Venice and the Magic of Carnival, Part 2


Join us in Venice, as we explore the romantic city during the days of the Carnival, a festival of colors, perfumes, and music that has no equal in the world.

Venice during the Carnival is not only people in costumes, but it is also the baroque churches and palaces, the museums, the narrow side streets and the small canals that tourists never go to, the colored houses of Burano. Thanks to our deep knowledge of the city, you will have the option to see and photograph all of this.

This workshop will happen when the Carnival celebrations are in full swing and the most elaborate and precious costumes are on display. Thanks to the closely-knit relationships we have built with the A-list models, you will have the opportunity to photograph them in hotel suites and palace halls in the course of private sessions, while avoiding the crowds.

We will shoot with a mixture of natural and artificial light, exploring the possibilities offered by continuous light and by flash and by shooting at the edge of day to create surreal atmospheres.

You will be part of a small group of students (max. 12 people), which ensures you will have plenty of attention from your instructors.

  • Dates: To be determined (first half of February, 2018).
  • Duration: 5 or 6 days.
  • Skill level: Intermediate to advanced.
  • Price: To be determined.

“Wanted to say again how much I enjoyed the workshop. You were most accommodating for me and very patient, I loved the restaurants you took us too, great food. The whole Carnevale was a blast, esp. the last day, never thought I would have so much fun.”

– Patsy Latscha, California, USA

Workshop Highlights

We are not giving here a detailed, day-by-day plan of the activities, because we want to be flexible and prepared to adapt our schedule to the timing of specific events, the availability of models, and the vagaries of weather. However, we have a general plan that includes all of the following:

  • Private shooting sessions with the best masked models of the Carnival.
  • Exclusive access to rooms and halls with exquisite furniture and decorations.
  • A gondola ride with masked models, where everyone gets plenty of time on the boat, not just a few minutes.
  • Photo tours of the most picturesque Venetian locations.
  • A trip to the multicoloured island of Burano.
  • Individual and group sessions of critique and post-processing.



While we haven’t yet determined the exact dates and prices, we want to give you the opportunity to reserve a seat right now and, by doing so, beat everyone else.

Not only that, but by booking now with a small and fully refundable initial deposit, you will enjoy a discount of €400 off the price of this workshop.

This pre-registration deposit allows you to reserve 1 (one) seat on our upcoming Venice Carnival 2018 workshop. By pre-registering, you will secure your place in line for our workshop. Once we finalize dates and prices of the workshop, you will have a few days to confirm your participation by paying a final, non refundable deposit. If after the final dates and pricing are posted you decide not to join us, this deposit will be refunded. Otherwise its amount will be applied towards the total due for the workshop.




Seats on our tours will be allocated strictly on a first-come, first-served basis and we take a maximum of 12 participants on each tour. If you are not one of the first 12, you will be automatically placed on the waiting list. If any of the first 12 registrants decide not to join the workshop, those in the waiting list will be given the option to join, in the order they registered. Pre-registering only guarantees a seat at the workshop to the first 12 registrants.

People who do not pre-register will be able to join later only if fewer than 12 people confirm their pre-registration and at the full price.

If this sounds confusing to you, here’s how it works, in a nutshell:

  1. You pre-register today, by paying an initial deposit of €150.
  2. In a few weeks’ time, we announce the final dates and prices.
  3. If you don’t like those, you can cancel and you get refunded the €150 you paid.
  4. If you decide to join us, you have a few days to pay the final deposit (usually between 20% and 30% of the cost of the workshop), thereby confirming your participation.
  5. At most 60 days before the start of the workshop, you will be requested to pay the rest of the price of the workshop, minus the €400 discount.

Pre-Registration Deposit Required: €150

This is the second of our two workshops in Venice. Before this  we will be running another one that includes more scenery and cityscape photography and is aimed at beginning to intermediate amateurs. You can pre-register for just one workshop or for both.

Get more information about the first workshop.

Got questions? Reach out to us using our contact form or email us at We’ll be glad to help you.

About Your Instructor

Ugo CeiUgo Cei is a fine art landscape and travel photographer from Italy, a workshop instructor and founder of Mediterranean Photo Tours. You can read more about him at his website, He is also the host of the popular travel photography podcast, The Traveling Image Makers.