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Venice Photography Workshops - Venetian Lagoon Tours

Photographing the Hidden Venice

Venice is doubtlessly one of the most perfect cities in the world to invest in a photographic workshop.
In my photography workshops you will, of course, visit and photograph the world-famous landmarks of the city such as Saint Mark Square and Doge's Palace. But you will also discover the hidden Venice, the one many tourists never see as they are confused about where to go if they leave the beaten path. Through my guidance you will get a real chance to capture the true, most genuine face of the living Venice from behind a lens, and at the same time you will learn new photography skills and experiment with advanced techniques that will help you in developing your vision for creating photos of greater impact and increased artistic content.

Shooting Locations

Zattere is the sidewalk on the Giudecca Canal, one of the ideal locations for beautiful twilight and sunrise shoots.

From Punta della Dogana you can enjoy an amazing view over the Basin of San Marco.

Riva degli Schiavoni, the large waterfront sidewalk besides San Marco, is perfect both at sunrise and sunset.

When the "acqua alta" comes in, San Marco square becomes the perfect setting for wonderful mirrored compositions

The decorations of the San Marco Basilica work great for close-up, semi-abstract pictures.

At the Giudecca island there are many great spots for simple compositions of strong impact, particularly when it’s foggy.

Libreria "Acqua Alta", one of the most unique bookshops in the world, with gondolas used as bookshelves!


The Grand Canal, the "main street" of Venice, with its ancient buildings and bridges.

Behind the theatre La Fenice there is one of the most tranquil and beautiful corner of the whole city.

A Gondola ride is a great way for viewing Venice from "the inside", and for taking some great picture too!

Cannaregio is the perfect location for semi-abstract compositions involving water and building facades.

Burano with its colorful houses is one of those photographer’s playground where possibilities are simply infinite.

In Burano you can also photograph wonderful reflections in the water at every corner. And when the night fall, the quays at the small harbor works great for simple yet strong compositions.

From the top of San Giorgio’s bell tower it is possible to enjoy one of the best view of the whole Venice skyline.

The Rialto bridge is among the best spots for some serious night photography.

Example of a typical

day in the field

Sunrise shoot

From the Zattere.  We will photograph the sun rising behind the island of Giudecca, with the church of Redentore in the background.   With a short walk we will get then to Punta della Dogana, a perfect vantage point on the Venice skyline. We will photograph the sun rising over the San Marco Basin and behind San Giorgio Maggiore, with a nice, old-style lamp post in the foreground.



Right after breakfast, we will take a walk along the Calles and Canals of downtown Venice, looking for simple subjects with few, powerful elements, which are ideal for producing images of great impact and elegance.

Rest of the day

We will visit many locations, including  the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the Fondamenta of Giudecca, Zattere and Riva degli Schiavoni, San Pietro e Polo Square and Cathedral, looking for any kind of sceneries suitable for effective panoramic compositions.

Sunset shoot

From Riva degli Schiavoni, we will photograph the sun setting behind Punta della Dogana and Giudecca.


Before dinner: image processing session at the hotel, where we will review and analyze the pictures taken in the day.

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About your Photography Instructor

Paol De Faveri

Ciao! My name is Paolo.

I have been a full-time professional landscape, nature, travel and architecture photographer since 2007. Since then, I have planned and led hundreds of private one-to-one and small groups photo workshops and tours in some of the best looking regions and cities of Italy and France.

My pictures have appeared in calendars, books, travel magazines, brochures and as wall art in offices, hotels, restaurants and corporate venues. For more info please click here

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