Once a secret, the south-west is the jewel of Portugal and is undoubtedly becoming a desired destination. With beautiful beaches and unspoiled scenery, the Alentejo coastline is the perfect destination for your next workshop.
Facing west, the coastline is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, making it the ideal location for creating stunning coastal images.
Just a step away from the heart of the Alentejo region, there are stunning locations for shooting sunrise and sunset, and opportunities for daytime photography along the coast. You will also have the opportunity to shoot street scenes in the unspoiled towns and the famous green fields and olive groves of the region.
Your host will be Phil Norton, landscape photographer and NiSi Filters Ambassador. He will guide you through the photographic process, whatever your skill level. From basic settings and understanding exposure, to advanced techniques and settings, Phil will help you master your camera. Under Phil’s instruction you will understand composition, learn how to ‘see’ the shot, and avoid common mistakes. You will learn the secrets of shooting in different situations, such as challenging light, long exposures, and how to make sure you get the shot. You will also learn how to use filters to control exposure. For Olympus users learn how to set up and customise your camera to suit you and learn advanced techniques.
We’ll be staying in the picturesque and hospitable village of Vila Nova de Milfontes, enjoying the friendly atmosphere of the locals, the local food and wine, among people with a common interest in Photography.
Start packing your photo gear, grab the backpack and the tripod and come visit one of the most beautiful places in Portugal, with its impressive cliffs and steep and sculpted crags, pristine beaches, islets and reefs, among many other natural beauties. The views are breathtaking.
You only need to bring some clothes, your camera gear and your desire to shoot. Everything else is included and arranged: accommodation, meals and transportation from arrival at the airport until departure.
We meet at Lisbon airport at 11:30am on April 26th, then we’ll have lunch in Lisbon, with a view to the Tejo river, the perfect opportunity for everyone in the group to make a brief introduction and get to know each other.
On the last day of the workshop, April 29th, the estimated time of arrival back to Lisbon airport is at 15:00. All times shown are for the Lisbon time zone.
Main highlights of the places to be photographed:
- Wooden jetties of Carrasqueira
- Porto Covo – The beach in front of the “Ilha do Pessegueiro” (Peach-tree Island)
- Vila Nova de Milfontes
We warn you in advance that we will be rising very early, in order to shoot dawn. But it will definitely be worth it.
During the day there will be many points of interest to visit and photograph. The workshop would not be complete without several sessions that will be held, in which everyone will have the chance to evaluate their captured images and get to know Phil Norton’s workflow in Adobe post processing tools (Photoshop and Lightroom). We will discuss processing techniques, different applications to use and process some images to help your workflow. Not using Adobe? Phil will show you other applications you can use too.
Location: Southwest Alentejo, Portugal
Dates: 26 to 29th of April 2018
Price: € 1300 per person in single room
Physical demand: Easy
Climate: Pleasant but breezy, best period for interesting skies.
Maximum number of participants: 5
Registration deadline: March 26th, 2018
Photographic style: Natural landscape; Travel photography, Coastal, Street
What is included
- Accommodation (in single rooms)
- Delicious meals from local restaurants (all breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included)
- Transportation from arrival to departure
What is not included
- Personal expenses
- Photographic equipment and accessories
– Interchangeable lenses camera (DSLR or mirrorless) with tripod and remote shutter release
– Wide-angle lens
– ND filters / ND grad filters ( Some NiSi Filters will be available for use)
– Polarizing filter
– Mid-range zoom lens with a focal length equivalent to 24-70mm
– Telephoto lens equivalent to 70-200mm
– Laptop with Raw converter / image processing tools, preferably Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
– In Portugal the power sockets are of type F (also known as “Schuko”). The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz Please bring an adapter if needed.
What to wear
– A waterproof and windproof jacket
– Walking boots (preferably waterproof)
– Warm fleece
– Casual clothing for the more relaxed moments
Preparation is fundamental and we wish to provide the best experience possible. So, until the day of arrival if you have any questions please feel free to ask.
Workshop main goals
Shoot the beautiful Portuguese coast and reach the end of the workshop with a stunning set of images, know how to interpret a location and look for the best composition, use filters suited to the light and learn methods of improving your photography, and understand your camera so that it becomes a tool to express your creativity.
You will also have a better understanding of what to do with your images once you get them out of the camera, how to process them, and even how to share and publicise your work.
The workshop will not only advance your photographic skills, it will be a great opportunity for you to meet like-minded people, exchange ideas and experiences and enjoy the best that Portugal has to offer, including its renowned food.
Landscape Photographer based in Lancashire with 30 years of shooting experience, Phil has over the years built a reputation for his creative and unique style. Phil has used Nikon and Canon full frame for most of his career and over the last 2 years has mastered Olympus OMD systems, now using the OMD E-M1 mk2.
Phil runs many workshops in the UK including the Peak District, Lake District, Snowdonia, East and West coasts, and has huge experience as a workshop leader. He understands the technical and creative process, and understands how to help his workshop participants whatever skill level.
Published in many magazines and press, we were pleased to have Phil as the lead article in our very first Olympus Passion online publication.
Phil is also the UK NiSi Filters Ambassador and will be able to assist using NiSi Filters.
To learn more please visit Phil’s website:
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Payment and Cancellation Terms
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Deposit €500 60 days prior to workshop.
Places will only be secured after deposit payment. Deposits may be by bank transfer or Paypal.
Participants booking this workshop will receive a full invoice with total cost, deposits and balance indicated. Full payment required 60 days before workshop date.
Balances not received 60 days in advance will result in your booking being treated as cancelled. Full Payment is required for bookings under 60 days of workshop date.
Cancellation must be made in writing with the date of communication being the date to determine refund policies. Refunds will take into account bookings made by us to third parties for accommodation, transport etc.
Cancellation after full payment will be on a scale as follows: over 90 days 75%, 90-30 days 50%. After that period, we are unable to make any refund as necessary bookings with all the third parties (accommodation, transport, etc) will have been made and their required deposits paid by us.
This workshop is designed to be within the capabilities of the average person in good average health. Participants will be required to walk over uneven terrain or trails and may occasionally need to hike small distances to a destination while carrying their camera equipment. If you have concerns about your own capabilities and/or fitness as it relates to this workshop, please contact us to clarify any uncertainties. Please ensure you have emergency medical insurance.
We assume no responsibility for medical care. We will advise the lodges/hotels of any dietary requirements or restrictions for individual participants, if sufficient notice is provided, but we do not assume responsibility for the delivery of such special dietary requirements.
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