Hellana on the stps of a church in Venice Hellana on the stps of a church in Venice Venice Workshop 2020 Lovegrove Street Portraits

Portraits On The Streets of Venice

Join Jolien and me on this wonderful three-day street portraits workshop in Venice. Immerse yourself in this creative holiday capturing portfolio grade photographs. Get to grips with using big flash and Speedlights off camera. Learn to see the light. Make new friends and enjoy some post-shoot conversations over dinner.

Over the three days we will be shooting at first light beside the canals, in the squares and the fabulous piazzas. The architecture is wonderful and so is the texture of the city. If you are going to learn photography there are few places that match Venice for opportunities whatever the weather.


Workshop price £1880 inc VAT – The deposit required to secure your place is £500


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Dates  Cancelled

Tutor  Damien Lovegrove

Genres  Street Portraits Workshop in Venice, Italy

Group Size  Maximum of 6 participants

Price  £1880 inc. VAT

Deposit  £500

Venice – The most beautiful city in the world

I’ve been wowed by Venice every time I’ve visited the city. I love to visit before the tourist season starts or when it is over because it is cooler and everything is easier and far more relaxed.

This October we will more or less have the city to ourselves. The textures, tones, and colours of Venice are unique and coupled with the charm of the canals, make it the perfect location for a street portraits workshop. Venice is a city that should be on every photographer’s bucket list.

Pictures taken in Fuerteventura

These shots show the nature and character of our locations and picture styles. I may make more of our flash kit but I’ll be led by the light for sure.


Each day will start in the foyer of the Foscari Palace hotel near Ca’ D’oro

Day 1 – 6 or 7 hours of shooting comprising of a 3 hour early morning shoot and a 4 hour dusk shoot. For the rest of the day, you are free to explore the city, capture your cityscapes or recharge your batteries back at your hotel.

Day 2 – Meet up at 08:00 Shooting on location until noon then after a break, shooting again from 16:00 until 20:00.

Day 3 – Meet up at 08:30 Take a boat to Burano. Free shoot in Burano before meeting up again for lunch. After lunch a shoot with Jolien in Burano before heading back to Venice. Shoot at sundown to dusk and twilight.

Experience level

This workshop will suit intermediate to advanced photographers. If you know how to adjust manual settings on your camera you will be fine. No previous experience of working with off-camera flash is required. I’ll teach you everything you need to know.

I’ll show you how to communicate with Jolien in a way that keeps the photographs looking relaxed and natural. You will become a more confident photographer over our three days of shooting in Venice, especially when it comes to photographing people.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to photograph fashion style street portraits in Venice. This workshop will be fun, you’ll make new friends and you’ll have fabulous images to cherish forever.

Fuerteventura portraits by Damien Lovegrove

Venice is so picturesque. You’ll want time out to explore the vistas, take in the sights and scenary. There is a calmness about Venice in the afternoon that makes it a perfect time to wander the streets with your camera in hand.

Camera kit suggestions

  • A Mirrorless or DSLR camera. APS-C, full frame or medium format with full manual control.
  • A variety of lenses covering the equivelent of 20mm to 150mm on full frame.
  • A tripod and a 10 stop ND filter for optional long exposure cityscapes and dusk shots. A monopod might be useful too if you are familiar with their use.
  • A waterproof camera bag. It does rain in Venice and the city looks great when the streets are wet.
  • If your camera is a DSLR you may need a Hoodman style loupe to asses flash exposure.

Lighting kit

I will supply all the lighting kit needed for the model photography sessions on this workshop. In the morning sessions we will be using a Godox AD1200 Pro with its remote head on a boom arm and stand. I’ll have 18 and 24cm reflectors with diffusers for the flash. I will bring an AD200 Pro with me too and a Scatterflash. I will supply flash triggers for each of the makes of camera in our group. Just let me know what camera you will be using ahead of the workshop. I have dedicated triggers for Fujifilm, Canon, Nikon, Hasselblad, Sony, Panasonic, Pentax and Olympus.

Fuerteventura portraits by Damien Lovegrove

Venice looks amazing whatever the weather.

It’s all in the planning

“Success happens when preparation meets opportunity”

I made a trip to Venice in June 2019 to check out our locations for this street portraits workshop. I have shot in Venice several times before and I’ve co-hosted a workshop there at carnival time so I had a pretty good idea about where to shoot. I put pins in my map and went all over the city to establish the best locations to use. I updated my map and drew up a plan.

As you can see from the map we will be shooting mainly in the central area of the old city. Castello, San Marco, Cannaregio, and the Dorsoduro districts. We will set up in the back streets and the piazzas where there is space to set up a lighting stand and to shoot. On day three of this wonderful street portraits workshop, we have scheduled a boat trip to the island of Burano, famous for its colourful houses.

Our model: Jolien

Terez portraits

These pictures of Jolien were shot in Belgium on a recent trip. I shot with her on a live stage show and for a product shoot. I was very impressed with her professionalism, kindness and work ethic.

What you can expect from me – your tutor

I devised this Venice workshop in 2019 because I was in love with the textures and romance of the city. The relaxed nature of Venice out of season without the cruise ships is wonderful. Your learning experience is of utmost importance to me. I have an honest approach to sharing my knowledge and skills gleaned over 35 years of shooting professionally full time. Be prepared to soak up valuable tips and information because these skills will give you the confidence you need to take your photography to the next level.

I am kind, sharing and patient. I take care to communicate in a way that reaches every level. I won’t leave you struggling if you are lost in camera menus and I won’t ignore you if you are quietly getting great photographs. What I’ll do is to show you how to build rapport and communicate with our model to make structured poses look quite relaxed and natural. Nothing is left to chance. Everything has a purpose and I’ll share with you how I style each shot. I have an understanding of light that I’m well known for and I’ll teach you how I see the light. Once you know what to look for everything becomes easier. If we are using the flash we will be creating striking fashion inspired looks. This attention to detail will ensure you capture portfolio grade images and feel empowered to capture fabulous photographs on your own after the workshop too.

My workshops are not just about learning, they are fun, creative adventures.  You will leave this workshop a more confident photographer with images to be proud of and memories to last a lifetime.

Damien Lovegrove in monochrome

What’s included

  • Three days of expert tuition by Damien Lovegrove.
  • The services of Jolien, our professional model and a model release for personal, non profit use.
  • All lighting equipment plus use of a trigger dedicated to your camera.
  • A four day water taxi pass.
  • A 1 hr post-workshop picture review/ critique 1:1 session (via Skype) with me.

What’s not included

  • Flights to and from Venice
  • Accomodation
  • Meals & Drinks
  • Travel insurance

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What you will take away from this trip to Venice

“I find the biggest problem my clients face, and especially when working with flash, is a tendency to overthink the situation.” Damien Lovegrove

You will come away from this workshop in Venice feeling immensely inspired and motivated to get out and practice what you’ve learned. My passion and enthusiasm for photography are infectious, confidence-boosting and I’ll guarantee you’ll capture images you can be proud of.

I will impart my knowledge and experience as I guide you through the creative process. Whilst learning how best to interact with your subject, you’ll master how to use professional flash kit and naturally available light for dramatic effect.

You’ll pick up valuable tips on exposure control and composition as well as how to orchestrate a photoshoot to get the best out of your subject. This workshop is limited to just 6 participants so that everyone has plenty of time and personal guidance from Damien.

Expect a high-energy ‘let’s make it happen’ attitude as well as my usual bucketful of enthusiasm. I guarantee you’ll come away from this trip recharged with motivation.

  • Feel empowered as a photographer
  • Have fun doing what you love
  • Become an expert
  • Ignite your passion
  • Build your confidence
  • Learn new skills
  • Invest in yourself
  • Get away on an adventure
  • Take fabulous photographs
  • Make new friends

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The small print

A deposit payment of £500 is required at the point of booking. You can pay online via PayPal, debit/credit card or you can contact us to pay via bank transfer.


If this virus lurks around into September and if your country advises against foreign travel due to the Covid virus I will offer you a full refund. No quibbles.

Cancellation Policy

Should you cancel your place on this event for any reason other than Covid-19, no refund will be available unless your place is resold. If you would like to cancel please contact us by phone or email as soon as possible.

The exception to this is if we have prior notice and are able to put a cancellation place back online AND your place is resold. In this event, we will, of course, make a full refund or credit to you. We also reserve the right to cancel any workshop if there is insufficient demand, especially if it means that our costs would be higher than our income. Please, therefore, do not leave it until the last few weeks if you are interested in a particular event, as you may find that it has been removed.

Some costs for each training event remain the same regardless of how many attendees there are, Just like any pre-booked tickets for the theatre, concert, flights, etc. We are therefore unable to give a full refund in the event of non-attendance, regardless of the circumstance (The exception to this being the Covid 19 statement).

Please note that we cannot be liable for any other costs incurred by yourself, so please check with us before booking any non-refundable accommodation or transport.

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Fuerteventura portraits by Damien Lovegrove