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Drop in Photography | March Classes & Workshops

What is “Drop in Photography”?

You don’t have to study every recipe in existence before you start cooking right? Well, you don’t need understand EVERYTHING about your camera before you take a picture either. This is the mistake so many students AND instructors make which leads to boring, unfulfilling classes. Thus think of Drop In Photography like you would cook book. You choose the technique you are hungry to learn RIGHT NOW,  and I layout the recipe and guide you through it!

Amateur, Intermediate or Advanced, Everyone is Welcome!

If you’ve never baked a cake in your life, you’re probably going to follow the recipe exactly and cross your fingers that it comes out just as tasty and fluffy as it is in the picture. If you bake cakes regularly, you might follow the recipe but improvise a little switching chocolate for vanilla or make it two layers instead of one. If you’re a pâtissier, you don’t even need a recipe, you understand the theory of cake baking and can dream up your own tastes and designs. But even the seasoned pâtissier may have questions, like how to create a mirror glaze or fondant.

Sorry if I’m making you hungry, but it was the best analogy I cold think up at 2am of for how Drop in Photography classes are structured.

  • Beginners will follow the instructor step by step and learn where the required settings are on their camera, what they do, and why we have chosen them.
  • Intermediate students can try to anticipate the settings and then improvise/experiment when comfortable perhaps choosing a slightly different angle, focal length or camera setting.
  • Advanced photographers can pursue their own vision and seek out the instructor for questions, suggestions and new techniques . They may also team up with beginner students and share their knowledge because after all, the best way to learn is to teach!

From Start to Finish

Experience a great sense of satisfaction when you conceptualize, capture, edit and share your image all in the same class. My goal is that EVERY STUDENT goes home with at least one picture they are proud of. Editing is every bit as important as taking the photo so I encourage you to take the full class but you may also do half the class if you prefer.

Half Class | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 30 USD / 35,000 KRW

1.  Meet on location
2.  Plan the shot
3.  Take the shot

Full Class – 2 Hours 30 Minutes | 50 USD / 60,000 KRW

1.  Meet on location
2.  Plan the shot
3.  Take the shot
4.  Edit the shot (laptop and editing software is highly recommended)
5.  Share the shot
6.  Critique the shot

Saturday March 11th – Stunning Silhouettes

Class TitleDrop in Photography - Stunning Silhouettes
DescriptionLearn how to capture stunning silhouettes in this workshop. Topics include:
-what makes a good silhouette
-general camera settings
-how to shoot in manual for the best results
-choosing the right background
-posing the model for maximum effect
-getting creative with props
-shooting other objects
-importing image to computer
-how to edit your images to make them even stronger
-how to keep your images looking great on Facebook and Instagram
LocationNational Museum of Korea | CLICK FOR MAP
Dates & TimesSaturday March 11th | 13:00 - 15:30
CapacityMaximum 12 students
Price$50 USD / 60,000 KRW Per Student
Requirementsa. Minimum 4 students are required to run this course
b. Students should have a camera that offers manual control over aperture, shutter speed and iso
c. Payment must be received in full by March 8th be enrolled in the course
*If minimum enrolment is not met all payments will be fully refunded in 5 working days

Saturday March 18th – Freezing the Action

Class TitleDrop in Photography - Freezing the Action
DescriptionLearn how to capture stunning silhouettes in this workshop. Topics include:
-what is action photography
-finding the right angles and light
-general camera settings
-how to capture high speed objects without blurriness
-how to maximize your chances of a good shot
-creating a clone shot
-importing images to your computer
-how to edit your images to make them even stronger
-how to keep your images looking great on Facebook and Instagram
LocationNanji Skate Park | CLICK FOR MAP
Dates & TimesSaturday March 18th | 13:00 - 15:30
CapacityMaximum 12 students
Price$50 USD / 60,000 KRW Per Student
Requirementsa. Minimum 4 students are required to run this course
b. Students should have a camera that offers manual control over aperture, shutter speed and iso
c. Payment must be received in full by March 8th be enrolled in the course
*If minimum enrolment is not met all payments will be fully refunded in 5 working days

Saturday March 25th – Painting with Light

Class TitleDrop in Photography - Painting with Light
DescriptionLearn how to paint with light in this workshop. Topics include:
-what is light painting
-tools for light painting
-general camera settings
-long exposures
-painting techniques
-getting creative with props and people
-importing images to your computer
-how to edit your images to make them even stronger
-how to keep your images looking great on Facebook and Instagram
LocationBanpo Hangang Park | CLICK FOR MAP
Dates & TimesSaturday March 25th | 19:00 - 21:30
CapacityMaximum 12 students
Price$50 USD / 60,000 KRW Per Student
Requirementsa. Minimum 4 students are required to run this course
b. Students should have a camera that offers manual control over aperture, shutter speed and iso
c. Payment must be received in full by March 8th be enrolled in the course
*If minimum enrolment is not met all payments will be fully refunded in 5 working days





If you have any problems please call Greg at 010 3398 4734 for help.

DISCLAIMER: I was NOT the official wedding photographer for this event – I was just a vacationing photographer who convinced the bride and groom to let me drop in for a couple hours on their special day and shoot some candids… and some not-so candids 🙂

NO SUCH THING AS STRANGER (A BACKSTORY)

I won’t lie, I was (not so) subtly trying to get an invite to this wedding. You see, when the population of the tiny island of Koh Mak spikes to 2 Canucks per square kilometre, it’s almost impossible not to hear that the Thai pharmacist is marrying her Canadian Fiancé.

Rheal is the fiancé. Jariyachat is the pharmacist. Hyunmi is my wife. I am Greg. Now, to complete the puzzle: Hyunmi has this thing for visiting pharmacies in foreign lands. She’s not a pill popper or anything; she prefers the ointments and repellents. One night on our first visit to the island, we were walking along the main road (itching our sand flee and mosquito bites) and Hyunmi’s eyes lit up when she spotted a pharmacy. To summarize, this is how we met Rheal and Jariyachat.

Fast forward to this year’s trip to Koh Mak, I was at Coco Cape pier, famous for stellar sunsets and Chai, the stellar bartender. I can’t remember if I was going to shoot a photo or rinse off after a swim, but I overheard some guys in the water talking about Saskatchewan and Alberta. It’s not often that I meet Canadians from where I spent many a summer vacation with my grandparents. I was curious what had brought them all the way to Koh Mak and that’s when I got news of the wedding. Remember, I am a photographer, with a photography-obsessed mind. Here were my initial thoughts (please read as if screaming):

AMAZING VENUE + GORGEOUS BRIDE + HANDSOME GROOM + AWESOME FRIENDS + POTENTIALLY GREAT LIGHT = EPIC DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTO OPPORTUNITY!

Over the following weeks, I met more and more of the wedding party. You know, you can have all the fancy wardrobe, white sand, and palm trees you want. But in the end, the people create the moments and emotions that make great photos. I could already tell this wedding was shaping up to be something special.

I had brought up the fact that I was a photographer in passing, but I couldn’t just silently wish for an invite, especially since the bride had booked THREE photographers out of Bangkok. So I took action, that is, when the perfect opportunity floated on by! I was browsing the local gift shop, making every attempt to pull off my bohemian fisherman’s pants (without a modicum of success). An older couple soon came by to purchase a coke bottle of gasoline for their scooter. We greeted each other, as is done on this small island and (Aha! Sherlock Samborski!) I quickly learned that these were the parents of our groom and soon-to-be bride.

I asked Rheal’s parents when the wedding ceremony was commencing, and they replied “4pm”, an hour before Thailand’s most golden of golden-y lights shine. Nope–I couldn’t be subtle any more. So, I decided to run my idea by the parents first. I explained how I saw all these great ingredients coming together that would result in beautiful images. I would unobtrusively shoot some candids free of charge, share them with everyone, and add a destination wedding to my wedding portfolio.

Right then and there, mom and dad said, “Well, you’re invited,” which I wasn’t expecting. That’s right, the groom’s parents extended my initial invite to Rheal and Jariyachat’s wedding. Although the parents were the self-proclaimed final authority, I still wanted to ask the bride and groom for permission. So, I dropped by the pharmacy to confirm with Rheal, who of course had to confirm-confirm with his fiancée. Jariyachat gave the nod of approval and that was that!

Okay, so that was a lot of backstory, but I wanted to share it. It taught me yet again how “subtle” often doesn’t cut it. Whatever you want in life, you have to make it known, and put it out there so others can help make it a reality.

NOT-SO-SUBTLE STRANGER GOES TO BEAUTIFUL WEDDING (THE DAY OF)

On the day of Rheal and Jariyachat’s wedding, I drove my scooter to the opposite end of Koh Mak. I stopped along the way to grab a few shots of the rubber tree plantations, a look and smell that I (and perhaps others) strongly associate with this island. The wedding venue was Little Moon Villa, a resort that I’d never visited before. I walked in and the party was already underway.

The whole event was the quintessence of a cozy tropical destination wedding. With all the inherent beauty of Thai island life there is hardly a need to decorate, but the bride, groom and organizers did a job of making things even more charming with flowers, lighting and props. It’s better if I let the photos describe all these things in more detail.

I greeted the groom and groomsmen, and then got straight to shooting. Being the second shooter, or better yet, the total-stranger-photographer-observer-guy is amazingly freeing. There was a trio of hired photographers covering every angle of the bride and groom and snapping all those customary wedding shots, which left me to shoot whatever I wanted. So I did just that. While the official photographers were focused close up on the bride and groom, I shot wide and long, often capturing the little details I saw around me.

After the ceremony, post-wedding shots got underway. Golden hour was just kicking off. I was perched on a massive side-sloping tree trunk that grew out over the beach (ever wonder why coconut trees lean towards the ocean?). My eyes darted among the brown sandy shore, a tree swing, small sailboat, golden highlights, deep shadows and all kinds of other fun things to play in and on. When the bride and groom asked me if I had any photo ideas, I was quite elated to have permission to give the creative direction I had been working hard to suppress. I explained the images I had in my mind of them swinging, kissing with sun flares, walking down the beach, and sitting on a tree trunk playing footsie.

Soon enough, the sun dipped behind the nearby island; drinks continued and dinner was served. I discovered one of my new favourite cocktails, the Calibou Lou: coconut, dark rum and pineapple. I did a few final shots of what was sure to be a delicious dinner and a great party, and made my way back across the island. Had it not been my mom’s farewell dinner that night, I would have accepted the invite to stay, eat, and drink (Calibou Lou) late into the hours.

GRATITUDE (+ LET ME SNAP YOUR WEDDING)

Again, I want to extend a huge thank you to Rheal, Jariyachat, and everyone else who welcomed a stranger into one of their most special days. I hope that I was able to capture a different angle on your wedding day that is meaningful to you.

If you like what you see, I’d throughly appreciate if you could help me reach more potential wedding clients by liking my Facebook page and mentioning @GregSamborskiPhotography when sharing. If you’re an Instagrammer, you can find me here. Of course, the biggest way you could help me would be to pass my name along to friends and family who are looking for a wedding photographer. Enjoy the images and thank you in advance!

 

Camera Basics | Seoul Photography Classes

Class TitleCamera Basics | Photography Workshop
DescriptionWe learn the basic terminology and functionality of our cameras so that we are all speaking the same language for future classes.
LocationWithin a 25 minute radius of Seoul City Hall. Exact location TBA.
Dates & TimesSaturday January 21st | 13:00 - 16:00
Tuesday January 24th | 18:00 - 21:00
*Please note you only need to attend one of these classes.
CapacityMaximum 12 students
Price$50 USD / 60,000 KRW Per Student
Requirementsa. Minimum 4 students are required to run this course
b. Students should have a camera that offers manual control over aperture, shutter speed and iso
c. Payment must be made in full by 3pm on Friday January 20th to be enrolled in the course
*If minimum enrolment is not met all payments will be fully refunded in 5 working days

The Camera Basics course is the stepping stone, the foundation, on which all other photography classes are built.

I don’t believe that great photography is the result of expensive equipment or meticulous mathematical calculations of aperture, shutter and iso settings. Great photos happen in hundredths of a second. Your odds of capturing them greatly improve when you can operate your camera instinctively, when the equipment is no longer a barrier but an extension of yourself.

To teach and learn photography effectively we need to start by speaking the common language and this is why we begin with Camera Basics.

In this class we:
-Review basic camera terminology ranging from “Battery Compartment” to “RAW”, “ISO” and “Aperture”
-Familiarize ourself with the location and function of the most important controls of the camera
-Briefly examine HOW the camera works so we better understand how to achieve the results we envision in our mind’s eye
-Cover how to download and manage your photo library
-Answer every other question you might have!

My 10 years of teaching experience has taught me that the best way to learn something is to DO it. I encourage everyone to bring their camera so we can be hands on the whole class. Typically we approach each topic as a group and then break into small groups and do mini assignments/missions to actually apply and commit the new knowledge. During this time I circulate and work one on one with you to correct any errors, suggest alternate approaches and answer your questions.

I have one final goal for this class, that is to build a community of likeminded people whom we can learn from, share with, and support.

If you have any problems please call Greg at 010 3398 4734 for help.

So I just found a partner who’s just as keen as I am on planning amazing engagements and proposals here in Seoul and throughout Korea!  I met Alex a few months back during a food tasting event and we collaborated on a couple project since. After our last shoot he invited me to drop by his office and share the space for a while. While editing away on a couple session in Lightroom, it occurred to me Alex would probably know of some ideal locations/backdrops in and around Seoul for proposal and engagement photos. As it turns out, Alex has connections with tons of hotels and restaurants all over Korea and can even organize musicians, extras, flash mobs, food… you name it! We both started coming up with increasingly elaborate proposal ideas that honestly, we figure are better shared on the phone or in person rather than here 😉

So if you have a vision you need help making reality or your drawing a blank and need some ideas we can help you. Just get in touch with me via the contact form above and give me as much info about you, your girlfriend/boyfriend and what if any ideas you have so we can tailor the experience to you.

I hope to hear from you soon!

-Greg S