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Contact Sheets: Begin to take & select great street photos

Learn the whole photography process: think through the shots, work the scene, and determine what are the best photos.
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This is a new course of best selling street photographer Thomas Leuthard.

This course is about working the scene in street photography. You will learn how I composed some of my best photographs and why I selected the right frame. The course contains several lectures which show the creation and editing of one of my photographs. Sometimes I take 10 shots, sometimes I take over 50 shots. I will explain in full detail why I did what I did and you will learn more about my approach in street photography.

  • Have an insight view on how I approach a scene
  • Learn why it is important to work a scene in street photography
  • See all the frames I took for that final frame
  • Learn why I was doing what I was doing
  • Explore how the final shot was worked out
  • See the before/after post processing version
Please take a look at the previews before you enroll this course.
Who is the target audience?
  • Street photographers who want to learn how to approach a scene
  • Street photographers who want to learn about working the scene
  • Street photographers who want to learn about editing
  • Street photographers who want to improve their photographs
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What Will I Learn?
Learn why it makes sense to take more than one shot
Learn how to edit photos based on contact sheets
Learn how to work the scene in street photography
Understand why working the scene helps to improve your photographs
Understand who I approach a scene
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  • You should know your own camera
  • You should know the basics of street photography
  • You should be interested in improving your approach
  • You should be willing to learn different approaches
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 34 Lectures Collapse All 34 Lectures 01:53:04
4 Lectures 06:43

In this lecture I will tell you who I am and will give a short overview about the content of this training.

Preview 01:25

In this lecture I explain the term contact sheet.

Preview 01:53

In this lecture I explain why contact sheets are important and how they differ from the time when people were shooting film.

Preview 02:01

In this lecture I will give an overview of the process of each individual contact sheet in this course.

Preview 01:24

A short quiz about contact sheets.

Contact Sheets
2 questions
Easy Level Contact Sheets
5 Lectures 16:49

In this lecture I talk about easy level contact sheets and what you have this term means.

Introduction: Easy Level Contact Sheets

A shot taken in Marrakesh with strong light & shadow which was used for a book cover.

Preview 05:55

There is an interesting tunnel in Berlin where this shot was taken.

The Tunnel

The entrance area of the Marrakesh train station is the location of this contact sheet.

Train Station

In this section I will wrap up the easy level contact sheets section.

Conclusion: Easy Level Contact Sheets
Medium Level Contact Sheets
12 Lectures 44:10

In this lecture I talk about medium level contact sheets and what you have this term means.

Introduction: Medium Level Contact Sheets

A color shot of a guy painting a wall in Agra, India.

Painting Red

Quite a simple shot of a checked shirt on a striped background.

Checked on Lines

Shooting through a wall where you keep 50% of the photo covered by the wall sounds not as interesting as it really is.

Let the children play

During an Olympus event in Prague we were in this tunnel where I could take some photos.

Doubtful Business

At a demonstration in Stuttgart I saw this boy who was extremely bored.

Turkish Boy

When you want to show motion, you have to set your camera to S mode and shoot by 1/20.

Tokyo Subway

One of my most intense shots, although the boy somehow was posing. Still a solid photograph.

Gun Boy

When you see two people playing chess you can shoot from 1.70m or find a different, more interesting point of view.


Who has been to Paris? If you go there, you have to see La Defense. An area with a lot of architecture and the big white stairs.

La Defense

The Edward Snowden affair gave this photo a big boost and many blogs and newspapers around the globe used it to show the NSA affair in one frame.

Big Brother

In this section I will wrap up the medium level contact sheets section.

Conclusion: Medium Level Contact Sheets
Hard Level Contact Sheets
12 Lectures 43:18

In this lecture I talk about hard level contact sheets and what you have this term means.

Introduction: Hard Level Contact Sheets

Sunrise at the beach of Barcelona when a guy with a bicycle was standing there waiting to be photographed.

Silhouette Biker

When I'm travelling I always visit the local library. Most of the times it's a place worth taking photos.


You can combine monuments with people as long as the composition is right.

Good Company

A bench with an old couple and the sunset make a good scene which has to be taken.

Switch off the light

Train stations are a great place to shoot street photography.

Train Window

The Museum of Photography has a great floor and when the light works, you have to make some shots.

Museum of Photography

Reading the newspaper at the sea on Sunday morning is probably one of the most relaxing things.

Sunday Morning News

When a boy is on a swing and the sun is low you have to try to shoot a silhouette.

On the Swing

Sometimes you have to place something in the foreground to make a photo more interesting.

Crossed out

The Victoria Station in Mumbai is one of the best places to shoot street photography.

Victoria Station

In this section I will wrap up the hard level contact sheets section.

Conclusion: Hard Level Contact Sheets
1 Lecture 02:04

It's time to wrap-up the whole course.

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About the Instructor
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Street Photographer

Thomas Leuthard is a street photographer based in Switzerland. Since 5 years he travels to the big cities of this world to witness and document life on the street. He has written several ebooks and also teaches workshops about street photography. He put all his knowledge into the provided video trainings that you don't have to apply for one of his workshops. Enjoy watching how Thomas makes his photos at any time you like.

Thomas has no secrets and will teach you all his knowledge. You will be able to get as popular as he is by following his trainings and of course by practicing a lot. Street photography is a very affordable way of photography which can be performed by anyone, anywhere.

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