PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

with Peter Lorber & Courtenay Gilbert

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A wondrous paradise with an intriguing past, Cuba brings us a unique perspective of the world that is an adventure for many of us. On a Photography expedition of the island you will immerse yourself in the warm and authentic Cuban culture, natural beauty and stunningly traditional architecture. As vibrant American cars of the 1950s and 1960s bring to life the streets, and exuberant street theatre whirls around the crumbling facades with colorful balconies, you will have the opportunity to photograph the essence of Cuba from the best vantage points, under the expert guidance of Peter Lorber and Courtenay Gilbert.

 

Along with a resident guide fluent in both English and Spanish, we will take you places normally untouched by tourists, uncovering the genuine Cuba. In Havana, you will be plunged into daily Cuban life, becoming one with with local culture at unique locations such as colorful Afro-Cuban streets, boxing gyms, and city squares rooted in history. Away from Havana you will explore the pristine countryside of the Viñales valley and a rural Cuba that no guidebook could contain.

 

These sights are paired with the expertise of on-hand professional photographers Peter Lorber and Courtenay Gilbert as they teach you how to get the most from your gear and show you some new techniques to capture the unique beauty and textures of Cuba. In addition a local guide with vast knowledge of the culture, history and landscapes of Cuba, will make sure you get to the best locations at the best possible light.

There is no telling what you may discover during our Cuba workshop, but with unparalleled guidance, a group of likeminded people, and a location without limits, the doors are wide open for a world of possibilities. 

 

And as in all of our workshops we enjoy great restaurants, stay in upscale accommodations, and share lots of laughter while surrounded by breathtaking scenery. This makes our workshops perfect not only for you the photographer, but also for your non-photographer travel partner looking for an amazing vacation!

Who and What

Our photography workshops are for discriminating photography enthusiasts of all skill levels.

 

We provide the perfect environment for you to combine your love of travel and passion for photography while surrounded by like minded people in a fun, relaxed and creative atmosphere.

 

This workshop is led by Peter Lorber, a master panoramic photographer, and Courtenay Gilbert, a professional photographer, post production specialist. They will work with you to expand and improve your photography skills.

You will have the opportunity to shoot with the Hasselblad H6D-100C, one hundred megapixels of unmatched image quality with the finest details and a 15 stop dynamic range, the Hasselblad  X1D, the world's first compact mirrorless medium format digital camera, and a variety of Hasselblad lenses and accessories. Both Peter and Courtenay are Hasselblad trained professionals and have been training top photographers for over ten years.  

 

They will also show you how to create technically perfect and artistically stunning panoramic images using various panoramic VR drives from manual heads to the top of the line Seitz Roundshot motorized VR drive.

 

You will learn how to stitch your panoramas using professional stitching programs such as PTgui and, finally, how to optimize your images in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.

 

Hasselblad, Nikon, Canon and other brand shooters will benefit from Peter and Courtenay’s over one hundred years of combined photography experience. They will share tips, techniques and camera set-ups learned over time.

 

Our small group sizes allow us to customize our workshops to your individual needs. We make sure you get the personal attention you need to get the most out of your time with us.

 

In addition to guided photo shoots, we will also spend time working on the amazing images you will capture during the workshop. We will go over organizing your images, learning proper stitching techniques and answer any Photoshop and Lightroom questions you may have.

 

This workshop is designed for the advanced beginner, intermediate and advanced photography enthusiast interested in taking great photos in beautiful locations and having an amazing photography workshop vacation!

Itinerary

This is not a workshop where you spend most of your daylight shooting hours sitting in a classroom. We get you up and out to make the most of each and every day to capture as many great photo opportunities as possible.

 

Day 1, Saturday, February 24 - ARRIVAL IN HAVANA, CUBA

Arrive in Cuba, transport to your hotel in Havana. Group dinner and meeting. We will briefly go over the itinerary, meet our local guide and prepare for our adventure in Cuba. This evening will also present the perfect opportunity for us to take a walk along the Malecon, feeling the sea breeze and seeing all that the city has to offer as the sunsets.

Day 2, Sunday, February 25 - HAVANA

Today we will capture the lively street theatre of Havana Vieja. Our local  guide will take us to streets not often frequented by tourists as well as the four main squares and points of interest. The focus today is on Cuban culture and Cuban people. We will share with you tips about taking photos in Cuba, including the Cuban personality with photographers and the people and places you shouldn’t photograph. Today we will also have the opportunity to photograph colorful markets, courtyards and terraces as well as a vintage gym which provides a very unique atmosphere. 

Day 3, Monday, February 26 - HAVANA

Today the focus is on Afro-Cuban roots and Afro-Cuban religion. We will visit an Afro-Cuban priest and get the opportunity to take photos of Afro-dancers during their daily performances.  We will visit the colorful streets of Callejon de Hammel to view Salvador Gonzales Escalona handiwork as a famous cuban painter, muralist and sculptor. In the evening during sunset, we will visit the Malecon and the Prado intersection. Making sure you are in the right place at the right moment, in the right light!

Day 4, Tuesday, February 27 - VIÑALES

This morning we will be up early and on our way to the rural township of Viñales. We will have lunch at the Los Jasmines look-out point and you will be blown away by the natural beauty of this area. We will photograph a hidden community of farmers, visit the valley to shoot landscapes and people and their relationship with tobacco, animals and the land. Accompanied by our local guide, we will learn all about the special lifestyle in this area. The evening provides a fantastic opportunity to enjoy local music amongst the warm and friendly locals. (Overnight in Vañales)

 

Day 5, Wednesday, February 28 - VIÑALES BACK TO HAVANA

This morning we will be up early again to journey into the heart of the valley. Here we will meet farmers who are preparing their morning coffee and meet the local wildlife amongst a sea of green back-drops. We will go inside the houses of the locals, getting to know the families as we share a local “criollo coffee”. Be ready to capture memorable portraits and daily scenes of this special part of Cuba. Take photos of the beautiful Viñales valley until your heart is content and visit a Tobacco farm to see a cigar rolling demonstration and learn more about the local industry. In the afternoon you will travel back to Havana with our guide.

Day 6, Thursday, March 1 - HAVANA

Today we will explore the many facets of street photography, exploring new areas of the city. We will focus on the Classic American cars that cruise the streets as well as external colonial facades and families on balconies. We will visit a Cuban family in Havana to learn more about daily life and visit a Cuban boxing gym to see them train. We will also visit the San Jose Market meeting well known painters, sculptors and artisans. This is a great opportunity to view cuban art, finding many photographic opportunities that mix paintings with people.

Day 7, Friday, March 2 - HAVANA

Today we will follow the Che Guevara route in Havana. There are many graffiti works of Che Guevara in Havana of which some are hidden and others are not. While strolling the Che Guevara Route we will visit other points of interest and visit a popular Cuban photographer to learn more about their work and photography in Cuba. We will end the day with a special farewell dinner. 

Day 8, Saturday, March 3 - Havana

Check out of hotel, we will arrange your airport transfer to depart.

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Click here to register or contact Addie Lorber for more information:

addielorber@gmail.com, Phone - 561-361-0031, Toll Free - 877-692-0911​​​​

Location

Cuba, Havana and Viñales

Lodging

Havana - The elegant 5-star IBEROSTAR Parque Central Hotel is located in central Havana, Cuba. Known for its Spanish colonial-style architecture, which pulls in the rich culture of the streets, This top hotel is regarded as the best hotel in Havana. - https://www.iberostar.com/en/hotels/la-habana/iberostar-parque-central

Viñales - Junior Suites at Los Jazmines - Los Jazmines is located in an enviable position looking out over the stunning Vinales valley, with picturesque peaks you’ll see alternately bathed in sun, moon & mist – making this hotel a must for photography enthusiasts.

All hotel reservations will be made for you

Getting to Jose Marti International Airport (HAV), Cuba

Airport Overview

Situated only 9 miles southwest of Havana, Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) is Cuba’s main international gateway. The airport is sometimes referred to by its old name, Rancho-Boyeros Airport, in reference to the area in which the airport is located. It was renamed in memory of Cuba’s famous patriot and poet, Jose Marti.

There are four passenger terminals and one cargo terminal. Terminal 1 is used primarily for domestic flights, Terminal 2 handles flights to and from the United States, Terminal 3 deals with international travelers, Terminal 4 deals with cargo, and Terminal 5 is used primarily by Aero Caribbean and Aerotaxi.

Flights to Jose Marti International Airport arrive from major European centers and from popular South American cities.

Transportation

​Included

  • Transportation from Jose Marti International Airport to Havana

  • Transportation to Jose Marti International Airport from Havana

  • All transportation during workshop

Not included

  • Transportation (Airfare) to Cuba

Weather

The average temperature for this week in Havana is 22°C (73°F).

The average high temperature reaches 27°C (82°F). The average low temperature is 17°C (64°F)

This is an ideal time to visit the island of Cuba and its historic capital city, Havana, The weather of this coastal city is hot and humid all year long, however, the week of February 24 - March 3 is historically hot and sunny, without the overbearing heat of summer. The only layer visitors may need is a light jacket in the evening. February is the driest month of the year. The Cuban capital receives an average 10 mm of precipitation throughout the month over an average of 5 wet days. In contrast, the wettest month of the year in Havana, July, has an average 14 wet days.

What To Bring

  • Camera gear 

  • Laptop with good processing capability 

  • Memory Cards, at least 6, no smaller than 16GB - plan on shooting at least 16GB per day

  • External hard drive for backup copies (optional, but highly recommended)

  • Card reader

  • Tripod, good quality

  • Cable release

  • Camera manual

  • Neutral density and Polarizing filters

  • A wearable backpack photo case for daily shooting

  • Weather appropriate clothing

  • Four weeks prior to the start of the workshop we will send out a more detailed "What to Bring" list 

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CUBA

February 24 - March 3, 2018
Dates

February 24 - March 3, 2018

Location

Cuba, Havana and Vañales

Workshop Cost

$6650.00 (USD) - Per Person

$750.00 (USD) - Single Supplement

All Inclusive (except travel to and from Cuba)

Activity Level

Easy

Participants

8 Photographers Maximum

Included​
  • All Transportation once you arrive in Cuba

  • Lodging at the best Cuban hotels

  • All meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • Local guide

  • Six full days of guided photo shoots and expert instruction

  • Post shooting image editing and instruction

  • Demonstration and use with instructor of the Seitz Roundshot VR Motorized Drive

  • Opportunity to shoot with the Hasselblad H6D-100C and Hasselblad X1D medium-format digital cameras and lenses

  • Instruction and use of NovoFlex VR - System II Manual Drive

  • Adobe Lightroom Instruction

  • Adobe Photoshop Instruction

  • Hasselblad Phocus Instruction

  • Professional stitching programs instruction

  • A print of your best workshop image up to 24 inches by 96 inches!

Not Included
  • Airfare to and from Cuba

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Travel insurance

Registration

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or contact Addie Lorber, 561-361-0031

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Instructors

Peter Lorber and Courtenay Gilbert

Addie and Peter Lorber

Registration and/or More Information

Contact - Addie Lorber 

E-mail - addielorber@gmail.com

Phone - 561-361-0031, Toll Free - 877-692-0911

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