Join Andrea Livieri on an incredible photographic experience in the Dolomites.
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 2023 - Landscape Photography


22 SEPT - 29 SEPT 2023
30 SEPT - 7 OCT 2023

Of all the different facets of landscape photography, mountains offer perhaps the most magnificent scenery to capture and the breathtaking towers and peaks of the Dolomites are among the most beautiful mountains in the world.  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.

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 di Misurina 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. 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 di Braies with its perfect reflections and red boats.  

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 and Sassopiatto.  

Late September, early October 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. Small groups, airport transfers, ideally located and comfortable accommodation as well as all dinners and breakfasts are 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. During this time we’ve built partnerships and relationships with hotels, restaurants, local guides, and alpine taxi drivers to ensure we can provide the absolute best all-around workshop experience. We use all our photographic and location 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.


Sept 22nd – Sept 29th, 2023
Sept 30th – Oct 7th, 2023



Price includes single occupancy in private room with bathroom


4 – 6

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers.



Some walking and hill climbs that should be within the capability of anyone with good fitness. See “A Word About Hiking & Fitness”


Landscape photography and shooting in unforgettable mountain locations
All breakfast and dinners
A professional photographers & local guide who know the area
Post-processing workshops in Lightroom and Photoshop, with screen recordings which the participants can keep

Local transportation to and from the locations

All accommodation in 4 star hotels
Alpine taxis to reach lesser known and harder to access locations
Airport transfer
All park entrance fees
Lunches, snacks or alcoholic drinks, insurance


Flights to and from Italy
Lunches, snacks or alcoholic drinks

Dolomites in Autumn

Only 6 spots available - Join us and improve your landscape photography and storytelling


We visit the Dolomites by basing ourselves at two locations.  While the dates that we’ll be in the bases are fixed, our time within those dates is flexible so we can decide which locations to visit while we’re there depending on the local weather and conditions. We will however ensure that we visit all of the locations in each area.  

Over the years we’ve been running workshops in the Dolomites we’ve refined our daily itinerary to give plenty of recovery time. We understand that over the course of a workshop fatigue can accumulate leaving people with less energy at the end of the trip, so we ensure that after each morning session people have at least 3 hours downtime during which they can either rest, upload their images to their computers or have a walk around the local area (our hotels are located in some beautiful spots).

At this time of year the sunrise is around 7h and sunset around 19h

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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
  • 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 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 Cadini di Misurina as well as views of the Tre Cime towers themselves, lit from the side as the sunsets. 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 and 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-angle panorama of Ra Gusela or more telephoto images of the western Dolomite peaks or towards Cinque Torri. We’ll also head up to the neighboring Passo Falzarego, from where we make the short hike to Lago Limedes whose waters perfectly reflect 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 a 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 turquoise 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.

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The secret behind compelling images is the stories they tell. Stories are the real “influencers”.

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During our stay here we’ll make use of the hotel’s conference room to do a couple of post-processing sessions. These will be tailored to suit the different levels and requirements of our clients and can range from Lightroom basics to Photoshop Luminosity Masks and more advanced techniques. Because we have such small groups most of the post-processing sessions can be carried out on a one-to-one basis or in pairs, and the sessions will be recorded to give everyone access to them later.

Our stay here will be in a 4-star hotel overlooking Lago Misurina, and we’ll eat our main meals will be at a local pizzeria, one of the best in the Dolomites, where the owner, Angelo, has become a good friend over the years we’ve been doing workshops and going there to eat.

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Once again, our time here is flexible ato explorend 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
  • Sciliar Mountain
  • Chiesa di San Valentino

After breakfast on Day 5, we’ll pack our stuff, check out of the hotel and make the journey to the Western Dolomites and 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 to explore this incredible area.

Our stay here will be in a 4-star hotel located on 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 a post-processing session looking at how we can get the best out of the images we’ve captured on the trip so far.


8h We’ll have breakfast first thing then check out of the hotel and take you back to Venice where we say our goodbyes.


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.

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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 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.


"What an adventure exploring the stunning Dolomites! Our workshop was packed with jaw-dropping locations throughout the week. The small group format created a great opportunity to make new friends and provided ample time for our expert guides to provide plenty of individual hands-on time."
Tom Lalor
"I started off as a complete novice but feel that I am now well on my way to achieving my goals as a photographer. This was the experience of a lifetime. My deepest thanks to Andrea for this extremely rewarding learning experience. I will never forget it."
Charles Rolph
"I not only learned a lot but had a great time (and lots of laughs) during the process. You can find plenty of photography workshops online, but finding one that’s this organized, professional, and fun to boot, is much harder."
Mathieu Rossi



  • Work with light. Understand how different types of light can affect the mood and the essence of an image. You’ll discover how to recognize a distinctive quality of light and work with it
  • 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


  • 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


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 this will be in the dark and using torchlight after sunset.

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.

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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.


The criteria for the kind of work we’ll be doing is a camera that can be operated completely manually to ensure we get the best exposure with interchangeable lenses allowing us to cover a range of focal lengths

For some of the locations a wide angle lens really is essential if you want to get those epic landscapes with a foreground that feels you can almost step right into it. 16mm or 17mm on a full frame camera (10mm or 12mm on an APS-C sensor camera) is ideal.

While these lenses are often the least useful for shooting landscapes, for the kind of locations we’ll be encountering in the Dolomites there will certainly be many occasions when the zooms listed above are too wide or too long and a mid-range zoom in the 24-70mm (18-55mm on a crop sensor) is perfect.

We’ll often find ourselves shooting distant peaks or abstracts, which a telephoto is ideal for.  A telephoto also compresses the landscape and is great for mountains when shooting from elevation.  A range that covers 70-200mm (55-135mm on a crop sensor) is ideal.

We’ll often be shooting in low light so a tripod is an absolutely essential piece of equipment. It should be stable enough to not only prevent camera shake but also protect your camera. At 2500m sometimes can be very windy, so a strong, sturdy, and adaptable tripod is a must. I strongly discourage use cheap ultralight tripods.

A circular polarizer should really be in every landscape photographer’s bag. You’ll be able to cut through the haze which will add detail to your shot, or for darkening the sky and make the clouds pop.
ND filters are great for capturing moving clouds and long exposures.

This is an important accessory whose benefits shouldn’t be underestimated.  This allows us to trip the camera shutter without touching the camera and significantly reduces the possibility of camera shake.

At an altitude of 2500m, it gets quite cold before sunrise, and with the winds, you should be prepared for temperatures as low as 0°C degrees. You need to protect yourself and your equipment. Outdoor conditions can be very trying and a cold, wet and uncomfortable photographer is unlikely to be at his or her best. 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. Warm, waterproof clothing and warm socks are also essential if you want to be able to handle the landscape and weather. Be prepared for changeable weather and the unexpected so you won’t be surprised.
It’s best to put on several layers: a base layer, a mid-layer, and a fleece on top. On top of that, add an insulated jacket and as a last layer, a waterproof and windproof shell that will keep the worst weather away. Insulated long johns/leggings under windproof hiking pants to keep your lower half warmer.

It’s essential to keep your head and neck warm, so a good wooly hat below your hood really makes a difference, and a chute or neck-gaiter will protect your neck and the lower half of your face. It’s also easy for your hands to get cold so thick gloves with a pair of glove liners underneath for when you have to remove your gloves to operate your camera. If you’ve got them, mittens that open at the top so you don’t need to remove them are excellent.

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.  Bear in mind that you’ll often be putting it down in wet terrain as well so it should be water-resistant. 

We’ll be shooting RAW, and as part of the retreat 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 excellent.  Adobe Photoshop is great for more advanced processing as it allows us to be much more subtle and creative in its use of layers.

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* If you have any questions about what to bring, don’t hesitate to contact us. A full packing list is provided on enrolling for the workshop.


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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.

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SABRINA TOSATO Sabrina is a photographer and travel writer based in Padua, Italy. Her average day is mix of weird combinations and her greatest ambition is to make people dream, inspiring them through words and photographs. She manage a travel blog named The Tomato Soup where she offers advice on travel destinations and wild but high-end hospitality. She has a 10 year experience on travel organization, focused on exclusive and tailor made itineraries but eventually ended up as a digital marketing specialist. Passionate about the intersection of adventure travels, sustainability, and design, with inspiration and creativity at heart, she has a knack for capturing memorable moments of everyday life. Her work has been published via Afar Media, SuitCase Magazine, Inspired by Iceland, and Feel Slovenia.


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.