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Photography Course in Umbria Italy
- 7 days photography holiday course
- 6 nights accommodation in a 17th century palazzo in a twin room (single supplements must be added for single travellers)
- Breakfast and lunch daily (lunch is taken out on location)
- 2 dinners with the group
- All transport to each photography shoot location in a 4x4
- An afternoon’s Photoshop training
- A pick up from Orvieto train station with a transfer to your hotel
You’ll be collected from Orvieto train station in the morning and transferred to your accommodation. Your course starts early after lunch with a wander around the beautiful city of Orvieto, the home of your photography tutor and famous the world over. Orvieto like most of the towns in Umbria is an Etruscan city overlaid with Roman, Mediaeval and Renaissance buildings. The mediaeval quarter is so picturesque film crews often shoot here. The city was painted by William Turner who was struck by its site on an outcrop of rock above the Tiber valley and the cathedral is one of the wonders of Italy. This evening is free for you to relax and have dinner at your leisure
Day 2 Saturday – Lake Bolsena
Your course starts early after breakfast. You’ll take a trip in the 4x4 to the dramatic Lake Bolsena only 20 minutes away, to capture the stunning scenery around its shores. You’ll focus on shooting the working fishing villages with their boats, nets and gnarled fishermen ideal for experimenting with depth of field, vivid colour composition, movement and portraiture. There are Etruscan tombs overlooking the lake where we practice high definition photography, balancing the gloom within, to the bright Mediterranean light outside. Dinner is taken at a lakeside restaurant tonight with the group
Day 3 Sunday – Tyrrhenian coastline
You’ll have the morning in Orvieto to review the results of your photography from yesterday and will work with your tutor as he gives you an overview of how to use Photoshop. Using a tripod to catch the motion of the waves and take an abstract approach as you photograph bleached white skeleton trees washed up the shore. Your evening is free
Day 4 Monday – The Hill Towns of Tuscany Pitigliano, Sorano and Sovana
After a short drive, you’ll spend a relaxing morning on the shores of Lake Bolsena. After a picnic lunch on the shore you’ll get back in the 4x4 to drive to three hill top towns in Tuscany, these towns are among the most picturesque in all of Italy and all three have been continuously inhabited since Etruscan times, 3000 years of history, a Jewish ghetto until the 1930s. The view of the town from the abandoned Jewish cemetery is very moving. You’ll also have the chance to document Italian life and the people. This evening is free
Day 5 Tuesday – Mysterious Etruria
An early start again today with a drive to the Mysterious Etruria. The Etruscan civilization was here while Rome was still a swampy village, most of what the Etruscans have left is cut deep into the volcanic rock, the tufa. You will explore their sacred ways, cut deep into the rock for unknown purposes. This is ideal terrain for photo-stitching, multiple shots joined together to make a panoramic view in a confined space. The Etruscans loved water and you will spend the rest of the day photographing the waterfalls and streams that are to be found all over this area. This evening is free.
Day 6 Wednesday – Classic Tuscan Landscape
After a short drive, you’ll shoot vine covered hills, hot springs, lonely umbrella pines, sentinel cypress and characteristic farms and villas - the classic Tuscan landscape south of Siena called the Val d’Orcia. Dinner tonight will be taken with the group in Tuscany
Day 7 Thursday – Orvieto and Bagnoregio
Today is the last day of your photography course and you’ll check-out of your accommodation after an early breakfast. Leaving the hotel early, you’ll photograph Orvieto from the hill opposite. As the sun comes up the mist often comes up from the Tiber valley. Then it’s back in the 4x4 to drive to nearby Bagnoregio an almost deserted town, a sort of medieval ghost town. After lunch, your photography holiday finishes and you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you will be taking home new found photography skills and pictures to be proud of.
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