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Book your In the heart of Tuscany Photography Workshop
Would you like to book your private workshop? Are you interested in inquiring about prices, terms, requirements, or the like? Or maybe you just want to discuss in detail about how it works. Whatever your need is, just fill in the form below and send me your inquiry. I will be back to you right away.
Details and Requirements
Number of students per workshop: minimum 1, maximum  3 students

Duration: minimum 2, maximum 4 days
3 days
* is the recommended length, as it is indeed the ideal timeframe for putting together a very effective itinerary, and it still allows enough free time for a few good image processing/image critiquing sessions.

*upon request the maximum duration can be extended up to six days. Please inquire for prices.

Workshops Availability
Year around, with the exclusion of August because temperatures are too hot and the area is overcrowded by tourists.
In my opinion though, the best period for visiting and photographing the Orcia Valley and Tuscany in general is from March to June, when the fields are green and dotted with flowers, and trees are blooming.

Pricing*

Low season (approx. from October to mid April)
2 days, 1 student: 1.100,00 €
3 days, 1 student: 1.450,00 €
4 days, 1 student: 1.750,00 €

High Season
(from Mid April to September)
2 days, 1 student: 1.200,00 €
3 days, 1 student: 1.600,00 €
4 days, 1 student: 1.900,00 €

*
a discount applies for groups of 2 or 3 students. Please inquire for prices.

What's included
- full time in-the-field tutoring and instructions
- at least one image processing class (min. 2 hours) per workshop
- all travel costs from the B&B to the shooting locations and back (fuel, tolls, tickets, etc.)

What's not included
Travel costs for reaching the accommodation, hotels/B&B rates, entrance fees (if any), meals and beverages are not included in the cost of admission unless specified.

Booking
please use the form in this page for contacting me. Fill in all fields and let me know about the desired dates, duration and number of students. I will be back to you right away with my best quote and a detailed, personalized itinerary that will take into account your particular needs, the chosen duration, the period of the year, the expectable weather conditions and that will in any case be tailored to match your highest expectations.

Deposit

A deposit of 1/3 of the total amount is due at the moment of the reservation, this is required to secure your place at the workshop.
The final balance payment is due no later than 30 days before the beginning of the workshop.

Accepted payments
Bank Transfer, Credit Cards, Paypal

Accommodations

- Agriturismo La Buca in San Quirico d'Orcia
- Agriturismo Fonte Bertusi in Pienza
- Agriturismo Castello La Grancia in Pienza

Prices: 50-150 € per night depending on season, continental breakfast included

Cancellation policy

If you cancel within 15 days before the workshop start, you will be refunded the deposit minus 100,00 € as administrative fee.
No refund will be issued for cancellations received with 15 days or less remaining before the workshop starting date.
Please note that there is no exception to this policy. For this reason it is strongly recommended to purchase refundable plane/train tickets only and endow yourself with a trip cancellation insurance.
All cancellation request must be in writing.

Insurance
All participants must be in possession of a valid Health and Accident Insurance with repatriation cover.







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Gear - Clothes - Key Features

Recommended gear
- Tripod
- Dslr camera
- Camera user's manual
- Wide angle to normal zoom lens,  at least 24/70 mm on a full frame sensor, the equivalent on cropped sensors. Ideally one 16/35 mm and a 28/70 mm
- Long tele zoom lens - 70/200mm is enough, 300mm is recommended
- Enough storage cards for at least 16 GB
- Extra Camera batteries
- Photography backpacks come in handy to protect the equipment if it rains and to facilitate transfers from a shooting location to another
- polarizer filter
- a set of Graduated ND filters, at least a 2 and a 3 stops (it is ideal to have all the range from 1 to 4 stops)
- ND filters for long exposures, ideally  one 10 stops and one 6 stop
- remote  (or cable) switch
- for the image processing session, a laptop with Photoshop CS3 or newer and Lightroom 3.x or newer


Clothes/accessories
Weather in Tuscany is already very good and temperatures are mild since the beginning of Spring, it may  rain often but with short showers. Here's a list of the most common items you should always wear/have with you for outdoor activities:

- comfortarble walking shoes
- wind/rain proof jacket
- a warm  pullover
- headdress
- sunscreen
- sun glasses
- Head lamps and batteries
Key skills you will learn

- build  a strong technical background
- master the basics of landscape photography
- learn how to effectively compose a landscape picture with the help of the most common composition rules
- learn how to photograph with challenging lighting, such as at sunrise and sunset
- learn the basics of night/low light photography in a urban context
- learn how to frame effective compositions in a urban contest
- recognize how the quality of the light, the time of the day and weather conditions can play in your favour for producing strong images with  higher artistic content
- learn when and how use filters
- understand how and when breaking the rules can be helpful for creating images of more impact
- learn how to pre-visualize, compose and shoot panoramas
- learn how to pre-visualize, compose and shoot very long exposures with the help of strong ND filters
- advanced techniques of image processing with the most common software tools such as Photoshop and Lightroom

Difficulty

Very easy. Most of the shooting locations are directly accessible by car. A few of them require short hiking of no more than a few hundred meters one way on dirt roads and/or easy trails, with little or no elevation gain.


Italy Photo Workshops - Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops, Tours and Adventures by Paolo De Faveri
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