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Venice, Cinque Terre and Pisa Oct. 18-24 2012

      Venice, Cinque Terre andPisa 

                 Oct. 18-24 2012

                 $750.00, Limited to 8 Students

Gondola waiting to go our for Sunset Tour

Romance Awaits-Venice

The colorful palette of Venice, The Cinque Terre and Pisa with there rich history is the perfect photographic venue. In Venice the Piazza San Marco and the Canals offer a variety of images that are wonderfully unique. The Cinque Terre a beautifully rugged stretch of coastline with five tiny villages set like jewels into the Ligurian Coast, we’ll capture it’s charm and beauty. It is one of those places people tend to read about once and then dream about forever. Pisa famous for its Leaning Tower and the Piazza dei Miracoli is a great place to spend our last day capturing images. Pisa is a wonderful hub where you can catch a train for Florence or Rome, or a flights home. We will photograph sunrise and sunset in these wonderful cities. Our field time will be spent on composition and proper use of light. We will spend some time processing images using Photoshop and Nik Software to help you with your processing skills. There is a training video at my website that you will be able to reference when you are processing images at home. Our goal is to teach you how to capture beautiful images and explore how to create the images that continue to inspire.

Brief Itinerary

Day One: 5pm get together in Venice to go over equipment and if time allows Photograph at sunset.
Day Two: Photograph at sunrise and sunset and when the light is right.
Day Three: Photograph at Sun rise in Venice have breakfast and Travel to Cinque Terre for afternoon and evening images.
Day Four and Five: Photograph at sunrise and sunset and when the light is right.
Day Six: Photograph at sunrise have breakfast and Travel to Pisa for afternoon and evening images. .
Day Seven: Photograph Sunrise and go over final thoughts over breakfast before saying goodbye.

• Learn tips and tricks used by the professionals to create impressive photographs.
• Discover new viewpoints, interesting details which might be overlooked, see the
world photographically.
• Learn to sense the direction of light and how to capture the magic moment.
• Improve your photographic technique.
• Learn your camera and how to get the most out of it.
• Have fun!

Workshop Information

In these workshops we will capture landscape images that excite and move, images that trace where the mind has been and form a unique vision that will last a lifetime. These workshops are about applying new skills learned daily and sharing our collective knowledge to take that next step in a supportive environment. We hold a deep passion for the places we travel to, and will help you explore how to create the images that continue to inspire. What takes time to create, time respects, good images don’t just happen. Most often, our best images lie just beyond our greatest failures. We believe through photography and an open mind the best is yet to come.

Paul James is a published, award winning photographer from Southeastern Michigan who offers the best in personalized photographic instruction on every level; whether you’re just beginning or a seasoned veteran. Paul takes great pride in his work, and this translates to some great teaching techniques. He has vast experience in both the artistic and technical aspects of photography; he is adept in Digital, Medium and Large format Cameras, which includes a large range of camera brands and models. He welcomes photographers of all formats and skill levels; however, this class will be geared for the digital photographer.

The October – November 2011 Florence Tuscan and Roma photographic workshops trips were a great success. Each groups came home with some wonderful images and some wonderful memories. I have been posting some of the new images on the website and hope that you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed taking them. Many thanks to my two wonderful friends Steve and Grazia who helped make the Rome workshop very special. For anyone traveling to Roma for a holiday, taking one of their personalized day tours is a must.


Sunset-Santa Rosa, Florida-The Gulf Islands National Seashore

Sunset-Santa Rosa, Florida-The Gulf Islands National Seashore

Sunset-Santa Rosa, Florida-The Gulf Islands National Seashore

I processed this image using Photoshop CS5 and the Nik Software plug-in Color Efex Pro™ 3.0.

Sunset-Santa Rosa,Florida-The Gulf Islands National Seashore

Sunset-Santa Rosa,Florida-The Gulf Islands National Seashore

I processed this image using Photoshop CS5 and the Nik Software plug-in Color Efex Pro™ 3.0.

This weekend I am displaying at an art fair in Gulf Breeze Florida. Just south of Gulf Breeze is The Gulf Islands National Seashore a wonderful stretch of coastline in the Florida Panhandle. I will be in the area photographing sunrises and sunsets in the panhandle this week while I layover for next weeks art fair in Fairhope Alabama. This area is great to photograph any time and I hope to find the time to photograph this area in September one year when the Sea Oats are in bloom.

I photographed this image with a 5D Mark II with the 24-105L Canon lens. Using a 30 sec time exposure gives the water a smooth dreamy look. The Aperture was set at F 22 giving me an almost infinite depth of field. F 22 puts everything in focus from your Foreground which is the water and sand and is just a couple of feet away to your Background which is the sky and is several miles away. When I capture images using long exposures I always take multiple images. If the sand shifts during the exposure you will end up with motion blur and the first two images I opened up did have motion blur. Pixels are free so it doesn’t cost us the price of film and developing to shoot the image multiple times and delete the images we do not want to store in the processing stage.


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