Photography Workshop in Tuscany to discover a land that truly does have it all for any photographers. A photographer’s panacea offering unmatched opportunities to capture extraordinary culture, millenary art and architecture.
Intro to my Photography Workshop in Tuscany
A photographic workshop in Tuscany to have images of unforgettable landscapes and wonderful cities. I offer customized group or individual photography tours that will allow you to capture a land rich in beauty, history and iconic landscapes. As a native to the region, my tours will provide you with opportunities to explore the region from unique perspectives and optimal viewpoints. The different itineraries focus on a wide range of interests and can be individually tailored to accommodate individual preferences.
Choose your Photography Workshop in Tuscany
WHY CHOOSE MY PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP IN TUSCANY ?
Unlike most companies offering photography workshops and tour, I’m expert in fine art and landscape photography. I represent an international standard of quality in terms of photography workshops tuition and tours. I running workshop from many years and my works has been recognize with internationally awards.
My Photography Workshops in Tuscany are small, usually with a maximum of 5 people. Therefore, I will spend time with you individually and mix up the groups regularly, so everyone gets a fair share of my time. Sometimes we split into groups of two and meet up regularly.
DAILY PROGRAM OF MY PHOTOGRAHY WORKSHOP IN TUSCANY
During my Workshop in Tuscany we’ll photograph every day, including the first and last day of the trip. To take advantage of the best light, we’ll go out to photograph at sunrise and sunset every day, adding as many daytime shooting sessions as well as the weather will let us. Even I grew up in this magic land,i can’t control what the weather’s going to be. So, it would is not make sense to publish a detailed daily program on this page, only to have to change it later. So we’ll select our shooting locations for any given day according to that day’s weather.
LOCATION IN MY PHOTOGRAPHY WORKHSOP IN TUSCANY
Those are the best location I choose to our photography workshop in Tuscany to cover and discover. In fact, to realize the best images possible, I’ll select our shooting locations for any given day according to the weather. Therefore together we’ll photograph the stunning view from the Tuscany hills, or little amazing city or unbelievable coast. I have specific itineraries planned but your schedule could be personalized. Usually my location to shooting are Florence, Pisa ,Siena and Livorno . Also I organized workshop to photograph the small ancient villages around the hills like Volterra and San Gimignano. Here you will shoot the famous hills and stones towers passing through the vineyards. In conclusion there are plenty of opportunity to photograph in Tuscany, so choose the area, subject and then join me!
CHOOSE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP IN TUSCANY
One Day Photo Tour in Tuscany
- A day workshop to photograph in Tuscany
- Free pick up and drop to the nearest airport or train station.
- Travel with private car.
- Easy Difficult
Week End Photo Tour in Tuscany
- Two days to improve skills and learning creative technique.
- Travel with private car.
- Free pick up and drop.
- Easy Difficult.
- Editing Images.
Week – Full-Immersion in Tuscany
- A details one week photo tour in Tuscany.
- Editing images
- Free pick up and drop to the nearest airport or train station.
- Full Immersion in Photography.
Invest for skills and experience
I think the best reasons to attend a photography workshop is that you can learn how to make better photos. So i believe that investing in experiences is a much better investment than investing in gear. Also you have some benefit that you don’t find on line or for free. In fact, attending a workshop you can gain distilled wisdom about photography from the instructor.
More Info about Me
Since 2013 Raffaele has been organizing photography workshops in Europe and Asia in small groups. Those small workshops offer a personal approach and relationship adapted to each individual. So, it allows a global experience, 24 hours a day, from early morning shooting to the end of the day review. Therefore, the workshop not only focus on the technical aspects of photography, but also on local uses, integrating cultural approach and behaviors. Through the photographer’s gaze, it aims to offer a new perspective of traveling. Raffaele Ferrari speaks and teach in various languages (Spanish, Italian, English).
The Photography Workshop in Tuscany Includes:
- Pick up and drop off from/to nearest train station or airport in Tuscany.
- All ground travel costs (car, driver, maps, fuel and tolls).
- Full time guide and personalized instruction in-the-field.
The Photography Workshop in Tuscany doesn’t include:
- Accommodation, Anyway if needed I help to find one and booking without commission.
- Airfare to Italy and travel costs to reach the pick up point.
- Meals and beverages.
- Travel Insurance (It is not mandatory but we don’t take any responsibility).
WHAT YOU SHOULD TAKE
A good pair of waterproof hiking boots and waterproof outdoor clothing is essential depending on the location of the workshop. Warm hats, gloves and thermals are necessary. Also it is essential to bring ice grippers for your boots.
If you have booked a photography workshop in Tuscany a warm jacket or coat for early mornings then once the sun is up the temperatures are very pleasant so light clothing is advised. A comfortable pair of walking shoes.
About the equipment below I put some suggestion
CAMERA – all workshop attendees require a Digital / Film camera.
DIGITAL MEMORY AND/OR FILM – 16 Gb or higher memory cards are recommended. If you have a high megpixel camera you will need at least a 32Gb card.
TRIPOD – if you don’t have one already or are considering a new tripod,
CAMERA BAG – Comfortable camera backpack.
FILTERS – IF YOU BRING NO OTHER FILTERS, BRING A POLARISING FILTER. Graduated ND (2 stop & 3 stop hard and soft grads).
SHUTTER RELEASE CORD or remote shutter release. If you are buying for the first time, get a basic shutter release that doesn’t take batteries. These are very simple to operate and never run out of battery power like the all singing all dancing shutter releases that have time lapse functions etc. and tell you when to eat lunch.
Keep it simple.
Please bring with you a small selection of images (jpgs @ 72 dpi) on a device (laptop or iPad) or memory stick for reviewing.
What Will Do
We will explore a visual approach and techniques including layering, good use of the environment around you, along with introducing compositional elements that will add depth and detail to your images.
When we traveling togheter I help you to get close to the action, after that you will overcome fears about approaching strangers or acting in unfriendly environment. During the workshop I offer you candid and constructive feedback on a regular basis.
My workshops are immersive, not only we visit amazing locations, some off the beaten track, we will getting close to people and places. I’d like to letting you take shoot photographs you have dreamt of.
Every day we will develop your skills, processing and editing. In this way you will improve all aspects enabling you to create strong body of work.
You’ll come away with a great understanding of photography and the elements that make up a great photograph. Is important to come back with something important for you.
Get into Photography Workshop in Tuscany
When you attend a photography workshop in Tuscany get into it. Can be obviously but some time is not. So when you attend a workshop, know that you need to work hard, if you actually want to improve your photography. Indeed you have to be really focus and remember yourself often why you are there.
After the Photography Workshop in Tuscany
Usually at the end you will finish the course with a strong set of images that captures the place you have been visited. After the photography Workshop in Tuscany, I’d like to stay in touch with most course participants. Indeed i encourage you to take up personal projects that are close to you.
Be prepare to my Workshop in Tuscany
Before arrive to photography in Tuscany get sure to be prepare. It’s not a big area but there are a lot of thinks to do and capture. Indeed are not easy choice to dealing with, especially if you are first timer. So find your subjects to shoot is really fundamental and then decide how do it. Usually my first step to be prepare is to look a map of the area and choose what coming first. Also search for landscape to capture and what time I have the best light to do it. Then try to read something about history and culture and costumes. Meanwhile search for works made in this region by greater photographers. Indeed from them you will be learning a lot of things. Take notes and made a checklist.
- My Workshop in Tuscany take place all year long, when I’m not traveling.
- Private photography tours/workshops.
- Deadline for booking is few days before starting. I also consider last minute bookings (less than 2 days before starting) but i cannot ensure the availability.
- Upon request the duration can be extended, ever during the photo tour/workshop, if possible.
When Photograph Tuscany
The best time to visit Tuscany is the low season is from April to June and September to November. In this time the light is at the best and you can get really amazing colors a t the golden hours. Also the weather is generally nice, the prices are lower and there are fewer tourists. Instead is better to avoid the end of July and August, because it is very hot and the light is strong., Another months to consider are in winter is generally quite cold in the whole region, more than you normally imagine. You can find interesting weather condition to capture. Particularly the hilly areas of the hinterland, such as those of Siena and Cortona, can be cover by fogs.
How Reach Tuscany and Moving Around
Tuscany is well-connected and is easy to get to by air or land. If you arrive with flight the two main airport are in Pisa and in Florence at Vespucci Airport. From there you can take a bus or train to reach other destination. Also can you take taxi, but are expensive.
Indeed the railway network has good connections with the main cities in the north, while to the south Rome is only about an hour and a half away. Maybe is the best public transportation to move around.
Usefull Information in my Photography Workshop in Tuscany
The main language spoken in Tuscany is Italian. During the last few years the use of the English language has become more and more widespread. Also thanks to tourism in Tuscany, you will find shops and restaurateurs who speak at least basic English. The hotel staff generally speak fluent English. However, don’t expect to be understood everywhere
Money / currency
The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). Large shops, restaurants, and hotels will accept credit and debit cards, but in general they prefer cash.
Wi-Fi / Internet coverage
Cell phone coverage is good practically everywhere in Tuscany, but still slow in some areas. In the cities there are no problems and the service is fast enough, however in the countryside the network leaves something to be desired. The costs of SIM card are affordable and you can find them in many shops.
Sustainable photography should be truly important to a responsible traveler. In this regard I try to do my small part and to follow some guidelines when I travel and do my photography workshop in Tuscany. A sustainable model of photographic culture is absolutely necessary right now. So, in the way we pay attention to these things in our daily life, it is possible to include those passages in our photographic activities. Finally will. give you a list of some travel products eco-friendly:
Reusable straw & cleaner
Natural Insect Repellant
Solar battery pack.
Food and Wine during the Photo tour
Tuscany offers some of the most beautiful countryside, along with their renowned wine production and culinary traditions. During our photography workshop in Tuscany you will have the opportunity to learn about and sample authentic regional Italian cuisine while exploring the beautiful surrounding areas and towns. As local I will bring you to taste in our pauses some authentic food outside of the typical tourist circuit.
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Highlights of Photography Workshop in Tuscany
Florence is a pleasure for every lover of art and beauty. The capital of the region is often called an “open-air museum”. Indeed it rich in art and history, which can be seen and admired even just walking through its streets, in churches, palaces and monuments. Can you start your day of shooting arriving early morning in the central Piazza del Duomo and finish at the sunset I. Piazzale Michelangelo. Indeed a magical and romantic town to capture.
Next highlights is Siena. This town is located on various hills so expect some ups and downs, but the main attractions are quite close together. Start your itinerary on foot in Piazza del Campo, famous for its particular shell shape and the Palio di Siena. This main event of the city is a horse race through the districts of the city which takes place twice every summer. The tower of Palazzo Comunale and the Torre del Mangia offer a spectacular view of the square and the city, climb to their top to a panoramic shot!. Then head to the Duomo, a precious example of Italian Romanesque-Gothic style, with its splendid pavement, then to the Baptistery, the Crypt and the Opera Museum.
San Gimignano and Volterra
Two gems from the region should not be missing from your photographic itinerary. San Gemignano and Volterra are two small historic towns overlooking the Tuscan hills. Already from the roads to get there you can enjoy and capture fabulous landscapes of multicolored hills and vineyards. To be photographed in the golden hour. In the winter time the area can be covered by a fogs, that give to a landscape something magic and unique . The two locations have also an amazing old town center, with churches and museum to capture. In Volterra can you shoot the ruins of its Etruscan acropolis and its Roman amphitheater (one of Italy’s best preserved). Also can you visit its rich stash of Etruscan funerary urns at the Museo Etrusco Guarnacci.
The famous Piazza dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower await you, in Pisa . Take some time also to photograph the interior of the Duomo, the Baptistery and Camposanto. Anyway, during the day time is full of tourist and maybe at night with tripod is best time to capture the Tower and the other monuments. The city is smaller and can you visit just walking and shooting especially in old town and along the river Arno. If you have enough of the city, just outside of town there is the famous Certosa of Calci, a medieval religious abbey. So coming there if you want photograph some amazing images of details and architecture.
The nearest Lucca is enclosed within mighty Renaissance walls which today have become a beautiful park. Here you could rent a bicycle to explore and admire Lucca from every angle, even walking along the walls. Walking in the historic center of the city, be sure to capture the Duomo, the particular oval shape Piazza dell’Anfiteatro.
If you head east towards can photograph the fascinating city of Arezzo. This small town is the birthplace of brilliant masters such as Piero della Francesca and Giorgio Vasari. Like a typical city in Tuscany the old town in the center is full of churches and monuments to visit. Take a walking to the Basilica of San Francesco with the splendid frescoes of the Legend of the True Cross by Piero della Francesca. Then capture the Church of San Domenico with the wooden crucifix of Cimabue. You will pass through the magnificent Piazza Grande with the lodges of Vasari and the Archaeological Museum Clinic Mecenate.
At just few minutes of car south of Arezzo there is an ideal stop to is Cortona. On the way there are typical countryside to visit with some panoramic view to shot. Cortona is origins date back to the Etruscans and one of its main attractions is the heart of the city is its Piazza della Repubblica, with the Palazzo Comunale standing in the square.
Livorno and the Coast
Livorno is actually the second largest city in Tuscany, but it is not very well known. Don’t expect to photograph a medieval old town, like in other Tuscan cities. Instead get ready to capture seascape and a charming Venetian-style neighborhood with canals. You can indulge yourself with the beaches that extend south of the city and with a charming promenade. Surely for some photographers can be an unexpected surprise may arise. The mascagni terrace is certainly the place to be photographed with its geometric lines and black and white floor.
Carrara and Alpe Apuane
The Carrara marble quarries are an open-air museum to photograph. The dazzling charm of its white treasure. Everything in Carrara remind us its famous marble and for photographer there are many landscapes and opportunities to make great images. Start for the ancient town and its old historical old church and monuments. Then you can start your visits to the marble caves and of his white gold. So you can shooting all around the area. Indeed from the mountains you will have a great panoramic view like in Campocecina, just outside of the city.
Off Beaten track
Tuscany is such an extraordinary and varied land to photograph. With so many different places and attractions scattered throughout its territory, you are continually surprised by new hidden corners. Anyway there is also a lesser known and unusual part of Tuscany, equally fascinating and incredibly surprising! Can you capture picturesque villages rich in history, ancient traditions, particular craftsmanship, ancient walls, delightful alleys and breathtaking landscapes.