Photography Holidays in Kalkan, TurkeyPhotograph Rural Turkish Life, Magnificent Coastal and Mountain Scenery and Ancient Ruins
Our eight day creative photography holiday in Turkey, including tuition with a professional travel photographer, explores the stunning Turquoise coast of Turkey.
Highlights of the Photography Holiday in Turkey:
- Excellent tuition from experienced professional travel photographer Chloe Hall.
- Magnificent coastal and mountain scenery.
- Capture the fading Lycian ruins at the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Xanthos and the ancient ruins of Patara, birthplace of Saint Nicholas.
- Bustling local market with opportunities to practise your people photography skills.
- Fine mountain light.
- Stunning sunsets over the Mediterranean coast.
- Learn how to see and use light creatively.
- Friendly and fun – meet like-minded friends.
- Small groups to allow for individual tuition.
- Over 300 days of sunshine per year make this an all year round destination.
Magical Photographic Destination in Turkey
Our photography holidays in Turkey provide a unique opportunity to capture diverse landscapes: blankets of spring flowers and rare orchids, soft morning mists in the Taurus mountains, the ancient Lycian site of Patara rising from the shifting sands, pretty fishing villages, stretches of a deserted white beach extending for over 16 kms set with a backdrop of the Taurus mountains, the endangered loggerhead turtle in Patara National Park, the perfect turquoise coloured sea at Kapatus, local rural life.
Sharing Delicious Ottoman and Mediterranean Meals
Eating exceptional food each evening and meeting like-minded people is a central part of our photography holidays. We carefully select the best places to eat from roof top restaurants overlooking the Mediterranean, to family run restaurants in small villages unknown by tourists.
Non-photography partners are welcome or they could join a painting or walking holiday.
Chloe is an inspiring photography tutor, she went out of her way to guide us in creating our images and my technique improved immensely during the weeks’ holiday. I was delighted with the results I took home. It was a very relaxed holiday with like-minded people and delicious food. Thank you.April 2015
It was a fun week where I learnt so much and improved my photography skills. This part of the world is breath taking and we were spoilt for choice for spectacular images to take.May 2015
What's Included in your Photography Holiday
- 7 nights’ accommodation in luxury en suite rooms
- Full programme of tuition
- Breakfast on the terrace each morning
- Welcome drinks on arrival
- 4 lunches
- 5 dinners
- Use of all facilities at Villa Vanilla including garden and pool
- Transport for visits each day
- Flights: the nearest airport to Kalkan is Dalaman.
For flight and travel information view our getting there page.
Transfers from the airport to Kalkan are arranged for all guests. Prices range from £55 for one person to £18 when sharing a transfer for 3 people.
- Travel Insurance: It is advisable for all guests to take out travel insurance for their trip.
- Extras: E.g. drinks, ice creams, etc. One evening meal and one lunch during the week is payable by guests (all other meals during the holiday are included in the cost).
- Cameras: All participants on the photography holidays should bring their own camera (further advice on booking).
Accommodation and Travel
Our beautiful luxury villa is set in large Mediterranean gardens with olive, orange, lemon and pomegranate trees and colourful Mediterranean flowers. Find out more about the accommodation, meals and how to get there.
Photography Holidays Sample Itinerary
Below is a typical schedule for our Photography Holidays. The exact locations may vary slightly. We know the area very well, having been based here for over 10 years and focus on finding beautiful places to inspire you. Locations include quaint historic towns, Mediterranean harbours with fishing boats, unspoilt beaches, mountains scenery, Lycian and Roman ruins and amphitheatres, olive groves, brightly coloured Mediterranean flowers and pine forests.
On the day of arrival participants and tutor get to know each other and familiarise themselves with their surroundings. The five days of tuition begin the following morning and each day over breakfast on the terrace guests can chat with the tutor about the plans for the day. With each new day your tutor will give a demonstration and introduce new techniques and approaches to photography.
Typical daily schedule
Breakfast: 8.30 am – 9.30 am
Technical Talk: 10.00 am – 11.00 am
Photography: 11.00 am – 1.00 pm
Lunch: 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
Free Time: 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Photography: 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm
Pre-Dinner Drinks: 7.00 pm
Dinner: 8.00 pm
A Typical Week
Arrival Day: we will meet you at Dalaman airport and take you to Villa Vanilla in Kalkan or a small boutique hotel nearby.
Depending on flight arrival times we will share an evening meal.
Day 2: Village Photography
Introductory Talk: ‘Composition and Framing’.
Photographing the old fishing town of Kalkan: narrow cobbled streets, Ottoman buildings with painted balconies covered with bougainvillea, the white mosque at the harbour’s edge, ancient painted doorways or fishing boats in the harbour.
Lunch on the terrace Villa Vanilla and an opportunity to swim in the afternoon.
Talk and Practice: ‘Editing Photos’.
Dinner in a local restaurant in Kalkan. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Patara Ancient Ruins and Beach
Technical Talk: ‘Aperture Part 1 – Depth of Field’.
Capturing the ancient Lycian site of Patara with its structures emerging form the shifting sands. Patara is a National Park, is home to many bird species and is the nesting ground of the endangered loggerhead turtle.
After lunch on the beach the afternoon is spent photographing the deserted stretch of white sand which extends for 16 kms. Relax in the sun or swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean sea.
Dinner at Villa Vanilla. (B, L D)
Day 4: Market and People and World Heritage Site of Xanthos
Technical Talk: ‘Portraiture and Reportage – Taking Better Photographs of People’.
Visit the local market in the morning to develop skills in photographing people.
Lunch amongst the ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Xanthos. Photograph the ancient ruins set against the backdrop of the Taurus mountains.
Dinner in roof top restaurant. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Free Day
You can relax around the pool or at the beach or we can arrange a trip for you e.g. a gullet boat trip around the islands with lunch. (B)
Day 6: Mountain Photography
AM Technical Talk: ‘Metering and Getting your Exposures Correct’.
Photographing in foothills of the Taurus mountains. Spectacular views en route over the Turquoise coastline. Ever changing light will make for some remarkable photography. Photographing rural village life.
Lunch in local village restaurant in hills.
PM Technical Talk: ‘Aperture Part 2 – Aperture and Low Light’.
Meze supper at Villa Vanilla. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Coastal Photography and Final Review
AM Technical Talk: ‘Shutter Speed and Movement/Tripods’.
Capturing the seascapes and waves at Kapatus beach lapped by the turquoise seas of the Mediterranean. This is a delightful spot at the foot of a ravine and is an inspiring place to capture the colours and beauty of this area.
Lunch in delightful family run Turkish restaurant.
We get together late afternoon for a review of the week and to share your achievements prior to our final evening under the stars of Kalkan.
Dinner in harbour side restaurant (B, D)
Day 8: Farewell to the Turquoise Coast
After a leisurely breakfast we take you back to Dalaman airport for your flight home or onward journey.
If you have a late flight departure relax around the pool or last minute shopping in Kalkan.
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