Holiday resort and photography training in Crete


Photography training services (in Crete)


Mourtzanakis Residence
is offering professional photography training with the help of the photographer Jean-Luc MOREAU. 

It is a very diversified program with theorical and practical components.
The proposed sessions may be appropriate for aspiring or experienced photographers. The content will be adapted to the level and the wishes of the participants.
The training is provided to the guests at a special rate.

(Training could be taught in French or English)

Crete provides awesome photography opportunities due to its excellent lighting, its diverse landscapes and authentic people.

Indeed, Crete is really a photographer’s paradise

The Mourtzanakis Residence is a very well-situated hotel for photographic activities. In its immediate environment, there are many places and photographic themes, available and recommended by your hosts (Smaro and Marcos).

The residence provides excellent facilities for theoretical training sessions and for critical sharing of images taken by each student.

The possible periods for organizing these training sessions are:
  • July-August (from 09/07 to 25/8) 2015
  • October (from 17/10 to 01/11) in 2015
  • April-May (from 02/04 to 17/04) in 2016 : confirmed – places are still available
  • July-August (from 09/07 to 28/08) in 2016

Organization of sessions

The minimum number of participants is 6 people per session.
The prefered maximum number of participants is 10 people per session.
As soon as the minimum number of participants are registered, the session will be confirmed. 
An upfront reservation fee of 50 € /person is required at the time of registration (which allows the photographer to organize its movement -by bank transfer or PayPal-)

This fee will be deducted from your tuition costs. The tuition balance of 70 € will be due at the beginning of the training session.

If you are interested, please contact me, and I could forward to Mourtzanakis Residence

Possible contents for the training session:

The content of the session will be prepared previously, following exchanges and wishes expressed by the participants. It may integrate the use of photographic means (camera, flash…), the shooting practice, the technical explanations and the use of post-processing softwares. In principle, the training will include a minimum of theoretical presentations and a maximum of practical applications.
The contents will be selected from the following themes (note that each of these themes has not the same weight)


  • To know well my camera and technical teaching related to the shooting equipment
    • Knowledge of shooting equipment (in manual or semi-automatic use)
    • Meaning of indications of shutter speed, aperture and ISO sensitivity
    • How to make choices: shutter speed, aperture, sensitivity
    • The modes A (aperture priority), T (speed priority), P (program), M (Manual)
    • To choose the good lens: focal length, maxi aperture, in concordance with the shooting subjects. The impact of the size of the digital sensor.
    • Digital shooting: the sensor: size & Baier matrix, RAW file, integrated treatment in the camera, editing and printing settings for jpeg or tiff format
    • Digital shooting: why to choose the RAW format, which sensitivity to choose and consequence on the digital noise, how to use the histogram, what is the right exposure adjustment and why to use it, the limits of the dynamics of the sensor (12-14-16bits), the white balance
  • Shooting techniques
    • How to make a good frame
    • Regarding the best light
    • How to set exposure and focusing on 2 distinct references
    • The bracketing (exposure, iso)
    • Control the depth of field and choose the aperture
    • How to avoid the shake blur
    • How to choose a shutter speed according to shooting subjects
    • The polarizing filter, the ND filters
    • Shooting with a flash in different situations (fill  in, flash alone)
    • Shooting techniques in studio and with several flashes
    • Night and twilight photography
    • HDR photography
  • The shooting themes
    • The portrait
    • The portrait with the use of artificial light
    • Landscapes
    • Sports photography
    • Wildlife photography
    • The photo reportage
    • Sea, snow, atmospheric reflections: precautions
    • The decisive moment
    • Author’s approach
  • Postprocessing
    • The principles of post-processing and the development of a RAW file
    • Basic tools: white balance, histogram and adjustment of the white point and black point, exposure, brightness, saturation and vibrancy, local contrast and general contrast, curves tool, digital noise reduction, sharpening, cropping, horizontal level and perspectives
    • The black and white treatment, the mixing of colour channels
    • RGB, CMYK, 8/16 bits
    • Preparation for printing or editing screen (various sizes): choose the definition, define and change the size, the final accentuation
    • Postprocessing software, RAW development: (eg) DxO Optics Pro, Lightroom, (Aperture, …)
    • Introduction to the use of DxO Pro software
    • Introduction to the use of Lightroom software
    • The retouching (and graphic design) softwares and their specific functions: Photoshop, (GIMP): introduction and complementarity with development softwares.
    • The basics of Photoshop and the use of layers

A questionnaire will be sent to each postulant person on each of the above themes, to determine their level (Known: Y / N / a little), and to qualify their wishes about the theme to be included in the training (Y / N ).
Depending on the answers, one or more content types will be proposed in return, taking into account the wishes expressed by each applicant and the allowability with the duration of the session.
The final choice will be submitted to each applicant before commitment and confirmation of the session.

Organization of a session:

A session consists of 12 hours of teaching spread over 4-6 days (3 to 2 hours / day) (prior choosen with the candidates). About practical teaching during a day trip (the travel times will be not counted in the agreed pedagogic time). For information, a session may include a 30% theoretical teaching, a 50% practice in field (near the residence or during a day trip), and a 20% critical sharing time for the images taken by students (these proportions will evolve according to the chosen themes, and the wishes expressed by the students)


The fee for 12 hours of teaching will be 120 € per person.

Travel expenses are not included for field training during day trips. The most economical formula will be decided on place with the whole students, according to the available transportation means. The costs will be shared between all, in the most friendly ambience


In principle, it is asked everyone to come with his own shooting equipment. It is recommended for the training to have a DSLR camera and a zoom or an optical lens from 28mm focal length (+ or lower) to 80mm (or higher) (24×36 = equivalent full frame) or from 18mm to 55mm (for an APS-C).

It is quite possible to show up with a compact camera, or a bridge camera, but it is desirable that the camera unit should have modes A / T / manual and the ability to save files in RAW format.