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Taormina, Jewel of Sicily Photo Workshop

May 3-9 2017, Wednesday morning through Tuesday evening

Cost:  $1,800 w/ discounts available; $2,784 for alumni who also join us in Paris or Prague (combined fees; $3,310 for non-alumni who also join us in Paris or Prague (combined fees). See also Three-fer pricing for Taormina/Paris/Prague.
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Limit 12 with 2 instructors (maximum 6:1 student-to-instructor ratio)

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Sandwiched between the watchful eye of the "gentle" volcano Mt. Etna and cliffs overlooking the Ionian Sea, Taormina is, indeed, the jewel of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The area was first inhabited by the Siculi long before the Greeks arrived on the Sicilian coast in 734 BC.

Over the centuries, Taormina became a cultural and arts center, hosting such famous names as Goethe, D. H. Lawrence, Truman Capote, and Tennessee Williams among many others.

Since 1960, this medieval city has held the Taormina Film Fest. Sitting on the ancient steps of Teatro Greco and watching the films that come for this event is just amazing. Oooh, Ovid may have sat here! Or Pliny the Elder! Both wrote here and took their inspiration from this area.

Tallest of the European volcanoes, Mt. Etna is also one of the world's most active, having been in a state of near-continuous eruption for half a million years with documentation going back to 1500 B.C. Etna's eruptions have caused very few deaths, thus its "gentle volcano" reputation, because the lava flows are slow, and the eruptions are not particularly explosive.
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The flanks of Mt. Etna, with its hard-scrabble soil, produce some amazing wines.

Add to these, the dramatic coasts, small cliffside villages, colorful fishing fleets, and Taormina itself, and you will have much to photograph.

Don't forget all those scenes from The Godfather. Some of them were filmed in the area in which we hold our workshop! In fact, one of the villages is just up the coast from Taormina!

We'll be based right in the beautiful, historic, and vibrant Taormina, with its wonderful little alleys, fun piazzas, and great food and wine. You cannot go wrong here.

In fact, we have become friends with a marvelous restauranteur and wine connosseur featured in The Wine Spectator.
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Turi is a lover of the outdoors and an entertainer of the highest order. He has introduced us to a couple of wonderful wineries on Mt Etna to which we hope to return.

His standards for excellent take him into the forest to gather chestnuts, mushrooms, and other woodland delights. He also heads to the market to carefully pick out the vegetables, fish, and other fare for the evening's table.

After all, Sicily is as much about food and wine as it is about the ancient history and magnificent scenery.

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Margo and Arnie look forward to returning here and showing you some of their favorite locations where you'll be able to celebrate your passion for photography, hone your seeing and imaging skills, and learn about the magic of light to make wonderful photographs.

Plan on staying on to see some of the rest of this wonderful island with its ancient history, as this is large island, too big to cover in a workshop where we can only give you a mere taste ... but what a taste it will be!

Scouting Option:
For those who want more time with Margo and Arnie, we offer the opportunity to scout and shoot with them before most of our domestic workshops. We limit this to two people per day who ride in the car with the instructors. During these days while Arnie and Margo do their own photography and final scouting for the workshop, there is also lots of individual instruction and discussions about photography.

Contact us for details.

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Practical Details:
We start out with some technical information before heading out for our first afternoon of photography. Our workshops include the following:
  • Maximum 6-to-1 ratio students to instructors;
  • Primer booklet to help you get started;
  • Early-morning and late-afternoon shoots for domestic workshops;
  • Daily downloading of your images and processing (we use the latest version of Lightroom);
  • Lots of individual instruction in both the field and classroom;
  • Daily critiques, both individual and group for domestic workshops and most overseas ones;
  • Discussions on various aspects of photography, including digital workflow; and
  • Lots of fun and frivolity throughout!
One critical note:  if you are contemplating buying a new camera, please make sure you have a basic working knowledge of it BEFORE you come to one of our workshops. There are so many variations amongst camera brands, and even within each brand, far too many for us to know and thus be able to help you.

FAQs:
If you have not already done so, be sure to check our FAQs for questions you may have as well as for equipment and installed downloads you need to bring to the workshop including, if necessary, the free, 30-day, trial versions of Adobe and other imaging products.

Rooms can go quickly, so best to not wait too long before signing up. Our special room rates are for participants only. Once we receive your application and monies due at the time of sign-up, we will let our hotel know you are, indeed, with us.

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