Workshops by RE Casper

Field Heavy | Fast Paced | Community Driven

Street Method MX

3-Day Street Photography Workshop in Querétaro, Mexico

Hosted my RE Casper and Ricardo Garcia Mainou. Join us as we document life in Queretaro, Mexico and discuss the finer points of urban life photography.

This workshop is designed to thrust you into the world of street photography and expand the limits of your scene awareness. With Casper’s “Street Method” workshop format, our goal is not to teach you how to shoot like we shoot. Our goal is to explore your strengths and weaknesses, overcome the fear of rejection, develop a themed photographic series and establish a fresh new perspective in capturing urban life photography.

Rescheduled for Summer // Queretaro, Mexico

Private 1ON1 SF Workshops

Are you looking to expand your photographic routes in San Francisco? Are you visiting the city for the first time and seeking a guided photographic tour? Or, maybe this is you first time with street photography and you’d like some mentoring?

While I have many group classes through the Harvey Milk Photo Center, it’s the private 1ON1 workshops that I most look forward to. A chance to work with a photographer with my full attention during a day, or a full weekend. Each session offers a unique opportunity to focus on your specific needs and goals. Depending on your option, workshop activities include kickstarting your creative eye with a discussion on the Street Method process, a focused personal review of your work and an intense guided tour through some of my favorite routes in San Francisco. Be warned, it’s not uncommon to cover up to 10 neighborhoods in a 2-Day 1ON1 Workshop…. and we’ll have a blast doing it.

Session Options:

City Tour (1-3hrs), Full-Day Tour (5+hrs), 2-Day Workshop3-Day Workshop

Group Workshops Now Available at HMPC

Joining the team in 2016, it gives me great pride to offer my workshops through the esteemed Harvey Milk Photo Center. One of the oldest and largest darkrooms in the nation.

In addition to my normal 1ON1 Private workshops, I now offer group 2-Day and 3-Day workshops covering street photography and Adobe Lightroom. As well as, a menagerie of instructional street and nature photo walks throughout the most iconic areas of the San Francisco Bay.

New classes added all the time.

Adobe Lightroom Workshops

Adobe Lightroom

2-3 Day Adobe Lightroom Workshops

This course is designed to teach you the foundations of Adobe Lightroom; how to navigate the application, manage your collection, edit your photographs and publish to print or web.

Prerequisite: Computer proficiency required, bring memory card with 20+ images for training.

Class Location: Harvey Milk Photo Center – Digital Lab

Street Photography Workshops

The Street Method

2-Day Street Photography Workshop

Designed to introduce and enhance your approach to documenting people.This 2-day workshop will focus on expanding your scene awareness. Using environmental elements, urban backdrops and strangers, you will be encouraged to observe your surroundings, build confidence and develop an artistic focus in creating a candid composition of daily life. Class time will shift between lecture, field work, guided challenges and ending review.

Prerequisite: Camera proficiency required. DSLR/CSC required for field work.

Location; Harvey Milk Photo Center + Field Locations in San Francisco, CA

Mobile Street

2-Day Mobile Photography Workshop

The most important camera is the camera that is always on hand. Our mobile phones may not yet match the power of dedicated cameras, but one can be found in every pocket or bag. In this workshop, we will discover new and powerful ways to use our mobile phones to capture, process and share the beautiful city of San Francisco. Class topics will include app recommendations and instructions for Android and iPhone, creative capture techniques, social media sharing practices and advice on cloud data storage for your photos.

*Prerequisite: Proficient in Mobile Phone Operation, Google Play or Apple App Store Access, Current Android or iPhone device.

Location: Field (Random Locations)

Painting With Light

1-Day Night Lighting Workshop

Forget all that you know about photography and enter a world of flowing light and spectral elements. With the flick of a wrist or a run through the park, you too can paint with paint. Join us, as demonstrate how to build cheap lighting tools such as; light sabers, stencils and twirling LEDs. With these simple tools, we will show you techniques that harness the power of long exposure. From creating whimsical light trails, spirals and orbs, to isolating elements from people to buildings, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. This workshop is for students with a flair for the experimental and the bizarre. *This class will include one 11 x 14 digital print.

Pre-Requisites: Digital SLR/CSC Camera, Medium & Wide Angle Lens, Tripod, Camera Remote, Laptop with LR or PS installed and your Imagination – Light painting materials will be provided on location.

Location: Dubose Park, San Francisco, CA

What the attendees are saying...

I've been constantly impressed with the teaches are Harvey Milk, but Casper really went above and beyond. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable, he was also VERY patient with a group that had a lot of basic questions about file management and organization. He spent our "breaks" giving individual help and always offered to stay late to answer additional questions. We covered an extraordinary amount of material- especially given the varied level of computer facility of the people in the class. It was very clear that he is passionate about photography and about sharing his passion with others.

Elizabeth C.

Casper was an amazing instructor, very patient to all the students at the class. We were all impressed with how he mastered the material and shared with us his work and passion for photography.

Silvia C.

Excellent class/workshop. Casper offered just the right blend of information, instruction and practical knowledge and experience. He is very knowledgeable, efficient and practical and had lots of technical tips and techniques to offer. He is a good communicator and has a great way of providing critical feedback without being critical! This is a great class to get introduced to street photography, what it is and isn't, how to connect with other photographers, and to learn what's going in the San Francisco area.
Good work Casper. Thank you!

Michael C.

I really enjoyed this class and believe you are on the right tract by making it 3 days. I would have signed up for part 2 if available, Thanks for your patience and expertise and for being generous in sharing your knowledge. I appreciate the presets you sent and wish we could have seen you using them in action. A third day would be great to be able to see you use Lr more, once the general concepts are covered. Thanks again.

Liz L

Amazing class. Got a lot from my experience there.This is a great way to explore different areas in the city and to learn about its hidden gems. Also, Casper was great, he showed us many techniques in: finding beauty in many places, using our equipment, and in editing. I would recommend his lessons to anyone.

Michael Z.

You covered all and beyond what were described in the Beginning Adobe Lightroom 1 course. You even discussed the best possible NAS backup system including subscription to the iCloud storages, You gave us the tips and techniques on how to go about developing photos and images beside setting up the best possible organization of File Management and Archiving. Thanks for the class.

Reynaldo M.

First the instructor was professional, patient, thoughtful & enthusiastic in his class lessons & provided equal support of each student. Casper was very interactive during questions & encouraged each student to experiment to learn more about the workings of Lightroom.

Maria M.

This workshop was truly inspirational and a fabulous learning experience in the shooting of people. It was also an opportunity for understanding of light, color, gesture and photo artistic process. A new way of seeing has opened up for me. Casper's inspirations, methods, and advice encouraged me to go out and really look at the world from a whole new perspective. We had intense and supportive dialogue on all creative things through a camera’s aperture with his experience and talent as the lens providing the focus on people. After this workshop, I am inspired and motivated to start shooting again more regularly and with a regained passion and desire to do so…my hopes were beyond fulfilled. Thank you Casper!

BJ

I've been using Lightroom to the best of my abilities, figuring out what I needed as I went along. This class efficiently provided an overview of best practices, and corrected some of my incorrect assumptions. While there is always more to learn; after this class, I feel like I'm a capable and competent Lightroom user.

Larry H.

Eyes on the Street was an excellent class. Casper is very knowledgeable and the class is organized very well. The information and examples provided were organized into a great booklet, so you don't have to scramble to jot things down on the run. Casper really takes the time to understand what each student hopes to learn or improve on and then checks in throughout the class about your goals, and to offer tips and ideas. I learned so much from this class, it was great!

Paige L

Lightroom 1 with Casper was "just what the doctor ordered!". He was organized, energetic, thorough and thoughtful in his presentation……and fun. Lightroom is such a powerful, complicated program and it needs a guide like Casper to walk you through the organization, learn on how to focus on the important points and see how they pertain to setting up your workflow and then how to start to apply its powerful tools. It could have been overwhelming but Casper saw what the value was to beginners and could bring his wealth of experience to play in guiding us through it's most valuable parts. I definitely hope to take further classes with him, especially Lightroom 2 and would recommend this class to anyone who wants to understand the value of Lightroom to their photo organization and editing.

Martin E

RE Casper's Street Photography Educational Walk was amazing. It far exceeded my expectations. I learned a great deal about my camera and equipment and shooting methods, in addition to things to look for on the street, and what makes a good street (or any) photograph. Casper shared tips and techniques throughout our lively walks through many of San Francisco's most colorful neighborhoods. He was extremely generous with his knowledge, and spontaneous in response to our needs and the conditions on the street. He made the workshop a really fun experience, while deepening my understanding of and competence with street photography. I can't wait to take another class!

Suz L.

This was a great class! Casper was a wonderful instructor, and the small class size allowed us the opportunity to learn from him with a lot of one-on-one attention. He made it very easy for the members of the group to interact with one another, and see what everyone else was doing. I look forward to taking more classes from Casper in the future.

Brian K.

It was a great class and I learned a lot. There was technical information but it wasn't overwhelming. The teacher met each student where the were. He was patient, focused and engaging. It was nice to explore the SF through a different lens. The relaxed approach was helpful. I also loved the time taken to review each participant's picture and provide feedback.

I look forward to learning more! Offer more classes. 🙂

Karen J.

Excellent class! RE Casper is a great teacher, gave us great examples, feedback and tools. Having “field” time followed by detailed feedback was super helpful. I wouldn’t hesitate to take another class with him! Highly recommend.

Manisha K.

Loved it. Was overwhelmed. But as you say I will start experimenting and see what works. I loved your enthusiasm and thought your explanations to my questions were spot on.

Eamonn T.

I thought that RE Casper was very well prepared to teach Lightroom 1. The course was well-organized and the outline was well thought-out! The pace of the course was reasonable and we received a sold overview or the Lightroom software. I found that RE Casper was very patient with students and gave adequate time for questions and explanations. The course was a good introduction to Lightroom. I know there is much more to learn, and I look forward to Lightroom 2. Thanks.

Frank V

Just wanted to send a quick note of appreciation! Thank you so much for everything, I am taking a lot away from the course and have a solid understanding of the program – I am excited to start exploring.

Megan S

Spent this weekend taking RE Casper's Lightroom 1 class at the Harvey Milk Photo Center. I've used Lightroom for 6 years; Casper clearly explained the tool well enough for me to understand just how limited and inefficient my use of it has been! I recommend this course for any user of Lightroom who either is new to it or is sure they don't understand it well enough!

Michael K

Just like the genre of Street Photography this class is quick paced and exciting. Quick paced in the sense that I captured over 700 images over three days while walking in excess of 15 miles exploring 6 divergent areas of San Francisco. Exciting in the sense that from the images I captured I learned and was able to practice and receive valuable feedback on the art of focus, composition, and lighting in relation to presenting the "story" of the street. Thank you

Charles K

Casper is a terrific instructor. The workshop is fast paced, efficient, and clearly well-thought out. Casper has obviously thought about how to approach not just the workshop, but teaching itself. His instructions are clear, he repeats instructions and directions when necessary, and answers questions both immediately and during breaks. I went home knowing how to use LightRoom. I thoroughly enjoy Casper's upbeat and friendly delivery and will take other courses by him. He goes out of his way before the class to provide us with handouts that we may need...

Sue WR