Urban Photography 101: Awaken Your Inner Explorer

A course by Joerg Nicht
Photographer. Berlin, Germany.
Joined May 2021
, Photographer

Learn the fundamentals of street photography and train your eye to capture the hustle and bustle of everyday city life

  • German with subtitles in English
  • 92% positive reviews (25)
  • 741 students

Learn the fundamentals of street photography and train your eye to capture the hustle and bustle of everyday city life

German with subtitles in English
  • 92% positive reviews (25)
  • 741 students
  • 12 lessons (1h 28m)
  • 17 additional resources (3 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: German
  • German, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Whether a fleeting moment or a quiet backstreet, there's always something to capture and even beauty to be found. Those seemingly simple, everyday moments are the central figure in the work of photographer Jörg Nicht. His work for brands in the tourism, technology, and automotive industries led him to start sharing his images on Instagram where he now has over 500k followers who view his images from every corner of the globe. Mobility is a common theme in his photographs.

In this course, learn to capture the essence of a place through the hustle and bustle. With both a technical understanding and a personal artistic motive to drive you, practice the following elements step-by-step: observation of a place, image composition, and constructive self-critique. Accompany Jörg on an urban shoot to train your artistic eye and create your own photo series with the buzz of city life as the central theme.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. My photographic influences
  • U2
    U2. Find your topic and get to know your camera!
  • U3
    U3. From the search for a motif to the shooting
  • U4
    U4. Editing of the photos
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by hearing Jörg Nicht talk about how he got started in the world of photography and the ways his iPhone and Instagram have benefited his career. He also shares some artworks and artists that have inspired him over the years including Arno Fischer and Robert Frank.

Get straight to work preparing for your final project. Choose a theme and define your artistic motivation by asking yourself what it is about urban photography that most fascinates you. Then take a close look at the technical specifications of your camera. This technical and conceptual preparation will help guide you in the creation of your final piece.

Jörg also teaches you about the different aspects to consider when searching for reference materials. Next, learn to work in varying light conditions, analyze external factors, and put together effective compositions. With the help of your teacher, see how to plan a photoshoot in detail and how to carry it out. Continue by accompanying Jörg on a walk around his Berlin neighborhood of Mitte and discover how he takes his photos. Once you're all prepared, it's time to hit the streets and get snapping!

Lastly, Jörg shows you to digitize your photographs and retouch them in Photoshop. Wrap things up hearing a few final tips on adjusting the image format for social media and your final series.

What is this course's project?

Compose a photographic series depicting the animated buzz and pace of the urban landscape by capturing a range of different aspects of city life.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in photography who wants to improve their camera skills.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience in urban photography is necessary for this course but it would be ideal to know your way around a camera.

In terms of materials, you need a camera with a manual shutter speed feature, a variable-aperture zoom lens, and the editing software of your choice. The teacher suggests Adobe Lightroom or Snapseed.


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Joerg Nicht

A course by Joerg Nicht

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Jörg Nicht is a professional photographer from Berlin and one of Germany's most prominent on Instagram. After completing a degree in social sciences as well as a doctorate and research fellowship at the Free University of Berlin, he achieved his childhood dream of becoming a photographer. He currently works with international brands such as Nokia, Sennheiser, Jaguar, BMW, and more, in the tourism, technology, and automotive industries.

His greatest passion is urban photography, which he uses as a gateway into sociological investigation. Observation forms an essential part of his creative process, from the perspective of a wanderer with no fixed destination. He quickly discovered that his smartphone photos had great artistic potential, and that as a photographer, the portability of the device allowed him to fully immerse himself in his surroundings in order to capture the reality of the hustle and bustle in his images.


  • U1

    My photographic influences

    • About me
    • Inspiration
  • U2

    Find your topic and get to know your camera!

    • Photographing: how, what, WHY
    • Know your camera 1
    • Know your camera 2
  • U3

    From the search for a motif to the shooting

    • motif search
    • light and movement
    • composition
    • Planning of the photoshoot and the photo series
    • We go outside
  • U4

    Editing of the photos

    • editing
    • social media
  • FP

    Final project

    • Photography and Social Media

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Urban Photography 101: Awaken Your Inner Explorer . Photography, and Video course by Joerg Nicht

Urban Photography 101: Awaken Your Inner Explorer

A course by Joerg Nicht
Photographer. Berlin, Germany.
Joined May 2021
  • 92% positive reviews (25)
  • 741 students