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 is a wonder every day of the year, but during the Carnival it also becomes a stage upon which hundreds of performers turn their fantasies into reality. Imagine, if you will, being transported to an enchanted land, inhabited by charming and mysterious characters who move with grace and elegance.
The Carnival of Venice is an event that attracts thousands of photographers from all over the world, each one of them hoping to photograph the beautiful and rich costumes that people wear during those days. Expectations are high, but without in-depth knowledge and the right resources, photographing the Carnival can be a frustrating experience, as everyone has to fight for their spot and their time with the models. Popular locations can be very crowded and it is almost impossible to get a good shot, with the best light and a nice background.
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What we offer with this workshop is a completely different experience. Thanks to the many Carnivals we have spent in Venice, we have developed personal and intimate relationships with the best models, those who wear the richest costumes and who are accustomed to posing for the best photographers. This means having their undivided attention, dedicated to you and your small group for all the time necessary.
In the past, we have also scouted some exclusive locations, like hotels, palaces, and theaters, where you will be able to photograph the models in beautiful settings, amidst ancient furniture and tapestry, without having to share the rooms with many other photographers.
Venice during the Carnival is of course 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.
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.
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:
Spanning a pair of venerable canalside buildings, this elegant hotel is a 7-minute walk from Piazza San Marco square and a 13-minute walk from the iconic Rialto Bridge.
The ornate rooms feature late 19th-century furnishings and hardwood floors, and come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Some have beamed ceilings, Murano glass chandeliers and/or canal views, while upgraded rooms add terraces. Room service is available.
Breakfast is complimentary. There’s a bar and a guest lounge with a piano, plus a garden terrace.
Ugo Cei is a travel photographer from Italy, a workshop instructor and founder of Mediterranean Photo Tours. You can find his portfolio online at www.ucphoto.me.
Robin Yong is a travel photographer from Singapore with many years of experience photographing the Carnival of Venice. He is the author of Fairy Tales in Venice and Beginning in Venice and you can follow him on Facebook to see more of his work.