Join us as we enter into the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, world renown landscapes, and artistic culture.
Join the Photography Workshop Company on a culturally immersive photography adventure in one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. During this seven day tour, we will explore all that the Italian countryside has to offer!
This All-Inclusive workshop is a first for The Photography Workshop Company, and has been intentionally designed to not only provide exceptional photographic opportunities, but for our guests to become fully immersed in the culture. We believe that your artistic creativity will scale to new heights when you are equipped with the knowledge and experience of what life is like for the Toscani people. Cultural experiences include rolling pasta, home-cooked meals, and staying in a 17th Century Villa. In addition, we will be guided by a local, because we know that nobody knows the hidden gems like locals do.
Destination: Tuscany, Italy
Workshop Dates: May 17 - 24, 2020
Instructors: Keith & Tiffany Briley
along with a local professional photo guide
Deposit: $500 USD
Total Cost: $5195 USD
Optional Airports: Rome, Florence
You will have the luxury of staying in a 17th century villa reserved exclusively for our group. The villa is an estate that includes stunning olive groves, sweeping vineyards and a precious little lake tucked into the nearby forest.
Ancient olive groves, sweeping vineyards, medieval villages, winding lanes lined with pointed cypress trees, fields of red poppies, rolling hills filled with sheep, pasta making, wine tasting, inlcluded meals and so much more!
Beginner - Advanced
Our excursions are beneficial for both the beginner and seasoned photographer. All guests will experience one-on-one instruction, with the emphasis being on the individual's strengths and desires.
Most of the locations we have scheduled will be within the ability of anyone who is in moderate shape. Although some walking will be necessary, there are no trecherous elements involved.
Vineyards - Olive Groves - Villages
The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance is filled with the classic rolling vineyards, ancient olive groves, medieval villages, wine cellars, sheep covered hillsides, castles, gorgeous panoramic views and more!
We believe group size is important for the ability to provide as much one-on-one instruction in the field as necessary. Due to the help from locals on this trip, our group size will be six guests per instructor.
All locations and times visited will be determined by the conditions given. All elements are watched closely for the best photographic and learning experience. This workshop has a flexible itinerary, which will allow us to adapt to the conditions to help you make the most of your time in Italy.
We've listened to our guests and have implemented something that has been hugely beneficial in our time together. Each workshop group will be invited to a live, recorded, online critique and post processing session, a short time after the workshop. This makes way for more shooting in the field and the option to learn from the comfort of your home and the ability to refer to the recorded session for future reference.
You’ll arrive in Italy and make your way via train to Poggio alle Trese. Upon arrival, you'll be met and transported to the 17th century Villa where a warm welcome will be waiting for you. Our leisuraly evening will include an overview of the workshop. Immediatly following, our hosts will provide aperitivo. Apéritivo is arguebly one of the most beloved Italian rituals. Aperitivo is meant to "prepare" your stomach for the awaiting meal ahead. You'll then enjoy your first of many authentic, home cooked meals with a welcome dinner.
We will capture our first sunrise over the Tuscan landscape by photographing countyside lanes, olive groves, and vineyards. We'll return to the Villa for a leisurly authentic Italian lunch provided by our hostess. Our afternoon photography session will include historic roads, vineyards and our day will end with exlcusive access to a private property to capturing sunset. Following our full day of photography, we will return to the Villa for Aperitivo and dinner at the villa.
On day three, we will spend the morning in Montalcino photographing a historic abbey dating to the 12th century. Our drive there will award us with spectacular views of the green Tuscan hills and isolated farmhouses scattered throughout the countryside. We will then be guided by our local photographer through the vineyards of Brunello and end our morning in a small village framed with surrounding vineyards.
If there's one thing you'll quickly learn about Italian culture is that they take great pride in their food and each meal isn't to be rushed. We'll enjoy lunch at Sant Angelo followed by time for you to explore and roam the streets of medieva Montepulciano. Awaiting for you within the town are ancient churches, town squares and hidden corners. You'll also discover vast panoramas of the famous Val d'Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys.
We'll pick up our evening session and capture the iconic rooftops of the town and capturing the Italian Renaissance architecutre at its finest with a temple dating between 1518 and 1548. On one wall you can still see a fresco of Madonna and Child that was believed by the locals to have miraculous powers.
Our busy day will find us returning to the villa for another Aperitivo experience and a delicious meal awaiting us.
Arguebly one of the most beautiful places in Tuscany will be awaiting our arrival on this exciting day. We'll travel to Val d'Orcia and there you will find all the iconic locations waiting for you to capture. The farmhouses and cypress lanes are a symbol of Tuscany and ample time will be spent capturing them.
We will spend time in the beautiful town of San Quirico which was an important pilgrimage route to Rome in ancient times. While there, we will also capture the historic Cappella Vitaletta from a distance.
You'll be on your own for lunch in San Quirico, and you'll also have the opportunity to stroll the streets at your leisure and we'd encourage you to start up a conversation with a local.
During mid-day we'll return to the villa and meet to review our experiences thus far along with an image review to discuss how we can enhance our photographic opportunties.
Sunset will find us returning to the surrounding countryside lanes, olive groves and vineyards. We'll also once again enjoy exclusive access to a private property for sunset.
Aperitivo and dinner will follow at the villa.
Our day will begin by photographing Castiglione del Lago, a medieval town surrounded by ancient walls and an outstanding view of Lake Trasimeno and Valdichiana. What once used to be an island has expanded over the centuries with piazzas, houses, churches and other buildings. The centro storico (historical center) is a well preserved medieval square that will transport you back into time.
For lunch, we will return to the villa followed by our afternoon session caputring the nearby towns and villages of Città della Pieve, Cetona, and Chiusi. Chiusi is a quiet town that dates back to the Etruscan empire around the 7th and 5th centuries BC. In addition the remarkable city sits above a maze of tunnels left by the Etruscan people. Be sure to find yourself a cappuccion at an outdoor bar during our excusion.
Perhaps one of our most anticipated meals will be authentic Italian pizza at Pino's, a local favorite.
It goes without saying that we won't be able to get enough of Val d'Orcia and all it's iconic locations. We'll return to the countryside to photograph countryside estates, beautiful Montichello from a dsitance, and the Torre Tarugi (a tower located on a hill). Iconic to Tuscany are the beautiful hot springs of Bagno Vignoni. We'll stop for a visit this picture perfect location where you will also be on your own for lunch.
Our afternoon locations will include Castiglione d’Orcia and it's surrounding rolling hills. We'll then return to the villa for Aperivito and dinner.
An exciting day awaits as we head to Pienza in the province of Siena to photograph Gladiator trail, and position ourselves for a beautiful view of Pienza.
We'll spend midday strolling through the city of Pienza and you'll enjoy lunch on your own in town.
We'll then return to the villa and spend the afternoon capturing olive groves and vineyards along with susnet at a private property.
Our final meal will be a celebratory aperitivo and farewell dinner. We feel quite confident that by this time the villa will feel like home, and our hostess like family.
Our hostess will transport us to the nearby train station of Chiusi-Chianciano where you can catch your train to Florence or Rome. You may look at extending your trip by a couple days to explore one of these remarkable cities on your own before returning home.
• The secret to making an impact with your images
• How to set yourself up for success in the field
• From snapshots to fine art – making the most of the location
• The use of natural light
• Long exposure work with the use of filters
• Making full use of your histogram
• Getting past dynamic range.
• Manual bracketing
• Capturing water movement
• Proper exposure
• Getting the most out of your tools within your digital darkroom
• Sometimes, rules are meant to be broken
• Digital SLR Camera with Multiple Batteries & Memory Cards
• Standard to Wide Lens with Lens Hood (10 - 70mm)
• Telephoto Lens with Lens Hood (70 - 600mm)
• Sturdy Tripod
• Wireless Remote or Cable Release
• Circular Polarizer Filter
• Neutral Density Filters
• Micro-Fiber Cloths
• Your Favorite Gear Backpack
• Rain Jacket
• Confortable Walking Shoes
• Camera / Lens Rain Cover
• A Spirit of Adventure!
• A Healthy Appetite!
Exclusive lodging in a 17th century villa, rooms with private bathrooms, pick-up and transfer to and from Chiusi-Chianciano Train Station to Poggio alle Trese, transportation during workshop in a spacious, comfortable vehicle offering ample room for you and your photography gear, all dinners which are paired with a regional wine, pasta making lesson, bruschetta-making lesson, all entrance fees according to the itinerary, professional one-on-one instruction in the field, expert digital darkroom instruction and critiquing, hours and hours of shooting, many amazing images and several new friends!
Airfare, airport fees and taxes, visa fees, some lunches, alcohol (with the exception of apertivo and dinner), snacks, beverages and any incidental costs.
We encourage investing in trip insurance to cover your costs in the event an unforseen circumstance were to occur that requires you to cancel.
A non-refundable deposit of $500 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop. Balance is due 120 days before the workshop starts. If you wish to cancel after final payment has been made, our cancellation and refund policy is stated below:
• 120 - 90 days prior to workshop start date will be 50% refundable (minus non-refundable deposit).
• 90 days or less prior to workshop date and no-shows will be 0% refundable.