Sardinia Photography Workshops
The Tiny Continent
A foot-shaped island floating in the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia is like a continent in miniature, doubtlessly as much diverse as regions several times its size.
Dazzling white-sand beaches stretching between jagged promontories and towering cliffs, herb-scented granite mountains, a lush countryside and near-alpine woods, mysterious prehistoric sites and pictoresque villages and towns: despite the incomparable beauties of its varied landscapes, an average of 250 sunny days every year, a friendly and welcoming people and delicious food and wines, Sardinia is still surprisingly unspoilt and undiscovered, largely untouched by mass tourism: it is just one of the best locations for taking a private, one-to-one landscape photography workshop as it represents one of the world's last paradises for photographers who look for adventure, inspiration and unique images.
The capital city of the "Riviera del Corallo, a stretch of coast in northwestern Sardinia, Alghero is a wonderful medieval city that still conserves the Aragonese walls (XIII century), a fortress and several churches.
Not far from Alghero, Capo Caccia is famous for the huge vertical walls of limestone of its cliffs, A wonderful rocky promontory on the western coast of Sardinia, with a bay and the beautiful small Island of Foradada in the centre, and the renown Neptune's Grotto. The entrance to the grotto lies only around a meter above the sea level at the foot of the 110-meter-high Capo Cacciacliffs and the cave can therefore only be visited when the waters below are calm.
A beautiful tourist resort on the northwestern end of Sardinia, Stintino is part of the Asinara National Park, and the most important starting point for visiting the island.
A wonderful, Caribbean-like beach with fine white sand and turquoise waters, La Pelosa is the ideal place for some serious fine art seascapes pictures.
Island of Asinara
Established as a National Park in 1997, Asinara is totally uninhabited and completely unspoiled.
In a word:a paradise!
A rocky shoreline nearby the town of Bosa, it features two medieval watch towers and wonderful rock shapes carved by the wind and the sea.
A charming town on the shores of Temo river and along the western coast of Sardinia, half way between Alghero and Oristano. Bosa is famous for the crazy, vivid colours of the houses surrounding a medieval fortress.
Nuraghe of Santu Antine
Santu Antine (in Torralba) is one of the largest nuraghi (ancient megalithic edifices) in Sardinia. The main structure was built around the 19-18th century BC, and the other parts of the nuraghe date back to the 17-15th century BC. The main tower originally reached a height of 23-24 metres and contains three tholoi chambers on top of each other.
Near the Nuraghe lie the remains of a Nuragic village.
A small peninsula - once an island - on the northernmost end of Sardinia, Capo Testa features some of the best wind carved rock formations of the whole Sardinia. Since the Roman age this rocky jewel was renown for the excellent quality of the rocks: the columns of the Pantheon, for example, were made with the granite of this area. The Roman caves are still visible today, with remains of unfinished blocks and columns.
Santa Teresa di Gallura
A beautiful town on the northern end of Sardinia, on the Bocche di Bonifacio.
Tomba dei Giganti - Arzachena
Giant's Grave is is the name given by local people and archaeologists to a type of Sardinian megalithic gallery grave built during the Bronze Age by the Nuragic civilization. They were collective tombs and can be found throughout Sardinia, and one of the best conserved is in the site known as Coddu Vecchiu, not far from Arzachena
Example of a typical
day in the field
From the seafront medieval bastions of Alghero, with the amazing promontory of Capo Caccia in the background.
Rest of the morning
After breakfast at the hotel, we will take a walk in the historical centre of Alghero (approximately 3/4 hours) with its tiny cobbled streets, handicraft workshops, romantic atmospheres and breathtaking sea views from the bastions.
after a break with a quick sardinian style lunch, we will move in the outskirts of Alghero to explore the nature reserve of Porto Conte and Capo Caccia, located approximately 40 kms north-west of Alghero. This is an area of breathtaking coastal scenarios, massive steep cliffs, intense mediterranean scents and a rich fauna such as wild sardinian horses and donkeys, wild boars as well as rare birds like griffon vultures. This area has been visited by humans for thousands of years, that’s why you’ll have the chance to explore also the ruins of the nuragic village of Palmavera, built 15 centuries b.C. during bronze age.
We will wait for the sun to set in the waters of the Mediterranean Seal at Capo Caccia from Cala Inferno, an amazing small bay encircled by huge, rugged white limestone cliffs.
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Why should I take an Italy Photography Workshop with Paolo De Faveri?Simple: because you will learn how to take better photographs. Consider a Paolo De Faveri's Photography Workshop as an invaluable add-on to your gear: a tool that will teach you how to take wonderful photos wherever you go. We make the art and technique of photography simple to understand by breaking it down into easy pieces of information that you will find useful to apply every time you will be in the field.
What will I learn?Well, a whole lot, you can be sure. Paolo De Faveri's workshops are designed to help take your creativity to a new level. Through a combination of both in-the-field image sessions and class/lecture sessions on many different topics both technical and artistic, I want to get you to start thinking differently as an artist and spark your artistic vision. key features always include: - master the basics of landscape photography - learn how to compose effectively no matter of the subject, from macro to grand vistas - learn how to photograph with challenging lighting, such as at sunrise and sunset - learn about when and how to use filters - explore advanced photography techniques such as long exposures in broad daylight and image stitching for panoramic compositions Check the lessons section in this website for an exhaustive list of topics usually covered in my in-the-field and classroom sessions.
What happens on an Italy Photography Workshop with Paolo De Faveri?All of my workshops start with a brief Introduction, a presentation of the daily schedule and the technical and artistic goals of each day, followed by questions and answer session for getting to know each other, assessing the level of knowledge of the group, each person's goals and expectations. On average we will spend from 8 to 10 hours a day in the field, every day in a different location, having big fun in chasing the best possible light and scouting the area looking for images that capture the innermost beauty of the amazing world around us. My tours are a mix of adventure and teaching, and they are not intended as only formal teaching and instructions They are more about wandering in some of the best natural or urban environments I know and getting fully immersed in photography. A "learn by doing" kind of education, as I answer questions and solve problems as they arises, completed by a debriefing in the evening when we will thoroughly review and critique together the work done in the day, and we will analyze in details basic and advanced techniques of image processing.
What will I learn in the classroom/webinars?Check the lessons section in this website for an exhaustive list of topics usually covered in my classroom sessions and webinars.
Does the instructor shoot over the workshop?Yes, I will be shooting during the tour/workshop, but in a limited capacity as participants needs come first of course. I often take pictures right along with the students inspiring them to learn to see an image the way I do. Much of my shooting over the workshop is meant as direct field demonstrations aimed to improve student's creative vision and technique.
How advanced do I need to be?Anyone, no matter of how advanced he/she is, will find my workshops to be a great learning experience. The majority of my students are usually somewhere between intermediate to advanced amateur up to semi-pro and pro, but many beginners attend too. You should in anycase be at least familiar with your equipment and its operation. Always bring your camera manual for quick reference in the field.
What kind and how much equipment should I bring?The essential photo gear you should have with you is listed here below. This gear is highly recommended for taking full advantage of the instructions you will receive in my workshops. - tripod - dslr camera - a good quality zoom lens covering a focal range length of at least 28 to 100 mm - enough storage cards for at least 16 GB - extra camera batteries - camera bag or backpack - camera user's manual
Will weather ever force us to change the workshop's schedule?Bad weather always provide unusual and harsh conditions that contribute unique drama and mood to our images. So the answer is no, normally. We only stop shooting and/or move elsewhere if an element of danger arises.
Is transportation included?Usually yes, it's included, unless when stated differently in the workshop description. For group tours we will use vans/small buses for our daily transfers from the hotel to the shooting locations and back. For private/small groups workshops I will drive my own car. Of course, you have to arrive on your own to the hotel/lodging.
How should I dress?I recommend to come prepared for anything and bring an extra layer of warm clothes with you. Here is a list of clothes/accessories you should always dress/have with you when shooting outdoor: - trekking shoes if you shoot in a natural environment; a pair of very comfortable - and possibly water-proof shoes - if you shoot in a urban context - wind/rain proof jacket - pile pullovers - gloves - headdress - head lamp and batteries
How do I register for a workshop?Simply use the pre-registration form available in the pages describing each workshop and compile every field of it, letting me know about the workshop of your choice, the number of participants, the desired dates and duration, etc. I will be back to you right away for confirming the availability and with the instruction for booking. To validate your reservation, you will be asked to pay the 35% of the workshop price as a deposit.
What is your cancellation policy?All my workshops are subject to the following Cancellation Policy: - If you cancel within 30 days before the workshop start, you will be refunded the deposit minus 100,00 € as administrative fee. - No refund will be issued for cancellations received with 30 days or less remaining before the workshop starting date. Please note that there is no exception to this policy. For this reason it is strongly recommended to purchase refundable plane/train tickets only and endow yourself with a trip cancellation insurance. All cancellation request must be in writing.
Details and Requirements - Key FeaturesNumber of students per workshop: minimum 1, maximum 3 students Duration: minimum 3, maximum 7 days 5 or, even better, 6 days is the recommended length, as it is indeed the ideal timeframe for putting together a very effective itinerary, there are long distances to cover as the Ardeche is quite a big region Workshops Availability From March thru November Difficulty Easy. Most of the shooting locations are directly accessible by car. A few of them require short hikings of no more than 1.5 kms one way, on easy trails with moderate elevation gain. The trail along the Ardeche River Gorges is not difficult but long and demanding in terms of stamina required. It can be added as an option, just ask What's included - full time in-the-field tutoring and instructions - at least one image processing class (min. 2 hours) per workshop - all transportation during the workshop will be provided with a rented car/van. included in the price What's not included - Travel costs for reaching the accommodation, hotels/B&B rates, meals and beverages are not included in the cost of admission unless specified. - Excursion boats - Entrance tickets to archelogical sites. museums, etc. - Lodging costs of the instructor Insurance All participants must be in possession of a valid Health and Accident Insurance with repatriation cover.
About your Photography Instructor
Ciao! My name is Paolo.
I have been a full-time professional landscape, nature, travel and architecture photographer since 2007. Since then, I have planned and led hundreds of private one-to-one and small groups photo workshops and tours in some of the best looking regions and cities of Italy and France.
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