Istanbul Photography Weekend

Join an award winning photojournalist on a four day street photography course

Join our Photography Masterclass on the streets of Istanbul

Maximum group size of 8-10 people

  • Learn photography with an award winning photographer
  • Benefit from one on one mentoring throughout the trip
  • Come with any SLR camera and master every setting
  • Learn Lee's secret formula for street photography
  • Boost your confidence and take stunning people portraits and landscapes
  • Get the most out of the course with a 30 minute Skype/Phone call before we go
  • Avoid the tourist traps and see the local side of Istanbul with an expert local guide
  • Experience the finest local Turkish cuisine
  • Enjoy Istanbul's vibrant nightlife
  • Stay in a beautiful boutique hotel

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Prices From: $1,306.00 without flights
Prices From: $1,969.00 with flights

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25-28 September 2014
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2-5 October 2014

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What's Included

All Flights and Visas Included

4 days
Boutique Hotel


  • Return flights from London to Istanbul
  • Return airport transfers in Istanbul


Expert Guide throughout, Professional photographer throughout,

Have you ever seen a moment that you wanted to capture, but you were too scared or hesitated to take the photograph? Do you want to become more confident at taking pictures and interacting with your subjects? Forget the boring theory and expensive photography schools and learn how to set your camera to stun on the run!

This course is ideal for those starting off with a digital SLR camera, with in-the-field tuition as well as review sessions. If you are passionate about photography, but lack the essential skills to capture that magic moment in its full magnificence, then prepare to take your expertise to the next level with this immersive, practical and fully hands-on course presented by photojournalist and The Flash Pack founder, Lee Thompson.

Lee has spent the last 12 years developing the perfect formula for street photography. He will teach you the exact steps to boost your confidence and ensure you come back with stunning shots every time.

The welcoming naturallight, visually compelling surroundings and vast choice of exotic subjects make Istanbul the perfect training ground for amateur photographers wishing to exchange the safety of shooting on automatic for the real deal (and enjoy some exquisite Turkish nosh too). The vibrant people and colourful city streets of Istanbul will be our studio and Lee will be our friendly private tutor. The group will also be joined by a local guide who will take us to the best restaurants and bars to make sure that you experience Istanbul like a local.

More practical street snapping with a real expert by your side than tedious lecture; more exciting adventure than strenuous boot camp; this intense street photography workshop is limited to 8 individuals per trip and will teach you how to:

*Master every setting on your camera and unleash your creativity

*Compose stunning images and explore unseen perspectives

*Learn the art of portrait and street photography

*Boost your confidence and take stunning people portraits and landscapes

*Enhance your technique and benefit from insider tips, tricks and shortcuts

*Capture that perfect moment no matter how low the light or fast the subject

*Enjoy a fun-filled 4 –day weekend and return a pro with the snaps to prove it.

About Lee Thompson

Lee is a bold adventurer with an appetite for sharing the unseen, uncharted and unexplored. As an award winning photographer (and Co-founder of The Flash Pack), Lee has been at the heart of many of the world's top breaking stories, including the Tsunami in Japan, Egyptian Revolution, and Libyan Conflict. He has worked alongside journalists in extreme hostile environments and developed an uncanny ability to deliver high-impact and evocative images under intense pressure. Lee has had work published in Time Magazine, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Sun, New York Times, Hello Magazine and NME (to name a few). Lee's images of the Libyan civil war are currently being used by human rights for war crimes against Colonel Gaddafi and were recently featured in the Press Photographers Year exhibition. Lee recently went viral with a selfie from the very top of Christ The Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro and appeared on every major TV network across the world like this CNN interview!

Click here to see some of Lee's work

Not sure if this is the course for you? Email Lee at and he will call you to discuss your needs.

Day 1 (Thursday) After a short flight to Ataturk airport, we will transfer to a stunning boutique hotel located in the heart of the old city - Sultanahmet, spend the day exploring Istanbul with your local guide or relax by yourself. Lee will be available anytime if you wish to go out and take photographs.

Early evening we will enjoy a meet & greet drink in a nearby bar where Lee will share some of his photography stories and street photography tips before a delicious dinner at a popular local restaurant within the fashionable district of Beyoğlu.

Day 2 (Friday) Master all the settings on your camera & learn the art of street photography To make the most of every sliver of natural light, we rise with the sun and begin our day with a location shoot in the grounds of the exquisite Blue Mosque. We hit the picturesque backstreets toward Aya Sofiya before enjoying a famous fish sandwich (balık-ekmek) at Galata Bridge on the Golden Horn.

Afternoon - After lunch we take a tram to the Fener and Balat districts. Once a focal point of the social and cultural lives of Greeks, Armenians and Jews, the Fener and Balat districts is great for photography and culture. The vibrantly coloured, old houses make way for some great shots.

Evening - Take a cable car to the top of Pierre Loti hill and take in the panoramic view of the Golden Horn, named after a French naval officer and novelist who lived in Istanbul. Watch the sun go down and photograph the spectacular views over the city. Enjoy a ferry ride back to the Galata Bridge before joining the group for a modern twist on Turkish food at a local restaurant.

Day 3 (Saturday) 20 minute photography challenges: Today we will test your photographic skills during a series of 20-minute 'photographic challenges'. Beginning at the vibrant Covered Bazaar before heading to the Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi  - a hookah cafe hidden in a 300-year-old alleyway near Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Don't worry, Lee will be by your side, mentoring you and making sure you feel confident approaching your subject!

After some local lunchtime nibbles we visit the spice market before Tea and Baklava in a local cafe.

Saturday night: Relax at your hotel or party the night away. Your expert guide will provide you with a list of the best bars and cafe's in town.

Day 4 (Sunday): Show us your pictures Over a hearty breakfast we will recap on everything learned during our short but fruitful stay and bring the course to a formal close with a show and tell session before heading back to the Airport for an afternoon flight back home.

Itinerary disclaimer From time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. Please ensure you have read the latest Trip Notes before booking or travelling on your tour. Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.

 Explore Turkey

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Red Tape:
You do not need to apply for the visa before you leave your home country. There are no pre-immigration papers or forms that have to be filled out ahead of time either. You can easily see the Visa office, next to the Passport contours at Ataturk airport, which is open 24 hours, all days...before you get in to the Passport control.

Prices for Visas are $20 or £10


1GBP = 3.18813 Turkish LiraThere are 24-hour exchange bureaux (döviz bürosu) in the arrivals hall at Atatürk International Airport that offer rates comparable to those offered by bureaux in the city. Count the money you’re given carefully and save your currency-exchange receipts (bordro), as you may need them to reconvert Turkish liras at the end of your stay.

US dollars and euros are easily changed at exchange bureaux. They are also often accepted as payment without being changed. Rates are similar whichever bureau you go to, with the possible exception of those in the tourist precinct of Sultanahmet. Bureaux are open long hours (at a minimum, between 9am and 7pm). You will usually need to show your passport when changing cash.

As Turkish liras are fully convertible, there is no black market.


It is custom to tip in Turkey. In the majority of Istanbul’s bars and restaurants, service is not included. Just like the UK the rule of thumb is to leave a tip worth 10% of the bill in restaurants, cafés and bars. It is also custom to tip hotel staff - the amount is at your discretion, but the norm is TL 2 per person.


Just like throughout Europe it's the standard 2 pin plug

Did you know…

- Istanbul is the only city in the world that stands in two different continents, Europe and Asia
- Although it was the capital of some of the most important empires in the world: Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman; Istanbul is not Turkey’s capital. Ankara is the country’s capital since it became the Republic of Turkey in 1923. It is however its largest city with close to 12 million people.
- The Blue Mosque, one of the cities landmarks, is the only mosque in the city with 6 minarets in its façade
- Istanbul, which used to be known as Constantinople thanks to the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, is built on seven hills to match the seven hills of Rome.
- The Grand Bazaar is the biggest old covered bazaar in the world, with over 3.000 shops.
- Istanbul is surrounded by sea, with the Bosphorus cutting right through it. And yet, snow is common in the city, with the annual average being 18 inches.
- You can't visit Istanbul and not have a kebab!

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