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Book your Hidden Venice Photography Workshop
Would you like to book your private workshop? Are you interested in inquiring about prices, terms, requirements, or the like? Or maybe you just want to discuss in detail about how it works. Whatever your need is, just fill in the form below and send me your inquiry. I will be back to you right away.
Details and Requirements
Number of students per workshop: minimum 1, maximum  3 students

Duration: minimum 2, maximum 4 days
3 days
* is the recommended length, as it is indeed the ideal timeframe for putting together a very effective itinerary, and it still allows enough free time for a few good image processing/image critiquing sessions.

*upon request the maximum duration can be extended up to six days. Please inquire for prices.

Workshops Availability
The workshops are available year around.
Venice is nice to photograph in any time of the year, although winter should be the first choice if possible. In the coldest months the city is almost tourists-free, everyone is more relaxed, prices are cheaper and, most important thing for photographers, the mist and bad weather provide the best conditions for photos rich with mood, drama and of greater impact.
If you want to read further about the experience of visiting and photographing Venice in the cold and misty days of winter, please check my two blog articles:

•   
In Venice as a Venetian
•    Hazy shades of Venice

Pricing*

Low season (approx. from November to mid March)
2 days, 1 student: 1.250,00 €
3 days, 1 student: 1.600,00 €
4 days, 1 student: 1.950,00 €

High Season
(from Mid March to October)
2 days, 1 student: 1.350,00 €
3 days, 1 student: 1.800,00 €
4 days, 1 student: 2.150,00 €

*
a discount applies for groups of 2 or 3 students. Please inquire for prices.

What's included
- full time in-the-field tutoring and instructions
- at least one image processing class (min. 2 hours) per workshop

What's not included
Travel costs for reaching the accommodation, hotels/B&B rates, entrance fees (if any), meals and beverages are not included in the cost of admission unless specified.

Booking
please use the form in this page for contacting me. Fill in all fields and let me know about the desired dates, duration and number of students. I will be back to you right away with my best quote and a detailed, personalized itinerary that will take into account your particular needs, the chosen duration, the period of the year, the expectable weather conditions and that will in any case be tailored to match your highest expectations.

Deposit

A deposit of 1/3 of the total amount is due at the moment of the reservation, this is required to secure your place at the workshop.
The final balance payment is due no later than 15 days before the beginning of the workshop.

Accepted payments
Bank Transfer, Credit Cards, Paypal

Accommodations
In Venice it is possible to find literally every kind of accomodation, from the small, family-ruled "pensione" to the top, 5 stars hotel of the big chains. Participants are free to stay in the accommodation that better suits their needs/requirement, provided that the chosen hotel is at a reasonable walking distance  from San Marco square, i.e. not more than 20-30 minutes. I will be happy to help in the case you need suggestions for choosing your accomodation.


Cancellation policy

If you cancel within 15 days before the workshop start, you will be refunded the deposit minus 100,00 € as administrative fee.
No refund will be issued for cancellations received with 15 days or less remaining before the workshop starting date.
Please note that there is no exception to this policy. For this reason it is strongly recommended to purchase refundable plane/train tickets only and endow yourself with a trip cancellation insurance.
All cancellation request must be in writing.

Insurance
All participants must be in possession of a valid Health and Accident Insurance with repatriation cover.





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Gear - Clothes - Key Features

Recommended gear
- Tripod
- Dslr camera
- Camera user's manual
- Wide angle to normal zoom lens,  at least 24/70 mm on a full frame sensor, the equivalent on cropped sensors. Ideally one 16/35 mm and a 28/70 mm
- Long tele zoom lens - 70/200mm is enough, 300mm is recommended
- Enough storage cards for at least 16 GB
- Extra Camera batteries
- Photography backpacks come in handy to protect the equipment if it rains and to facilitate transfers from a shooting location to another
- polarizer filter
- a set of Graduated ND filters, at least a 2 and a 3 stops (it is ideal to have all the range from 1 to 4 stops)
- ND filters for long exposures, ideally  one 10 stops and one 6 stop
- remote  (or cable) switch
- for the image processing session, a laptop with Photoshop CS3 or newer and Lightroom 3.x or newer


Clothes/accessories
If you plan to come over in the good season (from April to mid October), there are no particular requirements about clothes. A wind/rain proof jacket and a pair of comfortable walking shoes is all you need for enjoying your city tour.
Winter days though, are cold, very damp and often foggy in Venice, and wind may be strong and chilly cold when blowing from the east and from the Alps. So a full set of warm winter clothes is recommended, including but not limited to:
- a pair of very comfortable and warm walking shoes
- gumboots are optional, but they become a must-have in the case of "acqua alta", the exceptional tide peaks that regularly occur in winter in the Venetian Lagoon and that are capable of causing the flood of a large part of the city centre. If you don't want to bring a pair with you, many shops sell them in the days of high tides.
- wind/rain proof jacket
- pile pullovers, gloves, headdress
Key skills you will learn

- build  a strong technical background
- master the basics of landscape photography
- learn how to effectively compose a cityscape picture with the help of the most common composition rules
- learn how to photograph with challenging lighting, such as at sunrise and sunset
- learn the basics of night/low light photography in a urban context
- learn how to frame effective compositions in a urban contest
- recognize how the quality of the light, the time of the day and weather conditions can play in your favour for producing strong images with  higher artistic content
- learn when and how use filters
- understand how and when breaking the rules can be helpful for creating images of more impact
- learn how to pre-visualize, compose and shoot panoramas
- learn how to pre-visualize, compose and shoot very long exposures with the help of strong ND filters
- advanced techniques of image processing with the most common software tools such as Photoshop and Lightroom

Difficulty

None. All the shooting locations are directly accessible by walking or with the "vaporetto".

We will have short daily walking of a few hundred meters one way. For longer transfers we will use the public transportation. If you choose to come in winter, though, the unpredictable and fast-changing weather conditions typical of the Venetian Lagoon can be a bit more demanding. Therefore a reasonable  level of fitness, adaptability and familiarity with outdoor activities in winter time is required.





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