PHOTOGRAPHY HOLIDAYS BEGINNERS | SICILY ESCAPE 

Shrugging off its size limitations, Sicily reveals bustling cities, dramatic coastlines and mountainous countryside. This have-it-all Mediterranean island is Italy in microcosm – a dazzling diversity of landscapes and cultural treasures – gently soothed by palm trees and scented orange groves one minute, and exhilarated by exotic architecture (and divine food) the next.

Come experience five days of un poco di tutti (a little of all), shooting epic landscapes at Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, black and white reportage at Catania’s famous La Pescheria, before landing in the punchy capital Palermo, with a glut of gutsy galleries and ornate churches, linked by a spaghetti-tangle of mediaeval streets – and discover Italy like it used to be.

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“Provided all the inspiration needed to turn a happy snapper into a fully-fledged photographer on a photography course including expert tuition and challenging local assignments. Now back home, I hold my camera differently now – no longer a scary piece of equipment, but a tool to work with to create an image. That’s a lasting holiday souvenir.”

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Photography Holidays Beginners | Highlights.

A historical feast with 300 days of sun per year, spectacular landscapes, and a vibrant culinary scene, Sicily is becoming one of Italy’s buzziest destinations. It’s the perfect location for photography holidays beginners.

There’s something for everyone here, the perfect location to come learn the basics of photography, get under the skin of the island, hang out with some like-minded people, and bring home some killer snaps of your adventures.

The largest Mediterranean island off the southern coast of Italy has a rich history as a nexus of global trade (dating all the way back to the ancient Greeks). Sicilian culture, from the food to the fashion to the art, has been influenced by a unique fusion of forces—the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, you name it. Whether it’s fine wine and good food, ancient ruins or majestic beaches you desire, Sicily has it all.

For photography holidays beginners, you’ll …
Learn how to use your camera from Auto to Manual, within 3 hours
Capture the sunset on the tiny island of Ortigia, apero in hand
Learn the art of black and white photography at Catania’s famous La Pescheria
Snap landscapes at the summit of Europe’s largest volcano
Test out your reportage skills in cinematic Palermo
Shoot portraits of locals at our pop-up outdoor studio
Complete the journey at one of Europe’s most picturesque beaches

Sicily Photography Holidays Beginners : Itinerary.

An hour drive south of the airport finds sun-baked Syracuse – an entire city listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Basking in balmy spring temperatures – thanks to its rich legacy of Greek and Roman architecture – we’ll head over to the old town and through a maze of winding streets and crammed piazzas to the tiny island of Ortigia.

After a late lunch of gnocci al pistachio on alfresco tables set out on a tranquil cobbled square in front of Syracuse’s 13th-century castle, we’ll unwrap our cameras, and learn the art of photography, learning how to use your camera on fully manual in 3 hours, unleashing it’s potential and the beginning of your journey as an accomplished photographer. We’ll celebrate our new skills with an apero, watching the sun set over the Mediterranean. Benvenuti a Sicilia!

Up early, we’ll head to Catania, to La Pescheria, the city’s exuberant fish market – and try out some Cartier-Bresson-styled black and white documentary shots – sharpening our observation, timing and storytelling skills.

With little time to stop for lunch, we’ll swing by the Via Etnea, and pick up some local arancini, and cigar-sized cannolo, crisp light pastry stuffed with sweetened ricotta – passing Taormina, an achingly beautiful town with sweeping views over the Gulf of Naxos, and onwards to Rifugio Sapienza, the base camp on the south side of Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest stratovolcano at 3,350m. Here, we’ll take a funicular to 2,450m and then a 4X4 jeep to the very top – just in time to try some soft light landscapes over the crater, and learn insider professional techniques to make your work stand out from the pack.

This morning on our photography holidays 2020, we’ll cross the spine of Sicily, through hilltop Enna and into the set of Cinema Paradiso at Cefalu – admiring the postcard-pretty honey-hued stone buildings, mosaic-adorned cathedrals and oh-so-lovely beach – before a short hop to Palermo in time for lunch, a to-die-for spaghetti vongole washed down with chilled Pinot Grigio.

In a tiny piazza, we’ll reveal the secrets behind low key street photography, before reviewing our hard earned images over an apertivo. Later, we’ll hold the first of our 1-on- 1’s – chance to meet individually with your tutor to further refine your skills.

We’ll help you pick out the best of the days shots, give further insight into further defining your style and give you specific tips to help you develop. Come evening, we’ll venture into the old town, and see why Palermo is one of Europe’s most vibrant places to eat, drink and have fun.

We kick start the day with a traditional gelato brioche before diving into the Dickensian alleyways of La Vucciria – meaning ‘loud voices’ – where hawkers deliver incessant chants from behind stands brimming with mounds of olives, blood oranges, fennel and artichokes.

For photography holidays beginners, we’ll try out the art of portraiture; picking a spot, setting up a pop-up studio, and trying out your skills on authentic, always friendly locals. As ever our tutor will be on hand to guide you to greatness, then some free time to roam the magnificently dishevelled streets of Palermo and soak up the atmosphere in one of Italy’s finest cities. After reconvening and a final review of all of our best images, we’ll pick one of the hidden piazzas in the centro storico and dine the night away.

Flights leave late today, so we’ll head an hour west to Scopello, one of the most important Sicilian rural estates. This ancient monumental settlement, enclosed by old perimeter walls, is located around a stunning bay, where majestic rock towers make the seawater look like a lagoon. The day is yours to enjoy in the Zingaro coastal reserve: paths rise through untouched hills with wildflowers before dipping to pristine beaches otherwise only reachable by boat – cameras in hand to shoot these stunning landscapes in majestic light.

We’ll hit the markets en route to grab some fresh fruits, cheeses, meats and local wine, and hold our final 1-on-1’s to review your progress over five stunning days in still one of the most untouched parts of Italy. To close our photography holidays beginners, we’ll head back early evening to the airport and catch our flight back home, complete with a bag of brilliant photos, fun memories and a newfound passion in photography.

Sicily Photography Holdays Beginners : Details.

6 – 10 May, 2020
Spaces Available

5 days. 4 nights. Starts in Catania and ends in Palermo, Sicily.

£1375 / £195 single supplement

Price includes 
4 nights accommodation at listed hotels (or similar), including breakfast
5 full days tuition from our UK-based professional photographer
All airport transfers, plus all transportation around the island
Guided tours of Ortigia, Palermo, Cefalu and Scopello
Cable car and 4X4 Jeep to the summit of Etna
Welcome aperos on the first night
Multiple 1-on-1 tuition sessions

Price excludes flights, lunch and dinner.

 

EasyJet and Ryanair fly to Catania and Palermo direct from London, with prices starting at £45 each way.

"Thank you for an amazing adventure! I learnt so much and had such an incredible time! Creative Escapes is a fantastic company, the whole experience was excellent - from initial queries about the trip, throughout the booking process, and of course - the days away. Great balance of photography, learning, and having fun!"


Sophie Bradley, Southampton