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Amalfi Coast / "Phon-a-Photo" Tour!

Phon-a-Photo* (fonafoto in Italian) is what we’re calling this sun-drenched Mediterranean escape with your iPhone.

You’ll be amazed at the “mini-masterpieces” you can create with your iPhone (or Android).  Learn the latest apps and editing techniques, as well as tips for better captures.  Learn to compose your images better and search out dramatic lighting patterns that will make your images stand apart.  Master Photographer Drake Busath will help you develop your own personal style along the way and use your phone camera as an artist’s tool.

Highlights of our travel:

We’ve chosen Ravello as our headquarters, one of Italy’s most  beautiful villages.  Perched 1000 feet above the azure coast,  Ravello is blessed with lush gardens, quiet lanes and commanding views. Our 4-star hotel, near the ancient Villa Rufulo, is central to great dining and evening strolls.  Along the coast we’ll visit the beautiful towns of Amalfi and Positano.  We’ll also visit Drake’s favorite “quiet” villages… Atrani, Praiano, Furore, and climb to overlooks in the evening hours.  For the historians we’ve scheduled a special tour of Pompeii, buried for 2000 years.  We end our week with two lazy days on the sunny island of Capri.

*Phon-a-Photo and Fonafoto are registered trademark of ItalyWorkshops


Date: October 4-11, 2018 (8 days, 7 nights)
Cost: $4150 per person (double occupancy)
Participants:  6-12

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
12:00 Meet up in  Sorrento
Private tour of historic Pompeii, buried by ash in 79AD
Travel to Ravello, 1000 feet above the Amalfi coast with epic views and a charm beyond description
Check in our 4-star Hotel Rufolo just steps from the piazza
Welcome dinner in Ravello

Day 2
Visit to the seaside town of Positano with it’s beachfront, historic cathedral, shopping and great food
Travel up to lofty Nocelle for views of the Positano coast
Anyone an amazing dinner with with even more amazing views

Day 3
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
Walkabout to the towering gardens of Villa Cimbrone
Dinner on the terrace at Villa Maria or Villa Cimbrone

Day 4
Workshop and review images from previous days
Travel to the un-trampled village of Atrani and climb though it’s maze of walkways and stairs
Enjoy lunch in the piazza with the locals
Optional side trip to Paestum and it’s Greek temples from 600BC

Day 5
Visit the town of Amalfi, an ancient navel powerhouse, with it’s grand cathedral and charming narrow streets.
Travel by sea to explore some of Drake’s favorite quiet towns and overlooks along the coast, Praiano and perhaps Furore
After dinner in Ravello, review the day’s images on screen with drinks on the veranda

Day 6-7
Ferry to the island of Capri.  We’ll stay in the hilltop town of Anacapri with its white-washed villas and dramatic overlooks.
We’ll enjoy seascape views that have drawn the rich and famous since Roman times.  If the weather is warm, we can explore the island by water, including the Blue Grotto.
In the quiet evening and morning hours the lower town of Capri beckons with its waterfront photographs and of course some world-class shopping and sidewalk cafe time.

Day 8
Final workshop breakfast and review of the week’s great images.
Check out and travel to Naples by ferry.  Say goodbye at the modern Naples train station (we will help you with train tickets to your departure airport)


$4150 per person (based on double occupancy)

Single supplement $500.

Includes tuition, 5 nights accommodations at 4-star hotel in the historic center of Ravello, Italy, and 2 nights on the island of Capri.  Included are all breakfasts, 2 dinners, 2 lunches, daily excursions and all ground and sea transportation starting in Sorrento and ending in 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.

“FonaFoto” Tour / Creating Art in Italy with your iPhone 

Drake Busath, M.Photog.,Cr, will lead this tour, helping you accomplish amazing photographs with your iPhone or Android phone each day.   Drake will share the latest phone apps and technical tips, including editing tricks that will take your photos to a wildly new level.   More than that, Drake will encourage you to identify and develop your own personal style.  By the end of the week,  your photographs will say more about you the artist, and less about the place itself.   NOTE:  Regular camera users are also welcome on this tour.  Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji users…. we love you too!

Drake has 30 years experience living and photographing in Italy. He has hosted hundreds of photographers in 8 different regions of Italy, since 1999.   More about Drake…

A trip assistant is appointed for each of our workshops.   This person handles logistics, allowing the instructor to instruct all along the way.   This is your guarantee of great learning experience and also of a safe and smooth vacation.  Depending on the group 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 18 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.  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 luxurious rooms and private baths.  Rooms are assigned in order of reservations received, so early signup is recommended. Premium rooms and suites are available at some workshops for an additional supplement charge.

Single Room Supplements 

Fees are based on double occupancy. A single supplement charge (usually $500) 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.)