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Carnival in Venice 2020

Carnival in Venice Workshop

February 14 - 20, 2020


Jim Zuckerman Botswana Tour 2013


Jim has made some amazing contacts during the many photo workshops he has conducted in Venice, and this means that his

groups get unbelievable pictures during this 7-day trip — as you can see when you visit the photo gallery. We shoot costumed

models in a gondola, in a 16th-century palace, and in other locations that provide stunning backgrounds.  You will be breathless

after each day of shooting simply because the outrageous costumes, the colors, and the medieval backdrops will afford you the

best pictures you’ve ever taken in Europe.


This trip sells out so fast that people get upset with me when they can't get a space.  Therefore, if you really want to join Jim in

Venice during carnival, please don't wait to sign up.  



Visit the photo gallery



Venice is a wonderful and romantic place to visit any time during the year, but during Carnival it is unbelievable.  Set

in a medieval environment with stunning architecture and history behind every door is a festival that photographers just

shouldn’t miss.  Hundreds of people compete with each other for the most outrageous and creative costumes imaginable. 

The colors are breathtaking and the imagination of the designers knows no bounds.  However many pictures you think you

will take at this event, multiply that by at least five.  Trust me … your camera will be smoking on a daily basis!  In addition

to the many costumed people to photograph in San Marco Square and elsewhere in Venice, we will also have several

sessions where we will have models in full costume for private shoots and under our direction.  The model shoots will

be in different locations, one of which is on Burano Island which is famous for it’s amazing colorful architecture.



– Spectacular photography of costumed carnival participants

– Controlled model shoots

– Twilight photography of some of the most famous architecture in Europe

-- Interior photography of the famous La Fenice theater

– Critique sessions of your work

– Discussion of Photoshop techniques to enhance your images

– One of the best travel experiences you’ll ever have



We meet for the first time on February 14 at 4 pm in the lobby of the hotel.  If you depart from North America,

please note that you must leave February 13 in order to arrive for the first meeting.


We will stay in one hotel during our time in Venice, so there is no packing and unpacking.  Each day, we will photograph

carnival and the city of Venice.  This will include Burano Island, St. George Island, the famous Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s

Cathedral and San Marco Square.  Jim reserves most or all of the hotel, so our photo lectures and critique sessions take

place in the lobby.  The actual day by day itinerary varies because it depends on the weather, where exactly large congregations

of models occur, and what events are taking place in Venice. Each day, though, will be packed with brilliant photographic

opportunities. Jim posts a placard each day in the lobby with the next day's events.


The workshop ends on Feb. 20.  This is a travel day, so you can make your return reservation at any time.  Keep in mind that

if your flight home is very early (before 8 am), you will need to take a private water taxi from the hotel directly to the airport.


PLEASE NOTE:  This workshop has a lot of walking.  The only way to get around Venice is by foot and by boat.  There

are no cars at all because there are no roads. You will be given a week-long boat pass, but there are some places we shoot

that can only be reached by foot.


If you have trouble walking or negotiating steps, some of the activities may be too difficult for you, and therefore I don’t recommend this trip.  If you wish to discuss any limitations you have to see if they might prevent you from participating in the photography, feel free to drop me a note.  Or, I'll be happy to speak with you on the phone.  



Among the many topics Jim will cover in the informal lectures are:

1. How to shoot people

2. How to protect the highlights from blowing out in your pictures

3. The RAW workflow

4. Composition techniques

5. Professionally replacing backgrounds in Photoshop

6. How to expose your images successfully at twilight

7. Creatively using extreme wide angle lenses

8.. How to clean your sensor

9.  How to use off-camera flash 

10. Understanding white balance



The only options for travel are by foot and by boat. Expect the weather to be cold so bring a very warm jacket, gloves,

and hat. A color eBooklet will be sent to you about four months prior to departure, and this includes a list of recommended

gear, the hotel contact information, weather issues, airport pickup information, and more.  While you will be shooting every

day, time is set aside for photo instruction as well as critiques.  If you don’t want to travel with a laptop, you can load your

images on Jim's computer for the critiques.



The workshop is open to people of all skill levels and experience.  If you are not familiar with the basic principles of photo-

graphy, let Jim know and he can give you some instruction by phone prior to the trip or spend quiet time in the hotel lobby

to go over the basics. If you have purchased a new camera, make sure you are familiar with its controls.  You don't want

to be fumbling with buttons and menus during carnival. Everyone should bring the instruction manual for their camera.


Duration: 7 days, six nights

Tour cost:   $3850

Single supplement:   $785 (to have your own room)



All lodging (accommodation in double rooms) , all breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners, transportation

from the airport to the hotel by a combination of bus and public water taxi if you arrive on February 14 (if you arrive

early, you must make your way to the hotel on your own), a week-long Venice public water taxi pass, entrance fee and

photo fee for La Fenice, photo instruction, models, critiques of your work.


Not included:

International transportation to Venice, alcoholic beverages, tips, private water taxi directly from the

airport to the hotel if you choose that option.  A visa is not required to visit Italy for American and Canadian citizens.