Travel and Street Photography Workshops with an In-Public photographer Maciej Dakowicz. Very small groups and reasonable fees. True adventures and learning experiences. An array of exciting locations in Asia – countries such as India, Japan, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and cities including Mumbai, Kolkata, Varanasi, Kathmandu and Tokyo.
A photography workshop with Maciej Dakowicz is an intensive travel and street photography adventure intended for a small group of usually three or four participants. The small number of participants makes it very different to other workshops, which are mostly overcrowded and offer little in the way of personal feedback or tuition from the tutor. Also Maciej not only discusses participant photos, but shoots daily in pairs with them. The aim of the workshop is not only to bring home some great pictures but through Maciej’s tuition to improve photographic craft (composition, light, social skills), learn about editing your work and find your own personal style. Apart from various aspects of travel and street photography participants also learn how to travel independently on a limited budget, so that after the workshop each of the participants should be confident enough to undertake any independent photographic trip to a destination of their choice. Most imporantly, participants return from the workshop confident, inspired and motivated to keep developing as photographers.
Every day during the trip, participants shoot in pairs or on their own. In general there are no larger group shoots, so there are never too many people trying to take the same shots. Maciej shoots with a different person each day, so there are ample opportunities to observe the way Maciej works and approaches subjects, and to learn his tricks and techniques. At the end of each day everyone gets together to discuss and edit their photos. An encouragement and advice is given towards working on a personal project and produce a photo essay at the end of the trip.
During the workshop Maciej also presents a series of slideshows in which he discusses street photography and practical aspects of it. The presentations give an opportunity for the group to learn what makes a good photograph, how to make one and what can spoil it.
A very small size of group means a high level of participant interaction with Maciej so that everyone receives his full attention. Maciej observes the way each participant works with the camera, approaches subjects and gives personal advice on improving their photographic art. Travelling together for a longer period of time means that participants get to know each other well, exchange experiences, knowledge, good times and perhaps even form lasting connections.
Well before the workshop Maciej discusses all practical issues with the participants – the photo and computer equipment, air tickets, visas, accommodation and other travel arrangements. Thus all participants have a chance to talk and get to know each other before meeting at the workshop.
1 November 2015 – 7 November 2015 (7 days)
Travel and street photography workshop in Kolkata. FULLY BOOKED – click for details.
9 November 2015 – 15 November 2015 (7 days)
Travel and street photography workshop in Varanasi during Diwali festival. FULLY BOOKED – click for details.
16 November 2015 – 22 November 2015 (7 days)
Travel and street photography workshop in Varanasi during Chhath Puja festival. FULLY BOOKED – click for details.
23 November 2015 – 29 November 2015 (7 days)
Travel and street photography workshop at Sonepur Mela. FULLY BOOKED – click for details.
14 December 2015 – 20 December 2015 (7 days)
Street photography workshop in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). FULLY BOOKED – Click for details.
21 – 27 December 2016 (7 days)
Travel and street photography workshop in South Vietnam – Mekong Delta. 4 participants. £650 per person. 3 PLACES AVAILABLE – Email me for details.
4 January 2016 – 10 January 2016 (7 days)
Travel and street photography workshop in Kuala Lumpur and Melacca. 4 participants. £650 per person. 2 PLACES AVAILABLE – email for details.
18 – 24 January 2016 (7 days)
Street photography workshop in Bangkok. 4 participants. £650 per person. 4 PLACES AVAILABLE – Email me for details.
1 – 7 February 2016 (7 days)
Travel and street photography workshop in Dhaka. 4 participants. £650 per person. FULLY BOOKED. Email me if you are interested in another workshop in Dhaka: 25 – 31 January 2015. One person hase already signed up.
15 – 28 February 2016 (14 days)
Travel and street photography workshop in Myanmar. Small towns off the tourist trail. Advanced level. 5 participants. FULLY BOOKED.
6 – 12 March 2016 (7 days)
Travel and street photography workshop in Varanasi during Maha Shivaratri festival. Advanced level. 4 participants. £650 per person. 1 LAST PLACE AVAILABLE – email me for details.
21 March – 3 April 2016 (14 days)
Travel and street photography workshop in Myanmar. Advanced level. 5 participants. £800 per person. FULLY BOOKED – email me for details.
18 – 24 April 2016 (7 days)
Street photography workshop in Hanoi. 4 participants. £650 per person. Advanced level. 1 LAST PLACE AVAILABLE – email me for details.
2 – 8 May 2016 (7 days)
Street photography workshop in Hong Kong. 5 participants. £650 per person. Advanced level. 5 PLACES AVAILABLE – email me for details.
1 – 7 August 2016 (7 days)
Street photography workshop in Istanbul. 4 participants. £650 per person. Advanced level. 4 PLACES AVAILABLE – email me for details.
The “advanced level” means that participants are required to be proficient with their photo equipment, editing software and understand street photography. No long focal length lenses are allowed, only wide angles (unless there is a clearly specified reason for using them). The focus of the workshop is to produce a strong work, not to solve technical issues with cameras or Lightroom. In cases of the workshops planned months ahead a portfolio review decides about the participation.
The number of participants for 4-day-long workshops is usually 4. In cases of workshop in more expensive locations (such as Hong Kong or Tokyo, where hotels cost more) the number is increased to 5 to keep the workshop fees on the same level (unless the participants prefer to pay higher fees to keep the group smaller – by request). For 2-week-long workshops the number of participants is usually 5. All these are very small numbers. That’s why the quality of work produced on these workshops is so high.
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Maciej also teaches 2-3 days long street photography workshops for corporate clients. The aim of such workshops apart from learning the principles of street photography is to boost creativity, build confidence and improve social skills.
Your Private Photography Workshop?
If you (alone or with a group of your friends) would like to have your own photography workshop with Maciej somewhere in Asia then just drop him an email – mention the workshop location, number of participants and possible dates. We will discuss it and make it happen.
- Multiple opportunities to shoot in a pair with Maciej only. You will have a chanace to observe him at work, learn his tricks and techniques, and receive instant feedback and guidance. All shooting is done in pairs/triples, so there is never a crowd of cameras.
- A very small group of participants turns the workshop into a very personal experience – each participant gets Maciej’s full attention. Also, you will get to know your workshop companions well before the adventure, as new participants are introduced to the group right after signing up. All practical details of each workshop (a camera equipment, laptops, visas, air tickets, clothing, accommodation) are discussed with the group by email or on facebook, so everybody travels to the workshop well prepared.
- Daily critiques of freshly taken photos. Each workshop day ends with the group working on their laptops choosing photos to be shown to Maciej and then discussing them with him, together with the group. The workshop ends with a final editing session, which aim is to select the best photos from each participant.
- A regular feedback on the work you produce and on the way you work. Not only at the daily editing session, but also while shooting in a pair with Maciej.
- Several educational and inspirational slideshows about practical aspects of street photography presented by Maciej on separate days. Depending on the day schedule some of them are presented during the lunch break, some in the evening before the daily editing session.
- A guaranteed vast improvement of your photographic and social skills – understanding the light and composition, understanding the editing process, higher personal confidence to approach and photograph people.
- Unlimited access to Maciej’s travel and photography experience. He will be there for you, ask him anything!
- A promotion of your work on Maciej’s website, Flickr and Facebook. After each workshop Maciej prepares a workshop report with behind the scenes pictures (showing how much fun you had) and selection of best student photos, together with links to their websites or flickr accounts. Updates from the workshop are regularly posted on facebook too, generating extra interest in the students’ work.
- Unforgettable experiences of visiting fascinating places with a like minded group of photography enthusiasts. You all love travels and photography, there will so much to talk about.
- …and additionally to all that good stuff you will most probably take some of the best pictures of your life during the workshop. Not only your photography will change, but you as well. Everything will be different.
You will also be invited to join Maciej Dakowicz Photography Workshops group on Facebook. This group is a small but lively online community where participants of Maciej’s workshops interact, share their experiences, photos and plan future photo adventures. It is run by Maciej and you can always ask him questions there. Each month there is a picture of the month competition run in the group, promoting and generating more interest in your new work.
Larry Hallegua: “I have to say, that Maciej, you have created a very special group/family here, your infectious passion, kindness and steering, has resulted in a really supportive and friendly group of photographers, many who have become good friends of mine, and others, I hadn’t spoken much with, have extended their help and support and friendship since attending your workshop back in Oct 2013, esp in my recent move here in Bangkok. Just wanted to acknowledge that, and say how lucky I am to be part of this group, and I hope to meet as many of you in the months and years ahead. We have a special place here, well done everyone for making this group such a friendly, supportive and fun place. Here’s to friendship and phototrips! ”
- A serious interest in photography and desire to learn and improve. We will talk about a lot about photography, photographers and photobooks, but not so much about cameras and photoshopping. It will be more about the art and technique than gear.
- A digital camera. If you choose to shoot with a film camera you will not be able to receive critiques of your workshop photos. A 35mm fixed focal lens or its equivalent is highly advised, because you will get very close to people. Bringing a zoom lens is allowed, but not encouraged. If you do so you need to use the wide end of it, otherwise you will constantly hear Maciej’s voice telling you to get closer to people. You also need to bring enough memory cards and batteries to be able to shoot all day. On a good, exciting day you may easily take 1000 photos, be aware of that. Two chargers and five batteries are recommended for mirrorless cameras (Fuji, Olympus) and other cameras with high power consumption.
- A laptop with photo software (Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop, BreezeBrowser, Photo Mechanic, iPhoto or any other) for displaying/editing/sharing photos. Enough free space on the laptop hard drive for all photos taken during the workshop or an external hard drive for storage/backup. You need to be able to transfer your photos to you computer easily (using laptop’s internal or external card reader) and be familiar with your photo editing software. Each night you will be required to select and present a specified number of photos for a critique – the faster you do it the more time you will have. You will find out that time is the main issue, there is never enough of it during the workshop. So please, make sure you can import and edit (select the best ones) efficiently.
- You must know your camera and laptop/software well, be ready to shoot independently from the first day and know how to import and browse/edit the pictures on your laptop. Most people use Lightroom and it is the best software for the workshop, as it allows a clear rating system (used in the photo critique sessions) and quick photo editing.
- Fit (long hours of walking), active, energetic and willing to take pictures every day for the duration of the whole workshop. However, a day or half off once a while can be arranged. In general days are long and full of activities, and there is very little of free time.
- Ready to be challenged and step out of your comfort zone – you will talk to people and shoot at unusual places. You might not feel comfortable photographing strangers on the first day or two, but by the end of the workshop your personal confidence and social skills will be on another lever.
- These are not five-star photo tours where you are being taken from one photo location to another in a private AC bus. Please do not expect luxuries, but proper, down to earth travel experiences. You will use local transport, eat at local restaurants (but we try to find the best ones – clean, not expensive and yummy) and stay at budget hotels (but we pick the best budget options with best price/quality ratio – private bathrooms, fan/AC). In general people do not spend much on Maciej’s workshops as there is no need for that. Once you know how to do it properly, you can travel and live comfortably without big expenses. Maciej is an experienced traveller and happily shares his travel tips with the group.
- Most of the workshops are conducted in places familiar to Maciej, so he can recommend shooting locations and restaurants. But some are run in new locations – please understand that. In such cases all group members should actively participate in planning the workshop.
- Bringing smartphones is highly recommended. In some countries local SIM cards can be easily purchased, in others it is not possible – in such cases pre-loading maps of the places to be visited in Google Maps helps greatly.
- Travel and health insurance. All required vaccinations. All participants must be in good health. Maciej is not responsible for health related issues during the workshop, although if such occur he will do his best to help out. Learn about the health risks related to the travel at
- A pinch of humour, patience and understanding that things can go their own way sometimes. It might be needed needed when the weather is poor, the day is not exciting, the bus is broken, you got a stomach bug and spend a day in the toilet, lunch was disappointing or everybody is tired or hungover. All goes well eventually! This is going to be a truly memorable adventure.
- ” It was a great week, exhausting (yes), but ever so rewarding.” – Rose Vandepitte
- “Doing the workshop was a very good investment to improve my photography, I just wish I had a time machine so I could redo the whole experience all over again!” – James Gifford-Mead
- “Maciej is a tough teacher: he immediately spots each and every deficiency in the pictures and clearly lets you know. (…) It was exhausting but a great experience!” – Philippe Lanchès
- “His critique is spot on and he focused on plenty of details most of us participants have not even realized before. (…) He judges each student individually and adjusts his remarks according to their own skill.” – Torsten Hendricks
- “I am delighted to have conquered my fear of approaching and photographing people in their environment!” – Christine Vetter-Taylor
- “Watching him work scenes and communicate with the locals was invaluable, and can’t be learnt by opening a book, no matter how insightful.” – Boris Hamilton
- “He showed me how to enter a place and tell the right thing to people so that I can take pictures without feeling like an intruder.” – Alexandru Ilea
- “It was such an intensive week. It was like a full time job. (…) Definitely one of the best times I have ever had.” – Marcin Sikorski
- “As a result, I actually got a very diverse set of photos throughout the 10 days – largely due to getting involved in situations I would previously not even think of.” – David Gaberle
- “Each day we reviewed our work to see what our best shots were and where we could improve on and this helped me approach a scene differently than I would have, learning from past experiences.” – Michael Foo
- “While I had positive expectations for the workshop, what I didn’t know at this stage was that I was going to have one of the best experiences of my life.” – Chris Meirick
- “Be prepared for long days, sore feet, tough critiques and a fast track to improving your photography.” – Mark Carey
Also, three of Maciej’s workshop students were shortlisted for 2014 Fotoura’s International Street Photography Awards. Two of them with photos taken during their workshops in India and Bangladesh. Several others were the winners of their country categories in that important street photography competition. Photos of Maciej’s past students regularly appear in the pool of Hardcore Street Photography (HCSP) group on flickr, the best street photography group on the Internet. This says quite much about the quality of work produced during and after Maciej’s workshops.
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REPORTS FROM THE PAST WORKSHOPS
- 3 – 9 August 2015 – Istanbul, Turkey.
- 10 – 16 August 2015 – Istanbul, Turkey.
- 6 – 12 July 2015 – Mumbai, India.
- 1 – 7 June 2015 – Tokyo, Japan.
- 25 – 31 May 2015 – Tokyo, Japan.
- 20 – 26 April 2015 – Kathmandu, Nepal.
- 9 March 2015 – 22 March 2015 – Myanmar.
- 23 March 2015 – 29 March 2015 – Yangon, Myanmar.
- 14 – 20 February 2015 – Varanasi, India.
- 5 – 11 January 2015 – Mumbai, India.
- 1 – 7 December 2014 – Rajasthan, India – Jaipur and Jodhpur.
- 17 – 23 November 2014 – Mumbai, India.
- 27 October – 2 November 2014 – Varanasi, India. Chhath Puja festival.
- 20 – 26 October 2014 – Varanasi, India. Diwali festival.
- 6 – 12 August 2014 – Istanbul, Turkey.
- 28 July – 3 August 2014 – Istanbul, Turkey.
- 19 – 28 April 2014 – India – Kolkata and Varanasi.
- 7 – 13 April 2014 – Mumbai, India.
- 17 – 30 March 2014 – Central India – Mumbai, Pune, Bijapur, Hyderabad.
- 10 – 23 February 2014 – Southern Myanmar (Burma).
- 27 January – 9 February 2014 – Central Myanmar (Burma).
- 13 – 19 January 2014 – Bangkok, Thailand.
- 5 – 11 December 2013 – Mumbai, India.
- 11 – 24 November 2013 – India – Kolkata, Varanasi and Sonepur Mela.
- 28 October – 10 November 2013 – India – Kolkata, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Puri.
- 14 – 20 October 2013 – Mumbai, India.
- 2 – 8 September 2013 – Mumbai, India.
- 19 – 30 June 2013 – Albania.
- 13 – 19 May 2013 – Istanbul, Turkey.
- 6 – 12 May 2013 – Istanbul, Turkey.
- 9 – 19 February 2013 – Bangladesh – Dhaka and Rajshahi.
- 22 January – 8 February 2013 – Bangladesh.
- 19 November – 7 December 2012 – India – Delhi – Agra – Varanasi – Sonepur – Kolkata.
- 1 – 18 November 2012 – Mumbai, Varanasi and Delhi.
- 12 – 21 June 2012 – Istanbul, Turkey.
- 5 – 30 January 2012 – Gujarat, India.
- 6 November – 2 December 2011 – North India.
- 9 – 30 June 2011 – Jordan.
- 23 March – 6 April 2011 – Tunisia.
- Nov/Dec 2010 – North India.
- Jun 2010 – North India and Kashmir.
ABOUT Maciej Dakowicz
Maciej is an experienced Polish photographer, traveller and photography teacher based in Asia. He holds a PhD in computer science, but abandoned science to focus on photography. He is one of the founders of the cult Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff and a member the international street photography collective In-Public. His interests are in documentary, travel and street photography.
Maciej’s photos have been widely published and exhibited around the world, shown at photo festivals (including Visa Pour l’Image) and he is a recipient of numerous awards. He was profiled in two major street photography books published by Thames & Hudson – “Street Photography Now” in 2010 and “The World Atlas of Street Photography” in 2014. Maciej’s first monograph Cardiff After Dark was published in October 2012.