Dolomites Drake Busath 8561

The Dolomites - Italian Alps

Our Dolomites photo workshop is held in perhaps the most photogenic mountain range in the world. The Dolomites are just north of Venice in northeast Italy. This part of Italy is infused with a strong Austrian influence, so we enjoy the flavors of Italian-Austrian foods and wines, along with the hospitality of Alpine mountain lodges. This trip involves some optional moderate hiking as desired by the participants. We spend a couple of nights in high mountain lodges where day hikes will tempt you.

We’ll meet up at the Venice Marco Polo airport. After the workshop we’ll return you to Venice, or you may choose to continue with us for a luxurious workshop week in the Romantic Italian Lakes.  


Date: September 9-16, 2018
Days: 8 days / 7 nights
Cost: $3650 / person
Participants:  6-12
Begin and end in Venice

Meet us in Venice and we’ll head north to the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, site of the Winter Olympics. From here we can explore the eastern end of the Dolomite range, getting great views of mountain groups including Cinque Torri and Tre Cime. As we meander westward through the Dolomites, we’ll use gondolas and mix of day hikes to reach breathtaking vistas, even staying two nights in “rigugi” huts with the mountain climbers. You’ll enjoy great cozy rooms,  hearty dining and relax time on the patio as you photograph the clouds rolling though peaks in every direction.

Further west, we’ll photograph classic medieval churches tucked up in the mountains, including Santa Magdelena in the Odle mountain group and St Johann (also known as San Giovanni).

Daily on-screen reviews and critique are an important part of the learning, as well as post-production instruction along the way. Bring your laptop and learn new editing and workflow tips everyday. You’re guaranteed to return home with stunning images.

At the end of our week together we’ll deliver you back to Venice or if you wish, continue with Drake to southern France for the unspoiled Villages and Wilds of Provence tour.

September 9-16, 2018 (8 days/7 nights)

Begin and end at the Marco Polo International Airport in Venice, Italy.

Cost: $3650 / person

Accommodations: 5 nights in 4 star hotels.  2 nights in Dolomites “rifugi” (high mountain lodges)

Group size: 6-12

Cost includes 7 nights stay,  all breakfasts and 6 dinners, all tips, admissions, ground transportation, gondolas, plus one-on-one instruction by a world-class travel photographer, with daily review & critique, and transfers to and from Venice Marco Polo Airport. Airfare not included.

In this workshop, we will work with you side-by-side along the trail, capturing spectacular Alps imagery available only to those willing to hike a little bit. We’ll help you to find the more subtle images that most people pass by without noticing. Morning and evening shooting sessions will help you to further develop your eye for composition and light, as your instructor provides feedback and suggestions.

Those newer to the craft will learn camera fundamentals, finally mastering the buttons on the camera settings, understand precise exposure, and learn other skills to make more impactful images that will hold up to large printing.

Your instructor for this workshop will be Drake Busath, founder of Italy Workshops.  More about the instructors…

Our curriculum has been refined over 18 years to ensure you have the essential tools you need to create a rich experience. While we only have a short amount of time with you, we use that time wisely to share our expertise and make recommendations, but your creativity leads the way – it’s our job to help you tap into that to find new ways of “seeing” and make beautiful images. Our goal is to “work” less with our cameras and play more. We help photographers break free from ordinary, overly serious images, and instead create self-expressive images that say more about the artist and less about the place. We try to take you to the best places at the right times and offer the inspiration and technical skills to make your lifetime-best images.

All experience levels are welcome. Participants who are new to photography can work with any camera, including smartphones. Our small group instruction is designed to help participants discover their own individual style. Classroom time (one-hour sessions) is devoted to reviewing your daily images on screen and offering helpful suggestions. Non-photographer partners can join all discussions and participate at their own level of interest (beginners often create the best images!). In the field, our discussions focus on improving composition and finding great light. And of course, we are here to answer your technical questions and help you master your own equipment.

Reserving your Spot
To hold a spot in the Dolomites trip, click here

Or phone us directly:   801-364-6645

Payments may be made with Visa, MasterCard or American Express, or you may send a check.

Checks may be sent to:
Italy Workshops
701 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102.

Upon payment of your deposit, we will send you an information packet including more detailed 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 will stay 5 nights in different mountain lodges, or “Rifugi”. These provide great meals and most of the comforts of say, a 1-2 star hotel. Some refugi are more rustic than others but all offer comfortable beds and private bathrooms. We will make every effort to arrange private rooms, but occasionally we need to share bunk rooms housing 4 people.

Single Supplements
Single supplements will not be charged at all on this trip.

Cancellation fee schedule
Cancelations less than 90 days prior to workshop start date incur a fee of 25% of the total workshop cost
With less than 45 days prior we retain 50% of the total workshop cost
With less than 15 days prior we retain 100% 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.

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.

Packing List
Main Camera
Batteries (3-4 charged batteries should do it)
Battery Charger!
Outlet Adapters for Italy. One per device or charger you bring.
Memory cards, perhaps 8-16 GB per day, depending on your camera and shooting habits.
Laptop is optional
Camera cleaning supplies
One or two all-purpose lenses ranging from 24-200mm.

Cable release or remote
Sturdy tripod at least as tall as you are.  Best if it can fit in your checked luggage.
Any camera is acceptable, including smart phones.

Warm weather clothes for hiking… shirts, pants, light airy
Hat, sunscreen
Any personal items: medications, toiletries (small!), snacks that you must have
Sunglasses if desired
Cold weather clothes for elevation: Layering is the key. ONE waterproof shell, and then thin warm layers.  Light gloves and hat are highly encouraged (cold spells and rain are ALWAYS a possibility in the mountains, though not expected)
Trekking poles if desired
Sturdy backpack large enough to cary your camera and one change of clothing.   Not too large, so your not tempted to pack the kitchen sink!
Waterproof hiking boots, well worn in.
Wool hiking socks, well worn in.
(No laptops on trekking route. Too heavy).

All equipment must be insured by a personal articles policy, homeowner’s policy, or special camera equipment policy.
Travel insurance is highly recommended, and is the participants’ responsibility.
All participants must understand and sign off that medical care if extremely limited on the trail in the Dolomites and they are traveling and trekking at their own risk.
All participants will need to have a health ready checklist signed off by a physician.

Photographers of all skill levels are welcome.


Should I Bring a Computer?

For this mobile workshop, bringing a laptop means you will need to carry it in your backpack, or leave it in the car overnight once or twice. Participants who love to edit at night are welcome to bring it along. Regardless of whether or not you have a computer, we will ask you to submit images for friendly critique and review during the week.

If you are not fluent downloading and managing digital images, please 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. Those interested more advanced or very interested in learning more Lightroom and post-processing on-the-spot may appreciate their laptops with them. Consider a packing solution that will be light, protective, and waterproof. Remember to check with your insurance agency to make sure they are insured from damage, theft, or other unforeseen mishaps, as well as your camera equipment.