Morocco in Focus - 8 days

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Photography Tour. Master your photography skills on a classical tour of Morocco hosted by Doug McKinlay, an acclaimed London-based documentary, travel and reportage photographer and feature writer. Doug’s work frequently appears in the national press, Conde Nast Traveller, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet publications and many more. Visiting the labyrinth souk of Marrakech, fortified Kasbahs, high Atlas passes, gorges and the vast Sahara Desert – by camel trek, with Doug’s hands on instruction, tips and advice for capturing the perfect shots.

Day 1: Marrakech by night
Welcome to Marrakesh. On arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to hotel to check-in and freshen up. Later we meet in hotel lobby at 6pm and proceed to Djemma El Fna for some evening exploration and then will enjoy our first taste of delicious local cuisine over dinner at one of the roof top restaurants surrounding the Djemma. After dinner there will be a brief on what to expect technically from your photography tour and some relevant trip notes. Overnight - Marrakech (D)
Day 2: Dades Gorge at sunset
Marrakech - Dades Gorge. After an early breakfast we will be on the road by 7:00am to explore the Dades Gorge and its Kasbahs. Arriving at the gorge sometime in the mid to late afternoon we will photograph the stunning architecture and local colours. Our tuition will cover panoramic techniques and pictures. Later we check into our hotel, freshen up and then there will be a two to three hour photography lecture covering technical as well creative aspects. Overnight - Dades Gorge (B, D)
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Day 3: Todgra Gorge - wadi & kasbah landscapes
Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge. Setting off early we drive along the Valley of the Roses to the Todra Gorge, stopping for landscape and architectural images and local colour, palmeries, wadi and kasbah landscapes. Subject to opportunity we will try to photograph local people with tuition en route covering tips on how to approach people without causing offence. After dinner some more anecdotal talks and techie tips will follow, and perhaps even a slide show for those interested. Overnight - Todra Gorge (B, D)
Day 4: Sahara - afternoon light & long shadows
Todra Gorge - Erg Chebbi - Sahara. After breakfast we will head for a photo safari in Todra Gorge – mostly looking for landscape images. We will then continue our drive to Erg Chebbi, with a picnic lunch along the way and an estimated arrival of 2-3pm and into the dunes for the afternoon light. Taking our sturdy camels we will reach the Berber Camp and experiment with deserts shots using our camels and Berber riders as props. There will be plenty of time for an evening photo talk after dinner and possibly a star trails photography expedition. Overnight - Sahara Berber Camp (B, L, D)
Day 5: Sunlight on the Erg Chebbi dunes, camels & riders
Sahara - Ait Benhaddou. After a morning photography session experimenting with the dunes and sunlight we settle into a good breakfast before driving on to Ait Benhaddou to arrive by approx. 4pm. There will be more photo opportunities before a local dinner at the hotel and the rest of the evening will be free. Overnight - Ait Benhaddou (B, D)
Day 6: Fortified cities & Berber villages
Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech. This morning we take photos of the legendary Ait Benhaddou - a fortified city situated alon g the caravan route before driving into the heart of the High Atlas to the lost palace of the Glaoui at telouet for a chance to photograph the palace and the berber villages nearby. Continuing on to Marrakech we can enjoy an afternoon shooting on the Djemma el Fna practicing all our newly learnt photography skills. Enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant and some evening photography around the souks and night markets. Overnight - Marrakech (B)
Day 7: Souks of Djemma el Fna
It's an early breakfast today, before heading of to explore the souks of Marrakesh - and if, time permits, take a visit to the tanneries and the Jardins Majorelle. After dinner we can enjoy a final slideshow of our all our work back at the hotel. Overnight - Marrakech (B)
Day 8:
Spend the morning at leisure or further exploring the souks of the old medina before hotel check out and included departure transfer to the airport. (B)

Doug McKinlay - professional photographer & host

Doug McKinlay is a London-based documentary, travel and reportage photographer and feature writer. His work appears in The Times, The Guardian/Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The New York Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, De Volkskraant, The FT, CNN Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Wanderlust, Marie Claire, High Life, Geographical Magazine and many Lonely Planet publications. His images are also represented by Axiom Photographic, Lonely Planet Images, Getty Images and Britain On View picture agencies. To view some of Doug's work go to:
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Marrakech / Ends in: Marrakech
  • Departs: 07 Sept 2013
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:7, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 5
  • Hotel Rating: Authentic guesthouses, riads & hotels (similar to 3 star)
  • Tour Guide: Yes, escorted by a tour guide
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