Put your travel images into the big picture

Are you constantly behind a lens when you travel and want to learn more about photographing the world? Learn how by participating in a terrific new five-day Gulf Photo Plus “Faces & Places” photo tour of Istanbul, Turkey.


The tour will be hosted by British photographers Bobbi Lane and David Nightingale, on 8 – 12 November, 2011.

“Faces and Places” was first introduced to the Middle East photography event calendar earlier this year with a sell-out trip to Oman.

“We received tremendous feedback on the first photo tour to Muscat. The interest in other destinations in the region was overwhelming, so we decided to push ahead and take Faces and Places to Istanbul.” says Mohamed Somji, director of Gulf Photo Plus. “The photo tours offer a wonderful opportunity for keen photographers to combine a holiday with a learning experience designed to refine their existing skills with expert guidance, develop new techniques based on critiques and feedback from Bobbi and David.”

Sound good? Imagine yourself on the shores of the Bosphorous discovering an 8,000 year old city from the Byzantine and Ottoman Era; a place of natural beauty, diverse cityscapes, stunning palaces, grand mosques and countless museums. Istanbul offers photographers endless inspiration.

The photo tour, while easy and fun, is a fully planned and scheduled travel photography trip including portraits, street scenes, landscape and night photography with instruction from world-class instructors to improve shooting, composition and observation techniques.

The instructors Bobbi Lane and David Nightingale are regulars in Dubai, having been involved with Gulf Photo Plus for several years.

Bobbi is a commercial photographer specializing in creative portraits in studio and on location. She is a dedicated photo-educator and brings more than 30 years of technical experience and innovative artistic interpretation to her fun-filled workshops. David is a published author and Creative Director of Chromasia Limited – a fine arts and commercial photography company.

Each participant in the Gulf Photo Plus Faces & Places Istanbul photo tour is guaranteed to come away with a varied portfolio of shots, comprising street photography, incredible landscapes and expressive portraits taken at locations including Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Galata Tower, Topkapi Palace and Beyoglu Istiklal Street. Students will be encouraged to complete their learning experience with the valuable exercise of producing a photo essay of their trip to Istanbul, which will later be exhibited by Gulf Photo Plus.

The workshop tour  is ideal for confident beginners to more advanced photographers.

Not sure what you’d need to participate in this type of tour? The team at Gulf Photo Plus are happy to have a chat over the phone and have provided some guidelines: Your DSLR, lens ( ideally a range of wide angle and zoom), a few SD/CF cards, laptop, card reader and tripod Comfortable informal clothing and shoes. Leave the Jimmy Choos at home! Don’t forget warm clothes too as it will be wintery. You will be visiting mosques,so no shorts or sleeveless tops and bring a scarf to cover your hair.

The “Faces and Places” photo tour is priced at $US2,450 per person (double occupancy) including hotel accommodation, daily breakfast and lunch, transport within Istanbul to the locations of the workshops, instruction by Bobbi, David and an assistant, admission fees to sites, whirling dervish performance and a Bosphorous boat tour. The price does not include visas, insurance, transportation to and from Istanbul, dinners, beverages or incidentals. Add $US200 for single occupancy supplement. For more information about the photography tour, please contact +971 4 360 2365 or visit www.gulfphotoplus.com.

If you just want to visit Istanbul, try a flight package from Tempo Holidays. Tempo is combining three of its most popular ‘Taste Of’ packages with return economy Etihad flights and up to $A350 land credit discount. Combining two or three nights’ accommodation with breakfasts, airport transfers and one or more sightseeing tours, this convenient packages are perfect for spicing up a stopover or experiencing a city before or after a longer tour.

The three-day Taste of Istanbul is priced from $A2252 per person twin share including return flights to Istanbul. To qualify for the land credit, travellers need to book a return Etihad economy airfare through Tempo Holidays by August 31, 2011. The airfares are valid for departures until August 31, 2012.

For bookings, contact your local travel agent or Tempo Holidays at www.tempoholidays.com,  or info@tempoholidays.com.

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