6 - 11 Oct 2023 : Fully Booked
6 – 11 Oct 2023
Join Daragh Muldowney & Michael McLaughlin in October 2023 for our Dolomites photography workshop. We will guide you to some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes and impressive mountains in the Italian Alps. The Dolomites provides a host of amazing photographic opportunities. Stunning lakes, graphic mountains, traditional churches and more. The mountains of the Dolomites have very distinctive features and are considered to be a region of such natural importance, that they form a part of a designated UNESCO world heritage site.
This workshop is for people that love big views. These mountains are just so impressive at every turn. Shooting in the Dolomites is more than photography. The whole area is simply so strikingly beautiful it becomes an experience.
Our Dolomites photo tour 2023 starts from Venice – exact time TBC once flights become available
Direct flights to Venice are available from many countries. You will then be transported to our hotel base in Passo San Pellegrino. We don’t like to waste any time so we will get out for a sunset shoot on the first day.
We will spend nights 2 and 3 in the Selva Di Cadore region of the Dolomites. We will spend nights 4 and 5 in the Ortisei region of the Dolomites. The tour will finish with a sunrise shoot after which we will be transported to Venice in the late afternoon.
We will visit different locations each day always starting with a sunrise shoot (the sun is up around 8). After our sunrise shoot, we will return to the hotel for breakfast. There will be a break for breakfast and a short relax if you need one. We will then head out again for an afternoon and sunset shoot. Lunch will be informal and eaten amongst the beautiful scenery. Dinner (a set hotel menu) will be served at our hotel at approximately 7.30 – 8 pm.
There will be a webinar to help you edit your images post-workshop. You send your pictures to your instructor and a section will be edited live. The webinar will be recorded and sent back to you so you will have a route map to help you make the most of your images after the workshop. We will also offer discounted rates on our online photography courses plus we have a range of free courses you can access so you’re ready to go before you even arrive.
The cost of the Dolomites photo tour is €2750. For this you will receive instruction and expert advice throughout your trip, hand picked locations with ExploreLight and expert guidance throughout, transport to and from Venice to the Dolomites, 6 days transport with guidance, accommodation for 5 nights, breakfast and dinner each day. Alcohol is not included. Flights are not included.
Your comfort is taken seriously and we will be staying in hotels throughout with wi-fi access.
FLIGHTS are not included.
It is not advised to book flights until we confirm we have adequate numbers for this workshop to go ahead. In the event of the workshop not going ahead, we will refund deposits in full. However, we will not compensate flight costs.
- On Location Guidance
- Compositional Instruction
- Post Processing Instruction in Free Webinar
- Understanding Exposure Triangle
- Modes of Exposure
- RAW, White Balance and Filters
- Why is the angle of the sun so important – Understanding Light and seeing like your camera
- Using Graduated Neutral Density Filters
- Sharpness From Here to Shanghai – Understanding Depth of Field
- Choosing the Correct Shutter Speed to get the best Outcome
- The Importance of Composition – Using Lines and Texture
- Histograms ExplainedExposing to the Right for Maximum Details
Spare batteries for camera if possible or the battery charger essential
We will be shooting both wide angles and intimate details so focal lengths from 17mm to 200mm will be of use.
Shutter cable release if possible but we can also use your timer if you don’t have a cable release.
Camera Manual (just in case)
Filters – Circular Polariser , ND’s and grad ND’s will be of use
USB drive to store edited images (we can also use your CF or SD cards if you don’t have one) (In case we have to work indoors)
Laptop – If anyone has a laptop with Photoshop or Lightroom – I’m sure this will come in handy
You will need a pair of boots, rain gear and other warm clothes.
EASY/MODERATE: Most locations are within 5 minutes walk of the drop off point. There is one walk of 10 minutes with elevation and 2 very short walks of 15 minutes with elevation.
Our team is dedicated to getting you the best images possible on every trip. We are an experienced team of leaders and always willing to go the extra mile for our participants. Ask our repeat customers. Most workshops have 50% or higher returning customers.
We will get you to the right place at the right time of day to maximize your chances of making great images. That’s the core focus of every trip. What drives us forward. We love the light as much as you do and our primary goal is always to give you the best chance possible of bringing home special images.
We have small groups and a really high teacher to pupil ratio. Most workshops are only 6 or 7 people. Our max is 9 and there will be 2 instructors. This means that there is always time to give advice and help when on location. It also means we always travel in comfort with 2 people to a 3 seat berth. We take your comfort seriously with single occupancy rooms with private bathrooms as standard. We also have a dedicated office team managing logistics so you have a point of contact for your arrival and departures or other logistical questions you might have around the trip.
Every workshop of 3 days or more comes with a free follow-up private webinar for the group. 2 hours of post-processing of the images from your trip. Recorded live and emailed back to you so you have a road map through the edit of the whole trip.
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“On a workshop with ExploreLight, there are always laughs, but there are always great photographs too. Peter and his team go to great efforts to ensure everyone gets the shot they want at a location – whether it’s the continuous checking of local weather conditions, to in depth knowledge of each location, to prepping the group prior to arrival at the location by showing past shots, to walking among the group during the shoot, offering advice and sharing their own shots, total dedication to the client. I’ve taken some of my best shots while on ExploreLight workshops and that’s no coincidence.
The aftercare is second to none, with a private Facebook group where you are encouraged to share your shots (and where you can receive suggestions for improvement) to social nights out and emails on upcoming workshops, editing sessions, etc. Peter is building a community of photographers who return again and again.”
“Something deep within tempted me to attend an ExploreLight fundamentals workshop in the Wicklow National Park in March 2015. I remember coming home feeling invigorated, that a new world was about to open up for me. My photography has improved steadily so much so that I recently achieved my Associate distinction from the IPF but more importantly I have met fantastic people many of whom are now considered friends, I’ve attended many more ExploreLight workshops since and visited fantastic locations all under the expert guidance of the ExploreLight team. These guys are good and are at the top of their game and super professional. I recommend ExploreLight because they are the best Photography workshop and tour operators out there.”
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“I have been on several ExploreLight Workshops and have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. The ExploreLight workshops are a perfect combination of excellent teaching, superb locations, and great “craic”. Your enthusiasm is infectious, even if it means getting up at 5am to shoot the sunrise, or staying out until 4am to shoot the aurora. I look forward to returning to many more workshops with you guys.”
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