Join professional photographers Loren Fisher and Ron Lake as we share some of our favorite New York City locations for a fun afternoon and evening photography workshop.
Loren has solved the problem of getting around New York by providing transportation during the workshop in his 12 passenger Mercedes Sprinter van, which has plenty of room for you and your equipment. You can join the tour in Bridgewater, NJ, Penn Station in New York or at Grand Central Terminal and then all you need to think about is making outstanding images and taking the sights.
We’ll start our seven hours of shooting at The Vessel at Hudson Yards, New York’s newest must-see location. It just opened in March and is 150 feet tall and has 154 interconnecting flights of stairs with almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings. It is one of the craziest public attractions anywhere and seems like it was built for photographers. It is truly a $150 million stairway to nowhere. It looks different every time you go! Getting tickets isn’t easy because of its popularity and while we can’t guarantee it, we’ll do everything we can to have tickets. If we aren’t able to get tickets we’ll go to another great location instead.
Then we get back in the van and cross the Brooklyn Bridge into Brooklyn before the sun sets. We’ll make “blue hour” photos of Manhattan reflecting in the East River from a cool location south of the bridge where old wood pilings emerge from the river. We’ll then go back up to the Dumbo area (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) and get shots of what was once the world’s tallest structure as it crosses the river. There is lots of activity in the area around the bridge to make fun photos. We’ll grab some quick food from the many vendors.
We leave Brooklyn and go over to the World Trade Center and around the 9/11 Memorial, which looks great at night. After shooting the memorial we’ll make magnificent images of the surrounding buildings including the Freedom Tower and the extremely photogenic Oculus, the new WTC transportation hub. What was once a scene of devastation is now an amazing maze of massive buildings.
When we leave the WTC area we’ll get away from the crowd and make a stop at one of my favorite little known places where we’ll get unique elevated views down 42nd Street and also fun traffic shots looking east toward Long Island City.
We end the action packed day at 10:00 p.m. and you will be taken back to where you joined us.
You will be transported to the great locations so there won’t be a tremendous amount of walking, but you still will need to walk two or three blocks in some locations. Finding public restrooms in New York is always a challenge but I have planned the evening so we will be near restrooms as often as possible.
It doesn’t matter what level of photographer you are, we’ll be able to help you with settings and make sure you are getting great shots. Since most of this tour is at night, you’ll want a good steady tripod. Stay away from the cheap travel tripods, they will be shaky and when you get home and load your photos in your computer you will be disappointed. Even though it seems like more work, always have your tripod with you except around the World Trade Center area. You will want to have both wide angle and telephoto lenses with you, so plan on having a small bag or backpack to carry your equipment.
We will moving as a group but you may want to wander away from the group at some locations. There will be meeting times and locations at every stop, it is imperative that you are at the meeting place on time, I won’t hold up the entire group waiting for one person. If you are late and we had to leave, you’ll have to grab a cab to catch up with us. You will be given the cell phone number of myself and our driver Ron so we can always be in touch.
After you register, I will send you an invitation to a group messaging texting service, which will be our main means of communication during the tour. If you don’t do texting on your phone, please let me know.
Limited to 10 photographers
Premium/Returning clients: $199
Regular registration: $229
Notice of your cancellation must be made in writing, at which time the following refunds are offered:
60 days or more before workshop: Full workshop refund minus $20 credit card handling fee.
59 to 30 days before workshop: 50% of workshop cost minus $20 credit card handling fee. Your payment will be refunded if your spot can be filled.
29 or fewer days before workshop: no refund. Your payment, minus $20 credit card handling fee, will be refunded if your spot can be filled.
If a workshop is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of any money paid, but I’d have to be on my deathbed before I’d cancel. But if I’m on my deathbed and need to cancel the workshop, I will not be held responsible for your other expenses, such as transportation tickets or hotel deposit, that may be associated with the canceled workshop. I suggest you purchase trip insurance to be safe, but it would take a major catastrophe before I cancel.
No partial refunds are made for unused portions or services of a workshop. Workshops are sold as a package only.
What else you need to know
Once you register, you will receive a packet of information about the trip. It includes a Liability Release Form that needs to be immediately returned, an Emergency Contact and Medical Information Form and more suggestions for equipment and clothing.
Questions? Email Loren at Loren@LorenPhotos.com or call 802-332-6611.