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Photography workshop in Morocco

August 28 to September 5, 2024

The Trip

Morocco Photo Tour, a tripof personal discovery through your camera.

Firstly, we want to introduce you to a journey where you can discover Morocco through your camera. A fascinating tour through the most suggestive and unique landscapes of Morocco. You will visit a mystical country, full of history, culture, and a hidden nature of the Sahara desert in a photographic version led by professional photographers.

About the Tour

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Highlights

Description

This adventure will begin in the city of Marrakech, the most touristy city in Morocco, bustling and fascinating, where we will visit its historic center known for its markets and festivals. We will head on a journey to the East to visit the Ouzoud waterfalls, visit the Iminifri caves, travel through the Valley of Roses to reach the impressive city of Merzouga, the gateway to the desert, surrounded by sand dunes that we will also photograph at night. We will have the great experience of camping in the desert in “Jaimas” (Arab tents) and taking a camel ride to enjoy a total experience in the Sahara.

Night photography

On this photo tour to Morocco, we will pay particular attention to night photography. For this, we have scheduled the dates and itinerary to have the best nights with the Milky Way, where you will learn to plan, make, and process astrophotography along with two specialists in the field.

We invite you to be part of this journey, which will be an unforgettable visual experience.

Map

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Discover Marrakech

Firstly, we will welcome all participants arriving throughout the day. Our staff will be waiting at the airport to pick them up.

We will take this day as a day of rest and can stroll around the center of Marrakech. Morocco Photo Tour begins.

DAY 2 - The Ouzoud Waterfalls

Marrakech, that city where culture, tradition, and modernity blend. We will take a walk through Marrakech visiting the Bahia Palace, the Ben Youssef Madrasa, and the souks with our guide Karim.

After lunch, we will travel to the Ouzoud waterfalls to capture the sunset and do some night photography.

DAY 3 - The great palm grove

Witnessing the sunrise at Ouzoud Waterfalls, a unique experience, and after a comforting breakfast, we will head towards the Iminifri Waterfalls and Caves. We will pass through the Berber villages and spend the night in the city of Skoura.

DAY 4 - The gateway to the desert

Do you know the gateway to the desert? Merzouga and its Erg Chebbi await us after breakfast, where we will head towards Merzouga, passing through the Valley of Roses, the Todra Gorge, and Erfoud (known for its fossils).

We will arrive at our hotel in Merzouga around 6 pm and take a walk in the dunes during sunset.

At night, we can visit the nearby dunes on foot.

DAY 5 - Desert Camp

In the morning, we will visit the market of Rissani, and then have lunch in Khamlia (an original village from Mali). After lunch, we will enjoy their Gwana music.

The afternoon is free at the hotel until 5 PM, when we will have a camel ride to our tent in the middle of the desert, stopping at sunset in the middle of the dunes.

We will have dinner and a night photography session with our guide and model Moha.

DAY 6 - Night photography

We start the day after a typical breakfast in the “Jaimas“, where we will head to the hotel to take the photo editing course until lunchtime.

In the afternoon, we will have free time, and we can enjoy a quad or buggy ride through the dunes or another camel ride (not included in the price).

At night, we will have another nighttime photography session in the dunes.

DAY 7 - Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Africa

Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Africa. We will pass through Rissani towards Alnife and drive through the Draa Valley (the largest palm grove in Morocco). We can make stops at the Tizgi waterfall.

DAY 8 - Atlas Mountains

The Hollywood of Africa. Later, we will make a stop at the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou (where series like Game of Thrones, Gladiator, and other movies have been filmed).

We will make different stops to photograph beautiful places.

We will cross the Atlas Mountains (2,260 meters) that separate the Atlantic Ocean from the Mediterranean Sea and arrive in Marrakech.

DAY 9 - End of the trip

Finally, after breakfast, we will head to the Marrakech-Menara International Airport for the return flight. End of the Morocco Photo Tour.

Included

Not Included

Extras

Our expeditions

Ours guides

JOSE D. RIQUELME
EDU BARRAJÓN

They will be your guides

Dates 2024

  • August 28 to September 5, 2024
    August 28 to September 5, 2024

    Available spots

    $3.800

About the trip

  • A Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera or a mirrorless camera
  • A sturdy tripod with a ball head
  • A wide-angle lens, such as a 14-24 mm
  • A medium zoom lens, such as a 24-70 mm
  • A telephoto lens, like a 70-200 mm lens
  • It is important for a lens to have a good aperture for Northern Lights, such as a 14 mm f/2.8
  • A camera bag to carry all your equipment
  • 6-stop ND filter
  • A headlamp for night sessions
  • Batteries, cleaning kit, and memory cards
  • Drone
Clothing Recommendations

Our Photographic Tour will take place during the winter season, and we recommend following the guidelines for appropriate clothing to withstand low temperatures, especially during night excursions.

  • FOOTWEAR: Crampons for shoes (mandatory for walking on ice) – Mountain footwear (waterproof boots) – Foot and hand warmers “warmer” (optional, for those who feel very cold).
  • UPPER CLOTHING: Thermal shirt or inner thermal shirt. – Sweater or fleece pullover (brands like The North Face, Columbia, Patagonia, or similar) – Down jacket suitable for temperatures up to -10 degrees. – Waterproof/windproof jacket. – Neck gaiter. – Thermal gloves for snow. – Woolen hats for the head.
  • LOWER CLOTHING: Thermal leggings. – Waterproof pants (for skiing or snowboarding). – Woolen socks. For winter technical clothing, we recommend brands like The North Face, Columbia, Patagonia, Helly Hansen, or similar.
Tips
  1. In Iceland, the tap water (cold) is of the highest quality in the world. We recommend buying a small reusable water bottle on the first day of your stay, which you can refill at hotels or any convenient location.
  2. Wi-Fi will be available in all hotels. For participants from outside Europe, if you wish, you can purchase a SIM card with data. You can buy one at the supermarket right in front of the luggage claim area. Alternatively, you can acquire a virtual e-SIM in advance from websites like https://esim.holafly.com/ or other similar services and activate it upon landing in Iceland.
  3. It is not necessary to exchange dollars for Icelandic krona in Iceland; you can use your credit card to make payments everywhere. If you want to exchange your currency for krona, you can do so at the airport.
  4. Iceland uses European type C plugs, so if you are coming from the United States, you will need an adapter.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Flights to Iceland
Round-trip flights to Iceland from Europe and the United States cost approximately $400 to $800. You should book your flight to or from Keflavik International Airport (KEF).
We recommend arriving at Keflavik before 12:00 noon on the start day of the tour so you don’t miss the orientation session.
Some participants choose to arrive a day before the start of the tour, which could be an excellent idea to begin the journey well-rested, especially if you have had a long flight.


Documentation
Iceland follows the visa regulations of the Schengen Area. Depending on your nationality and length of stay, you may need to obtain a visa. If you encounter any problems, feel free to consult us. It is crucial to verify the specific visa requirements for your country of residence before the trip.


Meals
Meals and dinners are not included in the tour price. Generally, we will have breakfast at our accommodation and enjoy meals and dinners at local restaurants.
During the day, we might opt for snacks and picnics on some days to streamline and maximize our time dedicated to photography.
Since both supermarkets and restaurants are relatively expensive in Iceland, we suggest you be prepared to allocate approximately $60-$80 USD daily for your food expenses.

Acommodation

During our photographic adventure through Iceland with Ice Monkey Tours, we will stay in a variety of charming hotels, carefully selected for both their proximity to the photographic destinations on our route and their comfort. To keep pace with our ever-changing photographic itinerary, we will move to different hotels throughout the journey, ensuring we are as close as possible to each day’s points of interest. You will enjoy comfortable double rooms with private bathrooms to fully enjoy your photographic adventure.

FAQs

When will the workshop take place?

The workshop is scheduled for October 20 to 29. Check our calendar on the registration page for detailed information.

Where will the workshop be held?

The workshop will take place in Iceland, a unique and stunning landscape that offers a variety of extraordinary photography opportunities.

Who are the instructors of the workshop?

We have experienced nature photographers who will share their knowledge and techniques. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to learn about aerial photography with drones.

What skill level is required to participate?

The workshop is designed for photographers of all levels, from beginners to professionals. Sessions will be adapted to meet the needs of all participants, including an introduction to using drones for photography.

Can I use my drone during the workshop?

Absolutely! We recommend that you bring your drone to capture stunning views from the skies over Iceland.

Can I receive instructions on aerial photography with drones during the event?

Yes, there will be specific sessions during the workshop dedicated to aerial photography with drones. Our experts will guide you on best practices and techniques for capturing spectacular images from the air.

Can I get advice on purchasing a drone before the workshop?

Yes, our instructors will be happy to provide guidance on selecting and configuring drones for photography, both before and during the event.

Can I bring my laptop?

Yes, we recommend it for learning editing techniques.

  • Price

    Price for 1 traveler

    $3.800

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  • More than 90 days before the start date of the workshop: Full refund of payments made.
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  • 60-30 days before the start of the workshop: 35% of the booking will be refunded.
  • Within 30 days prior to the start of the workshop: No refund will be made.
General Conditions of our Tours

Accidents:

  • IceMonkey is not responsible for accidents to workshop participants and will not cover medical expenses if necessary. During the workshop, each participant is responsible for their own safety and physical integrity.
  • IceMonkey is not responsible for accidents or loss of photographic equipment during the workshop. Each participant is responsible for their own photographic equipment.

Travel insurance is mandatory.

Punctuality:

  • Each day of the expedition, all participants must be punctual at the established time. All participants must be at the starting point of the expedition for its beginning. In case of delays due to inconveniences, the participant must communicate with someone from the IceMonkey staff as soon as possible.
  • Respect:
    Participants may be at different levels of knowledge about the subject, which requires patience when explaining topics that are already familiar to them. The photographic area of each participant must be respected. Disrespect towards a participant or staff member will not be tolerated.

This is a discrimination-free space. We will not tolerate racism, sexism, discrimination based on sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Climate:

  • The tour and its itinerary depend on the weather and can change at any moment. We will always be attentive to the best weather conditions to determine where to go and optimize the taking of photographs.

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