Artistic Street Photography Workshop in Beautiful Venice, Italy
With its ever changing light of the narrow streets and myriad of alleys, Venice is a true gem for street photographers.
My Venice street photography workshops will take you off the beaten track, to the photogenic hidden Venice where only few tourists ever find their way. This is where the real Venetians live their lives and this is where we will find and capture the genuine moments.
On our way through these quarters, we will pass a lot of picturesque scenes – your chance to do some travel photography as well.
A typical street view from the lagoon islands, Venice, Italy. A customer buying vegetables from the boat.
A MORNING WORKSHOP
We will agree mutually on the time of start, but 08.00 would be great to catch the morning rush of the Venetians, standing at the cafés, bording the Vaporetti water busses, buying newspapers from the stand etc. Later on, they will prepare to open their boutiques, clean the window facades and sidewalks. Sounds good to you?
When you have captured the obvious scenes, most likely “served to you on a silver platter”, we will continue with the next part of the programme, where you learn how to spot an opportunity for a unique picture and build your own composition, including elements like:
- create meaningful, artistic street images instead of just random pictures of strangers
- geometrical composition, using – mostly bending – the composition rules
- shadow and light
- exposure and focusing
Example of a geometrical composition
A lot of things can be planned ahead but not the ambient light. Therefore, I have done my homework and made a route through Venice, leading us to locations where my tuition programme can be performed, undependent of the light. This ensures that you get value for your money.
As you can imagine, we will be doing some structured shooting along with what might appears. If the light and street life is unexpectedly great around the next corner, we will grab this gift, be creative and capture what is to be captured. A true street photographer always keeps his mind open for every possibility to show up.
Towels on a clothesline, a typical view in some areas of Venice.
What’s it all about?
This workshop is first and foremost about capturing artistic street photography images and the technical side of it to make it possible. It is designed to help you to achieve a higher level of photography by enabling you to detect the clever compositions that no one else sees. At selected locations, it will combine structured shooting with coaching from me.
My workshops can not be defined as simple “photowalks” and you will not be asked to photograph random people in random streets looking silly while doing nothing in particular.
How many attendees?
Only 1, preferably. You deserve my full attention, so this is a one-to-one workshop. You can bring your spouce or one friend, if you want to, at no extra cost. If you would like a 3. person to attend the workshop, the additional cost is $100 Please bear in mind that it is always the less skilled who requires the most attention.
08.00 Meeting (time and place to be agreed upon) and setting up the camera
08.10 Walking my route part 1
10.00 Coffee break (bring cash)
10.30 Walking my route part 2
13.00 Workshop finish
What to bring
- your camera gear, as discrete as possible. A camera, preferably with a tiltable screen and something like a 24-70 mm (fullframe format equivalent) zoom lens attached is all you need. Avoid backpacks and everything else screaming “photographer” and “tourist”. We are going to blend in, not stand out.
- good walking shoes
- appropriate, discrete clothing
- water bottle
- cash for public transport, coffee and lunch break. Small change is much better than big notes
24-70 mm on a fullframe camera is 16-45 mm on an APS-C and 12-35 on Micro Four-Thirds.
- A ½ day tuition with Brian Bjeldbak
- Follow-up and critique after the workshop
What’s not included
- your own drinks, refreshments, food and any public transport costs during the workshop day
- flights and accomodation
Accommodation is plentiful. Check out hotels.com, booking.com, expedia and trivago. Budget airlines fly to Venice-Marco Polo Airport from most European airports. If you arrive there, instead of taking the bus, do take the water taxi across the lagoon to Venice.
It is also worth checking out flights to Treviso, which often offers cheaper flights. Treviso is a short bus or train ride from Venice.
Any pre-purchase questions?
Please do not hesitate to contact me