Greek Island Photo Workshop holidays

Dates: on 28 July – 04 August 2018, 20-27 July 2019

Tinos, our favourite island, is a unique travel and photography destination. Besides the typical characteristics of the Cyclades Islands, Tinos is defined by rich history and a long tradition in the arts, which impart a genuine, refined character to the island. Combined with diversified scenery, distinctive villages, a multitude of amazing beaches, exquisite food and the famous Greek light of the Aegean Sea, Tinos is certainly a one-of-a-kind photography travel experience.

The Workshop:

The idea throughout your photography travel workshop is to have daily photo shoots that we can view and discuss at the end of the day. Each day we will take one or two tours around the island to visit designated sites and work on specified photo projects. Our aim is to cover as many areas of photography as possible, such as archaeological, street, architectural, landscape and portrait photography.

Although instructors will provide technical tips and tricks throughout the duration of your photography holiday, the workshop will emphasise on what makes images interesting rather than simply technically correct. Provisions will be made so that we may download and quick-view images on a daily basis. Instructors will be available to comment on your images individually. Furthermore, there will be two long group sessions -halfway and at the end of the photo workshop- to review the photos taken by all participants, to discuss them technically and aesthetically, and to explore post-processing options.

Upon registering, you will be contacted by the instructors via e-mail. You will be sent a short questionnaire and a multiple choice test to establish your skill level as well as your photographic needs and wants. This will help instructors prepare for individual counselling.

 Time Schedule:

DAY 1
Upon your arrival at the Greek island of Tinos, we will be waiting for you at the port. From there, we will drive to our “home” in Loutra, a charming village of prominent Venetian character and buildings that have architectural and photographic interest. After settling in and enjoying coffee, snacks or refreshments in our beautiful garden, our Greece Photo Workshop photography workshop will kick-off with its first theoretical introduction and equipment check to ensure everything is ready for the photography outing of the following day. Later, we will get to know each other a bit better around the dinner table as we enjoy the delicious local cuisine.

DAY 2
After a homemade breakfast in the garden made by Ms Alexandra -our local cook- with fresh local products, we will head out for our 1st photography trip session in the village of Pyrgos. Pyrgos is arguably one of the most beautiful villages in Tinos and the entire Cyclades region. We will wander, cameras in hand, through the narrow alleys, have coffee in the square under the old plane tree, and visit and photograph the famous Museum of Marble Crafts as well as the Pyrgos Branch of the School of Fine Arts. We will then make a short stop at the fishing village of Panormos before continuing to a nearby secluded beach. This golden sandy beach is an ideal photography location, as it is surrounded by rocks of exceptional morphology. We will have plenty of time to enjoy the clear water of the large enclosed bay and rest under the shade of the tamarisk trees. Late in the afternoon, we will dine at a fish in Panormos, before returning home to Loutra for the photographic review of the day.

DAY 3
After breakfast, we will start the day early by photographing the small coastal settlement of Malli. En route we will make a photo stop at the marble mines. After photographing and swimming in the crystal clear waters of the beautifully shaped bays of the area, we will rest at home for a few hours. Later in the afternoon, we will embark on another photography excursion, this time to the village of Tarabados, famous for its large number of dovecotes, the trademark of the island. If there is time, we will also make a stop at the Costas Tsoclis Museum before heading off to dinner.

DAY 4
Today’s Greece Photo Workshop will take us to one of our favourite photography workshop destinations, the village of Kardiani. Kardiani is one of the most exquisite villages of Tinos, a village forgotten in time with great photographic potential, built on a steep slope with a breathtaking view reaching as far as the neighbouring island of Syros. After coffee in the traditional village café, we will delve into portrait photography by capturing the friendly faces of the locals. We will continue our photo tour at Vathy beach, where the transfer of marble once took place by being loaded onto traditional fishing boats. There, we will swim, photograph the old warehouse ruins, and rest under the shade of the trees. Then, we will visit the highly photogenic village of Isternia for an ideal sunset photo session. We will end the day at the port of Isternia with a fish and seafood dinner on the waterfront at the renowned Taverna Thalassaki.

DAY 5
Day Five of the Greece Photo Workshops photography holiday is a review day. We will spend as much time as necessary for presenting and analysing our photographic material, and discussing the post-processing of photographs. Afterwards, we will head to our next photographic destination, Livada, one of the most impressive beaches of the island. After capturing the beauty of the wild landscape and enjoying the waters of the bay, we will continue our photography trip to a marvellous restored lighthouse. At dusk, we will head for the capital of the island and visit the renowned church of the Virgin Mary with its “miraculous” icon. Although the bustling town is the most touristic part of the island, it still deserves to be part of our photo tour, especially if we are lucky to encounter the awe-inspiring, pilgrims making their way up from the port to the church on their knees! Our day will conclude with a delicious dinner in the town’s oldest restaurant.

DAY 6
On Day Six of the Greece Photo Workshops, we will focus on landscape photography and embark on a photography excursion to the fertile plains in Livadi. We will continue our photo tour and of course enjoy a swim at Kolympithra’s beautiful beach. After our lunch stop in the traditional village of Agapi, we will return home for a siesta. Later on, we will visit a landscape of particular photographic interest just outside the village of Volax, a stretch of land littered with countless egg-shaped granite boulders, a geological phenomenon which captivates photographers’ imagination and puzzles scientists to this day (the most likely explanation is a meteorite fall). We will conclude Day Six of the Greece Photo Workshops photography workshop around the dinner table at the village of Volax.

DAY 7
On the last day of our photography holiday, we will visit Apigania beach to photograph its two magnificent secluded bays. At midday, we will return home for our final photo review. There will be plenty of time after the photo review to visit the village and take -what else- some more photos! After seven wonderful days, we will bid farewell to Tinos with a party under the stars on the ambient sea view terrace of Exomeria Lounge.

DAY 8
Departure day. After breakfast, a few free hours to spend as you wish before you leave. We will exchange contact details and wishes to see each other again, perhaps in a future Greece Photo Workshop photography holiday!

Local expert

Greek Island Photo Workshop holidays
I am Maria: travel and photography enthusiast, your welcoming local host, and above all, passionate about showing you 'our' Greece – the lesser-known parts of the country through different eyes. I believe that traveling ought to be an experience, an immersion in the true local culture.

What is included:

– Accommodation in a countryside traditional hotel or houses (depends on the availability by the moment of your registration)
– All transfers with private cars to the referred scheduled places.
– Homemade breakfast.
– 1 welcome dinner and 1 farewell dinner.
– Photographer and escort to every photography location.

How many persons can participate for the price:

1 person

Maximum persons:

6 persons

Minimum persons:

2 person

Languages:

Greek, English, German

Duration:

8 days - 7 nights, on 28 July - 04 August 2018, 20-27 July 2019

Notes:

Since we will take walks, comfortable shoes are required. On a warm sunny day, we strongly urge you wear a hat and dress lightly. Some sunscreen might also help! Try not to over pack with heavy photography equipment. If you do not know what to pack for your tour, we will be happy to consult. When photographing in archaeological sites or Museums, tripods and flash are not allowed. All photographs in archaeological sites or Museums are for our own personal use, selling your images or using for commercial purposes requires a special photography license issued by the Greek Ministry for Education and Culture. When we have a street – photography tour, you may need to ask people if it is OK to take their picture. If you have a language problem or feel uncomfortable, let us do the talking.

Cancelation policy:

Moderate