I am Peter Laarakker , the co-owner of Finca Gordo. I have been a professional photographer since 1984 and have photographed for many large and small companies. I also have a lot of experience with travel photography. My wife Marina and I are happy to tell you more about that. Since 2020 I have been providing reports in the magazine Por Favor. Now that we have our own B&B, I can easily organize photo workshops, both individually and in small groups.
How do I proceed?
The program is interactive and can be adapted to your wishes. Topics we cover are:
- shutter speed
- focal length
- playing with light
- black and white
- long exposure times
After this day we discuss the photos taken and I give suggestions for improvement where necessary.
I use the Lightroom program (LR from Adobe) to optimize the photos taken and to give them a different atmosphere. It is best to edit the photos on your own laptop. At the end of the day I tell you where you are going the next day and what the photographic challenges are. It goes without saying that I will be present during the evenings and working in practice to give you tips and answer your questions. During your trip you can photograph assignments from me or you can get started yourself. Choose what suits you best! We view and discuss the footage together, so that all participants can learn from each other.
Who is the course intended for?
Both the novice and the more experienced amateur photographer are welcome. There is ample attention for each participant.
Of course there is enough time left to go on your own and enjoy your stay in the beautiful nature.
Photographer and guide
I have been a professional photographer since 1984. I work under the name Visual Photo Design. Before I started my career as a photographer I worked in a high school. I have about 35 years of experience as a professional photographer and I have a lot of knowledge in the field of digital photography. Nowadays I shoot with Fuji System cameras, almost 100% in RAW. The photos are later “developed” in the photo editing program Lightroom. I have trained many trainees to become professional photographers and helped many amateurs to 'look better'. It is not my ambition to tell you exactly how to do it. I use the approach à la Montessori: learning by doing. I try to take you further as a photographer. Themes teach you how to improve yourself.
What do you need?
Have fun and commitment. Preferably a camera that can make RAW files. A laptop with Lightroom (free to use for 1 month, so install it just before the start of the trip). Do you want to discuss previously made footage? Then please contact me.
Other information and accommodation
We generally collect at our B&B Finca Gordo in Riogordo. We can also pick you up from Málaga/ Málaga Airport. The price is € 80.00 for a ride with a maximum of 4 people. Because we work from home, I can guide you individually if necessary. We assume a group of up to 6 people
- € 150.00 per person per day, based on a double room with breakfast including the photography course with a minimum participation of 4 people.
- extra person in the same room, but not participating in the course: € 50.00
- If you want to be guided privately or put together your own group, please contact us.
What is included?
- Enthusiastic and professional photo support
- local transport
- photo meetings with beamer and Lightroom (LR)
- accommodation and breakfast based on a double room (surcharge for 1 person in a room: € 40.00 per day)
What is not included?
- Return journey to Malaga – Spain
- All drinks, meals except breakfast
- Insurance (e.g. travel and cancellation insurance
- Personal expenses