An exclusive photographic experience in Cinque Terre, Italy

Have you ever dreamed of mastering your photographic skills in one of the best locations on this planet under the lead of an international renowned seascape photographer in a really small group? Join me in this exclusive and unforgettable experience in the heart of the Cinque Terre in Italy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Workshops in pills

  • Dates: 27 – 29 November 2020

  • Shooting sessions: 2 Sunsets, 2 Sunrises

  • Group size: Limited to 4!

  • Location: Cinque Terre (Italy)

  • Experience required: all levels

  • Price:  700€

A Masterclass is a perfect balance to enjoy your photographic passion with other people improving dramatically your skills in photography thanks to a small sized group and my constant supervision. From planning to composition, from technique to post production: there is nothing that we cannot achieve in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 

NOTE: This Workshop will be run under Covid19 mitigation policies. Please refer to “Essential Information” section of this page

Francesco Gola Seascape Landscape Photography Vernazza Summer Breeze Sunset Cinque Terre Liguria Italy Long Exposure

Workshop Schedule

We will meet at La Spezia train station on the late morning of Friday the 27th. From here we will head immediately to our exclusive accommodation in Cinque Terre with the regional train, that is the best and fastest way to reach our paradise on earth.

From arrival to the day of departure, we will chase the light of sunrises and sunsets in the most beautiful spots of Cinque Terre across the villages of Manarola, Vernazza and Riomaggiore. 

Between sunrise and sunset, theory, post-production and relax in great company!

Francesco Gola Landscape Seascape Photography Long Exposure Manarola Storm Winter Italy Italia Cinque Terre Blue Cold
Francesco Gola Seascape Landscape Photography Liguria Manarola Cinque Terre Sunset Long Exposure

Every day we’ll define the best shooting location according to the weather and you’ll be an active part of this planning process in order to let you develop not only your photographic skills but also the location management, an essential skill for a landscape photographer.

The small size of the group will let you have the possibility to discuss during your shooting with me in every moment in order to maximize the learning experience. Did you feel abandoned to yourself during big groups classes? It will never happen again.

The Masterclass will end at lunchtime of Sunday in order to let everybody come back home comfortably.

Workshop Topics

  • Scouting and Planning

  • Photographic equipment

  • Composition

  • Exposure using histogram

  • Use of Filters

  • Advanced Long Exposure techniques

  • Post Production (Adobe Lightroom & Capture One)

Workshop Location

Francesco, your Teacher

NiSi, BenQ, f-stop Gear & X-Rite Ambassador, Francesco has a passion for the sea and for travels that let him visit some of the most iconic locations on this planet looking at them with different eyes.

While continuing to travel in search of new landscapes to be photographed, he now lives and works in Milan where he collaborates with companies, sites and magazines for the diffusion of photographic culture in Italy and in the world.

The Class include

  • Professional and customized Tuition

  • Accommodation in exclusive single occupancy

  • Masterclass eBook

  • Transportation and tolls

The Class does not include

  • Your trip to and from Italy

  • Food and beverages

  • Travel and Medical Insurance

  • Weather control 😉

Our exclusive accommodation

What are you waiting for? Join me!

Use this form to request information or to join the Workshop. The compilation of this form is NOT binding on the purchase of any workshop and does not involve the purchase of any service.

Additional informations

Covid19 is something we can’t ignore. For this reason, for this Masterclass, I’m going to implement all the possible actions to minimize any risk of possible contagion.

However, something out of our control may happen, like government local restrictions or complete lockdowns. That’s why for this workshop I’m going to apply special refund policies in order to minimize your risk and potential economical loss.

Right now, we can expect 3 Covid19 scenarios:

  1. No Covid19 impact
  2. Government lockdown in your country
  3. Government lockdown in Italy

Scenario 1: No Covid19 impact

This is the expected case. However, to minimize your risk, balance is due only 30 days before the Masterclass. In case of your cancelation not due to Covid19, standard cancellation policies apply (please refer to “Cancellation Policies” section)

Scenario 2: Government lockdown in your country

In this case, the workshop will be confirmed, but I will do everything I can to let you get your money back.

If the lockdown happens before you paid the final balance (balance is due 30 days before the Masterclass), you will be refunded with your deposit minus the quota of the fixed expenses that I can’t get back (example: hotel). Evidence of this will be given.

If this happens after you paid the final balance, you will be refunded with the full amount of the workshop (deposit + balance) minus the quota of the fixed expenses that I can’t get back (example: hotel). Evidence of this will be given.

Scenario 3: Government lockdown in Italy 

In this case, neither I nor you are allowed to travel to Italy. For this reason, the Masterclass will be canceled.

If this happens you will get the full refund of what you paid to me for this Masterclass.

For this any other scenario, we strongly suggest you take into consideration the subscription of a Travel Insurance.

The accommodation is included as single occupancy in an exclusive Hotel in one of the Cinque Terre villages. This will let us not only to be in the real heart of Cinque Terre for all our shooting activities, but it will let us enjoy our relaxing time surrounded by traditions and charm. Look at the pictures above to have an idea!

No particular physical preparation is required. Just short walks and many stairways are waiting for us 🙂

The best part of the Private Classes is that we can really define every detail according to your skills. After your reservation, a free one hour Skype session is included in order to review your works and to plan your unforgettable experience!

The following equipment is suggested:

  • Digital SLR camera
  • Wide-angle lens
  • Tripod
  • Remote shutter
  • Photographic filters

Thanks to my sponsors I will be able to provide photographic filters and tripods. For any questions, do not hesitate to contact me via email!

In order to confirm the reservation, a deposit of the 30% is required. The balance is required no later than 30 days before the Masterclass as per Covid19 mitigation policies.

I really hope you’ll not change idea or something happens, but in any case here the rules in case you’ll decide to cancel (so according to “Scenario 1” of Covid19 Mitigation Policies):

  • Within 90 days from the date of the Workshop: you’ll lose just the deposit
  • Within 60 days from the date of the workshop: penalty of 50% of the course fee
  • Within 30 days from the date of the Workshop: penalty of 75% of the course fee
  • From 29 days to the date of the Workshop: 100% penalty of the course fee

The Masterclass is deliberately planned in a season with a significant meteorological instability to have a greater possibility of having interesting light conditions. Obviously we can not control the weather, but we can adapt to it. In case of heavy rain, the course will be held in any case giving more emphasis to the post production and class theory.

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