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Join the Pros - Street Photography - Istanbul

Join National Geographic photographer and Nikon Ambassador Mark Seymour for 5 amazing days of street photography. This will be a small group of 4 to 6 photographers visiting Istanbul to photograph the locals as they go about their daily lives.


7th - 11th October 2019

Istanbul is a major city in Turkey, straddling Europe and Asia with an Old City influenced by the many empires that once ruled: Roman, Egyptian, Ottoman, see the Byzantine 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.

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. We will be capturing everyday life from their religion to politics, a city of history, conflict and diversity. We will be shooting using various mediums of photography to capture this amazing city including environmental portraiture and 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 Sultan Ahmet, Blue Mosque closes five times for daily prayers, first at sunrise and last at nightfall, visitors need to be respectful and there is no flash photography in the mosque.

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 differing cultural heritages. You will be shooting old men chatting and drinking tea, women knitting and children playing in the streets in direct contrast with the trendy chic shops and restaurants of Bebek.

For me, street photography is about capturing candid images and documenting everyday life on the streets around the world. These images should engage the audience in the story of the subjects life.

What will you learn? Predominantly we will be capturing day to day street life, learning to be aware of the background and environment to create complex and interesting images. I cover techniques including; layering, micro-composition and the introduction of compositional elements that will add depth and detail to take your photography to another level.

What does a workshop look like? I will be with you every day from breakfast until evening dinner, shooting in small groups of 2/3 people maximum and swapping around so we all have opportunities to learn and mix with each other. All the adventures are extremely small groups with an ideal number being 4-6 people on each trip. We download and edit each day and I critique on a daily basis talking through your images and discussing both the strengths and the ways you can improve for the following day.

Want to know more? If you’re inspired to develop your street photography and you want to explore places off the beaten track, then give me a call or book to join one of our photography adventures.

All the locations have been visited before, please take a look at for a real flavour of the trip.


·Digital camera that you are familiar with using, a 35mm prime lens is recommended
·Have an understanding of what is documentary/street photography
·Laptop for downloading images and editing
·Software for editing – recommend Photo Mechanic, Lightroom and Silver-Effex
·Smart phone with the following apps: Google maps and WhatsApp
·An interest in all things photography and desire to improve your skills; this is a shared experience and we tend to eat and socialise together. It’s a great opportunity to discuss our passions, inspirations and all things photography.
·Ready to step out of you comfort zone with support and encouragement
·Hotels, food and transport are locally sourced and provide an authentic experience, clean and comfortable, but simple accommodation, no luxury hotel chains!
·Comfortable walking shoes and be fit, active, energetic and healthy, every day will involve a lot of intense walking, and can be hot and uncomfortable
·Comprehensive health and travel insurance – Mark and Nikon School UK are not responsible for personal accidents and health related issues during the workshop, although if such occur we will do our best to help out
· and contact your GP for a travel clinic appointment in plenty of time before travelling
·Book your own flights to and from international workshops; recommend to arrive at least a day before and leave the day after the course ends
·Check your passport is valid and has at least six months, for some courses you will need a visa – check online for more travel requirements and information
· Local currency, food, drink and accommodation payable locally usually require cash payments
· Access to social media to join exclusive photography group online sharing information, both prior to and after the workshop
· Copy of Shoot the Street; travel guide for photographers will give you lots of tips to help you get prepared
· Sense of humour and patience, you are sharing an experience as part of a team on this workshop, and be flexible sometimes we have to make changes or things just don’t go as expected

Payment and cancellations:

·You can either pay in full directly through the website or you can call Nikon School on 03301230934 to make a non-refundable £100 deposit.
· If you decide to pay a deposit first, full payment is needed 4 month prior to the start date of the course.
· Please note that for any international courses there will no refund available 4 months prior to course date.
· If the workshop is cancelled individual travel arrangements will not be refunded, you should claim from your travel insurance
· Prices are payable in UK pounds
For further information please contact Nikon School on [email protected] or Mark Seymour on:
· 07786 377 197 / 01628 668283
· Email:


08 OCT, 2019

( 00:00 - 00:00 )


£995.00 per attendee

This course date has been cancelled.

Please get in touch if you have any queries regarding your booking.



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Istanbul, Turkey