5 day photo workshop June 3-7, 2013 for 6-9 participants in the
beautiful Dolomites mountains in Italy at the best time for
spring/early summer colors. This is one of the most beautiful areas in
Europe. In this altitude of the mountains flowers will blossom at this
time of year. The Dolomites are known for their dramatic shapes and
altitudes and is a wonderland for photography as well. The weather can
be dramatic at times and give wonderful opportunites for extraordinary
pictures. The rugged rocks are also beautiful and are emphasized in
many different shapes and forms, when the light creates shadows and
colors during the day. Notice that theflexible
5-7 day workshop programwill be continued in 2013.
The workshop is aimed at giving the
workshop participant the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful
areas of Europe and get some great pictures. You can find examples of
pictures from the Dolomites here.
The instructor is Hans Kruse, owner of HansKrusePhotography. He is very
experienced in landscape photography and in post processing techniques.
More of Hans Kruse's landscape photography work can be found here.
The workshop will include
lectures about composition, scene selection, post processing, etc.
critique and discussion sessions about the pictures taken during
morning and afternoon shooting sessions through the area with a
selection of the most interesting spots for the time of year
on location instructions and discussions about composition and
opportunity to learn from and get inspired by fellow photographers
The schedule will be adapted to the
weather conditions. The days are long at this time of year and we will
try to get some rest in the day to counter the long days. On the
arrival day the workshop will start at 16:00 with an afternoon shoot
and welcome dinner in the evening at around 21:00 at the hotel. The
following 3 days will follow a schedule like the following:
shoot at sunrise (around 5:30) on a location and a drive through the
area with stops at interesting locations. We will start early from the
hotel between 4 and 4:30 to catch the beautiful twilight and have
breakfast when returning around 9:00-9:30.
Breakfast and time to rest after.
room where there will be class room sessions with critique sessions,
lectures on composition and post processing, etc. and a light lunch.
Although it is a tight schedule we will try to have about 4 hours in
the class room for 3 days and split over the day due to late sunset at
this time of the year. The class room sessions will contain 2 days with
critique sessions on the third and fourth day of the workshop such that
there is time to take pictures for critique and then take new pictures
based on the critique and enter the best into the last critique
session. In the class room there will be time for post processing and
ad hoc presentations based on need by the participants, e.g. a 1-2 hour
walk through of Lightroom post processing features. Color management
and workflow are other topics. The second day in the class room will be
dedicated to a presentation on composition and how to select
interesting view points as well as some post processing time and other
Afternoon shooting session starting at about 16:00 and return
Dinner at the hotel at around 21:00-21:15.
On the day of departure there will be a morning shoot followed by
breakfast at the hotel and the workshop will end at 11:00.
Photo critique sessions are carried out twice during the workshop on
day 3 and day 4.
The language of the workshop is English unless all participants are
speaking the Scandinavian languages.
This workshop in the Dolomites is the sixth in this area and images
from the previous workshop can be seen for example here
are no specific expectations for the skill level of the participants to
get full value from the workshop. You will likely have been interested
in photography for some years and have acquired a digital SLR and a few
lenses. However less experienced photographers are equally welcome and
equipment does not need to be a digital SLR. The workshop will be
adapted for the individuals attending such that individuals who need
more guidance in certain areas will have the attention of the
instructor to get help with the settings of the camera. For landscape
photography in this area the focal lengths from 24mm to 200mm in 35mm
full frame terms will be adequate (approx. 15mm to 135mm on crop DSLR
cameras). A wider lens can be useful and a longer lens also (16mm and
300mm in 35mm full frame terms). It is expected that you are familiar
with your camera including the most typical functions, however any
question about camera operation and features are welcomed. Bring a
manual for your camera too. A tripod is recommended and a cable release
for your camera.
instructor uses Canon cameras and have detailed knowledge of these
cameras, however photographers with any camera are welcome. For post
processing the instructor will use and show Adobe Lightroom and with
additional processing in Adobe Photoshop. For HDR and tone mapping
Photomatix Pro is used. It is highly recommended that the participants
bring their own laptop for post processing. For critique sessions you
will need a laptop to process your own images. You are welcome to bring
examples from your portfolio for critique sessions on your laptop or in
print, however the focus will be on critique of images from the
The temperature can fall to around the
freezing point at this time of year in the morning, so please bring
warm clothes and good, comfortable footwear for the time we will spend
outdoors. Waterproof or almost waterproof and warm boots are highly
recommended as grass is often wet in the morning and it is good to be
able to walk into the landscape to find the best spots. Only short
walking distances are planned from the roads (up to 15 mins), however
you can certainly walk longer in some cases to find the best spots.
The cost of the workshop is 1095 Euro which include hotel, meals and
beverages (breakfast, lunch time refreshments and evening dinner and
drinks). A single room for each participant (couples will be in double
rooms). If you decide to come early and stay after the workshop you
will pay these extra days directly to the hotel. Any extra shoots
outside of the workshop is free of charge and is made as a service to
The price does not include transport to
and from the hotel (air fare, rental cars, etc.) and transport in the
area. It is planned that the 6-9 participants and the instructor will
drive in 2-3 cars for the shooting (the instructor in his car and 1-2
cars from the participants). To share a car e-mail addresses will be
exchanged among the participants such that sharing of rental cars can
be planned in advance. The distance from Milan airport to the hotel (Hotel Adler)
located just outside of Bolzano, is around 3.5 hours by car and
alternatively the airport of Venezia about 2 hours (Ryanair also has
routes to Bergamo). A rental car no smaller than a Fiat Punto is
assumed for 3 photographers per car including their equipment. The plan
is that every day it is changed who is driving together in order to get
the most value of discussions among the participants. The reason for
not including transportation is that it would add substantial extra
cost to the workshop to include this and most participants would likely
combine a workshop with a stay in the area. The hotel have conference
facilities for class room sessions. If you would like to bring a spouse
or friend to the workshop, then please indicate this in the
registration e-mail and we will try to accommodate such requests on a
space available basis. A GPS unit is highly recommended and mobile
phones to get reconnected, if getting lost. The instructor will have a
mobile phone operational at all times.
Please book space on the workshop by sending an e-mail to Hans
Kruse at firstname.lastname@example.org
or if you would like to ask additional questions about the workshop. If
you are not able to join this workshop or it is sold out, then please
consult the workshop schedule or contact Hans Kruse. As the time of the
workshop approaches (1-2 weeks in advance) you will get updates on the
detailed schedule and meeting times and additional relevant
information. You are welcome to divide the payment of the 1095 Euro
a deposit of 245 Euro at sign-up and payment of the 850 Euro May 1st,
2013. If the workshop needs to be cancelled a full refund will be paid.
If you need to cancel participation the 245 Euros will not be refunded
unless a replacement is found.