the Richard Kelly Experience workshops
Cart 0

spring 2020


Zagreb Croatia


How to Prepare for a photography workshop experience.



Each participant is responsible for their own travel to Zagreb, Croatia and accommodations and most of your meals whole visiting the city. I always recommend learning as much about a destination before I arrive, by reviewing maps, guide books and travel web sites before my flight leaves my home city.

Zagreb, Croatia in September the weather is 71° / 56° with a 27% chance of precipitation.

Check out Google Travel Zagreb

Map Zagreb

PackING Clothes

My advice is to bring no more than what you can comfortably carry. Layers are nice to adjust to the day and evening weather. A light jacket / maybe weather resistant for light showers might be a consideration. Zagreb is a walking city, comfortable shoes are a must. My personal preference is to blend in and look land act like a local and less like a tourist.

Camera Gear

I keep my gear to a minimum. I prefer a lightweight approach with one or two lenses. My preferences are a wide angle and a short telephoto. Hitting the sweet spot of 35 or 50 mm. A micro fiber cloth one each for the lens and camera. A Ziploc bag in case of wet weather. Have at minimum two sets of batteries. Don’t forget the charger (Note most battery chargers will work on dual voltages but you may need the plug adapter.) Have at least two Memory Cards and a method to back them up. A laptop or tablet that works with a photo editing software will allow you to download, select and optimize your images. We will need a method - possibly a flash drive to transfer images for review and critiques.

For camera bags, I recommend an inconspicuous bag that will protect your gear from bumping around and from the weather. I prefer the ThinkTank Retrospective Line.



The Balkan Photography WOrkshop -

discovering zagreb, Croatia

"Photography offers those who practice it enthusiastically, a great gift to explore the world. "

Richard Kelly


Join Us:

The camera is a passport into worlds unknown. This is true whether in your neighborhood or a one a world away. The camera is an excuse to explore, to follow your curiosity, to make a new friend, to capture light, texture and line through a frame of experience.

This September, Stephen Seliy and I will leap from our local neighborhoods to the streets of Zagreb, Croatia; we hope you will join our group of like-minded photographers. For one week we will collectively focus our lenses on this Eastern European city that is both simple and complex. The vast region's history is now transforming from post-communism and the war of the 1990s into the complexities of the modern global economy.

We will take in all that Zagreb has to offer us visually. We are on a quest of discovery where there will be opportunities for each photographer to create a unique collection of work. Steve has arranged for access to historical locations, a unique contemporary art museum with an intelligent and vibrant guide to show us the way, we will connect with a local photographer, visit art galleries and the experience the vibrant cafe culture. As a photographer, I am interested in the culture, the people, the architecture and the food.

There will be more information to come as we firm up the details.

Richard Kelly, Pittsburgh April 9, 2019


 “If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph.”

Bruce Gilden, photographer


“If you choose to become part of this creative community, to share your time, talent and energy in this workshop we commit to meet your expectations and provide experiences and education that will stay with you forever.

The point of our workshop is to try something new— to push yourself not just outside of your comfort zone but also outside your culture and to gain a new perspective as an artist and humanitarian”

Stephen Seliy, Filmmaker and Photographer at Silverlake Films


it’s incredibly valuable to connect one on one with a person so uniquely talented and inspiring as Richard Kelly.”

— Maria Palermo, photographer


Practicing Photography

Screenshot 2018-07-21 12.10.48.png