Composition

Frequently Asked Questions

In this section you will find all the information needed for the photography workshop

How is Tuscany Photography Day different?

In many ways. First, Tuscany Photography Day is ran on a daily basis while most workshops involve three or more days. Second, most photography workshops in Tuscany are very focused on landscape photography while here, even though all daily workshops include landscape photography, you will also have the possibility to photograph farmers, wine cellars, artisans and seasonal happenings during the year as grape picking, olive picking and more. Furthermore, at the end of the day your pictures won't be simply holiday shoots but they will tell a story about the activities you photographed and the people who were invloved in them, the environment they work in, what they do, how they do it.

What photography level do I need to be?

The most important thing for me is that you are really interested in photography as if you are you will apprehend quickly. The participants are normally amateurs or advanced amateurs but the workshop is open to everybody as I can give to each participant the tips and teachings needed depending on their level.

How is the workshop structured?

Every workshop includes:

1) A practical introduction to street photography
2) Landscape photography

Normally workshops start around 2pm. This isn't the best time to do landscape photography as the sun is very high and the light is too harsh. On the opposite, we can take advantage of this light for street photography. Strong light and deep shadows can be used to make very graphic images. Images that are made of several layers, combining all the elements in the frame in the right way.The sunset light is reserved for landscape photography. We generally spend the last couple of hours in the countryside, gravel roads, basically ... we will be off the beaten track!

What will I learn during the workshop?

You will learn both the technical and the visual side of photography. I will always be with you and I will tell you how to get the best out of your camera in any given situation. You will learn to see how the camera sees and you will aquire the technical grounding to previsualize the image. We will always be side by side and the time I will be with you depends very much on the number of participants, but there will be plenty as I will be always around, ready to answar any question you may have.
In a day you will learn:
- The technical aspects of your camera
- How to expose in any light condition: f-stop, shutter speed, ISO and how they are related
- To pre-visualize an image
- How to photograph with natural light outdoor and artificial light indoor *
- White balance
- How depth of filed affects an image
- To think in terms of colour
- To think in terms of light: contrast range and direction
- To make a graphic image
- To think about composition
- To keep unnecessary elements out of the picture
- How to expose in low light with a flash*
- How to do long exposures with tripod*
- How to do panning photography
* You will be able to learn these techniques depending on the workshop you have chosen as they require us to be indoor or out with a low light, when the sun is setting.

What happens if it rains?

No matter what, we will go. I actually take my camera and car when it starts raining as it offers the possibility to do incredible photographs. Also, when the rain stops pouring and the sun comes back everything is wet and very reflective, this is usually the best light you can dream of. Furthermore during the day we will also be in some indoor places and in case of very strong rain we can find the way to take indoor pictures when it’s pouring badly and go out when the rain reduces.

What happens if I am late?

As there will be other people at the workshop the maximum time we can wait at the meeting point is 10 minutes. It is important that you get in touch with Alfredo by telephone as he can arrange to meet you at the first lacation we are going to visit. He will aslo try to contact you, this is why it is very important that you give all the necessary information (telephone number where you can be reached in Italy and telephone number of your place of staying) when applying for the workshop.

What photographic equipment do I need?

A good quality digital camera and its manual
Possibly two lenses: a wide angle lens and a 28-70 lens for full size sensor or equivalent.
I would also suggest to bring a long focal lens for landscape photography, 300mm.
Tripod
Storage cards
Extra batteries
Polarizing filter (optional)
Flash

How should I dress?

The first thing when going out to take pictures is to dress comfortably. Just make sure you are covered enough in different layers of cloths as if it is cold you will be prepared and if it gets hot you can still take something off and leave it in the car. I recommend comfortable shoes as we will be walking, possibly waterproof in case of bad weather. A rain proof jacket may be usefull too.

Will we eat during the day?

We won’t have a proper meal but we will stop in bars along the way for a coffee or a quick snack. During the workshops in which we will visit wineries or cheese makers there will be a wine or cheese tasting for us. You may just think about bringing a bottle of water with you, in case you get thirsty.

Can a friend of mine come with us without applying for the workshop if not interested in photography?

Sure, the cost would be 50% of the workshop fee plus the cost of the wine/cheese tasting or any entrance ticket he/she may need.

What is included in the price?

My tuition for the full length of the workshop and my guidance throughout the different locations.

Is transport included in the price?

Transport is included from the meeting point to the end of the workshop at no extra charge. The only limit is that I will be able to accomodate the first 4 participants only as I have a 5 seats car. So please inquire with me if there are still seats available as if they are all already booked you will have to follow with your own car.

What is not included in the price?

Not included is the wine/cheese tasting which we will do during the workshop as a recognition toward our hosts, who kindly allow us to visit their facilities. Not included are also any expenses we may encounter as the entrance ticket to the garden or food and beverage you may want to buy during the workshop.

Will I receive anything as a reminder of what I did during the workshop?

Yes, at the beginning of the workshop I will give a booklet to every participant. I have written it in a way that if you forget something that has been discussed during the workshop you can find it in there.  All the techniques, tips and technical details have been included in the booklet.

Can I pay with credit card?

Yes.  You can pay on site with Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Diners and JCB.

More questions?

Please contact me and I will reply as soon as possible!