Itinerary, Inclusions & Details for the Workshop
June 10 to June 17, 2018 – Tuscany Photography Workshop
How do photographers develop a personal style? When – and how – can you as a photographer begin to establish a direction in your work? Perhaps most importantly, what makes a photograph become a “personal” statement? Through lots of image making, a blend of formal and field instruction and plenty of time for discussion and critique, we will work to uncover themes and lines of vision that may not have been previously evident to you.
There are few places on earth like Tuscany, especially the Val d’Orcia, which will be our base. Its landscape is the landscape painted by the great artists of the Renaissance. Its architecture is known for its sense of proportion, beauty and attention to minute detail. Tuscan people are distinctive, friendly and resilient. Its light is soft, enveloping and revealing. This experience will allow you to experience Tuscany’s remarkable culture, people, landscape and hill towns and work toward a personal photographic response to the Tuscan sense of place. I will push you to go beyond the picturesque and help you discover your own response to the texture, rhythm and spirit of Tuscany.
We will divide our photographic time between rural and urban locations and everything in between. Participants will meet up in Rome on June 10, where our driver will pick us up and take us to our base for the week, our modern, air-conditoned hotel in the picture-perfect hill town of Pienza, making day trips to nearby Montepulciano, Montalcino, Siena and more. There will be big towns that hustle and bustle and villages so small that fewer than two dozen people reside there and time has stood still.
At the end of our week together, participants will have a private van transfer to Florence, where you can return home or travel on to other destinations.
We’ll photograph churches set in remote landscapes and cathedrals perched on the highest point of hilltop towns. Twisting roads lined with cypress, endless fields dotted with the colors of wildflowers and gems of architecture will spread out before our cameras. You will meet – and photograph – Tuscan artisans who make wine, cheese and olive oil and learn about Tuscan art, culture and history. Some mornings, we’ll be up early to catch morning light; some evenings, dinner will wait while we catch the last rays of the sun.
As we make our way through these beautiful places, we’ll photograph, review and critique. I’ll assist you in making a rich and textured picture story of this classic area of Italy.
In Search of the Personal: Photographing Tuscany – June 10 to June 17, 2018
Land Cost: $4795
Your non-refundable deposit of $1000 reserves your workshop – Balance of $3795 is due by March 1, 2018. See our Terms and Conditions here.
Questions? Contact Jeff: email@example.com or call 630.202.3635
On the Itinerary:
- Pienza – The Renaissance Jewel (and our home base) and, nearby, Guiseppe – a maker of fine pecorino cheese
- The Val d’Orcia – a valley so beautiful, it’s a protected UNESCO World Heritage site
- Montepulciano – A hilltown in the clouds
- Montalcino – The home of Brunello wine and, nearby, Altesino winery – one of the great producers of Brunello wine
- Sant’Antimo – a functioning abbey in a peaceful, rural setting
- SIena – A city to rival Florence
- A wine tasting at a Brunello vineyard
- A cheese tasting at a Pecorino cheese farm
Our strategy? Arrive in Italy, make photographs and learn – we take care of the rest (ground transportation, meals, guides, tips, etc – it’s all included).
- Expert instruction by Jeff Curto, including small group field instruction, plenty of one-on-one time & critique sessions
- Maximum of 7 participants
- Extensive pre-trip planning documents for both photography and Italian culture
- Travel and instructional materials during the workshop
- All ground transportation during the workshop
- Admissions for all Included sightseeing
- All lodging during the workshop – single occupancy
- Local expert guides
- All included Gratuities, Taxes and Fees
- Breakfast daily
- Some lunches
- All dinners (including wine)
Since our workshop participants join us from places all over the world, airfare is not included.
You may decide that you’d like to travel around other places in Italy either before or after the workshops. Or after reviewing flights, you may discover that you may want to arrive the day prior to the beginning of the planned trip in order to meet the group in Italy. La Dolce Via Travel can assist you with transfers, accommodations, or other travel needs you may have. Regardless, we advise early arrival at least a day in advance so that you can be at your best and ready to go when we begin.
The land cost is based on current exchange rate between the Euro and US dollar. Should these rates change significantly, there may be an adjustment in the trip price.