‘Carnevale’ is a uniquely Venetian event. It’s a spectacular celebration suspended between past and present with a traditional local allure featuring many organised and fringe events and is a true feast for the photographer. This workshop will blend elements of street, documentary and travel photography, taking in the sights and sounds of this most charismatic of cities during a full-day workshop.
Join our small group (maximum of 6) on this Venice Carnival photography workshop to explore the city’s photographic ‘hot spots’ and learn how to shoot striking, compelling and witty images with a professional street photographer and photojournalist.
What to expect
- We meet on the Friday evening for a relaxing pizza and a drink to get to know each other and discuss objectives for the workshop.
- For those who fancy an early start, we begin at 6.45 am to photograph the spectacular Carnival ‘posers’ in their costumes around Piazza San Marco; weather permitting, we may be able to shoot the legendary Venetian sunrise. Following this, we will head to the Rialto fish market area for coffee, breakfast and a briefing session in a cafe overlooking the Grand Canal.
- Our itinerary will then take us to some great street photography ‘hot spots’, away from the tourists and into the wonderful calle (alleys) and campi (squares) in the quieter areas of the city where the locals live, work and play.
- We’ll find somewhere quiet for a short lunch break, with a group discussion, at around 1pm, before hitting the streets again for the second structured photographic session.
- Throughout the day, participants will receive plenty of one-to-one tuition and coaching from a professional street photographer and photojournalist.
- We will finish the formal part of the day at around 1700hrs with drinks, a thorough debrief and a further Q&A session.
- Individual critique for photos taken on the day is available during the week following the course.
- After the course, participants will be encouraged to keep in touch through our alumni network on Facebook.
What you will learn
- Understand the importance of developing your own style as a photographer and how to conceive and undertake ‘projects’.
- Learn to become a visual story-teller by building strong narrative into your images.
- Understand the key components of great street and travel image.
- Conquer your fear of photographing strangers.
- Become invisible and shoot your environment quietly and unobtrusively.
- Learn the technical aspects of travel and street photography: equipment, composition, exposure, light and focus.
- Maximise the potential of your camera when photographing buildings and urban landscapes.
- Learn how a professional street photographer sets up his camera for fast and accurate shooting.
- Learn how manual focusing can speed up your work and make you more effective as a street photographer.
- Understand some of the key legal and ethical aspects of street photography.
What level is this?
This is an intermediate level workshop, ideal for those with a reasonable knowledge of basic photographic principles such as exposure and focusing. However, as the group is so small, there’s plenty of opportunity for individual coaching throughout the day.
- A full day’s tuition with Brian Lloyd Duckett.
- Follow-up and critique after the workshop.
- You will need to pay for your own drinks, refreshments and any public transport costs during the day.
You will need to organise your own accommodation and flights; accommodation is plentiful (but will be increasingly in short supply leading up to Carnevale) and budget airlines fly to Venice from most UK airports. It is also worth checking out flights to Treviso, a short bus ride from Venice, which often offers cheaper flights. We usually rent an apartment with AirBnB, although there are lots of hotels available via the likes of booking.com and Expedia.
Your course leader for the day is Brian Lloyd Duckett, a well-known London photographer and professional street photographer. Brian runs many workshops in Venice and knows the city well. He teaches as a Visiting Lecturer on photography degree courses and is a member of the BPPA (British Press Photographers’ Association). Brian has a very relaxed yet informative teaching style and offers lots of individual, hands-on coaching. His first book ‘Mastering Street Photography’, a comprehensive street photography manual, has become an international best-seller; the book is the perfect accompaniment to the workshop and you will be offered the opportunity to purchase a signed copy when you check-out. If you don’t book a workshop place, you can still buy a copy HERE.