Venice, Italy–Developing Your Personal Vision Photography Workshop

Oct 21, 2013

DougNess-8I’m very excited to announce my Venice, Italy-based photography workshop, March 17-22, 2014. I’ve been to Venice many times and it’s one of my favorite places in the world to photograph. While you may be familiar with the quintessential images of canals and gondolas, there is so much more to experience and photograph in this magnificent city.

DougNess-19We will spend a week making photographs and memories to last a lifetime, all the while developing your personal vision in photography. We’ll visit Venice’s well known locales such as San Marco Square, the Doge’s Palace, and the Rialto Bridge. We’ll also go beyond the classic icons  and discover the more intimate side of Venice that I have come to know and love. A significant amount of time will be spent exploring remote squares, side streets and alleyways. We’ll travel to the less frequented islands of Murano, Burano, and San Michele, to experience the world-famous glass-blowing, vibrant-colored houses, and a one-of-a-kind cemetery. We’ll photograph the unique Rialto Market at daybreak, while the fishmongers are setting up shop. We’ll shoot Venice at night, when the streets are empty and you feel like you have the city to yourself. When not photographing, we’ll be dining in magnificent restaurants, drinking great wine, eating gelato and experiencing the fantastic Venetian culture.

March 17-22, 2014
Tuition: $3,600* (includes lodging, breakfast, entrance fees, travel to group photography locations during the workshop)

*This price is indicative of a “Comfort Double” room at Hotel Flora. There are additional room options that would change the price. If you are interested in learning about the additional options please indicate this on the registration form. 

Limited to 8 participants


What to expect: This workshop is about photographing and experiencing a more intimate side of Venice. We’ll be spending some time with lectures in the classroom as well as ample time for critiquing and discussing images, but most of our time will be devoted to making images. There will also be personal, one-on-one, instruction in the field throughout the week. This week will be about your photographic vision. We’ll work on defining that and honing it so that your photographs represent what you want to express in the best possible way. We’ll discuss working on projects, in series’ of images, and story-telling through your work. My aim is that you come away from this week not only with some wonderful photographs but also an entire new and more enlightened way to think about your photography.

Where we’ll stay: We’ll be staying in the Hotel Flora, a beautiful and charming hotel that has been run by the same family for 50 years (founding father was a photographer!). Just minutes from San Marco square, but tucked away in an intimate alley, its location couldn’t be better.

Why March? Winter/early spring is my favorite time to be in Venice. The light is fantastic! The city is largely void of the masses of tourists that pile into the city from May to September. Carnivale has just ended. Lack of crowds means much better photographic opportunities, less crowded restaurants, shorter to non-existent lines to get into museums, churches, and other attractions. Weather in Venice is moderate in March, especially compared to that in the northern half of the U.S. Expect temperatures of between 40 & 55 F each day. Though not nearly as cold in March as in January, check out this article from the New York Times entitled, “Venice in Winter”.

What it includes:

  • Personal instruction in photography
  • A curated tour of the best places to photograph in Venice
  • Lodging (3/16-3/23)
  • Breakfast daily
  • All boat/taxi rides to and from locations
  • Admittance fees (churches, museums, etc.) during the workshop.

You are responsible for transportation to Venice and to and from the airport, lunches, dinners, and any incidentals.

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