We run 8-day photography holidays on the Atlantic coast of Morocco in the UNESCO Medina of Essaouira for all levels of photographic ability. With daily flights in to Marrakesh and twice weekly flights in to Essaouira from several European cities, it’s time to take the next step up with your photography and indulge yourself with a week’s learning in an exotic location.
Take Beautiful Photographs on one of our photography holidays
Truly a treat for photographers, this part of the world offers so much to photograph. Its exotic appeal has drawn photographers for generations so why not follow in their footsteps and book one of our all inclusive photography holidays. With workshops in street or reportage photography, portraiture, abstract and landscape photography, we’ll help you get the best from the location. The week’s itinerary also includes getting to grips with camera controls if you need that. So if you have some gaps in your photographic knowledge, be it composition, how to get what you want from your camera or shooting people then we’ll get them ironed out for you. Photography is pretty complicated if you delve down into its possibilities but here we simplify it.
The port of Essaouira
The historic medina
We’re the premier photo holiday company in Morocco having received over 200 guests. We can offer you the reassurance of booking a holiday with a provider of note visiting a country you may see as ‘foreign’. It’s a safe country despite it’s associations with other Muslim nations and is perfectly fine for women venturing out here alone. So join a group of like minded enthusiasts and take some great photos. For all the preparation and learning to take a photograph, the thing that most photography experts don’t tell you is that surprises in photography are often the highlights. You’ll be surprised by what you can achieve here.
The week’s plan
We run 3.5 days of photography teaching in the medina and port here in Essaouira with 1.5 days out in the countryside. Your sixth is your project day where you can find your own ‘photographic feet’ shooting to a brief after a one to one discussion. Each day you’ll also have free time in the afternoon for yourself when you can do other things and there are many other activities to do here including cooking workshops, massages (Hammam) and horse riding to name a few, as well as shopping. In total the week’s tutor contact time is about 30hrs and at the end of the week you’ll have your own galleries of images available online.
Compared to taking a part time course back home, here you’ll learn quicker, more intensively with images to show for your learning. The week’s teaching is progressive so each day you’ll learn new skills and how to shoot across different genres. The group size is a maximum 5 so you won’t get lost in numbers and with daily image reviews of each other’s work you’ll learn how others saw the same location in their own individual way. Tutorials are also scheduled for the week. With great accommodation and the culinary delights of dining at different restaurants as an all round activity or learning holiday it’s hard to beat.
Exotic locations. Photography for all levels
I cater for all levels of ability for the week’s photography holiday. With a background in teaching I can juggle different ways of learning, requests and individual students’ needs often all at the same time! So don’t worry if you feel at a loss with any aspect of your camera skills. We’ll cover the basics and in a fun and inspiring way assisting you on the way to technical proficiency. If you’re a photographer with more experience but need a push with creativity then we’ll create a personal development plan for the week to get you on to the next level. For the more experienced then the locations and reviewing some of the wonderful and surprising images you’ll get will keep you busy. The week is open to all ages and we get a good mix.
It’s useful if you come armed with some under understanding of where your camera controls are but during the week we’ll cover the technical aspects of setting your camera up properly including the correct camera mode to shoot in for your level of photography. We’ll also cover the following: eradicating camera shake and producing sharp images time after time, changing your camera for different lighting situations, understanding how to utilise depth of field and for what situations, controlling exposure using histograms to save time correcting on your computer afterwards. If you have a hybrid camera or one without a viewfinder that’s no problem for the week. Take a look at the gallery link below for example photos taken with a Nikon.
Seeing the world around you afresh purely for photography needs a bit of practice but everyone is capable of producing photos that are compositionally sound. Learning how to see how the camera sees is something we cover. During the week you’ll learn how to see the ordinary in a new light with a view to beyond your week here as it’s important to find value in the non obvious and touristy scenes, skills that you can use long after your week. Another aspect is understanding how to harness light and it’s creative powers; the real essence of photography. Portrait, abstract and reportage or what I refer to as ‘street’ photography all require different compositional strategies and during the week you’ll get a grasp of them all.
I hope that by the end of the week, your photography has come on leaps and bounds and your ability to shoot different situations and get the best from each of them is now intuitive. Exceeding expectations is part of my grand plan and it’s quietly achieved usually in the form of online galleries of your best work uploaded by the week’s end for you to send to friends, family and to immediately enjoy yourself on a tablet or mobile device. During the week you can expect to photograph landscapes, seascapes, people in the main town, boats in the port and rural communities. Photographing people is quite a skill and it’s generally the first thing people ask on the first day. Suffice to say it’s an integral part of the week’s learning.
You’re booked to stay in an authentic 18th Century Riad, with rooms usually allocated on the rooftop terrace, perfect for privacy and catching a bit of sun. Rooms are all en-suite and authentically decorated. There’s no room sharing or single supplements. Everything is arranged from the moment you touch down. The course is inclusive of private airport transfers, your en-suite room and 30 hours teaching. Perfect for singles, the holiday is absolutely safe for women arriving alone; the hotel has excellent Trip Advisor reviews for it’s warm service – it’ll feel like home. Click on the picture for reviews. The Atlantic coast of Morocco is also an ideal all year destination with about 300 sunny days a year.
Join a group and reserve your place
With prices starting at £899 for a single person, excluding flights, our photography holidays in Essaouira are an exceptional experience and sharing the week with other photo enthusiasts makes it an unforgettable memory shared through your photo galleries. Please use the adjacent form to enquire for availability. Your week is inclusive of 7 night’s accommodation and airport transfers. Take a look at the week’s itinerary here. You can also fly directly into Essaouira with Easyjet from London. Email for available discounts using this route.