Cuba Photography Workshop, Havana & Trinidad

Experience The Real Cuba During An Exciting Photographic Adventure

Experience the real, the raw Cuba, and improve your photography skills at the same time during this 10-day photography workshop. Cuba, a country with a unique atmosphere, a vibrant culture, and an irresistible photographic quality, is a dream setting for street photography. During this adventurous Cuba photography workshop, you’ll be able to capture some of this magic. You’ll photograph the timeworn but striking architecture, the colourful people, and the pulsating music scene in both Havana and Trinidad, cities that each have their own distinct and fascinating character. We’ll go off the beaten track, to ensure we get to experience Cuba in an authentic way, and to explore some unique street photography opportunities. It’s an urban photography experience like no other!

Throughout this Cuba photography workshop,  you’ll be guided by professional photographers with a wealth of local knowledge, who will help bring out the best photographer in you. Since we work with small group sizes, the tutoring will be tailor-made to your level – so whether you’re a beginner or a semi-pro, you’ll be able to hone your skills and return home with some stunning images. Find out more about this Cuba photography workshop by reading on, or get in touch if you have any questions!

And if you’re keen to also explore Cuba’s countryside, you might want to check out our photo tour in Havana & Viñales.

Highlights

  • Explore Havana & Trinidad in an authentic, off the beaten track way, and enjoy unique photographic opportunities
  • Receive photographic tutoring, tailored to any level, by award-winning photographers
  • Experience Cuba's vibrant music and fashion scenes through your lens - and get your salsa shoes on if you're up for it!
  • Improve your photography skills during daily workshops, and put your skills into practice straight away
  • Enjoy very personal tutoring because of an exceptionally good ratio between participants and workshop leaders

Quick Facts

  • Where Havana & Trinidad, Cuba
  • When March 15 - 24, 2018
  • Focus Culture & Street Photography
  • Length 10 days
  • Price £2295 (full board & single rooms)
  • Photography Level Required Suitable for all levels
  • Group Size Max. 6

Destination Description

Cuba is a country of contrasts, colours, and culture. It is a country of vibrancy and undefinable beauty. It’s also a country that lends itself incredibly well for photography.

In Cuba, there is an unmissable and unique sense of history. This a country that embraces the present, but also celebrates its turbulent past. This tiny island has seen more than its fair share of hardships, but it’s a country full of hope and optimism, of passion and self-belief, fuelled by people who have never given in or given up.

For photographers, Cuba is a dream setting. The preservation of Cuba’s history gives a unique sense of a time gone by. Its architecture is timeworn but magnificent. Cuba’s people are open and welcoming, their culture vibrant. The street scenes are captivating and ever-changing. There’s something to inspire every photographer, and we’ll help you immerse yourself in Cuba’s story.

If you’re keen to also explore Cuba’s countryside, you might want to check out our photo tour in Havana & Viñales.

Accommodation:

In Havana, we’ll stay in a comfortable hotel that’s at least 3-star. In Trinidad, we’ll stay in a Casa Particular, a typical Cuban-style bed & breakfast, where we’re hosted by a Cuban family. In all cases, you’ll have your own room and bathroom.

Cuba street photography

  • Day 1 Arrival at José Martí International Airport in Havana, where you'll be picked up and taken to your hotel. After settling in, we can all get to know each other during dinner.
  • Day 2 - 4 We'll spend three days photographing Havana.
    A typical day will start with a brief group discussion over what we are planning on shooting that day - then going out photographing, where there will be a mix of one-to-one and group teaching. After returning to our accommodation, we take time to review and assess everyone's images, and to discuss photography theory. For dinner, we invite you to explore Cuba's exciting restaurants - and possibly its pulsating night scene.
  • Day 5 - 7 On day 5, we head to Trinidad for a taste of the colonial majesty in the UNESCO world Heritage site. Here, we continue with the same structure of photographing during most of the day, and returning to our accommodation late afternoon for theoretic tutoring and reviewing of everyone's work. We'll work in one day where you can go off on your own, either to relax, or to do some individual exploring, as Trinidad lends itself brilliantly to both.
  • Day 8 - 10 Return to Havana and continue to explore the city. We will finish the trip with excursions to a classic car tour, a nearby beach to see the famous Malecón, visit a cigar factory and enjoy a spicy night of salsa dancing. Time to head home! We'll transport you back to José Martí International Airport, where we'll say our goodbyes.

Dates:
March 15 - 24, 2018

Price: £2295 per person sharing 

Included in the price:

  • Accommodation in comfortable bed & breakfasts and casas (single rooms)
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers to and from José Martí International Airport
  • All transport on the ground including transport to/from Trinidad
  • Constant and personal photographic tuition
  • Entry visa for Cuba
  • An indirect contribution to the Penda Trust, as part of our proceeds go towards funding the running costs of our charity
  • A tree that will be planted on your behalf by Greenpop, as a way to help compensate for your carbon footprint

Not included in the price:

  • Flights to and from Havana (José Martí International Airport)
  • Personal travel insurance including camera insurance
  • Drinks

You never know what can happen in Havana, it’s a city of surprises and escapades – and that’s what makes it such a great location for photography. We know all of the hip and happening places to shoot and be seen and we’ll introduce to the best hotspots. After that, we head down to the coolest place on earth; Trinidad, Cuba. There we encounter cowboys, cobbled streets and courtyard bars. We try to keep this retreat as fluid and relaxed as possible; there’s no fixed agenda as we will shoot for the conditions and opportunities as they arise, but here’s a few of the high- lights you can look forward to:

Visual Storytelling Masterclass: Throughout the week we will mentor you on the art of capturing and engaging with your audience through compelling and striking images.

Classic Car Cruise: No trip to Havana would be complete without a leisurely tour of the city from the comfort of a classic American con- vertible.

Old Havana: The real heart of central Havana is the district known as Old Havana. We’ll guide you through the backstreets and alleyways, to the find the plazas, market places and hidden gems.

Fashion Shoot: A stunning location, some beautiful models, you and your camera – and our expert guidance. So you’re certain to capture some attention-grabbing shots.

Salsa Studio: Seductive, sexy and sultry – find yourself whisked across the dance-floor for a mambo or cha, cha, cha or shoot from the sidelines to capture the heart, soul and passion.

Your Photography Workshops

You will be giving personalised photographic tutoring throughout your stay in Cuba. Each day, there will be a combination of group and one-to-one sessions, all in places we know intimately, with activities designed to help you progress every aspect of your photography. The tuition is split, roughly, 70/30 in favour of practical over theory.
With a maximum group size of six you’re guaranteed plenty of one-on-one mentorship throughout the workshop. We tailor-make a specific program for each participant, designed so you can improve the areas that matter most to you.

Throughout the workshop we will explore a variety of photographic styles and genres; street based and urban, landscapes, portraits, architecture, fashion and food, in both colour and black & white.  We will examine the work and approach of well known and less well known photographers from different eras and countries and understand who they were influenced by, who in turn they influenced and what impressions they left on both the photographic landscape and the world at large.


Recommended Equipment

We recommend the following equipment for this photography holiday:

  • Camera and a range of lenses (any camera will be fine – the tutoring will be tailor-made to each participant’s individual skill-level and equipment)
  •  Spare batteries and memory cards
  • Computer with editing software, if you want to be tutored on post-production

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Andy Scaysbrook

Andy’s career in photography began with studying portraiture and editorial photography at Leamington Spa College, under world-renowned photographer Bill Jackson. His subsequent training and experience as a newspaper photographer taught him that an expertly-taken picture is often the most powerful way of conveying a story, a personality or an emotion.

After 13 years working in newspapers as both staff photographer and picture editor, Andy launched his freelance career, fulfilling a long-held desire to travel and pursue his own creative projects, which has included the publication of four photography books. His latest work, ‘People,' is a celebration of humanity; over 100 images, shot across 15 countries.

Andy’s work has been featured in many publications, including National Geographic, the Sunday Times, the Observer, and the Daily Telegraph. Andy was also the photographer behind the world’s first charity e-book; Holding onto Hope; a series of celebrity photographs in aid of OvaCome, a charity which is particularly close to Andy’s heart.

Andrew Bell

Andrew is a documentary and travel photographer with an interest in recording everyday stories and events. After attaining a distinction in his Diploma in Professional Photography in 2012, he furthered his photographic studies through a series of courses and workshops around the world. Late in 2012, Andrew met Andy Scaysbrook on a photography holiday in Cuba, where Andy's unique teaching methods, passion and enthusiasm led him to realise that he wanted to be much more than a hobbyist photographer.

He has since been mentored by Andy whilst also working on a number of personal projects and collaborations with other photographers. His images have been exhibited as part of collections of work in a number of galleries, including Tate Britain. In 2014, Andrew was honoured to be named the winner in Digital Photographer Magazine's Digital Photographer of the Year Awards in the travel category.

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