Walking Photo Tours and Photography Workshops in NYC

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Bushwick Street Art & Creative Photography Workshop.

Are you interested in getting creative with your photography? On Sunday 14 May is the Bushwick Street Art & Creative Photography Workshop. It is a 4 hour workshop and we spend our time on the street exploring the amazing street art and exploring a number of creative photography techniques. 


We do get a few opportunities to capture some street photography. But this not the emphasis of this workshop. There aren't really that many people walking around the streets. One of the things that we explore is intentional camera movement. It's about creating motion blur and a painterly style of photography.


The workshop is limited to 6 people and we always have a great time! You can register online and you can also see reviews from people who have attended my workshops and tours.

Leanne Staples
Photography as Language

This is an excerpt from a book that I'm writing on photography. "Photography is like learning a new language. In the beginning you are constantly aware of grammar, sentence structure, verb conjugations and vocabulary. It's all very conscious. It takes awhile to learn the different parts of language. To learn how to communicate with photography." You'll have to wait for more! - Photo, In Greenpoint 3, 22 April, 2017.

Leanne Staples
B&W in Greenpoint

Another photo from my afternoon in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. What a fabulous neighborhood. It's possible that I'm just a closet painter. I've thought about painting a few times in my life but I was never able to decide what to paint! It wasn't until I started doing more abstract photography that I started to realize that I have inspiration for painting. And speaking of inspiration, one of my favorite artists is Gerhard Richter who paints paintings that almost look like photographs. For the moment I have a few series of photos that look like paintings. Perhaps I will cross over to the other side one day! For the moment intentional camera movement is one of my favorite techniques in photography. You can see more of my motion blur photography on my other site. B&W in Greenpoint, 22 April 2017.

Leanne Staples
Greenpoint afternoon

Another photo from Sunday afternoon in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I adore photography that 'breaks the rules.' Yes, I adore blur. It was a perfect day for it! If you haven't been to Greenpoint before it is definitely worth exploring. If you are interested in photo tour there all you need to do it request it. It isn't possible for me to list every tour that I can offer. As well, if you are interested in exploring intentional camera movement or other photographic techniques we can do that as well. Photo tours are for New Yorkers as well. And you can be a group of up to 4 people for no additional charge. You can see some of my suggested tours on my site as well as reviews of my tours and workshops as well. Greenpoint afternoon, 22 April, 2017.

Leanne Staples
Simply Fabulous!

I went to see the ever-talented, crazy creative, fantastic being extraordinaire Davey Mitchell tonight at his happening in the East Village as part of the Howl! Festival. If you haven't seen Art by Davey, you are really missing out. I had the pleasure a few years back of doing a photo shoot with him. And you can buy a magazine with incredible photos of his costume design and characters! This is just a party shot. I will post a photo or two of Davey as well. First, I just had to post this shot with silence=death. They're back!

Leanne Staples
LES with shadows

There are so many ways to shoot street photography and photography in general. And so many ways to process photos as well. The thing that really caught my eye here are the shadows and light. There's also something about the symmetry of it all and the fire escape above. Then there are the people walking in opposite directions and no eye contact between each other. A glimpse of LES in the afternoon. 2 April 2017 on photo tour with a class from Australia.

Leanne Staples
Street Photography in Action!

I have many favorite photographers. In 2009 I had the great fortune of being in a documentary film about street photography and the life of the fabulous photog Helen Levitt. I am not certain if Tanya Sleiman, the director of the film was ever able to complete the film. But you can see me in action in this clip from the film shot in East Harlem on Halloween. Yes, it was almost 8 years ago! But it still gives you an idea of me in action and my style of street photography. And I do have a street photography workshop coming up in East Harlem on 21 May and a few spaces still available.

Leanne Staples
Photographing New York City

As a licensed New York City Tour Guide, I am frequently making suggestions to tourists AND New Yorkers alike. Whether it's neighborhoods to explore, history and culture of the neighborhoods AND places to photograph. In general, I tend to assume that people will figure out how to find the major icons of this great city all on their own. That said, I have an Iconic NYC Tour and also a Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo Tour. They are tours that you will gain so much more from with a Tour Guide. I also specialize in photo tours that are off the beaten path. Getting into the neighborhoods where New Yorkers live. When people book tours with me I offer them free advice for their entire trip. All of my photo tours are customizable. The photo tours I have listed on my site are a few possible suggestions. I also work with you on your photography no matter what your level is. This photo was taken during a recent Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo photo tour at dusk. 15 April 2017 7:41pm. And yes, it's a double exposure.

Leanne Staples
On Lafayette Street

Training the eye to see in frames, in composition is something that I guess I take for granted. I don't know how I started to see in frames or even when I did. It is an ever ongoing process. My eyes, my vision is always searching for new ways to see and capture things. I could say that it is rather an automatic process. Like a runner, running. That said, not all days are equal. Some are certainly better than others. I like to call it synchronicity when I find myself in the right place at the right time. And maybe it's also called making my luck. For that reason it is good to be patient and to move slowly and attempt to really soak in my surroundings. In my workshops we always look at different ways to see things and different ways to compose a shot. Composition is typically the thing that will make or break a shot. The aspect that will give it a lasting effect. - On Lafayette Street, 9 April 2017.

Leanne Staples
In Greenpoint 2

Another photo from yesterday. Walk-by shooting and intentional camera movement. I have a series of photos which I will try to put on my website in the next few days. I created a new preset for this group of photos. That is typically something do when working on a series and it tends to lend continuity to a series. Happy Sunday! In Greenpoint 2, 22 April 2017.

Leanne Staples