JERUSALEM PHOTO WORKSHOP

This photography workshop will open up for you many new doors of ‘seeing’. All makes of smartphones, tablets, and cameras are welcome! The photo workshop curriculum is designed to be useful for photographers of all skill levels and with any type of camera. All of the photos on this workshop webpage were taken by Mark Hemmings with a simple iPhone 4s, which demonstrates how we should place more weight on composition and lighting than equipment concerns. Please watch the film below to get an idea of what we will be seeing and photographing while in Jerusalem:

 

DATE: SUNDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 9, TO SATURDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 15

WORKSHOP-ONLY COST: $1200 – Contact for full details

ALL-INCLUSIVE WORKSHOP (EXCEPT AIRFARE): $2500 - Contact for full details

CLASS SIZE: BETWEEN 7 AND 13 PEOPLE

WORKSHOP LOCATION: NOTRE DAME DE SION, THE OLD CITY, JERUSALEM

SKILL LEVEL: ALL LEVELS – BEGINNERS TO PROFESSIONAL

EQUIPMENT: ANY CAMERA – MOBILE DEVICES, DSLR’S, MICRO 4/3, POINT & SHOOT, FILM

TEACHING THEMES: TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY & PHOTOSHOP FOR iOS AND ANDROID

 

WORKSHOP GENERAL INFORMATION

All of the photos that you see on this page were taken by Mark on an iPhone 4S. It is Mark’s goal to help each one of you create mysterious and meaningful fine art travel photographs using any camera. We will be doing daily lessons utilizing Mark’s favorite apps for editing, and Mark will divulge all of his secrets for creating dynamic and eye-catching Instagrams. Check out his Instagram feed here: www.instagram.com/markhemmings

Our workshop home base will be the historic Notre Dame de Sion/Ecce Homo Convent. Each day we will do practical street photography walks around the old city, capturing the mystery that surrounds the city within the walls. We will eat at authentic Jewish, Palestinian, and Christian restaurants, and really get to know the various Jerusalem neighborhoods; the Jewish Quarter, the Muslim Quarter, the Armenian Quarter, and the Christian Quarter.

There will also be private time each day for the workshop participants to be on their own exploring the Holy Sites of Jerusalem, creating their own street photographs, or spending time editing. We will have optional evening cultural events to attend, and plenty of time to explore the fascinating markets. For those who are interested, there are many intriguing underground passageways below the city that can be explored and photographed.

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Above: Early morning view of the Old City from the rooftop of the Ecce Homo convent, our workshop class location.

WORKSHOP DETAILS

The $1,200 workshop fee includes full day itineraries and lessons for the week with Mark, and one-on-one instruction throughout the workshop. The fee also includes our teaching room where we will present slideshows and do our daily lessons. This room is located at the Ecce Homo convent located on the Via Dolorosa. The $1,200 workshop fee does not include food, entrance fees or accommodations

The $2,500 workshop fee includes breakfast and dinner (not lunch), all group in-country transportation (airport shuttle, city trains) plus accommodations in the Ecce Homo convent. If the convent is full at the time of your booking, a similarly priced lodging nearby will be arranged.

The class size will be between 7 and 13 people. If we have 14 participants, professional photographer James Wilson will attend to co-lead the workshop.

The old city of Jerusalem is one of the most fascinating locations on earth. Take a look at the iPhone photos that Mark has taken in Jerusalem (below), and request the workshop application form and cancellation policies by emailing or calling Mark: 506-721-8284 and mark@hemmingshouse.com

DAILY SCHEDULE

Each day will have a similar schedule, but we will be flexible and accommodate the desires of the group. Here is a sample day:

6:00 Morning light photography sessions on the chapel roof and other vantage points

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Daily classroom lesson on shooting techniques, editing, composition etc.

11:00 Daily practical photo session in the streets of the Old City (Street photography in the Arab souk markets, Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Machane Yehuda Market, etc.)

1:00 pm Free time for lunch and to visit Holy Sites on your own, or with others from the group. Potential locations: Dome of the Rock, Mount of Olives, Old City Wall walk, Garden Tomb, shopping, plus various museums and art galleries. For more attractions: www.gojerusalem.com

4:00 pm Scheduled private lessons with Mark (each student will receive at least 1 private lesson of their choice throughout the week, on any subject)

5:00 pm Group photo walk through town to get to restaurant

6:00 pm Dinner and group discussions at a restaurant (We will be eating at Jewish, Palestinian, Armenien, and Mediterranean restaurants)

8:00 pm Free time

RESTAURANTS

We will all have dinners and some lunches together as a group. We feel that the most productive times during a workshop are when we eat together at different ethnic restaurants. We always have great conversations about photography, and enjoy exploring new foods and drinks. And how about a daily regime of ultra strong Arabic coffee?

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Above: Instruction and demonstration on how to prepare Arabic coffee, and a juice squeezer in the Old City.

INTERACTIONS WITH LOCALS

Mark’s workshops always encourage and make room for interacting with the people who live in the cities and villages. Getting to know the locals, if only briefly, is a great way to understand and appreciate other cultures. Photos of Mark with some new friends:

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Above: Mark with an artist and musician outside of the Old City, and a craft merchant inside the Old City.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Mark will be staying at the Ecce Homo convent during the week of the workshop. Mark encourages workshop participants to stay here as well, however if that is not possible there are many other excellent options in and just outside of the Old City. Contact Mark for more information about this. We will be doing our workshop daily lessons here, as well as photography from the excellent rooftop. Here are some rooftop images taken with his iPhone in normal and panoramic mode:

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Above: Ecce Homo convent rooftop views and the location of our workshop classes.

WORKSHOP EXTRAS

While a lot of our teaching will be within the old city walls, we will also spend time in greater Jerusalem photographing the Mahane Yehuda market, visiting the YMCA tower for city aerial photoshoots, enjoy evening cafe life on Jaffa street, plus many opportunities for people to visit the Holy sites on their own time.

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Above: View of King David Hotel from the YMCA

JERUSALEM, ONE OF THE ‘MUST SEE’ DESTINATIONS OF THE WORLD!

Join Mark on a very fun and illuminating workshop in the Holy Land. This trip will be the 22nd international workshop Mark has taught, and there are many more to come. As always, please feel free to contact Mark with any questions, and he hopes to see you this year in Jerusalem!

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