the Chinese capital so unique…the hutongs!

A chance to photograph the people of the hutongs
A chance to photograph the people of the hutongs

During this workshop, we shall focus on photographing the unique way of life that still remains in the hutongs of the central Qianmen district. Photographer Sean Gallagher will guide you through these maze-like communities to show you the best ways to approach and photograph the people and architecture. Along with tuition ‘on the street’ we will also cover the basics of photography before we head out, to make sure you are getting the most out of your camera. Professional guide and interpreter Jessica Zheng will be on hand at all times to offer you insights into the background and history of the hutongs and will also give a brief lesson in ‘Photography Chinese’, key words and phrases you need when photographing people.

"Welcome Packs' given to all students
"Welcome Packs' given to all students

1-Day Plan

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Registration and Introductions

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Covering the basics. This is where you find out what ISO is..what aperture means…why to change your shutter speed etc. Nothing too complicated, but enough to release those creative juices.

‘Photography Chinese’ – Useful words and phrases to help you when photographing on the street taught by our

Class on Photography Basics
Class on Photography Basics

guide, Jessica Zheng.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Photographing in the hutongs. This is your first, but not last, chance to head out into the hutongs to begin capturing images. Photographer Sean Gallagher will follow each student individually to see their approach to photographing and offer advice.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch at the Far East International Youth Hostel. A chance to discuss more photography over food!

Shoot side-by-side with professional photographer Sean Gallagher
Shoot side-by-side with professional photographer Sean Gallagher

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Review – Here we will sit down briefly to look at your images from the morning shoot. Photographer Sean Gallagher will offer one-one advice to each participant on ways they can improve their approach to photographing.

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Afternoon shooting. We’ll head back into the hutongs for a final time to try to improve upon our shots from the morning. Our guide, Jessica Zheng, will be on hand to offer you information about the history and culture of the hutongs.

Class editing session
Class editing session

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Back to the Far East International Youth Hostel to make the final review and edit of our work.

5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Final presentation of our class’s images. Drinks and  snacks provided.



*(includes evening drinks and snacks, but not lunch)

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