Springtime in Tuscany

Landscape, Cityscape and Night Photography Workshop

Italy: Tuscany 5 Day Tour

Landscape, Cityscape and Night Photography Workshop

You will be taken to outstanding locations to be taught the best techniques to capture landscape and cityscape images. Photography will occur at dawn and dusk when the light is at it’s best to capture great images and at night when the Milky Way and Star Trails can be captured.

You will be accompanied at all times by One Nikon School Professional Photographer and One Canon Professional Photographer.

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A journey into the green rolling hills and steep valleys of fortified medieval towns, golden morning mists over Val d’Orcia, Florentine architectural marvels, silvery olive gardens and distinctive local cuisine

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP SPECIAL AND

DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS?

  • Our guide has been running photo tours to Italy and in particular Tuscany at least 5 times a year since 2012. There should be no language difficulties as one of our guides is a native Italian.
  • Our knowledge of the Tuscany region enables us to take you to the premier locations to capture the best photos.
  • Photography is always our priority: the program and the travel times have been designed to minimise the amount of travel, allowing more time to shoot and to compare and analyse the results of our shoots with the tutors and the other participants.
  • Two photographic experts will be by your side at all times to help you achieve the best possible photographs and improve your shooting and post-production techniques. You will also learn, weather permitting, how to take great pictures of the Milky Way and Startrails.
  • Logistical organization is provided by Punto Viaggio Tour Operator, specialized in photography travel with decades of experience and hundreds of organized trips around the world. They provide insurance cover, the legal guarantees required and the continuous and direct assistance in the event of unforeseen circumstances… peace of mind.

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LOCATIONS AND SCHEDULE OF THE TOUR

On this trip we will explore some of the most interesting locations of central Italy: the medieval cities of Florence and Siena, the peaceful hills of the Val d’Orcia and many small medieval villages surrounded by magnificent walls. Everyday you’ll encounter wonderful scenery and thanks to our experience and knowledge we will take you to the best locations and help you take extraordinary pictures.

Beautiful landscapes you will see and shoot

These are some samples of the pictures you’ll be able to shoot during this tour.

SCHEDULE

Our Photo Tour takes place at a time when the light has a beautiful soft quality, which enables stunning images to be taken.

The sunrise is at approximately 6:20 am and the sunsets at 8:00 pm. After shooting at these times there will be plenty of time to relax, review the photos and perform some post-production. There are also a lot of night hours in which we can concentrate our efforts on one of the focuses of the tour, shooting the Milky Way and startrails.

All shooting sessions are optional: if you do not want to go out early to photograph at sunrise or you would prefer not to attend a night shoot, you may use the time as you wish until our return.

Day 1

Arrival

On your first day in Italy, we’ll meet you at 18:00 in the lobby of the hotel in the heart of Florence. Reaching the hotel is easy from Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station as well as from Florence, Pisa, Bologna or Rome airports. Our tour operator will help you find the best solution for the travel and will provide all the information you require to reach the hotel.

Once together we will head to a local restaurant for dinner and the official start of the workshop. We will review the itinerary of the journey awaiting us and become acquainted with each other.

After dinner you’ll have the chance of taking a walk in the historic centre of Florence to get become acclimatized to the city and the Italian ambience.

You will then spend the night at the hotel in Florence.

Accommodation: Florence

Day 2

Florence, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Siena and Baccoleno

We will leave the hotel about 1 hour before sunrise and head to the famous Piazzale Michelangelo and photograph the sunrise over Florence.

After our shoot we’ll return to the hotel for breakfast and to pack for the next stage of our journey.

Once fed and prepared we will travel into the magnificent Tuscan countryside.
The day’s itinerary includes two of the most exemplary architectural gems of the region, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni.

Monteriggioni is a picturesque hilltop village. The slopes that ascend to the medieval town, whose castle was founded in the thirteenth, century are cultivated with vineyards and olive trees.

Both villages are perfect for genre and street photography. We’ll grab a quick breakfast and of course a delicious cup of traditional Italian coffee before exploring and photographing the villages.

In the afternoon, we’ll take you to a restaurant for lunch before we relocate to Baccoleno to for our sunset shoot.

After sunset we will walk through the streets of Siena, admiring such sights as the Piazza del Campo where every year the famous Palio of Siena takes place.

We will accommodate you at a hotel in Siena and have dinner in a typical Tuscan restaurant.

Accommodation: Siena

Day 3

Crete Senesi, San Galgano Abbey and Val d’Orcia Cypresses grove

Today we’ll start shooting at dawn in the Crete Senesi, a small area south of Siena, whose name comes from the clay present in the soil. The clay gives the landscape a characteristic bluish-gray color and appearance often described as lunar. This terrain is characterized by  gently rolling hills, lonely oak and cypress trees and isolated hilltop farms.

We will have breakfast in a bar with a great pastries and cappuccino before progressing to the Abbey of San Galgano. A roofless Abbey which was desecrated and abandoned in 1789.

After a farmhouse lunch we will continue the journey to the Val d’Orcia, where we will arrive in time to photograph the sunset over the famous Cypresses grove near Torrenieri.

Our hotel for the night will be in San Quirico D’Orcia, one of the most beautiful medieval villages of Val d’Orcia. Dinner will be in a local restaurant.

After dinner, weather permitting,  we will dedicate ourselves to shooting  the Milky Way and startrails over the Tuscan landscape.

Accommodation: San Quirico d’Orcia

Day 4

Podere Belvedere, Monticchiello, Vitaleta Chapel and Poggio Covili

Today starts early, before dawn. This morning we’re shooting one of the most famous villas in Tuscany, Podere Belvedere. We will then hold an image assessment session reviewing our work so far and a post production master class using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

After lunch we will move on to photograph the famous Cypress tree lined Monticchiello road which meanders its way through the Tuscan countryside. Following this we’ll pay a visit to the wonderful, UNESCO protected, Vitaleta Chapel.

At sunset we will travel into the San Quirico d’Orcia countryside near Poggio Covili to shoot.

After returning to the hotel and dinner, we will visit a different location from the previous eve and hone our night shooting techniques.

Accommodation: San Quirico d’Orcia

Day 5

Pienza, Villa Gladiatore and Departure

Your last day in Tuscany, will begin by photographing the sunrise in one of Val d’Orcia’s beautiful locations: the famous Villa Gladiator.

A well photographed location but always worth a visit especially during the early morning when the soft sun and mist can create a beautiful scene. From here we will travel to the beautiful old town of Pienza where we can enjoy freshly baked pastries and a cup of Italian coffee. Pienza has a lot to offer photographically so we’ll explore the narrow streets of the old town, we may even visit some of the wonderful cheese and wine shops.

Following this we will return to the hotel for breakfast and to pack.

The drive back to Florence will take about two hours after which you can decide whether to be accompanied to the Santa Maria Novella train station (at 14:00) or airport (at 15:00)…or you could stay a few extra days and enjoy some more of the magical atmosphere of Tuscany and Italy.

Schedule

Our Photo Tour takes place at a time when the light has a beautiful soft quality, which enables stunning images to be taken.

The sunrise is at approximately 7:10 am and the sunsets at 16:45. This gives us time to relax, review the photos and do some post-production, as well as plenty of night hours to concentrate on one of the focuses of the tour, shooting the Milky Way and startrails.

All shooting sessions are optional: if you do not want to go out early to photograph at sunrise or you prefer not to go out at night, you can stay at the hotel until our return.

Full schedule available on the desktop version of this page or sending an email request to info@vistaphototours.com

Day 1: Arrival

Day 2: Florence, Cinque Terre

Day 3: Cinque Terre and Portovenere

Day 4: Volterra, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano and Siena

Day 5: Crete Senesi, San Galgano Abbey and Val d’Orcia Cypresses grove

Day 6: Podere Belvedere, Montalcino and Bagno Vignoni

Day 7: Pienza, Villa Gladiatore, Monticchiello and Vitaleta Chapel

Day 8: Val d’Orcia and Departure

OUR WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE

The course will consist of technical briefings and practical shooting sessions at dawn, dusk and night with two Professional Photographers with many years of experience in shooting Landscape and Night photography.

This is a personal workshop: you will have constant interaction with your instructors at all times during the course.

This will enable you to quickly master new shooting and post production techniques.

The tutors will be by your side every moment of the tour to give you advice and tips specific to your needs.

Their experience and knowledge will enable you to improve your shooting techniques, advance post production skills and capture well composed images in good light.

Our aim is to provide you with the knowledge and a range of skills that allow you to make the most of the environmental conditions to capture the beauty of the places we visit.

Your personal instructors will be:

Gabriele Lorenzini

Professional photographer, Nikon School Teacher, Adobe Certified Photoshop and Lightroom Expert, FotoCorsi Course and Workshop Instructor

Laurie Noble

Professional travel photographer, 20 years experience of working with and shooting for Getty Images

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES

We want our workshops to be satisfying in every respect.

We don’t just guide you and teach you photographic techniques.

We share with you all our knowledge so hopefully we can achieve these goals:

  • Create a fun and friendly atmosphere of cooperation so our time together is fun for everyone.
  • Convey the most effective shooting and post-production techniques used by us for our landscape photos.
  • Assist you to capture and convey the astounding scenery you will be photographing.
  • We will analyse and discuss all your photos hopefully allowing you to immediately improve and consider new ways to look at photography.
  • Relieve any technical doubts or questions you may have. The tutors will be on hand at all times to assist you.

Our teaching continues even after the trip! Upon returning from the trip, Gabriel and Laurie continue to follow through facebook or email, helping in the selection and post-production of your best photos. In addition you will be invited in a private Facebook group where you can share your photos with the teachers and other participants, to request comments, opinions and advice.

Photography Workshop Objectives

We want our workshops to be satisfying in every respect.

We don’t just guide you and teach you photographic techniques.

We share with you all our knowledge so hopefully we can achieve these goals:

  • Create a fun and friendly atmosphere of cooperation so our time together is fun for everyone.
  • Convey the most effective shooting and post-production techniques used by us for our landscape photos.
  • Assist you to capture and convey the astounding scenery you will be photographing.
  • We will analyse and discuss all your photos hopefully allowing you to immediately improve and consider new ways to look at photography.
  • Relieve any technical doubts or questions you may have. The tutors will be on hand at all times to assist you.

Our teaching continues even after the trip! Upon returning from the trip, Gabriel and Laurie continue to follow through facebook or email, helping in the selection and post-production of your best photos. In addition you will be invited in a private Facebook group where you can share your photos with the teachers and other participants, to request comments, opinions and advice.

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PRICE AND CONDITIONS

  • Total Price: 2240 € per person double occupancy
  • Single room supplement: 230 €
  • Registration deposit: 500 €
  • Minimum – Maximum Number of Participants: 4 – 8
  • Payment in Full: 60 days prior to the workshop starting date
  • Activity Level: Easy – Short walks over mostly level ground

After you signup, we’ll send you a recommended camera gear and packing list. Please pay special attention to things that we say are absolutely required.

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CONTACT INFO

Vista Photo Tours
via San Donato 149
40127 – Bologna (BO) – Italy
VAT: IT02445160399
Phone: +39 339 8723878
Website: www.vistaphototours.com
Email: info@vistaphototours.com

TRAVEL AGENCY

Punto Viaggio di Elisa Canonica & C. Snc
Via Soldato Anselmo, 4
12080 – Monasterolo Casotto (CN) – Italy
VAT: IT03405540042
Phone: +39 349 1082377
Website: www.puntoviaggio.com
Email: luca@puntoviaggio.com

Included

  • Two Professional photo guides.
  • Transportation in a spacious, comfortable Van offering ample room for you and your photography gear.
  • Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms.
  • All breakfasts.

Not Included

  • Flight tickets
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Photographic gear and other equipments
  • Transportation from and to Airport if not mentioned in the schedule
  • Everything not mentioned under “Included” paragraph

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The tour will be confirmed when the minimum number of participants required have subscribed or 60 days before the start of the tour. All communication regarding the trip will be by e-mail.
If you cancel your subscription before the tour is confirmed we will refund the amount in total, minus 100 € administration fee.
If you cancel your subscription after the tour has been confirmed refunds will be as follows:
– Within 30 days of the start of the tour you will be refunded 50% of the total cost
– Less than 30 days before the start of the trip no refund will be granted.
Refunds will be paid by bank transfer.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

Disclaimer

The tour is always dependent on weather, as it can indeed be highly unpredictable, and the itinerary could be modified to get out the most of the places and weather conditions.

Inclusions, Cancellation and Refund Policy, Disclaimer

Included

  • Two Professional photo guides.
  • Transportation in a spacious, comfortable Van offering ample room for you and your photography gear.
  • Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms.
  • All breakfasts.

Not Included

  • Flight tickets
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Photographic gear and other equipments
  • Transportation from and to Airport if not mentioned in the schedule
  • Everything not mentioned under “Included” paragraph

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The tour will be confirmed when the minimum number of participants required have subscribed or 60 days before the start of the tour. All communication regarding the trip will be by e-mail.
If you cancel your subscription before the tour is confirmed we will refund the amount in total, minus 100 € administration fee.
If you cancel your subscription after the tour has been confirmed refunds will be as follows:
– Within 30 days of the start of the tour you will be refunded 50% of the total cost
– Less than 30 days before the start of the trip no refund will be granted.
Refunds will be paid by bank transfer.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

Disclaimer

The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable.
When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear at a given time.
There is however always plenty to see and do if conditions do not favor any part of our original plan.

PHOTOS AND TESTIMONIALS ABOUT THIS TOUR

It was my first photography workshop and straight away I would like to highlight the organisation of the course and the competence of the teachers, they were highly professional. I learned both the theory and practical aspects of photography that are necessary to take landscape shots as well as night photography, which I had wanted to learn at all costs. Organisation is a notable strength of this workshop, it combines well the practical with lectures and post production classes. This allows open communication between teachers and participants, highlighting strengths and weaknesses of our images and making suggestions how to improve. The instructors were very patient and helpful, I was very satisfied with the workshops and what I have learned. As I have already said the organisation was perfect and the company pleasant. I would definitely recommend this workshop to those who are interested in the themes of this workshop and want and take home well composed and great technical images. A heart felt and sincere thanks to all.

Thanks to Vista Photo Tours for this new workshop. I was able to refine my composition, shooting and post production techniques. This was my third course on landscape and night photography, while the topics have remained the same I have always found something new to learn. The instructors allowed me to use their equipment so I could test different lenses and filters. They were always present and available: they conveyed their technical and post production knowledge and also composition advices, they hopes to turn photographs into beautiful poems written with the light, and they do. The journey of 800km I have is no sacrifice to reach them. I would attend any new workshops immediately. The travel I have done with Vista Photo Tours, big or small, has always been a pleasant photographic adventure and I have always come back enriched.

I enjoyed every moment of this intense workshop! Important briefings before the shoot and critical commentary of the photos taken: many tips and hints to avoid mistakes and to improve all our photos! With this workshop I learned how fascinating landscape photography is. There are many elements to consider when seeking the perfect photo. The teachers were of an excellent standard and were by our side at all times, adapting to all our individual needs. The landscape of the Val D’ Orcia speaks for itself: simply magical! Would I recommend this course? Absolutely yes! This course is for you: If you already have a good foundation in photography, want to improve your technique or you just want to approach the fantastic world of landscape photography! Thanks to the instructors and to the whole group who went through this wonderful experience with me.

This was a very beautiful and important experience for a beginner like me, it has opened up a new world for me. Val D’ Orcia is very beautiful and the teachers were technically well prepared, funny and very patient. Everything was perfect. Thanks for everything, I will definitely attend again.

Very interesting workshops (composition, best light, how to set up your camera, testing shooting options, photoshop) and great communication with the teachers, they were always available on every request. Beautiful and instructive night shoots capturing startrails and The Milky Way! Spectacular locations, great food and all in the pleasant company of my fellow participants. All very nice and well worth repeating!

When I returned home I realized what a lot I had learned from this workshop. I did not know how important it was to use all the emotions you are feeling when looking at a landscape and how important the details are to convey the atmosphere to the viewer. You must chase the light and concentrate on finding your location and not get distracted by the amount of shooting possibilities. The Val d’ Orcia is a beautiful place to start. I want to thank the instructors who passed on their experience, all the necessary tools and so much motivation. Until next time !

I attended this course to try to learn something new about composition and to improve my shooting technique. The great thing about this workshop is the friendly group atmosphere. The instructors are always there and always available. It was not my first workshop with them and will not be the last … despite the 800 km to reach them.

It was my first workshop and I am very satisfied with what I learnt from our two instructors. In just three days I learnt so much, I still have a lot to learn but it is a good starting point and definitely not the end I shall attend other Vista Photo Tours courses. Congratulations keep up the good work!

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