Autumn in the Dolomites – Italy

Landscape Photography Workshop

5th
edition

SEATS AVAILABLE Mon 21 – Sun 27 October 2024
 

CONTACT US
info@vistaphototours.com
WhatsApp: +39 339 8723878
(Mon-Fri 9-18 CET)

 

PRICE
4,160 $ 3,630 $
Price per person double occupancy
Find out what’s included
 

PAYMENT CONDITIONS
Registration deposit: 500 $
Balance due 60 days before the start of the tour
All major credit cards and bank transfer accepted
 

DURATION
7 days, 6 nights
 

ACCOMMODATIONS
3 and 4-star hotels in twin rooms with separate beds and private bathroom
 

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT
630 $
If you travel alone and don’t request a single room, you will share the room with one of the other guests
 

MEALS INCLUDED
All breakfasts.
 

GROUP SIZE
Max. 5 participants with 1 photo guide or
Max. 10 participants with 2 photo guides
 

MAIN TOPICS
Landscape
 

PHOTOGRAPHIC SKILLS
From beginners to experts
We’ll help and teach individually
 

PHOTOGRAPHIC GEAR
Digital reflex or mirrorless camera, any brand
More details here
 

PHOTOS TAKEN ON THIS PHOTO TOUR

 

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    OUR PARTNERS FOR THIS TOUR

     

    TRAVEL ITINERARY

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    DAILY SCHEDULE

     

    Autumn Dolomites Venice Italy Photo Tour Workshop 00054On your first day in Italy, we’ll meet you at 11am in the arrival hall of Venice Marco Polo airport.
    Our tour operator will help you find the best solution for travel and will give you all the information you need to reach the meeting point.
    In case your flight arrives a long time before, we will help you find a hotel near Venice. You can take advantage of this time to visit the city and the meeting with our tutor will be directly at your hotel instead of at the airport.

    Once together we will leave for Cortina d’Ampezzo, our base for the first 2 days.
    After a good lunch with typical food of the area we will settle down at the hotel and have a short rest before going out to photograph the sunset.
    The first photo session of the tour will be near Passo Giau, a very famous place among landscape photographers.
    After sunset we’ll drive for a few minutes to our hotel and have typical alpine dinner.

    Accommodation: 4-star Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL)

    Autumn Dolomites Venice Italy Photo Tour Workshop 00055Before dawn we will reach the enchanting Lake Federa by off-road jeep, where the larches illuminated by the first rays of the sun shine with orange and yellow hues.
    After sunrise we can continue to photograph around the lake as long as we want, before taking the jeeps again for the return to the hotel, where breakfast will be waiting for us.
    The rest of the morning will be dedicated to some rest, while after lunch we will head towards the Tre Cime di Lavaredo Natural Park, where we will take pictures until sunset.
    After sunset and a typical dinner in a mountain hut near Lake Misurina we will return to our hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo.

    Accommodation: 4-star Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL)

    Autumn Dolomites Venice Italy Photo Tour Workshop 00047This day will begin with a beautiful photo session at dawn at Lake Antorno, a small lake surrounded by fir trees in which the Tre Cime di Lavaredo are reflected.
    To reach it we will only have to drive for about 40 minutes and we will park directly on its banks.

    Upon returning from dawn, a hearty breakfast awaits us and some well-deserved rest in the hotel.
    We can then have a photo review session, a walk in the center of Cortina and have lunch in one of the many excellent local restaurants.
    In the afternoon we will be able to move around to take photographs, choosing from the many photographic spots in the surrounding area, the most famous of which is Passo Falzarego.
    Upon returning from sunset we will have dinner in a typical mountain restaurant and enjoy a night’s rest in the hotel.

    Accommodation: 4-star Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL)

    Autumn Dolomites Venice Italy Photo Tour Workshop 00040The sunrise photo session will be at Cinque Torri (Five Peaks), a beautiful group of rocks near Passo Falzarego. There are many remnants of World War I left by Italian troops in this area, it is often called an open air museum.

    We’ll have the opportunity to shoot this little mountains and visit the trenches, then we will return to the hotel for breakfast and some rest.

    It’s already time to leave our accommodation to move to a new area to explore and photograph.
    In about 30 minutes by car we will reach the town of Dobbiaco, where we can have lunch and place our luggage at the hotel.

    After lunch we’ll move to Earth Pyramids in Perca, where we hope to find a bit of fog, which makes this place even more suggestive.

    Then we will photograph the wonderful and little-known lake of Anterselva until sunset, with its shores dotted with larch and fir trees.
    After sunset we will return to Dobbiaco for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

    Accommodation: 3-star Hotel in Dobbiaco (BZ)

    Autumn Dolomites Venice Italy Photo Tour Workshop 00008Sunrise will be in a special place known throughout the world, Lake Braies, which certainly needs no introduction as it is among the most famous in the Dolomites.
    We will be able to walk along its banks until the sun rises, when the first rays will illuminate the surrounding mountains which, with a little luck, will be reflected in the waters of the lake.
    Its emerald waters are usually calm in the morning, which is great for photography.

    After breakfast at the hotel and some rest we will pack our bags to move on to the next destination.

    In just over 1 hour by car we will reach the Val di Funes, a picturesque alpine valley with cozy houses and famous churches.
    We will have lunch in a typical alpine restaurant and we will settle down in the hotel that will host us for the night.
    We will spend the afternoon until sunset photographing some of the best spots in the area, including the famous cherry tree that overlooks the valley with the Odle mountains in the background.
    After sunset we will return to the hotel to enjoy a tasty typical dinner.

    Accommodation: 4-star Hotel near Val di Funes (BZ)

    Autumn Dolomites Venice Italy Photo Tour Workshop 00049At dawn we will photograph the famous church of San Giovanni in Ranui, a small chapel that stands on the edge of the wood with the Odle range in the background.

    After the usual breakfast and a little rest we will set off again towards the next stage of the journey.

    In the morning we will make a photo stop at Passo delle Erbe and then continue towards the Val di Fassa and the surrounding mountains.
    During the transfer we will cross some famous mountain passes such as Passo Gardena and Passo Sella, from which you can admire and photograph beautiful mountains such as the Sassolungo and Sassopiatto group.

    After lunch and accommodation in the hotel, we will spend the afternoon photographing the surroundings of the Val di Fassa and in particular for the sunset we will move to the Pale di San Martino area, i.e. Baita Segantini or Val Venegia, choosing the best spot depending on conditions.

    After sunset we will return to the hotel to enjoy a tasty typical dinner.

    Accommodation: 3-star Hotel in Moena (TN)

    Autumn Dolomites Venice Italy Photo Tour Workshop 00058On our last day of travel, we will start the day by photographing Lake Carezza at dawn, one of the most famous alpine lakes in the area, in whose waters the Latemar massif is reflected.

    After breakfast we prepare our luggage and leave for the Venice airport, which we will reach around 2pm.

     


     

    Extra Days – Venice

    You could also stay a few extra days and enjoy some more of the magical atmosphere of Venice and Italy.
    Our photo guides are available to take you to the best photo spots in Venice with the help of some local guides who know every secret of the city.
    These extra days can be scheduled even before the Dolomites tour.
    Contact us to request a quote tailored to your needs.

    ORGANIZATION OF AIR FLIGHTS

     
    The meeting point is at 11am on the first day of the tour in the arrival hall of Venice Marco Polo airport, where photo guides will be ready to welcome you upon your arrival.

    Our tour operator will help you find the best solution for travel and will give you all the information you need to reach the meeting point.
    In case your flight arrives a long time before, we will help you find a hotel near Venice. You can take advantage of this time to visit the city and the meeting with our tutor will be directly at your hotel instead of at the airport.

    The Travel Agency and the photo guides are available to advise on the flight that best suits the needs and the place of departure of each participant.

    Contact us to receive additional information about flights.

    PRICE AND REGISTRATION

    SEATS AVAILABLE Mon 21 – Sun 27 October 2024
     

    CONTACT US
    info@vistaphototours.com
    WhatsApp: +39 339 8723878
    (Mon-Fri 9-18 CET)

     

    PRICE
    4,160 $ 3,630 $
    Price per person double occupancy
    Find out what’s included
     

    PAYMENT CONDITIONS
    Registration deposit: 500 $
    Balance due 60 days before the start of the tour
    All major credit cards and bank transfer accepted
     

    DURATION
    7 days, 6 nights
     

    PRICE INCLUDES:

     

      Before departure

    • Travel preparation aid: receiving all the useful information by email several weeks before the tour.
    • Photo guides will be available immediately after registering to answer any doubts or requests, both on the organization of the tour and on photographic equipment.
    • Our exclusive Shooting Techniques Manual to start learning new concepts, shooting techniques and post-production even before the Tour.
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      During the Tour

    • All transportation in comfortable minivans for the duration of the tour.
    • 5 nights in 3 or 4* hotels – twin rooms with separate beds and private bathroom.
      If you travel alone and do not choose a single room (available at an extra cost), you can share the room with one of the other participants.
    • Individual and continuous assistance from the photo guides of the Photo Workshop for the duration of the tour, 24 hours a day.
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      After the Tour

    • Private group on Facebook to continue the interaction with the teacher upon return from the Tour: you will be able to publish your photos and receive comments and advice from the teacher to further improve your technique.

    PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

     

    • Flight tickets to and from Italy (Venice Marco Polo VCE airport).
    • Personal health insurance with repatriation. (required)
    • Meals. Everyone will be free to decide every time what to eat. We estimate a cost of around 300 $ for the whole tour.
    • Single room supplement (630 $).
    • Trip cancellation insurance (optional).
    • Photographic equipment, notebooks and accessories.
    • Anything not specifically mentioned in the “price includes” section.

    CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

    The tour will be confirmed when the minimum number of participants required have subscribed.
    Don’t buy your flight tickets until you receive a confirmation from us.
    All communication regarding the tour will be by e-mail.

    If you cancel your subscription before the tour is confirmed we will refund the amount in total.
    If you cancel your subscription after the tour has been confirmed refunds will be as follows:
    – More than 30 days before 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 but we’ll do our best to refund as much as possible.
    Refunds will be paid approximately one week after the scheduled tour ends.

    DISCLAIMER

    Activity Level: Moderate – Mostly short walks on level ground. A walk of about 15-20 min with an elevation gain of 300 feet or 100 meters (optional).
    A walk of about 30 minutes with an elevation gain of 300 feet or 100 meters (optional).

    The tour itinerary is always dependent on weather, as the weather can indeed be unpredictable.

    PHOTO TOURS MANAGEMENT

    Vista Photo Tours
    via San Donato 149
    40127 – Bologna (BO) – Italy
    VAT: IT02445160399
    Phone: +39 339 8723878
    (Mon-Fri 9-18 CET, English language only)
    Email: info@vistaphototours.com

    AUTHORISED TRAVEL AGENCY

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    Fully Licensed Tour Operator
    Via Soldato Anselmo, 4
    12080 – Monasterolo Casotto (CN) – Italy
    VAT: IT03405540042

    USEFUL INFORMATION

    After the registration you will receive by email the Travel Program and all useful information.
    You will also be placed in a reserved group on Facebook where you can talk with the photo guides to prepare yourself for the tour.

    Discover the most useful information on our Photo Tour by clicking on the sections below:

    The accommodations are of excellent quality: all the hotels are 3 or 4-star and tested in previous trips.
    Twin rooms with separate beds and private bathroom.

    If you do not have companions and do not choose a single (available at an extra cost), you can share the room with one of the other participants.

    Contact us if you want more information on this aspect of the tour.

    Activity Level: Moderate – Mostly short walks on level ground. A walk of about 15-20 min with an elevation gain of 300 feet or 100 meters (optional).
    A walk of about 30 minutes with an elevation gain of 300 feet or 100 meters (optional).

    Participation in this Photographic Tour is recommended for those who already have a minimum basic preparation, ie those who know how to shoot in Manual mode, are familiar with the use of ISO, timing and aperture, has a good knowledge of the camera menu.
    Having these notions will allow you to take advantage of all the photographic opportunities that will arise and to better assimilate all the intermediate and advanced concepts that our photo guides will explain to you.
    The very limited number of participants enables continuous interaction with the photo guides, who can help and advise you at any time, but we cannot guarantee that you will have the opportunity to explain the basics of photography.

    Not sure if this photo tour is right for you? Contact us and talk directly with the photo guides of the Workshop.

    You can participate with any brand of camera (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, etc.): despite being Nikon School, in almost all of our Workshops there are also participants with other camera brands, so our photo guides will be perfectly able to help you with your camera settings.

    To participate in the Workshop the following equipment is required:

    • SLR or mirrorless camera (any make and model)
    • Any lens
    • Tripod
    • Remote control / Remote shooting
    • 1-2 spare batteries
    • Enough memory cards to hold at least 1500 photos (or a notebook to download the photos, but it is better to have enough cards for the whole tour)

    Before departure we will send you an email with all the useful information about the most suitable equipment for this tour and our buying guides for tripods and filters, which will help you understand if it is appropriate to improve the your photographic kit. If you don’t want to wait, you can immediately get the guides by clicking on the banner at the bottom of this page.

    • Wide-angle lens with the possibility of mounting filters (approximately 14-17 mm minimum focal length on full frame)
    • Medium zoom lens (eg 24-70 mm or 24-120 mm on full frame)
    • Telephoto zoom lens (eg 70-200 mm or even more on full frame)
    • Photographic filters (circular polarizer, ND, GND, etc.)
    • Cleaning kit with pump, microfibre cloth, small brush

    Before departure we will send you an email with all the useful information about the most suitable equipment for this tour and our buying guides for tripods and filters, which will help you understand if it is appropriate to improve the your photographic kit. If you don’t want to wait, you can immediately get the guides by clicking on the banner at the bottom of this page.

    The climate in the high mountains is highly unpredictable.
    In the chosen period it can be quite cool or mild, depending on the current weather.
    Probably early in the morning and at night it will be very cool and we recommend not to forget warm, windproof and rainproof clothes.
    Recently we have witnessed a climate change that makes it difficult to predict the weather well in advance, so we recommend checking the forecast a few days before departure.

    Before departure we will send you an email with lots of detailed information on the most suitable clothing and accessories for this tour.

    Please check which kind of ID is required and if you need a VISA to visit this country. We can help you with this.

    You could find two types of sockets:

    1. Type F (Shuko) sockets like this:
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    2. Type L sockets like this:
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    DISCOVER OUR RENOWNED WORKSHOPS

    WHAT MAKES OUR PHOTO TOURS SO SPECIAL?

     
    In our Travels and Workshops you will be constantly followed by photo guides who will help you at all times during all shooting sessions.
    In this way you can immediately learn new shooting and post-production techniques to get the most out of your photos.
    Starting from several weeks before with all the information to help you prepare for the tour, up to the post-Workshop tutoring via Facebook and email, we will be at your complete disposal to provide you all our knowledge.

    WHAT YOU WILL LEARN TRAVELING WITH US

     
    This is a real individual landscape photography workshop: in every moment of the tour the photo guides will literally be by your side to give you advice and suggestions specific to your needs.

    Thanks to their experience, knowledge of the locations and their advices you can capture the best moments of light, improve your shooting technique, learn how to plan your next photographic tours, obtain more from digital post-production and learn nice tricks to always get the best possible photos.

    This Workshop will provide you with a series of skills and knowledge that will allow you to capture all the beauty of the places you will have the chance to visit, organizing your resources in the best way, using the best shooting and post-techniques production, taking advantage of any light and weather conditions in your favor.

    As always in our travels the common passion for photography and the desire to enjoy the beauty of the places will create a fantastic climate in the group, where everyone can relax and have fun, tell their own experience, ask for advice, and above all give free rein to photography without limitations, thanks to the schedule specifically designed around photography.

    TUITION CONTINUES ALSO AFTER THE TOUR!

     
    Upon return from the tour, our photo guides will continue to follow you via Facebook or email, helping you in the selection and post-production of your best photos.
    You will be invited to join a private group on Facebook where you can share your photos with photo guides and other participants, to request comments, opinions and advice.

    PHOTO GUIDES AND COORDINATORS OF THIS TOUR

     

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    Gabriele Lorenzini

    Professional photographer specializing in travel and landscape

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    Roksolyana Hilevych

    Multi-Award Winning Landscape Photographer

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    PHOTOS AND COMMENTS FROM PREVIOUS TOURS

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    Testimonial - Dolomites Highlights tour

    Very well organized workshop, with excellent choice of locations and the best times to photograph them. Gabriele was always professional and available to give advice and explanations. The excellent company of the other workshop participants made the experience even more positive.

    Testimonial - Dolomites Highlights tour

    Great experience. The organization of the workshop was impeccable: even though I already knew the locations very well, I was struck by the ability of the organizer (Gabriele) to make the most of the light and the composition in each place. Gabriele proved to be a highly trained professional, always available to explain the various shooting techniques, suggesting the best settings and compositions.

    Testimonial - Dolomites Highlights tour

    A truly special and unique experience, I was very satisfied with the professionalism of the photo guides, excellent organization, we were followed step by step both in the practical and in the theoretical part in the classroom. Attentive to the needs of the group and the needs of individual participants.

    Testimonial - Dolomites Highlights tour

    This workshop was helpful to me for many technical and field approach aspects. First of all I was able to see with the eyes of an expert like Gabriele how to observe and how to move on the field and make the most of the situations, or how to solve it with different shots and compositions if the light is not the ideal ally to bring home satisfactory shots. Following small purely compositional tricks, I immediately noticed an improvement in my shots.
    Anyone who wants to understand the concept of light-composition in a setting full of ideas like the Val di Funes in autumn, this is the workshop for you.

    Testimonial - Dolomites Highlights tour

    A good experience, with good organization in a splendidly unique location. Absolute professionalism and availability on the part of all the photo guides who transmitted many interesting notions in a precise but simple way. Good company of the participants. A pity not to participate!!!

    Testimonial - Dolomites Highlights tour

    I am absolutely satisfied with this experience that has in a certain sense revolutionized the way I had of doing landscape photography and enriched my knowledge in a photographic genre that I certainly don’t know enough. Very well prepared and nice photo guides (which is very important).
    vote 10. Well done!

    Testimonial - Dolomites Highlights tour

    The course organized by Vista guides has joined two of my great passions of all time: the mountain and photography. I found the choice to alternate short and easy walks with shooting sessions to be successful. As always, the presence of the two photo guides was precise, punctual and professional and contributed to my growth as an amateur photographer. The choice of places to eat and stay was functional to the program, the company and friendliness as always at the highest levels. I would say a wonderful experience that I recommend to everyone !!!

    Testimonial - Dolomites Highlights tour

    It was a revealing experience for me, as it opened my eyes to the basic concepts and shooting techniques, which although well known and covered by dozens of photographic manuals, tried live and with people who explain many other nuances, are all another thing.
    Without considering the beauty of the places and the goodness of the food, I can say that I brought home a lot.
    Thank you

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