Take your photography to the next level

Landscape Photography Workshops - UK & Europe

Venice Photography Workshop

Romantic Venice

Small group photography workshops

Improve Your Photography In Magical Venice

Venice is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A unique floating city that has inspired artists for centuries, it continues to enchant all who visit to this day. An improbable city; Venice is a truly remarkable feat of engineering built on marsh, mud and silt. A labyrinth of canals and winding streets, it’s heart is the iconic Grand Canal, overlooked by elegant palazzi.

You will learn…

  • Working with the available light
  • Appropriate camera settings
  • Exposure & use of the histogram
  • Composition techniques 
  • Depth of field & focusing
  • Use of filters
  • Shooting at sunrise & sunset
  • Street photography techniques
  • ICM and multiple exposures

Ability level

  • Suitable for all except the complete beginner

Fitness level

  • Moderate – up to 5 miles a day on the flat


  • Sarah Howard

Workshop Details

Group Size

Max 8


13th - 18th January 2025


4 days/5 nights


Deposit 30%

Meeting Place

Venice Marco Polo Airport

Main Photographic Locations

Rialto Bridge, Piazza San Marco, Ponte Dell'Accademia, San Giorgio Maggiore, Dorsoduro, the islands of Burano and Lido, the fishing huts at Pellestrina


4 days of photographic tuition and demonstrations including the option of 4 sunrise and 4 sunset shoots, 5 nights en-suite, single occupancy accommodation (Classic Double room), city tax, breakfast each day, water bus ticket for 3 days travel.


Flights to and from Venice, airport transfers by water bus, meals not specified, all beverages, personal insurance, equipment insurance, any entrance fees


Hotel Saturnia

Waiting List

To be informed of new dates or cancellations please click the icon to fill out the waiting list form.


We recommend you take out both travel and equipment insurance.

Romantic Venice – Jan 2025

Learn photography in the picturesque streets and canals of Venice

Capture On Camera The Atmospheric Streets And Architecture

On this photography workshop, we’ll be photographing some of the most well known viewpoints but also exploring some lesser known gems away from the tourists. Photographic opportunities abound here, from the grandeur of Piazza San Marco and the exquisitely beautiful Rialto Bridge, to hidden atmospheric corners and secluded back streets. Visiting out of season not only means the city is quieter but provides us with a chance of mist and some moody conditions.

Experience The Romance of Venice

It’s not hard to be seduced by this fascinating, historical city with its elegant architecture and beautiful bridges. From bobbing gondolas and colourful reflections in the canals to the beguiling views from the Ponte dell’Accademia towards Santa Maria della Salute, there is no shortage of inspiration here.

To enable us to explore fully, we will be travelling around Venice mostly on foot, starting early each day to get the best of the light and to capture the atmosphere of this fascinating, beautiful city. We’ll also be venturing out in the evenings when the city takes on an aura of mystery that simply must be experienced. After our sunset shoots we will be experiencing the some delicious local Italian cuisine and wine in one of the many Trattorias.

Photograph Colourful Burano

Incorporated into this four day photography workshop will be a trip to the lovely island of Burano. Famous for its hand-made lace and colourful fishermans houses, countless images are waiting to be captured here.

Our base here is Hotel Saturnia; a four-star superior hotel that enjoys a strategic position, nestled in the heart of Venice and just a stone’s throw from Piazza San Marco.  Being partly a 14th Century palace in the unique Venetian style, it offers a unique atmosphere.

Experiment with minimalist captures and long exposure

We will be also be taking a trip to the lesser known island of Pellestrina, known primarily for its fishing industry. Here, a number of stilted fishing huts in the Venetian lagoon provide for very photogenic subjects. 

We will be experimenting with long exposures here using ND filters, as well as creating some minimalist images which can often work very well in black and white.

The nearby fishing nets at Lido also allow for some great minimalist captures too.

Try your hand at street photography

Opportunities for street photography abound here with the wonderfully atmospheric square and old streets of Venice providing the perfect stage. We’ll be taking you to places which lend themselves particularly to this genre, exploring the use of light and how to tell a story, as well as showing you appropriate camera settings and techniques for successful street photography.

Upcoming Venice Photography workshops

Romantic Venice – Jan 2025

This Venice trip was my first Image Seen workshop and I had a lot of fun and learned so much. The whole experience lived up to it's billing...the general ambiance was key as it set the few days up in a relaxing, supportive way....can't wait to do another
Jane Burke
Attended the Venice workshop in January 2024. Amazing trip to a wonderful location. Sarah Howard from Image Seen is so well organised, and really maximises what you get out of the workshop. Came away with some wonderful images. Highly recommend this trip for anyone thinking about it and a wonderful way to see Venice!
Richard Gardner
Just back from a Venice workshop, brilliantly organised and managed by Sarah Howard. We enjoyed a mix of different locations, both in Venice and on neighbouring islands, that provided some unusual photography challenges and experiences. Sarah's friendly approach to coaching us on how to capture great images made new photographic challenges great fun and the workshop one to remember for life
Chris Knight

Venice Photography Workshop - General Information

For this four and a half day workshop we will be based at the 4 star Saturnia Being partly a 14th Century palace in the unique Venetian style, it offers a unique atmosphere. It is nestled in the heart of Venice just a short distance from St Marks Square. All rooms are single occupancy, ensuite and include breakfast. The price is based on a Classic Double room.

The nearest airport is Venice Marco Polo to which reasonably priced flights are available with BA from London Heathrow. Please contact me BEFORE booking your flights – see below:

A minimum of 6 bookings are required for this workshop to proceed. As such PLEASE DO NOT BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS until you are informed that this number has been reached.

You will be met at the airport on the day of arrival and transferred by water bus to your accommodation in Venice which will take 1-1.5 hours. You will have some time to relax before we meet again at approximately 5pm for introductions and an overview of the workshop before dinner. Our photography commences early with a sunrise shoot the following morning. We will then have 4 full days of photography.

Our departure transfer back to the airport on the 5th day is by water-bus to meet onward flights home. Usually there is time on this day before we leave for some individual sightseeing or more photography if you wish.

Over the course of this workshop we will be exploring the city of Venice on foot and by waterbus, taking in the well known must see sights but also venturing down the back streets to discover the real Venice.

Included in the workshop is a day trip to photograph the colourful houses of Burano. We will also be travelling to the island of Pellestrina where we will be photographing the characterful fishing huts on stilts in the Venetian lagoon. Here we will be focusing on long exposures with the option to produce some striking minimalist images. 

We will take a trip to the Rialto market one morning where you will have the opportunity to try some street photography. There will also be an evening shoot where we will explore some of the canals and back streets of Venice.

When possible (weather and conditions allowing) we’ll take the opportunity to include both dawn and dusk shoots each day to take advantage of the favourable light and to enable us to capture the mood and atmosphere of the area. Throughout, we will give you both practical and technical advice, to help you gain confidence and develop your photographic technique, as well as individual guidance and hands on demonstrations in the field. There will also be the opportunity to have your work critiqued as we look back over our images and review your progress.

The workshop has a relaxed format and is designed to be enjoyable as well as well as educational, so aside of improving your photography you can also enjoy the beautiful surroundings and most importantly have fun!

The workshop is suitable for all abilities, other than the complete beginner. Please email info@imageseen.co.uk if you have any queries.

This 4 day workshop includes:

  • breakfast each day
  • city tax
  • water bus ticket for 3 days 
  • All photographic tuition and demonstrations, including 1 critique session
  • International flights
  • Waterbus transfers to and from Venice Marco Polo Airport airport from recommended flights with BA from Gatwick
  • Insurance – please insure your photographic equipment. You are also are advised to take out personal insurance.
  • Meals excluding breakfast
  • Any drinks
  • Any entrance fees

A moderate – good level of fitness is essential for all clients. There is quite a lot of walking involved, up to 5 miles a day on some days. It is all on flat ground with steps over bridges.

The price is based on a  Classic Double Room. If you wish to upgrade your room, subject to availability, the additional fee for a Superior room will be 120 Euros for the 5 nights, based on single occupancy.

Non photographer partners, or friends/family sharing the same room, are most welcome and we’d be happy for them to join us for dinner each night. Please note however that they would not be able to accompany us during the day. Please contact me for a price on the hotel room. For more information please email me on info@imageseen.co.uk

  • DSLR with appropriate lenses. A bridge camera will be adequate if it has manual functions – please contact info@imageseen.co.uk if you are unsure if your camera is suitable.
  • A tripod
  • Filters – a Polarising Filter and a set of Neutral Density Graduated Filter/s will help you get the best result in-camera.
  • It is also recommended that you also bring a rain cover for your camera.
  • A laptop or tablet to view and/or process your images if you wish to do so in preparation to have your work critiqued.


Before buying any equipment or if you are unsure of what to bring, please email info@imageseen.co.uk for more information.

Please ensure that you insure your photographic equipment. It is also recommended that like with any holiday, you take out personal insurance in case you need to cancel. You may wish to consider Staycation Plan

View our other workshops

Glencoe, Scotland

Glencoe is of the world’s finest regions for landscape photography, with dramatic mountains, lochs and awe-inspiring landscapes.

We will explore this captivating region of Italy, including the stunning valley of the Val D’Orcia, an area of unrivalled beauty characterised by gentle hills and picturesque towns and villages.

Jamnik Church at sunrise, Slovenia.

Characterised by towering mountains, picture-perfect lakes, deep gorges and the most incredible turquoise rivers; this is an area of immense natural beauty, rich in photographic opportunities. 

Receive the latest news

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get notified about new articles, workshops and other news.