May 3-9 2017, Wednesday morning through Tuesday evening
Cost: $1,800 w/ discounts available; $2,784 for alumni who also join us in Paris or Prague (combined fees; $3,310 for non-alumni who also join us in Paris or Prague (combined fees). See also Three-fer pricing for Taormina/Paris/Prague.
Sandwiched between the watchful eye of the "gentle" volcano Mt. Etna and cliffs overlooking the Ionian Sea, Taormina is, indeed, the jewel of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The area was first inhabited by the Siculi long before the Greeks arrived on the Sicilian coast in 734 BC.
Over the centuries,
Taormina became a cultural and arts center, hosting such famous names as Goethe, D. H. Lawrence, Truman Capote, and Tennessee Williams among many others.
Since 1960, this medieval city has held the Taormina Film Fest. Sitting on the ancient steps of Teatro Greco and watching the films that come for this event is just amazing. Oooh, Ovid may have sat here! Or Pliny the Elder! Both wrote here and took their inspiration from this area.
Tallest of the European volcanoes, Mt. Etna is also one of the world's most active, having been in a state of near-continuous eruption for half a million years with documentation going back to 1500 B.C. Etna's eruptions have caused very few deaths, thus its "gentle volcano" reputation, because the lava flows are slow, and the eruptions are not particularly explosive.
Turi is a lover of the outdoors and an entertainer of the highest order. He has introduced us to a couple of wonderful wineries on Mt Etna to which we hope to return.
His standards for excellent take him into the forest to gather chestnuts, mushrooms, and other woodland delights. He also heads to the market to carefully pick out the vegetables, fish, and other fare for the evening's table.
After all, Sicily is as much about food and wine as it is about the ancient history and magnificent scenery.
For those who want to see a day touring wine country with Turi, check out Tutti Turi Tour on our YouTube site. It has gotten a lot of favorable reviews, including people who would like to carry our bags!
Margo and Arnie look forward to returning here and showing you some of their favorite locations where you'll be able to celebrate your passion for photography, hone your seeing
and imaging skills, and learn about the magic of light to make wonderful photographs.
Plan on staying on to see some of the rest of this wonderful island with its ancient history, as this is large island, too big to cover in a workshop where we can only give you a mere taste ... but what a taste it will be!
For those who want more time with Margo and Arnie, we offer the opportunity to scout and shoot with them before most of our domestic workshops. We limit this to two people per day who ride in the car with the instructors. During these days while Arnie and Margo do their own photography and final scouting for the workshop, there is also lots of individual instruction and discussions about photography.
We start out with some technical information before heading out for our first afternoon of photography. Our workshops include the following:
Maximum 6-to-1 ratio students to instructors;
Primer booklet to help you get started;
Early-morning and late-afternoon shoots for domestic workshops;
Daily downloading of your images and processing (we use the latest version
Lots of individual instruction in both the field and classroom;
Daily critiques, both individual and group for domestic workshops and most overseas ones;
Discussions on various aspects of photography, including digital workflow; and
Lots of fun and frivolity throughout!
One critical note: if you are contemplating buying a new camera, please make sure you have a basic working knowledge of it BEFORE you come to one of our workshops. There are so many variations amongst camera brands, and even within each brand, far too many for us to know and thus be able to help you.
If you have not already done so, be sure to check our FAQs for
questions you may have as well as for equipment and installed downloads you need
to bring to the workshop including, if necessary, the free, 30-day, trial versions
of Adobe and other imaging products.
Rooms can go quickly, so best to not wait too long before signing up. Our special room rates are for participants only. Once we receive your application and monies due at the time of sign-up, we will let our hotel know you are, indeed, with us.