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Tuscany Photography Workshop


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Refund GuaranteeWell done! You’ve found the Tuscany photography workshop that is a bit more special. It’s unique, diverse, amazing value and will provide you, and a partner, with a memorable holiday as well as memorable photographs. Your photography will permanently step up to a new level.

This Tuscany photographic workshop/holiday is a wonderful opportunity to experience the scenery and atmosphere of one of the most picturesque regions of Europe. It is a full itinerary in the company of Martin who will be present throughout each of the days to offer instruction and guidance. You’ll return home a better photographer and have some exquisite photographs to display.

You’ll learn techniques to shoot and edit photographs like a professional and you will be making images that will be envied and admired. Images that will hang on walls. Images that will sell.

Enquire with us now and book with a low deposit. Scroll down for full product description.


Tuscany Workshop - May 2021
Tuscany Workshop - Sep 2021
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This Tuscany Photography Workshop is not the usual cliché Tuscany. This Tuscany Photography Workshop is located in the diverse and dramatic landscape of northern Tuscany. Northern Tuscany has a more mountainous and therefore, a more varied landscape than the southern parts of Tuscany.

Our Tuscany photography workshop is hosted in the Garfagnana region of north-west Tuscany. Garfagnana lies in a more isolated region of Tuscany which keeps it tucked away from the hordes of tourists associated with many other parts of Tuscany. This ensures that during your entire workshop, you are able to relax from the stresses and strains of everyday life, avoid the crazy driving and not worry about being ripped off in every shop and restaurant. The landscape of northern Tuscany blends rugged mountains with broad valleys where olive trees, vines and chestnut trees form a lush green blanket, contrasting with traditional terracotta roofs. This provides a diverse and idyllic scenery for our photography workshops and is beautiful in every season. This all lends itself to you having a memorable and truly inspiring photography holiday.

Our base for our Tuscany photography workshop is the stunning photogenic medieval town of Barga. The town sits proud of the Serchio valley and offers panoramic views in all directions while its medieval network of tight narrow streets, flanked by ancient architecture, presents photographers with no end of opportunities.

Oh, and the food! The Garfagnana region of Tuscany is famous for its food, both in variety and quality. Even Italians travel from all over Italy to spend time in Garfagnana because of its scenery, clean mountain air and its cuisine.

Martin has spent over 30 years visiting this area and has amassed thousands of photographs, many of which have been sold. He has an intimate knowledge of the area, its people and its culture and will be able to guide you through every step of this Tuscany photography workshop.

Regardless of your experience, you will learn and progress your photography techniques rapidly under the close guidance of Martin and Tom. They will be present throughout each day’s shooting and will work closely with you to ensure you get a collection of images that you will cherish for life.


We aim to make each of our Tuscany photography workshops a relaxing environment for you to discover and photograph the unspoilt and most authentic part of Tuscany. You will be able to take your time while composing, discussing and photographing each of the locations. To ensure you have more time to think about photography while relaxing, we include the following in every workshop:

  • Transfers to & from Pisa Airport
  • Transport throughout in climate control car
  • Your own room with unlimited Wi-Fi

  • Tuition & guidance throughout
  • Breakfast & evening meals
  • Discounts for partners sharing room


There is not much that is not included with your Tuscany photography workshop. I would love to include everything you need but the logistics and liabilities become overwhelming. The following is not included in your workshop: –

  • Flights to and from Italy (Pisa). Please contact me if you would like information about flights to Pisa
  • Travel and personal belongings’ insurance. Please ensure your travel insurance is adequate to cover accidental damage to your camera equipment.

  • Lunches. We do stop at local cafes for lunch
  • camera equipment
  • Anything else that is not included in the list of items that is included. That’s the legal speak, but you know what I mean.

This is a stunning location that is not spoiled by mass tourism, yet offers the very best in hospitality and unique photographic opportunities. What’s not to love about this Tuscany photography workshop and holiday?


Would you like to bring a partner? No problem. Partners are welcome as both participants and non-participants on all our workshop dates. We offer significant discounts for partners, whether they are participating in the workshop or not. Our discounted price also includes partners' accommodation and evening meals. Please note that you will be sharing a room with your partner so let us know if you wish a double or twin room. As always, contact us if you would like more information.

Our Tuscany photography workshop has been designed to teach you a wide range of photography skills by making full use of the location. Each day will focus on a different theme, ranging from landscape to street photography, and will require different camera techniques as well as different composition methods. This ensures you have a try at different types of photography, even if some of them are out-with your comfort zone, as well as providing you with a varied portfolio with which to return home.

  • Composition
  • Achieving the correct exposure
  • Using the histogram
  • Seeing in black and white as well as colour
  • Using all of your camera settings
  • Using RAW and JPEG
  • Developing RAW files
  • Long exposures
  • Using ND graduated and polarising filters
  • Post processing techniques
Photographers of all skill levels are welcome. You are required to know the basics of your camera; insert a memory card and take a photograph with it before attending. This Tuscany workshop will appeal to everyone who wants to learn both the art and skills of photography as well as those who are seasoned photographers and want a guided tour of Tuscany. Photographic workshops provide a great opportunity of learning and sharing experiences alongside photographers. Close tuition is constantly provided at all levels to each photographer. This is why we keep the numbers very limited.
This list is offered as guidance only. Once you are booked on the Tuscany workshop we will contact you with more details about itinerary and what you should pack. Naturally you will need to bring enough clothing and money for the duration of your stay as well as:
  • Passport
  • Mobile phone
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Camera equipment*
  • Laptop – not essential
  • Plenty of memory cards
  • Polarising filter & ND filters
  • Batteries and charger
  • Plug adapters
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent


Please be aware that airport security will not allow you to carry a tripod in your hand luggage if it has spiked feet, even if the spikes are retractable. Pack it in your suitcase and there shouldn't be a problem but please check with your airline before leaving or bring a tripod that has rubber only feet.

La Mezzaluna RoomDuring your visit to Tuscany, you are provided with your own room at La Mezzaluna. This B&B is located 4km from Barga and has spectacular views of the Apuan Alps. It is the perfect base for our workshop due to its location and the warm welcome from your host, Rita.

The location of La Mezzaluna allows us instant access to the local roads in all directions. After leaving La Mezzaluna, we can drive in any direction and reach our destinations quickly, meaning we spend less time driving, and more time photographing.

Our host, Rita, has lived and worked in Garfagnana for over 30 years. Rita owned and ran her restaurant for 30 years until recently opening it up to host Tuscan cooking classes. So, your host is a Tuscan chef of 30 plus years who now teaches the skills of Tuscan cuisine to students from all around the world. What a place to stay!

Please visit La Mezzaluna website as well as the TripAdvisor website to read up about the guesthouse.

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These are uncertain times we are all living in. Consequently, we have extended our standard cancellation policy. You will receive a full refund of all money paid to us should you cancel at any time up to 14 days before the start of the workshop.

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11 reviews with a 5-star rating

  1. j_s_bourne

    Sue - May 2019


    I can only repeat exactly what all the other reviews have been. My daughter and I both complete amateurs, attended Martins course in May 2019 and have returned with so much knowledge and confidence. We enjoyed everything about it.
    It’s a fantastic course and fulfilled all expectations and more. Martin is one of those rare individuals who not only has a lot of knowledge on photography and lightroom but life in general. He is an excellent teacher because he delivers his knowledge in a relaxed, patient manner and caters for everyone’s needs and ways of learning without getting at all fazed. Along with him being a very likeable personality, with plenty of warmth and wit, it was great fun too!

    The locations are absolutely stunning even when the weather is not so great and as promised not at all touristy so you can take photo’s to your hearts content. Again Martin has a vast knowledge of the countryside and the best places to visit both for photographs and wonderful food. Yes and even speaks Italian too!

    Unlike on previous courses we didn’t stay in Barga itself but 4km away at La Mezzaluna a B&B with optional evening meal and wine on tap! The accommodation was comfortable and very rustic with individual food requirements well catered for.

    On return Martin has also been very helpful with post lightroom queries.

    This workshop is really one in a million and definitely gets a 5 star rating from us. No hesitation in recommending it and looking forward to attending another at some time.

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  2. gudruneggerts

    Garfagna september 2018


    This was my first workshop ever so I was not sure what to expect.
    Right from the beginning I got answers to my questions promptly and Martin made sure I had all the informations I needed. Right from beeing picked up at the airport in Pisa to be taken back there was a delightful experience. The location is beautiful, the weather was good, the group wonderful and the food excellent.
    Martin is very knowledgable about photography, preparation and post-processing, plus about the history of this area and locations to get photos at the right time of day.
    I was not really much into Lightroom but find that now I´m more coregous to try my hand at it. Also the sunset and night photography was something I really did learn about. I have not been using filters much so learning about that was really helpful.
    All in all it really was a good experience and I would recommend it to anybody.

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  3. lmcgee



    A thoroughly recommendable workshop in the beautiful Garfagnana.
    Martin is a gregarious, witty and warm man, an excellent teacher with a wicked sense of humour and an incredible store of funny stories and jokes to accompany all the learning.
    We two (near-beginners) had a great week as he put us through our paces, filling us with knowledge, techniques and tips in a very relaxed manner, never intrusive or impatient. He coped well with the varying skills levels in the group, taking time to coach and support each of us.
    From the first moment we were encouraged to see things differently via the camera lens to compose a good shot. Simple tips like scouting the location for a more interesting aspect; using shadows to add interest to a photo; how leading lines of different types make a better photo and to reflect on what final result we wanted before shooting. Technical skills were practiced throughout, such as using different apertures or shutter speeds for correct exposure, when and how to use different filters, long exposures, HDR shots and night-time photography.

    Martin brought us up hills and down dales to visit the many different photogenic locations he has researched around the Garfagnana and nudged us into finding the best views and aspects within each. And, an extra bonus, the sun was splitting the stones for the whole week!

    While we were both a bit dubious in advance about post-production, the very first session had us convinced. Martin paced our sessions perfectly, introducing new techniques, repeating where necessary and allowing us to practice what we had just learned, again unfazed by our different skills levels. We learned a huge amount about Lightroom and got some practice with Photoshop, making magical improvements in our photos. Long winter nights now seem shorter as we look forward to reviewing and improving favourite photos from the workshop and from over the years.

    All the while we gorged ourselves on excellent coffee and pastries, luscious ice-cream, sit-down or picnic lunches and delicious evening meals in typical restaurants of the area. One evening we even got a live, open-air operatic concert thrown in.

    Of course another positive aspect of a week like this is meeting new people and working together so it was lovely to spend time with the ever-helpful Gudrun and her mum Hulda. Gudrun’s beautiful photos and enthusiasm for the wonders of her northern Iceland make it a must-go place for the future.

    While a good, fun week learning more about photography was important, what really counts is what we took away from the workshop. I have no doubt that I will take better photos in the future based on what I learned and am really looking forward to spending time this winter on my computer reworking some old photos. As for Carol, this workshop has changed her life! Within a week she had bought a new tripod and a macro lens and is spending every free moment putting all her new knowledge into practice.

    Thank you Martin for making this a great week, sharing your knowledge and skills in a gentle, professional and encouraging manner.

    I have no reservations recommending this workshop to anyone interested in improving their photography skills in a fun atmosphere in a beautiful location.

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  4. Frank Chambers

    Frank Chambers

    What a great trip to Italy to learn about photography in such lovely countryside.
    I like to take photos but sometimes rush doing so. I feel embarrassed waiting to take the right photo. While with Martin and listening to his advice I felt more relaxed getting the shot just right, even wait till the right momentmen to take the golden shot !
    Martin has a relaxed but professional approach to the course. Never hurried, go back again if the occasion requires it. Most of all it was fun.
    Barga is wonderful town, the surrounding countryside is very photogenic. It screams at you to take a photo.
    When not setting up for shots, the atmosphere when dining in the evening was some of the best times.

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  5. Mike Routledge

    Mike Routledge

    A lovely holiday with a smashing guide, good company and fabulous scenery. Despite the variable weather (I didn’t realise it could rain that hard in Tuscany) this photography holiday was both enjoyable and informative. Martin went out of his way to ensure that those in the group, be they beginners or more experienced, was supported to take some fantastic pictures in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Garfagnana is a beautiful area in northwestern Tuscany. It is split by the Serchio River, which contributes to the lush green valleys you’ll get to experience here. These contrast with the wild mountains to the east/northeast, the Apennines and to the west, the Apuan Alps. The holiday is based in Barga a little gem of a hilltop town which offers many historical and artistic buildings to visit. Stroll along its quaint streets to discover the wonderful San Cristoforo Cathedral, the Teatro dei Differenti, the Roman Aqueduct, lovely restaurants and wonderful ice cream shops! Great photography in the ‘real’ Italy.

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  6. anthony


    Myself and my son Matthew attended Martins workshop in April it was something special for both of us. I would be lying if I pretended to be any kind of photographer, Matt got a Nikon camera from me and his Mum a couple of years ago for his 21st so was at least familiar with it. I contacted Martin prior to going out and asked advice on what to get he was pragmatic enough to get me to try different models to see which fitted my hands then steered me towards a Sony within my 200 quid budget. Between us we had a tripod my brother had bought us knowing we were going on the trip.
    So one complete newbie at 46 and a keen to learn 23 year old with good entry level equiptment.
    The journey started with us all meeting up at the airport prior to departure and having a chat.I layed my stall out early doors-im not that tech savvy and would just like to take some pictures eat well and make as much of a dent in the Tuscan red wine lake as possible. Matt was keen to learn the computer side of things far more and had signed up to light room prior to coming out.

    The accomodation we got was fantastic, right in the old town of Barga not a double room but a two bedroom fully equiped appartment. Fully self sufficient and of a really high standard.
    The weather was mixed for the week but nothing a light fleece and waterproof shell could cope with.
    Martin tailors the week to you, If you want to do your own thing and just wander off and snap away he just lets you do it but keeps in touch and lets you know when next to meet up. I chose to wander off in the mornings and just take snaps in and around Barga. Martin would set up in the fantastic cafe we ate breakfast in most days and take the others through light room and photo shop on the computer. He spent quite a bit of time with Matt getting him up to speed on the various techniques.

    Each day was different, Martin knows the non touristy parts of the region very well and was able to park us up at locations and point us towards vantage points very few could.

    The pace was as easy or full on as you wished. Martin took time with all of us myself,Matt, Irene a very experienced photographer honing her skills and Gordon an old hand embracing the more technical side of things.
    Martins local knowledge extended to where to get the best coffee,red wine and fabulous food each night at dinner.
    Myself and Matt sat in the appartment each night with a couple of drinks looking at each others photos from the day-this is where the magic happened. Matt took my photos from my cheap camera and worked wonders with them. It was rainy for a few days so some dramatic skys and georgous light reflections on the pavements were only a few clicks away with what he had learned in the morning. I was flabergasted at what he had learned so quickly and really enjoyed seeing me and Matt developing as the week went on.
    At the very top of the appartment there is a roofed terrace giving 360 degree views over Barga out of the windows. Matt went out for a cigarette at one point and came running back in when the sun came out shouting at me to grab my camera and the tripod. We both dashed up the stairs to the roof terrace and blasted off as many pictures as we could with the spectacular light over the valley/snow on top of the mountain/big dramatic clouds and harsh shadows.
    Each photo I view from the trip brings back fantastic memories, the sights,sounds and smells. The rainy cobbled street shot was me and Martin walking after dinner having a chin wag when he stopped and took the shot explaining what he was seeing.The Devils bridge photo was Matt blagging his way into an old Italian couples back terrace and him and Martin snapping away.
    I had a great week with Matt and really enjoyed Martin,Irene and Gordons company. Ate well, drank well and was given very specialised access to hidden parts of Tuscany affording a rank amateur to take some great photos.
    It has opened the world of photography to me, my first tentative steps were awkward but Martin steadies your feet and enables you to walk very quickly.
    If you fancy a bespoke Tuscan photography holiday look no further. 5 star rating from both me and Matt.
    Martin also has the scope to tie up with a cookery school just down the road-so if you other half fancies an Italian cooking holiday and you want a photography holiday!!!!
    Guess what Im planning for next year?

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  7. IRENE


    Wow, what can I say. This was a great week from start to finish. Martin was great, he took us to some amazing places, and shared some great skills for post production which helped loads when I got home with editing my hundreds of memorable photos. Also, lots of laughs along the way.

    On returning home after the workshop, Martin has continued his helpfulness by making himself available for any post production questions.

    If you’re considering booking this workshop, then stop thinking about it and just book, you won’t regret it. 5 stars given without any hesitation.

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  8. Alex


    Martin was very knowledgable and took his time explaining things during the workshops. I learned a lot and brought home some great memories from the trip-as well as some amazing photos! The area of Tuscany was beautiful and provided some incredible sunset shots. The booking and payment process was smooth and I found it easy to contact Martin throughout the run up to our workshop.

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  9. Ronnie


    What a wonderful week I had. It was so much more than just a photography workshop. Martin was there throughout the week to teach me so much about my photography and he also drove us around to all the nearby villages.

    These villages all sit on top of hills in a magnificent landscape and there is absolutely no way I would have been able to get there on my own. When I phoned Martin, he told me that this was a region of Italy that was unspoilt and he was absolutely right. The Tuscan villages are all authentic and don’t look as if they have changed in 100 years. I got some brilliant images. Martin is also so knowledgeable about the area and about photography. He never stopped entertaining us with snippets of “useless information”. His Adobe lessons were a huge step forward for me and I feel more able to make the most of all my old and new photographs.

    The accommodation was also brilliant and the owner was very very helpful.

    I would recommend to anyone.

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  10. Jane


    The workshop in Barga was a great experience. The photography training was thorough and I liked the fact some post-production lessons were offered. Barga was a lovely setting for the workshops to take place. I would recommend to friends and family considering this type of holiday.

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  11. Anne


    A thoroughly enjoyable and informative workshop which I would have no hesitation in recommending. Martin was very knowledgeable and was happy to spend his time helping me develop as a photographer (no more fingers over the lens!). Aperture, exposure time, time-lapse and composition are now familiar friends. Martin knows the area really well and took us to some beautiful locations, from the mountains to characterful Tuscan villages. He also arranged accomodation in a lovely hotel situated right in the heart of Barga’s old town and the food! Delicious!

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