Venice Workshops: for groups

Have fun, learn lots and make great friends in a small group

We’re the Venice specialists! We run photography workshops in Venice every February, May, October and November. We’ll spend much of our time together exploring the real, hidden Venice away from the tourists and into the area where the locals live, work and play. Our Venice workshops combine street shooting with elements of documentary and travel photography, with expert guidance all the way.

  • Small groups (max 6)
  • Explore the ‘less trodden’ Venice
  • Relaxed, fun and educational
  • Learn with a professional street photographer who knows Venice well

Come on one of our Venice photography workshops to experience this ancient, unique and charismatic photographers’ paradise. Venice provides a wealth of photographic opportunities for travel and street photographers in stunningly beautiful surroundings which are greatly enhanced by the ever changing light.

You will be in a small group (maximum of 6 participants) and there will be ample opportunity for one-to-one discussion, tuition and mentoring.

Our Venice photography workshops include elements of street, travel and documentary photography; we work on techniques for exposure, focusing and composition; learn how to spot an opportunity for a unique picture; discover how work with great light and become a master of it; build your confidence as a street photographer; perfect your digital workflow. Most of all, you will discover new ways of telling the story of your travels through great images. We will be doing lots of structured shooting and you will receive coaching, mentoring and constant feedback from your course leader, Brian Lloyd Duckett.

Your workshop will be immersive, inspiring and great fun. The experience will challenge you, stretch you and will elevate your photography.

Any questions?


Flights & Accommodation

We find that most clients prefer to organise their own travel and and accommodation according to their own tastes and budgets. However, we know the city well and are very happy to make recommendations. We usually stay in a private AirBnB apartment, which usually costs less than a hotel and offers much more living space. Budget flights are available from most UK airports to Venice Marco Polo (it’s also worth checking out Treviso Airport, which is often much cheaper to travel to; it’s an easy shuttle bus ride from the city and adds around 30 minutes to your journey). Please bear in mind that Venice is in high demand during peak times and early booking is strongly recommended – it means you get the place and the flight times you want, and booking early nearly always saves money.


Food & drink during the workshop

We each pay for what we consume! This is a fair system and everyone can eat and drink according to their needs and their budget. On the night before the workshop formally begins, there’s a relaxed ‘get to know you’ supper in a traditional Venetian restaurant (optional, and cost not included – but it won’t be expensive!). Each day usually starts with a briefing over a coffee (and breakfast if you need it) and we sometimes have a mid-morning coffee break. Lunch is usually quick and informal so that we can maximise our time on the streets. The days end with a well-earned drink in a Venetian bar.


what will the weather be like?

Depending on the time of year, it could be sunny, foggy, wet, hot or cold – and it’s not unusual to experience all the seasons during one workshop! However, whatever the conditions, the weather will not detract from the workshop and, photographically, we’ll make the most of what’s on offer!


What kit do you need to bring?

This workshop is more about the ‘art’ than the ‘science’ of photography and gear is not important. Any camera is fine, whether DSLR, mirrorless, compact or even film. It’s useful to have lenses which cover the range (in full-frame terms) from 24mm to 85mm – though if you’re in any doubt or, as I do, prefer to travel light, you’ll be fine with nothing more than a 35mm. You won’t need a tripod, flash or ND filters for these workshops.


Are the any additional costs?

You may need to purchase a vaporetto (waterbus) ticket for one of the workshop days; this is best done in advance of your trip and we will send you the details with your joining instructions. Other than that – and your food & drink – there are no additional costs associated with the workshop.

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