Marco Secchi Photography Workshops in Venice

I created and launched the Venice Original Photo Walk in 2010 due to my love for the Serenissima” and to show my guests a different city. Venice off the beaten tracks, discovered and captured, with a professional photographer by your side  who wish to share the emotions of this wonderful place.

I am English speaking,  award winner professional photo reporter providing images for the news,  and editorial markets. My "regular" job is shooting News & Editorial Features and sometimes commercial lifestyle images  around the world with Getty Images. A lot of my images and prints are in private and public collec.ions.

My images appear on a regular basis in top newspaper and magazine from around the world.  Several books published have my images some with only my work other that include some of my pictures. Some of my images are in the permanent collections of few museums and have been shown in many exhibitions around the world. From Ljubljana to London from Venice to Dubrovnik from Saint Petersburg to Vienna. From one of my recent Black and White exhibition you can read here 

I have a very cool job!! I am lucky to work most of the time with some fantastic and fascinating people and super talented!

I think everyone has a remarkable story to tell. For sure real stories are more interesting than pretend ones. So my approach is fast, relaxed, casual and fun. I look for the moments “in-between“ because they tell the truth. I love energetic images taken in the bat of an eyelid.

LEICA WORKSHOPS IN VENICE 

Please note I have NO Leica or Leica Akademie Affiliation,.

I am an award winner and regularly published photojournalist, with several books, photo zines, Exhibitions. I run my very successful workshops and I have held the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence since 2013; I am  also rated "Excellent" by Lonely Planet.  I am passionate about Leica but I shoot with other brands as well.  

My goal is to expand your photography knowledge, increase your skill level and bring the total Leica experience with fun and enjoyment of photography, We will do it!

My Leica Equipment includes

  • Leica M246 Monochrom

  • Leica M10

  • Leica M9

  • Few Vintage Film Leica M2 - M3 - M6

Looking for a great Leica shooting & learning experience? What can be better than discover the hidden and real part of a city while shooting with a Leica M camera?? The Leica is the perfect companion being quiet, unobtrusive, light and small. Learn how to use your camera fast  and capture candid situations with an experienced news and editorial photographer and Leica user

I shoot news and editorial features for a vast selection of international newspapers as well as for Getty Images. I use regularly a Leica M10 and Leica Monochrom M246.

Whether you are an experienced Leica photographer or a novice, there is no better way to learn Leica.

My Leica Workshops take places in Venice, Milan, Siena, London, Ljubljana and Budapest.....or anywhere you like it!

What to bring: Camera(s), lenses and a computer with Photoshop or Lightroom installed for editing your images. 

Here are few reviews for my Workshops and Photo Walks in  Venice and for Ljubljana

A Photo Gallery on Repubblica is here  about a foggy day in Venice entirely shot with Leica Monochrom  or you can read here about a recent Exhibition

LEICA PRIVATE WORKSHOP :

  • Half Day (4 hours workshop) € 800 includes breakfast

  • Full day (6 hours workshop): € 1200 includes breakfast and lunch

  • Work Hard Play Hard Full day + (Twilight to Twilight): from €1500 to €2500 depends on the season (light hours) Includes breakfast, Lunch and dinner

 

VENICE PHOTO WALK AND WORKSHOP PACKAGES



CLASSIC THREE-HOUR PRIVATE PHOTO WALK - €390

This popular package is a great choice for one-on-one instruction and a more personalized experience. It begins at 7 AM except during the winter, when we start at 8 AM. I will meet you at your hotel or another landmark in the City Centre.



This tour includes:

  • Rialto Market

  • Major landmarks from Saint Mark's to the Arsenale

  • Views of reflections, boats and canals

  • Hidden sights and off the beaten track routes

You can bring up to four people with or without cameras. The €390 is for the tour NOT per person

 ( Two additional people can join for a cost of €50 each)

LIGHT TWO-HOUR Afternoon PRIVATE PHOTO WALK - €280

This tour takes you on a shorter version of the standard route while still seeing plenty of sights. You are welcome to bring a DSLR or use your smartphone or tablet. This tour only usually occurs in the late afternoon and on select days, most commonly during the summer. Only two people are permitted.

The €280 is for the tour (2people)  NOT per person

DAWN TWILIGHT AND SUNRISE WORKSHOP AND WALK - €600

This new private package lets you experience the magic of Venice at dawn. We will spend two hours shooting twilight and sunrise while I provide personalized instruction. Once the sun has risen, we will tour the hidden routes and see the city waking up.



This tour includes:

  • Detailed instruction on long exposure, panning and filters

  • Breakfast

  • Four hours of instruction and touring

Up to four people may attend with or without cameras. The €600 is for the tour NOT per person

LONG EXPOSURE, FILTERS, PANNING  4h WORKSHOP


In this workshop you will be taken through the journey required to generate beautiful black and white, as well as color, long exposure photographs. Anyone who has ever tried to use long exposure techniques will quickly recognize that it is not only a serious technical challenge, but also an emotional and visionary one. Where and how do you find suitable subjects, and what approach do you use to photograph them? What techniques do you employ to turn everyday subjects into stunning pieces of photographic art?

Up to four people may attend with or without cameras. The €600 is for the tour NOT per person



1-2-1 2 full days  Black and White Masterclass

Autumn and Winter in Venice are the perfect time to train our eyes to view the world in a new way. From historic city architecture to fog and street photography, we’ll expand the way you envision your black and white images and inspire creative paths to explore this exciting medium.

Black and white photography still inspires and fascinates in the colorful world we live in today. This workshop will be an in depth exploration of the world of black and white photography. 

This workshop was designed to teach you the difference between a black & white and a colour photograph and to help you start seeing the world in black & white. Learn how to recognise a black & white scene and learn how different styles and camera settings can affect your image. Learn how to construct your image with the fundamentals of black & white photography, shape, form, texture and tone. The workshop will finish up with the tutor showing you how to create a “polished image” by helping you to get the most out of your digital darkroom. This is a classroom based workshop and is suitable for photographers who are already photographing on the manual side of their DSLR camera.

Whether it is a panorama, a portrait, or breaking news, there is always more than one way to approach a moment. Great inspiration can be had by looking at the historical images of the last century.  Before the idea of 5 frames per second became routine, there was the concept of one moment, one chance, one photograph. This is the picture which we will try and capture in this workshop. Learning to look beyond the obvious, to find those lurking moments which help create a special sense of place and time. Never stop looking. Never stop moving. Let your legs be your zoom lens. And when the moment comes, be ready for it. Whether with digital, Holga, Hasselblad, or a 50 year old Press Camera, be ready for the moment. The workshop will engage photographers on both a physical level - working with camera gear to be able to be totally comfortable with it, and on a more metaphysical level, working to make sure your view of the world is fresh, enlightening, and Now.

 

Repubblica published a photo gallery of  my images shot with Leica of Venice with fog and is here

From one of my recent Black and White exhibition you can read here 

On this photography workshop you will learn:

  • Basics of shooting in black & white

  • When & where to shoot in black & white

  • Construction of your image through shape, form, texture & tone

  • Different black & white styles

  • The role of filters in black & white photography

  • Techniques – Setting your camera up to shoot for black & white

  • Black & white toning – colour isolation – dodging & burning – contrast adjustments

  • Digital darkroom for black & white photography

 

This Black & White photography workshop includes:

  • 2 full days

  • Online access to workshop E-Notes

  • Sample Black & White images

  • Morning tea/coffee/lunch

Fees for the Private masterclass of 2 Full days - You can bring one extra person - Euro 1800



Fine Art Venice Portraits





Individual or Couple. 1.5-2hr session starts at £500

Individual. Publicity, character, or concept shots start at £600

Family. Portrait sessions including one or two children start at £550

Family. Portrait sessions including three or more children or other members of family start at £600

Portrait session fees are for the photographer's time only and include 10 free images. Your package include digital downloads and a private gallery for one year at no extra cost.

Additional Photos or Prints may be purchased separately.

  • Single image Low resolution for web usage £ 5

  • Single image High Resolution £8

  • 10 fully edited color and black and white images, supplied at full resolution, on dvd/cd, within two weeks of your session. I will also include web-sized files for use on MySpace, Facebook or for emailing to friends and family. Cost of Disc or Transfer of images £50

  • 20 fully edited color and black and white images, supplied at full resolution, on dvd/cd, within two weeks of your session. I will also include web-sized files for use on MySpace, Facebook or for emailing to friends and family. A private gallery to display and show your images to your friends and family will be provided for one year, Cost of Disc or Transfer of images £100

After the photos are brought into the digital studio, they are immediately backed-up, and your client area on this website is created. You will receive an email any time between 2 and 7 days later depending on the nature of the shoot, with information about how to log on to your client area. You will receive a choice of normal, Photoshopped, retouched, Black and White  and sepia images .

The client area is private and not listed or can even be a password-protected portion of this website where you are able to view photographs, download the files and select the ones you require for printing. In some cases you may have all photos. If there is a limit to the number of photos you can have, the reason for this is that every photo undergoes detailed review and analysis according to quality standards, as well as 'post production' to ensure all images have the same look and feel in terms of the quality of their light. This can be a time-consuming process. Prints can be purchased directly  from a professional laboratory in your country (90% of the time) , printed at a very  high standard can be ordered by yourself or family and friends. The gallery will be available for one year and you will be able to give out the address.

FEW FEEDBACKS ABOUT MY PORTRAIT SESSIONS IN VENICE

The following feedbacks have been selected from here on Tripadvisor

"Thank you so much for the fantastic photos, you have made us look fabulous. ........ It was a pleasure and a honour to meet a fellow photographer of such high caliber. We both enjoyed our photo shoot so much it has made our holiday. The stunning images you have sent us will be treasured for a lifetime."

" Chris and I just saw the photos and we're laughing and crying. You were able to capture so many moments, not just images and portraits. Every photo tells such a deep story, I've never seen photos of us like this before.We are so honored to have worked with you and these images are beyond our expectations or wildest dreams. Thank you, thank you, thank you."

"I cannot recommend his services more. He is  amazingly talented, thorough, dependable and wonderful to work with. He is passionate about photography and very knowledgeable of where the best shots are in Venice that we ended up with very special, meaningful and artist shots."

"He also took some beautiful portraits of us which we are fortunate to have! You know.. The Queen, Obama.. us.. that kinda thing!"

" We had a great time and our photographs are simply stunning. Marco is a Royal Photographer and he has so many portraits of the Royal Family and big celebrities in his portfolio, and it shows......

"Marco is simply a brilliant portrait photographer, he captured the essence of our celebration and you can see from the list of his clients that he is used to work for top names and celebs...."

"I cannot recommend his services more. He is  amazingly talented, thorough, dependable and wonderful to work with. He is passionate about photography and very knowledgeable of where the best shots are in Venice that we ended up with very special, meaningful and artist shots."


 

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