Over two weeks travel across three mountain ranges, visit three UNESCO world Heritage Sites, and immerse yourself in some of the most stunning and picturesque landscapes Bulgaria has to offer.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Sofia, Bulgaria
DEPARTURE TIME 26 June, 2017
RETURN TIME 9 July, 2017
INCLUDED
Accomodation Meals
Tuition Transportation
All site entry fees
NOT INCLUDED
Airfare
1

Day 1: Sofia

Theme: Our Gear/Our Work
Subjects: Cathedrals, Churches
2

Day 2: Kyustendil

Theme: Exposure and Bracketing
Subjects: Chapel, Reservoir, Gorge and Waterfall
3

Day 3: Panachisht

Theme: Composition 1 & Macro Photography
Subjects: Waterfall and Lake
4

Day 4: Panachisht

Theme: Low-light & Night Photography
Subjects: Seven Stunning Lakes
5

Day 5: Rila Monastery

Theme: Composition 2
Subjects: Famous Landmarks of Bulgaria
6

Day 6: Bansko

Theme: Creativity in Photography
Subjects: Rocks, Village and Soaring Mountains
7

Day 7: Bansko

Theme: Editing: Composites & Masks
Subjects: Forest, Foliage and Mountain Lakes
8

Day 8: Melnik

Theme: Critique: Composition & Exposure
Subjects: Rocks and Wine
9

Day 9: Trigrad

Theme: Theme: Panoramas: Composition & Exposure
Subjects: Cliffs, a Monastery and Mountain Panoramas
10

Day 10: Ezerovo

Theme: Low-light Photography
Subjects: Devil’s Throat Cave, Villages and Lakes
11

Day 11: Zaburdo

Theme: Theme: Long Exposures and Night Shooting
Subjects: Lakes, Waterfalls, Rocks and the Moon
12

Day 12: Kitnitsa

Theme: Final Critique: Photo Selection
Subjects: Kardzhali Dam
13

Day 13: Starita Kashti

Theme: Theme: Exposure, Composition and Moment
Subjects: Stone Bridge and Mountain Viewpoint
14

Day 14: Sofia

Theme: Theme: Final Presentation
Subjects: Fortress and Roman Amphitheatre
15

Day 15: Sofia

Theme: Departure: You did it
Subjects: Churches and Cathedrals

WHAT TO BRING

The following gear is essential:

  • Good solid camera bag (preferably as backpack)
  • Digital SLR camera
  • Extra memory cards
  • Camera battery charger and international adaptor (all sockets are European 2-pin 120volts)
  • Laptop with photoshop or lightroom—we will teach these programs if you haven’t used them before
  • Lens cleaning kit including several lens cloths
  • Small light weight absorbent towel for drying camera in wet conditions
  • Wide angle lens preferably with zoom and/or additional lenses
  • USB flashdrive for passing in images to instructors
  • Recommended
  • Variety of additional lens (35-70, 70-200, 18-24/50’s)
  • Flash, preferably off camera (Spare AA batteries if needed)
  • Back-up storage device/solid state hard drive for image back-up
  • Sturdy Tripod
  • Cord release or remote control release
  • Rain cover for camera

Clothing

Temperatures are cool lows of 5-7℃ (40-45℉) and highs of 12-16℃ (55-60℉). Please bring appropriate clothing.

  • Good pair of comfortable walking shoes with ankle support water resistant if possible (already broken in)
  • Good quality warm socks for walking shoes
  • Sufficient undergarments for the length of your tour
  • Warm underlayer tops and bottoms–quick dry, non-cotton, breathable 
  • Breathable, light-weight, quick-dry  long-sleeve shirts
  • Breathable, light-weight, warm long trousers (eg. fleece or lined)
  • Fleece or light-weight jacket/hoodie, perhaps down vest
  • Windproof /waterproof top and bottom layer for warmth and rain
  • Gloves and warm hat (fingerless gloves or thin synthetic gloves are good for handling the camera)
  • Sun glasses, sun hat, sunscreen

Optional

  • Spare camera
  • ND and NDGrad filters and Polarizing Filters
  • Sensor cleaning device/kit
  • Photo vest (with pockets)
  • Swim suit
  • Casual clothes for around hotel
  • Small basic first aid kit
  • Additional snacks or treats
  • Pens, pencils notepad
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