DOLOMITES PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 2021
Rising almost vertically from dense forests and reflected in mirror-like alpine lakes it’s impossible not to be both
awed and inspired by the stunning vistas everywhere you look.
Dolomites Workshop 2021 - Landscape Photography
8 DAY LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
26 SEPTEMBER - 03 OCTOBER 2021
Our workshop has two bases which allows us to cover the huge variety of landscapes to shoot here in the Dolomites. We start off with five days in Cortina d’Ampezzo in the eastern part of the region from where we can explore the stunning Tre Cime di Lavaredo natural park at both sunrise and sunset. The park has almost infinite photographic potential, from the iconic towers of Tre Cime itself, to the southern views of the jagged peaks of the Cadini group, and the area around Rifugio Locatelli and Sasso di Sesto in the north. We’ll spend multiple sessions exploring the trails and huge variety of views around this incredible place and eat hearty dinners at the mountain rifugios. From Cortina we’ll also get an alpine taxi to the picturesque Lago Federa on the Croda da Lago trail where the sunrise illuminates the golden forests and surrounding lake, spend sunset at the towering peaks of Passo Giau, Lago di Limedes and Cinque Torri, and visit the still waters of Lago Antorno reflecting the peaks of the Tre Cime above.
Our second base takes us west where we’ll stay on the high alpine meadows of Alpe di Siusi to see a couple of the Dolomites most iconic scenes. We’ll shoot both sunrise and sunset on the Alpe di Siusi with its incredible views of gently rolling grass-covered hills spotted with log cabins and pine trees below the jagged, rocky peaks of Sassalungo. From here we’ll also visit the beautiful Val di Funes where we can shoot the lovely churches of San Giovanni and Santa Maddalena beneath the Odle/Geisler massif at sunset.
Late September is the best time to visit the Dolomites as many of the trees have started to turn a golden yellow. There’s often great autumnal light and the main tourist season has passed leaving many of the locations much quieter and more peaceful. We may also be lucky enough to witness cloud inversions from up on the peaks as we look down from above at the cloud filled valleys below us.
All our workshops are designed to ensure that you can focus on photography while we take care of everything else. Airport transfers, ideally located and comfortable accommodation as well as all your meals are all part of the package, and of course the tour is structured to maximize your opportunities to get great images whilst improving your skills as a photographer. Andrea Livieri is local to the area and has been photographing and leading workshops in the Dolomites for years, while Andy Mumford has visited the area multiple times and knows the locations extremely well. We use all that experience and knowledge to get you to some of the Dolomite’s most beautiful locations in the best light, and in the field we’re on hand to provide as much support, advice or guidance as you want.
Dolomites Workshop 2021 – Landscape Photography
Sept 26th – 3rd, 2021
Price includes single occupancy in private room with bathroom
4 – 6
Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers.
Easy / Moderate
Local transportation to and from the locations
DAY 1 to 5 EASTERN DOLOMITES / CORTINA D’AMPEZZO AREA
Our time here is flexible and can vary depending on weather and light, but we’ll make sure we shoot all of the locations in the area:
- Tre Cime di Lavaredo
- Cadini di Misurina
- Lago Federa and the Croda da Lago
- Lago di Braies
- Passo Giau
- Cinque Torri or Mondeval
- Passo Falzarego and Lago di Limedes
We’ll pick you up from Venice Marco Polo Airport at 12h30 and transfer you to our first base next to the beautiful Lago Misurina, near Cortina d’Ampezzo, and after settling into our rooms we’ll head out for our first sunset shoot on the first evening.
This are is one of the most beautiful parts in all the Dolomites, with the jagged spires of the Tre Cime national park a short drive away, and the high passes of Passo Giau and Falzarego also close by. We’ll certainly be spending lots of time in the Tre Cime area, where we’ll hike around the famous three peaks to get to different points from where we can unlock the almost unlimited potential of this incredible place. There are the trails south of Rifugio Auronzo, which give uninterrupted views of the stunning peaks of Cadina di Misurina as well as views of the Tre Cime towers themselves, lit from the side as the sun sets. We’ll also hike around the southern side of the peaks and up the saddle to the Forcella ridge, which gives the iconic view facing west towards the Tre Cime peaks with the setting sun behind. We’ll head deeper into the park to Rifugio Locatelli, which gives views of both the Tre Cime peaks but also the spires of Monte Paterno alongside. There really is so much to see in the Tre Cime natural park that we can make multiple trips there, at both sunrise and sunset, and each time shoot a completely different view from another location.
However, during our time here we’ll also make sure we visit other stunning locations in the area. We’ll head up to Passo Giau for a sunset shoot, which gives us the wide angel panorama of Ra Gusela or more telephoto images of the western Dolomite peaks or towards Cinque Torri. We’ll also head up to the neighbouring Passo Falzarego, from where we make the short hike to Lago Limedes whose waters perfectly reflects Mount Tofana as the sun comes up.
From this base we’ll also head up to Lago Federa where the waters are deep and sheltered by trees and the towering cliffs of Croda da Lago, and so are almost always perfectly still. Access here is limited, so we’ll head up with an 4×4 alpine taxi to give us plenty of time to be in the best position for the first light of the day rising above the trees.
Another nearby location is the iconic Lago di Braies where floating row boats contrast with the torquoise waters. It’s an easy location where we can focus on composing shots with the peaks reflected in the perfectly still waters, or work on abstracts of the boats.
DAY 6 - 8 ALPE DI SIUSI
Once again, our time here is flexible and can vary depending on weather and light, but we’ll make sure we shoot all of the locations in the area:
- Alpe di Siusi sunrise and sunset
- Capella San Giovannia
- Santa Maddalena
- Chiesa di San Valentino
After breakfast on the Day 5 we’ll pack our stuff, check out of the hotel and make the scenic journey to the Western Dolomites across high passes and through picturesque valleys where the local people speak Ladin. We’ll arrive at our next base in Alpe di Siusi, a large alpine meadow covered with wooden huts and pine trees that overlooks the almost vertical peaks of Sassalungo and Sassopiato.
The plain itself feels almost like it comes from a picture book with the wooden huts scattered across the rolling hills beneath the two jagged peaks. At this time of year the plain is covered in flowers, and if we’re lucky we may get a layer of mist in the morning which makes for wonderful telephoto abstracts of the huts and trees. The location works wonderfully at both sunrise and sunset, and there are so many different possible compositions, so we’ll ensure we have plenty of time exploring this incredible area.
While we stay here we’ll also head over to nearby Val di Funes where we can photograph the beautiful chapels of San Giovanni and Santa Maddalena in beautiful green fields beneath the peaks of the Odle/Geisler massif. We’ll also make a detour to photograph the pretty church at San Valentino beneath the imposing cliff wall of Sciliar.
Our stay here will be in a 4 star hotel located near the Alpe di Siusi, and we’ll eat most of our dinners at the hotel, which serves really spectacular food. Again, during our time here we’ll have post processing session looking at how we can get the best out of the images we’ve captured on the trip so far.
DAY 10 - RETURN TO VENICE AIRPORT
8h We’ll have breakfast first thing then check out of the hotel and take you back to Venice where we say our goodbyes.
WHAT WE DO (AND WHAT WE WANT YOU TO GET FROM OUR WORKSHOPS)
Our aim is to take you to beautiful locations and give you every opportunity to get great images while improving your technique over the course of the workshop. We limit the number of participants on our workshop to just six which gives us plenty of time with everyone in the field and from the beginning of your time with us we can identify your photographic level and what you’d like to focus on. We can then tailor the sessions to your precise needs and provide each participant with plenty of one-to-one tuition both in the field, and having two shooting sessions a day means that participants get into a shooting rhythm and can quickly put into practice new skills as they are learned.
We carefully select the dates of our workshops to try and make sure we are in each location at the best time of year. In the Dolomites for example the weather is still quite dependable in autumn with sunny days and crisp nights but the height of the tourist season is over with fewer people on the trails leaving the locations much quieter. Everywhere you look in the forests you’ll see that some of the trees are starting to turn a beautiful gold which really enhances their potential in images, but there’s still a feeling of life and lushness in the countryside.
This adaptability also extends to the post processing sessions. We believe that editing is an integral part of getting the absolute best out of an image but we understand that the range of participant’s skill levels and familiarity with post processing techniques varies greatly. Because of this we make the most of having small groups to provide 1-to-1 editing sessions in the morning that are tailored to each participant’s skill levels, and which can potentially range from the basics of editing a RAW file in programs like Lightroom to more complex techniques like using layers and luminosity masks in Photoshop. We also do screen recordings of our editing sessions, which are then shared with all the group so you go home with a record of all the post processing techniques we used, which you can refer to again and again.
Finally, we want to share with you our passion for nature and landscape photography in this incredible place. Travelling in such small groups means we can quickly build a great learning environment where people feel comfortable together and at ease with asking questions and making the absolute most of the trip. We aim to make your experience here in the beautiful landscape of the Dolomites a memorable one and a trip from which, as well as getting some great images from amazing locations, you’ll also go home having had a true adventure with great company in a very special place.
Dolomites Workshop 2021 – Landscape Photography
SOME OF THE PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES COVERED IN THIS WORKSHOP
IN THE FIELD
- Understanding the light and choosing the best exposure
- Composition. Balance and harmony, leading lines and creating depth.
- Lens choice. From the wide angle vista to shooting landscape abstracts with a telephoto lens
- Photographing lakes and reflections
- Shooting multiple image panoramas
- Controlling light in scenes with a wide dynamic range using graduated filters and/or multiple exposures
- Shooting stars and night photography
- Using Lightroom to apply contrast
- Using Photoshop layers to build up image adjustments
Photoshop masks for local adjustments
- Using luminosity masks in Photoshop
- Different techniques for blending multiple exposures of the same image
- Using Nik Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex, Exposure X4 and Adobe Camera RAW on Photoshop layers. Using Capture One for RAW conversion.
- Stitching multiple panoramas together
- Sharpening images
A WORD ABOUT HIKING & FITNESS
Reaching the locations on this tour should be well within the capacity of anyone with a good level of fitness but it’s worth taking a moment to point out that we will be photographing at altitude in the mountains and a certain amount of hiking will be required to get from where we leave our vehicle to some of our shooting locations. For example, reaching Forcella, the ridge at the eastern side of Tre Cime de Lavaredo requires around 40 minutes of walking, most of which is flat and along a very good trail, but there is an incline to the ridge at the end with an altitude gain of around 100m. The longest hike takes us to Rifugio Locatelli, which is around an hour and 40 minutes hiking with an altitude gain of 150m. Additionally, any altitude gain means that we’ll have to descend when we return, and after sunset this will be in the dark and using torchlight.
All of these hikes are done at altitudes of around 2000m, sometimes a little more, so everything is a little more demanding and you will feel fatigue much more quickly than at sea level.
There is nothing technical on any of the hikes and anyone with a reasonable level of fitness will be able to manage it, but it should also have a bearing on what camera equipment you bring with you as you’ll sometimes be carrying it for a couple of hours while we make these hikes so heavy packs should be avoided as much as possible.
If you have any doubts whatsoever about your ability to participate, don’t hesitate to contact me using the form below.
Dolomites Workshop 2021 – Landscape Photography
WHAT TO BRING
A dSLR or mirrorless camera
A cable release
This allows us to trip the camera shutter without touching the camera, avoiding movement blur during longer exposures.
A wide angle lens
Comfortable waterproof walking boots
We’ll certainly be walking over rocky and uneven ground, as well as some scrambles up the side of hills. We’ll also often find ourselves in muddy conditions so warm boots with good support and grip are essential.
A telephoto lens
Insulated jacket, water and windproof shell and warm clothes
Even though it’s summer it can still get quite chilly in Iceland so warm clothes will help keep you comfortable while we’re out shooting. It’s best to layer, with a base layer next to the skin and then a fleece or thicker layer on top. An insulated jacket on top of that will keep you warm, and also a waterproof or windproof shell as a final layer in case the weather turns bad..
A mid-range zoom lens
When moving your camera gear for any length of time a backpack can really save your back. A good backpack, one with sturdy hip straps, can safely distribute the weight of your gear and really save you from aches, pains and potential injury.
We’ll often be shooting in low light so a tripod is an absolutely essential piece of equipment. A lightweight carbon fibre model is ideal for this kind of trip.
Laptop with Adobe Lightroom or Camera RAW and Photoshop
We’ll be shooting RAW, and as part of each day will be dedicated to post processing images a good RAW converter like Adobe Lightroom or Camera RAW is essential. Other converters like Capture One are also fine. Adobe Photoshop is great for more advanced processing as it allows us to be much more subtle and creative in it’s use of layers.
We’ll be shooting at least a couple of waterfalls and a neutral density filter of at least 3 stops will help slow down the exposure to blur the water. There may also be times when a graduated filter will help control the brightness of the sky.
If you have any questions about what to bring, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Dolomites Workshop 2021 – Landscape Photography
ANDY MUMFORD is a Lisbon based professional landscape and travel photographer. Andy grew up in the UK loving nature and travel and took up landscape photography over a decade ago. Since then he has travelled extensively photographing all over the world and his photography and articles have featured in publications and books worldwide. He is a passionate photographer teacher and has been leading both group and one-to-one workshops for six years.
He is a Fuji X Photographer and a brand ambassador for Fujifilm in Portugal, although he also has extensive experience with Nikon and Canon cameras.
ANDREA LIVIERI is a Venice based professional photographer, educator, musician, and a spirited adventurer. He started exploring the photography medium by capturing images of fellow musicians, their families, and other friends and acquaintances in the music industry. As he continued honing his craft, he merged his love for photography and exploring the outdoors, amassing a body of photographic work featuring exhilarating landscapes and rugged mountains capes from around the globe, He also leads photography courses, workshops & tours to teach other photographers his method and help them to bring out their own vision.
His work has been published in Landscape Photography Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Photo Plus Magazine, Digital Camera, Popular Photography and Fuji X Passion Magazine, among others.
To register for the workshop we require a €1500 deposit. Please complete the form below for more information, or for any other questions you have about the workshop.
COVID-19 UPDATE: While we’re optimistic that these workshops will be able to go ahead we’d like to give you confidence in booking with us, and so for this workshop we are offering free cancellation/full refunds until 32 days before the workshop start if for any reason participants are unable to travel (for example due to flight or border restrictions), and additionally full refund if the workshop is unable to go ahead. Please read the terms and conditions on the individual workshop pages for more information.