Leica MP + 35mm + Cinestill Film 800T

Leica MP + 35mm + Cinestill Film 800T

Nikon FM3a and Kodak Portra 160

Nikon FM3a and Kodak Portra 160

Dates 2020

7 days - September 13-19, 2020

Our Journey

Istanbul (former Constantinople) is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.

During our workshop we will have the opportunity to visit the Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia and the blue mosque and the open markets.

We will be staying at the European side of Istanbul, we will also make a day trip to Princess Island and we will also spend a day in a beautiful neighbourhood on the Asian side.

The light in Istanbul during September/October is a simply amazing, probably because it is surrounded by water. This long water line also provides plenty of great opportunities to photograph.

Istanbul is known for its great Turkish hospitality and delicious food.

The workshop

We’re passionate about teaching the different aspects of photography. A good amount of time will be spend on:

  • Giving you detailed feedback and assistance/suggestions from our side

  • Help you to become comfortable photographing strangers in unfamiliar environment with Respect and Dignity towards your subjects. Even if you don't speak the language, Empathy has no language. In return this will make you feel relaxed and confident, which is important for making environmental portraits or street photography.

  • Recognise favourable photography situations. Not everything is interesting to photograph. We will make your internal sirens go off meaning "We've got a situation!" when photographical interesting elements which are resonating with you are aligning. Find 2-3 a day and you had an amazing day. We speak about what such "situations" are and what to do when you find them.

  • Judge the quality of natural light and find the good light at any time of the day. Not only in the early morning or afternoon/evening.

  • How to adjust correctly to low light situations. Do not blindly crank up your ISO setting and continue like it was day.

We want you to return home with a personally meaningful photo essay.

Group Size

Small group size - Maximum 6 participants

Leica MP + Kodak TX 400

Leica MP + Kodak TX 400

Leica MP + Cinestill film 800T

Leica MP + Cinestill film 800T

Experience | Difficulty

Open to all levels

Non-photographers and adventure seekers are welcome

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking, bring comfortable shoes.


Lecturer | Host

Harald Claessen  

Born in the Netherlands - Flying Dutchman (a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever). Harald is a Social Documentary and Portrait Photographer.

Harald’s Instagram


  • All Accommodations in hotels, including breakfast

  • Professional photographer | host | tuition

  • Small group size

  • Social Documentary, Travel Photography, Street Photography, Environmental Portraits, Low light photography


Travel Information

Arrival & Departure Airport: Istanbul Airport, note that Istanbul has 2 airports, you can fly in on either one.

From the airport you can take a taxi to your accommodation or you can take a shuttle bus to Taksim Square.

Our adventure begins at noon on the first day and ends around noon on the last day (Departure day)


Seats are transferrable but not refundable. Ask for our cancellation policy.

To register, send an email to mail@haraldclaessen.com mentioning which workshop you would like to join.

Mamiya RZ + 110mm + Kodak Portra 400

Mamiya RZ + 110mm + Kodak Portra 400

Partners on this workshop

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