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Photography Classes - June 2019

portrait student Mike Zawoyski - Rear Curtain Sync © Richard Kelly Photography

portrait student Mike Zawoyski - Rear Curtain Sync © Richard Kelly Photography

Off Camera HOT-SHOE FLASH and Much More!

Even more fun with Hot Shoe Flash • Off Camera techniques

June 25 2019 6:30-9:00 p.m.

After embracing the hot shoe flash as a useful photography tool adding quality light where we need it. It is time to take the flash off camera and introduce dimension and depth to our photographs creating more a flattering angle of light. We will look at various modifiers, and techniques to change the quality and shape of this portable light source.


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

— Maria Palermo, photographer

September 15 - 21 2019


Zagreb Croatia


How to Prepare for a photography workshop experience.


A letter for Photographers interested in Croatia


We are planning the Balkan Photography Workshop in Zagreb,

Croatia for September 15 - 21, 2019

We are planning the Balkan Photography Workshop in Zagreb, Croatia for September 15 - 21

this year.

As this is my first international photography workshop, I am learning a lot every day. Over the

past few months, I have interviewed both photography educators who lead workshops abroad

as well as many photographer participants, in anticipation of what I expect to be the first of

many such experiences.

As I have written with regards to this journey, the camera is a passport that gives us purpose

and intention to explore, engage, and participate in new life experiences, whether that

experience is a world away or down the street. My plan with creating these Richard Kelly

Experiences is to blend the craft and art of photography with geography, cuisine, people, art,

and history.

From an educator perspective, I believe that these types of workshops are perfect for

photographers at all experience levels, however, to get the most out of this journey; I expect

participants to have an understanding of their camera, lens, and exposure techniques. Beyond

that, the why and how you use this tool will start with each photographer. I see my role as a

problem solver and coach. From my many discussions with workshop participants, the key to

their success was a balance between the coach being available, and the freedom to pursue

their curiosity and pictures. My goal for each person is that they have excellent photography

and cultural experiences in Croatia.

I would be very interested to learn what each of you expects. In my experience as a

photographer and an educator on the first day of every production, there is a lot I don't know

what I don't know. But that is what makes these experiences worthwhile for all of us.

I foresee opportunities to photograph almost any subject we can imagine. The emphasis will be

on what many consider street photography. But that broad description to me covers topics

from lifestyle, portraits, candids, urban landscape, rural landscape, documentary to surrealism.

I don't think we should limit ourselves to these descriptions.

Stephen Seliy has organized a week of exploration of the Croatian culture. With an eye toward

experiences including art, cuisine, shopping, and history. He has engaged a local

photographer, an art historian, several restaurants of note, contemporary art museums and

photography galleries. If there is something in particular that you want to explore, please let us


The plan is to start with an excellent Croatian dinner on Sunday evening; everyone will get a

chance to meet each other. We will meet up again Monday morning, to look at digital

photographs that you are asked to bring, I would encourage each person to bring one to three

to help us acquaint our visual sensitivities to each other as well maybe a photograph by

someone who has influenced your work. To me, it is very much about developing a common

language for this community of photographers. We will talk about our planned agenda for the

upcoming week; there will be a mix of organized adventures, morning meetups, evening drinks

and three informal critical discussions about the work we are creating and conversations about

the other experiences along the way. We are still finalizing these so stay tuned. There will be

plenty of time for impromptu small group discussions, one to one engagement with myself and

others. You may see me from time to time with a camera of some sort, but my goal Monday

through Friday is to be there for you.

I have been practicing photography since I was 11; I have had wonderful mentors and teachers

along the way. I live a life of photography. (you can read more about my teaching philosophy

here )

I read about it, look at it, talk about it, make it, and consume it. Its what I know. However, the

most joy I get out of my practice is working with other photographers and their journey through

photography. I have interacted with students of all ages and backgrounds and with different

goals and outcomes. Photography is a great way to experience, and if you agree with me, I

hope you will join Stephen and me on this journey to Croatia.

We are approaching the three month day very quickly. And although we don't need the balance

due until just before the August 15 deadline, we do need to know if we have the number of

participants to continue with our planning. We will need a reserve your spot deposit of $100 by

July 1. Some of you receiving this letter have already "Reserved your Spot," and I thank you.

Other may be receiving this letter but are not able to join us, and that is okay, I wanted to keep

you in the loop at least and hope that maybe you will join us on a future expedition. We are

looking into other similar adventures for next spring and fall. Stay tuned!

We have had several conversations with people interested in this workshop, and I apologize if I

haven't replied as quickly as I expected to, there are a few more moving parts than a

classroom workshop and the days seem to peel away between emails.

I believe that whenever we can share these types of experiences with family or friends, it

makes the journey even better. We can accommodate a non-photographer companion

depending on what activities they want to participate in. If so, we can discuss any costs

associated with their joining our adventure. I would also like to encourage a family companion

attending as a photographer participant with a special family discount of 30% off of their

workshop fee. Please contact me to confirm that you are interested in any of these options.

My main issue is transportation to a couple of venues and the size of a van we will need for

these adventures.

We are planning a meet up in August for those participants in Pittsburgh.

Please let us know if we can answer anything else about the Balkan Photography Workshop.

Best Regards

Richard Kelly

Stephen Seliy



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.


companion discounts are available for this Photography workshop

For non-photographers who want to Join us for this Balkan experience.

contact us for details.


Richard Kelly email link below.


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


The Workshop:

More Details to Come.

Students are expected to arrive in Zagreb by Sunday September 15. That evening we will meet for an opening dinner at a fine Croatian restaurant. On Monday morning we will meet at the Hotel to discuss our common interests in photography and what each student hopes to achieve in this week long photographic experience. We ask that each participant bring along a couple of digital photographs that we can share with each other and get to know the photography that we each like to pursue. Richard will lay out his plan for the week, we can discuss any equipment or software questions as well as the photographic goals for each of us. Stephen will give us an overview of the weeks agenda, meeting times and locations and a little background on the city that lay before us. I hope everyone is in for a great photographic adventure in Zagreb.

The Price: $1700 usd

please see registration page for

the terms and conditions.

The cost of the Balkan Photography workshop in Zagreb Croatia - September 15-21 is $1700.00 USD. This fee includes the opening and closing dinner, group transportation to organized locations, meeting locations, instructor fees and guides. Transportation to and from Zagreb, local transportation, other meals, entertainment and lodging are not included. A more detailed agenda is forthcoming including hotels and travel recommendations.

There is a $100 dollar deposit to hold your space. This is un-refundable. just prior to 30 days we will send a reminder to pay the balance due.



The Balkans, Croatia and Zagreb

Petrova Gora - One of the locations we plan to visit featured in Atlas Obscura

Dolac-Market by ©Stephen Seliy

Dolac-Market by ©Stephen Seliy

Jelacic-Square by © Stephen Seliy

Jelacic-Square by © Stephen Seliy


Zagreb City Center Photography by ©Stephen Seliy / Silver Lake Films

Zagreb City Center Photography by ©Stephen Seliy / Silver Lake Films



We recommend staying at one of these hotels.



The rooms are typically double rooms perfect accommodations for traveling with a friend or possibly share a room with another workshop participant. We will know our prefered rate soon but we estimate that it will not exceed 100 USD per night including breakfast.

Both hotels are located in the historic center of Zagreb. Featuring countless cafes lining the pedestrian streets.

“This is where the locals love to hang out - there’s not a better place in Zagreb for street photography and people watching.

Stephen Seliy



Like many parts of the world it is possible to stay in a private rental property a quick search of the website indicated availability from $18- $40 USD Per Night.

Check it out and let us know.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2019


  • Arrive at Hotel and Opening Dinner at a fine dining restaurant

    • Time and locations to be determined.


Practicing Photography

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