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WHAT MAKES MPW UNIQUE?
We offer you the luxury to relax, be carefree and totally immerse yourself in your photography adventure whilst soaking up the local atmosphere and making the most of your precious time.
You’ll be improving your photography skills coached by a professional photographer with detailed, inside knowledge of the best locations, vantage points and lighting conditions.
A flexible approach offering as much or as little attention as you require.
Benefit from constructive post shoot critique and advice sessions and the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with like-minded enthusiasts.
Our focus is to provide you with the highest standards whilst delivering excellent value for money. MPW creates exciting itineraries and turns them into relaxing vacations for others to enjoy.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN TUSCANY?
A central Italian climate is typically mild offering diverse conditions and opportunities to holiday all throughout the year.
Tuscany, with the Apennines and the Tyrrhenian Sea, ensures pleasing temperatures and relatively little rainfall.
There are welcome variations depending on when and which area you decide to visit, be it sea, hilly hinterlands or mountain ranges. The lowlands along the west coast along with the valleys have the warmest Mediterranean climes, differing from that of the snow-capped Apennine mountains in the north.
March, April and May welcome an early springtime, characterised by variable weather, very mild temperatures and occasional showers.
It's normal to experience sunny days, above 20 degrees Celsius (68 F), ideal for all outdoor activities with longer and warmer daylight hours. The Tuscan summer is noted for its prolonged periods of atmospheric stability where temperatures are on average 30 degrees Celsius during June, July and August.
September's stable weather leads in autumn where temperatures fall to 25 degrees Celsius, October is very mild, November sees more rainfall when 10-12 degrees Celsius become the norm.
Winter, is a mild affair for most months, getting colder in late December and January, occasionally there is drizzle or rain and snowfall has been a regular visitor in recent years.
WHAT'S ARE MPW DAYS LIKE?
Every day with MPW is special and unique, taking into account you will be exploring locations and covering subjects that you have selected, receiving individual tuition or small groups with a maximum of four students.
You’ll be creating interesting images from numerous different photographic genres, from the best vantage points, at the right moment in the finest light.
Daily schedule outline
Before dawn we'll be setting off, aiming to capture images as dawns first light starts burning through the misty troughs in Tuscany's valley (you may prefer to sleep in), returning to our villa or farmhouse for breakfast and a shower.
If we are distant from our accommodation, then a hearty breakfast will be taken in the vicinity of that location or on the way to another. We download our images, freeing up your memory cards before heading out to another location.
Maybe its city street scenes and architecture in Florence or Siena. Or portraits in Montepulciano where it is still possible to capture more images of Tuscany's ever-present artisans, artigiani.
Lunchtime follows and is taken either on the road or at our base, with distance being the key factor. When lunch is taken on the fly then we will probably be location scouting or finding the right areas, subjects and scenes to create interesting images, during these harsh daylight hours.
We will arrive and set up in our final location, ready, waiting and observing shadows grow, finally capturing the most spectacular array of images from the day's glorious sunset.
When lunch is enjoyed at our base, time is dedicated to post-production or Masterclass sessions. You may also want to take advantage of a brief nap or a dip in the pool or relaxed photo discussions.
We prepare and set off again for the days final location before feasting on various flavours from fine Tuscan menus, at our villa or close to shooting location of the day.
Thankfully inclement weather days in Tuscany are rare! They do however present the occasion to concentrate on post-production or if space is available studio based sessions, exploring the local area or even braving the elements to capture that incredible post-storm environment.
You have the opportunity to work in or choose from hand-selected locations in each of the ten provinces throughout Tuscany. Some regions like Siena provide more opportunities than others, whether it be the distance from our base or just the way that history unfolded and the land lies.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Come as you are or bring a friend, a family member or your partner but above all come with an open-minded approach. Prior to all MPW photography holidays in Tuscany, assistance is provided in reserving any available activities that non-participating partners may appreciate.
Camera - all workshop participants require a digital or film camera with manual mode. If you have a backup body, bring that along too.
Appropriate camera straps.
Shutter release cord or remote shutter release.
Wide angle lens – fixed focal length 20mm, 24mm or 35mm or wide angle zoom 14 - 24mm, 16 - 35mm or 24 - 70mm.
Mid Range zoom – 20 - 70mm or 24 - 105mm
Telephoto lenses – fixed focal length 200mm or 300mm or zoom 70 - 200mm.
Tele extender 1,4x.
Macro lens or extension tubes and for close-ups.
Sturdy Tripod with a ball head.
Camera Bag – a comfortable backpack.
Memory Cards, Card Reader & Back up external drive.
Filters – ND and Polariser.
Camera manual downloaded to your laptop.
Dressing in layers is always suggested.
Hat or Umbrella, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Headlamp or torch and gloves for chilly or dark mornings.
A pair of comfortable walking shoes or two and indoor shoes.
International plug adaptors and mosquito repellent.
If you are comfortable downloading and editing your images, we encourage you to pack your laptop, editing images will enhance your learning experience. Using Adobe Creative Cloud and Lightroom Classic CC you will learn new image editing methods and workflow tips during reviews and critique.
Even if you’ve used Lightroom, we suggest brushing up before the workshop by watching the free tutorials available on Adobe.com. Should you decide not to pack your laptop, you can still submit images for daily review directly from your media storage cards.
MPW happily assists you in making any required pre-Tuscany workshop equipment purchases, additionally, we offer a wide range of equipment rental either from MPW stock or professional photography rental outlets in Florence and Siena.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
MPW provides ground transportation, offering ample room for you and your gear. You choose where and when we meet in Tuscany.
We dedicate a great deal of time selecting your accommodation (with all meals if required) covering an assorted variety of styles, largely with pool and studio facilities. Guests may have exclusive or shared use the properties facilities during the workshops. Consideration is given to the quality of service, layout and number of required facilities including emphasise on the best location. Maximising the number of regions, we can explore and photograph during our adventures together.
Coaching by Professional photo guide.
Training with your camera (Workshop Participants).
In field and formal photography instruction.
Post-production and image critique sessions.
WHAT’S EXCLUDED FORM THE PRICE?
Air travel and transportation to and from Italy.
Transfer to and from the airport to your Tuscany location.
Alcohol, snacks and beverages.
Admission fees for cultural attractions or events.
International Medical, Travel and Equipment Insurance.
HOW DO I RESERVE MY ADVENTURE?
Please reserve early as group size is extremely limited. You can reserve your spot on our website, or by calling us at +39 333 290 2515, Ask for Cymon Taylor.
MPW maintains an active waiting list so you can still be offered a valuable place in the case of any cancellations.
Payments options include PayPal and bank transfer. All necessary payment details, to reserve your place or book your trip will be provided separately by email. Upon payment of your deposit, we will send you an information packet including suggestions for camera equipment, computer and software, clothing and travel information specific to your workshop.
A reservation fee of £500 will hold your spot 50% of the balance is due 120 days prior to your workshop The balance of payment is due 90 days prior to your workshop.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY?
There is no charge for cancellation within 10 days of booking your workshop.
Ten days after booking, reservation fees are non-refundable but may be applied to a future workshop event.
Cancellations less than 90 days prior to workshop incur a cancellation fee of 25% of the total workshop cost.
Cancellations less than 60 days prior to workshop incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total workshop cost.
Cancellations less than 30 days prior to workshop incur a cancellation fee of 75% of the total workshop cost.
Payments made can also be saved as a credit to use towards any other new or rescheduled workshop.
We highly recommend that all workshop participants purchase trip cancellation insurance independently.
MPW reserves the right to cancel any trip for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient signup, logistical problems that may impede a workshop, hotel closures or acts of God. (We have never yet had to cancel a workshop.) Refund of all fees paid shall release MPW from any further liability. MPW is not responsible for any expenses incurred by workshop participants in preparing for a cancelled workshop. In the case of insufficient signup to make a workshop feasible, notice and refund will be sent 90 days prior to the workshop.
WHAT LEVEL OF SKILL, PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE OR KNOWLEDGE IS REQUIRED?
MPW welcomes and continues to encourage participation at any level, regardless of ability or interest. In order for you to gain the most from your photography holiday, we recommend that as a minimum, you understand the very basic functions of your camera including manual mode operation, independent adjustment of aperture, shutter speed, ISO and file type selection (RAW or jpeg). Benefits are further enhanced if you are familiar with downloading and backing up your valuable memories.
MPW offers pre-trip, online individual lessons, with Cymon via internet video options (Google Hangouts, Skype, FaceTime or TeamViewer). Contact us for details and pricing.
WHICH LOCATIONS DO WE VISIT?
MPW takes pride as market leaders, specialising in locations the length and breadth of Tuscany.
You are free to plan your photography adventure from any location in Tuscany’s ten provinces, as a matter of fact, that’s nine provinces and the Metropolitan City of Florence.
We have and are pleased to travel the globe when requested, more frequently we visit locations in neighbouring regions such as Lago di Trasimeno in the green heart of Umbria.
A true natural paradise, home to wild ducks, kites, and cormorants. Where gentle hills set a peaceful backdrop preceded by sunflower and corn fields, olive groves and vineyards.
Agriculture follows traditional techniques and the lake is surrounded by several charming towns. Castiglione del Lago is one fine example, located on a narrow limestone promontory.
From Passignano and Tuoro sul Trasimeno you can take the ferry to explore some of the lakes three islands. Let us know where you want to go!
WHAT LEVEL OF FITNESS AND MOBILITY ARE REQUIRED?
If you are a good walker and physically fit, then age presents no concern.
Your flexible daily itinerary is entirely based on your needs. Taking every requirement into account we precisely tailor all aspects of your holiday balancing physical ability and your exact specifications.
You may consider keeping your luggage as light as possible as you will be carrying it on your flights and whilst exploring towns, villages and to locations which may include a fair amount of walking.
DO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS CARRY A CAMERA?
Our number one goal is to assist all participants who want our input.
Our photographers carry their camera primarily assisting tuition by practical demonstration. The format of our Photography Tours is designed for participants to mirror your leader’s professional approach whilst exploring the full potential of any location.
We politely inform all guests that MPW reserves the right to photograph and film the workshop events, its participants, and locations, and use the material for marketing and promotional purposes including, but not limited to, social media, websites, and blogs.
We happily make available your highlight moments with invaluable images of times enjoyed exploring photography and Tuscany together.
WHAT IS YOUR LIABILITY POLICY?
MPW guests are required to sign a waiver of liability releasing MPW from any damage and personal injury liability while participating in a Workshop, Tour or Course.
MPW will request a copy of your valid travel insurance, a requisite for each participant. Ideally, your travel insurance will cover personal medical expenses, personal liability, lost or stolen luggage, and damaged camera equipment.
The participation in any outdoor activity carries with it certain inherent risks that cannot be eliminated, including, but not limited to, theft, loss or damage of personal property, bodily injury, illness, temporary or permanent disability, death, which may be caused by acts of nature, negligence or actions of others.
By registering in any Workshop, Tour, Course or other outdoor activities offered by MPW, you acknowledge that you are aware that such hazards, dangers, and risks, including those not mentioned herein, exist and cannot be eliminated.
You also acknowledge other dangers and risks, known and unknown, may also exist. Your application shall serve as a release of our liability and a complete assumption of all risks by you, your heirs, personal representative or assigns.
You also acknowledge that you have assumed the responsibility to select an activity, among those proposed by MPW that is appropriate to your physical abilities and interests. You are personally responsible for being in sufficiently good health to undertake such activity.
By accepting our Terms and Conditions, and by paying the deposit, you certify that you do not knowingly have any physical or other considerations of disability that would represent a risk for you or other participants.
We reserve the rights to request a doctor's statement of good health.
You acknowledge that in certain foreign, remote, wild and mountainous areas, medical services and facilities may not be readily available during all or part of the Workshop/Tour/Course, including medical care, the presence of physicians, and medication.
You understand that instructors may not possess the required training or equipment to handle incidents that may occur. In the case of injury, accident, illness, or your inability to complete the Workshop/Tour/Course, you will bear the full cost of any additional transportation or evacuation procedures performed by MPW, Cymon Taylor or others.
In consideration of, and as part of the payment for your registration in a Workshop, Tour, Course or any other activities that MPW or their assigns may be conducting, you for yourself, your family members and heirs, administrators, executors, successors, personal representatives or assigns, do hereby voluntarily release, waive, discharge, and covenant not to sue MPW, Cymon Taylor, their employees, assigns, independent contractors or anyone involved thereof, from any damages, liabilities, costs, injuries whether mental or physical, whether known or unknown.
You certify that you are voluntarily participating in these MPW activities and assume all risks, consequences, and potential liability for this participation.
WILL YOU HELP ME AFTERWARDS?
We regard loyalty as an important component of future relationships with our newly made friends.
Having learnt a number of new skills and techniques during your photo-centric adventures, so much information, in fact, it may be difficult to retain it all.
Therefore, feel free to Contact us about the cost of online individual lessons, 'live' with Cymon via internet video options (Google Hangouts, Skype, FaceTime or TeamViewer).
If you require information or assistance booking further adventures with MPW, we reward loyalty with concessions to students who advance by returning for another holiday, completing each level of our structured courses or make recommendations which lead to others studying with MPW.