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1-Day Documentary Photography Masterclass

This unique 1-day “Masterclass” weekend workshop offers a combination of seminar learning, discussion and structured shooting a specific topic to refine your skills, build your confidence and develop your individual style as a story telling photographer. It’s also a skill to produce great street photography.

Only 6 particpants maximum, and minimum of 2 particpants.

With a maximum of six participants, this challenging weekend workshop offers an in-depth, intensive learning experience. The course will focus on building on your existing knowledge and will take your skills to a new level. We want it to be exclusively small group so that there will be ample time for one-on-one discussion, coaching and mentoring.

This intensive and well-structured workshop is designed to make you a better documentary photographer. Based on three intensive sessions over one full day, the workshop balances classroom siminar with location shooting. The workshop starts at 9am and will finish around 5pm.

Requirement: Camera Craft, Essential Foundation Photography, Basic Photography Course or equivalent. Any digital camera and laptop with photo editing software.

$620 per person
($590 for SOP’s alumni)

• The workshop will be held at SOP for seminar and outdoor exercise at Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West.
• We may use public transportation or car pool during in the workshop.
• Personal computer is required.

Your workshop mentor is Alan Lim, a prolific Singapore base photographer. Prior setting up a successful photography training center, Alan has worked as a news photographer for the national newspaper The Straits Times. Alan is also the principle photographer of Eleven Photography Singapore. His most recent works are, Tell-tale Line – a solo photo exhibition launched in March 2016 at The Substation, which also received a Honourable Mentioned in Monochrome Photography International Awards 2015. Design District Singapore – a solo photo exhibition and photo book launched in November 2015 at Red Dot Design Museum. It’s currently exhibiting at URA Singapore City Gallery till 29th May 2016.


Session 1 – 9am to 11am
• Introductions, course outline and personal objectives
• Discussion: what is documentary photography
• The ‘ethic’ of documentary photography
• Slideshow illustrating styles and techniques
• Key principles of documentary photography
• Equipment and settings
• Planning a shoot
• Debrief and Q&A

Session 2 – 11am to 1pm
• Group exercise: shooting on location
• Lunch break

Session 3 – 2pm to 5pm
• Editing, post-production and workflow
• Critique of your work
• Q&A session
• Where next
• After the course

• Your best images from the course will be submitted for possible publication.
• Participants will be encouraged to keep in touch through our alumni network on Facebook.

Our training program embraces a three-part format which includes theory, application and review/critique. This workshop is made up of a mixture of classroom and outdoor for optimal learning experience.

For enquiry please email us at or call us at +65 8133 5134 for more info.