From the streets and shoreline of Havana to the tobacco fields of the rural Viñales Valley, every day and evening will be filled with glowing photographic opportunities. And when the sun goes down, the fast lenses come out and ISOs go up as we explore the hidden intrigue and magnificence of Cuba at night. Any digital camera is welcome — from DSLR to Mirrorless to iPhone — as long as you have a way to get your images onto an iPhone or iPad for viewing and editing.
We’ll enjoy a lightweight, modern approach to our image making with photo critiques and classes all based on iPhones and iPads. That’s right, you can leave your laptops at home because it’s better spending your time making photos and memories rather than trudging through Photoshop and Lightroom. You’ll discover the joy of editing on your iPhone during lunch or on your iPad in the middle of the night. You’ll be amazed at what you learn from Dan (author of iPhone Artistry and Making Digital Negatives) as you shoot and process the modern, compact and lightweight way — a dream for the travel photographer!
The workshop includes 8 days/8 nights in Cuba. Beginning in Havana, you'll be picked up at the airport and stay in Old Historic Havana for three nights. Then we'll travel by private, air-conditioned bus to the Viñales Valley, a rural area famous for its picturesque rolling hills, spending 2 nights concentrating on the Cuban countryside. Returning to Havana, we'll continue to explore classic neighborhoods, artist communities, farmers' markets and Cuban urban life. The group is limited to 10-12 participants and the workshop price is $4600.
• Eight nights in beautiful casa particulares (B&B's) in Centro Havana and the Viñales Valley.
• Various location fees and shooting opportunities
• Ground transportation in Cuba
• All breakfasts and dinners
• Several lunches
• Daily workshop instruction during classtime or photo outings
• Daily assistance from local Cuban photographers and guides
• Entry Visa
• Supplemental Health Insurance for Cuba
• Tips and Gratuities
• Airfare to Havana and baggage fees (we can help with these arrangements that have ranged from $250-$600 depending on the departure city)
• Lunches, except for several lunches provided during outings
• Travel/cancellation Insurance (available from your travel agent)
• Bottled water and all alcoholic beverages except for one Cuban beer or drink per meal
• Personal expenses
Our Cuban liaisons are Havana photographers Alejandro Perez Alvarez (www.aperezalvarez.com) and Marcel Fernandez Diaz who both know Cuba and her people. They help smooth our journey and ensure we discover unique photographic opportunities.
Any digital camera is welcome — from DSLR to Mirrorless to iPhone — as long as you have a way to get your images onto an iPhone or iPad for viewing and editing.
iPhones and iPads should be newer models that have the smaller Lightning connectors (not the wider, 30-pin charging cables from days of old) because these models make it much easier for us to share images during classroom critiques and lessons.
Bring lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes because you’ll spend lots of time on your feet.
Before your departure, you will receive tons of helpful, detailed information to help you prepare for your adventure. From camera gear advice to packing suggestions, you’ll get lots of help to ensure your trip is one of learning and image making instead of problems and hassles.
Payment and Cancellation Policy
Hold your spot with a $1000 deposit with the balance due Oct 1. If you need to cancel before Oct 1, $500 will be refunded. If the cancellation is after Oct 1, 50% of the total workshop fee will be refunded ($2300).
Rooms are based on double occupancy and all have private baths. Single occupancy is available for an additional $500 for the workshop. Both ground floor and scenic upper floor apartments can be reserved depending on availability. Early registration is encouraged for those who need one of the limited ground floor rooms.
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Legendary Cuba, Oct 2020, DEPOSIT $1200
Oct 25 - Nov 2, 2020 --Support for the Cuban people in Havana and Trinidad.A lightweight, fresh approach to our image making with photo critiques and classes all based on iPhones and iPads. ANY DIGITAL CAMERA IS WELCOME — from DSLR to Mirrorless to iPhone — as long as you have a way to get your images onto an iPhone or iPad for viewing and editing. Total cost is $4500.