Venice Photography Workshops

Discover the less visited, hidden Venice on a private workshop (up to three people)

Venice photography workshops – discover the ‘authentic Venice’ over 2 or 3 days

Why a Venice photography workshop? An ancient and charismatic city? A wealth of street shooting opportunity? Beautiful surroundings? Terrific light? Great places to eat and drink? Plenty for your non-photographic partner to enjoy? What’s not to like?

Our Venice photography workshops will take you off the beaten track, away from the tourists and exploring the charismatic and photogenic ‘hidden’ Venice. Your workshop will  include elements of street, travel and documentary photography; we explore techniques for exposure, focusing and composition; learning how to spot an opportunity for a unique picture; building your confidence as a street photographer; story telling; digital workflow; sharing or marketing your work. Most of all, you will discover new ways of telling the story of your travels through great images. We will be doing some structured shooting you will receive lots of individual coaching from your course leader, Brian Lloyd Duckett.


One-to-one Workshops

For individuals and up to two additional guests, this is a bespoke workshop over two or three full days. Your workshop will be tailored to your specific interests and learning requirements but is likely to include the following core elements:

  • Coaching on how to develop your own style as a photographer and how to conceive and undertake ‘projects’.
  • Learn how to spot a photo opportunity in an every day street scene.
  • Understand the components of a great street or travel image.
  • Conquer your fear of photographing strangers.
  • Become invisible and shoot your environment quietly and unobtrusively.
  • Get to grips with the technical aspects of street and travel photography: equipment, composition, exposure, light and focus.
  • Discover how a pro street photographer sets up his camera to enable fast and accurate shooting.
  • Learn how zone 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 photographing in public places.
  • Shooting at an iconic Venice location at either dawn or dusk.
  • Long exposure photography using ND filters.


Course Tutor

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. Prior to setting up a successful commercial and editorial photography business, he worked as a press and agency photographer on the streets on London. Brian teaches as a Visiting Lecturer on photography degree courses and is a member of the BPPA (British Press Photographers’ Association), the AOP (Association of Photographers) and the IFJ (International Federation of Journalists). He is a member of #Awakening, a collective of documentary photographers across Europe and also the founder of Street2020, a UK-based street photography collective.

Brian has a very relaxed yet informative teaching style and offers lots of individual, hands-on coaching. His latest book ‘Mastering Street Photography’, is published by Ammonite Press (2016) and is a comprehensive street photography manual. 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.



  • The 2-day Venice photography workshop costs £1,995 (£2,495 for three days) for up to three people, excluding flights and accommodation.
  • Food, drinks and vaporetto (water bus) tickets are not included.



  • Please click HERE for the 2-day private Venice photography workshop
  • Please click HERE for the 3-day private Venice photography workshop
  • Please click HERE for the Venice Carnival photography workshop in February 2018 (1-day)
  • We also run 4-day workshops – please ask for details.

I arranged a couple of days in Venice with Brian at relatively short notice and the experience was excellent. Brian’s approach is knowledgeable, calm and quietly influential, adapting his style to your experience and what you want to get out of the time he spends with you. He’s quick to point out interesting possibilities and the importance of patience when a location has both interest and potential.

Importantly, if you’re spending time on a one-to-one basis, Brian is good at being in tune with you – whether chatting about photography and life, or walking along quietly identifying photo opportunities.

Reflecting afterwards I recognised that I learnt more than I realised. Not necessarily big learning points but a number of small things that when put together I know will make me a better street photographer. Would I book more sessions with Brian? Absolutely – I recommend him and StreetSnappers without hesitation.

Dr Neil G

(from TripAdviser)

Venice photography workshops

Please contact us to discuss your preferred dates

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Explore the 'hidden' city

We will get off the beaten track, leave the tourists behind and seek out the photographic 'hot spots' frequented by locals - as well as taking in some beautiful landmarks

Suitable for all levels

No matter what your level of experience as a photographer - whether complete beginner or highly skilled - we will tailor the day to meet your precise needs

Great value!

Our street photography courses offer a great way see another side of the city whilst learning some new techniques and tricks of the trade from a professional

A combination of street and travel photography

Our tuition is based on street photography principles and techniques, helping you develop a documentary style to record your travels in a unique way. Let your pictures tell the story of your travels!

One-to-one coaching

Whether it's just you or a small group of family or friends, you will receive lots of individual, hands-on attention from an expert

Flexible itineraries

We can organise morning, afternoon and all-day sessions and will collect you from any central London hotel. Just bring your camera and some comfortable shoes!

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