9 - 14 Oct 2024 : 3 Places Available
9 – 14 Oct 2024
Join us in October 2024 on our Montenegro photo tour. We will guide you to some of Europe’s most beautiful and undiscovered landscapes. Montenegro has stunning mountains, lakes, forests, and gorges. Much of this amazing landscape is largely unphotographed in any serious way so it’s a great opportunity to create something a little bit different. The gorges stretch for kilometers, filled with beautiful deciduous forestry and anchored by hugely impressive 2500 meter peaks. The rivers and glacial lakes are beautifully green and turquoise. We will schedule our Montenegro photography tour for the autumn colour to maximise your photographic opportunities.
We have gone to great lengths to scout locations and now we are willing to share the fruits of our labour. Zabljak, our hotel base, is on the doorstep of all this amazing scenery. From here you will be brought by 4 x 4 each day on a Jeep Safari into hand-picked stunning locations. All you need to do is turn up at the airport with your camera gear and let us do the rest.
Our Montenegro photo tour departs from Dubrovnik airport. International flights are available. You will then be transported by minibus to our hotel base in Zabljak. We don’t like to waste any time so we will get out for a sunset shoot immediately on the first day.
We will visit different locations each day always starting with a sunrise shoot. Our sunrise locations are all within 30 minutes drive. Some are even closer. After our sunrise shoot, we will return to the hotel for breakfast at around 9 – 10am. There will be a few hour’s break for breakfast and a quick nap 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 pm.
After a sunrise shoot on our final day, we will have some breakfast and some time to pack and get ready we will be taken by minibus back to Croatia. We will be staying in the beautiful and historical town of Cavtat on our last evening of the tour – a chance to unwind and have a good final meal together. The town is located just 8km from Dubrovnik airport. You will be transported from Cavtat to the airport the following day to catch your flight home.
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 Montenegro photo tour is €2950. For this you will receive instruction and expert advice throughout your trip, hand picked locations with ExploreLight and local guidance throughout, transport to and from Dubrovnik airport to Zabljak by minibus, 4 days transport by 4 x 4 with local guidance allowing access to areas that normal cars simply can not go, 4 nights accommodation single occupancy in a hotel in Zabljak, 1 night accommodation in 3 *** accommodation self catering in Cavtat, Croatia as well as hotel breakfast & dinner each day. Alcohol is 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
- Tripod (essential)
- 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 – There are no long walks on this workshop with locations typically within 5 minutes of the car. All workshops require walking on uneven ground on beaches or lake edges for example.
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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