This photo was shot during the Abruzzo and Umbria June 2015 photo workshop.

Abruzzo May 26/27 - June 1, 2018

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A 6/7 day photo workshop May 26/27 - June 1, 2018 for up to 10 participants in the beautiful Abruzzo Italy at the best time for mountain spring colors and flowers in one of the most beautiful areas in Europe. The areas around Gran Sasso is the main target for the workshop. There are many angles to these landscapes and pictoresque small villages nearby which may also be explored. The locations will depend on the weather. The altitudes vary from about 1000 to 2000 meters. For this workshop you can arrive as early as May 26 and take part in morning and afternoon shoots from the 26th until the official workshop begins in the afternoon of the 27th without any extra workshop fee (only extra hotel and meals is paid directly to the hotel for the optional day).

Notice that transport is not included for this workshop. You are expected to either come in a rental car, own car or shared car with others. If this is not possible please contact me.

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 taken at the locations and time of year for the workshop. Scroll down to see the pictures. The instructor is Hans Kruse, owner of HansKrusePhotography. He is very experienced in landscape photography and in post processing techniques. Hans Kruse has organized photo workshops since 2008. More of Hans Kruse's landscape photography work can be found here.


The workshop will include

  • lectures about composition, scene selection, technique, post processing, etc.
  • critique and discussion sessions about the pictures taken during the workshop
  • 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 technique
  • opportunity to learn from and get inspired by fellow photographers


The detailed schedule for the 7 days. May 26 until afternoon of the 27th is optional. No workshop fee and the participant pays dirently to the hotel for accomodation and meals.

  • May 26 (optional day): Arrival and afternoon shoot at 16:00.
  • May 27: (optional) Morning shoot. Breakfast. Class room:  Lightroom. Lunch at 14:00. Start of the official workshop with afternoon shoot. Dinner.
  • May 28: Morning shoot. Breakfast. Class room: Presentation on how to achieve technically good pictrures, composition and how to select interesting view points and pictures from the areas with comments. Lunch at 14:00. Afternoon shoot. Dinner,
  • May 29: Morning shoot. Breakfast. Class room: Lightroom and post processing demo. Lunch at 14:00. Afternoon shoot. Dinner.
  • May 30: Morning shoot. Breakfast. Class room: Critique session. Lunch at 14:00. Afternoon shoot. Dinner. 
  • May 31: Morning shoot. Breakfast. Class room: Critique session. Lunch at 14:00. Afternoon shoot. Dinner.
  • June 1: Morning shoot. Breakfast. End of workshop at 10:00.

This photo was shot during the Abruzzo May 2013 photo workshop.


There 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 or equivalent mirrorless camera and a few lenses. However less experienced photographers are equally welcome. 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 (14mm and 400mm 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 solid and stable tripod is essential and a cable/remote release for your camera. It is advised that you have practiced using your camera on a tripod so that you quickly can setup the camera as sometimes the lighting conditions change rapidly. The language of the workshop is English.

The instructor uses Canon 5DSR and Nikon D850 cameras and have detailed knowledge of these cameras, however photographers with any camera are welcome. It is expected that you are familiar with the camera and menues since it is not possible for the instructor to know every variant of even Canon or Nikon cameras. For post processing the instructor will use and show Adobe Lightroom and with additional processing in Adobe Photoshop. For HDR Lightroom will be used to show this as well as a blending method in Photoshop when needed. 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.
Lonely tree on Campo Imperatore, Abruzzo

On location conditions

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. Most of the time the temperatures are higher and in the afternoons it is warm. Only short walking distances are planned from the roads (up to 15 mins).

Pricing, accommodation and travel

The cost of the workshop is 1495 Euro which include hotel, meals and wine (breakfast, lunch and evening dinner and drinks including wine) for the 5 nights of the official workshop. The hotel in Abruzzo is a nice 3-star hotel La Compagnia del Viaggiatore located just outside of l'Aquila. The hotel is located with easy access to the areas we will be shooting during the workshop. A single room for each participant (couples will be in double rooms).

 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 participants and the instructor will drive in 2-3 cars for the shooting (the instructor in his car and 2 cars from the participants for a full group of 10 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 Fiumicino (airport of Rome) to the hotel is around 2.5-3 hours by car. A rental car no smaller than a Fiat Punto is assumed for 3-4 photographers per car including their equipment. Every day changing who is driving together. 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 has conference facilities for class room sessions. Only registered participants are allowed to participate in any aspects of the workshop, no exceptions. 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 spouse or friend cannot participate in any of the workshop activities but is welcome to join the meals. A GPS unit is highly recommended (if you have one please bring it) and mobile phones to get reconnected, if getting lost. The instructor will have a mobile phone and walkie talkies operational at all times.
Afternoon Light in Gran Sasso, Abruzzo, Italy


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Please book space on the workshop by sending an e-mail to Hans Kruse at or if you would like to ask additional questions about the workshop. You will get infomation about payment details and liability limitations. 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 (4 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 1495 Euro into a non-refundable deposit of 445 Euro at sign-up and payment of the 1050 Euro April 1st, 2018. If the workshop needs to be cancelled a full refund will be paid. If you need to cancel participation the 445 Euros will not be refunded unless a replacement is found and the same applies to the full payment after April 1st, 2018.

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