Venice Carnevale Workshop 2017

Four fabulous days of photography fun in the prettiest city in the world.

Venice a city on the water where every corner has a history, every alley a sound and every square its own beauty. Before us Shakespeare, Casanova, Hemingway has spread the word. It has been photographed millions of times, still there is much more to see and photograph as the light change, the mist drift and the silence settles over this city. This time of the year it is infused with color and spectacle as hundreds of “models” roam the city draped in cloaks, covered in wigs and hidden behind masks. It is Carnevale and they love the camera(s). So what better time to combine a bit of learning with lots of fun and an unforgettable photographic experience. We will be going on the last and most spectacular weekend of the Carnevale. This workshop is a combination of my other four workshops (Basic Photography, Flash Photography, Portrait photography and Travel Photography). So not only is it a good deal but it is also in a spectacular location. There will be lost to learn and much to see. To give you all the attention you deserve the workshop is limited to max 8 photographers.

Dates: 23-27 February 2017  

Is this for you?

Yes, if you are a curious photographer who wants to go from taking to making pictures then this is for you. You have a camera but are not sure how to get the most out of it. It could be a DSLR, a mirrorless or an advanced point-and-shoot camera with the possibility to change settings manually. It is about you controlling your camera and not the camera controlling you. There will be varied situations with available light, the possibilities to use flash on and off camera, long exposures with varied subjects and environments. Everywhere you go in Venice there is something to photograph and we will make the most of it. This workshop is a combination of the four workshops Basic Photography, Flash Photography, Portrait Photography and Travel Photography. If you are a newbie or have the basics down and want to take your photography to the next level Venice is the perfect place to do so. At the end you will have made your own photographic story in Venice.

What you need

Camera: DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex), Mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses or advanced Point-and-Shoot with manual options. Additional lenses if you have them.

Storage: Extra memory cards as this city invite to making lots of pictures. Prices have fallen drastically even on quality cards like Sandisk/Lexar so there is no reason to run low. Last year I came home with over 2000 edited images and the year before around 3000.

Power: Extra batteries if you have them. Running out of power in the late afternoon when the light is at it’s best is a loss. Don’t forget your chargers.

Laptop: A laptop computer with editing/catalog software. (Lightroom /Photoshop or Irfan view / iPhoto.

Useful: A tripod and a flash will give you more options as we will try to master low light and fill flash photography.

Travel and Stay

Hotel: For the workshop + hotel option we have decided to follow the location, location, location edict as there will be early mornings and we need to be in a central location. We are in 3* hotel Malibran about 5 minutes from Rialto and 15 minutes by foot from San Marco. Some may say that Venetian beds are hard and the rooms small but space is limited and prices are high in particular around Carnevale so this is a good compromise. As we are not planning to spend much time in the hotel we dropped the luxuries for the convenience to make the most of our time. WonderingViking have teamed up with Jennifer Hunte at Personal Touch Travel (mostly in Dutch but Jennifer speaks perfect English) to make our arrangements.

Flights: If you need help with flight booking please indicate so on the Sign Up form and Jennifer will reach out. Don’t forget as the days go by the cheap seats fill up fast. So if you snooze you loose and it will hurt your wallet.

Airport Transfer: If many of us arrive and depart around the same time we can arrange boat transfers from the Marco Polo Airport in Mestre into Venice at additional cost. The price will depend on the number of travellers. If not you will be sent information on the fastest and cheapest way to get into Venice.


Meals: If you opt for the hotel package only breakfast is included. Other meals are personal responsibility and Venice have a wide choice in all price ranges. The cafes and restaurants around San Marco are expensive. However cappuccino accompanied with a string quartet may be worth the money just for the experience. We will try to find affordable alternatives and they are there. We will go local and try seafood risottos, pizzas and cornetto con marmelatas and other goodies. By the end we will certainly know where to find a great cappu.

Entrance fees: All museum or other entrance fees are personal responsibilities. The Doges Palace and the Cathedral as well as other museums are well worth a visit in your own time.

Clothing: Unless you are going out partying I would leave the stilettos at home (should you change your mind you can always rent a costume) and pack a pair of comfortable boots/sneakers, gloves and a hat. Venice in February can be cold on a misty day but also comfortable warm on a sunny day. Before sunrise and after sunset the temperature is cooler than during the day. A jacket that can handle a bit of rain is also recommended. In short be smart, practical and dress in layers.

Venice Carnevale Workshop 2017

Four fabulous days of photography fun in the prettiest city in the world.

Dates: 23-27 February 2017  

Workshop:                495 Euros (20% discount if you book two at the same time)

Hotel:                        400 Euros ( per person, hotel with breakfast, based on shared twin room *** hotel). Friends without cameras are OK.

Fine print

Participants: The minimum number of participants are 4 and the max 8 photographers to give you the personal attention you deserve.

Price: All payments must be received no later than 9 December to assure you participation.

Refund: Refunds less the Registration fee will be paid out only if the minimum required participants (4 photographers) are not met. The refund will be processed no later than 31 December 2016.

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