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2 Days: San Francisco Carnaval

San Francisco, Mission District

May 25-26, 2019 - SOLD OUT

10 Participants

The platform for the workshop is San Francisco Carnaval. We'll spend the weekend photographing various events (parade, prep-time, group activities, individuals, and much more) all with special access, typically not accessible to the public.

On Saturday, we’ll learn tips acquired over the years photographing Carnaval. We'll also review your images so you gain additional knowledge to best photograph Carnaval. Finally, we'll discuss themes and critical subjects that will get you ready for Carnaval.

On Sunday, we'll photograph the parade with special access not available to the public. The emphasis will be on individuals/groups parading, capturing special moments, anticipating actions, photographing with a storyline in mind, and much more. After the parade, we’ll review your work and provide tips on how to best post process your images.

Throughout the workshop, we'll have review sessions. This is another way to learn from the instructor, and your peers, gain insights on what others saw, and sharpen your skills.

Upon signing up for the workshop, you will receive a coursebook that details the photoshoot locations and tips on people photography.

What you'll learn:
• How to plan for street photography
• Critical elements to make your people photography stand out • How to approach people
• Tips and tricks the pros use on their photoshoots
• How to evaluate your images and select them for publishing (self, promotion, etc.)
• Photographing with privileged access
• How to immerse yourself in an event like Carnaval (not to be missed!)

Don't delay your registration. Past events did sell out. Hope to see you in May in San Francisco.

On Saturday, we will have special access to photograph groups during their rehersal. Don't miss these amazing sessions.

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Registration: $325 (SOLD OUT)
May 25-26, 2019

If you have any questions, please contact Oliver Klink

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Oliver Klink has been photographing San Francisco Carnaval for the past 8 years. His images are featured on the SF Carnaval official website. His street image, “Herding Instinct” won the grand prize at the Rayko International Photocontest in 2014, others have received “mentioned” in the Black and White Spidar Awards for the past 5 years. “It has been 8 years, and I am still finding new inspiration to photograph SF Carnaval, which I share with the workshop participants. When you have special access to the event, your imagination is the limit. The event is phenomenal, the characters are receptive to being photographed, and the atmosphere is dynamite!”

- “Street Photography”
- Using flash effectively
- Photographing with meaning in mind, building a story
- Photographing with special access
- Review of images (emphasis on “what else can I do”)
- Brainstorming sessions (theme, story telling, portfolio, hero shots)
- Post processing and workflow (efficiency, accuracy, quality)


- 1 1/2 days of guided photoshoot
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop

Not Included:
- Transportation to San Francisco
- Meals, accommodation

Registration Fee : $325

Registration: $325

Terms and Conditions

- Plan on walking a few miles to follow the parade. Options will be presented to limit the walking
- Not much else … Have a great time!

- None

Where: San Francisco
When: May 25-26, 2019
Who: Oliver Klink
Airport: San Francisco (SFO)
Accommodations: not included
Weather: 60 – 80F. Possible foggy morning and Moody Sky
Cost: $325

Workshop details for San Francisco Carnaval


1 1/2 days of guided photoshoot and reviews
May 25-26, 2019
Note: Itinerary and activities might change based on weather conditions

Through a combination of instruction, shooting in the field and daily reviews, you will learn how to photograph people. Our lead instructor has been photographing people for many years at the various locations we are conducting the workshop. The instruction will touch upon light, exposure, prepping the subject for most natural behavior, composition and much more.

Saturday, May 25

Location: San Francisco, CA

• 12-4PM: Photographing Carnaval - How to
• Review images (Bring up to 5 images)
• How to get ready to photograph a parade
• Tips and tricks used in the past 7 years (what has worked, what can be improved)
• Carnaval - How to immerse yourself in … this is a full experience
• NEW: Photograph groups during their rehersal. Events not to be missed!

Sunday, May 26

Location: Mission District, San Francisco, CA

• 7AM-3PM: Carnaval Photoshoot (parade, group shots, dynamic portraiture)
• Review/critique towards the end of the day
• Photograph groups in the staging area
• Follow a group thru the parade
• How to deal with bright sun
• Learn motion blur images
• Tons of fun … including the immersion of yourself into the event

What to Bring

Upon signing up for the workshop, you’ll receive a detailed coursebook describing what to bring, recommended camera gears, booking your flight, extra activities pre or post workshop.

Camera Equipment:
- Digital or Film camera
- A variety of lenses, from 16–200mm, will give you opportunities to create diverse portraits.

- Flash, extra batteries and memory cards

- You will be photographing in variable weather. We recommend layered warm clothing with water resistant outer layers.


This workshop includes:

- 1 1/2 days of photoshoots and reviews in San Francisco, CA
- Privileged access pass not available to the public
- Instruction on how to make images that stand out
- How to approach people, tips and tricks learned in the past 7 years

Image review (Bring 5 images to the workshop), get pointers on your previous work


If you are interested in carpooling we will share your request with other participants. BART also has a convenient stop close to the workshop location.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call Oliver Klink (408-910-6701) or email

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