Trip in detail
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 a professional expert street photographer.
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 the photographer 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.
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.
Early evening we will enjoy a meet & greet drink in a nearby bar where our photographer will share their 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.
"As a keen amateur photographer I have recently returned from a fab 4 days Street Photography workshop in Istanbul, led by Flashpack 'snapper' Lee Thompson himself! The Reggie Ottoman Hotel where the trip was based was in a great location, very nicely furnished ( v comfy bed!) and within striking distance of the major sites but also easily accessible to explore other areas including trendy Beyogla. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Lee and Tolga (our Turkish guide) took us to a great mix of areas on both the European and Asian sides of Istanbul - all offering their own unique style and photographic opportunities. Balat was my favourite for its colourful edginess. The Turkish folk couldn't have been friendlier and loved having their photo's taken - a key consideration when picking a venue for a photography workshop. I felt that within the length of the trip I had seen far more of Istanbul than a casual visitor might. In the evenings we explored some cracking local resturants and bars and enjoyed a tipple or two of the local Raki! The group were all great company as were Lee and Tolga. Thoroughly enjoyed myself and very happy with my selection of images from the trip. If you are keen on photography, are prepared to go off the beaten path and explore a buzzing, upcoming city...go, go, go to istanbul with The Flash Pack! Camilla Field
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