PREPARING FOR YOUR WORKSHOP
Our Workshops are instructional, fun and inspiring. We dedicate all our energy and experience to prepare them down to the tiniest detail to offer you the best, most unique Workshops on the market and to make sure that you’ll have a wonderful experience with us. Behind each Workshop there are multiple trips to the Workshop’s destination, to scout and explore all the locations in different seasons, under different light, with different weather, different tides, and so on. For your safety and comfort, nothing is left to chance.
We did our part! Now, to make the most out of our Workshop together there are a few things we’d recommend you prepare for as well. Please follow the guidelines in this page to make sure that you’ll be ready for the physical demands of your chosen Workshop, that you’ll be comfortable enough operating your camera, that you’ll have all the necessary gear, and last but certainly not least that you’ll be “dressed for the occasion”. This way, you’ll fully enjoy your time with us, concentrating only on creating the best images you can, for a truly unforgettable Workshop!
WORKSHOPS DIFFICULTY & FITNESS
Any given Workshop’s overall difficulty level is a combination of the Workshop’s walks’ lengths and terrain, together with the weather and temperature, all finally related to your personal fitness level. Any given Workshop might feature locations with very different fitness requirements, and what is easy for someone might be difficult for someone else. Therefore, it is hard to categorise a Workshop’s difficulty and fitness levels precisely.
At Vieri Bottazzini Workshops, rather than deciding on a set of arbitrary definitions of difficulty levels, we decided to tell you what kind of walks and hikes you’ll face and on what terrain. A look at the clothing requirements for your chosen Workshop, together with a quick check of the average temperatures for your chosen dates and destinations, will tell you whether we’ll be working in mild, cold or hot environments. Add all that to your personal fitness level, which only you can know, and you’ll have all the elements to decide whether a Workshop is for you. If you have any doubts, please don’t hesitate
to CONTACT ME, we are always happy to hear from you!
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL WORKSHOPS
During any given Workshop we’ll be busy every day, from before sunrise to after sunset, and this can be tiring. To attend any of our Workshops, you should be able to:
Should you require assistance to do any of the above, please let us know in advance and we’ll be happy to arrange it for you, if possible.
Below you’ll find a description of the walks levels & terrain difficulty levels used in each Workshop’s page.
WALKS & HIKES
All Workshop’s walks will range from within a few hundred meters to 2-3 kilometres (2 miles) from the vehicle and back, on even ground. Walks uphill and downhill, when present, will feature smooth and small changes in elevation.
Possible walks of 3-4 kilometres (2-3 miles) or more, on easy ground. Possible hikes of 2-3 kilometres (1-2 miles), on uneven ground, with moderate elevation gain.
Possible hikes of several kilometres, with elevation gain of hundreds of meters and on uneven ground.
TERRAIN DIFFICULTY LEVELS
All walks are on even ground and clearly marked paths.
Possible walks on uneven ground and / or on boggy ground.
ICE, SNOW & SAND
Possible walks on ice, snow and / or sand. Under-boot Ice Crampons required for ice.
Possible locations where wading or standing in water is needed, with slippery underfoot. Chest Waders required, studded soles highly recommended.
TESTING YOUR FITNESS
Below you’ll find some easy tests you can do at home to check your fitness level. Load your camera backpack as you would during your Workshop of choice, put it on and:
If you can do all that without any problems, you’ll be fine for all of our Workshops, short of custom-made Adventure level ones.
Please note that for your own safety, and to ensure that you’ll enjoy your time with us in complete comfort, upon application I will inquire about your physical fitness. Since I rely on your answers to provide me with a correct picture for me to assess whether a particular Workshop is right for you or not, I kindly ask you to be open about your fitness level and about any injuries, illnesses and / or surgeries you might have or have had.
For your own safety as well, I reserve the right to ask you for a doctor’s note if I feel it’s needed due to your fitness level and / or medical history as presented to me. As well, I reserve the right to refuse you participation to any Workshop if I deem that your fitness level will make your attendance a risk to yourself or to others. Finally, if during a Workshop I find your fitness level to be lower than what you represented, for your own safety I also reserve the right to limit your participation from hikes and locations that I feel could pose a danger to yourself or to others. In such a case, it will be my pleasure to suggest alternate locations for you to enjoy, if available.
Please CONTACT ME if you have any further questions about your fitness level for a particular Workshop.
IMAGE REVIEW AND POST-PROCESSING
During every Vieri Bottazzini Workshops, I will share with you my Workflow in detail, from shooting to printing, including all the tools I use. While I am familiar with various RAW converters, such as CaptureOne, Phocus and Lightroom, I personally use CaptureOne and Photoshop CameraRaw (same engine as Lightroom) as my RAW converters. I favor doing as much processing as I can at the RAW conversion stage. I then finish all my images in Photoshop, using LUT tables when needed, and at present I am using DxO Nik Collection as my only plugin suite.
In case you are already using a different RAW conversion software or a different plugin suite, I believe that it’d makes very little sense to force you to use a completely new software and to learn a completely new Workflow in a short week or so together. Especially so, if you are comfortable with your own Workflow and are not interested in changing it. So, by all means bring the software you are used to, and comfortable with, and I’ll help you make the most out of it.
However, I assume that at least part of the reasons that made you join one of my Workshops is because you like my photographs and their look & style. So, I definitely encourage you to try and familiarize yourself with my suggested software & plugins before the Workshop, if you aren’t using them already, so that you’ll be able to try all or part of my suggested Workflow and see what fits.
KNOW YOUR CAMERA, LENSES & EQUIPMENT
Our Workshops are open to photographers of any level, from beginners to professionals. On the first day, we’ll go through my recommended camera settings for landscape photography. I find giving such recommendations to always be useful, even for experienced photographers: if nothing else, use them to confirm your choices.
No matter your level and experience, getting to know your camera before coming to the Workshop is the best way to get the most of your time with us. All the time you’ll spend in the field trying to figure out your camera’s settings, is time you can’t spend taking photographs and improving your skills. While it’s great to be excited about a new camera, a Workshop is not the best time to be using it for the very first time. In any case, thanks to our trademark group size limited to 3 people and to the presence of both Zeynep and I, you can be sure that we’ll help you solve any problem you might encounter in the field with your gear.
Below you’ll find list of recommendations for you to have a look at before hitting the road, so that you can use all your time with us to create great images!
To make the most of your time with us, I’d recommend you to:
To make the most of your time with us, I’d recommend you to:
If you already have a square filter kit, to make the most of your time with us, I’d recommend you to:
If you don’t have any square filter system, or if you aren’t familiar with filters, we got you covered! A full set of Formatt-Hitech Firecrest Ultra filters will be available on all our Workshops for participants to experiment with. If you plan on purchasing a kit before the Workshop, I am happy to offer you a 10% DISCOUNT to get your kit on FORMATT-HITECH and FORMATT-HITECH USA at a 10% DISCOUNT! Just use code
at checkout to enjoy your discount. Disclaimer: I am a Formatt-Hitech Signature Artist and Brand Ambassador.
A THOROUGH WORKSHOP’S CHECKLIST
Whether this is your first time on a Workshop, or whether you already have a lot of Workshop experience, we thought it might be useful to provide you with our list of recommended gear to bring when joining us. Upon booking, it will be my pleasure to ask you for a detailed list of your gear and offer you dedicated equipment recommendations for your Workshop of choice.