Sydney Street Photography Adventure, Newtown (The Poetic Witness)


Street photography is a form of art photography that features the human condition within public places. The subject of the photograph can also be absent of people and can be an environment where the image projects a decidedly human character or aesthetic. Whether documenting a historic event or capturing the spirit of a city whilst travelling, this popular style of photography ranges from people, objects, architecture, street art, events and festivals, to name a few. It requires sharp observations, quick reflexes and people skills. With a few simple techniques, we can help you create high-impact images you will be proud of.Newtown constitutes a wonderful mix of people and diversity that sets the stage to meet a variety of unique characters and situations. In this workshop, we focus on capturing this special personality and vibe. 

Destination - NEWTOWN

Newtown is a vibrant suburb best known for its diversity of people and thriving street culture and street art. A hub of activity it has many characteristics perfect for street photography - people, cafes, vendors, street merchants, buskers, pets, historical buildings and many unexpected surprises along the way!

We begin the workshop at Café Newtown exploring the busy and colourful King Street as it comes to life. We explore the urban landscape that unfolds as markets set up, cafes open and people start to fill the streets. There are old antique shops and charming eclectic speciality stores plus many unique spaces heavy with street art as well as the local residents and their body art. Our adventure takes us through the historic streets and lanes in search of inspiration and creativity.

We break for lunch at one of the local establishments and debrief on the day so far. This is a great opportunity to exchange stories and ask as many questions as you like.

After lunch, our focus will be refining the mornings experience, your experienced tutor/s will fine tune your technique with one on one coaching. 

By the end of this unique workshop, you will have photographed a charming visual story of one of Sydney’s most iconic suburbs and its community. The perfect end to our 'street photography' experience.

We finish at 2 PM in proximity to Café Newtown and Newtown Station. 

The Workshop:

The power of observation underpins the art of great street photography. Learning to ‘see’ interesting detail is a practiced skill and we introduce you to easy methods that will open your photographer’s eye and expose you to a world that is alive with detail. We show you how to create pleasing images simply by using the rules of composition and placing lines, shapes and patterns carefully within your frame.    The most rewarding part of the workshop though is learning how to approach interesting people and have them willingly pose for you. We will coach you one-to-one to give you the skills you need to achieve this goal. 

Street photography is a candid style of photography generally shot in a public place and is a great avenue for storytelling. The secret to this method of storytelling is to stay inconspicuous as you capture and observe 'real' life. 

Your observation skill will become finely tuned by the end of this workshop and you will notice more detail wherever you go.

Henri Cartier-Bresson is popularly known as the best street photographer of all time and once said, “above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes”. In essence, this is what street photography / photojournalism is all about and what every photographer aims to capture when out shooting - to produce an image or images that tell a unique story.

What’s Covered:

  • How to improve your power of observation 
  • How to identify your ‘points of interest’
  • Composition
  • Quality and properties of light
  • Street awareness and etiquette 
  • Candid photography techniques
  • How to predict and time a great moment
  • Approaching people and requesting a portrait 
  • How to be inconspicuous 
  • Choice of camera equipment 

Objectives: Sharpen your powers of observation to improve your candid photography and teach you how to predict and capture moments without being noticed as well as build your confident in approaching strangers to ask if you can take their photography.

Outcomes: You will come away with an understanding of how to approach storytelling using photography and observation. 


If it looks like there will be unbearable weather on the day, we will contact you early that morning to advise that the workshop will not operate. Otherwise, you should assume the workshop will operate as scheduled. In the event of cancellation, you can select an alternative workshop date. 

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What you will learn

  • How to improve your power of observation
  • How to identify your ‘points of interest’
  • Composition

What you will get

  • Detailed Aperture Club course notes will be emailed on completion of the photography workshop.
  • TUTORS: 1 professional Photographer (Sharon Hickey / Shane Rozario) and a photographer's assistant. (Subject to group size)

What to bring

  • We recommend a DSLR to get the most benefit from your photography.
  • Your camera; DSLR or compact (gear should be kept to a minimum)
  • Batteries (charged)
  • Drinks, meals / snacks
  • Pubic transport / Parking

What to wear

Comfortable walking shoes, Hat and sunscreen, Weather dependant clothing. We recommend you wear clothes that don’t attract attention in order to be an inconspicuous observer.

Appropriate for

Beginners / Amateurs / Intermediate. People who have a basic knowledge of their camera.

The Aperture Club

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The Aperture Club runs photography workshops and tours that allow you to develop your creativity, meet like-minded people and be part of an evolving exciting club with endless possibilities.

The Aperture Club is a social classroom of practical and interactive learning.

The various photography workshops, tours, day and weekend excursions are designed to create an environment that helps you think like a photographer, understand observation and learn to capture what you see.

Discover your passion or just becoming more knowledgeable with your camera.

Allow yourself to explore new techniques and to develop a new understanding of photography.

Being part of The Aperture Club also allows you to get away from regular life, spend uninterrupted time meeting new friends, identify your interests and enjoy the fun and adventure of photography.

We look forward to you growing with us…

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Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at The Aperture Club or organised by The Aperture Club must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by The Aperture Club.


I agree to give The Aperture Club unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at The Aperture Club classes and events or on The Aperture Club's premises. (For use of The Aperture Club marketing materials).


The Aperture Club requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions

1). Registration and Payment

Full payment (and any associated extra’s and booking fees) must be paid in full at the time of booking to ensure your place on the photography workshop or special event.

2). Cancellation and Refund Policy

1. If a photography workshop or special event is cancelled by us, or re-scheduled due to bad weather or any other emergency you can re-book onto another scheduled date for the same workshop or special event. If no alternative date is available a refund will be provided and must be accepted a full and final settlement.

2. If you need to cancel a workshop or special event, this must be made in writing (email) and the following cancellations fees will apply;

a. If cancelled 15 days (or more) in advance of the workshop or special event date, the cancellation fee is 50%.

b. No refund is available if you cancel 14 days (or less) before the start date of the workshop or special event.

3. The Aperture Club is not responsible for any other costs which participants may incur including but not limited to travel, car rental, insurance, photographic purchases and/or rentals.

3). Marketing

Through the course of the day, images of the group including individual participants may be taken and subsequently used for marketing of The Aperture Club. Please inform us prior to the photography workshop or special event if you prefer to be excluded from any images used to market The Aperture Club. Requests need to be made in writing (email) in advance of the workshop or special event start date.

4). Gift Vouchers – Conditions of Use

1. Gift vouchers are to be redeemed by person named on the voucher only and can be exchanged for any workshop or special event offered through The Aperture Club.

2. Gift vouchers can not be redeemable for cash.

3. Gift vouchers may be used as part or full payment for any workshop or special event. If the fees are more than the amount specified on the voucher the bearer of the voucher must pay the additional fees, being the difference between the value of the voucher and the total cost of the workshop or special event being booked. If the cost of the workshop or special event is less than the amount specified on the voucher, no refund is provided.

3. Gift Vouchers must be redeemed with 365 days of the date of purchase.

5). Workshop Schedule and Agenda

All photography workshops and special event schedules and plans are subject to change at our discretion depending upon, but not limited to, adverse weather, health and safety considerations, or any other factor as determined by us.

6). Limit of Liability

The Aperture Club; Sharon Hickey, Shane Rozario and Warren Smith accept no liability for death, illness, accident or injury or loss or damage to photo equipment or personal belongings during the course of any workshop or special event, or in transit thereto. We do not accept any responsibility for loss or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services provided. We reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop or special event due to exceptional circumstances. The Aperture Club’s liability shall be limited to the total value of the workshop or special event. The Aperture Club is not liable for any indirect or consequential loss. By booking and paying for any workshop or special event offered by The Aperture Club, participants acknowledge that they are aware of the risks of personal injury and deem themselves physically capable of safely taking part in the workshop or special event. Further they release The Aperture Club, Sharon Hickey, Shane Rozario, Warren Smith, guest presenters, guest speakers, assistants, trainees and models from all liability for death, injury, illness, accident or loss of personal property or expenses associated with participation in the workshop or special event.

7). Your Agreement to this contract

In reserving a place on the photography workshop or special event and paying the appropriate fee/s, you agree to accept all of the above terms and conditions. The person who makes the booking does so on behalf of all of the individuals included in that booking; all are bound by the same terms and conditions.

8). Meetup

For terms and conditions associated with a Meetup, please refer to the general ‘Terms and Conditions’ listed on the Meetup website, which you agreed to when you registered as a Member of Meetup.

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