Street Photography - Black & White Film"

Workshop- including in-house film processing-
An Intense 2 1/2-day San Francisco Workshop (April 10th, 11th & 12th, 2015)

I am excited to offer this unique Street Photography workshop in one of the greatest street photographic cities in the world - San Francisco, CA (April 10th, 11th & 12th, 2015). 

More and more people are rediscovering film, and street photography has become the most popular form of photography. This workshop will focus on the fundamental techniques you will need to capture stunning black & white images on film. 

 In this informative and comprehensive 2 1/2-day, weekend workshop, you will learn:

  • The fundamentals of street photography from a photojournalist’s perspective. 
  • How to maximize your “keeper ratio" while shooting minimal frames. 
  • Using composition and light to create a visually compelling image.
  • To wait for that crucial moment that will make your photo unforgettable
  • The importance of blending into the environment
  • How to overcome any initial uncertainties you might have in shooting on the streets
  • Practical tips & techniques to help you become a better photographer

This workshop is ideal for beginner or intermediate street photographers.

Workshop outline –

You are going to take your street photography to the next level. This workshop will be an intimate experience, with 8 students or less, in which you will learn practical techniques. It will entail maximum shooting time on the street with side-by-side coaching and honest and constructive criticism on how to improve your photos.

In this 2 1/2-day workshop, we will start with a 1/2 day presentation and discussion about basic philosophies and styles of street photography and how to implement various tips and techniques for shooting film. We will emphasize technical aspects of shooting film versus digital. There is no checking your images on the back of the camera. Knowing your camera and your eye are key to shooting black & white film. 

Be "patient", be "deliberate" and be "yourself" is my mantra.  The main focus is to get you out making images. It's all about being out on the streets, i.e. - San Francisco, utilizing as much time and the best light of the day for you to hone your skills.

Upon returning to the studio, we will process the film in house and have a discussion and review the days events over a pizza dinner before making the final edits.

This workshop is geared to help you better your technique and refine your style.


Workshop Dates & Tuition -

(April 10th, 11th & 12th, 2015) (Friday night 7pm -10pm) & (Saturday & Sunday - 12noon to 8pm)

Tuition:  450.00 USD  -   2 1/2-days



  • Meet-up at Emulsion Works Studio, 1319 61st Street Emeryville, CA 94608

  • Field portion will be held in San Francisco.

  • Workshop participants will be shuttled to Mac Arthur BART station and travel to San Francisco via BART. We will commence shooting portion of the workshop from Mac Arthur BART station until we return to the studio.

What to bring -

  1. Flash drive or computer with your previous images or portfolio for critique and review.

  2. Film camera - 35mm or 120, preferably with manual settings and a medium wide 28mm to normal 50mm lens.

  3. Film - 35mm/4 rolls or 120/12 rolls - 400 iso, Ilford HP5 Plus (Keeping to one emulsion base and speed due to developing time constants and film developing capacities)

  4. Clothing - casual attire and comfortable walking shoes, your day will be spent on your feet. Be prepared...it's San Francisco. *Weather changes dramatically from noon to the evening.

NOTE:  A limitation of 2 rolls of 35mm per-person,  6 rolls of 120 per-person a day. I'm encouraging you to limit the number of frames shot. Hopefully the 35mm shooters will only use one roll a day and the 120 shooters, 3 rolls. The point is to make every frame count. Neg sleeve will be provide, 6 frame strips for 35mm and 4 frame strips for 120. (if you use a different style of neg sleeve, feel free to bring your own)

FAQ's -

Q: Are there any pre-requisites for attending this course?

A: No...this workshop will be best suited for the beginner and intermediate street photographers wanting to expand their skills and have a general understanding how to use and operate their camera.

Q: What if I need to leave early one of the days / show up late?

A: That will be okay, but please let us know in advance so we could accommodate to your schedule.

Q: What if I cannot attend one of the days, but wish to attend the workshop anyways?

A: You still will be able to attend the workshop and we can adding you to a future workshop that best fit your schedule.

Q: What if I still have a question that isn’t answered here?

Please contact me, Peter DaSilva @ pds@dasilvaphoto.com