“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.”
— Victor Hugo
You might have searched the Web for tours that offer a discount for non-photographer partners, but there aren’t many and the discounts aren’t very appealing.
Worst of all, most photo tours and workshops aren’t designed to cater also to the needs of non-photographers. While you and the other photographers are out in the field, waiting for the best light to illuminate an iconic scene, your partner is left to himself or herself, bored in a hotel room, reading a book, watching TV or having to find something exciting to do on her or his own.
If this is your situation and the prospect of it has always stopped you from booking the photography workshop of your dreams, you have come to the right place!
This tour has been carefully designed to give couples composed of a photography enthusiast and a non-photographer partner a mix of activities that are sure to keep both entertained and amused at all times.
While the photographers are out shooting the things that only a photographer can appreciate, their partners will have the opportunity to take part in other kinds of activities that have been planned specifically for them: museum visits, shopping, wine and food tastings, boat tours, and more.
Depending on the location, there will of course be times when we are all together. A beautiful sunset from a terrace overlooking the Portofino harbour is something that can be appreciated by anyone, whether they are holding a camera or a glass of Prosecco in their hand.
Let’s face it. Landscape photography skills are one thing. Portraits are in a completely different ballpark. We’ve all seen competent landscape photographers struggle to get a decent portrait of their partner, spouse or best friend and they will generally claim they have no time for it.
The end result is that the vacation album contains many beautiful sunset photographs and one or two snapshots of the significant other, usually in bad light and with the eyes squinting under the bright midday sun. It will also contain not even a single photo of the couple together, unless they hand the camera to a random passerby, with predictable results.
To end this pain once and for all, we have decided to include in this tour a dedicated portrait session. We will show you how to make the most of available or artificial light to create flattering portraits of your partner that you will cherish forever. You will also have the chance to have portraits of you together taken by one of your instructors or by other members of the group. No more cellphone selfies with arm extended!
While this program is designed for couples, it doesn’t mean singles can’t join. Depending on availability, we will be glad to have you on board. Contact us for prices and all information.
By attending this workshop, you will be able to experience the most beautiful locations on the stretch of coast that goes from Genoa to the Gulf of La Spezia: Genoa, Camogli, Portofino, Cinque Terre, Portovenere, Tellaro. Traditional villages filled with color and atmosphere, beaches, high cliffs, and Mediterranean vegetation.
To accommodate the needs of local and international guests, the workshop will be bi-lingual. Thanks to the one-on-one nature of our teaching, we will be able to offer you instructions in English or Italian, according to your preference.
Per venire incontro alle esigenze dei nostri ospiti locali e internazionali, il workshop sarà bilingue. Grazie alla natura individuale della nostra tecnica educativa, siamo in grado di offrirvi istruzione in italiano o inglese, a seconda della vostra preferenza.
The cost of the whole workshop is 4,400€ (or USD 4,900) per couple (inclusive of VAT). A couple is defined as two people traveling together, no matter whether they are two spouses, fiancées, one parent and one child or just best friends.
All the bookings confirmed before midnight, December 31st, 2016 will enjoy a 15% discount over the price of the tour. In this case, the price will be only 3,740€ (or 4,200 USD) per couple.
(This promotional offer cannot be cumulated with any other offer.)
This a great value package, but to offer you something more, we have partnered with PhotoTraces to give a copy of their Travel Photography Bundle for Adobe Lightroom, containing over 160 presets, for free to every workshop student. This is a value of over $200 and it is for you to keep also after the end of the tour.
During the post-processing sessions, we will show you how to use Adobe Lightroom, in combination with the Rapid Editing System by PhotoTraces, to achieve consistent and beautiful results from the photos you shoot during our workshops.
We will meet in Genoa at around 10AM and will start the day with a walk through this beautiful city that combines the medieval and the modern in a very compact historical center, dominated by its majestic gothic cathedral.
After a quick lunch and some rest, the photographers in the group will keep exploring the lesser known corners of Genoa, including what was once a fishermen’s village and has maintained all its character, though it is now engulfed in the city, Boccadasse.
Meanwhile, the non-photographers in the group will have the opportunity to visit the Aquarium of Genoa, the largest in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. We will end the day with a dinner in a traditional restaurant. Overnight in hotel in Genoa.
On the morning of the second, right after breakfast, day we head to Camogli, one of the most stunning towns in the whole coast, with its colorful houses on the beach. All the activities of this day will take place at a leisurely pace and by the whole group.
In the afternoon we will reach the elegant Portofino, with its luxury yachts and the patrician villas. From there, we will move to the harbor of San Fruttuoso and its medieval abbey. San Fruttuoso can be reached by boat, using public transport, while the more adventurous will want to take the easy, one-and-a-half-hour hike through the Natural Park, which offers exceptional views.
We will then have dinner in a nice restaurant in the area and finish the day at our hotel, possibly having a look at and discussing the images taken during the day.
On the third day, we start our exploration of Cinque Terre, starting at Monterosso. While the photographers are busy exploring the village, the rest of the group will be able to do some shopping or, if the weather is fine, just relax on the beach.
From Monterosso we board a private boat for a tour along the coast, affording us view views of the Cinque Terre that are not accessible from land. Of course, we will give you tips on how best to take photographs from a moving boat. There will be lunch and drinks on board and, weather permitting, the option to take a swim (but remember that water can be quite chilly at this time of the year).
We will finish the day in Vernazza. As sunset approaches, we will move to one of the viewpoints above the town, waiting for the best light. Before dinner there will also be the possibility to take some blue hour photographs from another spot, while the non-photographers might elect to have an aperitivo instead.
On the morning of the third day, we will do a hike on the trail between Corniglia and Vernazza. This will allow us to get great views of the area from on high. For lunch, you will be treated to a tasting of the best wines from the region, accompanied by local products, on a terrace overlooking the sea. After that, we explore the remaining villages, Riomaggiore and Manarola, walking between the two on the famous Via dell’Amore.
We will end the day catching the sunset in Tellaro, have dinner and then move to our hotel in Portovenere.
On the morning of the fifth day, we rise early to shoot the sunrise in Portovenere. After breakfast, we will do a session of image processing and critique and finally send everyone on their way home after lunch.
This program is subject to variations, depending on weather conditions.