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Moroccan Photography Holiday

Photography in Marakesh

Marrakech, Morocco
5 days
€ 1,750 combadi price

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Holiday Type
Fixed date/Solo friendly
Running Period
2014: Oct. 29th - Nov. 3rd

The Combadi Insight:

This trip is offered by a group of fine artists that are enthusiastic about the art form of photography, while local tour guides will set the backdrop for your exotic photos!

Holiday Code: J1

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Travel to exotic Marrakesh in this 5 day photography holiday, and learn the fundamentals of digital photography while experiencing medieval medinas and souks. You'll also enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals, visit a hammam and take part in a cooking class or two!

This photography vacation combines photography tutors with local tour guides, both of whom provide guests with unforgettable experiences. First, you'll be learning the ins and outs of digital photography through small group lessons with tutors. Then, your local tour guides will inspire your photographic eye with trips in and around Marrakesh!

Your accommodation in Marrakesh's Old Medina includes lovingly decorated rooms surrounding the riads' tranquil courtyards. For lazy afternoons and early evening drinks, the stylish roof terrace serves as an ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city below. It's here that mouth watering lunches and dinners are served against the sound of a distant call to prayer.

Day 1

  • Welcome drinks
  • Candle light dinner on the Riad's roof terrace

Upon arrival in Marrakech, our representative in Morocco and the tutors will welcome you. We will then transfer you to the exquisite riad that will serve as your home for the entire duration of this holiday. We will have a candle light dinner on the terrace in the evening.

Riad in Morocco is a traditional house or palace with courtyard or interior garden.

Day 2

  • Photography class
  • Yves Saint Laurent gardens
  • Koutoubia Mosque

Our first photography session will take place after breakfast on the roof terrace. As the stunning views inspire us, we will travel to the famous Yves Saint Laurent Gardens where we will be treated to an oasis of colors and lights. This is a perfect venue for us to experiment with our composition and approach. On our way back, we will make a quick stopover at the Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret. Our guide will tell us of the fascinating history behind this beautiful structure.

We will have our lunch at the main square before we return to our riad for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. There are also one-on-one tutorials for those interested.

In the evening, we will again gather on the roof terrace for a drink and we will take a look at the photographs we have taken today. We will also experience the traditional colonial drinking at Hotel Tazi and enjoy a sumptuous dinner at a distant restaurant.

Day 3

  • The ancient Souk
  • Ali Ben Youssef Medersa
  • Berber pharmacy

Our second photographic session happens after our breakfast on the terrace. We will then take a walk through Marrakech’s revered 12th century Souk where we will find shops selling anything from fish, leather, silk to spices.

Thereafter, we will head to Ali Ben Youssef Medersa, a 14th century Medieval Islamic College. Dotted with carved cedarwood, here we will experiment and apply the lessons we have learned in the morning’s class.

A lovely lunch is waiting for us at the riad. We will have a variety of options to enjoy the afternoon – sunbathe on the terrace, review our shots with a tutor or go back to Souk with Ahmed to snap some more pictures.

We will have a few rounds of drinks at the Kosy Bar. This place is well known for having one of the most breathtaking views of the city. We will also look at the images we have taken today. We will wrap up the evening with a delightful dinner at a restaurant nearby.

Day 4

  • Shooting
  • Tutorials
  • Gala Dinner

This morning, you will be given “creative freedom” as we shoot a series of photographs. We will choose our own theme. This could be focused on the souk, portraits or the bustling life at the main square. Marrakech presents an unlimited supply of inspiration for photographers.

We will have our lunch at the riad, and spend the rest of the afternoon evaluating our shots with a tutor.

In the evening, we will share our snapshots with the tutors and participants while enjoying some sundowners. After that, we will head to the French Quarter for cocktails and our gala dinner at Le Comptoir.

Day 5

  • Shopping
  • Tutorials
  • Tangine Class
  • Cocktails
  • Farewell

It’s shopping time in the morning in the souk. There will also be a last minute question and answer portion with photography tutors – grab this opportunity!

Before lunch, we will participate in a cooking class with riad’s head chef who will teach us how to make a Kofta tagine. At around 4pm (depending on flight times), we shall gather in the courtyard for cocktails and we will bid our goodbyes, to each other. We will then take one final drive through Marrakech and then onwards to the airport. Important Note:

Flight schedules vary from time to time all throughout the year. This us why the order of activities may slightly change from trip to trip. Nonetheless, we guarantee that all activities will take place.

Inclusions:

  • 4 nights en suite accommodation in your own room
  • Traditional Moroccan breakfasts daily
  • 4 lunches (excluding alcoholic beverages)
  • Welcome drinks
  • All transfers in planned itinerary (excluding flights)
  • An expert photographic tutor for the entire duration of the trip
  • All tuition and photographic excursions
  • Local guide for the duration of the trip, who is at your beck and call
  • All entrance fees
  • Tagine cooking class
  • 2 free places on a “Photography Social” to meet the team and other previous guests

And, finally, our attentive guides and tutors will organise everything for you and cater for your every need.

It’s important for us that apart from enjoying the trip, you will also learn a lot from this 5-day photography holiday. Most of our mentors have solid fine arts background, and not just purely technical skills in photography. These are artists that embrace creativity, and do not necessarily settle for defined standards.

Photography is an art that touches the soul and is all about looking at something you feel very passionately about. Expect that tutors will encourage you to build your own photographic voice and draw individualism from every picture you take. Eventually, you will develop your own style and approach that can be uniquely identified to you.

During this holiday, you will learn the following:

  • The rules of composition
  • Exposures: ISO, shutter speed and aperture
  • Focal range and depth of field
  • Get to know your camera
  • Proper use of your camera
  • How to view the world using more photographic eyes
  • Quick and easy techniques that will instantly transform your style and photographs
  • How to think more artistic on your approach
  • How to plan and execute a mean haggle
  • How to make a traditional Moroccan tagine

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