Location: Krakow / Poland
Duration: 3 nights / 4 days
Group Size: Max 7
Level of fitness required: Easy
Join Tatra Photography in Krakow the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Its architecture spans many centuries and styles with a square full of interest. Encircled by cobbled streets, cafes and shops the square also plays host to St. Mary’s cathedral and the famous Market in the heart of Krakow Old town square built in 1257.
We will have plenty of time to really explore this diverse city with our cameras during sunrise, sunset & the blue hour. We will seek out interesting nooks and crannies as well as the better-known and more iconic sites around the city and its magnificent castle & churches. We will concentrate on looking upwards as well as at eye level. Our aim will be to give you ample opportunity to really capture Krakow with its myriad architectural opportunities and help you get to grips with urban photography – what a location in which to learn!
During the Krakow photography tour we will also visit the Salt Mines, Magnificent chambers chiselled out in rock salt and amazing underground saline lakes, majestic timber constructions and unique statues sculpted in salt. Almost 3 kilometres of meandering corridors, 800 steps to climb of which 350 have to be descended to reach the depth of 135 meters underground.
A trip to Krakow would not be complete without a trip to Auschwitz – this will be a profound experience, with a chance to photograph with thought and sensitivity. Auschwitz Birkenau is the site of the gravest mass murder in the history of humanity. It remains a memorial that can serve everyone as a mirror of the human soul and a prism for looking deep within ourselves. Auschwitz Birkenau was the largest of Nazi Germany’s death camps and was the site of the worst human atrocity of modern times where it is estimated that 1.1 million people were executed in the 2nd World War according to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State museum.
As well as having extended and flexible time in Krakow, where we will work one-on-one with each guest to hone your Urban photography skills, we will also provide demonstrations of advanced cityscape photography techniques, such as High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI) and night photography.
We also encourage participants to bring a selection of their work for a review and critique, where our professional tutor will discuss the art of urban photography composition, how to use the camera to create wow-factor images and how to approach photography with the eye of a pro.
Your tutor for this workshop is Fran Halsall. Having worked as a professional photographer since 2004 Fran is passionate about documenting the world around us. Growing up on the edge of the countryside meant that, from an early age, Fran was inspired to record what she saw.
What began with detailed drawings of flowers and trees evolved when her photographic interest was kindled by her grandfather in her teenage years. Going on to complete a degree in fine art, Fran studied not only formal aspects of composition and lighting but also the effects of sensory perception and how we process visual information. This is where Fran’s obsession with light, and its ability to influence emotion, began.
Fran’s first book “The Peak District” explored the history and environment of the UK’s first National Park and cemented her reputation not only as a photographer but also as a writer on landscape studies. Her research into the richly varied geology and fascinating landscape myths of Britain and Ireland led to the publication of her third book “Shore to Summit” – a recommended text for anyone who wishes to know more about ‘reading’ landforms. This academic interest led Fran undertake an MA in landscape architecture where she deepened her understanding of both ecological processes and the often complex aesthetic responses to natural and designed environments.
As a regular contributor of articles to leading photographic magazines Fran is known for her holistic approach, being equally at home producing guides to camera technique as writing about interpreting the landscape’s character or explaining the interaction between weather and lighting. This broad knowledge base, combined with many years experience as a photographic tutor, makes Fran an invaluable guide to what to photograph, where and when to find it, and how best to record it.
The landscape workshops with Tatra Photography are sponsored by Lee Filters and Robert White Camera Suppliers.
Lee Filters have kindly donated a landscape filter set including various grads, ND filters and the BIG 10 Stopper, Lee have also provided a range of holders and rings, all of which will be available to use to participants on the workshops and will be demonstrated by the Tatra photography award winning tutors.
Any customers wanting to purchase their products can then buy from Robert White cameras or direct from Lee filters.
The Boutique Krakow Hotel is situated in Kazimierz, currently the most fashionable district of Krakow. Walking the local streets you will be able to admire the charms of wonderful monuments of Jewish culture, numerous synagogues, shuls, and one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Europe.
All rooms are designed in an elegant and timeless style complete with all facilities, which will guarantee you pleasant and comfortable stay.
All rooms are equipped with en-suite bathroom, individually adjusted air conditioning, access to fast Internet (WI-FI) plasma TV, refrigerator, cordless kettle & coffee, cream, tea, mineral water and sugar.
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