The Dolomites Photography Workshop and tour
Photograph Breathtaking Alpine Mountain Scenery in Italy
small group photography workshops
Photograph the stunning mountain landscapes of the Italian Dolomites.
Situated in northern Italy, the dramatic peaks of the Dolomites form some of the most spectacular landscape and mountain scenery in the World.
The Dolomites is home to diverse landscapes; from the mountain peaks which tower all around, to the impossibly clear turquoise lakes and the gentle alpine meadows. This UNESCO World Heritage site in the Italian Alps is, quite simply, stunning.
With its razor sharp pinnacles, and jagged ridges these breathtaking mountain landscapes are reminiscent of scenes from The Lord of the Rings. It really is quite otherworldly but seeing is believing!,
You will learn…
- Appropriate camera settings
- Lens choice
- Working with the available light
- Composition techniques
- Depth of field & focusing
- Exposure & the histogram
- Use of filters
- Shooting in low light
- Shooting panoramas
- Long exposures with water
- Suitable for all except the complete beginner
- Good – whilst many locations will be close to the vehicle, some walking will be required to get to some of our shooting locations. There are some uphill sections and potentially uneven ground. The walking at Tre Cime di Laveredo is approximately 4 miles long. We will be photographing at an altitude of around 2000m so it may feel more demanding than normal.
- Sarah Howard and James Rushforth
Improve your Photography skills whilst taking in the majestic scenery of northern Italy
With its gentle green valleys and towering limestone pinnacles, crystal clear turquoise blue lakes, and charming, tiny villages characterised by Tyrolean huts, the Dolomites is a truly beautiful region.
This is a place to indulge both your senses and your camera as you’ll be captivated by the sheer cliffs, vertical walls, craggy pinnacles, idyllic valleys, and alpine pastures that define this unique landscape.
Positioning of churches is something that’s done to perfection here and there are some incredibly photogenic churches to be found, all with stunning mountain backdrops.
Photograph the iconic Tre Cime
These three jagged limestone peaks are arguably one of the most iconic mountain views in the whole of Italy and a highlight of any trip to the Dolomites. The three peaks themselves are a marvel but this area also gives you insanely beautiful views of the more distant mountains as well.
The Dolomites is a popular hiking and climbing region but also extremely rewarding for photography with some mesmerising scenes to capture. We’ll spend time exploring the trails and numerous viewpoints around the famous three peaks.
There’s a bit of walking here but our efforts are rewarded with wonderful views of the striking jagged pillars of the north face of Tre Cime di Lavaredo reaching towards the sky, as the sun paints them in shades of gold and red.
Alpe di Siusi
The beautiful Alpe di Siusi is the largest mountain pasture plateau in the Dolomites, spanning an area of 56 square kilometres. It’s also Europe’s highest alpine meadow.
Here you’ll find rolling meadows dotted with little wooden huts, pine trees and wildflowers. A backdrop of the razor sharp mountain peaks of the dramatic Sassolungo mountain range makes for some incredible images here.
All around are spectacular panoramic views to be found.
Capture the Fiery colours of the dolomites
Striking mountain peaks slash the sky and, each day, a glorious natural phenomenon; the “alpenglow”, occurs. With sunrise and sunset, the mountains glow in different tones of red, yellow, pink and orange; a glorious sight to behold. We’ll spend time here exploring the trails and huge variety of views around this incredible area.
And let’s not forget the glorious turquoise lakes of which there are many including the incredibly picturesque Lago Federa. We’ll also be taking in a sunrise at Lake Misurina to capture reflections of the Tre Cime peaks in its sparkling waters.
This workshop will be co-led by pro photographer and Dolomites expert James Rushforth, author of the FotoVUE guide to the Dolomites. An internationally acclaimed photographer and author, James has been photographing in the Dolomites for the last fifteen years and knows it intimately.
Together we will be taking you to explore the classic mountain views and rustic alpine villages as well as some hidden gems.
We will be staying in two different areas to minimise travelling and also to allow us to fully explore all that the region has to offer. Our time will be split between the stunningly situated Cortina, in the Ampezzo region and Santa Christina in the Val Gardena, South Tyrol. Both our accommodations are located in beautiful surroundings with good access to our chosen photo-locations.
Dolomites Photography Workshop - General Information
The workshop is aimed at anyone who wants to improve their photography so photographers of all levels of experience are welcome. It is not suitable for the complete beginner.
We will give you both practical and technical advice, as well as individual guidance and hands on demonstrations in the field.
Aside of helping you choose the best camera settings, we will also look at composition, developing your vision and the use of various filters.
I will be on hand to provide as much support, advice or guidance as you want.
You will be met at Venice Marco Polo airport (time TBC) on September 21st and transferred to our first hotel (3 hours). After checking in to our hotel we will meet early that evening for introductions and a programme brief before dinner. Our photography commences the next morning after breakfast and runs through until sunset on the final day. There will be an optional sunrise and morning shoot on the final morning before our 2 hour transfer back to the airport (time TBC). We will visit a number of locations over the course of the workshop which will offer you numerous challenges and allow you to fully explore your creative potential.
There will also be time to review and critique your images and the opportunity to discuss them together as we look back on our photography.
The workshop has a relaxed format and is designed to be enjoyable as well as well as educational, so aside of improving your photography you can also enjoy the beautiful surroundings and most importantly have fun!
A minimum of 6 photographers is required for this workshop to proceed. PLEASE DO NOT BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS until I give the go ahead.
A 9 seater minibus will be provided for our airport transfers and to take us between locations each day.
Moderate/Good – The hike up to Tre Cime and Cinque Torri involves a few hundred feet of elevation climbs. We will take our time going up to these locations, so you will be able to walk at your own pace. Otherwise most walking is moderate. The Tre Cime walk is one hour each way assuming you didn’t stop! Some potential slippery slopes near lakesides and waterfalls.
- DSLR or mirrorless camera ideally with both wide angle and telephoto lenses
- Cable/remote release
- Whilst not essential, you will benefit from bringing neutral density graduated filters; a polariser and a neutral density filter.
- A rain cover for your camera.
- A laptop and card reader is very useful to select and review your images for the purpose of our image critiques but not essential.
Before buying any equipment or if you are unsure of what to bring, please email email@example.com for more information.
Please ensure that you insure your photographic equipment. It is also recommended that take out personal insurance in case you need to cancel.