This is a new venture tailoring Marrakesh photography workshops for photographic enthusiasts who are beyond beginner level. It’s geared towards those that have already taken a course in Essaouira and others yet to visit Morocco but have an understanding of how to use their camera and want to improve their composition and develop their portfolio. The week’s itinerary will be entirely flexible to suit guests with the emphasis on workflow from shooting through to processing on computer, theme development and critiquing. Genres include landscapes, seascapes and the urban environment.
Begin to excel on our masterclass Marrakesh photography workshops
There are few places where you can travel 3.5 hours from northern Europe and attain instant inspiration allied with a healthy dose of sunshine. Morocco’s exotic appeal has historically drawn writers, artists and to a lesser extent photographers who have produced an exceptional and in depth portfolio. Well take a look at the best examples whilst you are here and understand why they in particular work. Rather than focus on workshop genres we’ll look at developing techniques and approaches within those genres. So for example in street photography you’ll develop a personal approach to shooting scenes that use different techniques and approaches. The week’s itinerary also includes a substantial amount of post processing and the kinds of adjustments I recommend during a typical workflow.
Nature in detail
I’ve been running Morocco photo workshops for over 7 years and during that time and have come to develop an understanding of how to improve knowledge and develop ability for a range of photographers with different interests. I’m also a practising photographer and continually updating my skills and approach to subjects here. Unlike other tour providers I’m not in a rush to get my own images during your week as I’m based in the region. Consequently I can focus on your photo opportunities whilst we are out and about.
The week will run according to your needs and will run with no more than 2 guests to facilitate this. Tuition will run across 5 days encompassing a mix of shooting, post production review and critiquing. Some of your photography will be outside the medina and will include landscapes and architecture in the region of Essaouira. The final day will set aside for final editing, post work and presentation. During your stay we’ll also take a look at book design with suggestions for theme and layout development, with your Morocco images in mind.
Step to the next level
It goes without saying that the week will be all about your photographic development. One just one other guest you’ll get the input you want so come prepared with a checklist of questions and desires for improving your photography. One to one tutorials are an integral part of the week as as part of that we’ll take a look at your photography to date and build both a plan to improve as well as building in new things to try whilst you’re here. With well located accommodation and friendly staff you’ll feel at home. Our classroom is based in the Riad.
Seeing beyond the exotic and finding imagery
Whilst Morocco holds adventure as one of its cards, society really functions in a similar way to European cultures, it’s just the dress, architecture and infrastructure are different. Granted the spectacle of a country market can be exotic and full of potential imagery, but it helps to break down the location into a photographic essence and to think about what makes an interesting image as opposed to an interesting scene to the eye. The two are very distinct. During the week we’ll continually refer to this. We’ll also look at post processing and in particular the relationship between reality, our perception of it and the final photograph. How much processing is the right amount. Too much saturation or contrast? Also once you’ve completed your masterclass we’ll keep in touch. I’m happy to offer feedback on your future photos.
Using exposure creatively
The correct exposure is often seen as an immovable beast. The camera sets it and we as the operator look to control over or under exposure based on the histogram. That’s pretty much it. In many cases that works to our intended design for the photo. Sometimes particularly in brighter locations the camera’s average metering reveals a dominance of bright areas in the photo and selection of subject is more difficult to see. Instead one can think about under exposing which adds another interpretation of the location and one which develops mood. Take a look at the gallery link below for photos taken with this in mind. It’s a technique which we can work on during your week.
Finding your composition
It’s all about seeing of course. We’ll go beyond the rules of composition to look at good framing which is often the process of simplification. It’s no surprise that the best photographers give a nod and wink to abstract imagery and we’ll look at the best examples. As part of the Marrakesh photography workshops during the week we’ll look at different kinds of approaches to composition from the instant impact frame to the slow burn. We’ll look at many photographers who approach scenes in different ways, both using DOF, camera angle, lens choice. We’ll also take a look at topographic photography which is landscapes viewed from afar and finding beauty in the everyday.
Developing themes and style
One of the most difficult aspects to photography is finding locations which absorb your interest. This is something we can discuss during the week researching potential places for when you are back home. We’ll take a look at black and white photography and what makes selecting this route a better alternative in some cases to colour avoiding overly contrasty images instead looking at alternative approaches. If your camera is capable of more than one exposure; i.e. multi exposure then we can look at techniques and examples of in-camera layering. Most importantly during the week we’ll look to develop your own personal style.
In camera layering
Your hotel Riad
You’re booked to stay in one of Essaouira’s most famous Riads, Maison Du Sud. Built in the 18th Century it’s been beautifully renovated and furnished in keeping with the location. Usually my guests are assigned a rooftop terrace room, perfect for privacy and catching a bit of sun. All rooms are all en-suite whilst there’s no single supplements. Marrakesh photography workshops are inclusive of private airport transfers, teaching your en-suite room and breakfast. For evening dining I’ll recommend several restaurants which the Riad can book for you. The Riad has wifi and a restaurant. For your week I can also organise other activities such as yoga, cooking classes and visiting a Hammam.
Weeks are available upon request
The price for a week is £1100 and is inclusive of 7 night’s accommodation and airport transfers from Essaouira airport. For arrival airports you can choose from Marrakesh, Agadir and Essaouira with Easyjet from London Luton. Whenever you’re free, email with you desired dates to check availability for our masterclass Marrakesh photography workshops. A block of 3 workshop days is also possible.