Lizzie and I are incredibly excited to announce a new tour to one of the most stunning and dramatic regions in the world; the Zagoria region of northern Greece.
This is a unique photo tour to one of the world’s most stunning locations at a wonderful time of year with the absolute highlight being the Vikos Gorge - the second deepest gorge in the world, after the Grand Canyon.
From crystal clear blue rivers, rugged mountainous scenery and endless trees and forests bursting with autumn colour to picturesque villages, characterful tavernas, arched stone bridges and cliff top monasteries. This area is spectacular and if this sounds like a photographer's paradise, then rest assured it is!
We are also looking into the possibility of an optional extension to take in the coast of Sithonia for four nights immediately after this workshop to cater for those that prefer a more extended travel experience of the region. Photos I've taken from this area are in the second part of the slideshow, below. Please let us know if this would be of interest though so we may have an indication of numbers interested in this adddional trip so we can find appropriate accommodation.
We will be based in the village of Dilofo. From here we will experience the ever changing light and colour at dawn and dusk, as well as learning how to get the best out of the light at all times of day.
You will undoubtedly see some great vistas but we will also be concentrating on the smaller, more intimate details to be found within the landscape - looking at ways of capturing our surroundings with more abstract interpretations, helping you to get out of your comfort zone and try a few different techniques and approaches to photographing this wonderful location.
This location photography is then developed during our digital skills sessions held back at our hotel where we will show you the fundamental techniques required to process your photographs, including exposure blending, using layers and masks and how to work efficiently in both Lightroom and Photoshop. The emphasis is on encouraging group discussion and lively debate between all participants and we will also use this time to look over and review some of the photographs from our outings.
This has proved a very popular part of our trips, as it helps take the photographs shot on location through the digital darkroom, ready for print or web display. Lizzie and Alex will share their processing tips with you and are also on hand for support and questions post workshop. We believe this strikes a good balance between shooting on location and practical help with the necessary post production side so that you can leave with a wealth of new knowledge and skills to compliment your photography out in the field.
Our workshops are very much focussed on you and we will plan a full day of photography each day and accompany you as we explore the area- we like to work with our group to ensure we give you the best possible experience and between us we can offer plenty of one to one time to ensure you have a fulfilling and rewarding workshop.
This is a Tripod Travels workshop - running in conjunction with good friend master photographer Lizzie Shepherd. Lizzie and I have thoroughly enjoyed working together for several years now and we hope you will join us on this trip!
Zagoria in Northern Greece Photography Tour FAQs
If it’s Fully booked what can I do?
Please get in touch via email or telephone and we can put you on the reserve list. If a place becomes available we'll let you know.
How Do I Get To Greece?
A number of airlines offer flights to Thessaloniki (which is the main city in the North) and, once these are released for October/November next year, we will advise which flights we'll be meeting. We drive you to and from the airport, which is around a three hour drive. Looking at flights this year, we'd expect an 8.30 departure from Luton, arriving at Thessaloniki at 14.05; with the return flight leaving at 18.25 and arriving at Luton at 20.00. From Gatwick, easyjet also fly to Thessaloniki with daily flights at 08.40 based on this years schedule.
How fit do I need to be?
Although there are a few roadside locations in the area, many of the best locations involve a fair amount of walking, some of which is very steep. There will always be options to sit out any of the more strenuous activities but some of the most spectacular locations do involve some less straight forward terrain, with some steep ascents and descents. If in doubt, please ask us for more detail.
What kit & caboodle should I bring?
A camera and a selection of lenses - ideally covering ultra wide angle to telephoto. A spare camera if you have one and/or a small compact camera or smart phone. Tripod, spare batteries and memory cards. A laptop loaded with Lightroom and/or Photoshop if you possibly can - it's really worth doing so for our processing and review sessions.
Good walking boots and clothing for any kind of weather. Comfortable backpack and waterproofs for you and your gear. It can be chilly at this time of year so warm clothes are recommended.
Water bottle and thermos flask would be handy as at times we will be out for long stretches, with only limited access to shops and cafes. If you are partial to a particular type of tea, then you might want to bring your own provisions!
What level of photographer does this workshop suit?
Photographers of any level are welcome - whether a beginner or with many years experience. With a small group of only eight participants, and two tutors, there will be more than enough opportunity to cover everything from the basic skills of landscape photography (if required) to more advanced, creative techniques. We are there to give you as much help as you would like.
Where will we be staying?
We will be staying at a beautiful and historical hotel, Archontiko, in the conveniently situated and beautiful village of Dilofo. Breakfast is included and we will usually have our evening meals in the village as well. There are various tavernas across the region where we can also eat.
28th October - 2nd November, 2019
6 days/5 nights
All tuition from two experienced professional landscape photographers
transport to and from Thessaloniki airpor
5 nights en-suite accommodation & breakfast
Chance to borrow a Lee filter kit during the workshop
Flights, insurance, main meals and other expenses.