Finding Serendipity: A Master Workshop with Craig Semetko | Thurs, Feb 2, 2017 6:00 pm - Sun, Feb 5, 2017 4:00 pm


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Can you cultivate luck in your photography? Did you ever wonder why certain photographers seem to be more lucky than others?

Join renowned photographer Craig Semetko for this Master Class Weekend on the streets of Miami and explore the role of serendipity in the pursuit of truly candid moments.

This workshop experience provides the ideal opportunity to hear the stories behind Semetko's images and learn, first hand, his techniques and approach to “getting lucky.”   A true master at capturing the offbeat and unusual moments found in everyday life, Semetko has been called a "connoisseur of the spontaneous moment." His talent for capturing real unposed moments is only matched by his willingness to share his creative process and approach to finding pictures with others, making him a favorite among Leica Akademie students.

Semetko will draw from his masters degree thesis on serendipity in photography and lead discussions on the role it plays in his work and yours. Classroom discussions will lead to the streets of Miami where attendees will photograph with serendipity in mind. For those of you who have taken Semetko’s D.I.E. workshop, this is a natural progression—for those who haven’t experienced a workshop with Craig, you’re in for a treat!

“Good photographs are tough enough to shoot. Really funny ones are even harder. Good and funny photographs observed in nature not arranged or manipulated but simply observed in real time with amazing consistency, constitute a minor miracle...”
Elliott Erwitt in his forward to Semetko's book Unposed.


The Leica Weekend with Craig Semetko includes the following.

  • Private lecture and discussion of Semetko's two books.
  • Access to the full line of Leica cameras and lenses throughout the weekend.
  • Opening night lecture, meet and greet and two days of hands on learning and inspiration.
  • A full day shooting experience on location with Craig Semetko and Akademie Instructor Tom A. Smith
  • One on one review of images shot over the weekend.
  • Opportunity for a portfolio review.
  • Catered lunch at the Leica Store on the final day.
Who should attend this Workshop?

This workshop is open to intermediate and advanced photographers with an interest in developing their own point of view while working in public spaces.

A strong understanding of photography terminology, focusing and exposure techniques is recommended. Photographers are encouraged to bring their laptops and be conversant with their hardware and software in order to facilitate downloading and critiques on the final day of the workshop.

Each participant is asked to submit in advance a selection of 15 photographs. Through portfolio reviews, in-field assignments and the daily discussion of work, students will be challenged to create a collection of images uniquely their own.

You are not required to own a Leica camera to attend this event. A full selection of the latest rangefinders and lenses will be available for your use throughout the weekend.

The program is limited to 12 students to maximize your learning.

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