Venice is one of the most photographed cities in the world, and rightly so. But if, like me, you are not a great photographer, it’s possible that your shots will disappoint you: does it ever happen to you that the sight you were happy to have caught simply did not translate on paper (or on the screen)? It happens to me all the time and this is why I feel a photography workshop in Venice is such a clever way to visit the city.

I have already written about photography holidays so it might come as no surprise to you that for this photography workshop in Venice I recommend Patrick Nicholas,  a great photographer and travel companion.

Patrick is based in Orvieto, but once a year he goes to Venice to host this photography workshop (and enjoy the beauties of one of the most special cities in the world).  Patrick knows Venice extremely well: he used to be a guide there in the 1980s so you can be guaranteed he’ll show you the best Venice has to offer!

The workshop takes place at the start of December, just when the advent season starts. This is a great time of the year to visit Venice: fewer tourists (for Venice standards, at least) mean a much more authentic experience of the city and while the weather is sometimes chilly, it is also responsible for some truly magical atmospheres.

In terms of photography, this time of the year is one of the most interesting. Misty mornings on the canals often make way to bright crisp days when the colours of the Venice facades come to life. Also, the acqua alta that sometimes washes Venice’s piazzas make for a beautiful shot and light games and reflection.

Phtography workshop in Venice

This photo is courtesy of Patrick Nicholas: thank you, Patrick!

It’s also a fun experience: I know acqua alta can be annoying, but I think it’s such a special phenomenon and so quintessentially Venetian, it’s almost a must have experience!

I might be just a victim of a romanticism, but strolling around the streets of Venice with photo equipment in hand and occasionally stop for food and coffee feeling as if we were shooting an insightful documentary about the city, is one of those experiences with a huge cool factor

Patrick is an experienced photographer and tutor and his workshop is for anyone with an interest in photography, regardless of experience and quality of the equipment.

The photography workshop is available over the course of 3 days. Accommodation is not provided (although it can be organised) so it’s perfect if you have already planned time in Venice and want to learn something new and look at the city, literally, with a different eye.

What do you think: does it sound like the photography workshop for you? If you want additional information or are ready to book, you can contact Patrick directly from his website. Please say to him you hear about this workshop from me 🙂 Thank you!

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