Carnevale di Venezia 2013 Workshop

Venice. There is nothing in the world quite like it. And no better time to pay a visit than during the annual Carnevale. Marvel and photograph the masked characters who glide like apparitions through the famed Piazza San Marco. Take in the peacefulness of a quiet bridge and watch shimmering reflections in a secluded canal. Or perhaps watch the sun rise behind the dome of Salute from the Accademia Bridge. International award-winning photographer Kah Kit Yoong will be your guide and instructor through this surreal experience. Behold the great show!

8-13 February 2013 Price $3800 AUD (discount of $600 off the total for two participants sharing a room). This will be a small group workshop (maximum of 5-6) based centrally in Venice.

Inclusions : accommodation in a comfortable of at least 3 star rating, in-the-field instruction, photo review sessions, digital workflow tuition, breakfasts

Exclusions : transport to and around Venice (e.g. vaporetto, gondola rides), meals other than breakfast, museum and church entry fees, airport transfers

A deposit of $1800 is required to reserve your place, fully refundable up to 1 November 2012

Over the past seven years I have visited Venice four times. Three of those occasions were timed specifically for Carnevale, an annual festival which ends with Lent on Shrove Tuesday. Each year, I have returned with some of the most memorable images to come out of the event; this year’s Naturescapes awards, one of my photos, “Monello the Jester” won first prize in the travel category. I believe that a major reason for this is that I am able to apply my abilities and experiences in landscape, portrait and street photography. No flash photography or reflectors are used in any of my Carnevale images which rely solely on my ability to read and manipulate ambient light. Of course I will be teaching participants how I use light.

You will find that almost none the images in my “Best of Carnevale” gallery consist of tightly framed portraits which have become rather commonplace. Although this is the simplest way to shoot the ‘masks’, to me Carnevale is as much about the wonderful setting as the costumed characters. I believe that integrating the two elements is essential to successful photos.

What to Expect

This workshop is suitable for participants of all levels of photography.

The focus of the workshop will primarily be on photographing the masks in various settings around Venice. There is no set itinerary as I will be basing our movements around what the masks are doing (often determined the day before) in addition to the private shoots that I arrange. There will also be time to photograph the city itself which we will fit in between our times with the masks.

Included in the workshop is instruction in my digital workflow as well as one on one review sessions.

Accommodation will be central in Venice so we can be walking distance to our starting point each day in San Marco. Unfortunately Venice is an expensive city and this is even worse during the high season of Carnevale. For this reason, I have not organized meals outside of breakfast so that participants will have the opportunity and choice of dining at various levels. Of course everyone will be encouraged to dine together if possible.

There are only two ways to get around in Venice – by sea or on foot. Participants must be fit enough to carry their equipment and walk a few kilometres over the course of a day. I have personally attended a Carnevale workshop myself back in 2008. My feeling is that any group larger than 5-6 is too big and that’s the number I have capped the workshop at. I may be available to take one on one sessions during the days of Carnevale preceding the workshop from 2-7 February 2013.

For further information or registration please email me via the contact form on

See a collection of my favourite Carnevale photos here.


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