Unharness your aesthetic skills, and enjoy all that is finest in beautiful southern Italy, with prices from just £895. Glimpse the ghosts of Fellini, Caruso, Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Dario Fo, in this most cultured and sun-blessed of lands. Discover Italian culinary delights, sublime wines, local markets and festas, whilst photographing in ‘unspoilt’ ancient towns of the region. Join us as we host our Italian photography holiday course here, with our next planned for 12th-19th June 2021.
We have developed these Italian photography holiday courses for like-minded people, with a course structure, more workshop than class. We believe enjoyment is key to improving photographic skills, with ‘on location’ photo tuition and practical work, three hours daily. This schedule provides the perfect platform for couples of differing interests to enjoy the week, however if more tuition is required, it’s available! Additionally we will offer a discount for a non-participating ‘photo widow’. And between morning and early evening workshops, savour the time to explore, experience and of course photograph ‘la dolce vita’.
Learning to photograph in Italy
Our Italian photography holiday course sessions are tuned to developing your creative eye. Discover how to make the ordinary extraordinary and occasionally even the ugly, beautiful. Develop an understanding of light, when to use hard light and when soft light. As well as using natural or artificial light, explore how to find dramatic light, even on a dull day. Once you are developing a feel for the aesthetics, you will be guided towards taking full control of your camera. “I hear I forget, I see I remember, I do I understand”, underpins the teaching ethos. Each photographer should preferably have a camera and a laptop or tablet, with ‘Lightroom’ installed. ‘Lightroom’ is available through ‘Adobe‘, who created the absolutely indispensable ‘Lightroom’ for photographers, with a seven day free trial. The beginner/intermediate workshops will include photographic tuition and tips for everybody wanting to improve their photography knowledge. And it is with this instruction and experience, that a ‘snapper’ can truly become a photographer.
Italian photography holiday
Our rustic country house hotel is small yet comfortable, whilst the bedrooms are all en-suite, simple in style and without frills. We have eaten at Sara’s ‘Bacco e Bivacco’ many times and it is one of our favourite local restaurants. Authentic regional freshly cooked dishes, much of which is made with their own grown produce. Our price for the seven night Italian photography holiday course, with tuition, is £895 per person (2 per room). Single bookings are available for £950. This is inclusive of breakfast, dinner, as well as a pack lunch if required. Flight and transfers are not included, as the logistics are rather variable, however Naples Airport is under 50 miles away. And of course most major cities have daily flights to Naples. We can of course organise transfers as a ‘door to door’ extra and will be pleased to advise on route planning. As ‘Bacco’ is off the Italian tourist ‘beaten track’, it is advisable to have your own vehicle or car-hire. Although the photo locations are reasonably close, you may wish to independently explore the region between photo sessions. However our hotel does have bikes to hire and you may join our transport, if you prefer. There will be a supplement per person for this. If you wish to lunch out, there are plenty of very inexpensive local restaurants, see blog! Scroll back up to see our ‘Booking system’ and to check the ‘Italian photography holiday course’ dates. Our next is from 16th May 2020 and the subsequent Italian photography holiday course is from 12th September 2020. We understand there may be many questions you may wish to ask, so please call or write to us.
Why I am well qualified to lead
Since I originated these courses in 2017, they have grown to the extent that I now have a small team. This team of highly experience photographers, ensures that you are learning within a small group. Personally I feel fortunate in having gained exemplary teaching experiences, and have used these to structure these ‘Italian photography holiday’ courses. Early in my career I worked for Sir Terence Conran’s design group, ad agency J Walter Thompson and publishers Chris Dorling and Peter Kindersley. As a ‘creative’, I have regularly lectured at Central Saint Martins School of Art (London), London College of Communication and Norwich School of Art. This, together with having worked with 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. My work has been shown in the International graphic publication ‘Graphis’, The ‘Designers & Art Directors’ Annual and ‘Modern Publicity’. I was elected to ‘Fellowship’ status of the ‘Chartered Society of Designers’ in the mid 80’s. I have also been a member of the Chelsea Arts Club since 1985.
Italian photography holiday schedule
A typical day will start with an on-location sunrise shoot and with hotel breakfast at around 8am. The locations will generally be within a 30 minutes drive, however we are happy to react to your location requests. The evening pre-dinner session, from around 7pm till 8pm, will be for feedback on the morning’s photo shoot. At this session you will learn how to refine your images through ‘post production’ techniques within ‘Adobe Lightroom’. We will also cover the filing of shots, the organising of galleries and sharing. Photographic basics such as the aesthetics of subject finding and composition, will become thoroughly familiar to you. The exposure triangle between speed, aperture and sensor settings as well as lens selection, will follow naturally during the course. These are the subjects that we will ‘demystify’, as we encourage you into taking fuller control of your camera. And you should find ample time between the two sessions each day, to explore, sightsee or just enjoy a siesta. We will be on hand throughout your Italian photography holiday, so should you want more intensive photographic tuition, it’s included! Please contact us for further information on the best photography courses in Italy, or just to discuss. Grazie Rolando
There are usually two or three of us dependent on the size of groups. Each group is a maximum of eight.