Custom street photography workshops and walking tours, New York City
Did you ever wonder how to get the perfect candid street photo? A few hours that will change your life as a photographer
Learn how to use your camera quickly in candid situations with an experienced street photography (film, digital, color & black and white) tutor. Markus regularly teaches workshops with Leica camera and his work has been awarded and published internationally.
During a 3-hour street photo tour in New York City, you’ll get a chance to absorb compressed knowledge about (street) photography, composition and the technical aspects of photography – all the while you’re getting the rare chance of observing a street shooter at work… I’m currently using a digital Leica M (Typ 240), and have extensively photographed with a Leica M9, the Leica Monochrom and film Leicas for over a decade. The type and brand (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Sony, smartphone/iPhone) of camera, digital or film, you prefer doesn’t matter at all – and beginners, advanced amateurs and professionals are welcome to meet with me… my street photography workshops cater to YOUR skill level and I teach one-on-one with attention to YOUR needs and YOUR camera (the camera is a whole lot less important than you may think).
My visitors come from all over the world and their skill levels range from absolute beginner to professional photographer, street photographer to event and wedding shooters. Oftentimes I hear the phrase “I can fix it in Photoshop later!” No way, I say – I’ll teach you to get it right in the camera and you’ll save time in post – to put it into “perspective” most of my photo post processing is done within 20 seconds flat.
Advanced only I oftentimes use a fill flash for the extra kick – upon request, I’ll introduce you how to use a fill flash in the streets (expert level). please let me know if you’re planning to bring a flash gun. this little gizmo will make you life a *lot* easier.
We’ll start in Columbus Circle and walk & shoot our way south through Hell’s Kitchen and mid-town Manhattan, and may even make it as far south as SoHo and Chinatown
Mornings will provide us with the opportunity to catch some great bounce light on sunny days – please inquire for other times. Full days of shooting, editing and printing are now available here. We can arrange dusk & night shooting for advanced photographers.
During your 3-hour street photo session workshop you will learn how to
- make the most out of your camera and its advanced modes (M/A/Tv)
- approach strangers (or when not to approach them)
- find the right scene and subject
- time your shots perfectly
- composition tips & tricks (You can also book a one-on-one photography composition/editing/Lightroom workshop)
- find good light
- work & react quickly
- zone/scale focusing
- hyperfocal distance
- understand your your camera’s light meter
- editing and post-processing (Lightroom/Photoshop 1:1 also available upon email request)
- story telling, or to how to tell a story in a photograph
after a couple of hours of walking you will probably be exhausted… but trust me, you’ll walk away knowing that you’ve become a better photographer, chock-full of knowledge for a lifetime and many more photographs to come.
book your One-on-One session now
credit card payment via paypal (I will confirm your date and send details in a follow-up email)
Not everyone can just hop over to New York City for a solo street photography workshop, where you can get a lot of compressed insight on the technical, compositional, ethical and philosophical aspects of (street) photography… Chances are that you prefer to work in solitude and let your mind and zen do their thing. You can now attend a Photography Dynamic Composition Workshop from the comfort of your home!
My commute within Manhattan is normally around 30 minutes and I make it my mission to be *on time* for my appointments… If you feel you’re running late, please shoot me a text, send me an email, or call, or leave a voicemail 888-859-3688 (toll free for you)
Instructions about our meeting spot will be clear in my email (normally in front of Pershing Square Café, across from the entrance of Grand Central Station, 42nd St. & Park Ave.). Please leave a cell phone number in your email. If you feel you’re lost, please don’t hesitate to call me about directions asap…
If you need to reschedule for any reason, please contact me as soon as you’re able to do so and I will do everything to accommodate your needs – keep in mind that my calendar fills very quickly about 2 weeks in advance. I will fully refund cancellations received within 72 hours notice.
No-show fee of $75 without notice/cancellation.
thank you for your consideration of our time.
Markus Hartel is not only a gifted Leica shooter, he also is an internationally acclaimed and published street photographer with the uncanny ability and an eye for storytelling within one frame.
Learn from the best and make the most out of your gear… book your New York street photo tour today.
night sessions and small group sessions are available upon special request
publications & featured work
Leica Akademie, featured photographer, USA
Street Photography Now, Thames&Hudson, UK
Motorcycle Classics, USA
Digital photographer, UK, France, Spain
Manhattan Times, USA
Kodak Photo Of The Day
Best street photography blog
I have been following Markus for many years, since I discovered by chance one of his tutorials on his webpage. Since than I have been stalking him with tons of questions about techniques, post production and everything about photography.
Recently I had the chance of spending a weekend in NY and I set up a 3-hour walk tour in Manhattan with Markus.
This turned out to be a terrific idea. Watching a professional like him walking the street, approaching people and taking shots is the most useful lesson I could get.
In addition, I had the chance to discuss my gear settings with him and Markus taught me a lot of things and encouraged me to switch to complete manual control.
Last but not least, after watching him using a flash in the streets (and seeing the results) I went to B&H to buy a flash for my Fuji… a new challenge begins.
Thanks for all of the terrific links and information you sent to me as a follow up to the Street Photography Tour I took with you. The 3 hours we spent together were extremely valuable. Your experience in and passion for street photograph is clear.
As a beginner, I really appreciated your patience in answering all of my questions – in language I could grasp – and your willingness to share ideas and information with me. Thanks for the inspiration. I will continue to follow your photography and look forward to learning more from you next time I’m in town. Lisa McBain, Toronto
I had a very informative and enjoyable photo workshop with Markus. He gave me plenty of useful pointers on camera settings and composition principles. He was very generous in his willingness to share his techniques and experiences. I think it was 3 hours very well spent and I’m glad I did it. Beatrice, HK
Learning to capture a moment in public with strangers and tell a story of our travels is something I’ve always wanted to do.
My workshop with Markus on the streets of New York was not only enjoyable but exponentially increased my understanding of people, pattern and form in a city setting.
Markus is a skilled street photographer and it was a pleasure to learn from him. Maryka de Vries
Thanks so much for the tutorial last Sunday. I had a great time and the 3 hours flew by. You taught me a lot in that time frame and I really think your lessons will help me in my street photography. I would definitely recommend your class to any budding street photographers. Scott Miller
Markus Hartel knows street photography through and through. And he’s a wonderful teacher of the craft: he’s experienced, patient, kind, and entertaining. It’s pretty astonishing what he teaches you in just one session, and how fun he makes it. I would recommend Markus’s trainings to anyone interested in learning the rules of the road for street photography. It’s time and money very well spent. You’ll be surprised at how much you improve in such a short time. C.A., Texas
I spent an enjoyable morning with Markus in NYC recently. His expertise and local knowledge was invaluable, this made for not only an enjoyable photographic experience, but a great learning session as well. Markus knows his stuff and guided me through some great opportunities on the fascinating streets of New York. I had never shot “street” style before, but left with several photos I was very happy with as a rookie. Highly recommended – and once again thanks Markus! Jeremy
Hi Markus! Thank you for a wonderful day in the streets of NYC! My shots are some of my best to date. Your tips in real time created a very valuable learning experience!
I hope we can do it again. best, Linda
I booked a walk around tour with Markus for 24 December 2013, after he changed his vacation plans to accommodate my itinerary. I had just arrived from Saudi Arabia and went to meet him straight from the airport. When I arrived at our accommodation he was already there awaiting my arrival. So upon putting my bags up and getting my family settled we started on our walk. I must say that the instruction I received from him went above and beyond what I expected it is was top notch. He is truly a professional in every since of the word. I have been shooting for a while but just was not happy with the photos I was capturing and with his tutelage I believe it got me through my rut and made me a better photographer. He has many techniques and tricks that you learn once you get to his level. I think that if any other aspiring photographers would like to learn from the real deal, book Markus for a one on one photo walk of NYC and you will not be disappointed. I am actually going to plan another walk hopefully soon to absorb all that he has to offer. Markus thank you so much and I look forward to seeing you again, you are truly a professional and well worth the time and effort. Sincerely, Donald E. Curtis
The One-on-One workshop with Markus was one of the highlights during my very first trip to New York
Markus gave me useful information on camera settings, lighting and composition before we started our tour. He then actually showed me how he approaches people and takes the shots, all the time explaining what he was doing, why he was doing it plus answering my numerous questions. He also told me about data management and post-processing, so every topic in the process of taking photos was covered by him.
I learned tons more during the workshop than in the endless hours I had spent reading about street photography, and I understood why many of my photos didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to be.
Now back at home I keep his advice in mind when I go out to take photos, seeing things differently and hopefully improving my “skills”. Should I ever visit NYC again, I wouldn’t hesitate booking another session with Markus. Andrea W., Germany
I learned more about street photography from Markus in 3 hours than I would ever have been able to piece together on my own. You can’t help but learn from Markus, because he delivers his lessons in a variety of ways. On your walk, you’ll learn by doing, by observing and by listening. And after your walk, you’re equipped to apply what you’ve learned. This isn’t a one-afternoon activity. It’s a one-afternoon investment that you’ll reap dividends from whenever you feel like heading out to document the world around you. My only regret is not having done the workshop sooner. Wally C., Chicago
After shooting for fun for over 6 years I took a street photography workshop with Markus. After three hours of walking around the streets of NY I know my skills have advanced years. If you are uncomfortable pointing your camera at strangers it will all change in a few hours. You will learn about people, composition and NY all at the same time. I can’t wait to send my niece to the workshop this summer” Eric W. Valentine
I am an amateur photographer with only 1 year experience and was lucky enough to get a photo walk with Markus as a Christmas present. It was my first time in New York so it was the perfect way to see the city, the people and at the same time learn a lot about composition and how to tell a story with the photo. I have improved my skills in composition as well as my creative side and I look forward to use all I have learned. I can definitely recommend booking Markus and I would be happy to do it again. Frederik H., Denmark
My recent one-on-one workshop with Markus turned out to be the most productive three hours that I have spent in my effort to become a better photographer. While while watching him work, I gradually became more comfortable interacting with people and “getting close”. Following Markus’ example, I found myself observing their body language, relationships to other people and the environment while always keeping my camera visible. During our forty block walk we discussed composition, exposure, textures, contrast and chasing the light. I am new to digital photography coming from a film background. Markus answered my basic questions succinctly and patiently, helping me with my learning curve. In addition, he provided lots of valuable tips regarding post processing, film development and scanning. Markus is a talented artist and wonderful teacher. Spending time with him was a real pleasure. I highly recommend this workshop. John Bayard
This is a terrific way to learn, because Markus never seems to be instructing, simply sharing some of what he’s learned — not so much technique, as things to think about, things to look for, and strategies for transforming random scenes New York puts in your path into engaging photographs. A great experience.
I took a 3 hour private workshop with Markus and found the experience more than worthwhile. He taught me more than I had expected, including technical aspects and a novel view of composition, as well as keeping up a steady stream of observations about subject selection. He is a delightful walking companion and a skillful and patient instructor. The workshop was well worth the time and expense. Jonathan Moldover
It is now about 2 weeks since I completed a 3-hour New York City street photography workshop with Markus Hartel; what a great experience!!! As someone who has been taking photographs for many years, I felt I was stuck in a creative rut. I wanted and needed, to quote the great chef Emeril, to “kick it up a notch”…. The workshop with Markus was just the way to do do this, and was inspiring, informative, and extremely entertaining. Markus is one of those gifted teachers who is able to convey his passion and ideas in the most simple, clear way. He has a relaxed and patient approach that immediately puts you at ease, and allows you to become uninhibited and focus on learning. Markus is able to adjust the pace and discussion to your needs and desires, and covers a wide variety of topics including composition, lighting, and the use of zone focussing. Equally or more importantly for me, was the awe I felt by be being close to someone who is so excellent at his art and craft. Almost immediately you will see the subtle economy of movement- the quiet almost imperceptible motion of the leica coming up to his eye and then back down to his side. That he can get so close to people without them noticing or caring, and that he is willing to teach you about this, and be so generous with his pearls of street photography wisdom and experience is one of the great joys and advantages that come with this workshop. How to approach people, who not to approach, how to be a good observer, what sort of places to anticipate interesting shots at- the list goes on and on. As well, Markus conveys his appreciation and knowledge of design and architecture, and how to capture these in your images. The 3 hours passed far too quickly, but with a one-on-one approach, I feel I took away a tremendous amount, and I look forward to doing this again in the not-to-distant future. Markus would be a fantastic teacher for any level of photographer, and i regret I did not do this sooner! The workshop and experience was completely rewarding and enjoyable, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to both learn something and experience street photography at its best. Fortunately for me, his passion for photography is infectious, and I have come back home with new skills and a renewed interest and enthusiasm for going out and capturing images of the world around us. By the way, Markus really does own the streets!!! Joe Reisman, Ottawa Canada
I came across Markus’s work online and knew he was a photographer I wanted a chance to shoot with. I’m a serious amateur street photographer living in California. I booked a private session during a trip to NYC, and it was worth every minute. Markus’s approach to street photography is much like mine, i.e., candid, mostly unsolicited shots, which I found very helpful. From the second we met, Markus began providing me with information and instruction. He taught me about the diagonal method of composition, which I’ve since shared with photographer friends, giving me a way to bring new movement to my photos. He taught me how to pay attention to the light bouncing off high rises, and to capture moments when people enter into that light. During the two hours we spent together, I benefitted from seeing the world through his eyes. I enjoyed our session so much that I’ve already recommended him to a friend who’ll be in New York soon. I wouldn’t hesitate to book another session with Markus myself the next time I’m on the East Coast.Lisa Franklin
Having just picked up a camera and completed a few novice sessions back home on how to use manual setting and so on, I decided that i wanted to push my interest and my skills further. I wanted to spend a bit of time with a professional in a one to one setting. I wanted to understand what makes a great shot and what does not. I wanted to have an idea of how a professional approaches their projects, where they draw their inspiration. Having spent a couple of hours with Markus I am pleased to say that the session was everything i had hoped it would. Some great advice was given but i was able to follow it as it was so simply explained. Markus was very approachable and no question was ‘too stupid’ . in all was very pleased to spend some time working things out with Markus and has helped ‘kick on’ to my next level. Thanks Markus. Keith Scott
I had the pleasure of observing Markus Hartel’s method and technique during a solo walking tour while I was in NYC May 2013. Hartel’s talent is inspiring and motivating; the experience left me feeling like I could start living on the streets of NYC and capture every seemingly ordinary yet remarkable moment. I would recommend his workshops to any photographer who is either curious if the street genre is right for them or any photographer who needs to be reinvigorated by their work; Hartel is capable of commencing both. Kristina P.
The One on one workshop with Markus was great. I have learned a few essential techniques for street photography. Markus explains the way he looks at street life and his reasoning for street photography, which are educational and inspirational. He also gives useful tips about composition and light, and how to act on the streets as a photographer. Those two hours were certainly useful and fun – I will keep the tips in mind every time I pick up a camera. Barış Gündüz, from İstanbul
Markus Hartel’s photographs are full of emotion, character, and truly represent slices of urban life. His ability to capture every-day moments is undeniable. But to me, his photographs go way beyond standard street photos. Every picture he selects from his extensive portfolio is artistic. Whether is be for the play on shadows, reflections, composition, point of view, his photographs have that extra bit that makes me look at his pictures again and again.
Street photography is a relatively new passion of mine and upon booking a trip to New York city, scheduling a one-on-one course with Markus was going to be the highlight of my trip.
High expectations can surely lead to disappointment but I can honestly say that Markus did not let me down. Markus not only is a great street photographer, he also is a fantastic teacher. His technical knowledge about all aspects of photography is extensive but more importantly, he gently guides your through the process of getting better pictures. I cannot promise you that after taking his course, your pictures will look like his but I can safely say that you will improve as a photographer. I certainly have! Patrick Monnier
Markus Hartel is a seriously talented artist, working in the medium of street photography, primarily in NYC. His work reminds me of Miles Davis music — spontaneous, fluid, elegant, distinctive, original, cool and truly expressive. Having transitioned to the digital universe only seven years ago after decades as an amateur photographer, my technical skills and knowledge lag far behind my sense of composition and photographic taste.
I was happy to discover that Markus offers private working lessons, soon after I bought a new digital SLR. We walked from Columbus Circle to Chinatown on a recent Saturday, talking about all things photography along the way, ranging from technical settings, lighting and camera use to photo aesthetics and how best to approach people when taking their picture in public settings. Markus is a patient instructor, a good communicator and fun to be with. I am in NYC regularly and look forward to spending more time learning from him.
I have taken a number of photography workshops over the years. This was the best photography learning experience I’ve ever had — and the most fun.
David S. Bush, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
I just spent a few days taking One on One private classes and walking tour with Markus. I can only say that I had a wonderful experience and can’t believe that learned so much about photography within such a short amount of time. Not only were his classes extremely informative, I had a lot of fun hanging out with Markus who made the learning process almost effortless for me. I appreciate his great patience with me, and everyday, I just wished that my classes would never end! Thanks to Markus’ encouragement and skills as a teacher, I now have the confidence and ability to fully explore my new found passion in photography. I will be sure to visit you again whenever I am next back in New York City! Kevin Chan
Markus Hartel is an amazing teacher. Markus was able to explain function, purpose and result to me in a succinct manner, that was friendly and explicit. he not only explained to me HOW to do something, but he was illustrative in explaining WHY I would need to approach each project in a certain way. Markus was patient with my many questions and always had (or found a way) to have an answer for me. I am forever grateful for the knowledge he bestowed on me… Kari Paszynsky
Very happy to had accidentally come across Markus’ street photography tour and signing up for it! Was a impulse buy out of frustration with the regular ‘commercial’ photography tours that you can always find online! I knew nothing about street photography and just thought this experience would fit into my overall goal for my visit which was to try to see the city with different eyes this time and discover a more subtle side of it. So I was mostly interested in composition techniques and how to find subjects and stories. And the experience was just that and much more! I must also say that I don’t have a strong technical background at all – and that’s an overstatement as I mostly use my camera in auto mode. However the one-to-one tour was also a chance for me to learn some more about the manual AV and TV modes and practice using them with Markus’s help and guidance. I had an excellent experience, really enjoyed and appreciated everything Markus had to say about photography, camera use and his city knowledge in general, and became really fascinated with this side of the photography art!! Not to mention how motivated I am to learn more about my camera now and maybe try this once again in the future!
And just a couple of tips to add if I may:) wear confy shoes and try not to book this for the same day you’re flying in…:) There will be a lot going on around you, a lot of walking to do and so much more to focus on – so, better not be tired! Oana Stefanescu
Many thanks once again. I took more away from our course than I thought I did at the time, walking round NY over the few days later I found myself constantly thinking about the things you said as did my daughter, she just needs a bit more confidence but she’s only a teenager. Brian Doyle
In preparation to my trip to New York City I was looking for inspiration online. “NYC Street Photography” was my search term and Markus Hartel was the first one to appear. On his web site I found many impressive pictures and he quickly became my favorite street photographer. He also offered street photo walking tours and I said to myself “this sounds too good to be true” and booked a session right away. No surprise, Hartel’s knowledge and camera skill is something to marvel at and I hope to achieve his mastery one day. Markus’ One-on-One tour certainly brought me much closer to my goal. Roger Caines
On a gorgeous spring day in New York City my girlfriend and I decided to go for a walk in NYC. After passing Central Park we ended up at Columbus Circle and the Time Warner Center which I was then inspecting closely. In my fascination maybe too close – I first lost, then found my girlfriend talking to a man with a camera and as it turned out she surprised me with a One-on-One Tour with Markus. She blew my mind! After a quick introduction we took off for a shooting tour through NYC.
After a few questions to evaluate my skill level and experience which both was a that time ZERO, the Master Class began.
We were walking through the streets in search of interesting situations and I risked my first (couple) shots. I was troubled, dreading the reactions of people but Markus gave me advice (never hide the camera, pay attention to people’s reactions and body language and finally DON’T SCARE THEM).
During the tour we managed to identify and capture various interesting moments and finished the Master Class with a composition of a poster displaying four men in suits and fifth, a man on the sidewalk, completing the photo.
In conclusion I had a great experience, a One-on-One with Markus is an unforgettable experience and allowed me rapid progress. Cédric Roux
I am back to work after a wonderful vacation in NY. I am remebering with a lot of pleasure the workshop we had last week. I believe those one on one three hours have been the most productive three hours I have had lately, you helped me focus on many aspects of street shooting which I was unawere of.
I think that the exercise we had at that corner in Madison was wonderful, chasing the good light from the reflection open my eyes to search for the light when I am walking in the streets. Everyday after the workshop I was always looking for the good light.
In addition I liked your approach of getting closer to the subject, while I am not that close yet, it forces me to try to get closer and use the stealth attitude you have. I was also impressed with the speed of your photography action, it is very dynamic and demanding to never miss a good picture opportunity.
But more than all that I had a great time talking to you while we had a wonderful stroll through the streets of NY. I look forward to see you next time I am there and will continue with a another workshop. Gonzalo Rodriguez
“Inspiration und Spass: Ich hatte das Vergnügen, im Oktober 2x mit Markus eine “one-on-one NYC custom street photography tour” machen zu können. ich kannte Markus bis dahin nicht und war gespannt auf die Tour. Es war kein Fotokurs im klassischen Sinne, sondern wir sind jeweils 3 Stunden quer durch Manhattan gelaufen und haben dabei fachgesimpelt und geknipst. Nach einem Abgleich meiner Fotokenntnisse hat mich Markus an die besten Locations geführt und tolle Tipps für die Strassenfotos gegeben. Ich habe erstmals entfesselt geblitzt. Ein unglaublicher Riesenspass. Wichtig war mir meine Unsicherheiten bei den dichten Straßenportraits abzulegen, da hatte Markus wirklich klasse Tipps. Kann nur jedem empfehlen, wenn er/sie NY und Streetphotography mag, mal eine Tour mit Markus zu buchen. Auch vom Gebotenen zu den Kosten – super. Nächstes Jahr bin ich wieder dabei. Gruss nach NYC. Uli”
I’m finally taking the time to write you back after the workshop I took with you in September – which by the way was one of the best inspiring experience I ever had. It helped me being less shy in the street with my camera, even if I realized that I’m not, at least for now, a “close shooter” as you are. Thanks a lot, I’ll for sure contact you next time I come to NYC for another workshop Florent