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Tuscany, Italy, photo workshop and photography tour – June 30 to July 7, 2016

Photo by Ron Lake

Photo by Ron Lake

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A photography tour and photo workshop in Tuscany, Italy, what could be better? The light is famous, the scenes are incredible, the food and wine are, well, beyond words. Plus you’ll be with two top professional photographers – Ron Lake and Loren Fisher.

I am teaming with Ron who has been traipsing the back roads of Tuscany for years, finding spectacular locations that make memorable photographs. Ron has created an itinerary that will take us to those special hidden places as well as iconic scenes that you can picture in your mind when you think of Tuscany.

We are taking care of all the details, you catch your direct flight to Rome, Italy, and you don’t need to think about transportation and hotels during the eight days and seven nights in Italy. All you need to think about is taking fabulous photos and having fun.

Photo by Ron Lake

Photo by Ron Lake

You will get professional photography instruction from experienced pros Loren Fisher and Ron Lake, who have helped photographers improve their images for years. Our group will be small so you will have plenty of time with each pro giving you advice on composition, angle, and lens selection to help you get the best pictures possible not only while you are in Italy but long afterward.

We meet in Rome on Thursday evening at our fabulous hotel for dinner together as we get to know each other.

Friday morning we head to the Tuscan countryside and arrive at Saturnia Tuscany Hotel, our hotel for the next three days in Pitigliano, a stunning medieval town dramatically perched atop a tufa ridge. Etruscan tombs dot the cliff face and valley. From there we explore other medieval towns of Sorano and Sovana and the stunning countryside.

On Sunday we move toward Pienza, stopping in San Quirico before checking into Hotel Residence San Gregorio, right in historic Pienza’s center. We will photograph in Monticiello, with its winding S curves and then wander over to scenic Montepulciano. We will take day trips to famous towns in the Chianti region and over to San Gimignano.

The full itinerary is below and you can see it is packed with tremendous locations with plenty of beautiful towns, vineyards and countryside to photograph. While we want to see it all, we don’t want to wear anyone out. As photographers, we love the morning light and it doesn’t get better than in Tuscany, so we will be out shooting at sunrise. We will take two to three hours breaks from shooting at mid-day, when the light isn’t as nice to catch a nap or refresh. Each day either Ron or Loren will be available during these mid-day breaks for image review or work with you on your photography. You will have time to explore on your own or stick with the group.

Photo by Ron Lake

Photo by Ron Lake

Early registration by March 1, 2016 is $3,679. Regular Price: $4,179.
Non-photographers: $500 discount if you share a room with a photographer.

What is included:

  • Eight days, Lodging for seven nights
  • Workshop Adventure
  • 2 Pro Photographers / Guides
  • Photo Walks
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Small group size
  • Four star hotels with your own room
  • Local transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional photography instruction

What isn’t included:

  • Travel to Italy
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Non-meal time snacks and soft drinks

Who should Attend

Anyone with an interest in Italy, beautiful landscape and historic towns – your photographic experience doesn’t matter. Most of our shooting locations will be in towns where some walking will be required. There won’t be long, strenuous hiking.

Photo by Ron Lake

Photo by Ron Lake

Rates

Rates are net, per person, in U.S. dollars.
Early registration by March 1, 2016 is $3,679. Regular Price: $4,179. Non-photographers: $500 discount if you share a room with a photographer. Registration fee includes breakfast, lodging and ground transportation. It does not include airfare to Italy or lunches, dinners or gratuities.

Maximum group size: 8

The Itinerary (subject to change)

Thursday, June 30Arrival Day
– Arrival afternoon in Rome at Golden Tulip Airport Hotel
– Relax by awesome pool with tropical bar
– Evening group meal/get together at hotel

Friday, July 1 – Depart for Pitigliano
– Arrive Saturnia Tuscany Hotel featuring another beautiful pool plus thermal pools, Turkish mud baths, spa treatments
– Enroute explore medieval town Pitgliano in the beautiful late morning light
– Shooting during the day and later golden hour light includes Pitigliano, Sovano and Sorano

Saturday, July 2 – Pitigliano
– Early shoot includes first light on cliffs of Pitigliano
– Daytime explorations of the medieval architecture of nearby Sovano and Sorano
– Afternoon/evening capture golden hour light

Sunday, July 3 – Depart for Pienza
– Enroute stop to shoot San Quirico
– Arrive at Hotel Residence San Gregorio in the historic town center of Pienza
– Afternoon/evening shoot Monticiello, winding S curves and over toward Montepulciano

Monday, July 4 – Pienza
– Early rise for morning shoot up to Montereggioni / Castilina, Radda and Lecchi all in Chianti, which of course means vineyards and wine tasting

Tuesday, July 5 – Pienza
– Head over to San Quirico then to San Gimignano to shoot the towers, up to Certaldo and later to Colle de Val D’Elsa

Wednesday, July 6 – Pienza
– Early rise to shoot the rolling hills of Tuscany known as the Val D’orcia.
– Mid-day luncheon in Montepulciano home of the famous Vino Nobile
– Afternoon explorations of Montalcino, then later golden hour shoot of Monticiello

Thursday, July 7 – Return to Rome
-Depart for return flights back to USA

(Options for extended stay front end at Golden Tulip to see Rome before setting out and extended stay in Pienza is possible)

Weather

It can be hot in Tuscany in July. You should have shorts, jeans and comfortable clothes, a hat or cap and some casual clothes for night. I wear pants from North Face and other adventure companies that have zip off legs, so if it is cool in the morning or I go to a place where shorts aren’t appropriate, I can put on the legs.

Dining

Breakfast each day is included, it may be after a sunrise shoot. You are responsible for other dining expenses. We will be on the move but taking breaks to enjoy the scenery and dining.

Travel Visa

A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to VisaMapper for more information.

Hotels

Hotel accommodation costs at four star hotels are included. You may want to tip the friendly service.

Photo Equipment

You’ll want to have a wide angle, telephoto and possibly a macro lens. Make sure you have lots of memory cards, spare batteries and charger and maybe a polarizer filter. I’m a tripod shooter, but we will be in lots of markets, churches and areas where a tripod may not be appropriate. I also suggest bringing a laptop to download your photos and a way to have a backup, either on the original cards or an external hard drive. If you aren’t absolutely sure of everything that your camera does, bring your instruction manual so we can help you fix any problems.

Payment

The full fee is required 120 days prior to the workshop.

Deposits and Cancellations

A $750 deposit must be paid in order to secure your space in our workshop. Full payment must be received 120 days prior to the workshop.

Notice of your cancellation must be made in writing, at which time the following refunds are offered:

120 days or more before workshop: Full workshop or deposit refund.

119 to 60 days before workshop: 50% of workshop cost.

59 or fewer days before workshop: no refund. Your payment, minus the deposit, will be refunded if your spot can be filled. If your spot can not be filled, you will be issued a credit to be used on another workshop within the next year.

No partial refunds are made for unused portions or services of a workshop. Workshops are sold as a package only.

If a workshop is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of any money paid, but I’d have to be on my deathbed before I’d cancel. But if I’m on my deathbed and need to cancel the workshop, I will not be held responsible for your other expenses, such as airline ticket, that may be associated with the canceled workshop. I suggest you purchase trip insurance to be safe, but I’ve never cancelled a destination workshop and it would take a major catastrophe before I cancel.

What else you need to know

Once you register, you will receive a packet of information about the trip. It includes a Liability Release Form that needs to be immediately returned, an Emergency Contact and Medical Information Form, a detailed listing of our hotels with contact information, details about some of the locations we will be visiting and more suggestions for equipment and clothing.

Questions? Email Loren at Loren@LorenPhotos.com or call 802-332-6611.


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