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Amalfi Coast / Village Life Photo Workshop

The Amalfi Coast offers a sun-drenched Mediterranean escape, and a photographer’s paradise. Long considered Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline with its pastel-hued villages, the coast is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. We’ve chosen Ravello as our headquarters, certainly one of the most romantic and beautiful small towns in southern Italy. Perched 1000 feet above the azure coast,  Ravello is blessed with lush gardens, quiet lanes and commanding views. Our 4-star hotel, next to the ancient Villa Rufulo, is central to great dining and evening strolls.

We’ll stop into the once powerful maritime center of Amalfi and the popular town of Positano, however, the real photographic gems, in our opinion, are the quieter small villages of Atrani, Furore, and Praiano, and climbing to overlooks in the evening hours. The sunny Island of Capri also tempts us for a midweek visit, and we’ll round out the trip with a visit to Pompeii for a dose of Roman history.


Date: October 1-8, 2018
Cost: $3850 per person (double occupancy)
Participants:  6-10

Day 1
12:00 Meet us in Naples
Begin with a tour of historic Pompeii
Travel to Ravello, 1000 feet above the Amalfi coast with epic views and a charm beyond description
Check in at 4-star Hotel Rufolo just steps from the piazza

Welcome dinner in Ravello

Day 2
Visit to the seaside town of Positano
Travel by sea to rustic and quiet Atrani
Walkabout shoot far from the tourist shops
Dinner in piazza at Atrani

Day 3
AM Workshop in the ancient gardens of Villa Rufolo, overlooking the Amalfi Coast
Lunch on own in Ravello
Free time
Walkabout and field instruction in the towering gardens of Villa Cimbrone
Dinner on own

Day 4
Day trip to the island of Capri.  Avoiding the tourist traps, we’ll head for the hilltop town of Anacapri with its white-washed villas and dramatic overlooks.

We’ll also take a short hike to enjoy seascape views that have drawn the rich and famous since Roman times.

Back on the mainland, spend the evening in  the town of Amalfi climbing for views over the coastline, or simply soaking in life in the piazza.

Day 5
AM Visit the Greek temples at Paestum dating to 600 BC, better preserved than most you’d see in Greece.  A little beach time on the Mediterranean and a picnic in the pines rounds out or morning.

PM Free afternoon in Ravello.  Hike to neighboring village, photograph the remarkable coastal views or admire the expansive Villa Cimbrone.
Dinner with a grand coastal view under the wisteria finishes this perfect day

Day 6
10:00 Final workshop breakfast and review
Visit Sorrento a shoppers paradise and take in one last lingering lunch
3:00 Say goodbye at the modern Naples train station (we will help you with train tickets to your departure airport)

$3850 per person (based on double occupancy)

Single supplement $500.

Includes tuition, 6 nights accommodations at 4-star hotel in the historic center of Ravello, Italy. Included are all breakfasts, 2 dinners, 2 lunches, daily excursions and all ground transportation from and returning to Naples.  Also included is transportation to Capri.  Tuition is based on double occupancy. Add $500 for a private, single room. 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.

Alumni Discount: $100 off per person having attended a previous Italy Workshops event 6 days or longer.

Drake Busath, M.Photog.,Cr, will lead this workshop.  Drake has 30 years experience living and photographing in Italy. He has hosted hundreds of photographers in 6 different regions of Italy, since 1999.

Drake will share his work and encourage you to identify and develop your own personal style.  He feels strongly that the images you create should say more about you the artist than about the place itself.  More about Drake…

A Trip Manager is appointed for each workshop. This person keeps you informed at all times about schedule, travel, meal options, (bathroom locations), etc. The trip manager lets you focus on learning and is your guarantee of a safe and smooth vacation. Depending on the workshop makeup, we often invite a technical assistant to watch over students who are new to editing software and be sure they don’t pull their hair out. World-class instructors who have joined Drake in past years include Joel Addams, Randy Collier, Kevin Kubota, Tim Walden, Luigi Barbano, Dennis Hammon, Jeff Allred, Michael Taylor, Helen Yancy, Dr. Ray Ownbey, Richard Busath and others.

Our 4 Star hotel has an excellent staff as well, 24/7 to accommodate your needs.
Be assured that with 17 years experience, we will make this a care-free vacation for you and allow you to enjoy photographing Italy.

Reserving your Spot 

Please reserve early as group size is extremely limited. You can reserve your spot on our website, or by calling Busath Studio at 801-364-6645 or Jamie Shaw at 801-450-9221. Payments may be made with Visa, MasterCard or American Express, or you may send a check. Checks should be written to Italy Workshops and mailed to 701 East South Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84102. Upon payment of your deposit, we will send you an information packet including suggestions for camera equipment, computer and software, clothing and travel information specific to your workshop destination.

Payment Schedule 

To reserve $500
120 days before the trip 50% of balance due
60 days before the trip 100% balance due


We use hotels rated 3 or 4 stars, each with a 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.

Single Supplements 

Fees are based on double occupancy. Single supplement is added for participants who wish to have a private room to themselves. 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 

90 days prior to workshop start date we retain 25%

45 days prior we retain 50%

15 days prior we retain 100%

No partial refunds will be given for unused portions of a workshop. We highly recommend that all workshop participants purchase trip cancellation insurance independently.

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. (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.

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 renumeration.

Photographers of all skill levels are welcome. Advanced photographers will be encouraged to focus on style development, lighting and composition, and will be challenged to work in “concentrations” to produce a collection of work suitable for a gallery showing or book project. Novice photographers will be instructed separately at times on camera mechanics and fundamentals of creating proper exposure, but will also join the conversations about style development. Beginners may participate as “observers”, attending all instruction and field trips, but they are not required to submit photos for critique.

Any camera is acceptable, including smartphones. Automation for the beginner can make the trip fun and stress-free and at times can increase creativity.

Classroom / Technical discussions will include:

• Fast and accurate methods for proper exposure in a wide variety of situations

• De-mystifying the features on your digital SLR camera

• Dynamic techniques for subject blur, camera motion and selective focus compositions

• Lighting for landscape, cityscape and portraiture

• Design issues: composition, balance, scale and dimension

• Content or the absence of it, and how to create images that have a powerful effect on viewers

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 use Adobe Lightroom CC for our on-screen review sessions. You will learn new Lightroom editing methods and workflow shortcuts during reviews and critique. Even if you’ve used Lightroom, we highly recommend brushing up on your skills before the workshop by watching the free tutorials available on

If you are not adept at downloading and managing digital images, you might consider leaving the computer behind to just focus on learning about your camera and developing a discerning eye. You can still submit images daily for review, but you will sleep happily while the rest of the group is editing their images well into the night! (Note: Since observer participants are not required to submit photos for critique, a computer is not necessary.)