The sharp tuscany tour

A one day full immersion amongst rolling hills, hilltop towns and scenic villas for all those of you who can’t spend more time around here. Only available in low-season.

1 day (from sunrise to sunset)

LOW SEASON ONLY (NOV./MAR.)

FROM 320,00 € P.P.

EASY WALKING INVOLVED

3 PERSONS MAX.

basic equipment

OVERVIEW

We got it, you are visiting (or planning to visit) Italy but you don’t want (or you can’t!) spend too much time in these places; to help you, let us introduce to you our fresh new one-day workshop!

With this option, you’ll be picked up at your hotel in the near-by area that morning and you’ll be dropped off at the same place after we finished to photograph the sunset; perfect, isn’t it?

workshop itinerary

Pick-Up: Approximately 45 minutes before sunrise (depending on where your hotel is located) one of our photographers will pick you up and then you will drive together to the first location of the day;

Sunrise session: you will shoot the blue hour and the sun rising up above the hills together with our expert photography guide there to help you getting the best possible shots. We will go through the very basic settings (ISO, aperture, exposure, etc) if needed – otherwise we might already cover some slightly more complex techniques such as the HDRs (very handy in strong light conditions).

Breakfast: after being awake for an already long time, time to get some good breakfast! We’ll stop in Pienza and get something at the local cafè.

Morning Shooting: after breakfast, it will be time to visit some more new locations. Normally, we would dedicate a golden hour session to these places but since we don’t have that time – we still try to capture them all even if the light won’t be the best!

Lunch: a deserved break after a long morning spent shooting! We will enjoy a lovely meal lost in the middle of the countryside, either with some pasta, some meat or vegetables.

Mid-Afternoon Shooting: after a relaxing lunch, it’s time to hit the road again. We will start driving around again and we’ll visit a bunch of new locations while waiting for the light to become warmer again!

Sunset Session: by the time that the sun will go down we will make sure to be ready and set in position to capture it, in one of the most incredible locations that the area has to offer.

Drop off: unfortunately, it’s already time to say goodbye! After a long day shooting the rolling hills, your photography guide will take you back to your hotel.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

private transports

Shuttle to/from your Hotel in the area (pienza, montalcino, montepulciano, san quirico d'orcia)

Assistance and Guidance by
a Local Professional
Photographer

Post-Production Workshop (depending on the weather)

– Digital Camera (preferably a DSLR camera, both an APS-C and FF will be more than fine)
– An ultrawide lens (such as the 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) for night photography.

– A standard zoom lens (like the various Nikon/Canon/Sigma 24-70mm or 24-105mm)

– A telephoto zoom lens (like the various Nikon/Canon/Tamron/Sigma 70-200mm)

– A super telephoto zoom lens (like the 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 during the twilight hour

– 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

A few weeks before your departure, we will contact you suggesting the best clothes to bring with you basing on the weather forecasts and the current temperatures, so that you will be perfectly equipped by the time of you arrival!
The price does NOT include:

– Airfare to/from Italy;

– Food (Breakfast/Lunch);

– Single Supplement (+180€)

– Public Transports Tickets (Ferries, Buses, Trains, etc);

– Attractions Tickets (Museums, Towers, Monuments, etc);

– VISA (if necessary);

– Travel Insurance (highly recommended, both for you and your photography gear);

– Everything not mentioned in the “What’s Included” list.

ONLY ONE PACKAGE IS AVAILABLE FOR THE 1-DAY WORKSHOP:

The Sharp Tuscany Tour

From 320,00€ per person
  • Private transports
  • pick up/drop off at your hotel
  • photography tuition

customers reviews

what people say

Ken Haber
Ken Haber
2023-10-27
Leo is an outstanding photo tour guide. He took our group to locations in the Dolomites that would have been impossible for us to find on our own, and made sure that we photographed these sites at perfect light, and from the best vantage points available. It's very clear that he spend a lot of time pre-scouting and assembling the best locations. He arranged all of our hotels and meals, which were absolutely first class. Leo is not only a top notch tour guide, but he's also very knowledgeable about all photo systems and editing programs. Traveling with him was an absolute pleasure, and I highly recommend his services. I plan to go on more of his photo excursions in the future.
John Brandenburg
John Brandenburg
2023-10-26
Leo was a fantastic host and tour guide for our Dolomites photo tour! He knew not only where to go but also when best to be there, and varied locations and timing based on the weather. He arranged excellent accomodations and restaurants, and handled driving with aplomb. He was able to provide technical support for a variety of cameras, as well as on composition, exposure and Lightroom. I can't recommend him highly enough, and look forward to his next trip, hopefully to Iceland!
Julie Mitchell
Julie Mitchell
2023-10-17
Leo is a wonderful photo guide and instructor. His local knowledge is extensive and provides excellent opportunities for both classic and unexpected images of the Tuscan landscape. He is patient and good-humoured. I learned a great deal from his tuition and was delighted with great images that were often taken in less than optimal conditions. Our editing session was so helpful in this respect. Leo is 100% focused on the experience of his guests and that extends not just to the photographic elements but to accommodation, food and visits to towns when the light isn’t at its best for photography. Leo is flexible and very responsive to his guests’ needs and works very hard to ensure that your Tuscan experience is a memorable and premium one. He is well known in the area and clearly liked and respected so guests benefit from the welcome he receives.
Bernard Ang
Bernard Ang
2023-10-13
Leonardo is simply the best! Not only in improving my composition and shooting techniques, but in between shoots in continually teaching me the finer points of photo editing and processing. Leo is a highly motivated person, is ultra made hardworking and is fully hands-on, which is possible due to the small size of the groups he keeps. He knows the Dolomites area like the back of his hands and it would have been impossible for me to do this on my own. I highly recommend Leo and all members of my group swore we would return with Leo on another workshop before long! Bernard
Rand Kaplan
Rand Kaplan
2023-09-19
Leo is very knowledgeable, capable, and smart. He is an excellent photographer and teacher. He is good company as well. Leo is an excellent driver and he never took one wrong turn in a week.
Arun R
Arun R
2023-08-02
Leo was an excellent guide. I don’t say that lightly as not all photography experts are great guides with good interpersonal skills, but he definitely meets both requirements. Coming from such a long way away, it was important I found a guide who was prepared to take me to more adventurous and remote locations in the Dolomites rather than just doing the typical shots everyone does, and once Leo understood what I was after, he carefully planned an itinerary to suit. His expertise ensured that we were always on the right location at the right time. I think he would be one of the best photography guides running tours in the Dolomites. Being a fairly independently minded photographer he was able to read this correctly and didn’t try to over coach me but offered helpful advice when it was sought. Leading up to the trip. I asked many questions and he was patient and help for each and every time and went above and beyond to organise an outstanding experience for me. I don’t regret going with him at all and hope we can travel together again as we had a lot of laughs along the way. Thanks mate! It was a pleasure. Thank you for some life long memories.
Sam Dobrow
Sam Dobrow
2023-07-17
My wife and I just returned from a two week private tour to the Alps (France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria) with Leo. My wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary on this trip. This was the second tour we booked with Leo. The first trip was a three week tour with another couple where we covered Italy (Dolomites, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast, and Capri). In summary, the experience couldn't have been better. Leo handles everything from the time we land in our destination city to the airport departures. Now for some details... Logistics: Leo chose the lodging based on our specifications of 3-4 star hotels or best available. All the selections were great, and several exceeded our expectations. The vehicles we traveled in were comfortable and appropriately sized for our group. Leo handles the porterage of your bags and will even assist in carrying some camera gear (tripod) on the hikes. Upon our request, Leo balanced the photo activity with leisure activities so the girls (wives) could do some sightseeing and shopping. Photography: Leo has a great eye for composition and offers great suggestions on how to improve your composition with small adjustments to maximize leading lines and subject isolation. Leo recommends appropriate lens selection before leaving the vehicle so you dont have to lug your entire kit with you (unless you want to). He researches the timing and location of the sunrise/sunset to get you in the best places to capture the light. [I tried to post photos but for some insane reason Google kept rejecting them. Their loss, and yours too.] Be prepared for early morning start and late night returns; especially if it's summer. Also, realize Leo is a young guy and physically fit. My wife and I are 65 and not as fit as Leo. When Leo says it's an easy five minute walk on flat trails, you might want to multiply by 2x if you're a senior citizen and 3x if you're at high altitude. But, don't worry, Leo won't leave you behind and might even carry your camera gear if you're having difficulty. Personality: Leo is friendly, customer experience focused, and honest. You will enjoy Leo, not only as a photographer and tour guide but also as a friend. Meals: Leo was born and raised in Tuscany. He knows the best of Tuscan food and will see to you enjoying it also... three times a day. If you prefer some diversity in cuisine, give him a heads up before you travel so he can research some appropriate restaurants in the area. It may not be his first place to eat, but he will make sure you find the eats you like. We introduced him to Indian and Thai cuisine on our Alpine trip. He says he won't be craving it in the future, but I think he will be looking for Tandoori chicken and garlic naan. ... and for the not so good... If too many people read this review and book him solid, he might not be available for my next trip.
David Havlik
David Havlik
2023-05-30
Three of us spent a day with Leo who provided a crash course in Cinque Terre photography. It was an interesting dichotomy of sorts being that the three of us has just completed a different week-long photography workshop covering other parts of Italy. Based on shared feedback among our small group, we feel the instruction we received from Leo over a single day was far superior to that we experienced over the previous week. Leo was very attentive to our needs and tailored his teaching to our level of photography expertise. He was very patient and did not mind repeating concepts to be sure we had a good understanding. He was determined to make sure we made the most of the time we had with him, but he in no way pushed us to the point of exhaustion. Two specific photography techniques I learned from Leo that day were bracketing and the use of filters. I highly recommend Tuscany Photography Tours to photographers of any skill level. You will learn something new from Leo!
Sue Barrell
Sue Barrell
2023-05-24
My husband and I cannot speak highly enough of the wonderful experience we had, both photographically and personally, with Leonardo in Venice on his Classic Venice Tour. His extensive familiarity with Venice meant that not only did he take us to parts of the city that we would never have discovered otherwise (and where few other tourists lurked), but we were there at the right the right times of day to capture the ambience and atmosphere of this amazing city. We also benefitted from his deep photographic knowledge and generous advice on technique - he taught us things about our own cameras that we didn't know! On top of this, he was a personable and entertaining host and guide, adding to our overall experience. Leonardo dedicated all his time with us to ensuring our images were the best we could capture on the day.
Samuel Kwok
Samuel Kwok
2023-05-07
I was so happy to be with Leo of Tuscany Photography in Tuscany. He led our group to visit all the beautiful places Shot in good timing and shared his professional experiences. Trust I will follow him in the next trip in Italy soon.

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