EXPLORE MOROCCO

    Highlights

    • Teaching and training on the best techniques along with special tips and personalized advice
    • Learn to recognize and use a variety of lines, perspectives and focal points to create dramatic and interesting compositions
    • Learn how to use different exposure times and apertures in various light conditions
    • How to handle equipment with care on location

Expert SISSE BRIMBERG

More about Sisse Brimberg

Morocco expert Sisse Brimberg has photographed more than 50 stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. She has spent most of her career working in Asia, Europe, shooting stories from the Arctic and Scandinavia to Italy and France.

Sisse has been awarded prizes by Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographers Association, White House Press Photographers Association, and Communication.

EXPAND WITH PASSION

On Location

  • Teaching and training on the best techniques along with special tips and personalized advice
  • Learn to recognize and use a variety of lines, perspectives and focal points to create dramatic and interesting compositions
  • Learn how to use different exposure times and apertures in various light conditions
  • How to handle equipment with care on location
  • Private hands-on lessons with Sisse Brimberg that will help you to take your photography skills to the next level
  • How to be comfortable approaching people in a natural way
  • Discover secrets behind successful travel and street photography
  • How to use your camera as a tool for storytelling

In Classroom

  • Daily reviews of the images you have taken throughout the day with constructive criticism to help you improve your skillset
  • Digital workflow
  • How to create a photo narrative that can be used in a book, magazine or exhibition
  • Portfolio review

ITINERARY

 

DAY 0: ARRIVAL IN CASABLANCA

We recommend arriving one day early so that you have time to get over your jet lag and adjust to the local climate – and of course to explore the bustling streets of Casablanca.

If you like, Better Moments can help you to book a hotel room.

DAY 1: WELCOME TO MOROCCO

Today you will meet your fellow travelers as well as your workshop leader – National Geographic photographer Sisse Brimberg,

In the evening, we will have a welcome dinner at the hotel and you will be briefed on what will happen and what to expect over the next couple of days. Moreover, National Geographic photographer Sisse Brimberg will give a lecture on Morocco as a photo destination.

DAY 2: RABAT – TREASURES OF THE PAST

If you arrive at Casablanca International Airport today, you will be welcomed by a Better Moments team member who will meet you in the arrival hall.

Today, we will all travel to Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco. The lively city has a lot to offer in terms of street and architectural photography. We will visit the stunning Mausoleum of Mohammed V – a masterpiece of modern Moroccan architecture, which houses the tombs of old kings – and the famous Hassan Tower. The minaret and its adjoining mosque were meant to be the largest in the world but were actually never finished.

No visit to Rabat is complete without strolling through the narrow winding streets of Oudayas Kasbah, a city within the city, which has been home to Arabs, Andalusian immigrants and powerful sultans. We will go for a stroll and capture the exquisite gardens, Rabat’s oldest buildings and the busy life around Rabat’s hippest cafés.

In the evening, we will have a welcome dinner at the hotel and you will be briefed on what will happen and what to expect over the next couple of days. Moreover, National Geographic photographer Sisse Brimberg will give a lecture on Morocco as a photo destination.

DAY 3: MEKNES – THE VIBRANT MEDINA

After breakfast, we will hit the road again and travel towards Fes. There will be a stop in Meknes along the way for some hands-on practice of travel and portrait photography with guidance from Sisse Brimberg:

The city of Meknes, or “the Moroccan Versailles”, one of the four Imperial cities of Morocco, which was founded at the end of the 17th century by Moulay Ismail. Highlights will include the impressive Bab Mansour, the most preserved gate in Morocco, and Hri Souania, a complex of three different buildings that were used to store food and water but now function as a backdrop for motion pictures. We will also visit the old Medina where you will have plenty of opportunities for street photography. Capture women weaving colorful blankets and rugs, men sewing tunics or performing blacksmithing tasks, while the smell of bread from the communal bread oven permeates the air.

After dinner, we will meet for an image review session where you can present a selection of photos to the group and receive valuable feedback from Sisse.

DAY 4: FES – ARCHITECTURE AND LOCAL CRAFTSMEN

The whole day will be devoted to capturing the essence of the place through street and people photography in Fes, the oldest cultural and spiritual imperial city of Morocco, which was founded in 790 B.C. by Moulay Idriss II.

Highlights will include:
The medieval Medina, which is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Madrasa of Al Quaraouiyine; originally a mosque, it is the oldest existing, continually operating and the first degree awarding educational institution in the world
A visit to the Arabian House to observe various craftsmen performing their work reminiscent of ancient techniques – a great chance to capture stunning portraits!

After dinner, Sisse will talk about street photography and share some useful tips and tricks of the trade. We will then review photos taken during the day and Sisse will offer advice on how to improve your photography.

DAY 5: MOROCCO’S VERY OWN SWITZERLAND AND BUSTLING MARKETS

Early in the morning, we will leave Fes and go on a scenic drive through the Middle Atlas Mountains with several stops along the way to take landscape pictures, including:

Ifrane, the “Switzerland of Morocco”, which is located at 1,664 m above sea level and known for its alpine-style architecture with slanted roofs, a necessity due to heavy winter snowfalls.

Azrou will give us a break from the crowds and noise of the imperial cities. Tucked into the hills of the Middle Atlas, Azrou is a great place to observe daily mountain Berber life and a traditional souk. Photograph locals haggling over handcrafted items, enjoying a glass of fresh mint tea, or running their weekly errands at the thriving market.

Beni Mellal is the place where Arabs from the plains and Berbers from the mountains meet to sell their respective goods – from fresh fruit and vegetables to cotton, wool and woven blankets. If time allows and the market is open, we will make a photo stop here.

We will stay at a hotel in the mountains for the night.

DAY 6: MARRAKECH – STREET PHOTOGRAPHY HEAVEN

After breakfast, we will drive to Marrakech with stops along the way to take landscape pictures. We will use the afternoon for a street photography session in Marrakech, which typically offers a variety of life and scenes. The reddish Terracotta clay color of the buildings is an interesting contrast to the green vegetation of the city’s many parks and gardens, providing a unique background for photos.

In the evening we will have dinner at a rooftop restaurant which offers local delicacies as well as stunning panoramic views over the city. A perfect place to sit back and watch the city’s lights come on.

Back at the hotel, we conclude the evening in a relaxed atmosphere and share and review the photos taken during the day. Sisse Brimberg will present a selection of the photos she has taken during our adventure so far, and show you some useful ”do’s and don’ts”.

DAY 7: MARRAKECH – IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SOUK

Today, we will explore Marrakesh with our cameras all day. Marrakesh’s souk is renowned and the perfect playground to practise your newly acquired street and portrait photography skills. Tanneries, vegetable vendors, snake-charmers, spice bags, magicians, street artists, pottery, carpets, and folk-singers blend into an energetic and vibrant potpourri of chaos and color – providing endless photo opportunities just waiting to be captured.

In the evening, we will have dinner at the hotel and Sisse will give a lecture on “A life with National Geographic” followed by an image review and photo tips.

DAY 8: AGAFAY – A DESERT ADVENTURE

No visit to Morocco is complete without a trip to the desert! Today we will drive to Agafay Desert, a stone desert at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, which provides stunning views. On the way, we will see Berber villages and stop in Amizmiz, a town which is still relatively undiscovered by tourism and thus provides a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the Moroccan culture and capture the locals’ everyday life. When he sun goes down, we will enjoy dinner nearby a campfire and watch the stars coming out before we drive back to Marrakesh for the night.

Back at the hotel, we will again share our images and receive tips and guidance from Sisse.

DAY 9: CASABLANCA – THE COSMOPOLITAN HEART OF MOROCCO

We will sleep in today and leave for Casablanca after lunch. If time allows, we will do a photo tour of the city, including an exterior visit to the stunning Hassan II Great Mosque, one of the Islamic world’s greatest monuments and an exciting photo subject. We will also stop at the beautiful Mohammed V Square, the United Nations Square, and see the surroundings of the Royal Palace. Keep an eye out for Casablanca’s beautiful Mauresque buildings, which are a blend of French-colonial design and traditional Moroccan style.

Tonight, we will have a farewell dinner at the hotel followed by an image review with Sisse.

DAY 10: CASABLANCA – TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

After breakfast, a transfer will take you to Mohamed V International airport for your return flight and assistance with the boarding formalities.

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TRAVEL FACTS

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Facts

  • TBA 2021
  • 10 Days
  • Number of guests: 8-12
Included
  • Local transport
  • Accomodation
  • All meals
Not included
  • Travel to and from the workshop destination
  • Visa and taxes
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance

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Price

  • € 4,450 in shared double room.
  • € 4,995 in single room.
  • Groups sign-up a group of 4+ participants and receive a group discount.
  • All prices are per person.
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We don’t want you to worry about losing money on your workshop booking. Therefore, you will receive a 100% refund of the workshop price – including your deposit – if we have to cancel any of our workshops due to coronavirus.

Overview

QUICK GUIDE GETTING THERE
GETTING THERE

Mohammed V International Airport is located 30 km from Casablanca and it takes about an hour to get to the city, depending on traffic. However, there is an hourly train service between the airport and Casablanca Port station and a new eco-friendly tram. The tram connects with the train for the airport at the Casa Voyageurs and Gare Oasis stations and makes stops around the city. Royal Air Maroc is the national airline of Morocco, flying from major hubs like JFK, Paris, Stockholm, Berlin, or London, however, there are plenty of other airlines serving Casablanca.

VISA

North Americans and Europeans do not require a visa for a stay up to three months. However, a return/onward travel ticket is required and your passport must be valid for six months following date of entry. Visa conditions can change without note to public so please make sure you check the current conditions before your trip. You can find all visa information on the website of the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.consulat.ma/en/visitingexploring-morocco

WEATHER

The climate varies widely depending on the elevation and location. The climate of the northern coast and central areas is Mediterranean, with hot dry summers and mild wet winters. Further inland temperatures are more extreme and the weather is cold in winter and very hot in summer. The Atlantic coast sees most rain and can be quite windy. October is one of the best months to visit Morocco, as temperatures are cooler and more comfortable for sightseeing. This is a great month for traveling in the Atlas mountains and visiting the Atlantic coast. The average daily temperature lingers from 15°C in the mountains (Ifrane), to 18°C on the coast (Rabat), and 21°C inland (Marrakech).

LANGUAGE

Morocco’s two official languages are Modern Standard Arabic and Amazigh (Berber), while Moroccan Arabic (known as Darija) is the spoken native vernacular. French serves as a second language for many Moroccans. In the northern regions, Spanish is widely spoken. English is becoming more and more popular as a second foreign language among the youth.

CURRENCY

The Moroccan monetary unit is the Moroccan dirham (Dh)

QUICK GUIDE

  • While Morocco is becoming more liberal, a degree of modesty in how you dress will be greatly appreciated by your hosts. Both women and men should avoid revealing clothing and keep knees and shoulders covered.
  • Be aware that mosques, zaouias, and cemeteries are not open to non-Muslims.
  • One of the riches historical aspects of Casablanca is the Art Deco architecture left by French colonialists throughout downtown Casablanca. Many of these buildings are in various states of disrepair. However, an absolute must-see for Art Deco enthusiasts is the Cinema Rialto on rue Mohammed Qorri. This particular neighborhood is rich with examples of Art Deco and is worth an afternoon stroll.
  • The Parc de La Ligue Arabe, is Casablanca’s largest green space. Watch grandpas playing a lively game of pétanque while enjoying the serenity.
  • The Medina is Marrakesh’s show-stopping sight of crowded souqs, where you can find anything from flavorful spices and handmade carpets. Don’t miss the vast square of Djemaa El Fna, to witness the carnivalesque jumble of colorful characters – vendors, musicians, and acrobats – who meet there each night.
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