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Our Romania

  • Place: Rumunia, Brasov region
  • Dates: 28.09-5.10.2019
  • Workshop leaders: 
  • Vlad Dumitrescu – facebook.com/Romaniathroughmyeyes
  • Tomasz Przychodzień – instagram.com/lightguide_
  • Participation fee: 850 EUR
  • Maximum number of participants: 7

For many, Romania is an unknown country. Away from main tourist routes, undiscovered. That’s why it is so alluring. Romanian villages captivate the visitors with magical colors, richness of traditional culture, still alive in the countryside. Our guide during the trip will be Vlad Dumitrescu, an excellent Romanian photographer who devoted his life to photographing the country he was born in. Amazing portraits, photos of everyday life of Romanian villages, and landscapes, will surely become a part of the history of Romanian photography, a testimony of what will inevitably pass away. During the workshops, you will be also accompanied by Tomasz Przychodzień, who will focus on the landscape photography part. We will visit the Bucegi mountains – the most mysterious of the Romanian mountains which preserved the traces of ancient civilizations and the beautiful Ciucas mountains with its amazing rock formations.

During the time spent in Romania, Vlad and Tomasz will share their photographic knowledge and experience with you. You will learn the basic techniques of photographing outdoors, photographic composition and how to use the existing lighting conditions to make your photos amaze not only yourselves. We will be photographing everyday life in Romanian villages, capturing mountain sunsets and sunrises and also try astrophotography if the weather conditions allow us to. We will show you advanced photo techniques that help you to take advantage of capabilities of your equipment (combining exposures, perspectives, ettr, photographic tricks of Tomasz and Vlad).

Why come with us?

  • you can only become better photographer by photographing
  • you will get a chance to meet best landscape/documentary photographers and learn from their knowledge and experience
  • we will show you all the aspects of landscape and documentary photography along with advanced techniques (composition, correct exposure, long exposure photography, exposure blending, perspective blending etc)
  • you will learn how to plan photographic trips (logistics, planning, using weather conditions)
  • you will see how the professional photographers work – this is not a tour where we will take you from one place to another one and show you all tourist attractions around – we will focus on practical aspects
  • great photos guaranteed or you will get your money back :)

Draft schedule

What will we see? We will focus mainly on the Brasov region. We will visit beautiful Ciucas mountains, as well as one of the most mysterious mountains in Europe – Bucegi, where we will see traces of ancient civilizations. The middle of June gives the opportunity to shoot in quite peaceful conditions, without the presence of big tourist crowds, comparing to the holiday season. Mountain trekking will require basic physical condition, we plan a maximum of 4-5-hour hike (we can do it in a whole day). The schedule of workshops is adjusted to different fitness of participants, so everyone regardless of their physical condition, should handle the trekking. During the trip, we will visit the residents of local villages of Magura and Holbav in their homes, we will get to know with their everyday life, culture and traditions. Vlad will help us experience the real Romania, not the one from tourist brochures.

How will the trip be organized? The workshop will be conducted in small group so each of you will have opportunity to work directly with Vlad and Tomasz on specific areas you want to improve in your photography. Regardless your current photographic skills, whether you are a pro or an amateur, you will be able to develop exactly the skills you want. We divided the program into two parts – landscape and documentary. Together (max 7 participants) we will photograph landscapes of Romanian mountains and villages. During the documentary part, we will divide the group into two smaller teams, one of which along with Vlad will traverse Romanian villages, visiting the homes of their inhabitants. Due to the intimate nature of this part (close contact with local people), it is not possible to implement it in a larger group. During the same time, the rest of you together with Tomasz will learn the secrets of composition and photo editing. We will also organize a portfolio analysis session during which we will discuss your previous works. Afterwards the groups will swap so everyone will be able to take full advantage of the planned program.

Draft itinerary (can be subject to change due to unstable weather conditions)

Day 1.: 28.09.2019

00:30-14:30
getting to Cabana Varful Ciucaş, check-in, rest

16:30-

  • short trekking to the top
  • photographing sunset
  • (option) night photography
  • getting down to Cabana Varful Ciucaş

Day 2.: 29.09.2019

5:30-9:00

  • wake up
  • photographing sunrise
  • getting down to the refuge

9:00-11:30

  • breakfast
  • drive to Holbav

11:30-17:30

Group 1: photographing with Vlad
Group 2: workshop with Tomasz: basics, composition, all you need to know about landscape photography, portfolio review

In meantime – lunch

17:30-

  • photographing sunset near Holbav
  • back to accommodation place

Day 3.: 30.09.2019

5:30-9:00

  • wake up
  • photographing sunrise
  • back to accommodation place
  • breakfast

10:30-17:30

Group 1: workshop with Tomasz: basics, composition, all you need to know about landscape photography, portfolio review
Group 2: photographing with Vlad

17:30-

  • photographing sunset near Holbav
  • back to accommodation place

Day 4.: 1.10.2019

5:30-9:00

  • wake up
  • photographing sunrise
  • back to accommodation place
  • breakfast

9:00-18:00

  • getting to the trail to Ţigăneşti refuge
  • trekking (4-5h)
  • lunch/supper outdoors
  • rest

18:00-

  • photographing sunset near Refugiul Țigănești
  • night photography
  • sleep at the top in the refuge

Day 5.: 2.10.2019

5:30-9:00

  • wake up
  • photographing sunrise
  • breakfast
  • rest

11:00-17:00

  • getting to Cabana Omu (ca. 2,5h according to trail signs)
  • odpoczynek

17:30-

  • photographing sunset near Cabana Omu
  • night photography
  • sleep at the top in Cabana Omu

Dzień 6.: 3.10.2019

5:30-9:00

  • wake up
  • photographing sunrise
  • breakfast

9:00-13:30

  • getting to Busten
  • drive to Magura

14:00-17:30

Group 1: workshop with Tomasz: post processing
Group 2: photographing with Vlad

17:30-

  • photographing sunset near Magura
  • getting back to accommodation place

Day 7.: 4.10.2019

5:30-9:00

  • wake up
  • photographing sunrise
  • breakfast

9:30-12:30

Group 1: photographing with Vlad
Group 2: workshop with Tomasz: post processing

13:00-17:30

Both groups: workshops summary with Vlad and Tomasz, post-processing

17:30-

  • photographing sunset near Magura
  • getting back to accommodation place=

Day 8.: 5.10.2019

5:30-

  • wake up
  • photographing sunrise
  • breakfast
  • getting back home

What is included?

  • photo workshop led by renowned photographers
  • chance of learning advanced photo techniques (basic ones as well)
  • chance to see authentic life of Romanian villages
  • extraordinary landscapes of Romanian mountains
  • unforgettable experiences and memories
  • possibility to rent photo equipment from www.n-rent.pl with 30% discount
  • local transportation with rented 9-person minivan
  • accommodation – mostly mountain refuges, local B&B’s and, if necessary, tent
  • entrance and parking fees

Not included

  • meals – everyone according to her/his needs; (we will try to arrange 1-2 meals at the villages if possible)
  • beverages
  • everything not mentioned in the previous section

Essential equipment to bring

  • mountain gear – trekking shoes, rain jacket, thermos, sunglasses, sleeping bag, gloves, headlamp
  • camera with interchangeable optics, lenses, filters (optional but recommended), tripod, shutter release cable, batteries, chargers, memory cards, smartphone
  • laptop with Photoshop and Lightroom installed (can be a trial version)

Additional info

You can reserve your spot by telephone: +48 691 286 789 or email: lightguidesworkshops@gmail.com In order to secure your spot you will be asked to pay non refundable fee of 250 EUR. We will provide you banking data after confirming the workshop availability. The rest can be covered by bank transfer before the workshops or already in Romania.

Road to Țigănești

We will hike it during the workshop :)

Source: Ioan Stoenică https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFNdHrgjiGh7g5ykgwIOCHg

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