Since 2008 professional photographers James Wilson and Mark Hemmings have been leading photography workshops and tours in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Japan. They now welcome you to their newest adventure, Italy!
Location: Lucca, Pisa & Florence
Date: November 8 to 14, 2020
Price: $4,495 USD
Skill Level: All skill levels, all cameras
Please arrive in Lucca today! After we all check in to our hotel we will head out for dinner. During our delicious Tuscan meal we will get to know each other, and also discuss the upcoming week, and what to expect. We will do some night photography along the streets after the meal, and then enjoy a comfortable sleep in our hotel.
After a wonderful breakfast we will head out for a tour of Lucca. This photo walk will be at a relaxed pace as we want each participant to feel that they have the time to photograph and not feel rushed. While we are doing the photo walk which includes the famous Lucca tower, James and Mark will be helping each participant with photo opportunities and how to best capture the scenes that are in front of their lenses. Lunch is free time! At 2 pm please meet back at the hotel for our practical lesson from Mark on professionally editing photos, and James will speak on “Seeing the Light”. After the lesson is a siesta break until Magic Hour. When the light starts to get low we will all head out into the town for a brilliant photo walk capturing the rich, warm light of an Italian city. When it gets dark we will go straight to an excellent restaurant for a perfect Italian meal!
Today is our day trip to Pisa! We will depart after breakfast, and come back home early to mid-afternoon. Today is all about capturing tourist destinations in creative and artistic ways. We will also set aside an hour or two of free time in Pisa for shopping or exploring on your own. When we get back to our hotel in Lucca we will have another instructional slide show presentation from Mark and James.
Today is our Lucca exploration day circling the city on the upper wall. We also plan to photograph interiors plus the famous Lucca Center of Contemporary Art, and for those who are inclined to bring tripods this is a fantastic day to bring them along. We will also be doing night photography where tripods will be useful.
Today is our second day trip, this time to Florence by train. Similar to Pisa, we will depart after breakfast, and come back home in the afternoon. When we meet our guide we will walk through Florence photographing the best of the city. Photographing the Vecchio bridge will be a major stop, and of course all of the winding streets and alleyways making their way to the Duomo.
After breakfast Mark and James will be doing his second lesson on post production photo editing, and then it’s time for our group editing session. James and Mark will be working with each participant answering any editing questions that they may have. The goal for each participant is to edit their five favorite photos from the past week, and also any “fun” pictures of the group enjoying the trip. Lunch time is free time, and we will all meet back at the hotel for 2pm where Mark will collect each participants photos, and he will prepare them for this evening’s slide show party! But don’t worry, this is not a competition or a critique session . . . we just like to have an end-of-workshop slideshow party, seeing how each person interpreted Italy. After Mark has all of the photos in his computer, he will create the slideshow while James takes the participants on a cultural walk. After an early dinner we will all meet back at the hotel and begin our slideshow party.
Today is the day that we return home. Those who have decided to stay on for a few more days, this will be an opportunity for you to practice what you’ve learned. Always feel free to ask mark and James for help as we will be staying in Lucca longer as well. Thank you so much for joining us on this Italy Photo Workshop! We hope you got a lot out of the experience, and we hope to see you again on a future photo workshop.