The vibrant city of Seoul has no shortage of street photography opportunities. From glitzy K-Pop districts to gritty streets of the past, the city has so much to offer for anyone who is willing to seek it out. As a photographer and educator, I quite enjoy (re)discovering the streets with my workshop participants. Not only do I get to share my photography knowledge and help improve their skills, but they also get to explore the city a bit more conveniently. This is especially helpful for first-time visitors who may find trip planning a bit overwhelming.
I recently got to hit the streets with Des from Brunei. He is an avid street photographer and cafe explorer. Check out his Instagram profile links below and you’ll see what I mean. Des was already quite experienced with using a camera, so my role was more of a mentor and photo walk guide. After an initial discussion, we made a custom itinerary and course outline. With Des being a bit more advanced, we had a lot of great discussions about assessing the scene, finding and using good light, and plenty of composition tips as we went along. He is also a Fujifilm shooter like myself, which was a great bonus (although not at all a requirement 😉 ).
We explored a wide range of areas in Seoul, from the riverside park at Yeouido to the gritty time machine that is Jongro, and many stops in between. Eclectic Seoul did not disappoint.
Here are some of Des’ selected photos from our day out:
And here’s what Des had to say about our workshop (thanks for the great review!):
“It was my first time in Seoul and what better way to learn about the city and locations through the eyes of a professional photographer in Seoul. Roy is a very approachable and open to requests for his services. As I was more interested in street photography, we discussed through email on my needs and skill level. Roy customised a great itinerary on places to shoot and gave plenty of advice on what, how, when and where to shoot and focus on. He also prepared a detailed hand-out and key aspects on what we might be working on during our session.
We shot from 2pm till 1030 pm and went to interesting locations to shoot. He has excellent knowledge on key locations. Roy is a good teacher and guide. He has a very good eye and encourages you to think and assess the scene before composing a shot. I was glad to have keepers from a memorable first trip in Seoul. Even after our workshop, I felt so inspired and revisited a few of the places we went. I highly recommend his services to not only learn about Seoul but also improve your photography.”
Check out more of Des’ work at:
Customized one-on-one photography workshops and photo tours in South Korea are ongoing and available nationwide. Available topics include landscape, cityscape, street, food photography, post-processing, and more. Whether you need in-depth photography instruction or simply a photo walk guide (or any combination of both), I am available to help. Beginners to advanced users are welcome. Get in touch here.