The Venice Carnival, Italy is one of the most iconic festivals in the world. This annual festival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent. This is forty days before Easter, on Shrove Tuesday. It is believed that the Carnival started after the victory of the Venice Republic against the Patriarch of Aquileia in the year 1162. In honour of this victory, the people started to dance and gather in the square. It continued until it was outlawed in 1797. The use of masks also became forbidden.

After a long absence, the Carnival returned in 1979. The Italian government decided to bring it back to promote the history and culture of Venice.

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If you are interested in improving your people photography, the Venice Carnival, Italy is the ideal scenario. Venice becomes like an outdoor studio so there will be no shortage of models for you to photograph. I had this shot planned in my mind before I even arrived. The key was finding the right conditions and costume. I wanted something muted with subtle colours rather than some of the bright masks. Once I found the right model, it was a case of directing her to hold the mirror where I wanted.


Equipment; Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM and edited with Adobe Lightroom. Camera equipment stored in Lowpro Protactic BP 450 AW II backpack.

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