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Street Photography: Capturing Unique Images

with Steve Sweatpants

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About The Class

Find and capture intimate and interesting moments in any city

The beauty of street photography is that it allows the photographer to capture humanity in its various forms. It is art that tells the story of life, humanity, and cultures. With so many of us now living in urban environments, being able to create an image that resonates and tells the story of urban life is more valuable than ever. But it can be intimidating to start when you don’t know what gear to use, how to look for the important moments or how to connect with the subject in your story. Steve Sweatpants, a well-known street photographer in New York City, will teach you the top 5 tips to help you overcome your fears so you can get out of your comfort zone and shoot the stories you see in the world.

You will learn:

  • The best gear to have with you
  • The right time and right place to be to compose the image
  • How to find the light and set up the shot
  • The importance of the small moments and how they make your images more relatable
  • Respecting your subjects and their journey
  • How to pace yourself and be patient as you wait to capture the story as it unfolds

Street photography is a unique genre of photography that requires persistence but is ultimately very rewarding. Steve will show you how to overcome your fear of photographing on the street so that you can create images that capture the people and history of any location.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    01:27
  2. 02

    Street Photography Gear

    04:57
  3. 03

    Subliminal But Intentional Framing

    16:52
  4. 04

    Capture The Little Things

    16:01
  5. 05

    Pacing, Patience & Persistence

    08:17
  6. 06

    Empathy is Key

    15:27

Meet Your Expert

Steve Sweatpants

Steven John Irby, also known as Steve Sweatpants, is a self-taught street photographer in Brooklyn, New York. Heʼs also the co-founder & director of Street Dreams, a photography publication and visual agency. ... read more

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  • MikeD

    MikeD

    October 2018

    Feel the people, feel the scene, feel the vibe of your location; now, frame the image you feel in your camera and take the shot. Also, be happy, have fun. Steve takes a bit over an hour to say this and provides a lot of video of him trying to do it. It's an interesting watch, some good advice and a few tips on how to push through when things are tough.

  • Margaret Lovell

    Margaret Lovell

    October 2018

    I think this is a great beginner's course for people looking to get into street photography, and find inspiration for the genre. I am mostly a landscape and outdoor photographer, but have been looking to expand my repertoire into street, and possibly portrait. Steve's final photos were excellent photos. He has a casual, laidback method of instruction, which I appreciate.

  • Gene Tolan

    Gene Tolan

    March 2019

    Very introspective view into how this awesome artist crafts his work. Also, a great class for those interested or developing an interest in human/ street photography. #bedstuy

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