Travel & Architectural Photography Workshop
Rome, Italy  
October 5th - 10th 2019

Get ready for an unforgettable hands-on travel photography workshop in one of the most fascinating and photogenic cities in the world, — beautiful Rome, Italy. The city of statues, fountains, and piazzas will be your home for six delightful days of creating captivating images, learning important camera techniques, composition and the latest post-processing techniques. All this while enjoying wonderful meals, remarkable views, and making new friends.

Our home base for the workshop is the wonderful Exe International Palace; a modern boutique style hotel (with excellent wi-fi) located in the heart of the historic old city and walking distance to many of Rome's most iconic shooting locations with lots of great shopping and restaurants nearby. The Hotel is also a 10 minute walk from the main train station with access on the Leonardo Express that takes you to the airport or the rest of Italy.

Sample Schedule

What Students Will Learn

You will learn a variety of techniques—both in the field and in the classroom—that will allow you to advance both your technical skills and artistic vision. We focus on a number of professional field techniques to help you create dramatic and powerful images.

We’ll also teach you a number of professional “digital darkroom” secrets as well. Our hands-on seminars will teach you the fundamentals of image processing, and allow you to master important techniques.

This is a workshop you won’t want to miss, so sign-up today!


Space very limited to 7 participants
Days & Times:
October 5th - 10th
Host Hotel/Venue: Exe International Palace, Rome (terrific location)
Tuition: Workshop – $4600 Alumni Special – $4400 (prices are for double occupancy if you wish a single occupancy there is an up-charge of $900 also includes 5-nights accommodations and breakfast with either lunch or dinner each day)
Deposit: $1,000 (non-refundable unless we are able to fill your spot):
Final payment due: Sept. 14, 2019. 

What's Included:
Workshop fee includes five nights accommodations at the Exe International Palace, double-occupancy, including four continental breakfasts at the hotel. One lunch or dinner each day and the rest of your meals are on your own. (If you prefer more privacy, single rooms are available for an up-charge. See the tickets page for details).

Activity Level: Light to Moderate
Rome is walking city so we'll be doing a good bit on foot, and our hotel is situated in a great location with lots of shooting opportunities nearby, but we'll also be taking local transport for some of our shoots. Workshop Participants should be in good health; wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and be ready for lots of walking and standing for extended periods of time.

The weather in Rome in October is beautiful — it's not too hot with highs in the low 70s F°, but it can get a little chilly at night getting down as low as 53°, so bring at least a light jacket or coat. As with any outdoor event, the weather is somewhat unpredictable, so also be prepared if it rains.


What do I need to bring to the workshop?
A DSLR or Mirrorless Camera; a sturdy tripod with ballhead; wireless remote or cable release; a wide-angle lens (24mm or wider); a telephoto lens. You'll need a laptop with either Lightroom or Photoshop (both is better) for the post-processing segments. If you need to rent gear, we recommend

What level of experience is required?
All levels of experience are welcome, but participants should be familiar with their camera and lens and have some experience in either Lightroom or Photoshop.

Are there other expenses will I need to cover?
As mentioned earlier, one lunch or dinner are on your own. There will be a few instances where you'll need to pay a small entrance fee to an exhibit or location. Also, if our shooting location is not within walking distance (as will be the case some days), you'll have to pick up a bus/subway pass. Outside of those minor costs, we don't anticipate any additional costs.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The hotel offers Airport Shuttle to/from for an additional fee. The Roma Termini railway station is a 10 minute walk to the hotel.

What's the refund policy?
If you have to cancel the workshop, the $1,000 deposit is non-refundable unless we are able to fill your spot: After Sept 10, 2018 refunds will not be available.

What if I have questions that aren't answered here?
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Workshop Instructors
Randy Van Duinen

Randy is currently an architectural and fine art photographer and photography instructor located in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has been a professional photographer for over 25 years and his photography is in hundreds of brochures for builders, architects and interior designers from around the country. His fine art photography is in the permanent collection of the Grand Rapids Art Museum and is in many corporate and private collections.

Randy is an award-winning photographer, both nationally and internationally. He was awarded the Silver Medal at the "World Photographic Cup" and was named the “2012 Photographer of the Year” by the Florida Professional Photographers Association. With over 50,000 images submitted, Randy placed first place in the commercial category at the 2013 Grand Imaging Awards, which is PPA’s International print competition.

What's in Randy camera bags?

Vatican Staircase
Doria Pamphilj Place
Roman Forum