Explore Your Creative Spirit In Venice

Experience the magic of Venice through your camera’s lens.

Freeman-Patterson

"Richard Martin’s intelligent and caring workshop philosophy is based on a great deal of experience, both as participant and instructor. The creativity of his vision, images, and teaching is inspiring."

Freeman Patterson
Photographer

What You'll Do

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Walk The City

We will be adding private boat tours, including a day long trip to the Lido to explore the fishing village of Malamocco and the colourful island of Palestrina. In addition there will be a half day cruise thru the small canals. Venice is surprisingly compact and most of the sights can be comfortably visited on foot; in fact you can cross the entire city in about an hour. One of the great pleasures of exploring Venice is walking in the absence of traffic.

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Explore The Labyrinth Of Venice

We will explore the labyrinth of alleys, side canals, courtyards, cloisters and secluded gardens for the many photographic opportunities, which exist behind the scenes. Photographing reflections in the canals and abstract patterns from the countless bridges.

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Cruise The Canal

Making time exposures at sunset recording the activity of gondolas moving along the Grand Canal, from atop one of its three main bridges. Or simply getting lost, deep into the residential and working areas of this maze like city to photograph the people at work and play.

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Experience Colourful Burano

There will be two separate day trips to Burano, the most colourful of the lagoon islands, with its waterways lined by brightly painted houses and a trip to the timeless garden like cemetery on the island of San Michele to photograph angels and other splendid Italian sculpture.

What Our Participants Say

“My photography journey has benefitted tremendously from Richard's generosity in sharing his creative vision and skill, which combined with his love of humour and fun makes learning a cinch.”

– Alice Yen Yong

“Richard Martin, along with Freeman Patterson liberated my generation of Canadian photographers from the rule-bound shackles of camera club tradition.”

– Larry Monczka

“The reason I travel with Richard as often as possible is because I know I will be inspired, I know I will be pushed to see differently, I know I will be challenged creatively and I know I will laugh… a lot.”

– Sally Harris

“It was great to have the opportunity to travel with Richard and see his exceptional eye for color, shape and texture in action. He has a wonderful gift.”

– Jim Graham

“[Richard] is truly a born teacher, always available to participants, and I always go home not only having had a good time but feeling that I have grown creatively.”

– Mary Macey Butler

“What impresses me is that how [Richard] "sees." There were times on the trips that he saw pictures in the midst of chaos. He is very approachable, has a great sense of humour and just plain good company both while photographing or socializing. He takes photography and teaching to another level that I have not seen from other professionals.”

– Gene Morita

Meet Your Teacher

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Richard Martin

A long-time contributor to Photo Life magazine, Richard pursues photography as a medium of visual expression. He is a deeply committed instructor who guides participants on a voyage of personal rediscovery on his photography tours around the world. His passion and insight help the student in opening up the creative doors and to reflect on the special qualities that dwell within them.

A good instructor should have the ability to move people – connecting them with their emotions. Reinforcing to participants the fact that fine images are made with their hearts and souls not their thousand-dollar lens.

Qualities That Make A Good Instructor

Some of the qualities which contribute to a good instructor include:



  • Instructors should be deeply committed to the process of making images, while possessing honesty and integrity in their own work.


  • They should encourage individual ways of seeing and expressing, and should NEVER impose their own views on students.


  • One who enjoys sharing their knowledge, without ego! – this aspect is very important.

One who is always accessible to participants, being available for assistance, and dividing time fairly between students.


  • One who can guide participants on a voyage of personal rediscovery, opening up doors and helping students reflect on the special qualities that dwell within them.

What You'll Learn

Advance Your Craft

Learn how to put your craft, vision, and imagination to the test by pushing the process of making photographs to the limits.

Expand Your Knowledge

Develop new skills and acquire new technical knowledge during a time of inspiration and personal growth.

Develop Your Visual Style

Indulge yourself in an environment where the focus is on you and your photography, where you can experiment to acquire a greater appreciation of your medium and a greater awareness of yourself and your creative direction.

Play & Experiment

Try new things with the opportunity to explore your craft in ways you may not attempt on your own. Allow yourself the freedom to make mistakes and grow from them.

Gain Inspiration

Be inspired in a place where you can engage your imagination, stimulate the senses and rekindle your passion for photography.

Exchange Ideas

Meet with others involved in the medium to share ideas. Time spent as a group can be a journey both visually and emotionally—a time for the soul to get away from the daily routines and refresh the creative energies.

Discover Your Vision

Learn the art of visual design and the philosophy of vision in a hands-on environment, because technique to a large extent can be learned from a book.

Itinerary

Friday, October 6th – Sunday, October 15th, 2017

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Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 1

Day 1: Friday, October 6th

Travel day for participants to arrive and settle into hotel.

Day 2

Day 2: Saturday, October 7th

2:00pm Meet in the courtyard at Locanda La Corte for orientation.

2:30pm Explore the late afternoon light from Piazza San Marco (6:32 pm sunset). 6:45 - 7:30pm Pre-dinner group gathering.
Day 3

Day 3: Sunday, October 8th

7:00am Dawn fieldtrip to area around San Marco square.

9:00am Breakfast.

10:00am Fieldtrip: Explore an area near our hotel.

1:00pm Lunch.

2:30pm Explore the south-western part of Dorsoduro and the Academy Bridge.

6:45-7:30pm Pre-dinner group gathering.

Day 4

Day 5: Monday, October 9th

7:00am Breakfast.

8:00am Full day Burano Island.

Vaporetto No 12 (Olive Green) (every 30 minutes) 10 min. and 40 min. past the hour. Fondamento Nuove LN Line (Laguna Norte) Note: Boat stop is west of bridge (Not 41, 42 stop).

6:30-7:30pm Group gather to share and discuss their work.

Day 5

Day 5: Tuesday, October 10th

7:00am Dawn fieldtrip to Academy Bridge Ponte dell'Accademia.

8:30am Breakfast.

10:00am — 12:00pm Proposed Private Boat trip (weather-dependent). Travel the small canals starting from our Hotel. We will break this into two groups.

Note: The days we travel by private boat will depend on weather conditions. We may need to exchange days on the itinerary to suit.

Optional Field Trips

10:00am Covered markets and Rialto Bridge area.

2:30pm San Polo area between Rialto Bridge and Scalzi Bridge.

7:30pm Dinner.

9:00pm Optional Night field trip.

Day 6

Day 6: Wednesday, October 11th

7:00am Dawn fieldtrip to the Arsenal area.

9:00am Breakfast.

10:30am San Michele Island and Cemetery.

Fondamento Nuove No 41 No 42 Vaporetto.

2:00pm Lunch.

3:00pm Afternoon fieldtrip in the Jewish Ghetto in the Cannereggio quarter S. Marcula stop on No. 1.

6:45 - 7:30pm Group gather to share and discuss their work.

Day 7

Day 7: Thursday, October 12th

7:00am Optional Dawn fieldtrip in the Castello quarter (area near Hotel).

8:30am Breakfast.

9:30am Proposed Private Boat trip (weather-dependent).

Travel to the Lido, stopping for lunch in Malamocco and exploring Palestrina, a picturesque fishing village in the afternoon.

7:00 - 8:00pm Optional: Group gather to share and discuss their work.

Day 8

Day 8: Friday, October 13th

7:00am Breakfast.

8:00am Return to Burano Island and optional Murano Island on return to Venice.

Vaporetto No 12 (Olive Green) (every 30 minutes) 10 min. and 40 min. past the hour. Fondamento Nuove LN Line (Laguna Norte) Note: Boat stop is west of bridge (Not 41, 42 stop).

6:45 - 7:3 pm Group gather to share and discuss their work.

Day 9

Day 9: Saturday, October 14th

7:00am Dawn fieldtrip.

9:00am TBA.

End of tour.

Day 10

Day 10: Sunday, October 15th

Travel day.

Enrolment for tour is limited to 9 participants.

Our tour itinerary has been designed specifically for serious photographers, to ensure that more concentrated time is spent in the most photogenic areas. In addition to individual attention in the field, time will be spent reviewing participants work while learning digital workflow and visual design. Instruction is kept flexible to accommodate a changing itinerary and varying skill levels of the participants, and to allow for spontaneous photographic opportunities.

The overall format includes a balance of early morning, day and evening field trips to a variety of scenic locations.

There will be an opportunity for informal review of work throughout the trip, from a technical, compositional and aesthetic point of view. There will also be free time to allow for personal exploration.

Gallery

Want To See More?

Click here to see more photos from Venice, as well as galleries from past trips.

Venice Photo Tour Pricing

Double Occupancy

Price To Be Announced
  • 9 nights accommodation including breakfasts (based on double occupancy).
  • 7-Day Vaporetto pass for canal and Lagoon transportation.
  • Full day private boat trip to the Lido, Malamocco and the island of Palestrina.
  • Half day private boat trip exploring the small canals in Venice.
  • Photographic Instruction and feedback, including private boat tours.
  • Any airfare, departure & airport taxes and fees, passport and visa services & fees.
  • Baggage, equipment, medical and cancellation insurance.
  • Beverages with meals, meals other than mentioned above, tips and gratuities.
  • Tips to drivers, guides and escorts, any tour or transportation services on days stated as free days.
  • Tips to porterage and maid service.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, taxi, excess baggage etc.
  • Travel insurance and optional tours, etc.
  • Transportation to and from the airport and transportation outside the scope of the organized tour event.

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Whether you’re interested in developing your own visual style or expanding your knowledge or craft, attending a workshop or tour may turn out to be one of the best investments you make towards enriching your visual life.

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Brian Cruickshank
Senior Travel Consultant
Merit Travel
bcruickshank@MeritTravel.com

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