There really are no words to describe the picturesque landscapes of the southern Ligurian coast, better known as the Riviera di Levante. The contrast between the coastal deep blue sea and the jagged mountains only add to the fascination for this land. From the beginning of the 12th century, Genoa’s great shipowning families made the city into a Mediterranean power, touching every ocean around the globe, and once considered one of the maritime capitals of the world. Trade flourished and wealth abounded. The Portofino Peninsula, best known for its jet set crowd, spectacular vistas and pristine landscape, posses a romantic sophistication that transcends this land. In contrast, the little villages of Cinque Terre are a return to centuries past, and seem to have grown from the sheer cliffs, almost defying gravity. Or the majestic beauty of Porto Venere. Both of these amazing locations are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. With so much history related to the sea, and such a dramatic landscape, the southern Ligurian coast of Cinque Terre is a must to photograph.
This workshop is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity with our assistance. In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. And no photography workshop would be complete without discussing workflow and the editing process. Our week together will include individual and group reviews, personal assignments and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the breathtaking region of Cinque Terre!
Photo Workshop Adventures offers 28 Photography Workshops in 14 countries and on 4 continents including Italy, Spain, Croatia, Greece, France, Morocco, United States, Bhutan, South Africa, Turkey, Iceland, Canada and more.
MICHAEL CHINNICI - Professional Photographer, Instructor & Guide
Michael is the Founder and CEO of Photo Workshop Adventures.
Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Michael began taking photos and developing B&W prints in his basement darkroom at the age of 11. Using his fathers post-WWII Argus rangefinder, he learned all the technical aspects of photography at an early age.
This early love of imagery influenced his other creative skills as a painter, musician, designer and visionary. As a photographer, Michael quickly grew to master the art of photography, including landscape, architecture, people, fashion, motorsports and still life.
With a degree in Advertising and Design, Michael launched his first advertising agency “Chinnici Direct” in 1982, soon realizing the creative potential within the world of marketing and design.
In the 90‘s, Michael started traveling more extensively and shooting with his Nikon’s, Hasselblad’s and a Linhof 6x17. Always embracing technology, in 1996 he launched NYC’s first digital photography studio, “Icon Digital”, and for 12 years, the studio shot for such clients as JP Morgan Chase, Clinique, Estee Lauder, L’Oreal, Hewlett Packard, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Smithsonian, Vivre and more.
In 2000, Michael sold the ad agency and focused more on photography, travel and special creative projects. As technology advanced and DSLR camera became more mainstream, he looked for ways to blend together his photography, travel, marketing and technology experience. So in 2008, “Photo Workshop Adventures” was born as he photographed on the adriatic coast of Croatia.
When Michael isn’t teaching photography workshops around the world, he can be found in New York City at his creative shop, Red Octopus or at his photography studio.
Our workshop starts in Genoa and ends in Florence, Italy. During our 6 days together we will visit the villages of Portofino, Santa Margarita, Rapallo, La Spezia, Portovenere and the five remote villages of Cinque Terre.
Our Cinque Terre workshop is a traveling workshop so we use the facilities of each hotel that we visit for our discussions. And like all our Photo Workshops, we spend most of our time outdoors exploring and photographing the villages and towns we will visit. Often our discussions take place while walking and traveling, or dining at lunch or dinner.
- Workshops: April 21-26, 2012 (6 days/5 nights)
- Price: $2,595
- 4/5-Star Hotels
- Breakfast, 3 Lunches and 3 Dinners
- Local Transportation
- Workshop and Tours
- $350 additional for private room (optional)
- $1595 for a traveling companion (non-photographer, optional)
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