WORKSHOP WEEKS START DATES in 2017-18:
DECEMBER 22 (Christmas Week)
JANUARY 5 & 19
FEBRUARY 9 & 23
MARCH 9 & 23 (Holy Week)
One-week Workshop fee: $950 US (includes $200 US non-refundable registration deposit, tuition, hotel fees)
Optional Two-week program: $1675 US
For those who would like to extend their Guatemala photography experience for one more week an additional $825 you can make it two-week experience.
Enrollment: 6 (maximum) participants. (minimum of 2)
You must reserve by sending an email to:
Our workshops are designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully timed for the best light, but also to aid you to capture the scene best with your own artistic expression. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you go home with images to be proud of, and also use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, I will guide you to learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image.. In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. And no photography workshop would be complete without discussing workflow and editing, including Adobe Lightroom.
If a direct to the lake private taxi is not reserve for you, a taxi driver with your name on a card will be expecting you at Guatemala City airport to take you to a very nice Antigua hotel where I will have made reservations for you (a 40 min. ride, cost for the taxi 40$ US, hotel rates are 75$ US double, 55$ single US). I will be in Antigua to greet you personally. I will show around this beautiful city and we will take care of exchanging US dollars at a local bank (you can do that at the airport but the exchange rate is usually less good there). The next day we will travel to Lake Atitlan, approx 3hrs away.
After you submit your deposit to confirm your registration we will correspond with you via email or phone. Our first objective is to help you coordinate travel to and from our workshop destination. Are you arriving a day or so early, or staying beyond our workshop? Two weeks before departure we will email you to make sure that everything is in order and answer any last minute questions you may have.
Yes, we can offer discounts to groups of 6. If you’re a photography club, family or group of friends, we would be happy to make you a special offer.
Our workshops include photographers with varied experience, which makes the workshops more interesting and rewarding. The less you know, the harder we work. We enjoy teaching and sharing our knowledge with everyone. You’ll even be surprised how much you will learn from other students who are attending as well.
We do offer private workshops for individuals, couples, families. It’s a great way to customize your own workshop based on your particular interests and desires. Contact us with the dates you would like to travel and we’ll be happy to price a package for you.
It very rarely rains at Lake Atitlan from November to April, but if it can happen, but remember some of the best photos are taken in less than perfect weather. That’s not to say that we will venture out in a thunderstorm but you get the idea. If the weather is really bad, we will move to indoor locations that might include interesting architectural structure or a museum. You will learn how to make the most of every situation we encounter and that might include bad weather, but remember, this is an adventure!
Of course! We try to stay up-to-date with all the latest cameras. Basics are the same regardless of what camera you own but we will explain all the technical aspects of todays sophisticated digital cameras. Be sure to bring your camera manual and we’ll work together to get you more comfortable and confident with your equipment. The camera is a tool, you are the one creating the picture.
We offer PayPal, check or cash payment. We use PayPal as our merchant provider which allows us to process your payments from anywhere in the world, in any currency. All our prices are listed in US Dollars.
A laptop computer is essentially your present day darkroom and a necessity for todays digital photography. It is required to download your day’s images and free up your memory card, and also to display your work for discussions and reviews. We’ll also be teaching you how to use editing and enhancement softwares on your computer. If you don't there are suggested softwares you can choose to download for a 15 to 30 days trial just before the workshop begins. So it can only benefit you to bring one.
We don’t typically rent equipment.
No. If you are traveling with another photographer, a friend or partner, you may ask to stay in the same room.
« First of all, I felt that getting together in Antigua and traveling together to San Pedro worked brilliantly. Getting group dynamics going is often the most difficult part of the exercise and the getting together, wandering around and having a couple of meals together really helped acclimatize everyone, started to get the group dynamics going and really set the stage for the workshop. By the time we first set down in the classroom, everyone already got to know each other a bit and we were able to ramp up quite quickly.
Having photographers of such diverse needs and knowledge was a challenge that I thought you dealt with very well. I think that you handled the material; from the technical size of the equipment to the artistic side of composition quite well. The pace was right and the order was logical, and you synchronized the build-up of both aspects in photography quite nicely. I think that people tend to either concentrate on the technical side or the artistic side of photography, depending on their own comfort zone, and handling things the way you set them up worked brilliantly.
What I did find interesting is how each of the towns had their own different charm and flavour and that was fun and interesting. The San Pedro market was wonderful photography as was the area up the volcano through the coffee plantations. I really enjoyed meeting you and the course. It was great fun and Atitlan was a great photo site; the colours and lighting were wonderful. We hope to see you and San Pedro again. »
« First, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed working with you, and the course itself. You were very open to whatever the participants wanted to do, and attentive to all of our needs in terms of accommodations, food and very necessary personal comforts such as massages and pedicures. Thank you!
What I enjoyed most about the course: the opportunities you provided for photography in a great variety of settings (city, hillside, village, market, artistic community, water landscapes, etc.), the encouragement you provided, particularly through reviewing the day’s photos and offering (mild) critique and peer review, the various daily topics (pin-hole camera, lenses, street photography, portraits, etc.), the opportunity to participate in Guatemalan/Mayan culture (Don Pedro, San Marco Mayan park, medicinal plants, artist collective, the camaraderie within the group), finally I especially liked the opportunity to “do something different” and experiment with colour and texture.
In any case, I love the pictures I took in Guatemala and thank you so much for introducing me to so many photographic opportunities! »
« I took René’s photo workshop in San Pedro in April 2014. I found that a week of intensive shooting was an excellent way of bringing my photography up to the next level. During the week René was an excellent teacher, coach and tour guide. He knows photography very well and was very instructive about technical and compositional matters. Doing street photography requires getting out there and sometimes leaving one’s comfort zone. René does this very well and was an invaluable coach in helping me get comfortable to get the shot.
He is also an excellent tour guide. He speaks Spanish very well, knows the region and is well liked by the local inhabitants. During the week we visited nearly all of the major communities on the Lake. The relationships that he has with many of the people there is a result of the time and energy he has spent photographing them and in doing so revealing their warmth, beauty and dignity. It was without a doubt, an instructive, fun and insightful experience. »