ITALY PHOTO WORKSHOP
With Pro Photographers James Wilson & Mark Hemmings
Italy photo workshop with James Wilson & Mark Hemmings
WELCOME TO ITALY!
Since 2008 James Wilson and Mark Hemmings have been leading photography workshops and tours in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Japan. They now welcome you to their newest adventure, Italy! Check out the highlights of this incredible photography workshop:
  •  Location: Lucca + Tuscany favorites Pisa & Florence
  • Date: November 5th to 11th, 2019
  • Price A: Discount for San Miguel & Japan participants: $3,950 USD
  •  Price B: Standard workshop price is $4,495 USD
  •  Price C: Single supplement is $300 USD for above two options
  •  Skill Level: All skill levels are welcomed, and all types of cameras
Italy photo workshop with James Wilson & Mark Hemmings
LUCCA, OUR HOME BASE
If you haven't heard of Lucca, and wonder why we chose this location for our workshop home base, we can understand. Florence, Siena and Pisa are usually the household names when the discussion of Tuscany comes up.

Lucca however is a hidden gem. It still retains its Renaissance-era fortified wall that circles the town, which no doubt kept its undeniable charm intact all of these years.

The requirement for any of our workshop destinations is that they be stunningly beautiful, they offer our guests world-class food, the accommodations are unique and comfortable, and of course, that they offer ample opportunities to learn and practice photography!

Lucca will be our home base for this photo workshop, and we know that you will not be disappointed!
Italy photo workshop with James Wilson & Mark Hemmings
Lucca's restaurants are fantastic! Old world charm mixed with perfect food = a culinary experience of a lifetime.
PISA, ONE OF OUR DAY TRIPS
Pisa is of course world renowned for its Leaning Tower, however there is so much more to this stunning city than the crowd favorite. 

We will help you interpret the city using your own visual style and photographic "voice". Our goal is to help you see tourist sites and get beyond standard documentary shots, and into fine art imagery.

Many of our past workshop participants have also wanted training in post processing software such as Lightroom and Photoshop. Your Pisa photos can serve as sample images for the times set aside for photo editing. 

You will have individual attention given to you throughout the workshop by both James and Mark to help you with any questions that you may have. This includes photo editing, photographic workflows, best practices for taking photos, artistic and also technical considerations, and for those who desire it, video lessons with Mark. 
Italy photo workshop with James Wilson & Mark Hemmings
The iconic and beloved Leaning Tower of Pisa . . . we will help you capture this building with plenty of visual drama! 
FLORENCE, OUR 2ND DAY TRIP
No photo workshop in Tuscany would be complete without a trip to Florence. Home to Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture, Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation," Florence is a cultural heavyweight and of course a photographer's dream location.

Yes, the iconic locations such as Ponte Vecchio get photographed ad nauseam, however we have techniques to share with you to add a fine art touch to even normal tourist scenes. 

While in Florence we'll photograph the highlights, but in a way that's unique and creative. The best part is that the skills you gain will be applicable to your photography after you return home! It's our goal to give you the tools needed to creatively photograph in ANY location.

If you have never been to Florence, you no doubt have heard about it from friends or family who have experienced it. The photographs that you  come back home with will be a great highlight in your collection!
Italy photo workshop with James Wilson & Mark Hemmings
The capital of Italy's Tuscany region, Florence is a world-class city that has all of the "photographer's wishlist" items checked off!
SAMPLE ITINERARY
While this photo workshop itinerary may change slightly as we get closer to November, we will have it locked-in long before our trip departure. 
  • TUESDAY NOV 5 - Please arrive in Lucca today, and we will pick you up at the Lucca train station. After we all check in to our hotel we will head out for dinner. During our delicious Tuscan meal we will get to know each other, and also discuss the upcoming week, and what to expect. We will do some night photography along the streets after the meal, and then enjoy a comfortable sleep in our hotel. 
  • WEDNESDAY NOV 6 - After a wonderful breakfast we will head out for a tour of Lucca. This photo walk will be at a relaxed pace as we want each participant to feel that they have the time to photograph on their own. While we are doing the photo walk, James and Mark will be helping each participant with photo opportunities and how to best capture the scenes that are in front of their lenses. Lunch is free time! At 2 pm please meet back at the hotel for our practical lesson on professional editing photos using Lightroom CC. after the lesson is a siesta break until "magic hour". When the light starts to get low we will all head out into the town for a brilliant photo walk capturing the rich, warm light of an Italian city. When it gets dark we will go straight to an excellent restaurant for a perfect Italian meal!
  • THURSDAY NOV 7 - Today is our day trip to Pisa! We will depart after breakfast, and come back home in the early evening. Today is all about capturing tourist destinations in creative and artistic ways. We will also set aside an hour or two of free time in Pisa for shopping or exploring on your own.
  • FRIDAY NOV 8 - Before the trip departure we will contact each participant and ask them what they want to learn, discover, or master while on this workshop. Today is all about you! We will compile the results of the survey, and base today off of the desired subject matter. Stay tuned!
  • SATURDAY NOV 9 - Today is our second day trip, this time to Florence. Similar to Pisa, we will depart after breakfast, and come back home in the early evening. 
  • SUNDAY NOV 10 - After breakfast Mark will be doing his second lesson on post production photo editing, and then it's time for our group editing session. James and Mark will be working with each participant answering any editing questions that they may have. The goal for each participant is to edit their five favorite photos from the past week, and also any "fun" pictures of the group enjoying the trip. Lunch time is free time, and we will all meet back at the hotel for 2pm where Mark will collect each participants photos, and he will prepare them for this evening's slide show party! But don't worry, this is not a competition or a critique session . . . we just like to have an end-of-workshop slideshow party, seeing how each person interpreted Italy. After Mark has all of the photos in his computer, he will create the slideshow while James take the participants on a cultural walk. After an early dinner we will all meet back at the hotel and begin our slideshow party.
  • MONDAY NOV 11 - Today is the day that we return home. We will arrange group transportation back to the airport for each participant if they are returning home on this day. Thank you so much for joining us on this Italy Photo Workshop!
Tuscany photography workshop Lucca, Pisa, Florence
Tuscany photography workshop Lucca, Pisa, Florence
SIGN UP, FINANCIAL INFO, AND FAQ
Please send a request for the Italy Photo Workshop contract and application form to James Wilson: studio@jameswilson.ca
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE WORKSHOP PRICE?
Travel to and from Lucca, Italy is your own responsibility, however when we pick you up at the Lucca train station, and at the end of the workshop drop you off at the train station, the rest is pretty much "All Inclusive". We will pay for your hotel, all in-country day trip transportation, all breakfasts and dinners, all admission fees to cultural locations, and two instructors! The only exceptions are the cost of lunch, because lunch is always free time. We will cover wine at each dinner, however if you order additional alcoholic drinks you will be responsible for the cost.

WHAT IS THE STUDENT/INSTRUCTOR RATIO?
We rarely have more than six students per instructor. As we have two instructors the group size usually around 12 workshop participants.

HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS WORKSHOP IS A LEGITIMATE BUSINESS?
Please Google search the instructors Mark Hemmings Photography (and check his website, www.markhemmings.com) and James Wilson Photography (website: www.jameswilson.ca) to get a sense of who the instructors are, and their on-line reputation. Both instructors are also on the main social media platforms.

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BOTH BEEN TEACHING WORKSHOPS?
We started international photography workshops in 2005 in Japan, and expanded annually to include Korea, Hungary, Romania/Transylvania, and England. In 2007 we formalized our workshop name to be San Miguel Photography Workshops Inc. The 2019 San Miguel workshop will be our 11th annual Mexican workshop, and the first Italy Photo Workshop.

WHAT LEVEL OF PHOTOGRAPHER DO I NEED TO BE TO JOIN THIS WORKSHOP?
As we have two instructors we are able to welcome complete beginners who do not even know how to operate a camera, to working professionals who want to expand their horizons.

WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO I NEED TO BRING?
Mark can teach participants that come with any type of camera, including mobile phone cameras. The type and cost of a camera is less of an issue than becoming grounded in compositional principles.

DO YOU ACCOMMODATE SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS?
We do our best to make everyone happy with great food, and will work hard to have food that is good for you to eat. The best thing to do is email us with your specific dietary requirements before you sign-up, and we can get back to you with an answer.

Mark Hemmings and James Wilson photography workshops
Mark Hemmings & James Wilson
THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU . . .
  • GROUP LEARNING: We always benefit from each other's questions!
  • INDIVIDUAL LEARNING: Plenty of time for one-on-one instruction.
  • GREAT FOOD: Italian food . . . you can't go wrong!
  •  SCENIC DAY-TRIPS: Florence and Pisa are must-see destinations.
  •  TWO INSTRUCTORS: Everyone gets time with the instructors!
  •  STRESS-FREE LEARNING: We don't put any pressure on you.
  •  EDITING HELP: We love giving editing assistance.
  •  DISCOUNTS: Generous discounts for future workshops.
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