Street Life


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Example of street life photography of three people on the street
Example of street life photography of three people on the street

Street Life


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Teacher Michael Dees

Imagine a gritty black and white image. It’s in the busy city, where there are stark shadows, bright light, and many hardened faces. They are strangers passing each other on their way to fulfill goals, some good and others bad. But there’s one innocent face, almost in the corner, that happens to be looking right at you. Their expression is somewhere between being lost and confused, and pondering who you are, and what your goals are, as you stare at them.

Can you see this frame? Street photography is often an invitation to participate in the story of others. You don’t know the subject – yet – but perhaps that can change. Or maybe you just enjoy the experience of fancying a narrative that happens to be the opposite of the truth that you will never know!

This class is designed as an introduction to street photography, but a challenging one. The class will cover some theory to get a mindset fit to hit the pavement and interact with others. Tips will be given concerning technique, both for the camera and how to seek to get the right shot. Topics such as editing and post-processing will be covered as well as you put it all together in a five-image project by the end of the course.

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WEEK ONE: Defining the Craft – The Human Story in the Streets. Underlying ideas that give structure to street shooting. The boundaries of what street photography is and is not.

WEEK TWO: Technique – Using Technology with Purpose. Camera settings: Wisdom in ISO, mode, focus, and aperture. Focal length: its effects on the image and you.

WEEK THREE: Technique – Practical Tips for Your Pursuit. Methods for your approach. To engage or not?

WEEK FOUR: Editing and Post-Processing with Purpose – Projects. Monochrome or color? Image selection and display.

The Schedule

All participation and interaction for this class will take place in a private online forum. (Registered students will receive instructions on how to access the forum a few days before class begins.)

On the first Monday of class, Mike will share Lesson 1 in the forum and e-mail it to every student. He will be available during the week to answer questions and facilitate discussions in the forum as you read and work through your lessons.

Homework will be due on Sunday and personal critiques will take place the following Mondays. Each week will follow the same pattern.

The beauty of this class and every other class at DEFINE is that you can read, practice, and participate throughout the week whenever it is convenient for you- from any timezone, anywhere you have Internet access, at any time of day. Most students spend 3-5 hours per week “in class.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

Is this class for you?

This class is best-suited for photographers that are already comfortable with their cameras, whether a phone, point-and-shoot, or DSLR. Beginners are welcome, as most of the class will not revolve around technical camera considerations, but more of the artistic and practical side of the craft. If you’ve ever seen an urban street-image and wondered, "Man! I’d love to get a pic like that?!" or "How do you even approach somebody on the street?", then this is great class for you. This class will inspire reflection on image-making that would benefit a variety of photographers pursuing artistic endeavors.

Material(s) Needed

A camera that suits your technical level and a computer to participate on the forum. Also recommended: an itchy shutter finger, a desire to get out there, a love for photography, and a whole lotta heart.


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    I love it when I take a class and I learn things I haven’t thought of before. I thought it was great to really discuss the definition of “street photography” and discover the open-ended nature of street work.

    I really appreciated the video feedback. Mike really had a great balance of positive and constructive feedback. I learn a lot when an instructor doesn’t just say “great shot,” but has some thoughts and ideas about either what could be better or different. Mike was great and I felt very encouraged to keep trying and playing around.

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