There are many places to explore that you’ll read about on any tourist guide but we focus on the people that live and work in the streets and bazaars, and pray at the mosques, capturing their everyday life, their religion, their politics, a city of history, conflict and diversity, environmental portraiture making the most of the contrasting architecture, colour and light of the city. We photograph the pedestrian streets and shops of Istiklal, the famous red Istanbul trolleys, locals relaxing in Gezi Park and walking to Tamsin Square, the ferries of Eminonu and cross the Galata Bridge.

The neighbourhoods along the Golden Hirn and Balat are full of colourful crumbling old buildings and wonderful characters from the different communities that make their homes here with their differing cultural heritages, old men drinking tea and talking, women knitting and children playing in the streets, look out for the colourful graffiti on the walls. And in direct contrast are the trendy chic shops and restaurants of Bebek.

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Each day we decide where to go but will be visiting the following places. Including the pedestrian streets and shops of Istiklal, the famous red Istanbul trolleys, locals relaxing in Gezi Park and walking to Tamsin Square, the ferries of Eminonu and cross the Galata Bridge.

Why go there?

Istanbul is one of the best cities in the world for Street Photography. It’s a beautiful city that has more to offer the street photographer than almost any other location in the world and is great for the travel photographer looking to capture great mix of culture mixed in with politics and religion.

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  • Full access to all of my work flow, tips on shooting and a regular critique of your images taken on the course
  • Organisation of the best locations to ensure you maximise your time and know where to go to get great images
  • Daily critique of your images
  • Full access to myself for all five days

Ill be with you every step of the way and shoot with everyone on an individual basis as often as allows, we will be capturing day to day street life, where people are not posing for the camera, learning to be aware of the background, situation/context and environment to create complex and interesting pictures. I cover techniques including; layering and micro-composition, and introduce compositional elements that will add depth and detail to take your photography to another level. I’ll point out great shots when were together and help you with getting close to the action and overcoming fears about approaching strangers.

You’ll come away with a great understanding of street photography and the elements that make up a great street picture.

All the workshops are small a max of 5 people ensuring I get to maximise my time with everyone on the adventure. Every day we split into small groups ( normally 2 ) and meet up regularly each day so I can mix up the groupings and ensure everyone gets a fair share of my time.

You & Mark Seymour

My passion is photography, Im never without a camera! It’s all about capturing people, emotions, moments in time and making memories. Travel allows me to connect with the world, and experience the culture and daily life of the people I visit. My workshops give me the opportunity to share my inspiration for travel photography. Why not join me on an adventure and explore the world with your camera.

The Markets and Mosques of Istanbul 9

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Price includes five days tuition by Nikon Ambassador Mark Seymour. Flights, hotels, food and drink, any additional costs are paid directly by the attendee locally. Full insurance cover is the responsibility of the attendee not Mark Seymour or Nikon School UK. Attendees need to be reasonably fit and prepared to walk reasonable distances. Attendees provide their own camera and editing equipment, please note this does not have to be Nikon, include a digital camera, recommended 35mm prime lens, laptop, editing software such as Lightroom and Photomechanic.

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