Barcelona Photo Workshop
- Capture Barcelona's lively street life and fanciful architecture.
- Set out on photo assignments in the ancient towns of Figueres, Cadaques, and Girona.
- Organize a gallery opening featuring large-format prints of your photographs.
On Assignment: Photography
Through assignments in the field, classes, and critiques, this special workshop will challenge and inspire students to take their photography to the next level. The program culminates with a gallery opening featuring students' work.
Itinerary 12 Days
Barcelona is a city with a pulse, where
ancient Roman walls meet the wild
curves of modernist architecture, and
Spanish culture blends with a strong
local Catalan identity. Delve into the
technical and creative aspects of
photography in this city full of cutting-edge
design, practicing new techniques
on photo shoots at street festivals and
markets, along the bustling port and in
centuries-old neighborhoods. Immerse
yourself in Barcelona’s creativity,
passion, and style, and learn how to
evoke the soul of the city through
From our home overlooking the Parc de la Ciutadella, explore the art and technique of photography, working in small groups with our photo instructors and our National Geographic photographer. Learn new skills—from managing light and depth of fi eld to fine-tuning composition—in the classroom. Then grab your camera and hit the streets, photographing the kaleidoscope of foods at La Boquería covered market, street performers on La Rambla, and Antoni Gaudí’s eccentric architecture at the Sagrada Família church and Parc Güell.
Shoot movement while watching the sardana, Catalonia’s traditional dance, and at a rooftop techno-jazz concert. Wander through the Olympic Park sports complex and practice your Spanish at the cafés along Passeig de Gràcia. Much of the city shuts down for a mid-afternoon siesta—a perfect pause to edit your photographs or attend a seminar by our instructors.
When night falls, Barcelona lights up. Shooting in low light, document the busy seaside boardwalk on the way to an avant-garde flamenco dance performance; or enjoy dinner in the hip, multicultural Raval neighborhood.
Head out of the city to photograph the Spanish countryside. Camera in hand, wander the cobbled streets of Girona as you discover the ancient Roman walls, Arab baths, and the old Jewish quarter. Visit the town of Figueres, home to the fascinating and bizarre Dalí Theatre-Museum. Venture into the medieval village of Castellar de N’Hug in the Pyrenees, take a guided hike along mountain trails with panoramic views, and then dive into a hearty meal of regional specialties.
Throughout the workshop, prepare for a final gallery opening of large-format prints of the group’s best work. Help organize, curate, and install the exhibit, and celebrate your growth as a photographer on our final night.
National Geographic Expert: A National Geographic photographer will join the teaching staff for the duration of the workshop to share their insights and experience, and give you guidance and inspiration as you work through each of your photography assignments. The expert leads the classroom lessons and group critiques, works with students one-on-one in the classroom and in the field, and presents during evening seminars.
Photography Instructors: Our workshop instructors are talented and enthusiastic professional photographers from around the world who, along with the National Geographic expert, work with the students on advanced, hands-on knowledge of a broad range of photography skills and disciplines. With a staff to student ratio of 1 to 8, each instructor is able to work with students one-on-one and give personal assignments based on individual skill level and interests.