Taormina, Jewel of Sicily Photo Workshop June 2-6, 2013, Sunday at noon through Thursday evening
discounts available with an extra 5% by joining us on two European workshops.
Limit 12 with 2 instructors (maximum 6:1 student-to-instructor ratio) Click here for more information about
accommodations, nearest airport, etc.
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.
The flanks of Mt. Etna, with its hard-scrabble soil, produce some amazing wines.
Add to these, the dramatic coasts, small cliffside villages, colorful fishing fleets, and Taormina itself, and you will have much to photograph.
Don't forget all those scenes from The Godfather. Some of them were filmed in the area in which we hold our workshop!
We'll be based right in the beautiful, historic, and vibrant Taormina, with its wonderful little alleys, fun piazzas, and great food and wine. You cannot go wrong here.
In fact, we have become friends with a marvelous restauranteur and wine connosseur featured in The Wine Spectator. 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 will return. (See group photo below.)
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!
We start out with some technical information before heading out for our first shoot. Our workshops include the following:
Maximum 6-to-1 ratio students to instructors
Opening reception with wine and local fare;
Primer booklet to help you get started;
Lots of individual instruction in both the field and classroom;
Daily individual and group critiques;
Access to some special locations;
Imaging and processing with the latest version
of Lightroom (timing will vary depending upon our locations);
Discussions on various aspects of photography, including digital workflow;
Plenty of opportunities to sample the excellent local fare; and
Lots of fun and frivolity throughout!
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.
Cost: $1,180 discounts available with an extra 5% by joining us on two European workshops.
To sign up, fill out the Application Form.
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etc. Taormina is a very popular destination, and you'll see why, so at the very least,
reserve your room (waiting for final confirmation on our hotel); you can always cancel later.