Peter Laarakker, fellow owner of Finca Gordo, has been a professional photographer since 1984 and he has worked for many small and large companies. He has also a lot of experience with taking pictures while travelling and he, as well as his wife, would love to tell you more about it. Now they have their own B&B, it’s easy for Peter to organize photo classes for individuals or for small groups.
Purpose of this photo trip
You will learn to observe and record and you will get more out of your camera and in future on travels and holidays you will take more impressive and technically better pictures. Photography is more than just press the button or keeping a selfie stick in front of you and smile. It’s your way of observing and recording which is different from anyone else’s. We’d rather keep it that way. You will get tips to look at things in a different way and record the image you have in mind. Putting things in practice is very important and we will pay much attention to this. However, without the theory it’s almost impossible to develop yourself and the theory will be presented to you in a playful way. There will be special attention for different types of photography e.g. nature, street, scenery and portraits.
How do we work?
After breakfast we go to work, possibly we will make a car ride of up to 1.5 hours. If you want to work individually, that’s not a problem; We see each other again at lunchtime. After lunch – depending on the spot – we continue to photograph or depart again in Finca Gordo. We will discuss the pictures together and can possibly be edited. For an hour or 8 we can dine together and enjoy a drink. We usually do this in the village, but if people like to cook, we can also go for it. The photographer is a passionate hobby cook and is there for it. The program is interactive and can always be customized. Every evening there is a meeting with some theory. Topics to be discussed are: shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focal length, composition, playing with light, exposure, black and white, stitching, long exposure times, movement etc. If we have photographed that day, the pictures will be discussed and where necessary improvement tips are given. We use the program Lightroom (LR from Adobe) to optimize the images you have created and to give them a different atmosphere. Of course, every step is easy to follow via projection on a screen. Of course you can also edit the photos on your own laptop. At the end of the discussion we tell where we are going the next day and what the photographic challenges are. Of course the photographer is present during the evenings and working in practice to give tips and answer questions. During the trip you will make your photos by using the photographer’s assignments or you are going to be free to get started. The student makes his own choice. View and discuss the footage together, so that all participants can learn from each other as well.