I didn’t know exactly what to expect when I joined with Ron Lake to host a photography workshop in Venice, Italy, during Carnival. I knew there would be masked models on the street near San Marco Square each morning and they would be wearing outrageous costumes but I had no idea how crazy they would be. The best time to photograph many of the most ornate costumes is at sunrise, models come out and there are mainly photographers there, not the hordes of tourists that are around later. Of course there are way too many photographers so it was challenging to keep them out of my images but it could be done. The professionals have business cards to exchange with photographers to get free photos. It is a pretty good deal, great costumes for a few photos.