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Photography Workshop: Barcelona

  • 7-day workshop with an acclaimed National Geographic photographer
  • Set out on photo shoots to Antoni Gaudí’s Parc Güell, Las Ramblas, and more

Expedition Details

 

Take to the streets of one of the world’s most vibrant cities to photograph graceful boulevards; colorful market scenes; fishmongers and street performers; and the whimsical, revolutionary creations of Antoni Gaudí. From the graceful archways and narrow lanes of the historic Gothic Quarter to the wild and sinuous lines of Gaudí’s Parc Güell, document Barcelona’s fabulous range of architecture. Set out on photo shoots along the waterfront of Barceloneta, a former fishing village, and at the spellbinding, unfinished Sagrada Família cathedral. With your camera at the ready, focus in on lively merchants and their bright stacks of produce at the Boqueria Market, and explore the famous pedestrian boulevard, Las Ramblas.

This workshop is led by a National Geographic photographer and a professional instructor and is designed for amateurs who are interested in improving their digital photography. All participants must bring a digital SLR camera, a laptop computer, and software for organizing and presenting images. The workshop is limited to 25 participants.

The following is our planned itinerary; however, the schedule is flexible to allow for spontaneous photographic opportunities.

Itinerary - 7 Days

Day 1 — Barcelona, Spain

Arrive in Barcelona and check into the Casanova, a stylish hotel ideally located in the heart of the city. Meet your instructors and fellow photographers at a welcome reception and dinner.
Rafaelhoteles by Casanova (D)

Day 2 — Parc Güell

Spend the morning in the classroom, learning photo techniques and enjoying a talk by your National Geographic photographer. In the afternoon, set out on your first photo shoot in Parc Güell, a UNESCO World Heritage site nestled high above the city. Wander sinuous paths and shoot the gingerbread-style gate houses and mosaic creations of celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.
Rafaelhoteles by Casanova (B)

Day 3 — Las Ramblas

Spend the morning editing and critiquing the photos you took yesterday. Then, stroll along the city's famous pedestrian boulevard, Las Ramblas. As you wander the bustling street, zoom in on vibrant flower stalls, strolling sweethearts, and animated street performers. Venture into La Bouqueria, one of Barcelona’s oldest markets, for a taste of everyday life in the city.
Rafaelhoteles by Casanova (B)

Day 4 — Gothic Quarter

After a morning edit-and-critique session, spend the day shooting the labyrinthine streets and medieval courtyards of the Gothic Quarter. At the 13th-century Le Seu Cathedral, the intricately-carved nave and gilded chapels offer a feast of textural details, while the interior cloister, shaded by palm trees, reveals a pond filled with 13 white geese.
Rafaelhoteles by Casanova (B)

Day 5 — Barceloneta

Spend the morning discussing and editing the photos you took yesterday. Then put the day's lessons into practice while shooting in charming, colorful Barceloneta, a former fishing district on the Mediterranean known for its sandy beaches, bustling boardwalk, and seafood restaurants.
Rafaelhoteles by Casanova (B,L)

Day 6 — La Sagrada Família

Today's assignment takes in Gaudí's modernist marvels, including the extraordinary church of La Sagrada Família. Shoot the twirling spires and dizzying angles of Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece, expected to be finished in 2026, on the 100th anniversary of his death. Gather this evening for a festive farewell dinner.
Rafaelhoteles by Casanova (B,D)

Day 7 — Barcelona/Home

After breakfast, gather for a final question-and-answer session with your instructors and a presentation of the best images from the week. The workshop concludes at noon.
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What To Expect

This workshop is led by a National Geographic photographer and a professional instructor and is designed for amateurs who are interested in improving their digital photography. All participants must bring a digital SLR camera, a laptop computer, and software for organizing and presenting images. The workshop is limited to 25 participants.