Oman

Travel Portrait Masterclass

2-6 February 2021

CHF 2,495

S$ 3,445    HK$ 19,760

5 DAYS

4-8 PEOPLE

4/3* HOTELS

Oman is lightyears away from neighbouring Dubai - more traditional, calm and relaxed. A country where growing affluence and modernity in the capital Muscat contrasts with markets outside Muscat, which can feel like going back in time to the 19th century.

 

Oman is full of photogenic faces and striking dresses - which we will see in full glory at the Muscat Festival and two provincial weekly markets.

 

This is the easiest and most comfortable of my travel portrait trips, as we will be ferried around in a minivan, with minimal amount of walking and a fairly relaxed pace. You just need to be prepared for a couple of early morning starts to make it to the markets by 7am.

Locations

Muscat Festival

A 4-week event organised for the locals, with very few foreigners - Muscat Festival brings people from all corners of the country to showcase traditional dresses, activities and dances. People who don't mind being photographed, as long as you like. The only catch is that it gets going from 4pm, giving less than 2 hours of daylight - so we will go there 3 times.

Nizwa

The Friday market in Nizwa brings the old-world charm of the Middle East, where you can test your candid portrait skills in a challenging environment of constantly moving crowds. The whole thing - including a food market, goat market and carpet market - starts at 7am and is over by 11am. Afterwards, we will take a detour to an atmospheric village of Hamra.

Ibra

A 3-hour drive from Muscat, Ibra is an empty, dusty little place, with literally nothing to do and see. That is, until the weekly Wednesday market springs to life. That is a place were you will feel literally teleported back to 19th century - with old men selling rifles and traditional Omani knives. Like in Nizwa, the market ends by 11am, after which Ibra descends back to its sleepy emptiness.

Itinerary

Mon 1 Feb

Arrival (evening)

Tue 2 Feb - Muscat

Photoshoot with a local model

Drive to Ibra (3h)

Wed 3 Feb - Ibra & Muscat

Ibra market

Drive to Muscat (3h)

Muscat Festival

Thu 4 Feb - Muscat

Grand Mosque - combining people & architecture

Muscat Festival

Drive to Nizwa (2h)

Fri 5 Feb - Nizwa & Muscat

Nizwa market

Drive to Muscat (2h)

Muscat Festival

Sat 6 Feb - Relax day

Muscat sightseeing

Swimming in Wadi Shab natural pools (1.5h drive)

Bimmah sinkhole

Departure (evening)

Photographic Coaching

  • Full-time coaching by Pawel Lipski

  • Creative techniques & tips for travel portraits - both candid & posed

  • Camera settings for travel portraits

  • Location-specific briefings & assignments

  • Daily reviews of best photos

  • Written feedback on your 10 best shots after the trip

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Included:

  • Full-time travel portrait coaching

  • Accommodation in 4-star hotels (twin sharing) & 2-star hotel in Ibra

  • All meals (with beverages)

  • Ground transportation in private minivan

  • Entry fees

  • Airport transfers

Not Included:

  • International flight into Muscat

  • Visa

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal expenses (e.g. room service, porters, laundry)

Price

PAYMENT

20% (CHF 500) refundable deposit to reserve your place

Balance 3 months before the trip

DISCOUNT

CHF 250 (10%) for returning trip customers

SUPPLEMENTS

Single room occupancy: CHF 250

Based on twin room sharing

CHF 2,495

This Trip Is For...

This trip has been designed primarily for people who have already completed my training "3 Steps To Stunning Portraits", and are already familiar with natural light and composition techniques for people photography.

During this trip, you will learn how to apply these techniques to travel portraits - both candid and posed.

You need a good camera with a telephoto lens up to at least 200mm (full frame) - plus a wider lens when we can get up close to our subjects.

Personally, I will bring 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8.

Important To Know

  • Information pack including a packing list and clothing recommendations will be sent 2 months before the trip

  • No vaccinations required

  • Visa: most nationalities can apply for eVisa online. Check eligibility: Oman Visa

Recommended Flights

FROM ZURICH

Oman Air (direct)

Out 21:35-07:05, return 14:45-19:05

CHF 750

Swiss (stopover in Dubai)

Out 12:20-23:10, return 00:10-6:25

CHF 810

FROM SINGAPORE

Sri Lankan (via Colombo)

Out 15:00-22:10, return 23:25-13:55 (+1)

S$ 700

Oman Air (via Kuala Lumpur)

Out 17:25-00.15 (+1), return 21:15-10:20 (+1)

S$ 880

FROM HONG KONG

Cathay + Oman Air via Bangkok

Out 16:05-23:25, return 02:35-17:00

HK$ 4,300

For more flight options, check:

skyscanner.ch

traveloka.com

Pawel Lipski

  • International photography coach, specialising in people photography in natural light - from posed to travel portraits

  • 30+ years of photographic experience

  • An avid independent traveller with a passion for remote, non-touristy places with authentic cultures

  • Polish based in Zurich, Switzerland

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Cancellations

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before trip start

  • 50% refund if canceled 30-89 days before trip start

  • No refund if canceled less than 30 days before trip start