The Streets of Tokyo

November 15-17, 2019

Creative Seeing – Street Photography Workshop

Join me for three days of creative photography on the streets of Tokyo.


Participants will be guided to tap into their own way of seeing using techniques based on a special photography-training program – Simplicity-in-Seeing – designed from the ground up by Olaf Sztaba. The objective of the program is to encourage participants to take risks, unleash their creative potential and learn how to use simple techniques to produce strong dramatic compositions.

We will be discussing and practicing five key concepts during this workshop:






We will learn how to See the Image, Craft the Image and Execute the Image using techniques Olaf has developed over the years to journey past the snapshot. Every day includes a mix of presentations, discussions and street shooting in the most visually-striking Tokyo neighbourhoods. Olaf will demonstrate his original “keep it simple” processing techniques. You will receive notes and plenty of material to take home with you.


While working with my students I never assume that they are all heading in one direction. Considerations of character, interests and visual exploration may lead some students to discover new, very unique ways of seeing. Since my classes are very small we are able to work together to find the right path.

During the hands-on shooting on the streets of Amsterdam each participant will spend extensive time with me individually. Such one-to-one interaction with my students is imperative in the learning process so our class sizes arelimited to 10 participants only.

On completing your registration, you will receive a welcome letter and a direct email address for Olaf. From this point on, Olaf will help you with your preparations in terms of gear choices and will answer any questions you may have. In the period leading up to the workshop you will receive email communication regarding any changes, updates and/or preparation ideas. All my students remain in direct contact with me after the workshop so we can interact and discuss your progress.


We always strive to create a relaxed and respectful atmosphere of learning no matter the level of your photographic knowledge. There is no such a thing as a “stupid question” at the workshop. The joy of photography will be the central theme in everything we do.

“My photographic life is split into two eras: the life before attending Olaf’s workshop and now. Olaf opened my eyes and gave my seeing a new direction. His formula is simple: foundation times emotion = great images. Emotions are very personal and everybody needs to find his/her own inner voice to bring to the table, but even that Olaf lives and breathes and you can see him living his images. What makes Olaf’s approach so different is teaching the foundations: not apertures, no gear talk or pixel-peeping – it is all about directing the eye and then letting the emotions elevate the imagery to levels I have not thought being capable of. Simple directions plus playfulness, but being concentrated and observing. Magic. This workshop removed a blindfold – I am now seeing! “

Thomas Weller


You should leave the workshop with a clear vision, confidence and a set of mental and technical tools to craft stunning imagery.

Note: When choosing your workshop and investing your hard-earned dollars, keep in mind that the photographic industry is flooded with such offerings. Although there are distinctions in teaching styles or approaches the ultimate distinguishing factor should be the imagery produced by your instructor.


Suggested: mirrorless, SLR-like cameras or iPhone. A basic knowledge of how to operate your gear is advisable. A camera with a 35mm or 50mm prime lens is recommended. If possible, please try to avoid zooms.

I was extremely resistant to both because it meant I had to ask people for photographs or bypass their permission.  Olaf’s teaching let me put the worst of that behind me, even (amazing!) made me enjoy it.  The result?  The best five days of my photographic life and some of the best images I ever produced.  I’ll never be the photographer he is but he shared enough of his knowledge and focus that I came out of the workshop a much better photographer than the guy that went in.

Robert Raisler – California


Friday, 4:00PM – 8:00PM

The workshop starts on Friday afternoon with a get-to-know-you session, organizational matters, and ethical and personal aspects of street photography. Then Ibarionex and Olaf dive into the workshop program sharing their approaches. We cover enough material to prepare you for the next day’s shooting.

Saturday, 9:30AM – 5:30PM

We will spend shooting on the Streets of Tokyo.

Sunday, 9:30AM – 5:30PM

On Sunday, we perfect our technique and shoot most of the day with frequent breaks for discussion and honest, image-based evaluation. The workshop concludes late Sunday afternoon in the classroom with an “I did it” photo extravaganza and a personal one-on-one photo chat. Each participant receives feedback and a personal photographic plan from Olaf.

The full payment of US $995 is required at the time of registration.

Only 8 spots are available!

Make sure to secure your spot early!

NOT included:



To insure frequent interaction and the best learning experience, only eight spots are available.


Please make sure you are committed to the workshop before purchasing, as there is NO REFUND possible once your payment has been processed (there are some exceptions for emergency situations). However, at any time prior to the start of the workshop you may transfer your paid seat in the workshop to another participant.

Leaving a workshop in progress, for any reason, will not result in a refund. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop because of an inadequate number of participants or due to illness. In the event that a workshop is cancelled prior to departure, you will receive a full refund of the cost of the workshop.

Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.  Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.