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We are pleased to announce this exclusive travel photography workshop to Havana, Cuba. This workshop is being held in conjunction with with Vancouver Photo Workshops.
Date: March 10 - 16, 2013
Fee: CDN $2975
Leader: Rick Hulbert (Nikonians Photo Professor)
Registration: Call Irene Chan @ 604-656-1000
Urban environments comprise the most diverse “target-rich” places to photograph anywhere, period. Most photographs contain a “subject” within a “setting” or background. The cool reality is that Buildings and Urban Places are both “subjects” and “settings.” Think about all of the images you have taken or will take in the future that contain buildings as the featured subject or as backgrounds to a myriad of other photo subjects … like people, for instance.
This workshop series is designed to improve your photography regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious enthusiast, a professional photographer, or earn your living as a member of the global real estate, design, and construction industries. (there are lots of you out there)
There are “rules” for photographing buildings and other man-made structures. Knowing these rules will make you a better photographer. Mastering these rules will allow you to learn how “break” them in a deliberate, meaningful way.
You will learn how a basic understanding of Street Photography will assist in your Architectural and Urban Photography. You will discover how the fundamental principles of Travel Photography will enhance your Architectural and Urban Imaging.
While the illustrated lectures will give you the fundamental information you need, “hands on” photography and constructive critiques of your own selected images will form a key part of the learning experience.
There is no requirement for fancy equipment. Any and every brand of camera can work. The principles taught apply to point and shoot cameras, new mirrorless cameras, traditional SLR solutions and even camera phones .
We will discuss the elementary basics of how people see, how the camera sees, and why “Enhanced” Dynamic Range photography can be so enticing and fulfilling. This is true whether you are wanting to document reality or want to create a fine art interpretation of the built environment.
This workshop is designed to get you to think about concepts in Architectural and Urban Photography that you hadn’t thought of or considered before. That is, admittedly, a rather bold statement. However, that is exactly what this one week experience intends to achieve.
You will discover how to better frame and crop Architectural and Urban Images using the long established basic principles of portrait, wedding, and event photography. By the way, if you are a wedding or event photographer, this workshop will take your photography up a notch as well.
You will learn how to create jaw dropping images that will be the envy of both your photographer friends and potential future clients. You might even be able to impress your kids!
And yes … for those of you with “GAS,” (gear acquisition syndrome) we can also talk about the best “Gear” and broadly touch on software solutions that can make your images sing.
The City of Old Havana was founded by the Spanish in 1519 in the natural harbor of the Bay of Havana. It became a stopping point for the treasure laden Spanish Galleons on the crossing between the New World and the Old World. In the 17th century it was one of the main shipbuilding centers. The city was built in baroque and neoclassic style. The narrow streets of old Havana contain many buildings, accounting for perhaps as many as one-third of the approximately 3,000 buildings found in Old Havana. It is the ancient city formed from the port, the official center and the Plaza de Armas.
The Old City of Havana is loaded with unlimited photographic opportunities. It is considered by many photographers as one of the best preserved Heritage Environments.
You should start thinking of shooting venues you would like to explore. Part of the joy and art of Travel Photography is the process of “Pre-visualization.” While not a requirement, if will allow you to hit ground running as you spend a delightful week of image making.
Outline Seminar Schedule and Structure for Havana, Cuba
(tentative depending upon weather and participant desires)
Day 1: Havana Arrival
Meet and greet at Havana airport by our local tour coordinator. Overnight at 4 star hotel.
Day 02: Old And Modern Havana City Tour (B/ L/ D)
07:00-09:30 Sunrise shooting excursion
11:00-12:30 Lecture and discussion at meeting room.
13:30-14:30 Typical Cuban lunch.
14:30-16:00 Lecture and discussion at meeting room.
17:00-22:00 Dinner and Sunset shooting excursion
Day 3: Old And Modern Havana City Tour (B/ L/D)
Day 4: Havana (B)
Open program today.
Day 5: Havana (B/L/D)
Day 6: Havana (B/ L/D)
Day 7: Havana Departure (B)
Private transfer to Havana Airport on time to board your departure flight from Cuba. Optional tours available.
Land only Package includes:
6 Nights accommodation at 4 star hotel
Private shooting excursions to historic old and modern Havana district
Meeting Room Rental with projector as per program
Local English/Spanish-speaking tour coordinator
Private Airport Transfers as per itinerary
Farewell Cuban party with 1 drink pp
Assistance in Cuba 24/7
Land only Package excludes:
International air tickets, personal expenses, insurance, optional tours, visa, items not specified
Tips and gratuity to guides and drivers: tips to driver (CUC$5 per day per person), tips to restaurant personnel (CUC $1 per meal per person)
Min. 6 person to guarantee departure.
Itinerary is subject to change without notice.
Note: Optional, “on your own” Pre and Post Workshop
Photography each day will be encouraged, but not required.
The concept of this workshop is to learn lots while having a fun,
Some members with citizenship in countries that do not have completely unrestricted travel arrangements with Cuba will notice the Havana workshop is being arranged through a third party. As an international community of Nikon enthusiasts we need to make clear that the Academy is not circumventing current travel guidelines. We recognize the simple fact that not all members will be able to take advantage of the Havana Urban and Street Photography workshop and we do not engage in political debate regarding international travel restrictions.
The tour requires 60 days written notice (before the workshop start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. We may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. Within 45 days of the Master Photographer Series workshop date all fees paid are non-refundable.
Member prices are only applicable to Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Non-members can register as Nikonians members here. Nikonians Basic members can upgrade the membership level here. Membership payments help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community and its services such as the Nikonians Academy.