Tuscany Workshop 22nd - 27th March 2019 - SOLD OUT!

The soft pastel hues before sunrise behind a lone umbrella pine in the rolling hills of Tuscany, Italy.

The soft pastel hues before sunrise behind a lone umbrella pine in the rolling hills of Tuscany, Italy.

Green rolling hills, rows of cypress trees, vineyards as far as the eye can see and fortified medieval towns, these are just a few of the things we will see on this photography workshop! Tuscany is renowned for its sublime landscape, olive groves and of course its wines and cheeses! Spending 4 days in Tuscany and 1 day in Rome on this workshop will give you a taste of some of one of the most famous European landscapes and help create some amazing images.


Our base for the whole trip will be a hotel in the tiny rural village of Montalcino, in the heart of the Val D’Orcia. Being based here means that we will never too far from our sunrise and sunset locations. Montalcino is located amongst rolling hills and cypress trees. And, of course, being in Tuscany, their local wines and cuisine aren’t too bad either!


Every day we will head out early to capture sunrise in a stunning location, if we are lucky, we will also have some classic Tuscan fog which will add a moody and atmospheric feel to our images. During the day, we will have post processing master class sessions, image assessment sessions, and we will also explore some of the most incredible medieval towns nearby.

Highlights of the tour include:

  • Photograph the classic Tuscan Cypress trees

  • Photograph some of the most famous farmhouses in Tuscany

  • Photograph some of the highlights of the Eternal City - Rome

  • Improve your composition with in the field support and feedback

  • Shoot some street photography in the cobbled streets of some medieval towns like San Quirico D’Orcia and Siena

  • Sessions on Post processing and image assessment

A calm morning at the most famous chapel in all of the Val D’Orcia!

A calm morning at the most famous chapel in all of the Val D’Orcia!

Day 1

We will meet at the arrivals lounge of Rome Fiumicino airport, pack all luggage into our van and head for Val D’Orcia. We will stop for dinner on the way and then check in to our hotel. Before settling into our rooms, we will have a quick briefing and gear check before setting up a plan for the following morning’s sunrise shoot.

There is something special about such a simple and effective landscape! These cypress trees are just a few minutes from our accommodation, and we might be able to visit them more than once!

There is something special about such a simple and effective landscape! These cypress trees are just a few minutes from our accommodation, and we might be able to visit them more than once!

Day 2

We get up early and head out to shoot one of the most famous Tuscan locations. If we get lucky, we will have some thick fog engulfing the landscape. After getting the best of the light, we will return to our hotel to have breakfast and relax a bit before having our first post processing session. We will review the photos captured from first sunrise session, and will go through examples of post processing.

In the afternoon, we will have lunch in Montalcino and head out on foot to explore the old medieval town before heading to our sunset location. After sunset, we will have dinner before heading back to our accommodation for some well-deserved rest.

This is one of the most famous farmhouses in Val D’Orcia, we will be visiting this location for a sunrise shoot.

This is one of the most famous farmhouses in Val D’Orcia, we will be visiting this location for a sunrise shoot.

Days 3 and 4

On both these days we will be shooting sunrise from some of the most iconic locations in Val D’orcia. We will again hope to find morning fog and a colorful sunrise. After sunrise we will return to our hotel for breakfast, after relaxing for a little, we will head out to explore some of the small medieval towns nearby such as Pienza  or Siena, with the opportunity to shoot some street photography on one of the days. We will then head to our sunset locations nice and early to ensure we can scout the location to find the best possible composition.

A perfect winding road leads to this typical Tuscan farmhouse. We will be shooting here at sunset.

A perfect winding road leads to this typical Tuscan farmhouse. We will be shooting here at sunset.

This location can work even with adverse weather, here it is captured in during a heavy thunderstorm!

This location can work even with adverse weather, here it is captured in during a heavy thunderstorm!

 Day 5

After shooting sunrise and having breakfast, we will pack our bags and head to Rome. We will spend our last night in the eternal city, shooting sunset and blue hour near the Vatican before having dinner and getting back to our guesthouse for our final night.

The view down the river Tiber at sunset.

The view down the river Tiber at sunset.

Castel St Angelo after sunset.

Castel St Angelo after sunset.

Day 6

Yes, this is our last day. We will start the day by shooting sunrise at the Colloseum. We will then explore a bit of Rome before heading back to our hotel to have breakfast and check out.

The Colloseum before sunrise.

The Colloseum before sunrise.

Dates: Friday 22nd to Wednesday 27th March 2019

Maximum Number of Participants: 6

Difficulty: Easy

Included in the package:

  • Airfare with Air Malta including 23 Kg Checked Bag

  • All transfers

  • 5 nights in a 3 Star Hotel

  • Breakfast

  • Instruction and master class by a professional guide

Not included in the price:

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Alcohol

  • Single supplement (350 Euros)

Gear (Recommended):

  • DSLR / Mirrorless / Micro 4/3s camera

  • Tripod and remote shutter release

  • A wide angle lens (16-35mm on Full Frame or 10mm + on Cropped Sensor camera)

  • A middle-zoom lens (24-70 mm)

  • A telephoto zoom lens (70-200mm) 

Clothing (Recommended):

  • Waterproof and windproof jacket

  • Waterproof pants

  • Warm jacket and thermal pants

  • Hiking shoes or Wellingtons boots

  • Casual clothes for dinners and lunches

Price: Early Bird Offer 975 Euro - Save 130 Euro if you pay 400 Euro deposit (Non-refundable) before 25th February 2019!

Regular price: 1095 Euro per person (If booking after 25th February 2019).

Single supplement: 450 Euro

Please Note: Our timetable is flexible and things may be moved around depending on the weather. If the weather isn’t great, we will use the time to talk about landscape photography, review the images we have captured and delve deeper into post processing and how to get the best from your RAW files.

Important: A minimum of 4 participants is required for this workshop to take place. If this number is not met, a full refund of deposits will be provided. Also, please ensure you have suitable travel insurance.

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Support: This workshop is supported by Haida Malta and all participants will benefit from a 5% discount on all Haida filter products from Photo Images Malta.