Photograph Venice with Harold Davis

Photograph Venice with Harold Davis

October 23 – October 29, 2016 (seven days and six nights); $6,195 per person (single supplement $425).

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Venice of Dreams © Harold Davis

Venice of Dreams © Harold Davis

Venice is the largest preserved antique city in Europe, and possibly the world. Extravagant, decadent, charming with ever-changing light, Venice is a photographer’s delight with its fairy-tale canals and endless maze of footpaths and bridges.

Join acclaimed photographer Harold Davis for the experience of a lifetime exploring and photographing La Serenissima, the most serene and exciting Republic of Venice. There you’ll have the opportunity to experience firsthand the places and sights that have inspired artists for centuries.

We’ll focus our lenses on canals, reflections, and the infinite wonder found around every corner in Venice. There will be special emphasis on techniques for impressionistic rendering, and several sessions will be held to teach the related post-production techniques, as well as how best to use an iPhone camera in Venice.

Guided tours of the Doge’s Palace, the Basilica of San Marco, and the Peggy Guggenheim collection are included. We will also explore with our camera many well-known and secretive locations on foot and vaporetti. These include the island of San Gorgio, across the water from San Marco; Murano, the famous island where glass blowing techniques originated; and Burano, a quiet island in the Venice lagoon whose inhabitants make lace and live in colorfully painted houses.

Non-photographic spouses are welcome (there’s plenty to do in Venice besides photography!). The group is strictly limited to ten participants.

Burano © Harold Davis

Burano © Harold Davis

Here’s what some participants in past Harold Davis destination photo workshops have to say:

  • Venice © Harold Davis

    Venice © Harold Davis

    “Had an awesome time with Harold and the workshop participants.  Itching to go back.”

  • “A once-in-a-lifetime experience that I plan to repeat!”
  • “Harold has great skill, without the ego of most master photographers. Travel arrangements were perfect.”
  • “One thing I really liked about the photo tour that Harold set up is that we had plenty of time to photograph in the best locations, and really prioritized when the light would be good.”
  • “You two did a great job at researching, organizing, and leading this trip.”
  • “Again, thanks for a wonderful trip and a big thank you to Phyllis for everything that she did!”
  • “Harold is genuine, generous, and gracious – he has a world of knowledge and expertise that he loves to share – his wonderful books show his monumental talents and skill set, and his workshops shows the depth of his connecting with others in a very real and personal way.”

Where: The group will be based at the Hotel Flora, a unique and charming Venetian hotel that is an oasis of calm and centrally located a very short walk from Piazza San Marco.

Hotel Flora Garden

Hotel Flora Garden

Hotel Flora - Stairs

Hotel Flora – Stairs


When: Sunday October 23, 2016 (leave US Oct 22) to Saturday October 29, 2016 (six nights and seven days).


Group Size: This exclusive, small photo workshop tour is limited to ten photographers (non-photographer significant others are also welcome).

Venice in a Silver Light © Harold Davis

Venice in a Silver Light © Harold Davis

Day-by-day itinerary:

Code:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner—Itinerary subject to change.

Sunday Oct 23, 2016  (D)

  • Arrive Venice and transfer on own (see note) to Hotel Flora
  • 2PM: Hotel Flora check-in
  • 3PM: Group meeting in hotel lobby
  • Explore local highlights with Harold
  • Ascend campanile by elevator (weather permitting)
  • 8:30PM: Welcome dinner

Monday Oct 24, 2016  (B)

  • 10AM: Meet in lobby for neighborhood orientation
    • Understanding the Vaporetti system
    • Purchasing Vaporetti passes
    • Neighborhood resourses
  • Noon – 5PM: Guided tour via foot and ferry of Venice highlights

Tuesday Oct 25, 2016 (B)

  • Excursion via public vaporetti to Murano
  • Guided glass works tour
  • Proceed to Burano for photo session with Harold
  • Individual photography

Wednesday Oct 26, 2016  (B)

  • Morning: Image review and post-production session
  • Afternoon: Guided tour of Doge’s Palace and Basilica
  • Individual photographic assignments

Thursday Oct 27, 2016 (B) 

  • Image review
  • iPhoneography session
  • Photographic excursion to San Giorgio
  • Free time for individual photo projects
  • Night shoot along the Grand Canal

Friday Oct 28, 2016  (B, D)

  • Image review
  • Guided tour of the fabled Peggy Guggenheim Collection
  • Free time for individual photo projects
  • 7:00PM: Celebratory Farewell dinner

Saturday Oct 29, 2016  (B)

  • For those who don’t need to leave right away: optional photo shoot with Harold, destination TBD


Cost: $6,195 per person (single supplement $425).

Inclusions: Six nights lodging at the Hotel Flora (or similar), all breakfasts (6), meals as indicated, private excursions as indicated including licensed guides and admissions, expert photographic instruction and guidance with Harold Davis, and service charges.

Exclusions: Airfare and transportation to Venice, airport transfers (see note), meals except as indicated, admissions except as indicated, wine and spirits, travel insurance (which is highly recommended), and personal items such as souvenirs.

To Register: Please send us an email expressing interest right away; a completed registration requires a $1000 deposit and Reservation Form, and a copy of your passport page.

Airport or train station transfers: If you choose to use public transportation, we can help guide you about the best way to get to the Hotel Flora from Marco Polo Airport or the Venice Santa Lucia train station. If you’d rather arrange an individual airport or train station transfer, we can work with the hotel to set this up for you (an additional charge will apply).

Travel arrangements: We’re happy to work with you to advise you regarding travel arrangements. Additional nights at the Hotel Flora before or after the workshop can also be arranged (subject to availability).

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is an internationally-known digital artist and award-winning professional photographer. He is the author of many bestselling photography books including The Way of the Digital Photographer (Peachpit Press, awarded as a Top 10 Best 2013 Photography Book of the Year by Harold Davis’s most recent book is Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer: A Photographer’s Creative Companion and Workbook (Focal Press). His Photographing Flowers (Focal Press) is a noted photography “classic,” and is rated the Best Guide to Flower Photography byDigital Photographer Magazine.

In addition to his activity as a bestselling book author, Harold Davis is an Adobe Influencer, a Moab Master printmaker and a Zeiss Lens Ambassador. Harold Davis’s work is in collections around the world. It is licensed by art publishers, in annual reports, and has appeared in numerous magazines and many publications.

Venice Perspective © Harold Davis

Venice Perspective © Harold Davis

Harold’s black and white prints have been described as “hauntingly beautiful” by Fine Art Printer Magazine, and his floral prints have been called “ethereal,” with “a purity and translucence that borders on spiritual” by Popular Photography.

Recently Harold Davis’s work has been exhibited in venues including Photokina in Cologne, Germany, PhotoPlus Expo in New York, the Gallery Photo in Oakland, California, the Arts & Friends Gallery in Heidelberg, Germany, and the Awagami Gallery in Japan.

Harold Davis has led destination photography workshops to many locations including Paris, France; Spain and Morocco; and the ancient Bristlecone Pines of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.

Harold’s popular online course on, Photographing Flowers, has thousands of students. His ongoing photography workshops in partnership with institutions such as Point Reyes Field Seminars, the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California, Maine Media Workshops, and the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography are continually in demand and popular.

According to Rangefinder Magazine, Harold Davis is “a man of astonishing eclectic skills and accomplishments.” You can learn more about Harold and his work at his website,

Canals of Venice © Harold Davis

Canals of Venice © Harold Davis