Your vacation begins with a private pick-up from Marrakesh or Essaouira airport and a car trip to your accommodation at Maison du Sud. Once you check in at the riad, you can enjoy a cup of mint tea while you explore your accommodation or maybe take a short walk around to get to know your surrounding area better. In the evening you will have dinner at the riad or at one of the local restaurants in the close vicinity.
Your first photography lesson will focus on camera fundamentals. After breakfast you will have a one-hour seminar about exposure control and histograms used in photography.
After the seminar you may head to the markets in the city, have lunch and learn to shoot street photography or explore the medina in depth and get to learn how to use your camera to capture static scenery. You will review your work with your instructor in order to better understand what you might need to work on.
The second workshop is designed to help you understand light, shade, texture, and angles involved in taking a quality photograph. There will be two abstract workshops in the medina and the city port where you will learn how to correctly use depth of field in photography. After lunch your instructor will conduct a review of your morning work and you will go to the port to catch some beautiful sunset photographs.
Portrait photography will make up most of today’s workshop. You will go in and around the medina and focus on taking photos of Essaouira’s workers: Thuya designers, Argan sellers or silversmiths.
In the afternoon you will do individual work for the next day and in the early evening, when dusk approaches, you will try to get some good shots of horse or camel riders outside the medina.
You will go on a countryside trip, visit a local market in a Berber community and a women’s Argan cooperative. You will cover reportage photography and portrait photography, since all the visited locations are well-suited for both. In the afternoon you will have free time to enjoy as you wish.
First part of the day will be spent at the riad reviewing images from previous days. You will then enjoy a presentation on reportage and documentary photography that will have the fishermen from the port as central subjects.
In the afternoon you will take part in individual tutorials and reviews of your work so far. The rest of the day can be spent roaming around the city and finding photographic opportunities in places you’ve explored so far.
Today will be a free day so you can explore all the places your previous classes did not take you to. You can also find extra local activities, such as take a cooking class, visit a hammam or go horse riding.
In the evening you will do a final review of the photo galleries you’ve built over the week and get a final review session before enjoying dinner.
After breakfast you will be picked up by a private car and head to the airport.
For the duration of your 7-day photographic adventure you will be staying at Maison Du Sud, an authentic 18th century riad located right in the heart of the medina and very close to the sea.
The riad has 24 rooms that are serviced daily, many quiet salons to relax in, as well as two rooftop terraces.
Breakfast will be served at the riad. For lunch and dinner your host will take you to various restaurants around town to experience authentic Moroccan cuisine.
The photography vacation takes place in Essaouira, a city located in Western Morocco, near the Atlantic coast.
How to get there:
Essaouira is served by a small airport with connections to a few European cities. Marrakesh has daily flights to all major European cities.
Your instructor for this trip will be Darren Lewey, a professional photographer and film maker with over 25 years of experience. His creative portrait and landscape photography works have appeared in books, landscape magazines and many London salons. His current portfolio of images has been praised by New York art galleries. Darren also has a background as a teacher and has been holding his photography vacation since 2010 and managed to fine-tune many successful itineraries that deliver in-depth photography tours throughout the region.
Is this vacation available to photographers of all levels?
Yes, as long as you are willing to learn and can hold a camera in your hands, you have all it takes to take part in this experience.
When is this experience available?
This experience takes place several times per year. Please get in touch to check availability.
How far in advance should I book?
Please make a reservation at least 30 days in advance.
Are there any check-in and check-out hours?
You will check in with your host once you arrive in Essaouira after 12:00 p.m. and check out on the last day at 12:00 p.m.
Is WiFi available?
Yes, WiFi is available at the riad in the common area downstairs.
Is this experience suitable for vegans and vegetarians?
Yes, vegetarian and vegan diets can be accommodated, please get in touch with your specific dietary requirement before booking.
Where should I land?
Please book your flights to arrive at Marrakesh or Essaouira airports.
Are airport transfers included?
Airport transfers to / from Marrakesh or Essaouira airports are included in the package. Please get in touch in advance to make all needed arrangements.
What should I pack?
Please pack sunscreen, comfortable shoes, light clothing, and something warm for cooler evenings.
Do I need to bring my equipment / gear?
Please bring your own camera and lenses.
What’s the weather like there?
The weather on the coast is temperate all year round with temperatures between 12°C and 19°C (54°F and 66°F) in January and 18°C to 24° C in October. (65°F-75°F).
How many people are to be expected on the photography vacation?
No more than five participants.
Do guests need a visa?
Guests traveling from EU and/or Schengen member states may enter Marocco for tourist purposes without a visa using their passports. Passports need to be valid for at least 6 months after entering Morocco. Please contact us for further guidance.
Are there any age restrictions for this experience?
There are no age restrictions for this experience, but minors will need to be accompanied by adults.
What language is used?
This experience is available in English.
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