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Heart of Tuscany , Italy

Photography, Great Food, Wine & New Friends in Tuscany, Italy!

Sept. 22nd - 28th, 2024

Enhance your knowledge in the breathtaking Hill Viillages & landscapes of Tuscany, one of Europe's most picturesque locations.

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime photography workshop in the breathtaking hills of Tuscany. Immerse yourself in the charm of hillside villages, capture the beauty of historic architecture, and explore the stunning landscapes. Meet new friends who share your passion for photography and create memories that will last a lifetime. Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience.

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Cityscape of Siena with Duomo

Day 1 | Tour of Siena

Sept. 22th 2024

 

  • Meet us mid-day in Siena. (An easy train ride from Florence or Rome)

  • After a welcome lunch, check into our hotel in the city's historic center.

  • Meet for a walking tour with our professional guide and native Siena.  They will introduce you to the history of the city and some of its great secrets.  Along the way, we’ll stop to photograph some of the street scenes and wonderful little urban still lives.

  • A “welcome” dinner at our favorite enoteca finishes this delicious day.

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Students Will Learn

During our daily one-hour classroom sessions, we will have the opportunity to review your daily images and receive helpful suggestions. Out in the field will cover topics such as lighting and composition, and Randy will be available to answer any technical questions you may have.

Discover the beauty of Tuscany's landscapes and hill-top towns. 

Escape the crowds and indulge in the quiet charm of local villages while savoring the region's finest wines and specialties. Stay in Siena, Italy's most beautiful medieval city, for two nights before heading to our luxurious hilltop farmhouse resort for four nights. Explore the stunning landscapes of Val d'Orcia and Crete Sienese by minivan and discover the hidden gems of Tuscany's hill towns and villages.

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The Information

Space limited to 7 participants
Days & Times: September 22th - 28th
Host Hotel/Venue: Exe International Palace, Rome (terrific location)


Tuition: Workshop – $4900 (prices are for double occupancy. If you wish a single occupancy, there is an up-charge of $600, which also includes 5-nights accommodations and breakfast with either lunch or dinner each day)

What's Included:
The workshop fee includes five nights' accommodations at the Exe International Palace, double occupancy, including four continental breakfasts at the hotel. One lunch or dinner each day, and the rest of your meals are on your own. (If you prefer more privacy, single rooms are available for an up-charge. See the tickets page for details).

Activity Level: Light to Moderate:
Hilltop villages can have step areas, so we'll be doing a good bit on foot. Our hotel is situated in a great location in Seina with lots of shooting opportunities nearby, but we'll also be taking privet transport for some of our shoots. Workshop Participants should be in good health, wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and be ready for lots of walking and standing for extended periods of time.

Dress:
The weather in Tuscany in September is beautiful, but can still warm — it's not too hot with highs in the low 80s F°, but it can get a little chilly at night, getting down as low as 59°, so bring at least a light jacket or coat. As with any outdoor event, the weather is somewhat unpredictable, so be prepared if it rains.

FAQ's

What do I need to bring to the workshop?
A DSLR or Mirrorless Camera; a sturdy tripod with ballhead; wireless remote or cable release; a wide-angle lens (24mm or wider); a telephoto lens. You'll need a laptop with either Lightroom or Photoshop (both is better) for the post-processing segments. If you need to rent gear, we recommend http://www.borrowlenses.com

What level of experience is required?
All levels of experience are welcome, but participants should be familiar with their camera and lens and have some experience in either Lightroom or Photoshop.

Are there other expenses will I need to cover?
As mentioned earlier, one lunch or dinner is on your own. There will be a few instances where you'll need to pay a small entrance fee to an exhibit or location. Also, if our shooting location is not within walking distance (as will be the case some days), you'll have to pick up a bus/subway pass. Outside of those minor costs, we don't anticipate any additional costs.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The hotel offers Airport Shuttle to/from for an additional fee. The Roma Termini railway station is a 10-minute walk to the hotel.

What's the refund policy?
If you have to cancel the workshop, a $1,000 deposit is non-refundable unless we are able to fill your spot: After Sept 10, 2018 refunds will not be available.

What if I have questions that aren't answered here?
Please contact Randy at: randy@randyvanduinen.com

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