Amalfi Coast / Photo Tour & Workshop
8 days, 7 Nights 6-12 Guests $4450 Oct 9-14, 2023
Our 18th year on the Amalfi Coast! How about a sun-drenched Mediterranean escape to make amazing photographs while you drink in the Italy’s most beautiful gardens, fishing villages – both famous and unknown, stunning seascapes and vistas. And don’t forget the homemade Limoncello.
And yes! Your partner will love it too… photographer or not!
Ravello is our chosen headquarters, one of Italy’s most beautiful villages. Perched 1,000 feet above the azure coast, tiny Ravello is blessed with lush gardens, quiet lanes and commanding views. Our 4-star hotel is steps from the piazza. We’ll take short drives to visit the historic seaside town of Amalfi, and Drake’s favorite “quiet” village… Atrani. And for the historians, we added a pre-workshop guided tour of Pompeii, buried for 2,000 years.
In addition, we’ll spend 3 days in the seaside villages of Positano and Praiano. We can’t think of a prettier place, better cuisine, or a better get-away for photographers and their partners.
Pre-Tour: Fly into Naples or Rome and travel by train to charming Sorrento, gateway to the Amalfi Coast. Arrive in Sorrento a day or two before the workshop and stay in one of our recommended Sorrento hotels.
Day 1 | Sorrento
12:00 Arrive in Sorrento and check in to our hotel.
PM Meet up for introductions and a brief workshop overview.
Then we’ll take a walking tour of Sorrento, indulging in some street photography on our way to the beachfront and a welcome seafood dinner.
Day 2 | Pompei and Positano
We’ll have a private tour of historic Pompeii, buried by ash in 79AD with time to workshop architectural photo techniques.
Check in to our hotel for 2 nights in seaside Positano, and soak in this vibrant sun-drenched village. Our October dates are chosen to avoid the summertime crowds, leaving all the charm, history and amazing coastal views to ourselves.
Day 3 | Positano
Visit the seaside town of Positano with its beachfront, historic cathedral, shopping and great food.
Meet up a the cathedral and spend some time together worshiping street portraiture.
Finish the day with an amazing dinner and even more amazing views!
Day 4 | Ravello
Ravello, 1,000 feet above the Amalfi coast with epic views and a charm beyond description.
Check into our 4-star hotel just steps from the central piazza.
Workshop in the ancient gardens of Villa Rufolo, overlooking the Amalfi Coast.
Free time to enjoy and photograph Ravello’s charms and world-class shopping
Day 5 | Amalfi and Atrani
Today we raise early and watch the town wake up in Amalfi, an ancient navel powerhouse, with its grand cathedral and charming narrow streets.
Then we take a walk along the coastline to Drake’s favorite village, Atrani.
Here you’ll have options to on the waterfront, or to explore the maze of steep stairs and tunnels that climb up into the town. A workshop session in front of the cathedral is followed by a great lunch spread in the piazza.
Returning to our hotel in Ravello, take some free time to relax and soak in the piazza lifestyle.
Day 6-7 | Ravello / Path of the Gods
Walk through the serene gardens of Villa Cimbrone. These gardens and villa and terrace enjoy a commanding view of the coastline and Mediterranean.
Blue hour finds us on the terrace of our hotel with views onto Ravello and the sea.
Workshop time will involve daily assignments and group discussions in the villages we visit. You’ll learn and practice tools to find more dynamic lighting, and more captivating compositions.
For those who want to get out in nature, we’ll hike part of the famous Path of the Gods, (Sentiero Degli Dei) drawing hikers from all over the world. Alternatively, you can relax in the parks, gardens or piazza cafes of Ravello.
Day 8 | Naples
One last sunrise from our lofty perch, then enjoy a late breakfast and review of the week’s great images.
Check out and travel to Naples by coach. Say goodbye at the modern Naples train station about 2PM.
We can help you with train tickets to your departure airport.
Our curriculum has been tweaked and pruned over 18 years to offer you only the essential tools you need. We recognize that we only have a week with you… no time to impress you with our expertise or bore you with technical trivia.
Classroom time (one-hour sessions) is devoted to reviewing your daily images on-screen and offering helpful suggestions. In the field, our discussions center around better composition and finding great light. And of course, answering your technical questions and helping you master your own equipment.
Drake Busath, Master Photographer, CR, has 40 years experience living and traveling in Italy. Drake speaks Italian and has guided hundreds of photographers of every skill level to favorite regions all over Italy.
He has lectured to professional photographers organizations in many countries and most U.S. States. Drake’s Busath Studio & Gardens in Salt Lake City specializes in people, so Italy Workshops for him is an escape and purely done for love. He’ll share his insights and encourage you to identify and develop your own personal style while in Italy. More about Drake
Tour Producer / Guide
Mauro Riva is a professional guide in Italy, native of the Dolomite mountains, north of Venice. He will travel with us all week, sharing his insights about the Liguria Region, its culture and of course its food.
As a photographer himself, Mauro understands your needs. He’ll get you to the right places in the best possible light.
Mauro serves as Director of Operations for Italy Workshops. Having him along allows our instructor to focus on instructing instead of chasing down travel logistics. This is your guarantee of a safe and smooth week of learning.
Italy Workshops offices are located in Salt Lake City, UT in the historic downtown mansion of Busath Studio & Gardens. Please feel free to stop in and visit.
We are open and reachable by phone Tues-Friday 10AM to 6PM MST. 801-364-6645
Sheryl Bird handles all registrations from her office in Boston, MA. Sheryl is reachable by email at email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions
Any camera is acceptable, including smartphones. Automation for the beginner can make the trip fun and stress-free and, at times, increase creativity.
Participants who are very comfortable with their computer are encouraged to bring it along. Editing your images during the week can enhance your learning experience. We currently use Adobe Lightroom CC for our on-screen reviews sessions. You will learn new LR editing methods and workflow shortcuts during classroom reviews and critique. Even if you’ve used Lightroom, we highly recommend brushing up before the workshop by watching the free tutorials available on Adobe.com.
If you are not fluent downloading and managing digital images, you might consider leaving the computer behind and just focusing on camera work. You can still submit images daily for review, and perhaps find more time to learn about your camera and develop a discerning eye. (Not to mention sleep happily while others are editing into the night)
Observer Participants may be beginner photographers, attending all instruction and field trips, but not required to submit photos for critique. This is a fun way to learn without pressure. You’ll still photograph the same things and we’ll still want to review your work on the back of your camera and offer individual instruction in the field.
All Skill Levels Are Welcome
Beginner and Intermediate Photographers
We enjoy helping you master those buttons and menus on your camera! Short, daily field lessons will tackle one technique at time. Further individual attention in the field helps you lock in the concepts.
Any camera is welcome (yes, even smartphones!).
Non-photographer partners are welcome to sit in on all discussions and participate at their own level of interest. (Beginners often make some of the best images we see!)
As an advanced photographer you’ll be encouraged to:
- Build your portfolio, adding strong images every single day of the trip.
- Focus on style development, lighting and composition.
- Work in “concentrations” to produce a collection of work suitable for a gallery showing or book project.
You will return home with a body of work suitable for a gallery showing or book project that will express your personal style, as opposed to a random collection of travel photos.
Amalfi Coast Photo Tour Reviews
Amalfi Coast Photo Tour Dates
Amalfi Coast | Oct 9-14, 2023
Meet: Naples, Italy*
Depart: Naples, Italy
Tour Group Size: 6-12 People
$450 / Single room supplement
* We recommend arriving at least a day early to acclimate to the time change. Flying into Naples airport (NAP) is most convenient, or fly to Rome (FCO) and stay a few nights before taking a train to Naples (trains run hourly, about an hour ride).
Daily excursions and all ground and sea transportation starting in Sorrento and ending in Naples. Also included is transportation to Capri.
5 nights accommodations at 4-star hotel in the historic center of Ravello, Italy
2 nights on the island of Capri
If you wish to share a room, we’ll do our best to find you a roommate. Register early, rooms are assigned by registration date.
Suites and balcony rooms may be available at extra cost, upon request.
Included are all breakfasts, 2 dinners, 2 lunches.
Workshop tuition is included in the tour price.
- Trip insurance (recommended)
*Also not included are crowds of tourists, slow moving tour guides and lectures on the history of plague 🙂
$100 off per person having attended a previous Italy Workshops event 6 days or longer.
- A reservation fee of $500 will hold your spot
- 50% of balance is due 120 days prior to your workshop
- The balance of payment is due 60 days prior to your workshop
We use hotels rated 3 or 4 stars, always with private bath. Rooms are assigned in order of reservations received, so early signup is recommended. Ask about premium rooms at some workshop locations for an additional supplement charge.
Fees are based on double occupancy. Single supplement may be added for participants who wish to have a private room to themselves. Supplements vary depending on the hotels used. If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room with another participant, please let us know and we’ll do our best to match you with a roommate.
Cancellation fee schedule
- There is no charge for cancellation within ten days of booking your workshop.
- After ten days, reservation fees are non-refundable but may be applied to a future workshop event.
- Cancellations less than 90 days prior to workshop incur a cancellation fee of 25% of the total workshop cost.
- Cancellations less than 45 days prior to workshop incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total workshop cost.
- Cancellations less than 15 days prior to workshop incur a cancellation fee of 75% of the total workshop cost.
- No partial refunds will be given for unused portions of a workshop.
We highly recommend that all workshop participants purchase trip cancellation insurance independently.
Italy Workshops reserves the right to cancel any trip for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient signup, logistical problems that may impede a workshop, hotel closures or acts of God. (We have never yet had to cancel a workshop.)
Refund of all fees paid shall release Italy Workshops from any further liability. Italy Workshops is not responsible for any expenses incurred by workshop participants in preparing for a cancelled workshop. In the case of insufficient signup to make a workshop feasible, notice and refund will be sent 120 days prior to the workshop.
Italy Workshops reserves the right to photograph and film its trips in entirety. Participants should be aware that images of them may be used for promotional purposes or joint marketing efforts with third parties, without remuneration.
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Group sizes are extremely limited. Please reserve early.
You can reserve your spot by filling out the form below,
or by calling us at 801-364-6645