Dolomites – Italian Alps

With Master Photographer Randy Collier and Mauro Riva

Dolomites Italian Alps

With Randy Collier and Mauro Riva



Dolomites Italian Alps Photo Tour


8 days, 7 Nights      6-12 Guests     8 Days $4250/person     Sept 24 – Oct 1, 2022  SOLD OUT – Ask to be wait listed

Oct 19-26, 2023

Ask about Secrets of Venice extension

Special Offer – A Night in Genoa

Continue with us after the Dolomites to the beautiful   Portofino Coast & Cinque Terre.  Allow us to pay for your hotel and a nice dinner in Genoa between the two tours. 

The Dolomites may be the most photogenic mountains on earth and scheduling the trip for fall colors makes it a dream for landscape photographers. Just a 2-hour drive from Venice, this part of Italy is infused with a strong Austrian influence, so you’ll enjoy the blended flavors of Italian-Austrian foods and wines, along with the hospitality of Alpine mountain lodges.

We stay six nights in luxurious 4-star hotels and one night in a high mountain lodge called a “Rifugio”.  

Activity Level: This trip involves some optional moderate hiking although guests can opt out of any or all hikes and still enjoy lodges with beautiful patio views and restaurants.

Dolomites Itinerary Map

We will meet up at the Venice Marco Polo airport. After the workshop we’ll return you to Venice where you can continue your travels.

Tour Itinerary

Dolomites Photo Workshop Day 1 Rifugio Nuvolau

Day 1

10:00 a.m.,  meet up at Venice Marco Polo Airport.

Travel by minivans from Venice to San Vito di Cadore.

On the way, we’ll stop for lunch and a guided walk of the mountain village of Cibiana di Cadore and its famous murals.

Check into our charming four-star mountain hotel.

Welcome dinner 


Dolomites Photo Workshop Day 2 Rifugio Nuvolau

Day 2

Up for the early light we’ll photograph a series of beautiful views before breakfast.  

Enjoy some mid-day free time in the village and the in the evening we’ll head for the lakes of Misurina  for reflections of the alps in the crystal waters.


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Day 3

After a relaxed morning in San Vito di Cadore, we’ll take short drives to Passo Falzarego and then on to the famous Passo Giau.

You can choose to take a short trek for the views or relax at the lodge on the pass.  A Nightscape shoot at Passo Giau is optional if the clouds and moon cooperate. 


Dolomites Photo Workshop Day 3 Cinque TorriDay 4

Today we travel to the Cinque Torri and stay a night at altitude at Rifugio Scoiattoli.  From the rifugio,  you’ll have options to trek a mile or two further up into the clouds, or to stay put and photograph the fields of flowers surrounded by awesome peaks.

Sunset and sunrise find us in prime position to photograph the famous Cinque Torri formation and the surrounding mountain range.


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Day 5

After a sunrise shoot and a hearty breakfast, we travel to Sass Pordoi / Terra delle Dolomiti to a very panoramic spot our guide Mauro has scouted out just for this year’s tour.

We’ll take some time this afternoon to review images on the big screen and introduce some new Photoshop and Lightroom techniques.

Dolomites Photo Workshop Day 4 Funes S. Giovanni

Day 6

Traverse the Dolomites heading east rolling through gorgeous valleys and passes along the way.

Bustling mountain town of Bressanone, a mix of Austrian and Italian culture and foods.

The Odle group of peaks in the Val di Funes tower over the chapel of San Giovanni, built in a meadow of wildflowers.

Gourmet tailgate picnic and watch the sunset on the village and church of Santa Maddalena and the Odle mountain group.

Day 7

We’ll go back up to altitude today by tram for some vistas in the Ortisei region.   Basing from a comfortable hikers lodge, we can take a short walk to one of the most dramatic view in these mountains.  B

Dolomites Photo Workshop Day 8 Santa Madelena

Day 8 | Editing Workshop and Review

Workshop with tips specific to mountain landscapes.

On-screen review of your stunning images.

Return to Venice Marco Polo Airport (around 4 p.m.).


The Workshop

In the field, we’ll gather each day for instruction on some aspect of landscape or street photography. In addition, individual instruction will be available each day as we travel. Occasionally we’ll meet up to review your images on a big screen and offer gentle critique. Reviewing images with an instructor is by far the best way to learn and grow. As a group, we’ll also   learn new editing techniques using your images to work on.

Classroom Workshop Sessions

On the Dolomites tour, our classroom time is limited to 2 or 3 sessions, typically 2 hours per session. We bring our own projector for this purpose because it’s so important for the group to see what the others are shooting.  These “gentle” critiques are held midday as our hotel accommodations allow.

We address any technical issues evident in the images, but mostly suggest ways to improve composition and lighting, the heart of our art. These classroom sessions also allow the instructor to walk though editing techniques and digital workflow.


One on One Workshop Training


Local Photographer & Guide Mauro Riva

Mauro Riva Dolomites guide

Mauro Riva Dolomites Guide

Mauro Riva is a professional guide born in the Dolomites and residing in this region he loves so much. He will travel with us, showing us his favorite haunts and secrets with the knowledge only a local can share.

We’re lucky to have Mauro on our team because as a photographer he knows how to get us to the right places in the best light.

This can’t be over-stated: An experienced tour manager like Mauro allows the instructors to focus on our guests instead of chasing down travel logistics. This is your guarantee of a safe and smooth week of learning.

Instructor Randy Collier M.Photog

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Randy Collier

Randy Collier, longtime member of the Italy Workshops team, will lead this workshop sharing both his landscape techniques and his “intimate village” work.  Randy loves the Dolomites and has led workshops there as well as Liguria, Tuscany, Venice, and the Amalfi Coast. He has made his living for over 40 years as a photographer, gallery owner and teacher with numerous awards to his name.

Randy is known for his deep knowledge of Photoshop and Lightroom and privately tutors photographers all across the US. Randy is also renowned for his patience, kindness and good humor. More about Randy.

Office and Registration

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What Camera Gear Should I Bring?

We are not really gear heads, so all camera styles are acceptable on this tour. Two lenses is enough with a range of focal lengths between moderate wide angle (24mm equivalent) and moderate telephoto (200mm equivalent). The may seem simple, but when traveling less is more.

For this Dolomites trip, you could even photograph the entire trip with a single 24-105mm (full frame equivalent) lens.

A sturdy tripod is a must for landscape imaging. We will send you more suggestions about current tripods, filters, gadgets… all of that, once we get you signed up.


Should I Bring a Computer

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

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!)

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“I learned as much in a week with you two as I learned in two semesters of photography classes.” Read More

-Jeri Petersen | Tuscany

Advanced Photographers

As an advanced photographer you’ll be encouraged to:

  1. Build your portfolio, adding strong images every single day of the trip.
  2. Focus on style development, lighting and composition.
  3. 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.

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” I was delighted to end the week with not only hundreds of excellent images but nine new friends as well.” Read More

– Jim Pierotti CRA, 30 yr. pro photographer | Tuscany

Dolomites Photo Tour Reviews

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“It was the best learning experience I have had on any photographic workshop … We’re looking forward to participating in another workshop!” Read More

– Linda Purnell | Tuscany

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“We have enjoyed two of Drake’s Italian photo tours—Tuscany and the Italian Riviera—and plan to take a third. The tours are well-organized, fun, flexible and a great learning experience.” Read More

-John and Kay Norvell | Tuscany and Portofino Coast

Dolomites Photo Tour Dates

Dolomites | Sept 24- Oct 1, 2022  SOLD OUT – Wait List

Dolomites | Oct 19-26, 2023   NOW OPEN

Arrive:  Venice
Depart: Venice (or stay  for Portofino Coast & Cinque Terre)
Tour Group Size: 6-12 People

8 days / 7 nights

$4250/person  (Add $450 supplement for private single room)

Secrets of Venice extension 3 nights prior to the workshop.  Local guide, max 6 guests.  Call for details!

* This trip starts and ends in Venice, Italy. Join us early for an optional 4 days/3 nights in Venice.  Stay on afterward and join us for Portofino Coast & Cinque Terre workshop.  



Ground travel by minivan from Venice Marco Polo Airport, returning to Venice.



6 nights accommodations in four-star hotels.

1 night in Rifugio (mountain ski / hikers lodges) with restaurant and all the comforts of home.


  • Luxurious breakfast each day.
  • Dinner or lunch each day as we travel.
  • Wine included with meals.


Workshop tuition, including instruction in the field throughout the week and on-screen review where allowed by time and hotel space.

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Trip insurance (recommended)

*Also not included are crowds of tourists, slow moving tour guides and lectures on the history of plague 🙂

Payment Schedule

  • A reservation fee of $500/person will hold your spot
  • The balance of payment is due 120 days prior to your workshop/tour

Hotel Rooms

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 if you would like to upgrade for an additional supplement charge.

Single Private Room Supplements

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 

  • Reservation fees are fully refundable for 10 days after booking
  • After ten days, reservation fees are non-refundable but may be applied to a future workshop event.
  • Cancellations less than 120 days prior to workshop incur a cancellation fee of 25% of the total workshop cost.
  • Cancellations less than 60 days prior to workshop incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total workshop cost.
  • Cancellations less than 30 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.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel  insurance to protect your investment.  Travel Guard is a good place to start shopping for trip insurance.  You can get a free quote online.

Cancelled Workshops

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.

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.

Photographic Release

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.

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or by calling us at 801-364-6645

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