Istanbul Photography Masterclass 5th-8th sep

5th-8th Sep 2019, early bird €550/ $620 Mail to register

“İstanbul’s strategic location has attracted many marauding armies over the centuries. The Greeks, Romans and Venetians took turns ruling before the Ottomans stormed into town and decided to stay – physical reminders of their various tenures are found across the city. The fact that the city straddles two continents wasn’t its only drawcard – it was the final stage on the legendary Silk Road linking Asia with Europe, and many merchants who came here liked it so much that they, too, decided to stay. In so doing, they gave the city a cultural diversity that it retains to this day.

Chief among its manifold attractions are the locals, who have an infectious love of life and generosity of spirit. This vibrant, inclusive and expanding community is full of people who work and party hard, treasure family and friendships, and have no problem melding tradition and modernity in their everyday lives.” ~ Lonely Planet

Come Join Us

Leica Akademie India is organising a 4 day intensive masterclass in Istanbul which is tailor made to cater to the needs of anyone who wishes to train their eyes to find order in chaos on the streets. Street photography is very rewarding but at the same time, one of the hardest genres to master. Our workshop would help ease the anxiety next time you hit the streets, would help solve the puzzle of composing compelling images in split seconds and most importantly it would help you to see.

During this masterclass, mentors will take the students out on the streets and pass on their tips and knowledge on capturing compelling images on the street. This masterclass includes classroom and shooting sessions. Detail lectures, critiques and selection process will be part of everyday session. We will also look into various composition aspects and the common mistakes while composing, understanding layering in photography, developing ones own style, understanding peripheral vision, ways to see and treat light, will present a video documentary of how their images are made as they shoot and how they fine tune their vision.

During this intensive 4-day workshop Vineet Vohra (Leica Ambassador) Rohit Vohra (Leica Ambassador) and Turkish photographer, Ilker Karaman will focus on the following topics:

– Street Photography

– How to approach subjects on the busy streets and still stay candid

– How to start working on a story

– Composition – from simple to multi-layered

– Developing your style

– Portfolio Review

The mentors will accompany participants while shooting, observe them at work and give instant feedback and suggestions when required. Students will also have a chance to observe the mentors at work, learn their tricks and techniques.

This masterclass is limited to a maximum of 12 participants,

There are no pre-requisites for attending this workshop. The workshop will be best suited for photographers who have some understanding of how to operate their camera, edit their photos, have some experience in photography and want to take their skills to the next level. However, inexperienced photographers are also welcome.

Students need to bring the following to the workshop:

–       A digital camera with a fixed wide angle lens preferably (a 35mm focal length lens would be best). You are most welcome to get your Long telephoto lenses and zooms for your personal work.

–       A laptop with software to edit/tone your images

–       A notebook to take down notes during the workshop


Tuition fee for the workshop : Early Bird €550/ $620 (valid till April 20th) €595/ $675 after April 20th

Charges are for the workshop only. The participants are responsible for travel, visa, accommodation and local transport costs. If you want any assistance regarding your accommodation in Istanbul, you can email at


To sign up for the workshop please email us at