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Carnival in Venice workshop 2018

February 1 - 8, 2018


Jim Zuckerman Botswana Tour 2013


I have made some amazing contacts during the many photo workshops I’ve conducted in Venice, and this means that my 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 me in Venice during carnival, please don't wait to sign up.  


Venice is a wonderful and romantic place to visit at 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 (on the 2010 trip, one man shot 35 gigs in one day!).  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.

Duration: 7 days, six nights

Tour cost:   $3650

Single supplement:   $785

Includes:  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 2 (if you arrive early, you must make your way to the hotel on your own per the explicit instructions in the eBooklet you will receive), 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, UK, Australian, or Canadian citizens.



– 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 theater La Fenice
– Critique sessions of your work
– Discussion of Photoshop techniques to enhance your images
– One of the best travel experiences you’ll ever have


You will depart from North America on February 1 and arrive in Venice on February 2.  If you are departing from Europe, then you can depart from home on February 2. We meet for the first time on February 2 at 4pm in the lobby of our hotel.  

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.  I reserve virtually the entire 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.

The workshop ends on February 8.  This is a travel day, so you can make your return reservation at any time on this day.  Keep in mind that if your flight home is very early (before 8am), 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:  615 414-7644.  



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 (this makes a HUGE difference in  your flash photography)

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, electrical adapter description, a list of participants, 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 photography, 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.  You should also familiarize yourself with your flash because there are many wonderful off-camera flash opportunities for unique lighting if you'd like to explore those possibilities.  Jim's ebook:  Flash Made Easy will be very helpful to you.  Click HERE to check out this eBook.