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I started exploring and photographing the Isle of Arran in 2013, and I went back every year since, often multiple times a year. Arran’s dramatic Glens and spectacular rock formations, together with the marvellous solitude you’ll find on all the Isle’s locations, make for a truly unique photographic experience. The Isle enchanted me with her magic, immediately becoming a favourite of mine. We started running Workshops on the Isle of Arran in 2015, going back for one or more tours every year since.

DESIGNING THE WORKSHOP | Designing our Isle of Arran Workshop, I wanted to put all the wide variety of the Isle’s landscapes – ranging from mountains and Glens to the sea and waterfalls, from geological marvels to millenary historical remains – at your service, for a truly inspiring and varied photographic experience. On the Isle of Arran, as I always do, I chose all our Workshop locations both for their spectacular and unique beauty and for the artistic and technical photographic challenges they provide. I believe that helping you to face and solve together as many photographic problems as possible during our time with us will, in turn, help you to develop your vision both during and, most importantly, after the Workshop, when you are back working without a tutor.

THE LOCATIONS | Out of all our 20+ available locations, during our seven Workshops on the Isle of Arran we photographed, among others and in no particular order: Machrie Boathouse, 3 different spots at Machrie Moor, 3 different spots at Glen Sannox, multiple spots at Corrie’s Fossil Sands, Kildonan Beach, Pladda, multiple spots at Pirnmill’s Shore, multiple spots at Blackwaterfoot, Lochranza’s Castle, 3 different spots at Glen Rosa, Holy Isle and Drumadoon.

Every time we go to Scotland for our Workshops there, we try and add some extra days to our schedule to keep exploring the Isle of Arran, so that we can keep adding new spectacular locations to our list. Having as many extra locations as possible gives me maximum flexibility in my choice of locations for any given Workshop day, plus it allows Alumni wanting to come back for a second tour with us to know that they’ll be able to see different locations as well, besides taking another shot at the locations they loved on their first trip.

IN THE FIELD | When we started running Workshops on the Isle of Arran, our group featured an already small limited attendance of just six people. After two years, though, I decided that to offer my Alumni the best possible experience the group needed to be even smaller. In 2017, we introduced our first Workshop with limited attendance of just three people for the first time right here on the Isle of Arran. The new Workshops, allowing us to dedicate every participant plenty of personal time in the field, became an immediate success and we never looked back. We retired our six-people groups that year, and our limited attendance of maximum three people became one of our trademark features.

Before each session, as I do during all my Workshops, I briefed the group with the location’s challenges, offering my advice on how to best solve them. I then followed participants during their work, quietly offering my suggestions to each of them, both respecting their individual approach to landscape photography and without imposing my views.

Besides answering any questions they might have had, when I thought it might have helped I shared my ideas and my own approach to the locations with them, sometimes showing them images on my camera’s LCD screen. When the occasion arose, during the seven Workshops I led on the Isle of Arran we enjoyed revisiting some of the locations as well, something I always find very useful especially on locations such as Corrie.

IMAGE REVIEW & POST-PROCESSING | On the Isle of Arran, thanks to our limited attendance and to staying in the same hotel during the whole Workshop, we had the opportunity to do in-depth image review and post-processing sessions at leisure. These sessions allowed participants to go home with ideas about which images were stronger than others, and with post-processing pointers helping them to make the most out of their photographs. As well, thanks to our image review sessions our participants had the opportunity to try out in the field the new ideas gathered during these sessions, either in new locations or revisiting old ones, applying novel solutions to whatever problems they might have faced the first time there.

NO CROWDS | As customary for all our Workshops, during seven Isle of Arran Workshops we never had to work in locations crowded by other photographers. In fact, in all these years we never saw a single photographer, let alone a group, which made a great experience even better!

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AFTER THE WORKSHOP | Our Workshops never end on the last day! As we always do, once every Isle of Arran Workshop ended, we kept working on post-processing and image selection with those participants interested in that, either on our private Facebook groups or via the email.

Let’s see now how our Isle of Arran Workshops went, starting from the most recent one and going back to 2015!

THE ISLE OF ARRAN 2020 WORKSHOP REPORT

In early March 2020, we returned to the Isle of Arran for our seventh Workshop there, this time a 6-day Workshop with a group of two participants, one of whom was an Alumnus on his third trip with us.

The Isle of Arran 2020

During our Isle of Arran March 2020 Workshop, it was great to continue developing the work previously done with my returning Alumnus, and I really enjoyed meeting our new participant and sharing my knowledge with her. As always, I have been very happy to see one of my Alumni coming back for more after working with us in Cinque Terre & Tuscany and on the Dolomites, and previously knowing him helped me to better tailor my tutoring on his specific level and requirements.

I loved working with the group, and after six days of intense work together I noticed some definite improvement, both when it comes to finding stronger, better compositions, and about their confidence working in the field. Thanks to staying in just one hotel for the whole Workshop, on the Isle of Arran we could dedicate a lot of time to image review, doing some post-processing as well. During this Workshop we revisited Glen Sannox, Corrie’s Fossil sands and Blackwaterfoot, all very beautiful locations that deserved more time to work on different compositions with different tides, and to make the most of the weather.

Last but not least, the social aspect and the human side of the Workshop, always very important for us. On the Isle of Arran we had a really great group, and despite being at the start of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, with all that this entailed, we truly enjoyed our conversations on the most varied topics, from photography to lifestyle, food and wine, from technology to politics, for a very rewarding social side of the Workshop!

THE PARTICIPANTS’ IMAGES AND COMMENTS | Both participants in our Isle of Arran 2020 Workshop kindly sent me their testimonials about our Workshop. See what they had to say about our Workshop together!

JOHN P.

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Arran is ‘Scotland in miniature’ – the beaches, the mountains, the weather, the snow… you really do see four seasons in a day. And Vieri knows where to go; he has locations for any type of weather (good or bad). Plus, he is very good at quietly suggesting a certain approach, or a different point of view. All of which makes for a very personal, and professional, experience. This really is a first-class workshop, rather than a simple tour of photo locations. Highly recommended!
John P.

HELEN BROWN

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This was my first workshop with Vieri & Zeynep and it did not disappoint.

They had clearly done lots of preparation pre trip on the best places to take us, had thought of the ‘little extras’, such as sanitising wipes in the van (as the covid pandemic was just beginning to rear it’s head) and also had a back up plan for everything in case the weather or tides ‘were not playing ball’.

Vieri has an extensive knowledge of all things photography and shared this in an easy, uncomplicated manner which was tailored to the needs of each participant.

Throughout the trip both he & Zeynep were attentive, accommodating and gave me lots of valuable tips and words of wisdom to help me improve my photography skills. They were always happy to offer further assistance whenever required, both in the field and back in our accommodation when we were doing post processing reviews. I found these reviews really helpful, both looking at my photographs and seeing how others had taken different shots of the same views.

Added to this Vieri & Zeynep have a great sense of humour, were sociable and great company! All of this was combined with Arran, Scotland in miniature - a beautiful, scenic island (with good Scottish weather) that is well worth a visit & one I shall return to in the future.

What more can I say - a fantastic trip, one that has left me a better photographer, with some great memories and plans to hopefully do more trips in the future!
Helen Brown

THE ISLE OF ARRAN 2019 WORKSHOP REPORT

In mid-March 2019, we returned to the Isle of Arran for our sixth Workshop there, this time a 6-day Workshop with a full group of three participants. One of them was an Alumnus on his second trip with us, revisiting the Isle of Arran after his first tour there with us two years before.

The Isle of Arran 2019

During our Isle of Arran March 2019 Workshop, it was great to continue developing the work previously done with my returning Alumnus, and I really enjoyed meeting our new participants and sharing my knowledge with them. As always, I have been very pleased to see one of my Alumni coming back for more, and previously knowing a participant helped me better tailoring my tutoring on his specific level and approach to photography. More, during this Workshop we had with us an enthusiast amateur just starting her journey with landscape photography, and I always love it when I have the privilege of introducing landscape photography to new photography lovers.

Thanks to staying in just one hotel for the whole Workshop, on the Isle of Arran we could dedicate a lot of time to image review, doing some post-processing as well. We truly enjoyed working with participants of such varied levels and with such different approach to photography, working together was very rewarding for us, and after six days of intense work I was extremely pleased in seeing how everyone improved their skills dramatically. During this Workshop, we had the chance to revisit Corrie’s Fossil Sands, to photograph this amazing area under the light of sunrise as well, after first working on it at sunset.

Last but not least, the social aspect and the human side of the Workshop, always very important for us. On the Isle of Arran, we had a great group made of friendly, like-minded people all enthusiastic about photography. We truly enjoyed our conversations on photography, technology & equipment, science, politics and society at large, for a great Workshop together!

THE PARTICIPANTS’ IMAGES AND COMMENTS | The participants in our Isle of Arran 2019 Workshop kindly sent me a few images each to share here with you, together with their testimonials about our Workshop. Enjoy the work they did in Scotland and see what they had to say about our Workshop together!

MICHAEL ROLLINS

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What can I say about the Isle of Arran workshop with Vieri and Zeynep? My second one? Plenty. Arran is a photographer’s dream, and it’s even better when you already know that the time spent there will be well worth it with professional guidance from Vieri. Be prepared to work, be prepared for some excellent teaching, and be prepared for some most excellent suggestions to improve your photography. All done in a pleasant manner with the occasional nudge in the right direction. Might I also mention that it would be a good idea to be prepared for Mother Nature and some inclement weather? Yeah we had that, rain, wind, sometimes howling winds and other little goodies that add to the elements of landscape photography. This allowed us to have repeat visits to several locations which is always rewarding. I’m still amazed at the time and effort that Vieri and Zeynep put in to making sure that the workshop is well organized, that we are at the days locations at the right time for the best light or tides, and most of all making sure that everyone shoots images to be proud of. Did I mention that there was hot coffee and cookies on those cold mornings as we waited for sunrise? We all got to see each other’s work during our image review sessions and make comments and suggestions which was a great help to everyone. Accommodations during our stay were outstanding and the time spent during our meals was always a pleasant way to pass some time and have lively discussions about photography and numerous other subjects. I must thank Roy and Shannon for their company during our week on Arran. It was a pleasure. I highly recommend to anyone out there that wants to participate in a photography workshop to sign up for a Bottazzini Workshop. You will not be disappointed!

ROY SMITH

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I enjoyed a fantastic workshop on the Isle of Arran March 11 – 16, 2019 with Vieri and his wife. As a novice to Fine Art Landscape Photography I learned a lot. The group size of only 3 participants ensured lots of time to ask all my questions and receive expert advice. The feedback I received in the review sessions was constructive and educational. I learned a lot about post-production using Lightroom. Vieri was generous with helping both the technical (equipment) as well as the artistic components of fine art landscape photography.

The workshop was special as my daughter was able to attend as well. We had very comfortable accommodations and ate fine cuisine at local restaurants. We travelled in a large van with lots of room for all. I highly recommend Vieri’s workshops and plan to attend more!
Roy Smith

SHANNON SMITH

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Prior to participating in Vieri’s workshop, I was very much a novice photographer. My interest was mainly in travel photography and I would describe my photos as quite average. I wanted to improve but did not really find the inspiration nor invest the time and effort into doing so. When my dad suggested we take a workshop with Vieri, I thought this would be a great way to fully immerse myself in the world of photography for a short time with a professional’s leadership and guidance. That is exactly what occurred during our time on Arran.

Every day we usually had a couple sessions in 2 or more locations to take photos and did a photo review session to discuss the photos we’d all taken. I found these sessions complemented one another to allow reflection on what you’d done or try to do and then immediately be able to apply what you learnt for greater carryover in learning. Areas I feel I improved greatly in were developing a better eye to photo composition and developing a more comprehensive approach to setting up and taking a shot. I am able now to go through a more routine mental checklist of all the factors/camera settings I should be thinking about prior to taking that first shot. I also am utilizing my camera’s potential much more than I ever was before. This was also aided by the opportunity to practice using Vieri’s extra set of graduated ND and ND filters. I had no experience with filters prior to this workshop and now can say that filters are next on my wishlist of equipment.

Vieri’s organization and leadership of this workshop was fantastic. The group size was small, personable and a lot of fun. It was extremely helpful to not only review my own photos but also those of the other participants. Even just getting to hear questions that I had never thought of or considered was great learning. Vieri was able to cater to our varying levels of knowledge and experience with ease. He knew Arran extremely well and was able to produce multiple back-up plans in the face of inclement weather. Arran itself is a gorgeous location with varied terrain to photograph. The accommodation was lovely, and we did not lack for great meals.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time on Arran. I finished this workshop feeling far more confident and capable in landscape photography. I also feel more inspired to seek out environments myself to continue developing these new skills. Should the opportunity arise to participate in another workshop in the future I will do so. Thank you Vieri for all your work and sharing your expertise!
Shannon Smith

THE ISLE OF ARRAN 2018 WORKSHOP REPORT (2)

In mid-March 2018 we returned to the Isle of Arran for our fifth Workshop there, the second in 2018, this time a 6-day group Workshop. Unfortunately, one of the participants had to cancel at the last minute due to medical reasons, so we left Glasgow with two participants, both returning Alumni, and both on their second tour with us after joining us in Death Valley in 2017.

The Isle of Arran 2018

During our Isle of Arran March 2018 Workshop, I enjoyed continuing to develop the work previously done with my returning Alumni. Thanks to staying in just one hotel for the whole Workshop, on the Isle of Arran we could dedicate a lot of time to image review, doing some post-processing as well. Working together was overall pleasant, and after six days of intense Workshop I found some improvements in the quality of their work already.

Last but not least, the social aspect and the human side of the Workshop, always very important for us. On the Isle of Arran, we enjoyed working with the group as well as our social times!

THE PARTICIPANT’S IMAGES AND COMMENTS | One of the participants in our Isle of Arran 2018 Workshop kindly sent me a few images to share here with you, together with his testimonials about our Workshop. Enjoy the work he did in Scotland and see what he had to say about our Workshop together!

EIKE-OLIVER STEFFEN

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This year we did decide to join Vieri’s Arran workshop. Arran is a beautiful island (never heard before of) with lots of things to see and experience. Also this time Vieri immediately did figure out how to advise me in improving my way of looking at landscapes. His style of saying “did you consider to“ instead of “do this“ makes me think and hopefully develops my skills. Last but definitely not least Zeynep was managing us perfectly. I learned again a lot and already look forward to our next session in 2019!
Eike-Oliver Steffen

THE ISLE OF ARRAN 2018 WORKSHOP REPORT (1)

In early March 2018 we returned to the Isle of Arran for our fourth Workshop there, the first of two scheduled for 2018, this time a 6-day group Workshop. Unfortunately, one of the participants in this Workshop had to cancel at the last minute, due to a flight cancellation caused by the storm that newspapers loved to call “The Beast from the East”, so we left Glasgow with two participants. Both of them were returning Alumni, both were on their third Workshop with us, and one was also revisiting the Isle of Arran a second time after his first tour with us in 2017, this time bringing his wife along for the ride.

The Isle of Arran 2018

During our Isle of Arran March 2019 Workshop, it was great to continue developing the work previously done with my returning Alumni, and Zeynep and I really enjoyed meeting our Alumnus’ wife as well. We truly enjoyed working together on the amazing landscapes of the Isle as well as their enthusiasm for landscape photography, and for the locations visited. Thanks to staying in just one hotel for the whole Workshop, on the Isle of Arran we could dedicate a lot of time to image review, doing some post-processing as well and, upon one of my Alumni’s request, we did a very interesting bag organising session as well! After six intense days of Workshop I found the quality of their work much improved, as well as their workflow and logistic approach to carrying gear.

Last but not least, the social aspect and the human side of the Workshop, always very important for us. Our participants’ personality couldn’t have been more different, but the mix worked really well, and we thoroughly enjoyed our social times and conversations with them on the most various topics, from photography on, for a Workshop filled with constant laughter and never-ending fun!

THE PARTICIPANTS’ IMAGES AND COMMENTS | The participants in our Isle of Arran 2018 Workshop kindly sent me a few images each to share here with you, together with their testimonials about our Workshop. Enjoy the work they did in Scotland and see what they had to say about our Workshop together!

STEVE MARSON

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The fact that this was my third excursion with Vieri and have signed up for a fourth should be testimonial enough to how highly I value him as a teacher, critic and companion on his consistently excellent landscape workshops. The isle of Arran is a delight with ample locations of interest and variety within an island where nowhere involves a lot of road travel or hiking. The food, accommodation and company were all up to the usual high standard, with Arran being a very friendly and hospitable place to spend a week. Again, through Vieri's careful planning, we managed very full days with plenty of time at the chosen locations to explore and take advantage of changes in light and weather. Image review sessions and discussions of equipment and solutions to common problems were particularly valuable and carried out in a constructive and amiable manner. Once again it has been a very enjoyable trip that has produced some fine images, friendships and memories. And finally, thanks as always to Zeynep, who is always on hand with a smile, encouragement, and help when needed.
Steve Marson

DAVID SALMANOWITZ

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Let me mention how I first contacted Vieri. Was searching online to answer a question I had about my Leica SL camera, and Vieri’s name showed up in the list of possible answers—being a lover of Italian food of course I had to click on his name before the others.

Not only did his review of the SL answer my question it gave me some great info about the camera’s settings which I had not known. I looked at his website and loved the landscapes, I sent him an email and heard back immediately and instantly liked him, seemed like a good guy and I liked his approach to photography and life. It was very noisy where I was at the time and looking at his landscapes took me to a quiet zen place, so much that from the photos and our conversation I signed up for back to back workshops immediately!

To me what makes a great workshop is the leader’s intimate knowledge of a place, and when to be there for the best possible photos. Vieri excels at this, one gets to the right spots at the right times. He researches an area multiple times out of his own pocket before bringing people there, he also knows what he is doing unlike many of the workshop leaders/frauds out there.

If one wants to improve their landscape photography and get to some great spots, I cannot recommend Vieri and his wife Zeynep enough. They are lots of fun to hang out with as well, and to hammer that point home I would hang out with them even if it had nothing to do with photography.

To sum it up they are the best, and if one likes landscape photography and wants good tips and techniques they cannot be recommended highly enough!

THE ISLE OF ARRAN 2017 WORKSHOP REPORT

At the end of March 2017, we returned to the Isle of Arran for our third Workshop there, this time a 6-day Workshop with a full three people group. In fact, this was actually the Workshop where we first introduced, to great success, what became our trademark unique limited attendance of three people, retiring our six people Workshops for good after April 2017!

The Isle of Arran 2017

During our Isle of Arran March 2017 Workshop, we thoroughly enjoyed introducing our group to the beauty of the Isle of Arran and the photographic challenges it poses. I especially enjoyed seeing how, no matter their initial level and experience, after six days of intense photography together everyone improved very much, both technically and on an artistic level. As well, it was great to see the change in approach to landscape photography, and in confidence in the field, after such a short time.

Thanks to staying in just one hotel for the whole Workshop, on the Isle of Arran we could dedicate a lot of time to image review, doing some post-processing as well. During this Workshop, we had the chance to revisit the amazing Fossil Sands at Corrie, to photograph them under the light of sunrise as well, after first working on them at sunset.

Last but not least, the social aspect and the human side of the Workshop, always very important for us. On the Isle of Arran, we had a great time with our group both when working in the field and during our lunches and dinner, making this overall one of the most enjoyable and fun Workshops we run!

THE PARTICIPANTS’ IMAGES AND COMMENTS | Some of the participants in our Isle of Arran March 2017 Workshop kindly sent me a few images each to share here with you, together with their testimonials about our Workshop. Enjoy the work they did in Scotland and see what they had to say about our Workshop together!

MICHAEL ROLLINS

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This was my first workshop ever, and I sure picked the right one. Vieri and his wife Zeynep made the workshop most enjoyable with their knowledge of the locations selected for the daily shoots and alternate locations should the weather choose not to cooperate as it did on a couple of occasions. Before this workshop I had little experience with filters but came away with a new respect for them as they pertain to landscape photography thanks to suggestions from Vieri and Zeynep. Now I must acquire more of them! The Isle of Arran is a fabulous location for photography. I wish I could spend more time photographing the otherworldly rocks at Corrie Beach or the beauty of Glen Sannox. Next time I hope. I think we had a great group of participants, David and his almost always hilarious stories and Scott with his calm demeanor and subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) humor. Not to mention both of them are accomplished photographers.

  So thanks for a wonderful week, I really did learn a lot even though I may not have asked many questions. I would do this workshop again in a heartbeat. Again, many thanks to you both. I’m looking forward to meeting again at another workshop.

SCOTT HEATON

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I had never heard of the Isle of Arran. When a photographer friend told about a workshop being held there and that he was going, I looked it up on Google Earth. It immediately piqued my interest. When I saw the photos on Vieri's web page I knew I had to go. It did not disappoint. Nor did the workshop hosts. Vieri and Zeynep were wonderful hosts. I have been on workshops where the instructors are more interested in getting you there to fund their travel so they can do THEIR shooting. This was not the case with Vieri and Zeynep. They could not have been more gracious and attentive hosts. They actually go to the sites ahead of time on their own dime to scout shooting locations, housing and eating establishments. They are also gracious in the field with their time and expertise. I had no experience shooting with filters and they explained to me how to use them and lent me some of their own that they bring on the workshops for the participants. I am by no means an expert now after one workshop, but it gave me a new avenue of exploration in photography. We enjoyed this workshop so much that my friend and I have arranged to have a custom workshop with Vieri and Zeynep in their home country of Italy in 2018. Can't wait. Vieri and Zeynep are the best!
Scott Heaton

THE ISLE OF ARRAN 2016 WORKSHOP REPORT

In early April 2016, we returned to the Isle of Arran for our second Workshop there, this time a 4-day Workshop with a group of two remaining participants after a couple of cancellations.

Isle of Arran 2016

During our Isle of Arran April 2016 Workshop, we enjoyed introducing our group to the beauty and the photographic challenges of the Isle of Arran. In particular, I enjoyed working with both a beginner with landscape photography, who choose this Workshop to see if he would enjoy this kind of work, and a more experienced landscape enthusiast.

Thanks to staying in just one hotel for the whole Workshop, on the Isle of Arran we could dedicate a lot of time to image review and post-processing. After our four days on Arran together, I was very happy to see how greatly everyone improved, both technically and on an artistic level, both in the field and during our computer sessions, from their original starting level. As well, everyone went home with a better understanding about the kind of equipment needed for this kind of photography, especially in terms of camera support and filters.

Last but not least, the social aspect and the human side of the Workshop, always very important for us. During our Isle of Arran 2016 Workshop we worked with two very different but equally enthusiastic participants, and we truly enjoyed our never-ending conversations about photography, art and life, for a very pleasant Workshop!

THE PARTICIPANTS’ IMAGES AND COMMENTS | The participants in our Isle of Arran April 2016 Workshop kindly sent me a few images each to share here with you, together with their testimonials about our Workshop. Enjoy the work they did in Scotland and see what they had to say about our Workshop together!

LORENZO MANTINI

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Taking part in Vieri’s Photography Workshop on Arran has been an experience full of meaning for me. Full of meaning because I lived it fully: I managed to let myself being guided by what the locations, my fantasy and Vieri as well (always subtly) suggested me. Let me linger on this a bit, which I find fundamental for my personal satisfaction: Vieri’s presence is constant but light, you know he is there if you need him, but very correctly he respects and encourages each participant’s own creativity. Obviously, before going to a location he introduced us to what we would have found, the conditions, the time window for the best light, what photographic techniques we could experiment with as well as some instruction not to disturb each other. I am sure he did and said much more than that, but my short summary wants to express something that shouldn’t be taken for granted and that I really appreciated. Vieri let us know very clearly his honest and straightforward teaching philosophy, and I can guarantee you that I have always felt encouraged but never pushed, and therefore I felt free to experiment and let myself be inspired. Some locations were more inspiring to me than others, of course, but this is just down to personal taste and feeling.

I understand the vast amount of knowledge and organisation necessary to be able to take advantage of what Arran has to offer to shoot interesting images. Vieri showed us how fundamental it is to know the timing for the tides, the sunrise and the sunset, and to understand the weather… I believe this required a really remarkable organisation, but Vieri managed to do that perfectly!

I feel comfortable to recommend one of Vieri’s Workshops to photography lovers of all levels and with any level of equipment as well. One of the most important things I learnt was how to push my equipment to the limit, without losing any photographic opportunity due to lack of equipment. As well, I also learnt which investments I need to do in the future to strengthen what Vieri calls “the weak links in my image taking chain”. In my case, it meant to change my tripod and invest in filters, for instance, besides improving my abilities with post-processing software in order to develop my RAWs as best as I can.

Besides all this, I wanted to test myself with Landscape photography, to understand if this is a genre I liked and one that I can produce good images with. I have been very, very impressed. I started understanding the importance of many technical and artistic aspects of photography, understanding how to compose an image, how to guide the viewer’s eye in an image using lines and masses, and finally to understanding the importance of the light and the creative effects that the use of filters (generously provided by Vieri) allow, and much more. Of course, I started to understand all this, both in the field and during our post-processing sessions as well as during all our talks about photography. Breakfast, lunch, transfers to and from a location, every moment was good to talk about photography! In fact, I believe that in a Workshop lasting only a few days it is of the outmost importance to be able to take advantage of every moment, to make the most of such an intense and concentrated experience!

I can say without any exaggeration that I came back from the Workshop full of energy and feeling pleasantly grateful and willing to keep developing myself in this direction! All the credit goes to an instructor that, besides being a proficient professional, is also a teacher with a capital T! I remember than before taking off for Arran I read an article by Vieri expressing his teaching philosophy and I have been very impressed by his concepts. Well, I found everything consistently applied during the Workshop. It was good to be pleasantly surprised finding that everything corresponded to my expectations on all levels! And let’s not forget my satisfaction for the enchanting beauty of the locations visited: I really enjoyed Arran and its light very much! I gave myself fully to this experience and have been very happy to have done so: I wish a happy Workshop to everyone who will choose to participate!
Lorenzo Mantini

CLAUDIO COPPARI

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Vieri is an excellent teacher, always patient and attentive both on the field and in all the post-production sessions. His knowledge of places and situation, together with a very precise and accurate planning will allow you to be guided smoothly and to concentrate on improving your photographic abilities both under the technical and artistic points of view.

THE ISLE OF ARRAN 2015 WORKSHOP REPORT

In April 2015, I had the pleasure to lead our first Isle of Arran Workshop, this time a 4-day Workshop with six participants.

During our Isle of Arran April 2015 Workshop, we worked with a really enthusiastic group, all landscape photography lovers and all open to try all my suggestions and recommendations, which made it very easy for us to work together. After an intense 4 days of work, I could see a lot of improvement in their work, especially as far as their understanding of compositions and use of light.

Last but not least, the social aspect and the human side of the Workshop, always very important for me. During our Isle of Arran 2015 Workshop we had a great time with our group during our social times, when we enjoyed interesting and fun conversations about photography and life!

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