The unusual world of temples, roadside shrines and solitary crosses – the 3-day workshops
These workshops are the first and only offer of this kind in the midst of photographic courses offered online. They combine several aspects which are hard to find in other workshops and photographic expeditions.
These workshops combine the art of photographing landscapes, architecture and all other aspects of photographic art that make up the photographs of forgotten historical places and objects. During the workshops, participants will gain comprehensive knowledge of techniques that ensure creation of successful pictures. A key advantage of the workshop are, however, the places and objects that will be photographed. Subsequent editions of the classes will be held in the Magura National Park, Roztocze and Podlasie.
Price: 600 Euro/person
Minimum number of participants: 2
Including: accommodation, 3 meals/day, transport, local guides
For a group of >5 people the price can be negotiated.
During the workshops we will focus on such issues as:
- Creative presentation of popular tourist destinations, architecture, landscape, - How not to ruin commemorative photographs of monuments, - Selection of the best equipment for photography of landscapes, architecture and interesting sites (cameras, lenses, tripods, heads), - The use of accessories (polarizing filters, graduated gray filter, graduated neutral gray filter) in practice, - HDR technique - Shooting at different times of the day, with an emphasis on blue and golden hour, - Night photography, - Traces of stars, the milky way, painting with light, - Depth of field and its use in different situations outdoors and indoors, - Panoramic photography – HDR horizontal and vertical panoramas, - Photography of historic churches and Orthodox churches - inside and outside - creation of panoramas, search of interesting frames and details, - Photography of historic cemeteries, shrines and crosses employing the knowledge of composition and different techniques, i.e. panorama, bracketing, playing with the depth of field, - Composition and perspective in landscape and architectural photography. The subject matter is so universal that even in the event of unfavorable weather conditions we will be able to spend the whole weekend creatively.
Day 1 - Friday
Until 4 pm - arrival to Cracow.
4 pm – 4:30 pm – a short introduction on the topic of the workshops,
5 pm – 7 pm - Discussion of the key principles of photography to be employed during the workshops over the following days:
- Photography of landscapes, architecture and sacral objects, the most important issues, key techniques of composition, depth of field - a creative approach to the subject on various examples, discussion of techniques: HDR, stacking, horizontal and vertical panoramas on the example of sacral objects, architecture and landscape, use of sunlight or lack thereof in photography. We will do it in a few locations in Cracow.
7:30 pm – dinner
7:30 pm – 9 pm – a journey to Beskid Niski Mts. – a region full of old wooden orthodox churches, forgotten cemeteries, chapels and remnants of former inhabitants of this land.
Day 2 – Saturday
We begin an hour before dawn in order to capture the beautiful colors of the golden hour in the vicinity of Orthodox churches and historic cemeteries.
6:00 am - return for breakfast and a longer rest after the morning session
11 am – 12 midday – photographing selected objects of small sacral architecture
12:30 – 2 pm – photo shoot inside Orthodox churches using the techniques discussed the previous day - panorama, HDR vertorama
2 pm – 3 pm – lunch
4 pm – 6 pm – photographing solitary roadside shrines and crosses in the context of landscape photography
6 pm – 7 pm – dinner
8 pm – 10 pm - sunset, golden and blue hour in a selected, interesting scenic location with sacred motifs
Day 3 – Sunday
We will start with a morning field trip at dawn. The themes will include sacral landscape, small wooden architecture, forgotten remnants of old villages and places of worship. Bearing in mind that it will be the 3rd day of workshops, all depends on the level of our vitality. The last day will be planned in such a way that people who want to get up early in the morning can participate in the field activities. Workshop participants who want to sleep off the previous day, or rest before traveling back home, will also "get" an interesting location for shooting at a later time, until 9:00 pm.
9 am – breakfast
10 am – 2 pm – follow-up on the produced photographs, discussion of techniques, stacking of photos obtained using the technique of bracketing (HDR), horizontal panoramas, vertical panoramas, stacking, interesting processing techniques
2 pm – lunch
3 pm - end of the workshops and return to Cracow
After the 3-day tour you will perceive the reality around you in a different way. You will learn how to produce original, atmospheric shots in seemingly uninteresting locations. You will gain knowledge about virtually all photographic techniques used in photography of landscape and architecture, and especially places with religious objects in the leading role. You will explore issues such as i.a.:
- Creating inspiring shots of architecture and landscape
- Inclusion of plant motifs in the frame
- Creative presentation of popular tourist sites
- Search for locations with high photographic value
- How not to ruin the commemorative photographs of monuments
- Selection of the best equipment for photography of landscapes, architecture and interesting sites (cameras, lenses, tripods, heads)
- Smartphone photography - composition and creation of proper shots
- The use of accessories (polarizing filters, graduated gray filter, graduated neutral gray filter) in practice
- HDR technique
- Shooting at different times of the day, with an emphasis on blue and golden hour
- Night photography
- Traces of stars, the milky way, painting with light
- Best camera settings for photographing landscapes and sacral objects
-Depth of field and its use in different situations outdoors and indoors
- Practical use of different techniques in the photography of sacral objects, architecture and landscape
- bracketing and HDR technique, stacking, long exposure
- Panoramic photography
- HDR horizontal and vertical panoramas of landscape and interiors of churches and cathedrals
- How to avoid creating banal shots
- Playing with sunshine while documenting landscape and interiors
- Black and white photography - from cropping to processing
- Photography of historic churches and Orthodox churches - inside and outside - creation of panoramas, search for interesting frames and details
- Photography of historic cemeteries, roadside shrines and crosses employing the knowledge of composition and different techniques, i.e. panorama, bracketing, playing with the depth of field
- Composition and perspective in landscape and architectural photography
- Correction and stacking of photographs using the aforementioned techniques.
Participants should bring several pairs of pants and one pair of extra shoes. This is not mandatory, but will certainly prove useful. At least a low level of fitness is required in order to participate in the workshops.
The majority of sites can be accessed by car; at most, we will have to walk several minutes. The organizer provides accommodation and meals.
Food catering will be provided every day as set out in the Program. Participants are required to bring their own camera and lens / lenses.
The workshop program can be slightly different than planned primarily due to varying weather conditions. Most of the remaining issues can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section and workshop rules.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
We will make use of any focal length, ranging from fisheye and wide-angle (14-18 mm for full-frame cameras) to focal lengths of 200 mm. The necessary minimum is a varifocal 18-55 mm lens. We may not be able to use it for all the shots, but certainly for the majority. Other necessary accessories include a tripod and a release cable. Registration must be completed via the contact form. After sending application data you will receive an e-mail containing bank account details. Filling and sending the form is tantamount to accepting the workshop rules and registering for the workshops.