Exclusive 5 day residential photography courses in lovely Venice

 Workshop Series: Venice (max 4 people per course!)

 

Course VEN/18-2      Sun 2 Dec - Thurs 6 Dec 2018 - sold out

Course VEN/19-1  Sun 1 Dec - Thurs 5 Dec 2019

 

Summary

4 star luxury in a 5 star location. Small groups of just 4 photographers maximum!

Venice is a beautiful location for photographers.

Chris will take you to the perfect locations at the right time of each day and will assist you in finding the most engaging composition and making your best shots in each location.

While the focus is on sunrise and sunset field sessions, other field sessions will take place during each day (weather permitting) and Chris will lead you through the various techniques required.

As the midday sun takes centre stage (or if it starts to rain!) , Chris will also provide post - production seminars, back at the Hotel (though we aim to shoot for most of the day!) . In the evenings, there will be the opportunity to discuss your best (or most challenging) shot of the day.

This workshop will give you the opportunity to build your Venice portfolio while learning new techniques in the field and post - production workflow.

Remember we only take 4 photographers max. This gives you a better chance of capturing that special shot!

Cost (5 day course)

£ 1,545 per Photographer (see 'What's included' & 'What's not included', below). includes all tuition and your own private room in the hotel.

A £ 300 deposit* is due at time of booking payable to Chris Ceaser Photographic Enterprises Ltd.

Balance by monthly payments**, or by deposit with balance paid 6 weeks prior to course.

** Your balance can be split into monthly payments with the final payment due 6 weeks prior to course date. Contact Chris to discuss this option.

Non-photography partners are welcome, however a small surcharge may apply.  Please ask for details!

What’s included?

Your Venice Workshop Includes:

  • 4 nights’ lodging at a lovely 4-star Hotel in the heart of Venice. (see www.hotelsaturnia.it)
    All bedrooms have private, en-suite bathroom.
    Continental breakfast is included, with some hot options.  See below for Hotel details.
  • Welcome drinks and course introduction on the Sunday.
  • 3 day Vaporetto boat pass (Mon-Weds) for moving around the city.
  • 4 sunrise, 3 sunset and other daily field sessions.
  • Personal instruction by Chris in the field, including on the spot critiques and advice.
  • 2 x 45/60 minute practical overviews by Chris on development techniques, covering Lightroom.
  • 3 group critique sessions, in which the shots you take during the workshop are discussed.

.... AND A GUARANTEED MAXIMUM OF JUST 4 PEOPLE PER COURSE!!!!

What’s not included?

The following is not Included but we are happy to advise you on options, where appropriate:

  • Airfare & Visas - We recommend that you fly to Venice Marco Polo Airport, to arrive mid-afternoon on the Sunday. (typical airfare is around £160 return)
  • Insurances - We strongly advise you take out personal travel insurance. Companies like AA travel insurance will provide single trip cover for just £10. This covers all monies paid in the event of illness, jury service etc....
  • Airport Transfer - We can provide advice on the options available – please ask. (water bus takes around 40 mins and costs around 30 euros return)
  • Meals - Breakfast is included in our hotel.
    Lunch is up to you – stop to sit at a Trattoria for a leisurely break or, like us, grab a panini and a drink for around € 8 as you move between locations.
    Dinner is up to you but we would love you to join us and your fellow Photographers at the restaurants we recommend – we try to limit costs to € 15 a head for a main course.
  • Local Tourist Tax - There is a tourism tax in Venice which you need to pay tot he hotel on check out. It is normally a small amount, around 4 or 5 euros per day. I would advise you to check the current rate before booking.

Itinerary

Sunday

You are welcome to arrive at the Hotel from 3pm to settle in – we will be there to meet you.

Complimentary Drinks will be served at the Hotel at 7pm and then you can either join Chris for dinner or have some time to yourself.

Monday sunrise to Thursday at noon.

Sunrise

Sunrise is at around 07:35 each morning.

Your day will begin at around 06:30 as we leave the Hotel for the sunrise shoot - locations will vary and may involve a quick Vaporetto ride.

We head back to the Hotel after shooting the golden hour (or so), for breakfast.

Day

The period between the sunrise and sunset shoots is broken up into small processing sessions and the opportunity to explore the real Venice, as we go off the beaten track to shoot the canals & historic buildings:

  • Chris will run a couple of 45/60 minute seminars on post-production workflow and techniques, back at the Hotel looking at Lightroom. The timing of this will be confirmed on the day as it may depend on conditions – if the light is good, we shoot! You might choose to pick up a panini in a local café to eat during the seminars.
  • Chris will also run a critique session at the end of each day, normally before dinner. This will feature the Photographer’s own work and Chris will give constructive feedback on the chosen images from each day.
  • Other field sessions with Chris will be available during each day. The emphasis of the course will be on taking photographs and having a great time away with your camera!
  • If you wish to have your shots critiqued in the evening, please bring your images either on a USB stick, or your ipad/laptop (there is no need to bring your own laptop unless you want to process images as you go). The shot can be straight from your camera or one that you have processed. We limit the critique sessions to two or three shots per day, per Photographer, to ensure that the discussions are useful. You may choose to submit a shot you are particularly happy with, or one that you would like help to improve.

Sunset

Sunset is at around 16:30 each day.

After a short break to give you a little down time to chill out or catch up on personal matters, we head off to our chosen location at around 15:00, to set up and discuss the possibilities.

Your shooting day will end at around 18:00, as we will shoot beyond sunset into the exciting 'blue hour'.

Evening

Critique sessions will be held back at the Hotel at around 6.30pm and should last 45 minutes. After that, dinner is up to you - you might choose to join us at a local restaurant to continue the discussion, or to head out individually to explore a little more. We will look to have dinner at around 8pm.

The Workshop ends at noon on the Thursday

Terms and Conditions

Chris Ceaser Photography offers 'no interest payment plans'. (Ask foir details)

If you would like to arrange a monthly payment plan, please contact us at info@chrisceaser.com or on +44 7920 044094.

We insist that you purchase travel insurance for your workshop.  This can protect you in case of an unforeseen situation that would require a last minute cancellation. Your gear will also be covered!

The workshops include: Bed & Breakfast lodging in a 4 star Venice hotel, Welcome Drink, Vaporetto pass for the first 3 days, plus the various field sessions and seminars described above, all of which include thoughtful, personalised instruction from Chris. 

Not included:  Airfare, transportation to and from Hotel (including airport transfers), passport or visa fees, meals (other than breakfast & welcome dinner). (Typical air fare from Gatwick is around £160 return with BA)

Cancellation & Insurances

  • All deposits* are non-refundable
  • Chris Ceaser Photography does not offer cancellation refunds. Please take out adequate insurance to cover cancellations due to ill health, jury service etc. Please ask for recommendations and see below.

Insurances and refunds:
YOU are responsible for your own insurances. This needs to cover you and your kit for things such as emergency illness whilst away, theft of your kit, inability to travel due to illness etc. Should you not be able to travel at the time of the course you will need to claim on your own insurance. Chris will provide you with an invoice and a letter confirming you did not attend. There is NO refund should you cancel after paying your deposits and balances. This is why you need your own insurances in place.

WE are covered under our own EVENT INSURANCE in the case that Chris cannot attend (due to illness, etc). This also covers the whole group in case of travel being impossible (due to severe weather etc). It is important to understand that the insurance company MUST declare travel unsafe for this to come into force. If Chris can make it to the course location then the course is deemed to have started so you are back to claiming on your own insurances, cover permitting. (We did reimburse the group during the 'Beast From the East' in 2018, when we were advised by our insurers that travel was not safe)

Our event insurance is quite comprehensive, but it does NOT cover things such as rainy weather, overcast weather etc. In these cases the course goes ahead, just like a normal booked holiday would. Make sure your any operator you may use has such EVENT insurances in place or you may risk losing your money. You still need your OWN insurances in place to cover you and your kit (policies can cost as little as £9 for £5000 cover). Contact Chris on 07920  044094 to chat about insurances. You may already have such insurances in place, with your bank for example, but please check the policies cover you in case of illness or theft of kit either abroad or at home.

Chris runs his courses on a personal basis and normally provides all tuition etc personally. However, Chris Ceaser Photography reserves the right to replace instructors in the event of illness, emergency or death.

The Hotel

We will be staying at The Hotel Saturnia International, situated in the heart of the San Marco area, just one minute's walk from the stunning area around St. Mark's Square.

You will stay in your own room with private facilities. The Saturnia is one of Venice's most established hotels and has a reputation for fantastic service.

We will meet for a get-together drink at the Hotel at 7pm on Friday, before heading out for the Welcome Dinner in one of our favourite little restaurants.

Check out the Hotel website: www.hotelsaturnia.it 

 

Is this Workshop suitable for you?

Are you comfortable with your camera and its settings?

Yes - This Workshop will help you develop your technical & compositional skills and allow you to develop your own photographic style.

No - Please contact Chris on +44 7920 044094 to discuss, as a short pre-workshop session may be arranged to give you the confidence to join this Workshop.

Are you comfortable using Lee Filters?

Yes - This Workshop will help you build on your experience to date, introducing you to new  filters / techniques.      

No - Chris has filters available to borrow during the Workshop and will teach you how to use them effectively.  Please contact him on +44 7920 044094 to discuss, prior to booking.

Do you have Lightroom and/or Photoshop on your laptop?

Yes - This Workshop will help you build on your editing / workflow experience to date – Chris will demonstrate his own techniques, providing lots of pro tips to help you improve.

No - Free trial periods are available on Adobe’s website. 
Please contact Chris on +44 7920 044094 to discuss, prior to booking.

Requirements

All Photographers must bring:

  • A digital SLR camera & lenses
  • Filters, if you have them – if not, please let Chris know so that he can arrange for you to borrow them
  • A laptop computer with lightroom if you want to work on your own images during rest periods.
  • A sturdy tripod
  • Cold weather gear
  • A moderate level of fitness – there will be lots of walking on the flat with the odd little bridge to cross.

Remember – places are limited.
A maximum of 4 Photographers join each Workshop, so please book early to secure your place on this fantastic trip!

Testimonials
I have been interested in landscape photography for a few years now and I have been on a number of night or single day courses but my first residential course was with Chris Ceaser ....  and so was my second residential course! The reasons I came back to Chris Ceaser photography are that he puts in the effort to make sure you get the most from the trips. He works individually with the clients at whatever the skill level which adds so much to your experience and your pictures.Planning, accommodation and locations are well thought-out and he keeps the groups small (maximum 4 per course!) so he can spend plenty of time with you as the course develops. I have enjoyed courses in Prague and Scotland with Chris and I will certainly be attending future trips.
Owain Jones. (5 day residential courses Prague & Scotland 2018)

Having spent one day in the Yorkshire Dales and another on the Yorkshire Coast over the summer, I just returned from 4 days in the Lakes with Chris. I spent the past year travelling and attending photography workshops across Russia, North America, Asia and Europe (including a 4 day National Geographic Photography Expedition in New York another in New Orleans) so was pretty comfortable participating in workshops, but the trips that Chris ran were by far the best. I learned more with him than on any other course – he’s clear, straightforward, helpful and funny. He worked through my technical questions efficiently, which enabled me to spend more time on composition and using the neutral density filters etc – more fun, but for me, more tricky. He’s extraordinarily patient and kind, while managing to still be honest and helpful. Taking a course with Chris is a great way to meet new people, learn new things and enjoy the landscapes of the North, while waiting for the light (and possibly also sheltering from the rain). Amazing value for money as compared to the other courses I’ve taken in the UK (some in directly comparable locations) and abroad. I can’t recommend these workshops enough – whether you ‘re about to open the box that your DSLR came in for the very first time or you’ve been playing with your camera for years, you’ll learn a huge amount, laugh a lot and probably never look at a cloud in quite the same way again. And when you get home, you’ll be astonished at what you managed to achieve. Rebecca Sheppard. (3 day residential course - the Lake District Nov 2014)

This course exceeded my expectations. Chris is enthusiastic and inspiring and goes the extra mile in all respects. Over the three days we visited a range of superb locations and covered the complete process from composition and camera settings through to editing and creating a finished print, with personal guidance and insight from Chris at every stage. I had been struggling for some months to produce any work that I was happy with – my ambition was just to take at least one shot that I would be proud to hang on my wall. In the end I came away with a dozen that I would be happy to see on anybody’s wall. The hotel was excellent, the dawn shoots were magical and it was really enjoyable to share the experience with two fellow enthusiasts - John Fallows 
(3 day course, Lake District 2010)

Fancy trying out the Lee Filter system?

We have 2 full sets of LEE Filters to loan out during the courses. These filters will allow you to balance the different exposure values across an image, normally between the sky and the land. If you would like to try some of these fantastic filters then please mention it at the time of booking.