Photography Holiday Essaouira

Highlights

  • Stay in a traditional, beautifully decorated Moroccan Riad with roof terrace.
  • Comprehensive group and private tuition with an experienced tutor.
  • Ideal central Medina location close to the bustling souks and the beach.
£1295 pp
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What you'll do

Overview

Enjoy outstanding photo opportunities in the popular beach-side Moroccan town of Essaouira on this unique 7 night photography holiday; stay in a stunning Riad and photograph the vibrant North African landscape and culture. Take your photography skills to a new level, using a digital SLR camera or even a smart phone!

2024 Start Dates 

May 18th & 25th

June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

August 31st

September 7th, 14th, 21st

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Arrival

You’ll be collected from Essaouira airport and transferred to your accommodation
Take time to settle into your charming Moroccan Riad and soak up the atmosphere as you meet your tutor and the rest of the group

Accommodation

The riad of Maison du Sud is located just 300m from the sea, it’s a beautifully restored 18th-century hotel in the heart of the bustling medina decorated in a tasteful Moorish style with modern comforts. There are many quiet salons to relax in p...Read All

Walking shoot of Essaouira & sunset photography

Your course starts at 10am after breakfast with an introduction to camera fundamentals followed by a wander around the beautiful town of Essaouira, the home of your photography tutor and famous the world over with its stunning architecture, fishing port and labyrinths of souks and bustling markets
On your first day you’ll have 2 workshops either side of lunch on camera fundamentals (camera controls, exposure – ISO, shutter speed, aperture and histograms)
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Abstract workshops

Today your course starts after breakfast
The focus of today’s tuition will be on 2 abstract workshops in the medina and port, where you will concentrate on using depth of field and composition whilst building on the previous day’s learning
You will also benefit from a group image review during the day to assess your progress, providing feedback on your images and taking your understanding a step further

Accommodation

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Portrait workshop

Your portrait photography class starts after breakfast with a mixture of classroom and fieldwork
Your host will take you to see Essaouira‘s traditional workers, friendly faces who Darren knows, and on whom you can practice your portrait photography skills.
As well as some one to one time with your tutor, enjoy free time this afternoon to practice your new found skills or if you prefer, head to the beach or to the souks for some shopping or if there is anything you wish to focus ...Read All

Visit to market & Argan co-operative

Today will be given to exploring and photographing the Berber people at their weekly market and photographing women workers at a countryside Argan co-operative
After lunch you will have the afternoon free to explore, relax, visit the beach or practise your photography independently or you can take part in optional afternoon activities such as a cooking class(extra charges may apply)
Take the opportunity of photographing the camels and horse riders on the beach at sunset

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Essaouira off the beaten track

Following breakfast your photography tuition will start at the Riad, with a review of the previous day’s images followed by today’s workshop which will be based on documentary style photography with a guided tutor led tour of the port. After lunch there is a short trip outside the medina to see another side of Essaouira away from the tourist trail
A group image review will be a chance to see where how you have progressed during the week and to showcase your work to rest of the g...Read All

Practise skills & free time

Today you will also have free time to practice your photography before lunch (lunch is at an extra cost)
You will have the afternoon to photograph or relax independently and your tutor Darren has a host of suggestions of what to do in your free time
Depending on how much energy you have you can perhaps try a cooking class, horse riding, a spot of shopping, visit a hammam, exploring the local arts scene by visiting the galleries, take a music class on bongo drums, see how local sil...Read All

Departure

Before lunch you will check out of the Riad in time to be taken to the airport for your return flight.

What's included

Included

  • A return airport transfer to your accommodation from Essaouira at any time or Marrakech airport if you arrive between approximately 6-8pm
  • 7 nights accommodation in a Moroccan Riad, the Maison du Sud
  • All breakfasts
  • Single travellers will have a private twin/double room with NO additional single supplements
  • 5 days of photography tuition (approx. 5 hours per day starting on day 2)
  • Your photography tuition includes 2 one-on-one sessions with your tutor
  • Photography activities include, sunset photography, visit to a countryside market, tour of the Souks and fishing port, a women's Argan oil production cooperative
  • Photo genres include: Abstract, architecture, street photography, seascapes and portraits of local people
  • Lunch is taken out on location and is not included in the price (but should be inexpensive)
  • All transport (where necessary) to each photography session
Your local host

Darren

British photography tutor Darren has been a photographer and filmmaker for over 25 years. With over 25 years’ experience working as a professional photographer, Darren has taught photography at all levels from beginners to degree level with a Masters in Photography and Filmmaking himself. Darren’s passion and understanding will help you experience true Moroccan culture through a lens and with 1 photography instructor to a maximum of 6 students, you’ll be assured personal attention.

As a result of his frequent visits to Essaouira since the early 90s, Darren completed his own film set in Essaouira based on Gnawa music and the international music festival. He is now based in Morocco, where he lives with his Moroccan wife, N... Read All

British photography tutor Darren has been a photographer and filmmaker for over 25 years. With over 25 years’ experience working as a professional photographer, Darren has taught photography at all levels from beginners to degree level with a Masters in Photography and Filmmaking himself. Darren’s passion and understanding will help you experience true Moroccan culture through a lens and with 1 photography instructor to a maximum of 6 students, you’ll be assured personal attention.

As a result of his frequent visits to Essaouira since the early 90s, Darren completed his own film set in Essaouira based on Gnawa music and the international music festival. He is now based in Morocco, where he lives with his Moroccan wife, Naima.

If you are looking for a photography holiday with a difference, you can also take part in Moroccan cookery classes during your stay, taught by Naima, who grew up in Essaouira. Naima has an extensive knowledge of local Moroccan cuisine and traditional methods of cooking to produce delicious authentic dishes using local spices and ingredients. She is also keen to pass on her family’s recipes!

Location

This holiday is set in bustling Essaouira, on Morocco’s Atlantic coast just 2.5 hours from Marrakech. Essaouira is a safe and friendly coastal city with a small town feel.

You’ll stay in an enchanting boutique Riad in the centre, which is just 300m from the beach and in the heart of the Medina. The sunny roof terrace providing the perfect place to sit back and relax with a Moroccan mint tea. Many facilities nearby include outdoor markets, restaurants and cafes.

Please note that prices for the holidays do not include flights. We recommend using www.skyscanner.net to check flights.

Nearest airports:
Essaouira – there are direct flights from Stansted with Ryanair (transfers are included from Essaouira)

Marrakech (2 hours 30 mins drive away from Essaouira)
Agadir, (3 hours from Essaouira)

Airport transfers:
From Essaouira: please note that return transf

What our travellers are saying...

F Harper

Because I have been taking photographs for over 60 years I was not sure exactly what to expect as well as how much I would actually learn, from my week in Morocco. I need not to have concerned myself as tutor Darren was marvellous (very knowledgeable and a nice chap too!). I learnt a lot about using 'Lightroom' the photo manipulating software (plus other things) and because of Darren's help in 'opening doors' to many local people I was able to co

R Jones

Lovely riad hotel. Great location with fantastic settings for photography. Good individual tuition.

S Stinchcombe

FAQs

Who is it suitable for?

- Suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced
- The aim of this holiday for beginners is to learn more about their cameras and how to take better photographs
- The aim of this holiday for more experienced photographers is to have the chance to see fascinating and vibrant locations in a country that needs some inside knowledge and guiding with the help of tutor Darren
- Minimum age 18 with no upper age limit (younger students welcome if accompanied by an adult, please e-mail hello@nitgb.com for availability)
- The course is mainly focused on digital SLR photography and we strongly recommend you bring your own Digital SLR camera with you
- If you do not have a DSLR, there is a digital SLR with a 18-250mm lens available at the school for hire which costs £65 for the week (to be paid locally); please contact us in advance of booking to check availability to reserve hire of the school’s camera
- If you would like advice on which DSLR camera to buy before your holiday, your tutor will be happy to advise once the holiday has been confirmed

I'm travelling solo - can I join?

- This photography and culture holiday makes a great singles holiday as there are no single supplements
- Courses have a maximum of 6 people in each group, singles are very welcome as you'll meet others with similar interests
- Essaouira is very relaxed and welcoming town with a great Bohemian feel because of its music and art scene
- The majority of people who take these courses are solo travellers and everyone loves the location and the social aspect of this course
- You’ll be guided on your cultural afternoons so you’re never far from a friendly face

When can I start?

- Photography courses start on selected Saturdays throughout the year

What should I bring?

- Bring your own digital camera, manual, charger, memory cards, tripod, filters and flash if you have them (we strongly recommend a digital SLR camera to get the most out of the course)
- Point and shoot camera if you have one
- You may be able to borrow the digital SLR at the school but please enquire about availability before you book
- Please bring suitable footwear for walking as you will be spending a lot of time exploring the different areas and also a sun hat

Are meals included?

- All breakfasts are included daily
- Lunches are taken out on location and are not included in the price but are typically inexpensive in Morocco

Are transfers offered from other airports?

Yes.

From Marrakech: return transfers from Marrakech Airport are included in the price if your arrival and departure times are as follows:

Arrival - pick up between approximately 6pm and 8pm from the airport

Departure - drop off arriving at the airport at approximately 6pm and 8pm

Please note that in the event of small group numbers, participants may be expected to share transfers from Marrakech which may mean arriving at the airport in good time for the flight.

Any arrivals or departures outside these times are charged at £65.

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