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April 20th – 25th 2022


  • 6 days / 5 nights
  • Accommodation in a boutique hotel
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Welcome lunch

Travel, Street, People and Urban Landscape Photography

ISTANBUL Sultanamet, Bosphorus Villages, Galata, Fener, Balat, Karakoy, Gulhane

Join me in one of the most mesmerizing and photogenic cities in the world. We will journey through the spectacular and the iconic, the ancient backstreets and the cool new spots, taking photos that will take your breath away.

Istanbul – capturing the history, culture and beauty of this East meets West city

Istanbul is the only city in the world that embraces two continents – it is where Europe and Asia meet and where the influences of many empires and cultures have left their mark.

As you wander round, you can see the layers of over 3000 years of history, and has given us some of the most dazzling and monumental architecture.

But Istanbul is also a modern, vibrant city – with diverse neighbourhoods and an exciting art, food and cultural scene. 

Photographing the Blue Mosque, seeing the majesty of the Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia, and the meeting of its three seas, wandering the ancient alleyways of the Grand Bazaar and hearing the call to prayer across the city are breathtaking experiences.

I love Istanbul, I dream of Istanbul. It has some of my favourite elements of any city – incredible history, epic cityscapes, breathtaking buildings, beautiful colours, interesting cultures, wonderful people, impressive street art and many hidden gems.

I’ve spent months in this city photographing and exploring, and I’ve run several workshops where I’ve taken small groups to my favourite places to shoot.

From watching the sunrise on a rooftop behind the Blue Mosque to photographing the vibrant street life, Istanbul is a photographer’s dream.

We will photograph several sunrises in the city because simply put, dawn is one of the greatest gifts to photographers. Both for the colours and quality of light – but also that we have the city virtually to ourselves, which makes a change from the busy intensity of the day (which is also cool to photograph. Streetlife in Istanbul is very interesting!)

I will work with you personally to help you develop your photography, your skills and style – giving you the unique opportunity to create a personal portfolio of Istanbul to be proud of.

Apart from the photography – these workshops are fun! After a long day of shooting we’ll hang out at a local place, have some drinks, discuss the days events, you can ask me questions, share your experiences – and we can eat something local and delicious. Everywhere I go I always seek out the local and delicious.

I love the group atmosphere of these workshops – creative people hanging out together and looking to create amazing images. It’s really an incredible experience.

This workshop will transform the way you look at potential subjects, as well as your approach to composition and lighting, and grasp of technical camera skills.

This workshop is intensely practical, including dawn workshops, as well as afternoon and evening photo walks, street photography, trips to local neighbourhoods, demonstrations and regular reviewing and critiquing of your photos.

I always tailor my workshops to the experience of individual members of the group, ensuring every attendee receives a personalised experience and develops as a photographer, which is why I only take 6 people on the workshop.


Group Size

4 – 8 Participants

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR, mirrorless, compact or Smartphones cameras
  • Busy schedule/ a few hours of free time everyday
  • Travel by car, tram, ferry or minibus
  • Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking
  • 5-6km / 3-4miles walking average per day
Workshop includes
  • Travel, cityscape, seascape, street, architecture, and people photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Accommodation in beautiful boutique hotel
  • Delicious welcome lunch

Workshop excludes

The workshop fee does not include travel to & around Istanbul, food not mentioned or travel insurance.

Travel Information

Arrival & Departure Airports: Istanbul, Turkey (IST) – Travel time to our hotel 45min.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out. These are usually very easy to obtain before you leave. 


We be staying at the arty boutique Hotel Poem in the heart of the old city. 


Please do get in touch with any questions, big or small. We can help with anything such as what kit to bring, travel arrangements, staying additional nights etc.

Contact Diana on /+44 7711 866 795

We will be adhering to all local government regulations and recommendations for Covid-19. 

Helpful Links

Istanbul by Orphan Pamuk – a  wonderful book by one of the most famous modern Turkish writers.

Lessons from legendary photographer Ara Güler‘The Eye of Istanbul’.

Kedibeautiful documentary about the famous cats of Istanbul. 

Tulip Festival of Istanbul.

Istanbul: The Tale of Three Cities – Documentary by historian Simon Sebag Montefiore 

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