TUSCANY AND UMBRIA

TWO GORGEOUS REGIONS

However it is not that simple to catch their beauty in just one shot.  Fortunately you don’t have to as you can choose to use more than just one image to create a compelling narrative. You will learn what is needed to tell a story using your camera. Via the subject of Italian Cuisine we will try to capture the soul of these famous Italian regions, as their culinary art not only consists of delicious food and wine, but also reflects the culture, the roots and the warmth of its people.
But, this story would not be complete without the spectacular local scenery, which forms the perfect backdrop for our tell tale. At the end of the week, we will demonstrate how to choose your best shots and put them in a sequence to transform them into a beautiful documentary, which can also be made into a photo book (CYBERLAB - PHOTOBOOK - SOFTWARE).
We want you to experience Umbria and Tuscany with all your senses, to make this week an unforgettable adventure.
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Zitat 1 Bild klein THIS IS WHAT ULRIKE LEINEMANN SAID
When I started looking for a photography course for my vacation, The workshop Visual Storytelling by René van Bakel struck me. Tuscany lured me and so I booked quite blue-eyed. What then followed was an exhilarating surprise: a kaleidoscope for all senses, not only from a photographic point of view but also gourmet wise. Rene has put together a program that couldn't be more varied and stimulating: wether it is looking artists and artisans over their shoulder, well versed cooks in their cooking pots, accompanying fishermen on the Trasimeno lake at dawn, watching a truffle dog at work up close, or exploring a vineyard in a most famous wine region in all aspects - all this accompanied by excellent Italian cuisine in the sunny Tuscan countryside - it was simply intoxicating and this inebriating feeling lastet for many month afterwards. René ably picks up each individual on his or her own level and he doesn't just explain the technical handling of a camera, but he sharpens your view for truly meaningful motives - like this photography really makes a lot more fun!
Tuscany Text 2 Bild This workshop is not only a unique reason to travel, it also gives you the possibility to share your love for photography with like minded people. Our workshop location La Rogaia, is situated amidst the rolling hills of Western Umbria near the Tuscan border. Both Umbria and Tuscany are famous regions, renowned for their beautiful Lake Trasimenocountry side and their fill of historic places, art and culture. Illustrous cities like Assisi and Orvieto (Umbria) as well as Cortona and Montepulciano (Tuscany) are all within reach. These inspiring surroundings form the backdrop for a special photography workshop under the passionate guidance of René van Bakel.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
What You Will Learn Bild 1 In this course you will learn everything you need to accomplish a captivating Visual Story. On top of that René will briefly explain the technical basics of an SLR camera such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO setting, focal length and the basic rules for a good composition, in an easy and understandable way. We will practice this freshly gained knowledge in the stunning scenery starting right at your doorstep. The results will be discussed with you on a daily basis, both in group sessions, as well as individually, throughout the day.
You can be sure that René van Bakel will not save on practical tips from his more than twenty years of experience of working as a professional photographer.
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With our images we will first try to „write“ little stories of these two famous regions and their culture. In addition to images of the food and beverages, of the ingredients and their preparation, the local scenery and architecture also will be included.
After all, the central theme for the week will be culinary art, indulgence and the pleasures of life.
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR
About your instructor Bild 1
René van Bakel originates from the Netherlands. He is a multiple award-winning photographer, journalist, book author as well as the founder of the globally operating photo agency ASAblanca, which is based in Vienna (Austria).
In 1994 René published a book about the aid campaign for more than a million refugees of war in Ruanda/Goma. In 1995 he received the Photo Arm international press award for war correspondents for his photo report on Srebrenica/Bosnia, which was also published in a book.
Since more than 20 years, René works for a great variety of international media (e.g. National Geographic USA, the New York Times, the LA Times, VOGUE DE, GEO, Le Figaro, Stern, Bloomberg NYC, Preview Dubai, Doctors without borders, US Air Force, Der Standard/Rondo, Servus Magazin, Universum Magazin).
He has adopted Vienna as his new home and created concepts and photographed combined cook/culture/travel books about the Austrian Wine- and Forest Quarter. In 2015 René published the exclusively authorized anniversary volume „450 YEARS SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL“ which he himself initiated and for which he wrote the concept. He documented the life of the Lipizzaner horses in every aspect. For this book he was highly awarded: ONE EYELAND INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY Awards 2015 and PX3 PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS Awards 2016 René currently works on several new book projects.
On top of this René also portrayed and interviewed many prominent people, even in Tuscany where he created home-stories with the great Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli, Marchese Antinori and his daughters, Bestseller author Frances Mayes as well as sculptor and painter Fernando Botero, whom he exclusively portrayed amidst the exhibition in honour of his 80th birthday in Pietrasanta (published in Vogue). Since many years René teaches photo workshops in Italy and elsewhere.
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In my long career as a photographer and journalist I have seen and experienced many of the dark sides of life, first hand! This is probably, exactly why, I feel an insanely great pleasure when capturing the beautiful sides of it now and enjoy that with all my senses: real life stories of real people, either in the streets, at home or at work, and of course I don not shut my eyes for a stunning landscape or a piece of local architecture, especially if encountered in the magical golden light of sunset or sunrise. Photographing an honest meal, cooked full of devotion with simple but honest and fresh ingredients. That gives me satisfaction. Especially when served as a piece of art, only to disappear forever in the hungry mouths of the dinner guests just a few moments later.
Catching the emotions, the warmth, the expressive gestures of the of people makes me realize how privileged I am to be able to experience these moments and convert them into a Visual Story and to share this narrative by publishing it (always with consent of the depicted) in a magazine, on social media or even in a book.
I love to share my experience(s) and show you how to create such a spellbinding photo-story yourself!
Join me, and I will show you how!
WORKSHOP PROGRAM
Bild Day of Arrival Welcome drinks and dinner at Villa la Rogaia
Bild Day 1 Day 01
MIDDLE AGES After a preliminary discussion, a theoretical discussion and a light lunch, we embark on our first photo adventure: In Bevagna we will visit some stations of the Mercato delle Gaite
Later in the afternoon we will submerge into a medieval festival, the „Palio of San Rufino“. We will photograph the historical costume procession as well as the traditional crossbow shooting. After this we will conclude the day in style, with medieval cuisine, in the restaurant „Il Medioevo“.
Bild Day 2 Day 01
ETRUSCAN DISHES Today‘s destination is Cortona on the border between Tuscany and Umbria. After a culinary shooting and lunch in restaurant „Il Pozzo Antico“ we will take a stroll passing squares and hidden angles of the Etruscan town. We will also visit some of the exhibitions of the international photo festival „Cortona on the Move“.
In the evening hours we will head out for some sunset shots at lake Trasimeno before we will have dinner on the waterfront.
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BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO AND CYPRESS We visit the wine-growing region of Montalcino and learn how the world famous „Brunello di Montalcino“ is grown and vinified at the San Polino winery of Luigi Fabbro and Katia Nussbaum. They will show us their wine cellar as well as their scientifically managed biological vineyard.
Subsequently we will enjoy lunch on the terrace (and of course a glass of their beautiful Brunello wine). In the late afternoon, we will then go out, to create some stunning images of the vineyards and the Sangiovese grapes that, together with the fruitful soil form the heart of the San Polino Brunello wine. When the evening comes we will drive through the Crete countryside and stop to shoot the iconic cypress island between Montalcino and San Quirico before we carry on to „ideal city“, Pienza, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here we will enjoy the sunset/twilight hour and good Tuscan meal in the „Osteria Sette di Vino“.
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FISH ON THE TABLE In the early morning we embark on a fishing boat trip on Lago Trasimeno, photographing the fishermen at work. Back on shore we will observe how the fish will be prepared for us, and subsequently will be consumed by us.
After being spoiled by the fishermen with a lunch of fresh fish, accompanied by some great local wines, we will return to Villa La Rogaia and have the rest of the afternoon off. This is a good possibility to relax by the pool.
Bild Day 5 Day 01
IN GOURMET LAND Today the story of Siena is on our to-do-list:
In the morning hours we will be allowed access into Siena’s oldest restaurant „Tre Cristi“, a legend of the city. Since many centuries already, the organizers and city notables meet regularly In the restaurant‘s „secret room“ to set the course of the cities most important event, The Palio di Siena. In contrast to the discreet and dimly
lit room, the kitchen offers full transparency as it features a glass window onto the public alleyway. Here we can watch the chefs over their shoulder and take photos of how they prepare their dishes, which will be turned into our meal which is to be accompanied by a good wine, selected from Tre Cristi‘s richly stocked enoteca.
In the early afternoon we will go out and visit local delis and portray the owners with their respective culinary treasures. Of course you are allowed to buy them too, so you can take the flavor of this ancient city and share it with your loved ones back home. Later on we will photograph Siena‘s scenery; its famous squares, the typical buildings and it‘s terraces in the best afternoon light.
In the early evening we will part and on the way back to La Rogaia we will visit Asciano and be able to photograph the breathtaking scenery of this Tuscan village in the majestic light of the sunset and/or twilight. In a local restaurant, we will let the day come to an end.
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TRUFFLE PARADISE The last day of our photo week, leads us into the upper Tiber Valley, one of the lesser known beauties of Eastern Tuscany and Western Umbria. We will accompany a truffle seeker and his dog in search of the black gold. We subsequently observe and at „Tartufi Bianconi“ we will record how the freshly found truffles will be prepared for us in a broad array, to be tasted and eaten by us.
In the afternoon, back at La Rogaia, we will summarize our photo experiences in a debriefing.
There will also be an introduction and a short demonstration of the photo book software and if you like you can create and order a photo book. Conclusively we will enjoy a relaxed good bye dinner/evening at La Rogaia.
Bild Day of Departure
After breakfast, an eventful week comes to an end - but in your luggage you will carry all the stories you experienced this week, recorded „for eternity“ with your camera! Subject to minor changes in the program
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This workshop is divided in theory lessons, lots of live practicing and discussing the images afterwards as well as on the spot. As a result of this thoroughly proven method you can be sure to comprehensively improve your photographic skills!
During theory lessons the following themes will be (briefly) covered: Basic rules of image composition; how to create a correct exposure (shutter speed, aperture and ISO adjustment); angles of exposure (focal length, wide angle, telephoto, zoom); focusing and sharpness. Of course René will also explain what is necessary to create a complete visual narrative.
Please note: Since we also will have macro (close up) photo shootings as well as photo shootings at night, it is recommended to bring a tripod. The organization has one tripod available; however it would be consuming too much time to take turns using it. Therefore please bring your own. Then, because we are shooting digital pictures please also bring your own laptop and a card reader (USB 3 is recommended) in order to quicken the process of downloading images.
Additional extra for the Photography-Workshop:
There will be cameras and lenses made available by NIKON for a free trial. In case you are contemplating to buy yourself a new camera and would like to try it without commitment – in this seminar you can!
Participants who do not have a camera of their own and would like to use one of the NIKON cameras and lenses during this workshop: Please let us know in advance i.e. when you are signing up.
Bild 2 Outro „La Rogaia“ is a romantic country house amidst the rolling green hills of Umbria above Lake Trasimeno in Umbria. Our guests stay in rooms or spaciuos apartments, all recently renovated with an artistic flair and art works by the sculptor and painter Wolfgang Sandt.  The buildings are surrounded by a large garden with a swimming pool. Enjoy two evening meals at Villa La Rogaia with Umbrian and Tuscan cuisine, sitting at a long table like an Italian family. Our cook Ornella uses local organic products, partly grown at La Rogaia. And when she makes her appearance, with bowls full of home made pasta, torta al testo and other typical plates the whole room fills not only with the perfume of good food but also with her laughter and her mediterranean temperament.
On the other five days the group will have either lunch or dinner at restaurants close to the photo shooting locations (included in the price).
The remaining meals can be picnics or light refreshments in restaurants on the way (not included in the price).
Instruction will take place on 6 days full day. The language of instruction is English, German, Dutch and Italian (depending on the origin of the majority of the students, we will pick a main language. Individually though René will speak to your in language, provided it is one of the previously mentioned languages).
Maximum number of participants: 12 persons
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Rates: Starting from € 1.990,00 (depending on chosen extras).
Dates: Sat, 25.08.18 - Sat, 01.09.18
Included services:
6-day workshop with René van Bakel
Halfboard for 7 days: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners at La Rogaia, 5 dinners or lunches at selected restaurants in Umbria and Tuscany. All beverages included.
2 x dinner at the Villa La Rogaia, 5 x dinner or lunch in various
Selected restaurants at the photo locations in Umbria and Tuscany) + drinks
1 x truffle search with truffle-tasting buffet
1 x boat excursion on Trasimeno lake with fish lunch
1 x wine tasting with buffet in the San Polino winery
Not included: 3 more meals (lunch Sunday, dinner Monday and Thursday), additional drinks, personal extras, the trip to and from La Rogaia.*, transport to the photo locations *
Participants: 8 - 12 people
* On request, flights and local transport can be organized.

TUSCANY AND UMBRIA

TWO GORGEOUS REGIONS

However it is not that simple to catch their beauty in just one shot.  Fortunately you don’t have to as you can choose to use more than just one image to create a compelling narrative. You will learn what is needed to tell a story using your camera. Via the subject of Italian Cuisine we will try to capture the soul of these famous Italian regions, as their culinary art not only consists of delicious food and wine, but also reflects the culture, the roots and the warmth of its people.
But, this story would not be complete without the spectacular local scenery, which forms the perfect backdrop for our tell tale. At the end of the week, we will demonstrate how to choose your best shots and put them in a sequence to transform them into a beautiful documentary, which can also be made into a photo book (CYBERLAB - PHOTOBOOK - SOFTWARE).
We want you to experience Umbria and Tuscany with all your senses, to make this week an unforgettable adventure.
Tuscany Bild 1
Zitat 1 Bild
Zitat 1 Bild klein THIS IS WHAT ULRIKE LEINEMANN SAID
When I started looking for a photography course for my vacation, The workshop Visual Storytelling by René van Bakel struck me. Tuscany lured me and so I booked quite blue-eyed. What then followed was an exhilarating surprise: a kaleidoscope for all senses, not only from a photographic point of view but also gourmet wise. Rene has put together a program that couldn't be more varied and stimulating: wether it is looking artists and artisans over their shoulder, well versed cooks in their cooking pots, accompanying fishermen on the Trasimeno lake at dawn, watching a truffle dog at work up close, or exploring a vineyard in a most famous wine region in all aspects - all this accompanied by excellent Italian cuisine in the sunny Tuscan countryside - it was simply intoxicating and this inebriating feeling lastet for many month afterwards. René ably picks up each individual on his or her own level and he doesn't just explain the technical handling of a camera, but he sharpens your view for truly meaningful motives - like this photography really makes a lot more fun!
Tuscany Text 2 Bild This workshop is not only a unique reason to travel, it also gives you the possibility to share your love for photography with like minded people. Our workshop location La Rogaia, is situated amidst the rolling hills of Western Umbria near the Tuscan border. Both Umbria and Tuscany are famous regions, renowned for their beautiful Lake Trasimenocountry side and their fill of historic places, art and culture. Illustrous cities like Assisi and Orvieto (Umbria) as well as Cortona and Montepulciano (Tuscany) are all within reach. These inspiring surroundings form the backdrop for a special photography workshop under the passionate guidance of René van Bakel.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
What You Will Learn Bild 1 In this course you will learn everything you need to accomplish a captivating Visual Story. On top of that René will briefly explain the technical basics of an SLR camera such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO setting, focal length and the basic rules for a good composition, in an easy and understandable way. We will practice this freshly gained knowledge in the stunning scenery starting right at your doorstep. The results will be discussed with you on a daily basis, both in group sessions, as well as individually, throughout the day.
You can be sure that René van Bakel will not save on practical tips from his more than twenty years of experience of working as a professional photographer.
What You Will Learn Bild 2
What You Will Learn Bild 3
With our images we will first try to „write“ little stories of these two famous regions and their culture. In addition to images of the food and beverages, of the ingredients and their preparation, the local scenery and architecture also will be included.
After all, the central theme for the week will be culinary art, indulgence and the pleasures of life.
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR
About your instructor Bild 1
René van Bakel originates from the Netherlands. He is a multiple award-winning photographer, journalist, book author as well as the founder of the globally operating photo agency ASAblanca, which is based in Vienna (Austria).
In 1994 René published a book about the aid campaign for more than a million refugees of war in Ruanda/Goma. In 1995 he received the Photo Arm international press award for war correspondents for his photo report on Srebrenica/Bosnia, which was also published in a book.
Since more than 20 years, René works for a great variety of international media (e.g. National Geographic USA, the New York Times, the LA Times, VOGUE DE, GEO, Le Figaro, Stern, Bloomberg NYC, Preview Dubai, Doctors without borders, US Air Force, Der Standard/Rondo, Servus Magazin, Universum Magazin).
He has adopted Vienna as his new home and created concepts and photographed combined cook/culture/travel books about the Austrian Wine- and Forest Quarter. In 2015 René published the exclusively authorized anniversary volume „450 YEARS SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL“ which he himself initiated and for which he wrote the concept. He documented the life of the Lipizzaner horses in every aspect. For this book he was highly awarded: ONE EYELAND INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY Awards 2015 and PX3 PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS Awards 2016 René currently works on several new book projects.
On top of this René also portrayed and interviewed many prominent people, even in Tuscany where he created home-stories with the great Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli, Marchese Antinori and his daughters, Bestseller author Frances Mayes as well as sculptor and painter Fernando Botero, whom he exclusively portrayed amidst the exhibition in honour of his 80th birthday in Pietrasanta (published in Vogue). Since many years René teaches photo workshops in Italy and elsewhere.
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Zitat 2 Bild klein RENÉ VAN BAKEL
In my long career as a photographer and journalist I have seen and experienced many of the dark sides of life, first hand! This is probably, exactly why, I feel an insanely great pleasure when capturing the beautiful sides of it now and enjoy that with all my senses: real life stories of real people, either in the streets, at home or at work, and of course I don not shut my eyes for a stunning landscape or a piece of local architecture, especially if encountered in the magical golden light of sunset or sunrise. Photographing an honest meal, cooked full of devotion with simple but honest and fresh ingredients. That gives me satisfaction. Especially when served as a piece of art, only to disappear forever in the hungry mouths of the dinner guests just a few moments later.
Catching the emotions, the warmth, the expressive gestures of the of people makes me realize how privileged I am to be able to experience these moments and convert them into a Visual Story and to share this narrative by publishing it (always with consent of the depicted) in a magazine, on social media or even in a book.
I love to share my experience(s) and show you how to create such a spellbinding photo-story yourself!
Join me, and I will show you how!
WORKSHOP PROGRAM
Bild Day of Arrival Welcome drinks and dinner at Villa la Rogaia
Bild Day 1 Day 01
MIDDLE AGES After a preliminary discussion, a theoretical discussion and a light lunch, we embark on our first photo adventure: In Bevagna we will visit some stations of the Mercato delle Gaite
Later in the afternoon we will submerge into a medieval festival, the „Palio of San Rufino“. We will photograph the historical costume procession as well as the traditional crossbow shooting. After this we will conclude the day in style, with medieval cuisine, in the restaurant „Il Medioevo“.
Bild Day 2 Day 01
ETRUSCAN DISHES Today‘s destination is Cortona on the border between Tuscany and Umbria. After a culinary shooting and lunch in restaurant „Il Pozzo Antico“ we will take a stroll passing squares and hidden angles of the Etruscan town. We will also visit some of the exhibitions of the international photo festival „Cortona on the Move“.
In the evening hours we will head out for some sunset shots at lake Trasimeno before we will have dinner on the waterfront.
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BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO AND CYPRESS We visit the wine-growing region of Montalcino and learn how the world famous „Brunello di Montalcino“ is grown and vinified at the San Polino winery of Luigi Fabbro and Katia Nussbaum. They will show us their wine cellar as well as their scientifically managed biological vineyard.
Subsequently we will enjoy lunch on the terrace (and of course a glass of their beautiful Brunello wine). In the late afternoon, we will then go out, to create some stunning images of the vineyards and the Sangiovese grapes that, together with the fruitful soil form the heart of the San Polino Brunello wine. When the evening comes we will drive through the Crete countryside and stop to shoot the iconic cypress island between Montalcino and San Quirico before we carry on to „ideal city“, Pienza, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here we will enjoy the sunset/twilight hour and good Tuscan meal in the „Osteria Sette di Vino“.
Bild Day 4 Day 01
FISH ON THE TABLE In the early morning we embark on a fishing boat trip on Lago Trasimeno, photographing the fishermen at work. Back on shore we will observe how the fish will be prepared for us, and subsequently will be consumed by us.
After being spoiled by the fishermen with a lunch of fresh fish, accompanied by some great local wines, we will return to Villa La Rogaia and have the rest of the afternoon off. This is a good possibility to relax by the pool.
Bild Day 5 Day 01
IN GOURMET LAND Today the story of Siena is on our to-do-list:
In the morning hours we will be allowed access into Siena’s oldest restaurant „Tre Cristi“, a legend of the city. Since many centuries already, the organizers and city notables meet regularly In the restaurant‘s „secret room“ to set the course of the cities most important event, The Palio di Siena. In contrast to the discreet and dimly
lit room, the kitchen offers full transparency as it features a glass window onto the public alleyway. Here we can watch the chefs over their shoulder and take photos of how they prepare their dishes, which will be turned into our meal which is to be accompanied by a good wine, selected from Tre Cristi‘s richly stocked enoteca.
In the early afternoon we will go out and visit local delis and portray the owners with their respective culinary treasures. Of course you are allowed to buy them too, so you can take the flavor of this ancient city and share it with your loved ones back home. Later on we will photograph Siena‘s scenery; its famous squares, the typical buildings and it‘s terraces in the best afternoon light.
In the early evening we will part and on the way back to La Rogaia we will visit Asciano and be able to photograph the breathtaking scenery of this Tuscan village in the majestic light of the sunset and/or twilight. In a local restaurant, we will let the day come to an end.
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TRUFFLE PARADISE The last day of our photo week, leads us into the upper Tiber Valley, one of the lesser known beauties of Eastern Tuscany and Western Umbria. We will accompany a truffle seeker and his dog in search of the black gold. We subsequently observe and at „Tartufi Bianconi“ we will record how the freshly found truffles will be prepared for us in a broad array, to be tasted and eaten by us.
In the afternoon, back at La Rogaia, we will summarize our photo experiences in a debriefing.
There will also be an introduction and a short demonstration of the photo book software and if you like you can create and order a photo book. Conclusively we will enjoy a relaxed good bye dinner/evening at La Rogaia.
Bild Day of Departure
After breakfast, an eventful week comes to an end - but in your luggage you will carry all the stories you experienced this week, recorded „for eternity“ with your camera! Subject to minor changes in the program
Bild 1 Outro
This workshop is divided in theory lessons, lots of live practicing and discussing the images afterwards as well as on the spot. As a result of this thoroughly proven method you can be sure to comprehensively improve your photographic skills!
During theory lessons the following themes will be (briefly) covered: Basic rules of image composition; how to create a correct exposure (shutter speed, aperture and ISO adjustment); angles of exposure (focal length, wide angle, telephoto, zoom); focusing and sharpness. Of course René will also explain what is necessary to create a complete visual narrative.
Please note: Since we also will have macro (close up) photo shootings as well as photo shootings at night, it is recommended to bring a tripod. The organization has one tripod available; however it would be consuming too much time to take turns using it. Therefore please bring your own. Then, because we are shooting digital pictures please also bring your own laptop and a card reader (USB 3 is recommended) in order to quicken the process of downloading images.
Additional extra for the Photography-Workshop:
There will be cameras and lenses made available by NIKON for a free trial. In case you are contemplating to buy yourself a new camera and would like to try it without commitment – in this seminar you can!
Participants who do not have a camera of their own and would like to use one of the NIKON cameras and lenses during this workshop: Please let us know in advance i.e. when you are signing up.
Bild 2 Outro „La Rogaia“ is a romantic country house amidst the rolling green hills of Umbria above Lake Trasimeno in Umbria. Our guests stay in rooms or spaciuos apartments, all recently renovated with an artistic flair and art works by the sculptor and painter Wolfgang Sandt.  The buildings are surrounded by a large garden with a swimming pool. Enjoy two evening meals at Villa La Rogaia with Umbrian and Tuscan cuisine, sitting at a long table like an Italian family. Our cook Ornella uses local organic products, partly grown at La Rogaia. And when she makes her appearance, with bowls full of home made pasta, torta al testo and other typical plates the whole room fills not only with the perfume of good food but also with her laughter and her mediterranean temperament.
On the other five days the group will have either lunch or dinner at restaurants close to the photo shooting locations (included in the price).
The remaining meals can be picnics or light refreshments in restaurants on the way (not included in the price).
Instruction will take place on 6 days full day. The language of instruction is English, German, Dutch and Italian (depending on the origin of the majority of the students, we will pick a main language. Individually though René will speak to your in language, provided it is one of the previously mentioned languages).
Maximum number of participants: 12 persons
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Rates: Starting from € 1.990,00 (depending on chosen extras).
Dates: Sat, 25.08.18 - Sat, 01.09.18
Included services:
6-day workshop with René van Bakel
Halfboard for 7 days: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners at La Rogaia, 5 dinners or lunches at selected restaurants in Umbria and Tuscany. All beverages included.
2 x dinner at the Villa La Rogaia, 5 x dinner or lunch in various
Selected restaurants at the photo locations in Umbria and Tuscany) + drinks
1 x truffle search with truffle-tasting buffet
1 x boat excursion on Trasimeno lake with fish lunch
1 x wine tasting with buffet in the San Polino winery
Not included: 3 more meals (lunch Sunday, dinner Monday and Thursday), additional drinks, personal extras, the trip to and from La Rogaia.*, transport to the photo locations *
Participants: 8 - 12 people
* On request, flights and local transport can be organized.