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THEME OF THIS WORKSHOP: THE 1000 MIGLIA, THE LEGENDARY CLASSIC CAR RACE IN BELLA ITALIA
Learn how to visualize your own photo stories of the „time-traveling motorists“ at the 1000 MIGLIA, with the award-winning photographer and book author René van Bakel.
Join René for an inspiring week full of emotions, oldtimer cars, Tuscan food and wines. In the course of the workshop, you will experience the historic classic car race, from up close, and this in the beautiful scenery of Tuscany and Umbria.
Next dates: 15.05.-19.05.2019

Titelbild 2 You will be chauffeured to and from the photo locations in air conditioned Mercedes Vans operated by Autonoleggio Mura Travel With Us Italy. But that’s not all, in addition to the stages in Tuscany and Umbria, you will embark on a Photo Shoot on some of the most famous cypress avenues of Tuscany with a beautiful Italian vintage car as a „model“. Highlight will be a picnic next to the car in front of the world famous landmark La Capella di Vitaleta.
Our workshop headquarters is beautifully restored, and atmospherically decorated by architects Sergio and Michela, our hosts at Villa Agriturismo Casafredda. The two are multi-talented as they are subsequently able to turn every meal into a gourmet experience.

Intro Bild IMPRESSIONS OF THE 1000 MIGLIA 2018
Video courtesy of www.1000miglia.it
WORKSHOP PROGRAM
Day of Arrival Bild Arrival and check in during the day.
Time to relax at the pool followed by
a welcome drink and dinner at
Villa Casafredda.
Day 1 Bild 1 Day 01
7:30 Breakfast
08:00 theoretical introduction. Here the following topics will be (briefly) discussed: Basics of an image composition, how to achieve a correct exposure (shutter speed, aperture and ISO adjustment), exposure angle (focal length, wide-angle, telephoto, zoom), focus and sharpness. After this basic introduction, we take a short coffee break and then we come to the actual theme of this workshop, the Visual Storytelling. Here, René will explain to you the components of a complete visual narrative, show how to differentiate between the different types of storytelling, and how and with what “tools” you can make a story even stronger. You will learn how to tell a story with the camera.
After lunch we go to the pool, and in a relaxed atmosphere we will take our cameras and we will start to shoot some small stories. We will also take a look at your cameras. In the afternoon we will drive in air conditioned limousine vans to Assisi where, according to the exact timetable (which will only be announced by the organization in March), we can first capture the arrival / passage of the cars in the city of St. Francis creating appealing photo stories, followed by one good Italian dinner, or vice versa, as the case may be. Here we will start to sharpen our eyes for stories. When both the eye and our stomaches are saturated, we will be picked up again and driven back to our base. Day 1 Bild 1
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Breakfast at 07.30 and subsequently from 8:00 am (if the definite schedule allows) We will take a look at and discuss some of the pictures taken the day before. Relax for a while, recharge your batteries and then head to the Crete Senesi and Siena. There, after photographing the historic cars, we will have a good lunch and a small tour of the city. After returning to Casafredda we may pay the old town of Arezzo (only 3 km away) a visit. After that we will head back to Casafredda for dinner and a relaxed evening.
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Breakfast at 07.30 after
That at around 8:00 am We will be picked up and head for the famous Cypress Alleys of Tuscany. There awaits us a beautiful Italian Classic Car that will serve as our photo model on the cypress alleys. Highlight will be a picnic lunch near the Capella di Vitaleta.
In the afternoon, back at Casafredda, we will summarize our photo experiences in a debriefing.
There is also a short introduction to, and a demonstration of the CYBERLAB photo book software. If you want, you can create a customized photo book (in all tranquility at home) and order online (for participantsnts from Austria, Germany and Switzerland, there are discount vouchers).
Finally, we will enjoy a relaxed farewell dinner in the evening. A true culinary highlight: a 4-course Tuscan dinner accompanied by some good Tuscan wines (The owners of Casafredda have been running a very successful restaurant in New Zealand for years before they decided to return home).
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Bild Day of Departure
After breakfast, an eventful journey comes to an end. But in your luggage they will have the stories of the past week that they have captured with your camera for eternity. Subject to minor changes in the program
Additional extra for the Photography-Workshop: There will be cameras and lenses made available by NIKON for a free trial. E.g. 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. It is recommended to bring your tripod and laptop and, if there is no suitable port on your laptop, please bring an appropriate USB 3 card reader or similar. Last but not least: please bring your camera manual.
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!
Preise Bild
Rates: Starting from € 1.888,00 (depending on chosen extras).
Dates: Wed, 15.05.19 - Sun, 19.05.19
Included services:
3-day workshop with René van Bakel
HB for 4 nights (double room): 4 breakfasts, 3 dinners at Villa Casafredda, 1 dinner in Assisi, lunches at selected restaurants and 1 picnic (depending on the weather) in Tuscany. Beverages at the meals included.
Transportation to the photo locations in air-conditioned minivans.
Not included: personal extras, extra drinks, travel expenses to and from Villa Casafredda.*
Participants: min 5 - max 12 people
Titelbild
THEME OF THIS WORKSHOP: THE 1000 MIGLIA, THE LEGENDARY CLASSIC CAR RACE IN BELLA ITALIA
Learn how to visualize your own photo stories of the „time-traveling motorists“ at the 1000 MIGLIA, with the award-winning photographer and book author René van Bakel.
Join René for an inspiring week full of emotions, oldtimer cars, Tuscan food and wines. In the course of the workshop, you will experience the historic classic car race, from up close, and this in the beautiful scenery of Tuscany and Umbria.
Next dates: 15.05.-19.05.2019

Titelbild 2 You will be chauffeured to and from the photo locations in air conditioned Mercedes Vans operated by Autonoleggio Mura Travel With Us Italy. But that’s not all, in addition to the stages in Tuscany and Umbria, you will embark on a Photo Shoot on some of the most famous cypress avenues of Tuscany with a beautiful Italian vintage car as a „model“. Highlight will be a picnic next to the car in front of the world famous landmark La Capella di Vitaleta.
Our workshop headquarters is beautifully restored, and atmospherically decorated by architects Sergio and Michela, our hosts at Villa Agriturismo Casafredda. The two are multi-talented as they are subsequently able to turn every meal into a gourmet experience.

Intro Bild IMPRESSIONS OF THE 1000 MIGLIA 2018
Video courtesy of www.1000miglia.it
WORKSHOP PROGRAM
Day of Arrival Bild Arrival and check in during the day.
Time to relax at the pool followed by
a welcome drink and dinner at
Villa Casafredda.
Day 1 Bild 1 Day 01
7:30 Breakfast
08:00 theoretical introduction. Here the following topics will be (briefly) discussed: Basics of an image composition, how to achieve a correct exposure (shutter speed, aperture and ISO adjustment), exposure angle (focal length, wide-angle, telephoto, zoom), focus and sharpness. After this basic introduction, we take a short coffee break and then we come to the actual theme of this workshop, the Visual Storytelling. Here, René will explain to you the components of a complete visual narrative, show how to differentiate between the different types of storytelling, and how and with what “tools” you can make a story even stronger. You will learn how to tell a story with the camera.
After lunch we go to the pool, and in a relaxed atmosphere we will take our cameras and we will start to shoot some small stories. We will also take a look at your cameras. In the afternoon we will drive in air conditioned limousine vans to Assisi where, according to the exact timetable (which will only be announced by the organization in March), we can first capture the arrival / passage of the cars in the city of St. Francis creating appealing photo stories, followed by one good Italian dinner, or vice versa, as the case may be. Here we will start to sharpen our eyes for stories. When both the eye and our stomaches are saturated, we will be picked up again and driven back to our base. Day 1 Bild 1
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Breakfast at 07.30 and subsequently from 8:00 am (if the definite schedule allows) We will take a look at and discuss some of the pictures taken the day before. Relax for a while, recharge your batteries and then head to the Crete Senesi and Siena. There, after photographing the historic cars, we will have a good lunch and a small tour of the city. After returning to Casafredda we may pay the old town of Arezzo (only 3 km away) a visit. After that we will head back to Casafredda for dinner and a relaxed evening.
Day 3 Bild 1 Day 03
Breakfast at 07.30 after
That at around 8:00 am We will be picked up and head for the famous Cypress Alleys of Tuscany. There awaits us a beautiful Italian Classic Car that will serve as our photo model on the cypress alleys. Highlight will be a picnic lunch near the Capella di Vitaleta.
In the afternoon, back at Casafredda, we will summarize our photo experiences in a debriefing.
There is also a short introduction to, and a demonstration of the CYBERLAB photo book software. If you want, you can create a customized photo book (in all tranquility at home) and order online (for participantsnts from Austria, Germany and Switzerland, there are discount vouchers).
Finally, we will enjoy a relaxed farewell dinner in the evening. A true culinary highlight: a 4-course Tuscan dinner accompanied by some good Tuscan wines (The owners of Casafredda have been running a very successful restaurant in New Zealand for years before they decided to return home).
Day 3 Bild 1
Bild Day of Departure
After breakfast, an eventful journey comes to an end. But in your luggage they will have the stories of the past week that they have captured with your camera for eternity. Subject to minor changes in the program
Additional extra for the Photography-Workshop: There will be cameras and lenses made available by NIKON for a free trial. E.g. 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. It is recommended to bring your tripod and laptop and, if there is no suitable port on your laptop, please bring an appropriate USB 3 card reader or similar. Last but not least: please bring your camera manual.
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!
Preise Bild
Rates: Starting from € 1.888,00 (depending on chosen extras).
Dates: Wed, 15.05.19 - Sun, 19.05.19
Included services:
3-day workshop with René van Bakel
HB for 4 nights (double room): 4 breakfasts, 3 dinners at Villa Casafredda, 1 dinner in Assisi, lunches at selected restaurants and 1 picnic (depending on the weather) in Tuscany. Beverages at the meals included.
Transportation to the photo locations in air-conditioned minivans.
Not included: personal extras, extra drinks, travel expenses to and from Villa Casafredda.*
Participants: min 5 - max 12 people