Tokyo, Japan

Dates: May 6–12, 2023

Begins & Ends: Tokyo, Japan
(airport: NRT or HND)

     • Jeffrey Chapman
     • Winslow Lockhart
     • Tatsuo Suzuki
     • Ash Shinya Kawaoto

Maximum Participants: 6

Tuition: $6,900

Accommodation: Included
(optional single supplement: $1,900)

Meals: Breakfasts Included

Payment Policy: 3 Installments
     • $500 deposit to confirm participation
     • 50% due by September 1, 2022
     • Balance due by December 1, 2022

This photographic workshop begins and ends in Tokyo, Japan. Tuition includes hotel (based on double occupancy; single occupancy is available with payment of a single-occupancy supplement) and breakfasts for the duration of the workshop. It does not include souvenirs, lunches, dinners, bar beverages, laundry, insurance (travel, medical, cancellation), transfers between the airport and hotel (an easy bus ride from either airport directly to the hotel), nor any personal expenses.

This adventure is suitable for all levels of photographic experience. Participants must be in good health and able to spend each day walking and carrying their own equipment.

Reserve your spot below.

Creative Tokyo Within The Frame Photographic Workshop

Creative Tokyo Within The Frame

Creative Tokyo is an intensive photographic workshop that concentrates on the creative processes of street photography and street portraiture. Cultural Photographer Jeffrey Chapman, Fine Art Photographer Winslow Lockhart, and Tokyo Street Photographers Tatsuo Suzuki and Ash Shinya Kawaoto will assist, review, critique, guide, and advise each participant on a daily basis in order to nourish your personal vision and help you create a cohesive series of photographs that represents your personal photographic vision of Tokyo. There will be daily exercises, meetings, and reviews.

Tokyo is the most populous metropolitan area in the world and is one of the best places for street photography. It is a nexus where tradition collides with pop culture. In particular, the youth cultural hub of fashionable Shibuya is a paradise for street photographers. The Shibuya Crossing is the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world, with up to 3,000 people orderly crossing per green-light cycle. Our luxury hotel is just a couple of minutes walk from this famous intersection, which is the perfect location for our home base in Tokyo. This provides easy access to the areas in which we’ll photograph as well as easy access to any optional locations we may wish to visit (parks, temples, markets, etc.).

This photographic workshop is about the passionate discovery and photography of people, place, and culture, with emphasis given to going deep not wide, and pursuing that most elusive of photographic necessities — our vision. It is appropriate for photographers of all levels.

Tokyo (Day One)

We will arrive in Tokyo in time for a group dinner to finally get to know each other in person, have an orientation for our shared workshop, and discuss the week’s itinerary and events.

For our week in Tokyo, we will be staying at the luxurious five-star Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in the heart of Tokyo with upgraded rooms on the Executive Floor.

Tokyo (Day Two – Six)

More than one mega city, Tokyo is really a vast metropolis of many cities. It is a network of cities that have grown together. Each of these has neighborhoods with their own personalities, and we will visit several in order to photograph diverse and unique cross-sections of Tokyo.

Shibuya’s famous crossing is like watching marbles spill out of a box each time the lights signal for traffic to stop as all traffic stops at the same time, and all pedestrians cross at the same time — in every direction. Shinjuku is home to futuristic skyscrapers, shops, and Tokyo’s traditional nightlife. Harajuku is the center of teenage fashion and cosplay culture. (Cosplay, a contraction of the words costume and play, is a performance art in which individuals dress up like specific characters. It is very popular with Japanese youth.)

During times of the day that have harsher light, we will spend our time on image critiques and discussions, street photography techniques, impressionistic photography techniques, architecture techniques, learning to see, discussing how to create portraits (street, formal, and environmental) of strangers, post-processing in Lightroom (applicable also to other programs), and individual review and assignment meetings. We will engage in daily exercises designed to help feed our muses and better understand our vision. During our week together, everyone will have the opportunity to photograph one-on-one with both Tatsuo and Ash — in their favorite places around Tokyo. As a fitting reward for a long day of photography, we will reward ourselves each night with a great meal in one of the leader’s favorite Tokyo restaurants. Karaoke is optional!

Tokyo (Day Seven)

You will want to spend the last morning lingering and enjoying Tokyo for one last time before saying our goodbyes and heading home until our next shared workshop.

Although this represents the photographic workshop’s planned itinerary, it is subject to change at the discretion of the workshop leaders.

Reserve Your Spot

A $500 deposit is required to confirm your participation. Click on the Pay Deposit button to reserve your spot. You will be able to pay the deposit via PayPal or credit card. To pay by other methods (or if you encounter difficulties), please fill out the Registration Form and request an invoice in the comments. Please read the Cancellation Policy and the Release of Liability.

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