Photo Workshop in Cambodia and Laos

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Imagine yourself in one of the world’s greatest archeological destinations, the Temples of Angkor Wat. We’ll spend 3 days exploring these mythical temples, the fast-paced energy of Siem Reap and the outrageous Cambodian Circus, Phare. Midweek, we’ll head to the UNESCO town of Luang Prabang, Laos, a perfect blend of South East style paired with French Colonialism. Travel with us down the mighty Mekong River, photograph the daily alms ceremonies with the monks and spend time with local artisans in their village. Hands on technical classes and daily critiques will take your photography to the next level.

Date: February 8 – 15, 2015

For more information please go here.

Food market in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Photo Workshop in Morocco

Landscape of Empty Quarter desert at sunset.
National Geographic Photographer Ira Block will be leading a workshop to the mythical land of Morocco this September.
Travel with us to the imperial cities of Fez, Meknes and Marrakech. With their spectacular souks and vivid mosaics, we’ll meander through their ancient medinas, camera in hand. We’ll also explore Morocco’s diverse landscapes; the cities, the dunes, the palm oasis and the mountains. Take part in a camel trek across the desert sands of Merzouga and photograph the sun as it sets over the Sahara. Sleep in a traditional Berber tent. We’ll discover the UNESCO sites of Ait Benhaddou, where so many feature films have been shot, and we’ll wander among the Roman ruins of Volibilis. Hands on technical classes and daily critiques will take your photography to the next level.

For more information please go here.

Camel handler leading camels at Empty Quarter desert in Abu Dhabi.

Photo Workshop in Bangkok

Tibetan buddhist monks near the Wat Benjamaborpit in Bangkok, Thailand.

Dates: February 9 – 15, 2014

An intoxicating mix of tradition, artistry, spirituality, and dazzling modernity makes Bangkok an incredibly rewarding place to photograph. Join National Geographic photographer Ira Block for this week-long workshop that will take us from the stunning Grand Palace, to the maze of the flower markets and the magical Moon Temple.

For more information please go here.

Photo Workshop in Istanbul

Date: November 3 – 9, 2013 (Limited Spots Left) / November 10 – 16, 2013 (Limited Spots Left)

Join National Geographic’s Ira Block in Istanbul!

Imagine yourself in one of the world’s greatest cities, beautiful Istanbul; exploring the magnificent Blue Mosque, discovering the stunning Ottoman architecture and strolling along the legendary Bosphorus River while soaking up the local Turkish culture. We’ll visit the magnificent Hagia Sophia and the Topaki Palace, as well as the legendary Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. Hands on technical classes and daily critiques will take your photography to the next level.

You can get more information at http://lizapoliti.com/lizapoliti/istanbul.html.

Photo Workshop at National Camera Exchange in Minneapolis

Tuk Tuk, an auto rickshaw a Bangkok, Thailand street at night.

Date: Friday & Saturday, May 3 & 4, 2013

Location: National Camera Exchange
12055 Elm Creek Blvd, Maple Grove, MN 55369

Ira will be teaching a two day, hands on workshop exploring the world of hybrid photography. This exciting field merges video and still photography using light, moment and composition to create dynamic storytelling.

For more information please go to here.

National Geographic Photography Expedition in New York City

Statue of Liberty on a Misty DayApr 25 – 28, 2013

Ira will be leading a photography expedition to New York City at the end of April.

Brimming with towering skyscrapers, historic parks, vibrant ethnic enclaves, and the colorful bustle of street life, New York City presents photographers with an endless array of subjects. Photograph the environs of Ground Zero, and Battery Park City with its views of the iconic Statue of Liberty. Capture the diverse architecture of fabled Fifth Avenue and the sights of Central Park, and complete a portrait assignment in the lively neighborhoods of Chinatown or Little Italy. Photograph the sunset from the top of Rockefeller Center, the iconic Brooklyn Bridge or bustling South Street Seaport, and the new High Line Park in the early morning light.

This workshop 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.

For more information please go here.

National Geographic Photography Expedition in Cuba

Remember the MaineMar 31 – Apr 08, 2013

Ira will be leading a photography expedition to Cuba in the beginning of April.

Meet and talk with Cubans in diverse settings, from urban Havana to colonial Cienfuegos. Learn firsthand from Cuban locals and experts about their splendid colonial cities, vibrant music and art scene and lush rural landscapes, and experience the timeless beauty and fascinating culture of this enigmatic island nation. Engage Cubans directly in discussions about their lives and work, culture and traditions. Meet with Cuban historians, teachers, artists, musicians, naturalists, and others, and experience this fast-changing island nation through their eyes.

For more information please go here.