ITALY IS MAGIC
It's truly difficult to convey in words – or even pictures – how wonderful Italy is. If you've been there before then you probably understand; if you haven't visited yet, you're in for a life-changing treat. This will be our seventh Secret Italy Workshop and we're just as excited as ever!
AUTHENTIC ITALIAN EXPERIENCE WORKSHOP DETAILS
Next October we will be touring the central region of Italy: Umbria and Tuscany. It’s been several years since we’ve done our tour here and we can’t wait to get back. This region is filled with amazing medieval villages, wineries, rolling hills, and scenic mountains...and don’t even get us started on the food!
We do not have our hotels selected at this point, but rest assured our guides are going to select wonderful places for us to stay. They have never let us down in the past and we are always amazed when we see the accommodations!
Our days will be structured around site seeing and photographing. Kevin will be giving daily instruction, reviews, and photo assignments to help inspire you and encourage you to shoot differently than you do at home. Kevin will also be holding a one-to-two-hour workflow/Photoshop class on most days. Having a laptop is essential for these lessons if you want to do some hands-on work. We will always be available for any questions you may have regarding business, marketing, camera features, workflow, etc.
Kevin Kubota in an interview about the last Secret Italy tour:
"Clare and I have been photographing Italy for many years now, so for this sixth year of our Secret Italy workshop we really wanted to provide a fantastic adventure for attendees and their guests. For anyone that loves photography there is no place like Italy to invigorate their creative drive. Plus, it's so fun to see those that didn't necessarily come to participate in the photographic experience get excited to shoot away with their point-and-shoot cameras."
SMALL CLASS SIZE
This workshop is limited to 15 workshop attendees.
Price includes the following, so you can relax and enjoy all that Italy has to offer:
- All in-country transportation for the week, including pick up and drop off at Fiumicino airport.
- Six nights lodging.
- All breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners (restaurants and menus will be selected by our guides to include the regions’ specialties to experience true local cuisine).
- Two local guides, who will be with us all week. Max and Cristiana have worked with us for over 10 years and we wouldn’t go with anyone else! They are the BEST.
- Additional tours and activities. These are being finalized. In the past they’ve included wineries, cooking classes, museums, gardens, etc.
- Classroom instruction by Kevin each day. We like to customize the classes to the requests of attendees whenever possible. Attendees will be sent a questionnaire a couple months before the trip. We know you’d rather be out photographing the Italian landscapes, so classroom time will be one to two hours per day and Kevin will, of course, be available for questions and assistance while we’re touring or riding the bus. Topics he typically covers during class time are: workflow using Photoshop and Lightroom, lighting, HDR, using a neutral density filter, and giving image feedback.
Additional expenses include the following:
- Three lunches and three dinners.
- Tips and gifts.
To attend this workshop you must enjoy visiting some of the most beautiful locations in the world, love eating delicious Italian food alongside an equally delectable glass of wine, and enjoy being in the company of other creative people; all while being visually inspired.
Attendees are encouraged to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with a guest and can bring a partner to join them on all but the classroom portions of the workshop. Many attendees bring a friend, spouse or other family members. There's a lot for everyone to see and enjoy, even if you're not a photographer. It's always fun to see the "non" photographers getting caught up in the joy of taking photographs throughout the week. In past workshops we've included cooking classes, visits to wineries, underground cities, and other unique tours. We all explore together, so our non-photographer guests will enjoy everything with us. The only part of the workshop reserved for attendees and not their guests will be the one-to-two-hour class sessions each morning or evening. Most spouses are happy to sleep in or relax with a cappuccino. Plus when you bring someone along, you can ask them to help carry your gear! ; )
"The Secret Italy trip was fantastic! The convenience of having everything planned out for us, from each stop along our way that offered incredible photo ops, all the way down to the wonderful Italian dinners we shared together. All we had to do was show up! My wife, who is not a photographer, had an awesome time as well. We made many friends and continue to stay in touch. A big thanks to Kevin, Clare, Max and Cristiana for their planning and hospitality. I would do it again in a heartbeat." – Shane Rodimel
"Where do I begin? I loved the entire trip throughout Italy with Kevin, Clare, Max and Cristiana. They knew what photographers would be interested in seeing. Best of all, there was no one saying 'why do you have to take so many pictures where ever we go?' It was great to be with so many people with exactly the same interests as me. There was a wonderful variety of places to photograph. There were endless photo ops whether you like photographing people, landscape, close-ups, architecture, or food. And there was endless food as well. The accommodations were beautiful and spacious. Max and Cristiana are so warm and knowledgeable about the history and culture of the various towns we visited. I loved their home town of Stroncone the best. I hope to go to Italy again with Kevin and Clare's tour some day." – Marilyn Hunt
A deposit is required to hold each person's spot, whether you are a workshop attendee or the guest of an attendee. If you'd like to be set up with a payment plan, please let us know and we can put one in place for you. The workshop price is based on double occupancy. Private rooms are available at an additional cost
Although we know that you wouldn't miss this workshop for the world, we do realize that life happens, so just in case, please refer to the cancellation policy below. Please be aware that we will be making non-refundable reservations for hotel, transportation, etc.
6 months or more before workshop: We will happily refund all but $200 of the amount paid.
4 - 6 months before workshop: We will refund all but $800 of amount paid.
2 - 4 months before workshop: We will refund all but $2,000 of the amount paid.
Less than 60 days before workshop: We will NOT refund any payments made.