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Photo workshop

Photo workshop

Peter Laarakker , the co-owner of Finca Gordo, has been a professional photographer since 1984 and has provided photography for many large and small companies. He also has a lot of experience with travel photography and both he and his wife are happy to tell you more about it. Now that they have their own Bed and Breakfast, Peter can easily organize lessons, both individually and in small groups.

How do we proceed?
On the course day, the photographer will give an assignment and he will be present at the photo location the morning or afternoon to give advice. It is possible that we will make a max 1.5 hour drive for photo location. If you want to work individually, that's no problem; we will meet again at lunchtime. After the photo session we go back to our Bed and Breakfast, where we edit and discuss our photos. At about 8 o'clock we can have dinner together and look back over a drink. We usually do this in the village, or at a long table on our estate.

The program is interactive and can always be adapted to the wishes of the student. Subjects that will be discussed are: shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focal length, composition, playing with light, exposure, black and white, stitching, long exposures, movement, etc. If we photographed that day, the photos taken will be discussed and where improvement tips given.
We use the Lightroom (LR from Adobe) program to optimize the photos taken and to give them a different atmosphere. It is best to edit your photos on your own laptop. At the end of the meeting we will tell you where we are going the next day and what the photographic challenges are. It goes without saying that the photographer is present during the evenings and working in practice to give tips and answer questions. During the trip you take your photos on the basis of assignments from the photographer or you can go to work. The student makes his own choice for this. We view and discuss the images together, so that all participants can also learn from each other.

Who is the course intended for?
Both the novice and the more experienced amateur photographer are welcome. There is plenty of attention for every participant.

Of course there is enough time left to go out on your own and enjoy your stay in the beautiful nature.

Photographer and guidance The supervisor is Peter Laarakker, professional photographer since 1984. Peter works under the name Visual Photo Design. Before starting his career as a photographer, he worked in a high school education. He now has about 30 years of experience as a professional photographer and has extensive knowledge in the field of digital photography. He himself photographs with NIKON, almost 100% in RAW. The photos are later “developed” in the photo editing program Lightroom. He has trained many interns to become professional photographers and helped many amateurs to 'look better'. It is not his ambition to tell you exactly how to do it, but he has a Montessori approach: learning by doing it yourself. Peter tries to take you further as a photographer. Themes teach you how to improve yourself. It is about whether you can translate the image you have seen into a beautiful photo for you.

What do you need?
Have fun and dedication, preferably a camera that can make RAW files. A laptop with Lightroom? (Free to use for 1 month, so just install it just before the trip starts). If you have images that you have made before and want to discuss them, do not hesitate to bring this with you.
The accommodation
Of course with us in the Bed and Breakfast.
How many participants?
Because we work from home, individual guidance can be provided and a maximum group of 6 people is assumed

Other information and accommodation

In Spain we collect in principle at Finca Gordo, but we can look for joint transport from Málaga / Málaga Airport. The price is € 80.00 for a ride with up to 4 people.

What's the price?
€ 150.00 per person per day, based on a double room with breakfast including the photography course with a minimum of 4 people.
extra person in the same room but not participating in the cusus € 50.00
Do you want to be guided privately or put together your own group, please contact us.

What is included?
enthusiastic and professional photo guidance from Peter Laarakker transport on site photo reviews with beamer and Lightroom (LR) accommodation based on double room (surcharge 1 person € 40.00 per day)
What is not included?

round trip to Malaga - Spain
surcharge 1 person in room
all drinks, meals except breakfast
insurance (eg travel and cancellation insurance)
personal expenses.


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Published 22-03-2020 / Copyright © Bed and Breakfast Finca Gordo