The High Line, New York’s only elevated park, is a brilliantly-conceived conversion of a historic out-of-use railroad trestle into a public landscape. Opened in 1934, the rail track went out of use in 1980 and lay dormant until 2009, when the first section opened. The Highline, planted with wildflowers and grasses, offers photographers some of the best views in New York, intriguing street photography and interesting composition opportunities.
We’ll begin with a discussion of composition and camera settings. Your instructor will be with you every step of the way to look at your work and answer questions. Together, we will explore this extraordinary urban park and rail yards while we put into practice the rules of composition to create memorable images.
I’ve walked the High Line several times and the experience is different each time.
The East Village has been a symbol of the counterculture in New York City since the 1950s. Once synonymous with beatniks and later with punk rock, the neighbourhood today is a unique mix of people and cultures, music and art.
During the day, we will explore Alphabet City and other notable East Village spots, learning to identify a good street photo. We’ll work on striking the right balance of storytelling and technique, from camera settings to lighting and composition and discuss strategies for photographing candid scenes versus posed street portraits. Your instructor will be with you every step of the way to look at your work and answer questions.
I have always wanted to learn and practice street photography but I have honestly felt anxious at photographing strangers in public. I am hoping doing this in a group setting with an instructor will help me overcome some of that anxiety.