Avi Yap

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The Art of Visual Storytelling

Learn and be guided in person by a renowned and award-winning street photographer.


On the streets, countless stories are happening around us, but only for a moment.

Learn how to be prepared and make split second decisions to capture the essence of every scene, turning it to a winning shot

My aim is for when after the masterclass ends, participants will walk away transforming into a more confident, independent and self inspiring photographer.

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“If you're looking for a credible and well-organised workshop where jargon is made simple; complexities made straightforward; formalities turned casual; then The Portraiture Photography Workshop might be where you should be. Avi conducts the workshop well. He is talented, yet he is approachable and generous in sharing. He has even made things simpler for us with step by step concepts that we could practise more easily in the field and in the class.

Being a newbie, this is such a great start to learn and appreciate the art of Portraiture photoshoot! Thanks”


“I am delighted to pen a few words on Avi Yap's workshop on 'Portraiture Photography' which I attended with 5 others at Leica Raffles on 16 Jan 2021. Avi's warm & pleasant personality made the 2-hour workshop a relaxed and easy-to-follow session, and a most enjoyable one indeed.

The expert's critique of some of the photos taken ended the workshop with smiles all around, and hoping that the workshop could be somewhat longer.”

HC Seow

“I'm very happy to have attended Avi Yap's portraiture workshop! Avi is very helpful and clear with his explanations even with beginners. I've learnt alot in this workshop! From finding the right camera and lens, to camera settings and techniques, to the most crucial part; communication during a shoot.

Avi is a very talented photographer and I personally really love his work! I hope to attend more of his workshops in the future!

Thank you!”

Wang Yan

What can you expect to learn?

Polishing your current skills
Refining your camera techniques to capture captivating shots that speak volumes.
Exploring new techniques
Such as embracing the thrill of shooting from the hip and capturing unique perspectives that ignite your creativity.
Self discovery
Finding your own photography style and creating images that are truly representative of your artistic vision.
Story telling
Harnessing the power of perspective and scale to craft impactful imagery that tells a compelling story.
Getting out of your comfort zone
Nurturing the confidence to approach locals with respect and capturing candid moments that showcase the true spirit of the scene.

Exampple of Theory Masterclass

  • What Gear to use? 
  • Using the tools and right settings to tell the story
  • Lens selection 
  • Camera settings 
  • Using the right settings for the right situation (being able to telegraph what you perceive)
  • Tips on focussing the Noctilux/shallow DOF lenses (Rack focus, Trust and Shoot, Breathing Techniques, Posture, Slight Body Adjustment, Calibration)
  • Focusing techniques (Anticipate, Direct Focusing, Track Focusing, Zone Focusing)
  • Developing the eye.
  • Split second composition techniques
  • Telling the story, everyone has their own view.
  • Post processing in lightroom 
  • Friendly and constructive critique session
  • Discussion/Questions

Program Schedule

Morning Session:

09:00 AM – Meetup and introductions at cafe for lecture
09:30 AM – Theory Masterclass
11:30 AM – Lunch Break

Afternoon Session:

12:00 PM – Shibuya scramble for street photography
01:00 PM – Exploring Harajuku for street and fashion photography
02:00 PM – Traditional and cultural shots at Meiji Shrine
03:30 PM – Golden hour shoot at Yoyogi Park
05:00 PM – Yoyogi Hachiman for night photography
07:00 PM – Review and discussion of the day’s shots
08:00 PM – End of day one

Bond through engaging introductory activities.
Reveal hidden stories through captivating visual narratives.

Morning Session:

09:00 AM – Recap of previous day’s learnings and participant Q&A
09:30 AM – Asakusa and Sensoji for cultural and street photography
12:00 PM – Lunch

Afternoon Session:

02:00 PM – Ueno park for cherry blossoms (if they are in bloom.)
03:30 PM – Ginza
04:30 PM – Shinjuku’s nightlife at Omoideyokocho
06:30 PM – Group discussion and feedback on the day’s work
07:30 PM – End of day two

Immerse in culture, traditions, and photographic artistry.
Attain photographic excellence with personalized guidance.

Morning Session:

09:00 AM – Recap and addressing participant queries
09:30 AM – Nippori – Nezu Shrine Neighbourhood walk
12:00 PM – Lunch

Afternoon Session:

01:30 PM – Nishiogikubo to take neighbourhood Cherry blossoms(Assignment)
03:30 PM – Participant portfolio review and constructive feedback
04:30 PM – Post Processing workshop
06:30 PM – Final Q&A
07:30 PM – End of day three

Discover surrounding treasures and unveiling the newer yourself.
New Beginning
This isn't the end, but a vibrant new beginning.

Why Avi's Masterclass?


Winner of many Leica Fotografie International Awards. Each shot holds its own uniqueness. Discover the winning philosophy and skills behind every image in my masterclass, and elevate your photography by understanding the distinct insights that have contributed to my award-winning success.


Avi’s experience collaborating with renowned brands such as Bvlgari, Coach, Leica, and Tvb highlights a proven ability to meet the rigorous standards of top-tier clients. For aspiring photographers aiming to work with these esteemed brands, there’s an opportunity to glean valuable insights from Avi’s expertise in crafting visually striking and captivating images that resonate with the brand’s identity.


Navigating the realm of luxury brands and discerning clients introduces distinctive challenges. Avi will reveal personal experiences and strategies for overcoming these obstacles, providing invaluable lessons to guide you through comparable scenarios in your career. This will foster the development of your innate excellence, enabling you to thrive even in uncontrolled environments.


Avi is not only adept at communicating fluently in multiple languages, including English, Chinese and Japanese but also possesses a unique ability to use this skill as an effective icebreaker. This engaging trait allows Avi to establish a comfortable and welcoming learning environment, making the educational experience both enjoyable and impactful. Avi’s mastery of these languages serves as a powerful tool to connect with students from diverse backgrounds, ensuring effective and seamless teaching that caters to individual learning needs.


Among a plethora of tutorials and online masterclasses, the real difference shines through in the unparalleled worth of individualized 1-on-1 guidance. Guided by a global photography expert, this journey not only expedites your learning but also unveils untapped dimensions of your creativity, nurturing boundless growth. This masterclass charts the most efficient course to elevate your photography. Instead of a blind investment in online courses, channel your resources into this transformative experience. Here, you’ll attain enduring knowledge, skills, and insights that will be your lifelong companions.

Personalized Learning

Drawing from Avi’s extensive background and experience, participants can expect to receive personalized feedback and tailored guidance. Avi’s keen insights will help individuals identify their strengths and areas for improvement, fostering accelerated growth as photographers. Avi has a proven track record of successfully mentoring photographers across the spectrum, catering to both beginners and advanced practitioners.

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