Winter in Venice has its own mystique, a magical time for photography.

Far from the itineraries of mass tourism, we aim to discover the hidden gems of Venice.

One of the most photogenic cities on earth, Venice is a city unlike any other.

At this time of the year Venice has a wonderful atmosphere and an exquisite extra dimension.

With the winter sun, low on the horizon there is a greater depth and glow to the light.

The Retreat will explore this fabled urban landscape, to experience Venice as the Venetians do.

Diorama Days has partnered with Foscari Palace, a Luxury Four Star Boutique Hotel on the waterfront of the Grand Canal.

This Venetian Luxury Retreat will inspire creativity, increasing your self-confidence to reach the next level of Photography.

Reflect upon your own work; what’s good about it; what’s most important; and how you may connect to it all.

This Photography Retreat is limited to four participants, who are welcome to bring a guest.

Complimentary Luxury Extras are included for both participants and guests.

❖ About Foscari Palace

※  Doge Francesco Foscari, the longest serving Doge in the history of Venice, had his palace built in 1450’s

※  The refined grandeur of this Venetian Gothic palace on the Grand Canal, is an enduring symbol of power

❖ Complimentary Luxury Extras Available for You & Your Guest

  • Private Water Taxi Transfer – From & To Marco Polo Airport
  • First class professional customer service at the Foscari Palace
  • Upgrade to Double Room Occupancy
  • A bottle of Prosecco following check-in
  • Free high speed internet Wi-Fi
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinners
  • Unlimited Vaporetto (Water Bus) Travel
  • Tours; Epiphany Celebration & Regatta, Galleria dell’Accademia, Ca’ d’Oro, Rialto Market, Burano & Murano

❖  The Booking Fee also  includes the following for participants

  • Introductory Webinar
  • Tuition
  • Location Guidance
  • Learning Resources
  • One Month Free Online Support

❖ Retreat Booking Fee

📷 1 Participant £2800 – 7 nights, Double Ensuite, including Breakfast
✜ Complimentary Upgrade to Double Occupancy. Invite a guest, who may enjoy hotel amenities and the surrounding area. Your guest is welcome to join us on the Tours, Breakfast, Dinner & Afters.

📷 📷 2 Participants £5000 – 7 nights – Sharing a Double Ensuite, including breakfast
✜  Ideally suited for two people actively taking part in the retreat.

Deposit 50%  Remainder to be paid by 4 December 2019

❖ Tangible Results

  • This Landscape Photography Retreat is designed to enhance your Creative & Technical Skills
  • The Retreat is a pattern break, a time for you to connect with your passion for photography
  • This exclusive event is geared towards generating practical outcomes
  • The intensive structure will enable you to produce consistent, high quality photographs
  • The takeaway for my attendees is ultimately gaining insight and mastering their individual style of photography

❖  This exclusive group of up to four participants will benefit from the following:

  • Urban Landscape Photography
  • Day & Night Location Photography; The Golden & Blue Hours of Sunrise & Sunset
  • Opportunity for Street Photography
  • Art & Fieldcraft of Photography
  • Hands-On Learning
  • Bespoke Mentoring
  • Ongoing Photography Review

❖  Topics are adjusted to reflect individual learning requirements and may include:

  • Manual Camera Settings – Shutter Speeds, Apertures & ISO
  • Focusing Methods

  • Filters ND CP

  • Photoshop, Lightroom & Luminar

  • Framing & Composition

  • Creating Photo Narratives
  • Project Research & Development
❖  Dates
  • From Saturday 4 January 2020
  • To Saturday 11 January 2020

❖  Duration

  • 7 Nights  ❖  8 Days

❖  Key Locations

  • Various across Venice

❖ Travelling to the Retreat

  • The nearest airport is Venice Marco Polo
  • Participants are required to make their own travel arragnements to reach Venice

❖  Meeting Place

  • We look forward to meet participants in the hotel lobby on Saturday 4 January 2020 

❖ ITINERARY & TOURS AT A GLANCE – For Participants & Guests

  • Arrive to the Foscari Palace moorings on the Grand Canal, by private water taxi – The most exhilarating way to arrive in Venice! – A half hour ride from Marco Polo Airport
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinners in Authentic Venetian Restaurants
  • Epiphany Celebrations including the Buffana, Grand Canal Regatta on the 6 January
  • Weather permitting on the 10 of January we will photograph the full moon rising over the Venice
  • Renowned for its Coffee Culture, we shall go to some of Venice’s Most Traditional Cafes
  • Famous for its Gastromnomy we shall be Savouring Traditional Venetian Cuisine
  • There will also be Free Time for you to explore at your leisure
  • Depart from the Foscari Palace moorings on the Grand Canal, by private water taxi to Marco Polo Airport

❖ Tours

  • The famous Rialto Market, Venice’s Central Market in existence since its earliest days
  • The picturesque Islands of Murano, center of Glass Making & Burano, famous for Lace Making
  • The Galleria dell’Accademia, home to the best Art Collection in Venice
  • Ca’ d’Oro a fascinating Venetian Gothic Palace from the 1400’s housing a Priceless Art Collection



  • Harry Fricker MA (Image & Communication, Goldsmiths)

  Skills Level

  • Suitable for participants at all levels of photography skills

  Equipment Required

  • Camera, Lens, Tripod , Accessories & Laptop

❖ Equipment Rental – Available from Diorama Days

Camera / Lenses

  • Canon 6D full frame DSLR body + cap, strap, battery & charger – £30/day – £300 deposit
  • Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L USM, ø 77mm prime lens + caps & hood – £30/day – £300 deposit
  • Zeiss ZE 35mm f/1.4 T* Distagon, ø 72mm, Canon EF Fit prime lens + caps & hood – £30/day – £300 deposit
  • Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, ø 72mm, Zoom Lens + hood & caps – £10/day – £100 deposit


  • Canon 6D full frame DSLR body + cap, strap, battery & charger – £30/day – £300 deposit
  • Weston Master IV light meter + invercone & cases – £15/day – £150 deposit
  • Manfrotto tripod 190X PRO Black + strap – £10/day – £50 deposit
  • Manfrotto Monopod 681B Black + strap £10/day – £50 deposit
  • Billingham Hadley Small Camera Bag Black – £10/day – £50 deposit
  • Hoya Circular PL Polarising Filter 72mm & 77mm + case – £5/day – deposit £30


  • Dress for the weather
  • Layered clothing and a waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes or boots

  Fitness Level

  • A fair amount of walking at a moderate pace around the city
  • Boarding & Alighting Vaporetti (water bus)

✜ Airfares – Travel To / From Venice are not included

Participants are advised to arrange their own Travel & Equipment Insurance

✜ Not included in the Booking Fee; Minibar & Room Service; Meals & Beverages (apart from those indicated)

📌 All enquiries welcome


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Contact Us

Mobile: 07412 848 348
Skype:  Diorama Days UK

Business address:
Manor Office, 10 Turf Street
Bodmin PL31 2DH

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