From the thin line of light at sunrise that strikes the bell tower of San Giorgio Maggiore to the sunset shadows of the Lido, Venice is light itself and a photographers dream.
This is a limited opportunity to join a group of like-minded, passionate, photographers who will learn from world-renowned photographer and teacher, David Simchock.
With time for expert critique both during and after days of work ‘in the field’, this workshop will inspire you and expand your creative comfort zone. The texture of earth, colors of sky and stone and time in one of the most beautiful cities and regions in the world are waiting for you.
Each and every day during the workshop your group will have the additional resources of a bi-lingual guide who will ensure that the group transfers to all of the photo venues with ease. If any additional services are needed at any time throughout your workshop, this tour partner will ensure all of your needs and requirements are met.
Our workshops provide unique opportunities for participants to get away from the "cliché" scenes of Venice to practice their craft in some of the best-kept secrets of the city and region. We avoid the crowds, choosing the lesser-known nooks and crannies over the tourist hoarded sights. We also ensure that resources are available during the workshops for professional critiques of each day's work.
We ensure that the group transfers to all of the photo venues with ease. With the full time support of a bi-lingual group leader, who handles all the details, you can relax and learn in an environment unlike any other photography workshops available.
Participation for this workshop is limited to a maximum of only twelve (12) photographers
The price includes: Meet and greet at your centrally located Venice hotel. Hotel accommodations provide private bathrooms for participants
Professional daily leadership of world famous photographer David Simchock. Our small group size assures you of the best possible attention throughout the workshop
Bi-lingual guide assistance throughout the workshop to provide whatever support is required
Assistance of professional travel agent and travel insurance company in support of the workshop to assist with travel (air) arrangements and travel insurance (if requested)
Itinerary supports for those who may arrive a few days before, or who wish to stay after, the workshop to visit other sites and cities across Italy (provided at no cost to workshop participants) Please contact us for further details.
Workshop participants arrive Venice Marco Polo Airport or the Santa Lucia Train station.
Participants take the water bus from the airport (or water bus from the train station) to a centrally located hotel in the Castello sestieri (neighborhood) of Venice
Meet and greet by David Simchock and your bi-lingual staff leader
Short afternoon orientation with David Simchock
Early morning departure for the islands of Burano and Torcello
Full day of photography on both islands
Return to Venice before sunset
Sunset/evening shoot with David in the Rialto area of the city
Group dinner at local trattoria
Shooting day on the island of Giudecca, to include a visit to a gondola workshop where participants can photograph workman as they create the city’s iconic form of transportation
Full day shoot in the alleyways and along the canals of the San Marco sestieri (neighborhood)
Sunset shoot with David on the Lido (beach) island of Venice
Early departure via train to the city of Vicenza. Full day shoot in the renaissance city center of the city, to include the Teatro Olympico and Piazza Palladio. Local guide will be with the group for the entire day
Return to Venice around 6:00PM
Early morning through mid-morning shoot at the Venice Mercato along the Grand Canal
Afternoon excursion to the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni for guided tour with photography of the printing presses and monastery. Group lead by Armenian monk.
Return to Venice late afternoon (Island visiting hours are strictly controlled)
Evening/night shoot with David in the Piazza San Marco and along the Calle Larga XXII Marzo
Early morning visit to one of the glass furnace/workshops on the island of Murano.
Shoot will continue through lunch today with David
Afternoon return to Venice
(Note: If weather permits this evening, the group will be taken to a little-known trattoria near Ponte Sabbione via a private boat, with dinner following. If weather is not cooperative, group dinner will be held in the city center at a local trattoria)
Early morning departures for the Venice airport or train station for return travel, or onward journey
May my spouse or partner, a person not involved with the workshop, accompany me during the workshop?
We welcome those travelers who may accompany you in Italy. There is a single supplement for those not participating in the workshop. The supplement for the additional person is $550.00 for the week.
May I have a private/single room during the workshop?
Yes. There is a single supplement for those participating the workshop of $500.00 for the week to cover the additional cost of a double room for single use during the workshop.
Will the Workshop instructor be with us every day?
Yes, David Simchock will be with the participants every minute of the day during the photo shoots. Critiques of individual participant's work will be provided by David during the workshop.
Will we be able to see other photographer's work at the conclusion of the workshop?
Yes, there will be a presentation of work before the group's dinner on the last evening of the workshop.
What makes this workshop different and a better use of my time and money from other such workshops?
• Small group, limited to a maximum of twelve, minimum of ten, participants. This ensures the most attentive support possible during your workshop in Venice and the Veneto region. Most photography workshops include up to twenty-five participants, limiting time with the professional workshop instructor.
• Bi-Lingual tour support throughout the workshop to assist participants in any way needed.
• Itinerary planning assistance in advance of the workshop, to include recommendations for air travel to/from the United States, itinerary support for time before and/or after the workshop for additional travel is participants are interested in such services.
• A full and challenging schedule. There will be some open time during the workshop, but the majority of each day will be spent with the workshop leader in capturing Venice and the Veneto region in unique and unforgettable ways.
The Venice and Veneto Photography workshop is $2900.00 per person, land only
NOTE: If booking-deposit-is received prior to March 31, 2103, an additional $100.00 per person discount is applied to the workshop cost
Single Supplement: For those participants wishing to have a private room / private bath during the workshop, there is a single supplement of $500.00
Non-participant: For those who are traveling with a participant in the workshop, but are not participating in the daily schedule, there is a non-participant supplement of $500.00
A deposit of $500.00 secures your space for the workshop. The balance is due 90 days before US Departure. For the 2013 Venice and Veneto Workshop, 90 days prior to the departure date for the workshop, when full payment is due, is Friday, June 21, 2013
For reservations made after June 21, 2013, full payment is due at time of booking
If cancellation is received after deposit is paid, and prior to April 30, 2013, 100% of the deposit is refunded
If cancellation is made between May 1 and May 25, 2013, 50% of the total paid to date is refunded
If cancellation is made between May 26 and June 20, 2013, 25% of the total paid to date is refunded
Cancellations after June 21, 2013 are non-refundable