Carla Coulson Workshops

Photography is my passion and I adore teaching photography as much as I love taking photos. This page will be updated shortly so it will be easier to navigate so in the meantime check out the courses below.

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Caravan Travel Photography Workshop 10th – 17th June 2015

Would you like to live and breathe photography around the clock for 7 full days and nights in beautiful Puglia in Southern Italy? Would you like to eat delicious food, stay in beautiful accommodation, experience the white villages of the Valle D’itria and not have to think about organising anything for 7 days other than you and your camera?

The Caravan Travel Photography Workshop is a bespoke workshop where we look after everything so you can enjoy travelling to a yet to be discovered part of Italy, learn my photography secrets and immerse yourself in all aspects of travel photography with like minded souls that will take your photography skills to new dizzy heights!

Seven incredible days of tuition and travel, visiting the white stone villages of beautiful Martina Franca, Cisternino, Ceglie Messapica, Grottaglie and Masseria Cimino whilst learning the essentials of interiors, portraiture, life photography, landscapes, cityscapes, food and still life.

This video is a little taste of last year’s workshop

Caravan Travel Photography Workshop 2014 from Carla Coulson on Vimeo.


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All images taken in Puglia copyright Carla Coulson

Travel has been part of my photographic journey and I have invested the past 13 years of my life learning how to capture photos with soul that tell a story of a place.

Learn my methods of taking travel photos with emotion, how to tell your story of a place in a unique way, create your own style so you can stand out from the crowd, how to master natural light and to take authentic portraits in a yet to be discovered part of Italy.

Each day we will spend up to 2-3 hours on the theory of a particular theme of travel photography in the classroom and on the streets. The rest of the day will be spent on location capturing images. Each participant will be encouraged to send a small portfolio of images to be critiqued prior to starting the workshop and to present their favourite 10 images on the last evening.

You will have an experience of a lifetime, walk away with new friends and a photographic community, confidence in your photography and a beautiful travel portfolio.

Here’s what last years participants said.

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All images taken in Puglia copyright Carla Coulson


5 nights stay in the heart of beautiful historic Baroque Martina Franca in fully equipped mini apartments, includes a buffet breakfast. Single Occupancy rooms.

During this time we will cover travel photography themes of city and landscapes, portraiture, life photography, still life and have organized and free time to photograph Martina Franca, Cisternino, Ceglie Messapica and Grottaglie. Exclusive access to photograph local artisans and their work and a local religious event will be included in this part of the trip. You will be instructed by Carla Coulson and assisted by an experienced photographer and her team of staff.

Each day we will pause for lunch in a local trattoria (included).

2 nights in four star Masseria Cimino includes buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Single Occupancy rooms.

Whilst at the Masseria we will have access to the property and cover the travel photography themes of interiors and food photography and photograph within the Masseria. You will be instructed by Carla Coulson and assisted by an experienced photographer and her team of experienced staff.

Includes: 7 nights Accommodation, 7 Breakfast, 6 lunches, 3 dinners (1st night, 6th and last night) and all tuition. All transfers to and from Bari and transfers during the 7 day workshop. We will move from town to town in two 9 seater mini vans during the course.

Course begins 3pm Tuesday 10th June 2015 and finishes 3pm 17th June 2015. Check-out of Masseria Cimino is at 10am on the 17th June 2015.

Doesn’t include any flights.


Once you are approved 950 Euros need to be paid to secure your place.


To register please fill out the form here


You need to be comfortable with a manual SLR camera and understand F-Stops, ISO’s and shutter speed.

Have access to a SLR digital camera and a lap top computer and an external hard disk to back-up your work.

Be in good shape and use to walking a couple of kilometers a day.

Each participant must have their own travel insurance.


Amateur photographers male and female who are proficient with the basics of photography yet would like to take better travel photos.

Photographers male and female who would like a new career as a travel photographer and who want to create a portfolio and learn the corresponding skills.

Bloggers male and female who would like to improve the look of their images and have the skills to photograph diverse subjects with confidence and style.

To register please fill out the form here.


At 35 Carla Coulson switched careers from an unhappy businesswoman to photographer. She studied photography in Florence and further courses at the ACP in Sydney Australia and never looked back. Her travel photography has since been published in Australian Gourmet Traveller, Vogue Entertaining and Living, Harpers Bazaar, Qantas Magazine, Belle, Marie Claire and published in 7 books including Italian Joy, Paris Tango, My French Life, My Amalfi Coast and French Essence. Her latest book with journalist Lisa Clifford, Naples A Way of Love was released in October 2013 and she recently did the travel images for Silvia Colloca’s ‘Made in Italy’ that will hit the shelves in October 2014.

You can have a look at my:

Travel Photography Portfolio

Published Work

Books I have photographed here

Caravan Travel Photography Workshop 2014 from Carla Coulson on Vimeo.

REGISTRATION CLOSES 20TH OCTOBER 2014 – To register please fill out this form

If you have any questions please get in touch with us at

Hope to see you in Italy.



La Contessa Carla CoulsonWould you like to bound out of bed everyday and do a job you love? Want the skills to get out from behind the desk and get behind the camera?

Would you like to take portraits that have an edge, are full of emotion and look like they come from the pages of a fashion magazine?

Picture This is a workshop that is perfect for photographers who are in love with fashion and portraiture and want to learn how to infuse this love of fashion into making your portrait photography more creative.

I want to show you the essential things I love and I have learnt working in fashion photography and how to incorporate them into your portraits to give you and your portrait photography business an edge. You can see more of my images here.

I will teach you how to inject emotion, movement and love into your images. I will show you how to have the courage to create the images that will make YOUR heart sing and how they will find you YOUR dream clients.

Learn about creating images for clients that speaks of their ‘brand’ for use on their social media and websites.

Check out the video from the Picture This Workshop in Sydney in 2013 and what the workshop participants had to say.

Date: 5,6,7,8 January 2015 SYDNEY

Workshop: Limited to 12 photographers

What’s in Store for you:


4 day workshop with 50 percent of the time on location shooting

2 styled sessions in two exclusive locations in Sydney with top fashion make-up/hair stylists and using subjects across a variety of ages.

Workshop limited to 12 photographers so that each group will have a small number of photographers working at a time with each model. There will be plenty of time for each person to work with the models on their own to create images for their portfolio.

Learn Carla’s secrets to using beautiful natural light and her techniques for working with real people, posing and creating emotion.

During the shoots you will be mentored by Carla, photographer Loc Boyle and one of Australia’s leading make-up artists. All groups will be supervised during shooting.

Learn Carla’s workflow, Photoshop techniques and the behind the scenes of a portrait business.

Jump on the train of one of the world’s latest portrait trends.. See this article in the New York Times.

I promise you will fall in love with photography and leave with beautiful images, new skills, a photography community and oodles of enthusiasm!!

Morning and afternoon tea and lunch each day.

1 Place Available

If you would like to join us you can register here or get in touch with workshop organiser Athalee Brown at

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Day 1 – Theory

Learn how to put a fashion look together, storyboarding, casual posing, creating emotion, using natural light, props, importance of location and working with your clients

How to draw inspiration from your own style to give your photography a unique look

How to create fashion/portrait shoots on a shoe-string budget and working with your clients to create the best possible look for them.

How to develop colour stories and know your colour palette.

Understanding the importance of light and how to make sure your photos are beautifully lit. I love pushing natural light to its limits.

How I work with my clients and how I get the best out of my client to make emotion packed and heart-felt photos

Introduction to the portrait business, how to set prices, model releases, budgets and a business plan, social media, websites and presenting your image to the public.

How to use what is around you whether you live in the city, country or on the coast (or Paris)!

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Day 2 – Shoot Day

On location in a fabulous Sydney House

Morning – The art of casual posing

My shooting techniques covering natural light, movement and emotion.

Hands-on practise with Carla and Loc Boyle

Understanding how to push natural light to create mood in your photos

My secret tips

Afternoon – Styled shoots with ‘real people’ subjects on location in Sydney with small groups of photographers with a model at a time.

Portfolio building under the guidance of Carla Coulson, Loc Boyle and fashion make-up artist.

There will be a range of fixed lens including portrait lens to use on the shoot days

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Day 3 – Shoot Day and Workflow

Morning – The art of natural light, pushing natural light and finding the best lighting situations under any circumstances. Inside and outside hands on practise.

How to shoot movement.

How to use the midday sun for beautiful portraits.

Understanding fall off and how to use it to create mood.

Afternoon – Second styled shoot on location and portfolio building under the guidance of Carla Coulson, Loc Boyle and a fashion make-up artist.

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Day 4

Critiquing participants work

The art of developing a simple workflow.

How I use Lightroom

Editing for emotion

My Photoshop techniques.

From raw image to final print..

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Here’s what the previous participants said

Have a look at Carla Coulson’s work here

Have a look at Loc Boyle’s work

Have a look at last year’s video

Investment $4600 AUD

1 Place Available

If you would like to join us you can register here or get in touch with workshop organiser Athalee Brown at

Hope to see you in Sydney.

Carla x

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You need to be comfortable with a manual SLR camera and know how F-Stops, ISO’s and shutter speeds work.

Have a basic understand of Photoshop

Have access to a SLR digital camera, one lens, cards and a lap top computer.


For portrait/wedding photographers who currently have a business but who would like to create have an edge over the competition.

Photographers who would like to transition to a knew career as a portrait photographer and who would like the whole story before they jump in.

Anyone interested in portraiture who want to create unique beautiful natural lit portraits.

Sold Out 

If you would like to go on the waiting list in the case a place becomes available you can register here or get in touch with workshop organiser Athalee Brown at