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Street Photography Workshop
Lisbon, Portugal
Thursday, March 23 - Wednesday, March 29, 2023


"I like low light, rainy days and troublesome places, but first and foremost I like people, authentic people."


"Photography is a very important part of my space… it is to discover, it is to capture giving flow to what the heart feels and sees in a certain moment, it is being in the street, experiencing, understanding, learning and, essentially, practicing the freedom of being, of living, of thinking."


The Miami Street Photography Festival is excited to partner again with the Leica Store Miami  to offer this street photography workshop in Lisbon, Portugal with Rui Palha

Join us as we explore the charismatic and vibrant cities of Lisbon and Porto, full of winding cobblestone streets with views of the city around every bend. Its tiled, weathered homes and buildings bring with them a timeless charm. Lisbon is scenic, authentic and has soul. 

Lisbon native and renowned street photographer Rui Palha will be your workshop instructor. Miami Street Photography Festival Director Juan Reyes and Leica Specialist Peter Dooling from Leica Store Miami will be on hand to give assistance and advice as you photograph the streets of Lisbon.




What you will learn:

  • The importance of having a street photographer’s ‘eye’ and try to "see" a photo in an everyday street scene;

  • Understand the importance of developing one's own style as a street photographer;

  • Understand the components of a good street image;

  • Practice several types of street photography and discover the favorite/s style/s of shooting;

  • Try to avoid fear of photographing the "street models", the unknown people that can be found in the streets;

  • Learn the technical aspects of street photography: ideal equipment, composition, exposure and focus;

  • Understand some of the key legal and ethical aspects of street photography;

  • Always try to "add" some artistic and aesthetic aspect to an ordinary street photograph. 


Day 1 (March 23rd) - Arrival in Lisbon

Arrive at Lisbon International Airport (LIS) on or before Thursday, March 23rd. There are several transportation options to get into the city, but a convenient, 25 minute taxi ride will only cost you about 20 Euros. We'll meet at 6:00pm in the lobby of the Lisboa Pessoa Hotel for introductions and a welcome dinner. We'll get to know each other, go over the workshop itinerary and talk about photography.

Day 2  March 24: Classroom and Shooting Sessions


9:00am - Classroom: Rui will talk about his work and the different projects he is working on. He will share his photographic references with the group and discuss the challenges of being a street photographer. The following topics will be discussed with examples from Rui´s portfolio:

  • The importance of composition

  • Taking advantage of light

  • Don't shoot like everyone else

  • Find your own way (style)

  • Dare to try new things

  • Get out of your comfort zone

  • Approach people and get trust

  • Try different perspectives and views

  • Master your camera and settings

  • Post processing - Rui’s workflow. *Please note that you should use the processing software you are most familiar with. Rui will not be teaching how to use a processing software during this workshop.  

 -Lunch Break

  • Street session until 5:00pm: Shooting with Rui in Old Town - Bica, Cais do Sodré and  EDP building. 

  • Shooting and drinks at Pensão do Amor

Day 3 March 25 - Day Trip to Porto

-Train to Porto at 7:00 am.

  • Arrival at 10:15 am at S. Bento train station.

  • Street session at S. Bento train station and surroundings.

-Lunch Break


  • Street session in Porto

  • Meeting at S. Bento train station to come back to Lisbon on the 5:00 pm train.

Day 4  March 26 Full day of Shooting in the city

-Morning: We'll take a ferry to Cacilhas, walk along the water and old warehouses to the Ascensor. Visit Almada Velha.
​-Lunch Break.

  • Street session with Rui at Champalimaud and MAAT (Belém) until 5:00pm:


Day 5  March 27 Classroom and Shooting Sessions


  • At classroom - review and select attendee images for final project. *Please bring your laptop to this session.

-Lunch break

  • Street session with Rui at Parque das Nações and Gare de Oriente, in New Town. 


Day 6 Classromm session and Final Image review


  • Review of participant’s projects - attendees must bring 20 edited images. *Please bring your laptop to this session.

-Lunch break
: Free shooting. *For those interested, Juan and Peter will lead a walk from the highest point in Lisbon, down through Alfama and back to the hotel.
-Evening : Farewell group dinner.


Day 7 Check out / Departure.If you're not extending your stay in Portugal, make your way back to Lisbon International Airport for your departing flight.



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Rui Palha (born 1953), began photographing at the age of 14 and is one of the most respected street photographers in the world.
He was distinguished by the SPA (Portuguese Society of Authors) with the prize "Best Work of Photography" in the 2011 Authors Prizes, in the category of Visual Arts, with his book "Street Photography".

In 2015, in "Street Hunters" blog, was considered one of the 20 most influential street photographers in the world (confirmed in 2016 by a vote of readers of the blog) and the best street photographer in the world by the website "Top Teny - Top ten of the best ". In addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions, Rui Palha's work is heavily publicized on social networks, particularly through his Facebook page with more than 330,000 followers.


Rui Palha thinks that the best distinction he can have is the one he feels in the midst of the people he meets in the streets, alleys and neighborhoods ... the warmth that emanates from them, fills his soul and is the biggest prize he may have. His friendly and frank posture makes him gain friendships in the most diverse places, that is for him a real compensation because he is felt, real, palpable and lasting .... the others may be pleasant, but they are ephemeral.

PRICE: $5,695


Included in the cost of the trip:

  • 6 nights double occupancy lodging in a 4 star hotel with private facilities (Single room supplement available for an additional $700)

  • Daily breakfast

  • Group welcome dinner

  • Group farewell dinner

  • Photographic instruction by street photographer Rui Palha

  • Metro pass to cover travel around the city

  • Train tickets to and from the city of Porto

  • Photographic instruction by street photographer Rui Palha

  • Assistance from Juan Reyes for attendees interested in submitting work to the Miami Street Photography Festival

  • Leica technical help & tips from Peter Dooling of Leica Store Miami

  • Loaner Leica cameras and lenses (limited availability

Not included in the cost of the trip:

  • Travel to or from Portugal

  • Alcoholic drinks and snacks

  • Transportation costs in and around Lisbon unless listed

  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary

NOTE: A Leica camera is not required to take this workshop. If you would like to test drive a Leica during the workshop we can arrange a loan ( based on availability). Otherwise, any camera is fine.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Enrollment is limited to 12 participants, and once you sign up, we are counting on your attendance. If you need to withdraw from this workshop, please notify us in writing (email is acceptable) as soon as possible. This is our refund policy:

If you cancel and we find someone to fill your seat, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $250 service charge. If you cancel and we cannot find someone to fill your seat, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule:

At least 90 days before the start of the workshop: Full refund minus $250 service fee.
Between 89 and 60 days before the start of the workshop: 75% refund
Between 59 and 45 days before the start of the workshop: 50% refund
Less than 45 days from the start of the workshop: No refund

Course Cancellation and Other Terms

MSPF/Leica Store Miami reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 90 days prior to the start of the workshop.
In the event that this workshop must be canceled due to inadequate enrollment, all fees and deposits will be refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 24 months.
In the unlikely event of illness, accident or injury to one of the instructors, Leica Store Miami reserves the right to replace that instructor with a comparable instructor.

Covid-19 Protocols

Our main priority during our workshops is customer safety. To that end, we will follow all CDC and NIH guidelines for Covid-19 safety during our trips. We will continue to monitor these guidelines as conditions may change over time. 

Please be aware that some destinations may require proof of a vaccine and/or negative Covid-19 test upon arrival. 

If a participant exhibits Covid-19 symptoms during the trip, we will isolate them from the group and get them medical attention if necessary. In this event, we reserve the right to cancel the rest of the workshop.

In the event that the CDC or other government agencies have restricted travel at the time of this workshop, we will allow participants to transfer their workshop fee to another workshop or to store credit, or receive a full refund.


Travel Insurance

Leica Store Miami is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or personal emergencies so we highly recommend that you purchase travel Insurance. Companies like Travelex and Allianz Global Assistance are reputable but you can choose any vendor you like. Just make sure that they have an A+ rating from the BBB. Travel insurance generally costs 5-7% of your total trip cost. Leica Store Miami is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.


If for any reason you wish to transfer your deposit, please notify us by email. You must register and complete a new workshop within 24 months of the withdrawal. We reserve the right to accept or deny any transfer.

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