Learn the art of photography on this adventurous photography weekend in Orvieto in Umbria that promises not just a photography course but also an Italian cultural immersion as you explore the regions of Umbria, Tuscany and Latium.
Learn the art of photography on this adventurous weekend photography course in Orvieto, a stunning hill top city in the heart of Umbria, famous for its white wines and even whiter gothic cathedral.
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, taking a weekend to discover this stunning area of Italy on a photography holiday promises a unique learning experience that will stay with you long after the holiday is over.
Get out and about in a 4×4, explore the delights of Umbria, Latium and Tuscany and capture as many spectacular landscapes, dramatic seascapes, beautiful buildings, lakes and stunning sunsets as you can in a weekend.
Learn photography on this fun weekend course and take home images from this beautiful area that you will be proud to show to others.
20 hours of hands on tuition and excursions to capture the diversity of the area
Stay in a 17th Century Italian Palazzo in the historic centre of Orvieto
Small groups of no more than 6 to enhance your photography learning experience
Your Local Host:
Passionate about photography, British photography tutor Patrick has lived and worked in Italy since 1983 and knows the area intimately. With over 25 years experience working as a professional photographer, Patrick has worked in fashion, portrait and advertising, with his work published in magazines worldwide. Since 2007, he has run his own photography gallery in Orvieto, specialising mainly in landscapes.
Arrival Pick Up – Friday is your arrival day
– You’ll be collected from Orvieto train station in the morning and transferred to your accommodation as your course starts after lunch on Friday afternoon
– Please note that Orvieto station is just 50 minutes from Rome Termini station
– Alternatively you can arrive on Thursday evening and add an extra night or nights to your trip
Orvieto and environs in Umbria – 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
Your accommodation and meals – Accommodation is in a 17th century palazzo in the historic centre of Orvieto
– Prices are based on 1 person in an ensuite room
– You will have breakfast daily at the palazzo and lunch will be taken out on location
– You will have 1 restaurant dinner with the group included in the price, other nights are free to do your own thing
– Orvieto is a lively town and a pleasure to stroll in as it is almost completely pedestrianised
– WiFi is available in the B&B but not in all the rooms (it possible to go to Orvieto where cafes have free WiFi)
– Your course starts early after breakfast. You’ll take a trip in the 4×4 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
– 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
The hill towns of Tuscany - departure
– Today is the last day of your photography course and you’ll check-out of your accommodation after an early breakfast
– After a short drive, you’ll spend a relaxing morning on the shores of Lake Bolsena
– After a picnic lunch on the shore in the early afternoon, your weekend photography holidayfinishes and you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you will be taking home new found photography skills and pictures to be proud of
Saturday 4th May, 2019
Patrick N is a British born photographer who lives in Orvieto. He is a charming fellow and is very knowledgeable about Orvieto and the surrounding regions. He is also a capable professional photographer. Patrick met us at the train station and then g...
Patrick N is a British born photographer who lives in Orvieto. He is a charming fellow and is very knowledgeable about Orvieto and the surrounding regions. He is also a capable professional photographer. Patrick met us at the train station and then gave us an overview of Orvieto. The next day we started early in the morning and he took us to many photography spots. The following day, we went to Bagnoreggio. We came away from both days with many, many amazing images that we wouldn't have gotten otherwise and a most enjoyable experience. Patrick is very involved in increasing photography skills and we were even able to help me solve some problems I was having with my camera.
Based in Orvieto, at the corner of three regions each with their own history and traditions, Latium (the region of Rome), Umbria and Tuscany, this photography holiday gets you out and about around this stunning region of Italy and promises not only a photography holiday but an Italian cultural immersion.
Accommodation is included in the price and you’ll stay in a beautiful 17th century palazzo in the historic centre of Orvieto which is almost entirely pedestrianised.
Nearest airport: Rome or Perugia – please note that Rome has 2 airports, either airport is fine and you need to take a train from the centre of Rome to Orvieto for your course.
A complimentary pick-up is included in the price from Orvieto train station. Orvieto is just 50 minutes from Rome Termini station (in the centre of Rome) and trains run hourly.
3 nights accommodation in a 17th Century Italian Palazzo
4 day photography holiday course
Breakfast and lunch daily (lunch is taken out on location)
1 dinner with the group
A map of the area
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
Two evening meals
Wi-Fi is available in the B&B but not in all the rooms (it's possible to go to Orvieto where cafes have a free connection.
- Suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced
- Minimum age 18
- Courses have a maximum of 6 persons in each group, singles are very welcome as you'll meet others with a passion for photography
- The course is mainly focused on digital photography using a digital SLR camera and you will need to bring your own DLSR with you
- If you wish to accompany a friend who is taking the photography holiday but not take the photography lessons, that is not a problem
- Non-participating partners will share a twin/double room with their friend for 3 nights
- The price includes breakfast daily and 2 evening meals also
- If there is space in the Land Rover, non participating guests can join a day trip at no extra cost (subject to availability)
- All arrivals are on set monthly dates from May to October.
- As you are learning in a small group of no more than 6 people, you’ll have expert guidance and tuition will be adapted to each client’s needs
- You will get to know the basics such as composition, depth of field, lens choice and exposure tips
- Working in manual and Raw as well as use of flash, reflectors and technical tricks
- Tuition in downloading and editing your images using Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Lightroom
- High Definition photography (variable exposure) and photo stitching
- An overview of Fine-Art printing known as Giclée
Please find below some information regarding the accommodation and location of the holiday which may be useful when deciding if this is the right holiday for you; should you have an further questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help
- We generally do not recommend this location for those with restricted mobility
- This holiday is based in a mountain village with steps and cobbled streets
- Accommodation is on the 3rd floor of a hotel without a lift
- If a person is able to walk but has 'some' restrictions then we would need further information concerning their needs, and they could perhaps stay in an alternative hotel nearby with a lift, depending on availability
- Your photography tutor Patrick will alter the itinerary if the weather doesn’t offer the best conditions for photographing the area
- Bring your own camera (with manual), charger, memory cards, tripod, filters and flash if you have them, film if you use it
- Point and shoot if you have one
- You can borrow some photographic accessories such as tripods, flash guns, filters
- Please bring suitable footwear for walking as you will be spending a lot of time exploring the different areas and a sun hat
- A swimming costume is recommended as there will be a chance to swim in the lakes during the shoots