Getting to Know Your DSLR – Technique as a Path to Creativity

This workshop focuses on technique and creativity. We at Ambient Light believe that in order to express creativity it is essential that you master your camera with confidence. With his expertise and one-on-one tuition, Alberto Saro will guide you through the technical aspects of your DSLR. This part of the workshop is designed to help all levels of ability.

Sue Callister will inspire you with her experience as a fine art photographer. Her work has been exhibited in major exhibitions at an international level and she will be advising and exploring how to best express yourself.

At Ambient Light we know that creativity is stimulated by one’s surroundings. Gaucin, where you will be staying, is in the heart of Andalucía, away from the beaten track. One of its many beautiful white villages, it offers a wealth of subject matter; romantic architecture, poetic landscape, fascinating flora and colourful locals.

Your experience of an authentic Spain would not be complete without a taste of its culture and food. So at Ambient Light we organise your accommodation and meals to achieve this end.

Included In Workshop: 6 nights accommodation, transfers to/from Malaga airport at stated times, all meals were stated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner at stated places), all transport to scheduled events, guidance and tuition.

Accommodation: Single occupancy with en suite bathroom in a one of Gaucin’s most beautiful town houses or countryside villa. Commanding views and peaceful gardens create a wonderful environment in which to enhance your creativity and photographic knowledge.

Not included: Travel to and from Malaga airport, meals and drinks were not stated, travel insurance

Arrival (DAY 1, D)

Pick up from Malaga airport. Arrival in Gaucin.
Welcome dinner and drinks.

Orientation and Understanding Digital Workflow (DAY 2, BLD)

This morning we will conduct a full orientation, designed to discover exactly what our clients would like to achieve during their time with us. Their will be one on one sessions to discuss each students aims, allowing us to become fully acquainted with their requirements and abilities.
This afternoon we will cover various technical issues, including the use of Lightroom and creating master file structures. We will also introduce our clients to the concept of creating a visual narrative that we will put into practice throughout the week. The idea of personal creativity and visualisation will be discussed and encouraged.

Shooting Modes and practical field work (DAY 3, BLD)

Getting to know your camera and the fundamental way to set it up for our type of shooting. We will cover focus, exposure and shooting modes and much more helping to prepare you for the challenges ahead.
After lunch we will spend the afternoon putting our newfound knowledge into practice with the art of street photography. Capturing the beauty of the village, the local characters and the surrounding area.

Recap and landscape photography (DAY 4, BLD)

After breakfast we will spend more time developing our skills with a balanced mix of theoretical tuition and practical exercises. We will review our previous day’s work and deal with individual and group queries.
Afternoon excursion into the cork forests and hillsides nearby using our camera to best capture our feelings of the unique surroundings.

Day Trip (DAY 5, BLD)

A relaxing breakfast as always, then an adventure awaits us with either a trip to Ronda or to the wonderful coastal town of Tarifa. In Ronda you will discover one of Andalucia’s most extraordinary towns, rightly famous for its spectacular gorge and for being home to Spain’s oldest bullring. If we make the trip to Tarifa, you will be welcomed by the Atlantic Ocean complete with pine forests, Roman ruins and the endless windswept and unspoilt beaches of the Costa de la Luz.

Bringing it all together (DAY 6, BLD)

Review and selection of photographs to create a slideshow of the week. Using Lightroom as our tool of choice we will edit and process our images to make a slideshow.
This afternoon, each client will benefit from a short individual session and critique, asking any relevant questions and being given help in preparing their presentation to the group.
Time to share our narratives with our group.
Farewell dinner and drinks


Final breakfast and transfer to Malaga airport.

* Due to weather or unforeseen circumstances we may have to change the order of visits but will endeavour to cover all of the areas that we have outlined in the itinerary.

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