Fototrek Workshop Istanbul

Galata Bridge, over the Golden Horn, where our practical photography session took place.

I love learning about my passion, photography. So I was delighted when I had the opportunity to take a photography workshop with Cenk Gençdiş of Fototrek, Istanbul. The first session was in the classroom, where we reviewed basic information, such as White Balance, ISO, Exposure, Shutter Speed and Aperture. We then moved on to camera settings, where Cenk gave us tips on how to make menu adjustments so we could get the best images from our cameras.

Our instructor, Cenk Gençdiş of Fototrek

Our next session was a practical one, where we got to practise all we had learned the previous day. We met in a restaurant under the Galata Bridge, and our photo shoot was held all under, over, and around the bridge. Our main task was to use our cameras' manual settings, and make sure the exposure was correct. We are so lucky to be living in Istanbul. This amazing city is a photographer's dream.

We all worked hard, practising what Cenk had taught us

Everyone was keen to do well!

One focus was on framing the shot...

...and the Galata Bridge is just perfect for framing!

This plane flew overhead, so I couldn't resist taking this shot.

A fisherman on the bridge, with the Suleymaniye mosque in the background

A sweetcorn seller by the Galata Bridge

İçli Köfte

After all our hard work, Claudia took us to one of her favourite restaurants, where we had delicious İçli Köfte, and Mercimek Soup. A perfect end to a perfect day!

I am so looking forward to next week when we will learn about the many different fields of photography, like Portrait, Landscape, Nature, Architectural, and Night photography. I am especially looking forward to practising portrait photography in Cenk's professional studio.


  1. Truly wonderful Istanbul shots! Oh how photogenic this city of ours is! Love your pics, Elizabeth!!

  2. Thanks, Claudia. We are indeed so lucky to be photographers in Istanbul, city of a million photo opportunities! ...And lucky to have a master photographer like Cenk to inspire us!


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