Photography (106) - Urban Photo Walks

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Course description

Learn street photography practical skills with this photography class.

Urban Photo walks is a street-style photography course that provides the skill set for capturing the diversity of styles of street images, currently undergoing a world-wide popularity surge. The course content includes street shooting – the techniques and styles of images; on how to take photos on the street, what to look for, and how to take photos of strangers.

The course starts with coverage of the quick and clean history of street photography and gives feedback on appropriate camera equipment, street behaviour and protocols, and guides you on permissions, laws and regulations. This is a hands-on course with time spent shooting on the street and a specific street challenge to execute. Reasonable camera skills are required for this course and any camera is ok to use.

If you are brand new to photography, perhaps a camera skills course would be best to start with, before enrolling in the Urban Photo walks course.

If you want to Learn about the practical application of your photography skills in Sydney, then this course is for you.

  • A Camera
  • Basic Camera Skills
Course content

During this workshop the intention is that the following topics can be covered, but not necessarily all of them or in the order given. Due to the variable nature of Adult Education classes, parts of the curriculum may be adapted to suit the needs of the class.

  • Session 1: Class Room, Sydney City Campus, 91 York Street
  • Session 2: Newtown to St Peters – Street life, graffiti, place and story, candid people shots. Meet outside entrance of Newtown train station, next to the ticket machines
  • Session 3: Hyde Park to Darling Harbour – Cityscapes, People & Place, Action and Entertainment – Meet at Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park
  • Session 4: The Rocks to Millers Point – History and architecture, sense of place and history, creating a story – Meet at Cadman’s Cottage, (between the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and the Passenger Terminal at the Rocks

First session is classroom based. The last 3 sessions are street location excursions.


By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Have hands on street shooting practice
  • Be able to shoot street photography images
  • Be able to perform a range of styles of street shooting
  • Apply a range of street photography camera techniques
  • Be able to recognise genres of street images
  • Shoot different genres of street photography
  • Know and apply street photography protocols and behaviours
  • Understand the requirement for permissions in street photography
  • Understand the laws and regulations applicable to street photography
  • Experiment with different camera techniques
Please bring to class
  • Your camera
  • Fully charged batteries
  • Memory card
  • Money for transport & lunch where necessary
Feedback from past students

"I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed (this course) – this I believe was mainly due to the enthusiasm of Richard Lynch who was really great in co-ordinating the participants and giving the confidence and ideas which they may not have previously done. A big thank you to Richard"

"Richard was amazing. Positive and encouraging! He gave me tips I would have never thought of and made me believe in myself :)"

"Excellent choice of locations and very informative and encouraging tuition at all times... Very convenient in the city and the venues for shooting were readily accessible by public transport... Extremely encouraging, very knowledgeable, very approachable"

"I have learnt a lot more about photography by doing this course and Richard was just the perfect tutor."

"Passionate, knowledgeable, patient, friendly and very helpful...Great course, good learning. Had fun and found new ways to look at things – which is the purpose of street photography"

"Richard was excellent – generous with his wisdom, positive and encouraging. The class was excellent all round – I got a lot out of it and it has motivated me to get better at photography."

"The tutor has excellent people skills and a vast knowledge of photography. Very personable and good at what they do. Excursion venues selected were interesting and made for
great photos. Excellent course which was a great intro to street photography."

"Great variety of subjects and the tutor made us comfortable to explore at our own pace. Getting out into the real world with a teacher was really good and sharing with a group of like minded individuals was good too. Good to review our pictures and meet throughout the day."

"Richard is an inspiring teacher. He conveys his understanding of his professional field with enthusiasm while providing the motivation and support needed to assist his students to develop their own skills in the area."

"A great learning experience – providing a perfect balance between introducing the challenges of street photography with the support needed to meet those challenges."

"Really enjoyed the challenges and the support of an enthusiastic, friendly and skilled instructor. Locations were great and the small group structure meant you got to know people and shared your experiences."

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Please ensure that you have given a valid email and mobile number as all course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

Course testimonials:

  • Anthony said: Expanding vision of what constitutes street photography as well as drilling down on photo shots to capture the essence of a scene.

  • Peter said: Richard is a great teacher of photography, the course gave a great introduction into the world of street photography. The course was great fun and relaxed. Richard set a great balance of instruction and still allowing our class to develop our own style. I would have no hesitation in recommending the course as well as participating in further courses

  • Sara said: I received this course as a gift from my fiancé and enjoyed it so very much! Richard is an excellent teacher and the class has really helped me improve my skills. I loved that the course was so practical and we got to experiment in different locations in the city. I also very much enjoyed the chats after the class where we shared and discussed our shots of the day. I will definitely be looking into doing more classes with Richard - thanks again!