Slovenia Photography Workshop
Capture the stunning Landscapes of Europe’s best kept secret
Lakes and Mountains Photography Workshop
An Autumn Photography Workshop & Tour Of Slovenia's Glorious Alpine Landscapes
A small country it may be, but Slovenia is packed full of treasures, making it a perfect location for a landscape photography workshop. Characterised by towering mountains, picture-perfect lakes, deep gorges and the most incredible turquoise rivers; this is an area of immense natural beauty, rich in photographic opportunities.
You will learn…
- Working with the available light
- Exposure & use of the histogram
- Composition techniques & pre-visualisation
- Depth of field & focusing
- Use of filters
- Shooting at sunrise & sunset
- Appropriate camera settings
- Suitable for all except the complete beginner
- Sarah Howard
Improve your photography amid the stunning alpine landscape of Slovenia
Beautiful Alpine Lakes
The northernmost Alpine region is the focus of our five day workshop as we take in Slovenia’s stunning lakes and mountains. Triglav national park, which contains a range of mountains known as the Julian Alps, is nothing short of breathtaking. Its’ jewel is Lake Bled, a glacial lake in the foothill of the Julian Alps. Picturesque Bled Island, with it’s 15th century church, set against the backdrop of a medieval castle and towering mountains, is one of the most photogenic spots in the area.
This workshop has been timed for mid October; the optimum time to visit with the fabulous autumn colours, for which this region is known, in full swing, plus the chance of some snow capped mountains. At this time of the year there is also a high possibility of misty mornings, adding further atmosphere to the landscape.
Just a short drive away lies the picturesque valley of Bohinj. Its’ lake, backed by mountain peaks and surrounded by colourful beech woods, offers beautiful reflections and is especially magical at dawn.
Churches and Mountains
Two very picturesque churches are found in this area and we’ll be photographing them both. St Primoz’s church, near Jamnik is one of the most beautifully located and a magical sight early in the morning. The other; the church of Saint Thomas with a backdrop of the towering Kamnik Alps, is one of Slovenia’s most iconic views.
The dramatic 1.6 kilometre long Vintgar Gorge is another of our locations. Carved by the Radovna River 150m deep into the mountains, its’ waterfalls, pools and fast flowering waters provide plenty of opportunities for photography.
Waterfalls and alpine valleys
A visit to Slovenia wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Soča valley, which lies in the heart of the Julian Alps. Home to turquoise rivers and breathtaking waterfalls, we’ll be taking time to explore this area, traveling over the spectacular Vršič Pass en-route to capture some dramatic alpine scenery. One of the most impressive waterfalls here is Kozjak. At fifteen metres high, it is located in a striking rocky amphitheatre with a beautiful emerald green pool at its base.
Lake Bohinj is the largest permanent lake in Slovenia. It is located within the Bohinj Valley of the Julian Alps, nestled at the foot of the mountains.
Picture perfect, Lake Bohinj can be a great early morning location, especially on a calm day, with its stunning reflections of the surrounding mountain peaks.
Our base for our Slovenia workshop is Pension Mayer, a comfortable mid range guest house situated in the heart of Bled, just a short distance from the lake. We’ll be rising at dawn each day to make the most of the soft light and to hopefully catch some early morning mist. The days are not too long at this time of year, with the bonus of later sunrises and earlier sunsets. We’ll also take time, when possible, to critique together some of the images we have taken, before dinner at a carefully chosen Slovenian restaurant, where we will have the chance to try the fabulous local cuisine.
Slovenia Photography Workshop - General Information
For our 5 day / 5 night workshop we will be based at the guesthouse Pension Mayer which is located in Bled, at the heart of the Triglav national park. All rooms are single occupancy and ensuite.
The nearest airport is Ljubljana to which low cost flights are available with Easy Jet from London Gatwick or BA from London Heathrow. Exact pick up/drop off times will be confirmed when the flight schedule is confirmed.
Please contact me BEFORE booking your flights.
A minimum of 4 bookings are required for the workshop to proceed. As such PLEASE DO NOT BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS until you are informed that this number has been reached.
You will be met at the airport and transferred by minibus to your accommodation in Bled which will take about 35 minutes. Depending on our arrival time. After checking in and a short time to relax we will meet again for introductions and an overview of the workshop. Depending on the arrival time we may have time for an evening shoot before dinner. The workshop continues the following morning. A departure transfer back to the airport will be arranged for the final day (time tbc). There may be time for a sunrise/morning shoot beforehand.
Over the course of this workshop we will explore the magnificent scenery of this unique region as well as incorporating visits to some of the local villages. Where possible (weather and conditions allowing) we’ll take the opportunity to include both dawn and dusk shoots to take advantage of the favourable light and to enable us to capture the mood and atmosphere of the area. Throughout, we will give you both practical and technical advice, to help you gain confidence and develop your photographic technique, as well as individual guidance and hands on demonstrations in the field. There will also be the opportunity to have your work critiqued as we look back over our images and review your progress.
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!
The workshop is suitable for all abilities, whether you are a keen amateur, or a more experienced photographer. It is not suitable for the complete beginner. Please email email@example.com if you have any queries.
A moderate level of fitness is essential for all clients. There are two longish walks – the Vintgar Gorge (1.6km/45 minutes each way) stopping numerous times on route) and Kozjak Waterfall – also around 45 minutes. Both involve rocky uneven surfaces which may be slippery if wet.
This five night/five and a half day workshop includes:
- Transfers to and from Ljubljana Airport airport from recommended flights
- Airport transfers and all transportation on the workshop by minibus
- All photographic tuition and demonstrations,
- International flights
- Insurance – please insure your photographic equipment. You are also are advised to take out personal insurance.
- Five nights, single occupancy ensuite accommodation with breakfast at Pension Maya
- Tourist tax payable to the hotel directly -approximately 15 Euros
- Entrance fees to Vintgar gorge and Kozjak falls- approximately 15 Euros
Non photographer partners, or friends/family sharing the same room, are most welcome and we’d love it if they join us for dinner each night. Please note however that they would not be able to join us each day due to limited space in the minibus. Please contact me for a price. For more information on activities and what to do in the area, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
- DSLR with appropriate lenses. A bridge camera will be adequate if it has manual functions – please contact email@example.com if you are unsure if your camera is suitable.
- A tripod
- Filters – a Polarising Filter and a set of Neutral Density Graduated Filter/s will help you get the best result in-camera.
- It is also recommended that you also bring a rain cover for your camera.
- A laptop or tablet to view and/or process your images if you wish to do so in preparation to have your work critiqued.
Before buying any equipment or if you are unsure of what to bring, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please ensure that you insure your photographic equipment. It is also recommended that like with any holiday, you take out personal insurance in case you need to cancel.
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