Schwartz says the 11-day workshop is geared toward travel photography enthusiasts of all experience levels seeking to hone their skills in genres such as landscape, architecture, street and food photography. The group will make its way through the medieval towns of the Chianti countryside and then on to the city of Florence, giving participants the opportunity to photograph the historic region during the height of the harvest season, along with special access to photograph local farms and vineyards.
The workshop will also visit an Alabaster factory, Etruscan tombs, a glass maker and violin maker's shops, natural hot springs and participate in guided tours of both Siena and Florence. Schwartz and Zaruba will provide instruction and insight and deliver critique sessions of the images students produce.
"Our goal during this workshop is to inspire our participants to challenge themselves and step out of their comfort zones," Schwartz says. "By doing this, they will enrich their photographic sensitivities and provide a base for further artistic growth and portfolio development."
The Tuscany workshop comes on the heels of the Image Flow travel photography tours to Cuba, Big Sur and Joshua Tree, as well as the Umbria region of Italy last fall. The workshop tuition includes all meals, single-room lodging and ground transportation in Italy. Students should be prepared with a DSLR or mirrorless camera, laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom and optional tripod. Students are welcome to bring a friend or partner as a non-photographer on this Tuscan adventure at a reduced rate.
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