Lisbon, Portugal Street Photography Workshop with Rui Palha | Mar. 3 - 9, 2019

$4,995 ($1,995 Deposit)

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  • Lisbon, Portugal Street Photography Workshop with Rui Palha

    Leica Store Miami and the Miami Street Photography Festival are excited to announce a new street photography workshop in Lisbon, Portugal with Rui Palha. Join us as we explore this charismatic and vibrant city, full of winding cobblestone streets with views of the city around every bend. Its tiled, weathered homes and buildings bring with them a timeless charm. Lisbon is scenic, authentic and has soul. 

    Lisbon native and renowned street photographer Rui Palha will be your workshop instructor. Miami Street Photography Festival Director Juan Reyes and Leica Specialist Peter Dooling from Leica Store Miami will be on hand to give assistance and advice as you photograph the streets of Lisbon.

    *All photographs © Rui Palha

  • What to expect

    Lisbon is one of the oldest in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and even Rome by centuries. Our workshop hotel will be based in the Baixa neighborhood in the heart of Lisbon. It is an elegant district with distinctive architecture and public spaces, primarily constructed after the 1755 earthquake. Traditionally, March in Lisbon brings fewer tourists and an average temperature of 57 °F (high - 64 °F / low - 52 °F). It’s always a good idea to pack layers on a trip like this. Sweaters with long sleeve shirts and a medium weight jacket or coat will be needed, but you won’t need any heavy winter clothing. There is always a chance of rain at this time of year so you'll want to pack a rain jacket. As we'll be doing a lot of walking during the workshop, don’t forget to pack some comfortable walking shoes.

    This workshop will allow you to work side by side with a street photography master. Some of the topics that Rui will cover include:

    • The importance of having a street photographer’s ‘eye’ and try to "see" a photo in an everyday street scene;
    • Understand the importance of developing one's own style as a street photographer;
    • Understand the components of a good street image;
    • Practice several types of street photography and discover the favorite/s style/s of shooting;
    • Try to avoid fear of photographing the "street models", the unknown people that can be found in the streets;
    • Learn the technical aspects of street photography: ideal equipment, composition, exposure and focus;
    • Understand some of the key legal and ethical aspects of street photography;
    • Always try to "add" some artistic and aesthetic aspect to an ordinary street photograph.

  • Dates:

    Sunday, March 3 - Saturday, March 9, 2019


    $4,995 - Double occupancy lodging (Single room supplement available for an additional $600). A $1995 deposit is required to hold your spot.


    Limited to 12 attendees

    Included in the cost of the trip:

      • Double occupancy lodging in a 4 star hotel with private facilities (Single room supplement available for an additional $600)
      • Daily breakfast
      • Group welcome dinner
      • Group farewell dinner
      • Four group lunches
      • Photographic instruction by street photographer Rui Palha
      • Loaner Leica cameras and lenses (limited availability)
      • A 30"x40" Giclee custom print from Dale Laboratories

    Not included in the cost of the trip:

      • Travel to or from Portugal
      • Alcoholic drinks and snacks
      • Transportation costs in and around Lisbon (mainly metro)
      • Any meals not listed in the itinerary

    About Rui:

    Image result for rui palhaRui Palha was born in Portugal in 1953. He began photographing at the age of 14 and is one of the most respected street photographers in the world. He was distinguished by the SPA (Portuguese Society of Authors) with the prize "Best Work of Photography" in the 2011 Authors Prizes, in the category of Visual Arts, with his book "Street Photography".

    In 2015, in "Street Hunters" blog, was considered one of the 20 most influential street photographers in the world and the best street photographer in the world by the website "Top Teny - Top ten of the best". His work has also been featured on the Leica Camera Blog. Most recently he was featured in the article: 10 Street Photographers Who Are Immortalizing Our Modern WorldIn addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions, Rui's work is heavily publicized on social networks, particularly through his Facebook page with more than 330,000 followers. 

    Rui has been using Leica cameras for many years and currently owns the Q, M10, M Monochrom, Summilux 35mm, Super-Elmar 21mm and a Voigtländer 15mm. Says Palha, "For me the Leica cameras are a perfect tool for street photography. They are compact, discreet and of unsurpassed image quality. The Leica Q is great for situations where you need to focus quickly or there isn’t time enough to change the hyperfocal range. The Leica M is a fantastic camera, allowing the use of different focal lengths with unbeatable image quality. I think I must refer that I loved to use the new Leica M-D, I felt I was transported to the good old days when I only used film"

    Palha loves to be in the midst of the people he meets in the streets, alleys and neighborhoods of Lisbon. His friendly and frank posture helps him to gain friendships in the most diverse places. The warmth that emanates from them fills his soul and is the real compensation for his art because it is palpable and lasting, while other awards are ephemeral. 

    "I like low light, rainy days and troublesome places, but first and foremost I like people, authentic people."

    "Photography is a very important part of my space… it is to discover, it is to capture giving flow to what the heart feels and sees in a certain moment, it is being in the street, experiencing, understanding, learning and, essentially, practicing the freedom of being, of living, of thinking."

    Signing Up:

    To sign up for our Lisbon street photography workshop with Rui Palha, checkout here on our website, email us ( or call 305-921-4433. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. A $1995 deposit is required to hold your spot, so if you prefer to sign-up through our website we will only charge you $1995 instead of $4995. The balance will be due by December 3, 2018.

    We look forward to seeing you in Lisbon!

  • Basic Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrival in Lisbon

    Arrive at Lisbon International Airport (LIS) on or before Sunday, March 3rd. There are several transportation options to get into the city, but a convenient, 25 minute taxi ride will only cost you 20 Euros. We'll meet for a welcome dinner in the hotel lobby at 6:00pm. We'll get to know each other, go over the workshop itinerary and talk about photography.

    Day 2 - Classroom and Shooting Sessions


    9:00am - Classroom: Rui will talk about his work and the different projects he is working on. He will share his photographic references with the group and discuss the challenges of being a street photographer. The following topics will be discussed with examples from Rui´s portfolio:

    • The importance of composition/taking advantage of light

    • Don't shoot like everyone else/Find your own way ( style)

    • Dare to try new things/Get out of your comfort zone

    • Approach people and get trust/Try different perspectives

    • Master your camera and settings

    • Post processing - Rui’s workflow. *Please note that you should use the processing software you are most familiar with. Rui will not be teaching how to use a processing software during this workshop


    • Street session until 5:00pm: Shooting with Rui in Old Town - Bica, Cais do Sodré e EDP building. 


    Day 3 - Classroom and Shooting Sessions


    • 9:00am - Street session beginning: Shooting with Rui in Old Town, Alfama and Santa Apolonia

    Group Lunch


    • Classroom session until 5:00pm: videos, photographs and discussion

    Day 4 - Full Day of Shooting


    • 9:00am - Street session with Rui: surprise location *transportation included

    Group Lunch


    • Street session with Rui until 5:00pm: MAAT (Belém) *transportation included

    Day 5 - Classroom and Shooting Sessions


    • 9:00am - Classroom: review and select attendee images for final project. *Please bring your laptop to this session.

    Group Lunch


    • Street session with Rui at Parque das Nações and Gare de Oriente, in New Town until 5:00pm.  

    Day 6 - Classroom Sessions and Final Image Review


    9:00am - Review of participant’s projects: attendees must bring 20 edited images. *Please bring your laptop to this session.

    Group Lunch


    Edit and review session followed by an entertaining, thought-provoking slide show of the images shot during the workshop (until 5:00pm).


    Farewell group dinner

    Day 7 - Departure

    If you're not extending your stay in Portugal, make your way back to Lisbon International Airport for your departing flight.


  • Payment
    A $1995 deposit is due at the time of registration. Balance will be due on December 3, 2018.

    Withdrawal and Refund Policy

    Enrollment is limited to 12 participants, and once you sign up, we are counting on your attendance. If you need to withdraw from this workshop, please notify us in writing (email is acceptable) as soon as possible. This is our refund policy:

    If you cancel and we find someone to fill your seat, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $250 service charge. If you cancel and we cannot find someone to fill your seat, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule:

    At least 90 days before the start of the workshop: Full refund minus $250 service fee.
    Between 89 and 60 days before the start of the workshop: 75% refund
    Between 59 and 45 days before the start of the workshop: 50% refund
    Less than 45 days from the start of the workshop: No refund

    Course Cancellation and Other Terms

    Leica Store Miami reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 90 days prior to the start of the workshop.
    In the event that this workshop must be canceled due to inadequate enrollment, all fees and deposits will be refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 24 months.
    In the unlikely event of illness, accident or injury to one of the instructors, Leica Store Miami reserves the right to replace that instructor with a comparable instructor.

    Travel Insurance

    Leica Store Miami is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or personal emergencies so we highly recommend that you purchase travel Insurance. Companies like Travelex and Allianz Global Assistance are reputable but you can choose any vendor you like. Just make sure that they have an A+ rating from the BBB. Travel insurance generally costs 5-7% of your total trip cost. Leica Store Miami is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.


    If for any reason you wish to transfer your deposit, please notify us by email. You must register and complete a new workshop within 24 months of the withdrawal. We reserve the right to accept or deny any transfer.

    There are no exceptions to our Cancellation and Transfer Policy.

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