Learn the basics on one of the more exotic Photography Holidays

A leading provider of photography holidays to get up to speed with your camera including a mix of activities and cooking classes

This is a week for complete beginners those new to photography, who would like to understand their cameras a bit better as well as for amateur photographers who would like some interesting photographic opportunities mixed in with other activities in a relaxing week.  You can take cooking classes, experience a local Hammam, and go off the beaten track with horses, quads or camels.  It’s about getting the mix between learning and downtime, tailored to suit you.  We’ve been running photography holidays since 2010 and feel confident meeting all guest’s needs.

SKILLS ACQUIRED AT THE END OF THE WEEK

 

*  Learn all about your camera controls and functionality.

*  Learn how to set up your camera for different situations.

*  Learn how to use different focal lengths for creative purposes.

*  Understand how to manipulate exposure and get off fully auto.

*  Gain the confidence to photograph people in difference situations.

*  Learn how to use light to create visually interesting images.

*  Gain an insight into evaluating why some photos work better than others.

*  Know how to approach editing your own photos.

The Summer school for beginners is a full 5 day programme that will get you up to speed on using your camera and give you the skills to shoot in a variety of situations.  Each day you’ll explore a different genre of photography; abstract, architecture, portraiture and reportage exploring a beach at sunset, a country market, a bustling port and a historic medina. 

The programme leads you through, step by step, from the camera basics on day one to editing your images on day 7.  Working as part of a group offers invaluable learning through looking at the images of others, giving you a better understanding of what works in various situations and how you could have approached things differently.  The week is nicely paced allowing you time to also explore other activities.

On reviewing images, we will look at all your photos on the class computer.  This way we can get to see the successes but also learn from what didn’t work so well.  Unlike most photography holidays, this comprehensive viewing is a unique aspect of the course offering a deep and detailed daily photo review of your images. 

Often used as a location for many films and TV series, Essaouira is a visual feast where you can quickly get up to speed in finding subjects to photograph. 

Set within a small and easily navigated medina town, the locations on offer include an historic working port, seascape with crashing waves on rocks, narrow alleyways, colourful doors/windows with old locks, street sellers, beach scenes with camels and horses as well as a variety of inanimate oddities that beg to be snapped.  It’s a town that’s in touch with its historical roots and the effects of the coastal climate means the worn and derelict take pride of place.

Day One – Arrival day (Saturday).  Settle into your Riad.

 

Day Two – Camera Fundamentals Workshop

9:30am – 12:30pm

The morning will be set aside for getting to know your camera’s functionality including all about the priority modes, your exposure triangle of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. You’ll also look at exposure control, histograms and using your exposure compensation button, as well as keeping your camera free from shake.

12.30pm – 2:00pm

A group alfresco lunch.

2.00pm – 3:00pm

An exercise on the Riad terrace understanding your lenses and how to influence a depth of field (DOF).

3.00pm – 5:30pm

A tutor led photo session at the famous battlements.

5.30pm – 7:30pm

After uploading your images we’ll take a first look at what you’re getting right.

8.00pm  – An evening group dinner at a recommended restaurant.

 

Day Three – Using depth of field (DOF) & juxtaposition to compose

The focus of today’s tuition will be two composition workshops in the medina and port, thinking about depth of field, exposure and composition.  You will also benefit from one-to-one feedback during the day to assess your progress, providing feedback on your images and taking your understanding a step further.

9:30am – 10:30pm

A presentation on composition and the abstract in photography.

10:30am – 12:30pm

A tutor led group walk around with cameras.

12.30pm – 2:00pm

A group alfresco lunch.

2.00pm – 4:00pm

Individual free time.

4.00pm – 5:30pm

Your photos from this morning will be uploaded to the workshop computer and viewed as a group with suggestions for the next session in the port.

6.00pm – 7:30pm

A tutor led photo walk around the port looking for selective views.

8.00pm – An evening group dinner at a recommended restaurant.

 

Day Four – ‘Portrait’ workshop

9:30am – 11:30pm

A review of the previous afternoon’s photography at the port will be followed by a presentation on portrait photography covering camera set-up, DOF and framing compositional choices.

11.30am – 1.30pm

A tutor led introduction to Essaouira’s workers:  Thuya designers, Argan sellers or a silversmith.

12.30pm – 2:00pm

A group alfresco lunch.

3.30pm – 5.30pm – Individual Tutorials

Here we’ll upload your morning portrait photos and take a detailed look at the best from the sessions so far, identifying where you would like to improve and covering any technical camera question you will still have.

5.30pm – 6.30pm

A presentation on reportage or street photography in Essaouira and beyond.

6.30pm – 8.00pm  – Sunset time and Silhouettes

A tutor led sunset photography session along the beach, and a chance to get some good shots of camel and horse riders at dusk using the correct camera settings.

8.30pm – An evening group dinner at a recommended restaurant.

Day Five – Enjoy photographing vibrant colours at a country market

9:30am – 12:30pm

A morning at a local market (souk) practising your street photography and a portrait session at an Argan cooperative 25km from Essaouira.

The afternoon is set aside for an optional cooking class in the countryside and a swim.

8.00pm  – A evening group dinner at a recommended restaurant.

 

Day Six – ‘Reportage’ Workshop

9:30am – 11:30pm

We’ll be reviewing photos from the previous day at the country market and cooperative.

11:30am – 12:30pm

A tutor led tour of the port using your telephoto lenses to capture the sales and landing activity.

12.30pm – 2:00pm

A group alfresco lunch.

2.00pm – 4.00pm

Individual tutorials and setting a task for the following morning to find: patterns, curves or collections of things.

4.00pm – 6.00pm

The afternoon is free to explore, relax, take an activity or practise your photography independently. 

6.00pm – 7.00pm

A session at the port or on the rocky beach using ND filters to create long shutter speeds and create motion blur on seascapes.

8.00pm – An Evening group dinner at a recommended restaurant.

 

Day Seven – Your morning is set aside for individual free time.

4:30pm – 6.30pm

We’ll upload your last batch of photos taken the previous afternoon/this morning and present your week’s highlights.

8:00pmEvening group dinner at a recommended restaurant.

 

Day Eight – Departure day (Saturday)

A final selection of your week’s best photos will be uploaded to your own personal portfolio gallery for you to keep.

 

Equipment required:

DSLR or mirrorless camera with a standard – telephoto zoom (or prime)lens.

ND filters(optional).

Weather conditions can also lead to a change in the programme. This photography holidays itinerary is suitable for guests with some previous experience of photography as well as complete beginners.

 

Link to Darren’s biography.

This is a week for complete beginners, those new to photography, who would like to understand their cameras a bit better as well as for amateur photographers who would like some interesting photographic opportunities mixed in with other activities in a relaxing week.  You can take cooking classes, experience a local Hammam, and go off the beaten track with horses, quads or camels.  It’s about getting the mix between learning and downtime, tailored to suit you.  We’ve been running photography holidays since 2010 and feel confident meeting all guests’ needs.

SKILLS ACQUIRED AT THE END OF THE WEEK

 

*  Learn all about your camera controls and functionality.

*  Learn how to set up your camera for different situations.

*  Learn how to use different focal lengths for creative purposes.

*  Understand how to manipulate exposure and get off fully auto.

*  Gain the confidence to photograph people in difference situations.

*  Learn how to use light to create visually interesting images.

*  Gain an insight into evaluating why some photos work better than others.

*  Know how to approach editing your own photos.

 

The Summer school for beginners is a full 5 day programme that will get you up to speed on using your camera and give you the skills to shoot in a variety of situations.  Each day you’ll explore a different genre of photography; abstract, architecture, portraiture and reportage, exploring a beach at sunset, a country market, a bustling port and a historic medina.  The programme leads you through, step by step, from the camera basics on day one to editing your images on day 7.  Working as part of a group offers invaluable learning through looking at the images of others, giving you a better understanding of what works in various situations and how you could have approached things differently.  The week is nicely paced allowing you time to also explore other activities.

On reviewing images, we will look at all your photos on the class computer.  This way we can get to see the successes but also learn from what didn’t work so well.  Unlike most photography holidays, this comprehensive viewing is a unique aspect of the course offering a deep and detailed daily photo review of your images. 

Often used as a location for many films and TV series, Essaouira is a visual feast where you can quickly get up to speed in finding subjects to photograph.  Set within a small and easily navigated medina town, the locations on offer include an historic working port, seascape with crashing waves on rocks, narrow alleyways, colourful doors/windows with old locks, street sellers, beach scenes with camels and horses as well as a variety of inanimate oddities that beg to be snapped.  It’s a town that’s in touch with its historical roots and the effects of the coastal climate means the worn and derelict take pride of place.

 

Day One – Arrival day (Saturday). Settle into your Riad.

 

Day Two – Camera Fundamentals Workshop

9:30am – 12:30pm

The morning will be set aside for getting to know your camera’s functionality including all about the priority modes, your exposure triangle of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. You’ll also look at exposure control, histograms and using your exposure compensation button, as well as keeping your camera free from shake.

12.30pm – 2:00pm

A group alfresco lunch.

2.00pm – 3:00pm

An exercise on the Riad terrace understanding your lenses and how to influence a depth of field (DOF).

3.00pm – 5:30pm

A tutor led photo session at the famous battlements.

5.30pm – 7:30pm

After uploading your images we’ll take a first look at what you’re getting right.

8.00pm  – An evening group dinner at a recommended restaurant.

 

Day Three – Using depth of field (DOF) & juxtaposition to compose

The focus of today’s tuition will be two composition workshops in the medina and port, thinking about depth of field, exposure and composition.  You will also benefit from one-to-one feedback during the day to assess your progress, providing feedback on your images and taking your understanding a step further.

9:30am – 10:30pm

A presentation on composition and the abstract in photography.

10:30am – 12:30pm

A tutor led group walk around with cameras.

12.30pm – 2:00pm

A group alfresco lunch.

2.00pm – 4:00pm

Individual free time.

4.00pm – 5:30pm

Your photos from this morning will be uploaded to the workshop computer and viewed as a group with suggestions for the next session in the port.

6.00pm – 7:30pm

A tutor led photo walk around the port looking for selective views.

8.00pm – An evening group dinner at a recommended restaurant.

 

Day Four – ‘Portrait’ workshop

9:30am – 11:30pm

A review of the previous afternoon’s photography at the port will be followed by a presentation on portrait photography covering camera set-up, DOF and framing compositional choices.

11.30am – 1.30pm

A tutor led introduction to Essaouira’s workers:  Thuya designers, Argan sellers or a silversmith.

12.30pm – 2:00pm

A group alfresco lunch.

3.30pm – 5.30pm – Individual Tutorials

Here we’ll upload your morning portrait photos and take a detailed look at the best from the sessions so far, identifying where you would like to improve and covering any technical camera question you will still have.

5.30pm – 6.30pm

A presentation on reportage or street photography in Essaouira and beyond.

6.30pm – 8.00pm  – Sunset time and Silhouettes

A tutor led sunset photography session along the beach, and a chance to get some good shots of camel and horse riders at dusk using the correct camera settings.

8.30pm – An evening group dinner at a recommended restaurant.

 

Day Five – Enjoy photographing vibrant colours at a country market

9:30am – 12:30pm

A morning at a local market (souk) practising your street photography and a portrait session at an Argan cooperative 25km from Essaouira.

The afternoon is set aside for an optional cooking class in the countryside and a swim.

8.00pm  – A evening group dinner at a recommended restaurant.

 

Day Six – ‘Reportage’ Workshop

9:30am – 11:30pm

We’ll be reviewing photos from the previous day at the country market and cooperative.

11:30am – 12:30pm

A tutor led tour of the port using your telephoto lenses to capture the sales and landing activity.

12.30pm – 2:00pm

A group alfresco lunch.

2.00pm – 4.00pm

Individual tutorials and setting a task for the following morning to find: patterns, curves or collections of things.

4.00pm – 6.00pm

The afternoon is free to explore, relax, take an activity or practise your photography independently. 

6.00pm – 7.00pm

A session at the port or on the rocky beach using ND filters to create long shutter speeds and create motion blur on seascapes.

8.00pm – An Evening group dinner at a recommended restaurant.

 

Day Seven – Your morning is set aside for individual free time.

4:30pm – 6.30pm

We’ll upload your last batch of photos taken the previous afternoon/this morning and present your week’s highlights.

8:00pmEvening group dinner at a recommended restaurant.

 

Day Eight – Departure day (Saturday)

A final selection of your week’s best photos will be uploaded to your own personal portfolio gallery for you to keep.

 

Equipment required:

DSLR or mirrorless camera with a standard – telephoto zoom (or prime)lens.

ND filters(optional).

Weather conditions can also lead to a change in the programme. This photography holiday itinerary is suitable for guests with some previous experience of photography as well as complete beginners. You can view images from past workshops at the galleries page

 

A link to Darren’s biography.

Weeks are available during June and July for a minimum group of three. If you can assemble some friends then email me for availability.

FEE: £1285

Peter & Yvette

 

We were both absolute beginners and at the start of the course we knew absolutely nothing about DSLR photography. At the end of the week we left not only with knowledge of camera techniques but also with an awareness of composition. Darren Lewey is an inspirational teacher and he ignited in us an enthusiasm for photography. 

Max

 

As a beginner to SLR photography, with a new camera, the initial days were challenging but I was really pleased with my improvement from Darren’s guidance. In a group of 3 we had a good level of feedback.