We specially prepared this 3 days workshop for you to see the very best locations that the area has to offer (and they will vary depending on the time of the year you will choose to visit the Dolomites) – a workshop where your instructor will condense all the most important notions in the small time we have together at our disposal.
This is the perfect solution for anyone that has limited time available to explore the Dolomites!
Dolomites are an incredibly seasonal location – which means that depending at what time of the year you will be here, your instructor will take you to the best locations of that season: some places are only worth seeing in summer, some others in autumn and some others in winter. There’s no such a thing as a “fixed itinerary” here – we will always pick the best spots depending on the time you will join us here.
If you’d like to get more infos about the locations – you can also visit our Dolomites Location Guide, that should give you an even clearer idea of the places – and if you’d like to know more about the best times to visit the Dolomites, check this Dolomites Season Guide instead!
Truth is that we never run two identical workshops – due to the weather, due to the light, due to the length of the days at any given time of the year and a bazillion other variables that come into play when dealing with outdoor photography.
Take this general itinerary for what it is – and by any means don’t think that we’ll stick to it at all times!
Time to start our workshop together! On our first day, we will pick you up at the Venice airport around mid-morning, so that we can start our drive to Cortina (our first destination of the workshop, 2 hours drive from Venice) straight away.
After a couple hours drive, we will finally reach the Ampezzo Dolomites, the first part of this mountain range that we will explore and also where we will spend more time: Cortina d’Ampezzo will be our base for these first days.
Before heading to the hotel to do the check-in, we will do a little walk-around downtown for you to get acquainted with the place and enjoy a lovely lunch where you’ll be able to try the alpine cuisine at its best.
Hotel Check-in & Afternoon Break: approx. 2:30/4:30PM
After our tasty lunch together, we’ll return back to the hotel to check in and take a breath before hitting the road again.
Sunset Session: 5/8PM (depending on sunset time)
Our first official photography session together! Since it’s our first, we’ll have a longer session so that your workshop leader can assess your skills and give you the necessary notions to capture the golden light in the best possible way given the weather conditions of that day. The location we will probably visit is called Passo Giau, a high-altitude mountain pass which offers fabulous views all over the surrounding peaks.
It’s been a long day: finally we will have the chance to sit down and have a warm meal with some beer to end it in the best way!
One last sunrise in Cortina (ugh!) before moving on to the next area: we definitely will not waste it! On this morning we will visit the world-famous Braies Lake (Pragser Wildsee), a very accessible photogenic lake that basically doesn’t require any hike at all: the picture with the old house on the lake’s shore and the typical boats is one of the classic postcard views of the Dolomites!
Breakfast & Morning Break: 8/9:30AM
By the time we’ll be back at the hotel, I’m sure that you will be very much looking forward to having a nice breakfast and a bit of a break to gain some energies back. Make sure also to pack your stuff as today we will move from Cortina to Siusi – the next destination of the trip where we’ll spend the next two nights.
Transfer from Cortina to Siusi: 10:00AM/2:00PM
Get ready for one of the most epic drives you’ll get throughout the trip: we’ll cross three mountain passes – all of them stunningly beautiful – and in a couple hours we’ll reach Ortisei, the town where we’ll briefly stop by to have lunch and then keep driving for another 30 minutes to Siusi, our final destination for today.
The reason why we’ve picked Siusi as the town to stay in for the night is because of its proximity with our main sunrise location (the Alpe di Siusi, Seiser Alm): you will thank us later when you’ll get to sleep a little bit more in the morning!
Afternoon Break: 2:30/5:00PM
After an early sunrise and a longer transfer – let’s catch a break and gain some energies for the sunset session.
Sunset Session: 5:30/8PM (depending on sunset time)
Our first sunset in this new area will cover one of the most “picture perfect” views of the Val di Funes, called by many “the most beautiful valley of the Dolomites”: the St. Magdalena Church, with the huge Odle mountains in the background. The walk to the viewpoint will take us around 20 minutes.
After returning back down from the church viewpoint – we’ll have a short drive back to Siusi (30 minutes) where we’ll go have a warm, well deserved meal!
We are mentioning one last sunrise in the itinerary, even in our very last day: since you’ll probably have to pack things up and get ready for your trip back home, you are 100% free to decide whether you’d like to go for it or maybe just sleep in and get ready a bit later. Our recommendation is to see how the weather looks like, depending also on what conditions we got the previous day and then decide.
Breakfast & Check-out: 8:00/9:30AM
Time to pack everything up, get some “juice” for the trip back home and start our drive back towards the airport!
After a 2h drive back to Venice, it’s unfortunately time to say goodbye: your instructor will help you take the luggages into the building and wish you a safe flight back home!
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– Scroll down to the very end of the page to find the contact form or visit the “Contact Us” page to, well.. Contact us! We will be more than happy to help you with any request you have and set up the ideal workshop you have in your mind – and ultimately give you all the details to complete the deposit and secure your spot on the tour.
Why? So that you to get your own room for yourself without having to share it with anyone else. The single supplement is something we add at cost price (if not less), and as annoying as it might be, that’s something that unfortunately we can’t avoid.
That’s also how we manage to guarantee every workshop departure, even if you are the only participant for that date.
Of course you can opt for the single supplement even if you are traveling with friends and you like to have your own personal space.
– Digital Camera (preferably a DSLR or mirrorless camera, APS-C, micro 4/3 and FF will be more than fine);
– An ultrawide lens (e.g. Nikon 14-24mm, Canon 16-35mm, Tamron 15-30mm, Tokina 16-28mm etc); we recommend a lens with a wide maximum aperture (like f/2.8) in case we might do some night photography.
– A standard zoom lens (e.g. Nikon/Canon/Sigma 24-70mm or 24-105mm);
– A telephoto zoom lens (e.g. various Nikon/Canon/Tamron/Sigma 70-200mm);
– A super telephoto zoom lens (e.g. Sigma/Tamron 150-600mm); this lens is not necessary but we recommend it anyway since it allows to capture the far away details of the landscapes;
– A sturdy tripod that permits to do some long exposure photos, specially at twilight;
– A set of ND filters; these are the only filters we feel to recommend, since they become useful when you need to stretch the exposure time a little bit during some difficult light conditions;
– A camera remote to avoid blurry shots.