Photography Workshop Holiday in Greece, Lefkada Island and Paleros Village
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Summer Intensive  Photography Workshop   

21-27 July 2014 Paleros    4 -10 August 2014 Lefkada



 This Workshop will focus on visual story telling. How can we tell a story through images? How do images affect us? What does it take to create one strong image? How can we combine Image and Words to create meaningful artistic pieces? And how can we heal our selves and others through the power of visual creations?


Combining theory and practice, individual and teamwork participants will try to make their own visual essay on Paleros Village and on Lefkada Island respectively.   The aim is to guide the participants through technical, theoretical and aesthetic issues towards developing their own photographic style.


The seminar will take place in Peleros Village in July and on the main town of Lefkada island (lefkada) in August.  Participants of the seminar in Paleros will stay for a week in a local Guesthouse close to the sea with a great mountain view  and participants of the Lefkada workshop will stay in  a restored mansion in the heart of the old town, an ideal place to explore local culture and interact with the friendly population. During the days of the seminar the participants will shoot, edit and finally create a small portfolio with their views of the village/island. The classes will take place during mornings and afternoons in the same guesthouse/mansion, with free time in between to enjoy the sea and the sun.


The seminar is open to a limited number of participants- only eight people will be admitted after a portfolio review and a motivation letter. The small number of the group will make the teamwork more efficient, allowing   time for personal consultations. All participants must have their own equipment and personal computers. DSLR cameras will be also available on the spot if needed, as well as printing services for reviewing the materials and additional laptops.




 Dafni Kalafati was born in Greece in the decade of the eighties. She is trained in documentary filmmaking and photography and holds many years of teaching experience with diverse populations in different countries around the world. She focuses more in giving Workshops of Literacy through Photography (LTP) and Photo –therapy combining Image and Words in order to help participants express their inner thoughts and emotions. She is a native of Lefkada Island where she currently lives and work.


Myrto Papadopoulos finished her studies in 2003 after completing a five-year Fine Arts degree, majored in painting and photography. In 2006, she applied for a photojournalism degree at the ICP (International Centre of Photography), in NY where she was granted a scholarship and in 2007 she participated at the Eddie Adams workshop in NY.


She has won various awards and nominations and in 2013 she was a winner and named emerging photographer 2013 from the Magenta Foundation in Canada. She has taken part in several exhibitions including the Mois off de la photo 08 in Paris, the PHOTOQUAI 2em Biennal Du Monde 09 at the Museé Quai Branly in Paris the New York photo Festival 09, the Biennale of young artists of Europe XIV bjcem 09, the LOOK3 Between Festival 2010 USA, the DUMBO Arts Festival 2011 in NY, the Athens Photo Festival 2011, 2012, the Flash Forward Exhibition 2013, in Toronto and Washington DC and more.


Her clients include: TIME Magazine, GEO, Le Monde, DIE ZEIT, DAS Magazine, Neue Zuger Zeitung, Corriere della sera, EL Mundo, La Stampa, Diario, Vision Magazine, K magazine (Kathimerini) among others.


Today she works as a freelance photographer and a filmmaker and is represented by Redux Pictures in NY.




Day 0:  Arrival, General Information on the course and the  Village/Island’s practicalities.

Day 1: 09.00-10.00: Breakfast

10.00-13.00: Theory Class

  • Introduction of the students and portfolio review
  • Equipment overview
  • Syllabus & Expectations


13.00-17.00: Lunch Break 17.15-20.30:  Theory Class

  • Discussion:  what is a good picture?
  • Presentation:  Introduction to photo essay classics


Day 2: 09.00-10.00: Breakfast

10.00-13.00: Walk in the town in order to prepare for



First Assignment #1 – STREET CORNER

 This Assignment, will concentrate on one street corner you will choose. It sounds like an easy task but you will have to find a corner like no other corner…to see a story about this corner. The people living, or working at that corner, outdoors, indoors, night, day and give the feeling that this corner is a world of itself. Catch the atmosphere, the smell, taste and heart of that corner.


13.00-17.00: Lunch Break

17.15-19.00:  Theory Class

  • Discussion:  Research/ Access/ Dynamics of shooting on the street
  • Presentation: Contemporary Photojournalists/ News Magazines


19.00-21.00: 1st Shooting session- STREET CORNER


Day 3: 09.00-10.00: Breakfast

10.00-13.00: Shooting on the selected – STREET CORNER

13.00-17.00: Lunch Break

17.15-21.00:  Theory Class


  • Introduction to LTP- Literacy through Photography and Phototherapy. How do we choose images and why?
  • Selection of Images from Assignment #1


  • Discussion:  what is a good story? How to sequence a story?


Day 4: 09.00-10.00: Breakfast

10.00-13.00: Theory Class

  •    Getting Closer/personal- Introducing character driven essays. Showcases of Selected works in order to prepare for



Assignment # 2 A DAY IN THE LIFE OF…

 For this Assignment you will need to find a person you do not know but someone you feel is an interesting character to .It is important that you find someone you feel is diverse; we want to see the unexpected things with the goal to have “A day in the life of…” story.

This will be achieved by gaining the trust of the person you follow and getting as close as you can to their personal moments.

Recognizing the short time frame, there will be already previous discussions made with selected characters of the island so the participants will be able to choose from a list of available characters to follow.


13.00-17.00: Lunch Break

17.15-21.00:  Shooting on the selected – STREET CORNER

Last shots, including nighttime photos in order to finish the essay #1



Day 5: 09.00-10.00: Breakfast

Special Day program- Meet the characters and follow them during the whole day in order to complete the Assignment # 2 A DAY IN THE LIFE OF…


Day 6: 09.00-10.00: Breakfast

10.00-13.00: Theory Class


  • Editing:  Students show work from Assignment # 1 and Assignment #2
  • Selection of Images for Portfolio, Color correction, presentation tips, small talk on journalistic writing.


13.00-17.00: Lunch Break

17.15-21.00:   Time for any additional shots required or time for private consultations


Day 7: 09.00-10.00: Breakfast

10.00-13.00: Theory Class


  • Discussion: Photographer / Photo editor relationship
  • Final Editing: Preparing Final Portfolio


13.00-17.00: Lunch Break

17.15-20.30:   Final Portfolio Presentation/ Each participant has 10 minutes to talk on his project

22.00: Farewell Dinner


Day 8: Departure



Total Cost: 550 Euros per person, including workshop fees, accommodation on a double or single room -depending availability, breakfast, workshop materials, 2 large prints of selected photos, farewell dinner.

For more information and reservations please visit:

or contact  Dafni:   0030-6937117747

Myrto:   0030-6946689606