Award winning German photographer Christiane Slawik visits Castellare di Tonda for another week of intensive theoretical and practical instruction in equine photography.
Christiane Slawik will take you on a relaxing and unforgettable journey through rural Tuscany combining the passion for horses with the beauty of the Castellare di Tonda countryside. Experience Italy photographically, gastronomically, and spiritually. In addition to photographic instruction, you will have the possibility to ride out, take western lessons or enjoy the well equipped spa onsite. This workshop is for photographers of all levels, and partners or spouses are welcome and will find plenty to do (or not do).
Price per person 1220 €
Step by step, Christiane shares her professional knowledge and tricks for taking amazing photographs of our beautiful horses.
See, how a professional develops surprising images out of nothing. Get involved into the creative process of planning and preparing a perfect shot
Christiane gives you ideas, how to make each location special and how to have every single horse looking at its best. Photographing horses presents a double challenge, the first being the technical aspects — the lenses, the setting, the light and speed, and how all those relate to the subject. The second element is more elusive; it is horse knowledge — the educated ability to see how a horse moves, sense its moods, and understand its psychology as a prey animal.
Christiane will discuss everything about each location, the horses and their individual tack or behavior. During the photoshoot, she will assist you and answer all your questions. The results of the shootings will be discussed in the group every evening at our restaurant and every participant will get copies of the shots taken throughout the day.
With her tremendous knowledge and experience, Christiane will inspire and motivate you more then you can imagine.
After these workshops you’ll see horses, riders and stables from a different angle. No more snapshots! You’ll start taking photographs.
Castellare di Tonda is home of more than 50 horses: Quarter, Paint, Criollo, Fjord, Haflinger etc. These horses will become models for a week “Black Hole”(Portraits with dark background), the “Action Paddock” (liberty), up on the “Scenic Sunset” (riding) or down at the beautiful “Emerald Lake” (especially trained liberty horses at the lake). You will never forget the breathtaking view around the pictoresque rolling hill countryside.
Also, Christiane will introduce you to the Murgese Horses, the oldest and rarest baroque horse breed in the world. Almost unknown outside of its native Italy, these horses are the closest descendants today to the now extinct Napolitano horse used by Grisone and other masters in the first dressage academies of the renaissance period. Roberta Inama, internationally famous Working Equitation rider will demonstrate this breed of horses flair under saddle.Murgese are mostly black with long manes, so we´ll have some great shots of several stallions under saddle and in liberty.
Beside the photoshoots, you can explore the historical and cultural highlights of Tuscany (Volterra, Pisa, Siena, Florence and San Gimignano are easily accessible), relax at the pool beside your villa, have a massage at the Spa, ride out in the countryside or take a western riding lesson on a competition Reining Horse. It´s also a pet-friendly resort. Your four-legged friends can run freely in the splendid outdoors of the Tuscan countryside and accompany you on long, relaxing strolls.
The week is also perfect to bring your friends and family.
This equine-fototainmentweek will be in English, but if necessary, Christiane can also give some explanations in German:
All you need:
– Passion and love for horses and/or photography.
– A big smile because the trip is about having fun.
– If you are a beginner (happy snapper) and do not know much about photography or technique you should not worry as Christiane will explain everything to you.
– More experienced photographers will have the chance to learn tricks
and professional hints.
– You should bring a camera with a telelense (200mm helps a lot), a data-stick(USB) and your laptop and do not forget your bathing or riding clothes!
More information at www.slawik.com