3 Day Photo Workshop, Tokyo Shinjuku

  • 都道318号線 Adachi-ku, Tōkyō-to, 123-0872 Japan

Shinjuku - TOKYO Photo Workshop (May 4-6, 2017)

Multi-award winning photographer Birgit Krippner and published photographer Harald Claessen will team up for an intensive 3 day Tokyo Photo workshop from May 4 to 6, 2017.

The aim of the workshop is for Birgit and Harald to share their unique views and experiences so that each participant is able to find their own distinctive voice for telling stories through their pictures. Participants will be on assignment for a significant portion of the course, with the emphasis on learning by doing and thereby getting maximum benefit out of their time with Harald and Birgit. The final evening of the workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to present their favourite images captured during the course.

Numbers are limited to 6 participants. To book your place on this workshop, send an Email to either Birgit or Harald.

What’s included?

  1. Portfolio review of each participant’s work
  2. Daily mentoring both on an individual basis and as a group on a variety of topics such as low-light photography and the many different ways of comfortably photographing strangers.
  3. Daily outings to photograph different aspects of life in Tokyo
  4. Daily editing of all your work
  5. Critique and final selection of the best images taken by each participant
  6. We’ll help each participant to create a sequence of their final selection explaining in details the
  7. importance of the placement of each individual image
  8. Showing of our work

Tuition Fee: The tuition fee of this new 3-day Workshop is $1,700 (Early Bird Special - $1,400 for bookings before February 15, 2017) 

What to bring?

Select a minimum of equipment and wear comfortable walking shoes. Any camera that you feel comfortable with is a good camera. We do however recommend that you use a prime lens. 28mm, 35mm or 50mm (on full format equivalent). We believe that staying with 1 choice of focal length improves the framing of your images and it gives a consistent look to your work/essay. Please also bring Hard Drive/Thumb drive with your best 20-30 images and a notebook. Bring a laptop with image editing software such as Lightroom (30 day trial is available) or similar. If you like to shoot B+W we recommend that you install the free Silver Efex Pro plugin which you can download here: https://www.google.com/nikcollection/products/silver-efex-pro/

Can I reserve a spot with a deposit?

Yes, you can reserve a spot with a 50% non-refundable deposit. The balance of the workshop is due 90 days before the beginning of the workshop, since there will be a waiting list of international photographers, who need time to plan travel arrangements in case of a cancellation.

Additional costs

Personal transportation, insurance, lodging, meals and other expenses are at the discretion of the photographer and are not included. If you need help with hotel suggestions please enquire.


To register for the workshop please send an email to mail@haraldclaessen.com or birgitkrippner@me.com Your place on the workshop is confirmed after payment of the non-refundable deposit.

Form of payment

The tuition fee for the workshop can be paid through bank transfer. 

Where to stay?

On request we can send you suggestions for accommodation nearby the workshop location.

Can I ask someone to join me to the workshop?

Yes, your partner can come and they are welcome to join us for meals and walks. Plans are however not coordinated around meeting up with partners and the workshop is intensive to get the most out of our time together.

Is there anything I should study before the workshop?

It would be helpful for students to know the works of photographers that we reference frequently. Upon booking we will send you a reading list of photographers. It’s optional of course, but you can Google one or two per day and get to know them and their work.