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Val d’Orcia between myth and beauty (May 12th/13th)

Photoexperience invites you to be part of a weekend in discovering some of the most beautiful landscapes in Tuscany.
On the 2nd-3rd July weekend, Val d’Orcia will be the destination of this meeting, dedicated to people fond of photography who are going to join us to explore with a creative look the most suggestive places of this charming land.

Visiting and using, for our photographic sessions, some of the places famous for being filmed in great movies, will be the peculiar and exclusive characteristic of this workshop. Among these corners of beauty you will be able to recognize places seen in movies like “The Gladiator” or “The English Patient”.

Pienza will be our starting point. We are going to plunge into the beauty of the landscapes to catch the shots and to breathe the emotions of renowned movies filmed in the countryside nearby. It will be fun to try to recreate the same shots seen in the movies and to live, with our staff, an exciting and creative experience.
You will be given by our staff some good pieces of advice.

The workshop has been set-up to let all the partecipants live an interesting photographic experience indipendently of their skill since the group will be accompanied by two Photoexperience’s members. One dedicated to those who are beginning to take photos and the other one for the more experienced photographers.

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Tracking Galgano (November 26/27th 2011)

The next Photoexperience will bring us to San Galgano, a magic place full of mystery and charm.

We will retrace the places that marked Galgano Guidotti’s life and death, a mystic character in the Italian Middle Ages. San Galgano’s abbey, a huge monument made to remember and glorify the mysterious character, will be the central place of our journey.

Montesiepi chapel, our next stage, is the place where we can find the “sword in the stone”, a touchable memory of Galgano’s conversion and place of his hermitage.
Our journey will come to an end, by going back in time, with a visit to Chiusdino, the characteristic little village where our knight was born.
As soon as we meet, we could start to learn the story of our character, and approach the photographic cues we are going to discover on the next day.
There are many photographic tests we can face during this journey:

  • to catch the abbey’s charm by taking advantage of the atmosphere and light at dawn, right behind the great windows as long as the sun rises
  • to experiment in framing the twists and the plays of architectural elements of the ancient building
  • to try to create a real back-in-time reportage by documenting Galgano’s story, thanks to the marks left on the territory
  • to be confronted with the other partecipants and to learn from the others’ visions
  • to try landscape, architectonic and “street” photography

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Val d’Orcia and its beauties

Last weekend there took place the foretold Photoexperience in Val d’Orcia.
We met on Saturday in Pienza which was the starting place of our explorations. During the afternoon briefing we started to feel the places where we were ready to go. We introduced each other and we exchanged advices on which lens was the most suitable for our tour.
The fear of the rain that welcomed us when arriving at Pienza quickly disappeared as soon as we went out for our explorations.
The cloudy afternoon sky let us shoot some dramatic photos with the help of the proper filters.
Little by little, we explored the most suggestive places in the countryside shooting some of the best Val d’Orcia’s icons and ending the shooting session in Montepulciano with some great street shots. All this was done taking the right time for the best framing and waiting for the right moment to shoot.
In the evening we had dinner together while exchanging impressions on the present day and asking for some news on the next one.
On Sunday we woke up at dawn and went to shoot. We went for classic Val d’Orcia’s icons like the Vitaleta’s chapel, some wonderful places famous for being present in the “Gladiator” movie and we admired in astonishment sunflowers fields dancing with field of wheat.
Time went by quickly and at lunch time we waved goodbye to each others not before promising to meet again at the next Photoexperience.
We appreciated the post on his personal blog Pegaphoto of one of the participants who wanted to tell the Photoexperience he had with us.


Microworkshop “Portrait Post Processing”

During this event we’re going to see the basic elements of portrait post processing.
We will try to understand which is the starting point: to understand why we want to post process an image.
We’ll experiment some of the techniques we can apply and we’ll try to define a sort of ideal workflow to get the final image we’re thinking of.
We’ll spend two hours together while learnig more about the ‘tangled’ subject of image post processing.
Photoexperience staff we’ll process some of their images, but you’re invited to bring some of your own images. Maybe we’ll have the time to work on them too.
The event is intened for everyone, even though a basic knowledge of the main tools and Photoshop user interface is recommended.
Bringing your own personal computer is not recommended! You learn more when listening and asking than trying to chase unknown processes.
We wait for you on April 20th at 9.00 PM at the Tecnolink Belfiore Point, Viale Belfiore 6/8r (next to the traffic light at the crossing with Viale Redi and Via Benedetto Marcello).
The event is FREE, and a maximum number of 15 persons is allowed.
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Basic photography microcourse

On February the 12th, there took place in Pistoia the first Photoexperience basic photography microcourse.
We met the participants in a plain location transformed into an effective photographic set.
The first part of the event was dedicated to the basic concepts of photography, from the elements of the camera to the key parameters that a photographer normally manages.
We believe that it is fundamental to understand the basic mechanisms that lead to making photos, in order to give full rein to our own creative capacities.
Then we had the chance to put in practise the concepts just dealt.
In the simple set, we started shooting and trying different light and camera settings. The aim was to take advantage of the studio environment.
The experience was really interesting and we’re surely going to retake it in other cities.
We will post future events on this website.