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Italian photo holiday

Photography holidays in Italy

Unharness your aesthetic skills, and enjoy all that is finest in beautiful southern Italy, with prices from £890. 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 me as I host occasional Italian photography holiday courses here, with my next planned for 18th-25th May 2019. I have developed these Italian photography holiday courses for like-minded people, with a course structure, more workshop than class. I believe enjoyment is key to improving photographic skills, with ‘on location’ photo tuition and practical work, three hours daily. And between morning and evening workshops, savour the time to explore, experience and of course photograph ‘la dolce vita’.

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. My work has been shown in the Swiss 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 locations

Following the successful launch of my Italian Photography Courses in 2018, I have organised dates for ‘Photography Courses in Italy’ during 2019. I am offering three very different locations for my holiday workshop courses. My first starts from £890 and includes accommodation, breakfast, packed lunch (if required) and dinner, and of course 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. This area is beneath the Matese mountains that straddle the two regions of Molise and Campania. The four provinces Campobasso, Isernia, Benevento and Caserta are within these two regions. The highest peak, on the boundary between Molise and Campania, is the Monte Miletto at 2,050 metres. The Lake at Matese will be one of our sunrise photo shoot destinations. Whilst my Mountain location of Pescocostanzo is 120 miles east of Rome and 90 miles north of Naples. ‘Pesco’ is a commune and town in the Province of L’Aquila in the Abruzzo region of Italy. It is well loved by Italians due to the beauty and uniqueness of town, landscape and local environment. Very close are the winter sports towns of Roccaraso and Revisondoli, also very much favoured by Italians. Sorrento close to the Bay of Naples on the Amalfi coast, is the only destination that is an ‘open’ secret. However, it’s reasonably close to iconic Pompeii, Positano, Herculaeum and the mythical Island of Capri. Can photography enthusiasts be spoilt for choice, any more than this?

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. “I hear I forget, I see I remember, I do I understand”, underpins my teaching course ethos. 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‘, who created the absolutely indispensable ‘Lightroom’ for photographers, with a one week’s 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 schedule

A typical day will be on location for the ‘Golden hour’ workshop for two hours and be back for breakfast. The locations will generally be with a 30 minutes drive, however I am happy to react to your location requests. The evening prandial session, from around 7pm till 8pm, will be for feedback on the morning’s photo shoot. You will learn how to refine your images through ‘post production’ techniques within ‘Adobe Lightroom’, organise and share. Photographic basics such as composition, focus, exposure speeds, lens selection etc., will become thoroughly familiar to you. These are the subjects that I will ‘demystify’, as I encourage you into taking fuller control of your camera. And you should find ample time between the two sessions each day, to explore, site-see or just enjoy a siesta. I will be on hand throughout your Italian photography holiday, so should you want more intensive photographic tuition, it’s included! Please contact me if you would like further information on my courses, or just like to discuss. Grazie Rolando

Italian photography holiday course

Italian photography holiday in extensive rural grounds in Campania, central Southern Italy

Italian photography holiday

A unique mountain town in the Abruzzo region of central southern Italy

Italian photography holiday

Set in one of the most beautiful towns by the bay of Naples, on the iconic Amalfi coast