CAPTURING THE SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE
Date TBC (7 days)
"Achingly beautiful - The mere mention of Bali evokes thoughts of a paradise.
It's more than a place; it's a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind."
- Lonely Planet.
Island of the Gods...
Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic lush rice paddies, beautiful sandy beaches alongside rugged coastlines, and coral reefs all providing a picturesque backdrop to a colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture. Bali stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth. The diversity of images available on this incredible island are abundant and with our mission of bringing you photographic destinations and courses 'off-the-beaten track' we will be able to offer you a photographic experience that is seldom seen by the casual tourist.
This beautiful destination offers far more than luxury tourist resorts, we discover it's heritage, a friendly and unique culture, rich in colours, festivals, ceremonies, sights and sound.
Day 1: We visit one of Bali's most traditional villages, full of heritage and artisans where local people create stone carvings - one of the old trades of the island - and also where these carvings are said to be most magical. We then move on through Ubud, known as the heart of the island and into the lesser-known parts of the monkey forest.
Day 2: Rice paddies, temples and volcanoes. We visit the central and North of the island, waking early in order to capture sunrise with a beautiful backdrop of local rice farmers going to work and harvesting the fields. We travel to 1,000 year old temples witnessing ceremonies in the lead up to the Balanese Hindu New Year, a very sacred time on the island. We then move up towards the volcanos and lakes in the North, staying in a traditional Balinese accommodation overlooking jungle and lake.
Day 3: Waking early again to witness the stunning sunrise over the mountain lakes and volcano backdrops and visit a traditional village high up near the mountains.
Day 4: A visit to a stunning waterfall followed by street photography around Ubud in preparation for the final setup of the Oogh Oogh parade.
Day 5: Travel to the South of the island to witness Melasti - a ceremony with beautiful traditional dress taking place by the ocean.
Day 6: Jimbaran Fish market in the morning followed by Street photography in Denpassar (Bali's capital) witnessing the Oogh oogh parade - where hundreds of demonic statues are paraded through the streets in the evening and then burnt at night in huge bonfires, sending the evil spirits off the island and into the night. The streets are full with locals celebrating this important date in the Balinese Hindu calendar, smiling faces and dancing are abundant.
Day 7: 'Nyepi' – Bali's Day of silence. In our modern age, this is a truly unique experience both as a human and also as a photographer. The whole island of Bali comes to rest, no lights at night, no travel on the roads, the place becomes silent. This brings us a unique opportunity to enjoy the fruits of our shoots throughout the week with editing, critiquing and discussion on how to continually improve. At night we are rewarded with zero light pollution and the opportunity to see a billion bright shining stars above us. For anyone interested in the opportunity to see the milky-way with your naked eye or dabble in a little astro-photography - this is an unforgettable and incredibly unique experience.
What is included:
Any internal travel required related to the course
Each day we visit different locations as a group and each of these days is pre-planned by the tutor(s) enabling you to maximise your shooting, editing and learning time while in the country
Tuition and guidance on photography techniques and 'seeing' new images to capture
Critiquing of images including editing advice and guidance
Copy of our very own - Travel Photography Adventures travel guide for photographers worth £12.99 will give you lots of tips to help you get prepared
What is not included:
Flights, accommodation and food/drink, however - we do provide advice on this as it is nice for the whole group to stay in the same hotel at each stage of the course.
Travel insurance is your responsibility and you may be required to show us proof of this before embarking on the course.
We adopt an immersive approach; from where we stay and eat to where we go out and shoot, so every aspect of the workshop is designed to focus on a shared photographic experience.
· Every day consists of shooting around a location with some targeted photographic elements and mini projects to explore, critique and technique, and then editing in the later part of the day/evening.
· As a team there is an agreement to share and discuss our images together in an open forum.
· The main focus is observational documentary street photography, but with elements of reportage and travel photography.
· Using some of our own images we will demonstrate the key technical elements of travel photography that make great exhibition/publication and competition winning images prior to first days shoot.
· Be prepared to be challenged, you will leave with new confidence and skills to continue with your photography.
· Using wide angle and wide prime lenses you will get up close to the action to photograph, no hiding behind long lenses! :-)
· Small group numbers mean we work in twos and can spend time with everyone over a day’s photography and can observe you and give immediate feedback as we photograph and you get to mix with everyone in the growth-learning from, inspiring each other to get better and better.
· Our knowledge of the locations, organisation of transport as needed as well as using areas within walking distance so that so we make the best use of our time
· The order of days may change due to events locally to make the best of each location
·Digital camera that you are familiar with using, a 35mm prime lens is recommended - please call / email us to discuss if you are unsure
·Laptop for downloading images and editing
·Software for editing – recommend Photo Mechanic, and Lightroom
·Smart phone with apps such as Google maps and WhatsApp (providing you have a smart phone we can explain the uses of these apps at the beginning of the course).
·An interest in all things photography and desire to improve your skills; this is a shared experience and we tend to eat and socialise together and it’s a great opportunity to discuss our passion and inspiration in photography and photographers
·Ready to step out of your comfort zone with support and encouragement
·Hotels, food and transport are locally sourced and provide an authentic experience, clean and comfortable, we tend to use simple and very affordable accommodation with this in mind.
·Comfortable walking shoes and be active and ready to enjoy and experience what this wonderful world has to offer. Every day will involve a lot of walking with your camera. Please call/email us if you would like to know more about this as some destinations are more challenging than others.
·Comprehensive health and travel insurance – Travel Photography Adventures are not responsible for personal accidents and health related issues during the workshop, although if such occur we will do our best to help out.
·Please always do your research before travelling to ensure that you are well-protected with vaccinations etc. We recommend using this site as a starting point: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/travel-vaccinations/ and contact your GP for a travel clinic appointment in plenty of time before travelling
·Book your own flights to and from international workshops; we recommend arriving at least a day before and leave the day after the course ends
· Check your passport is valid and has at least six months validity left within it by the end of your trip, for some courses you will need a visa – check online for more travel requirements and information https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
· Local currency, food, drink and accommodation payable locally usually require cash payments
· Access to social media to join exclusive photography group online sharing information, both prior to, during and after the workshop
·Sense of humour and patience, you are sharing an experience as part of a team on this workshop, and be flexible sometimes we have to make changes or things just don’t go as expected - these adventures are well-planned yet sometimes adventures require
Payment and cancellations:
·You can either pay in full directly through the website or you can request an invoice for a non-refundable £500 deposit.
· If you decide to pay a deposit first, full payment is needed 4 months prior to the start date of the course.
· Please note that for any international courses there will no refund available 4 months prior to course date.
· If the workshop is cancelled individual travel arrangements will not be refunded, you should claim from your travel insurance
· Prices are payable in UK pounds sterling.
For further information please contact us by email or phone.