Wild Photography Holidays - Photographic Adventure Travel: France – Rural Burgundy Life & Food Photography Retreat

Château de Magny en Morvan Estate

France – Rural Burgundy Life & Food Photography Retreat

Highlights include…

  • French markets
  • Mediavel Villages
  • Atmospheric morning mists
  • Beech & Chestnut forests
  • Butterflies, amphibians and birds
  • Lovely French Chateau accommodation
  • Fine food

The Burgundy retreat really was a treat, in all aspects – due to the exceptional enthusiastic team leaders in food and photography departments – another Wild Photography Holidays first! Thank you for putting it all together.

Carolyn K. September 2018

What you can expect to learn

- how to select and compose elements of a food still-life, to convey a story and create an atmosphere

- the moody “chiaroscuro” lighting effect popular amongst contemporary food photographers

- applications of five different types of softbox as well as diffuser panels and reflectors

- make atmospheric pictures in ordinary light, with clever post-production techniques

- trademark “looks”, including colour transects

- studying the work of photographers in these fields to develop a structured way of thinking about our guests own work


Wild Photography Holidays photo retreat in rural France offers guests a unique opportunity to learn new skills and deepen their knowledge of photography while enjoying fine hospitality at the Château de Magny en Morvan Estate. This is a learning holiday in a lovely setting where guests can relax in the lovely accommodation and immerse themselves totally in photography and enjoy some exceptionally fine hospitality. The measured pace of the retreat allows guests time to learn, time to enjoy and time to reflect.

The concept of a photo retreat is a little different from a tour or workshop, it has elements of both with more structured tuition. The outcomes are more focused with a lot of emphasis on creating a relaxing atmosphere in which conversation can flow and ideas emerge. Most of the tuition and some of the photography takes place within the estate itself. There will be excursions to the villages, woods and fields of the Morvan Natural Regional Park. The Mediavel villages that we visit are rich hunting grounds for detail photography. These villages include Beaune which has UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

During the retreat you will learn some print enabling you to return home with a print of your favourite image.

Your Photographic Hosts

Niall Benvie

Niall aims to enhance your understanding of the creative process and your ability to make the images that you want. In addition to important job of covering conventional photographic techniques, Niall will introduce guests to the concepts of successful food and lifestyle images using careful lighting, intelligent styling and imaginative post-production. Our guests always benefit photographically from Niall’s many years experience as a creative professional.

Charlotte Benvie

Charlotte is a competent field naturalist and photographer, she will assist in the field as her time permits. Her main responsibility is to look after our guests. She belongs to the ‘nothing is too much trouble’ school of hospitality. Charlotte is an experienced hostess and professional choclatier who also competed quite successfully on Masterchef. You can expect to enjoy some fabulous meals during your stay; with chocolates of course!

Brief Programme Description

For full details please download the description PDF

What’s Included

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • All meals
  • Transport to and from Le Creusot/Montchanin train station
  • Transportation during the Retreat
  • Materials for food photography and use of flash equipment

What’s Not Included

  • Travel to and from Le Creusot/Montchanin
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Admissions to any attractions we may visit
  • Additional props over and above those provided


The owners of Château de Magny en Morvan have made a large investment in converting a spacious historic barn adjacent to the Château into very comfortable modern accommodation with eight en-suite rooms and a large upstairs studio space. It also houses a professional kitchen as well as dining room and other meeting spaces. Within the grounds there is another studio space attached to the walled garden and we have access to various areas within the Château itself for photography.

Complete Programme and Full Details

This page is only a brief summary. A complete itinerary and more details can be found in our description PDF
It is important that you read this full description and further information for this holiday before making your booking.