Dolomites Landscape Masterclass

Dolomites, Italy, October 16-23, 2022

Cost: €3,500

Join me and my good friend and landscape photographer extraordinaire Andy Bitterer as we visit and photograph some of the most stunning scenery Europe has to offer!

This workshop is 100% focused on landscape photography. During it, we will teach you all of our secrets for taking advantage of the light and creating beautiful and timeless photographs.

This is an intimate workshop during which we are going to give our undivided attention to a small group of only 10 photographers. That's a 1:5 instructor-to-student ratio!

We will go deep into such topics as:

  • Planning and scouting locations.
  • Learning to recognize the best light.
  • Nailing the exposure in camera.
  • Ensuring perfect focus every time.
  • Creating compelling compositions, through choice of lens, framing, and orientation.
  • Getting the most out of your RAW files with digital darkroom techniques.

TOUR CO-LEADER AND INSTRUCTOR

Andy Bitterer


Andy Bitterer is a freelance photographer from Hamburg, Germany. As a frequent traveller, Andy focuses mostly on travel and landscape photography, capturing the beauty of nature at the far corners of the world. His work has appeared online and in print, from news websites and magazines to book and music album covers.


Portfolio: andybitterer.com

Who This Is For

  • Are you adventurous and have a desire to explore?
  • Do you love nature and the wilderness?
  • Are you looking forward to producing stunning landscape images and to improving your skills dramatically?
  • Are you looking for somebody to create an itinerary that would maximize your chances of getting the perfect shot?
  • Are you willing to sacrifice sleep? To relegate lunch and dinner to strange hours, all in pursuit of the moment when the light is magical?

If so, then this tour is for you.

Itinerary and locations

The Dolomites are a vast area (about 16,000 sq. km) comprising many mountain groups, valleys, meadows, and lakes. In order to allow us to visit as many locations as possible and minimize driving time, we'll spend roughly half of our time in the western part of it, basing ourselves in the Val Gardena - Gröden are, and half of it in the east, using Cortina as our base.

The workshop will start and end at Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE). From there we will drive to the Dolomites in comfortable, multi-seater vans. It might be possible, but not guaranteed, to arrange pickup in Milan or Verona, in case one of those airports might be more convenient for you. Please enquire about this at the time of booking.

From those bases we will typically do a drive in the morning to reach a sunrise location. Then, when time permits, we'll be back to our hotel for a hearty breakfast and some rest, conversation, and review of the photos of the previous day.

In the late morning and early afternoon we might photograph subjects that also work well in midday light, like deep valleys, ravines, and waterfalls.

After this, we might return to our hotel for some more rest or drive directly to our sunset location, depending on distance and weather conditions.

We plan to photograph most or all of the following locations and possibly more:

  • Tre Cime di Lavaredo - Drei Zinnen
  • Cinque Torri
  • Alpe di Siusi - Seiser Alm
  • Sassolungo - Langkofel
  • Passo Gardena – Grödner Joch
  • Lake Misurina
  • Lake Antorno
  • Lake Braies - Pragser Wildsee
  • Seceda
  • Santa Maddalena in Val di Funes - St. Magdalena, Villnösstal
  • Passo Giau
  • Baita Segantini, Passo Rolle

Please notice that this is an incomplete list that is subject to change, depending on weather conditions. The weather in the mountains is always unpredictable, so we'll have to be flexible and ready to change our itinerary at the last minute.

This is an intensive workshop, during which we will stay outdoors as much as possible and exploit every possible opportunity to take advantage of the light conditions. At that time of the year, at those latitudes, sunrise will be at around 7.30AM and sunrise at around 6.30PM. If the weather permits it, we will be up well before sunrise to reach a location. Most of the days, we won't be back until after sunset and dinners might be late.

There will be some hiking to do, sometimes on sloping terrain. Make sure your fitness level is adequate for the type of activities we will be doing. If in doubt, contact me and I'll provide you with more details.

What is included

The price of the workshop includes:

  • Support and instruction during the whole workshop by Ugo Cei and Andy Bitterer.
  • Exploiting our knowledge of the best shooting locations.
  • Review and post-processing sessions during the whole workshop.
  • Seven nights' accommodation in select hotels, double room sharing. A supplement applies in case single room accommodation is preferred, depending on availability.
  • Transportation in a private vehicle during the whole workshop.
  • Assistance about equipment choice, image selection, and post-processing before, during, and after the workshop.

What is NOT included

The price of the workshop DOES NOT include:

  • Transportation from your place of residence to Venice airport and back.
  • Any visas required to enter Italy.
  • Any food, except for breakfasts at hotels, drinks, or extras.
  • Personal health and travel insurance. Proof of having a travel insurance policy, covering medical, hospitalization and repatriation costs in case of illness or accidents is required prior to departure.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in the "What is included" section.

Cost of Workshop

The price for taking part in this exclusive workshop is €3,500.

A deposit of €1,000 is required to secure your seat at the time of booking.

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Cinque Torri, Dolomites

Cinque Torri, Dolomites

Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen, Dolomites

Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen, Dolomites

Laghetto Baita Segantini and the Pale di San Martino Group in the background

Baita Segantini

Croda da Lago

Croda da Lago

Passo Giau

Passo Giau

Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinner

Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinner

Lago Antorno and the Tre Cime / Drei Zinnen

Lago Antorno and the Tre Cime / Drei Zinnen

S. Giovanni Ranui, Val di Funes / Villnoßtal

S. Giovanni Ranui, Val di Funes / Villnoßtal

Lago di Misurina

Lago di Misurina

Sassolungo, Langkofel, Dolomites
Sassolungo / Langkofel, Dolomites

Sassolungo / Langkofel

Santa Maddalena, Val di Funes / Villnoßtal

Santa Maddalena, Val di Funes / Villnoßtal

Sassolungo / Langkofel, Dolomites

Sassolungo / Langkofel

Gruppo del Cir / Cirspitzen, Dolomites

Gruppo del Cir / Cirspitzen

Pass Pordoi, Dolomites

Pass Pordoi

Terms and Conditions

Basis of Rates: All prices are quoted in Euros. The rates are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Eligibility: Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire journey.

Group Size and Booking Considerations

The workshop will be confirmed only if a minimum number of 5 participants is reached. In order to keep the group size small and the experience enjoyable for everyone, the maximum number of participants we accept is 10.

Payment Schedule

The payment for this trip is split into 3 installments, due as follows:

  • €1,000 deposit is due at the time of booking.
  • Your balance payment of  is due no later than 60 days before the start of the workshop.

Cancellation Policy

The booking deposit will be refunded if participant numbers are not reached.

After your group has been confirmed, the deposits are non-refundable.

If you cancel between 60 to 31 days prior to date of departure you will forfeit 50% of your total trip cost, including any applicable single supplement.*

If you cancel within 30 days of the date of departure, you will forfeit 100% of the tour cost. Where the full cost of the tour has not yet been paid, it will be immediately payable on cancellation.*

* Note that if you cancel up to 31 days before the start of the tour and I are able to backfill your place, I may refund recoverable costs at my discretion.

Travel insurance

It is requested to take out your travel insurance at the time of booking your trip as cover will commence for pre-departure cancellation from the policy issue date. This will therefore provide cover should you have to cancel your trip for an insured reason such as illness or serious accident.

I strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are adequately insured, providing financial protection against unforeseen circumstances. Cover should include medical expenses, as well as repatriation, in the event of accident or illness. In addition, I strongly recommend that you have cover for personal belongings, delay at your outward or homeward point of departure, personal liability, overseas legal expenses and cancellation. If you are undertaking any sports or adventurous activities on your trip, including trekking, you should also make sure that your policy covers these. Please also ensure you read the policy conditions and exclusions.

 Responsibility

Ugo Cei will provide education enrichment during photo tours. The other providers are solely responsible and liable for providing their respective services. Ugo Cei and its designated tour leaders shall not be held responsible for (A) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, and (B) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation, or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government, or by acts of nature, strikes, fire, flood, war, terrorism, sickness, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against Ugo Cei and its designated tour leaders for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.  Ugo Cei reserves the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on any photo workshop. Ugo Cei reserves the right, without penalty, to make changes in the itinerary whenever, in their judgement, conditions warrants, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants.

You have assumed the responsibility to select an activity appropriate to your physical abilities and interests. You are personally responsible for being in sufficiently good health to undertake the activity.