I am hosting occasional ‘Italian photography holiday’ courses, with my next planned for 19th-26th May 2018. I have developed the holidays for small groups of like minded people, with the course structure, more workshop than class. Enjoyment is key to improving photographic skills, with tuition on photo locations and practical work, for three hours each day. And between morning and evening sessions, you will have the time to explore, discover and of course photograph beautiful Italy.
Why I am well qualified to teach
I feel fortunate in having gained exemplary teaching experiences, and have used these to structure my ‘Italian photography holiday’ courses. As a ‘creative’, I have regularly lectured at Saint Martins School of Art (London), London College of Communication and Norwich School of Art. This, together with having worked for some of the Uk’s most iconic organisations, has helped build and define my career. Amongst many influential clients, I have been commissioned by the BBC, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Design Council, the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A Museum.
Rural, Mountain and Coastal locations
For 2018/19, I am offering three very different locations for my Italian photography holiday workshop courses. My first starts from £850 and includes accommodation, breakfast, packed lunch (if required) and dinner, as well as my tuition. All three locations are within two hours of our home in Southern Italy, so I know the locations well. My rural location is 60 miles north of the Bay of Naples. Whilst my Mountain location is 120 miles east of Rome. And Sorrento on the Amalfi coast, is close to the island of Capri, Naples, Pompeii, Positano and Herculaeum.
How you’ll learn to photograph in Italy
My Italian photography holiday course sessions are tuned to developing your creative eye. How to make the ordinary extraordinary and occasionally even the ugly, beautiful. How to develop an understanding of light, when to use hard light and when soft light. As well as using natural or artificial, and how to find dramatic light even on a dull day. Once you are developing a feel for the aesthetics, I will guide you towards taking full control of your camera. Each photographer should have a smart-phone or preferably a SLR camera and a laptop or tablet, with ‘Lightroom’ installed. This is available through ‘Adobe‘ with a one week’s free trial. The beginner/intermediate courses, will include photographic tuition and tips for everybody wanting to improve their photography knowledge. And it is with this instruction, that a ‘snapper’ can truly become a photographer.
Italian photography holiday schedule
A typical day will be to rise and be on location for the ‘Golden hour’ and be back for breakfast. The evening pre-dinner session, from around 7pm till 8pm, will be for feedback on the morning’s photo shoot. Learn how to refine your images through ‘post production’ techniques within ‘Adobe Lightroom’, organise and share. You will become thoroughly familiar with the photographic basics such as composition, focus, exposure speeds, lens selection etc. And you should find ample time between the two sessions each day, to explore, site-see or just siesta. I will be on hand throughout your Italian photography holiday, so should you want more intensive photographic tuition, it’s included! Roland Blunk
Set in extensive rural grounds in the Campania region of central Southern Italy