Have you got a digital camera and not sure how to get the best out of it? If you love photography, why not spend some dedicated time in a relaxed
environment and really understand how to improve your technique whilst at the same time visiting the best locations that this area has to offer. The art of creating a good photograph is all in
its composition and that's what this week is all about and along the way, we'll have fun too.
This is a 6 night/5 day photography holiday and a fantastic opportunity for photography lovers who want to improve their creative
photography abilities and techniques, whilst discovering one of the most beautiful regions in France. With no more than 6 people on each course, you will get the individual
attention necessary to really flourish and get to grips with using your camera and pushing your own level of creativity to its highest level. The concentration will be on the creativive and not
the technical aspects of picture taking.
You will receive more than 6 hours of tuition a day from me as your photographer & tutor. My aim will be to open your eyes to the functionality
of your camera and help you vastly improve your photography skills. Whatever your choice of camera or photographic ability, this photography holiday will dramatically improve your skills and give
you confidence and expertise to continue to take beautiful photos long after you return home. This is an intensive, yet relaxing environment and over the course of five days on location
excursions that include; the towns of Marseille & Aix-en-Provence, the remote coastal regions of the Camargue and the Calanques, the rolling landscape, art and architecture of Château La
Coste and the hilltop villages of the Luberon. This is a unique photographic holiday with a difference. Suitable for all levels from beginners to more advanced amateurs. It's suitable for keen
photographers who are ready to get stuck in and develop heir skills. Minimum age 18 and single visitors very welcome.
Please note that the itinerary is as a guide only and may change due to weather conditions and the time of the year.
Day 1: Friday evening - arrival and welcome drinks & snacks (in Aix or Marseille)
We will run through the programme for your holiday tonight so that you can prepare for your days ahead. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements or request when making your reservation.
Day 2-6: Saturday through to Wednesday evening - photography workshops on location
Saturday morning street photo shoot in Marseille to discover the old town, the charm of the north african markets, the street art & graffiti and the colourful characters who live here. We take a break for lunch before heading to the market town of Aix-en-Provence to continue the day and photographing the street. The objective is to develop your keen eye to anticipate and react to a moment and capture it before it's gone.
Sunday morning coastal walk to explore the many coastal paths of the calanques in the direction of Marseillevyere. It's an exquisite coastline where we can walk close to the sea and along the clifftops to capture spectacular seascapes and panoramas. The emphasis of the day is to capture the rama of the surroundings and emphasise the colours of the nature. There is a break for lunch at a small cafe-resto on the beach at Marseillevyere before we continue the walk along the coast before returning to the city.
Monday is a full day at Château La Coste, a unique vinyard with an incredible collection of contemporary art and architecture that sits in harmony with the countryside and the rolling hills and the vine. The château is a working vinyard and produces some of the best quality wines in the region. The concentration of the days shoot exercise will be a combination of landscape photography whilst capturing the atmospere and detailing in the many artworks and the architecture itself. Lunch is at the terrace restaurant by Tadao Ando, and we'll end the day with a wine tasting.
Tuesday is an excursion to the wild, remote windswept beaches of the Camargue region. Piemanson beach is 13km in length with sand dunes that sit against the open flat salt plains that make this region famous. Pink flamingoes, white horses and black bulls in a natural park setting make this area a challenge for photographers. The days focus will be to capture nature, movement and impact with the surroundings. Depending on the time of the year we will organise a picnic lunch.
Wednesday morning we set off to explore the beautiful region of the Luberon and all its provençal charm. Historic château, medeaval villages and ancient narror streets define this part of provence. A combination of amazing vistas and landscapes will push your creativity to capture in full the essence of Provence. The challeng for this our last day is to make the extraordinary out of what just seems like a natural landscape.
In five full days, we'll focus your creativity on composition and framing and interpret that through street photography, people, architecture, art, town and landscape; coastal images with a concentration on colour and atmosphere, the open countryside, capture the essence of history in Provence; push boundaries with nature - windswept beaches, large format sky and nature itself, light, density and ambience. Five full packed days which at the very end you'll have created you very own visual souvenir of your stay in Provence.
The tutor on this course is an experienced photographer and also a registered tour guide and is attentive to your personal needs, taking into account your level of experience and what you want to get out of the holiday. This is a creative week and not designed to be technical as the focus of each day will be about using your eye and telling a story with each image you shot.
Improve your understanding of the rules of good composition and the importance of camera position, allowing you to ake stunning photographs in any number of situations, city, countryside or coast.
The holiday includes lots of exploring of the local area where you will ake part in location photo shoots under the watchful eye of your tutor. Make your images stand out and catch the eye as you look to compose what you see with your eye and translate that into a superb image without the necessity of hours of post production.
Discover when, how and why to use a wide angle, zoom, prime or macro lens. During the week, depending on your own equipment we will experiment with different situations to enhance your creativity and above all else, we want this to be a fun experience.
The key objective is to transorm your photography skills in this inspirational and informative photography holiday as you get to grips with what you see through your camera in a series of stunningly beautiful locations - go home with an improved creative eye and skill set to enable you to take impressive photos. This is a photography hliday with a diference.
It costs 1,850€ per person (excluding accommodation) and includes; Welcome drinks and snacks on the first evening, all lunches & refreshments during the daytime including a three course restaurant lunch with wine at Château la Coste and wine tasting at the end of the day. Travel and transport by car each day to and from your accommodation in Marseille or Aix-en-Provence and on to each of the daily locations. We can arrange other pick-up locations, which my be subject to a small surcharge. (excluded overnight accommodation and evenin meals - although we are happy to organise this for you)
Bring your camera (and/or your Smartphone) lenses, camera bag, memory cards, battery charger and any other equipment you may have. An iPad or laptop if you have one. Comfortable clothes and walking shoes as you will be out and about in he local area, maybe a raincoat or jumper so your prepared for all weather conditions. A hat and sun screen as the sun can be intense even out of the peak summer months.
To reserve, either select from the dates below, (250€ deposit secures your place, balance of 1,600€ is due 30 days prior) or contact us to request a specific weekend.
Please note - prices do not include flights, train travel, overnight accommodation, evening meals or transfers on arrival and when you leave. We are happy to organise hotel accommodation, bed and breakfast or a rentals on your behalf to suit individual budgets.
250€ deposit to reserve your place - balance of 1,600€ to be paid in full 30 days prior. Total cost of the holiday 1,850€. Cancellation Policy: full refund if cancelled 30 days or more, 75% refund if cancelled 14 to 30 days and 50% refund 48 hrs to 13 days. No refund on any cancellation less than 48hours. If your schedule changes and you need to change the date, we offer this FOC subject to availability. There is no single suppliment and we offer a 10% discount if you reserve two or more places.