Your Street Photography Workshop Guide to Prague
Located in the north west of the Czech Republic, the beautiful capital city Prague is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Prague’s metropolitan area is home to approximately 2,6 million people and was the former capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia – and today is a renowned hot spot for Street Photographers from all over the world.
The Czech city is also known for its rich culture and architecture. Countless theatres, museums, historical exhibitions and more attract millions of tourists every year.
Even Hollywood producers know of the city’s beauty. Since the late 1990’s the Czech capital has been a filming location for various international productions such as Les miserable, The Illusionist, Mission Impossible and Casino Royale. Prague’s architecture is very multifaceted: you can see everything from Romanesque and Gothic art to Renaissance and Baroque.
Many tourists also visit Prague for its famous beer, having numerous breweries all over the city. The beer museum Staropramen informs anyone interested in the city’s brewery history.
Prague has so much to offer. So let’s start by taking a look at the most photographable places in the Czech metropolis. We then move on to the best photo art galleries and the best Street Photography workshops in Prague.
The beautiful park Riegrovy Sady is located in the heart of Prague. It is not very known among tourist so it is usually not very crowded. After taking a nice evening stroll through the greens, grab a beer and a sausage to go in one of the beer gardens and head over to the lawn.
Make yourself comfortable, get a few Street shots and witness an unforgettable sunset over Prague. Shoot some incredible pictures and time lapses of the Czech city while enjoying a little picnic. From Riegrovy Sady you will be able to see Prague’s most important building such as the Prague Castle and the Petrin Tower.
Old Town Square
With tons of tourists, street artists and musicians, Prague’s Old Town Square is probably the busiest and most crowded place in the city. If you are looking for an incredible mix of modern and old architecture, this is the right place fo go for Street Photography in Prague. Explore all the beautiful buildings: the Old Town Hall, various churches and the medieval astrological clock are absolutely worth photographing.
Additionally, many different statues fill the Old Town Square. Every building, every statue and surely every person on the square has a great story to tell. Capture it with your personal style in Street Photography.
On the other side of Prague’s Charles Bridge right in the city centre, you will find an are called Mala Strana or Lesser Town. The small alley is filled with people, little shops and restaurants, framed by colourful Gothic and Renaissance architecture. In the afternoon, the sun falls perfectly into Mala strana, giving the whole scene a very romantic, golden light.
If you are already there, go and visit the John Lennon Wall. Fans from all over the world leave little notes and messages for the Beatle member.
The best photo galleries for Street Photographers
Prague is a place that celebrates diverse culture and all kinds of art, also (Street) Photography. Of course the city is home to numerous art galleries and museums. No matter if you are looking for history museums, modern and contemporary art galleries or special exhibitions like the toy museum, you will definitely find something of interest for yourself. Now, we will take a closer look at Prague’s photo art galleries and what they have to offer.
The Leica Gallery is located in the heart of Prague. The curators mostly display (Street) photography made by Czech and Slovenian artists but also arrange exhibitions of international photographers. The images displayed mostly show street and people photography. Additionally, the gallery organises multiple events, such as art evenings, courses and kids programs.
- Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 2 pm to 8 pm
House of Photography
Ok, buckle up because now your heart will skip a beat. Prague has an incredible place for photography lovers. After a long renovation period, the House of Photography in Prague’s Old Town reopened in 2013. The Gallery not only features Czech and international photography, but also provides a spacious lecture hall, a library and a dark room.
- Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm
This small but very inspirational gallery is located in the historic area of Prague. The Gambit Gallery is situated in a small and very charming building, displaying quality photography by modern artists of the 20th century. Most of the pieces are also offered for purchase, so if you want to start a photography art collection, you found the right place.
- Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday 2 pm to 6 pm
Nikon Photo Gallery
Close to the river Moldau and next to the park Kinskeho Zahrada you will find the Nikon Photo Gallery. The exhibitions are mostly focused on street, architecture and landscape photography taking a nostalgic look at old Prague.
- Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 12 pm to 7 pm
Czech Photo Centre
The Czech Photo Centre is situated in the south western of Prague surrounded by many beautiful parks. The centre offers exhibitions across genres and is focused on Czech and international talents as well as newcomers. In the open air area, the Czech Photo Centre regularly host street art events and interactive entertainment.
- Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 11 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
Street Photography Workshops and courses in Prague
Want to combine a short trip to beautiful Prague with a lot of inspiration and input? How about a workshop or course in Street Photography using the incredible cityscape of the Czech capital city? We found some great Street Photography courses in Prague for you.
Brian Duckett, a former photojournalist, is a very passionate street photographer who decided to share his knowledge and experience. He organises workshops in Venice, London, Lisbon and also in Prague while he and his team are based in the UK. Brian’s intense one, two or three days workshops will teach you how to recognise a unique photo opportunity in an every day scene.
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As a former journalist, he will also provide you with the knowledge of how to become nearly invisible to shoot your environment quietly and unobtrusively. Become a master in with shadows, silhouettes and fast-changing lights. The courses take place all over the year. For dates and prices, just send Brian an email. The course language is English.
Jan Miřacký Photography
Jan is a very experienced and well-travelled photographer. So far, he has lived in Finland for five years and has visited over 35 countries all over the world. Eventually, he fell in love with Prague and even founded a local photography club. He focuses mostly on landscape, street and travel photography and offers workshops for interested photographers. Jan’s courses are suitable for beginners and professionals and usually take around three to four hours with dates throughout the whole year.
Lean more about street photography and various techniques from a very vivid, funny, talented and passionate teacher. The courses cost around 130 euros. If you prefer a private workshop lesson, you can add another 70 euros and the teacher is all yours. The price also includes transportation if needed.
Martin Bisof is a professional street photographer and offers workshops in Myanmar, Iceland, New Zealand and Prague. He promises to help you to bring home the best possible pictures of the Czech capital. You do not need to waste time to find the best secret location in the city. On his photo tour, Martin will show you some hidden gems and teach you some awesome editing skills. He usually conducts his courses in small groups of three to five people.
The difficulty varies from easy to moderate, so beginner will not be overwhelmed and pros will not get bored. You can choose between a morning tour, an evening tour or a whole day tour. The prices vary from 120 to 220 euros with lengths of 3,5 or 7 hours.
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Travel Snappers is an agency that organizes photo workshops all over Europe. The team’s approach is more of a documentary one, so you will learn how to tell a photographic story of a city. Become a visual storyteller and book one of their Prague individual or group courses. In a small group of six you will learn how to combine street, documentary and travel photography and how to become a master of light.
The teachers will also explain legal and ethical aspects of public photographing. The workshops usually take two whole days and cost around 350 to 400 euros.
Katerina (Air Bnb Experience)
Katerina is a very passionate photographer who studied photography in Melbourne, Australia. She absolutely enjoys capturing the atmosphere and soul of a city when travelling and wants to share her passion with you. In three hours you will learn how to best use your camera and how to find the perfect composition. While walking through the streets of Prague you will be able to take great shot of the city and its people.
Lastly, Katerina will upload your photos on her laptop to show you how to perfectly edit them. The course costs around 60 euros and Katerina will also provide you with a USB stick with you edited pictures at the end of the day. The course will be held in English.