Zagoria in Northern Greece Photography Tour
Crystal clear and impossibly blue rivers, rugged mountainous scenery and endless trees and forests, clinging to every available piece of land. An area dotted with picturesque villages, characterful tavernas and rich with history. Home to some 92 ancient, arched stone bridges; impossibly perched monasteries; a 16th century stone cobbled path that winds its way up the steep sided slopes of the spectacular Vikos Gorge. If this sounds like a photographer's paradise, then rest assured it is!
Alex and I are incredibly excited to announce a new tour to what we consider to be one of the most stunning and dramatic regions in Europe The Zagoria region of northern Greece is one of Europe’s best kept secrets, with the absolute highlight being the Vikos Gorge - the second deepest gorge in the world, after the Grand Canyon. The scenery is quite stunning, the village and architectural features are delightful and we have a lovely hotel in which to stay.
We are also looking into the possibility of an optional extension to take in some coastal photography from a stunning peninsula Alex has visited and photographed - please let us know if this would be of interest also.
We hope to enjoy a few misty dawns and the odd atmospheric sunset, 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 area of Greece.
This location photography is then developed during our digital skills sessions 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 informal in style - we like to work with our group to ensure we give you the best possible experience and are flexible in our approach to ensure you have a fulfilling and rewarding workshop.
This is a Tripod Travels workshop - running in conjunction with good friend and super photographer / teacher, Alex Hare. Alex and I have thoroughly enjoyed working together for several years now and I’ve included a link to Alex’s website here. Also, for more information about my approach to photography workshops, please have a look at this page. If you'd like to see a few testimonials from previous clients, then please look here.
How do I get there?
A number of airlines offer flights to Thessaloniki 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.
How fit do I need to be?
Although there are a few roadside locations in the area, some of the best locations involve a reasonable amount of walking; a few of the paths are rocky and some are steep in stretches. There will always be options to sit out any of the more strenuous walks as the scenery at the start point gives one plenty to play with. If in doubt, please ask us for more detail.
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.
What 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 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.
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!
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.
Can I borrow a Lee filters kit?
You are welcome to borrow/share a Lee filter kit - including big stopper, little stopper and ND grads. Please note this is at your own risk, although we've had no breakages to date! Please ask in advance and advise of the filter ring sizes of any lenses you may be bringing.