Tenerife, Spain: 5-day workshop for beginner/intermediate photographers

Join Imagine Your World (www.imagine-your-world.com) for a 5-day land- and waterscape workshop geared towards beginner to intermediate photographers in Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. Most new camera owners use very little of the potential of their cameras. This course will enable participants to get into the more creative modes of a camera and understand the basics like metering, focus, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance.

We will focus on the coast for some breathtaking seascape and sunset images, and on El Teide, one of the largest volcanoes in the world. The World Heritage Site rises to 3,718 meters (12,198 feet) and is home to several distinct ecosystems at different altitudes. With about 2.8 million visitors per year, it is one of the most visited National Parks in the world. El Teide has a complex volcanic history, with the last eruption occurring in 1909. Researchers measured an increase in seismic activity in 2003, indicating that magma did rise into the edifice. The volcano remained dormant, but it is considered unstable. The summit has a number of small active fumaroles emitting sulfur dioxide and other gases, including low levels of hydrogen sulfide.

The nutrient- and mineral-rich soil on the flanks of the volcano support 168 plant species, 33 of which are endemic to Tenerife. The Canary Island Pine can be found at elevations from about 1,000 to 2,100 meters (3,300 to 6,900 feet). More fragile species grow at higher altitudes. The Teide white broom (Spartocytisus supranubius), Descurainia bourgaeana, a shrubby crucifer with yellow flowers, the Canary Island wallflower (Erysimum scoparium) and the Teide bugloss (Echium wildpretii), whose red flowers form a pyramid up to 3 meter (9.8 feet) in height, can be found on the volcano.

Due to its subtropical climate, Tenerife is known as the "Island of Eternal Spring." The humidity typically creates cloud banks over the north and northeast of the island, producing a unique Mediterranean microclimate. An arid, desert like climate with precipitation of less than 250 millimeters (10 inches) per year can be found in the south and south east.

This 5-day workshop will begin in Puerto de la Cruz. Photographers will capture many of the area’s unique features at the best times of day and practice many hours in the field. They will have ample opportunities to discuss composition guidelines, lighting, lenses, camera functions, and "must have" accessories.

The following topics will be covered during this 5-day, hands-on workshop:

  • You have a new digital camera – learn how to use it;
  • Lenses – what you need to know before you buy;
  • Metering, focus, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance – what are you talking about?
  • Simply better pictures – master the basic roles of composition;
  • Painting with light – why you don't always need this perfect blue sky;
  • Accessories – how simple tools can help you to become a better photographer;
  • Capture the moment – take better pictures during your next vacation;
  • Get organized – how software can help you to archive and retrieve/find your images.

Breathtaking sunsets and wild seascapes will offer more challenging conditions. Photographers can learn how to use neutral density and graduate filters to freeze the moment and master high contrast situations.

Bring your gear

It doesn’t matter if own a point-and-shoot or brand-new DSLR camera – bring what you have and learn how to take full control over your gear. (Please note: Since there are hundreds of camera models out there, don’t expect that we know all of them. You will learn the advantages of the program, aperture, macro, manual and bulb settings on a camera, but you should be able to set your camera accordingly.) If you have macro, wide angel or zoom lenses, bring them along. A tripod and a remote release can be very helpful for certain types of photography. They are absolutely necessary to capture good sunset and wild seascape images.

Be prepared

Getting to the best spot will often take some hiking. You should be comfortable walking for prolonged periods of time with your photo gear, water and food on cobble stone streets and nature trails over the course of the day, occasionally with some elevation gains or drops. You will enjoy the tour best if you bring well fitted, broken in shoes and clothing that can protect you and your gear from the elements. To take advantage of the blue hour following the sunset, a good headlamp, flash light and spare batteries will help you to stay on the trail.

Lodging, Meals & Directions

Lodging, meals, snacks, transportation and entrance fees (if any) are not included in this workshop. The area features many hotels and restaurants from simple bed and breakfast to four-star lodging with half board included. Please consult with your travel agent to find the best fit. We recommend staying in Puerto de la Cruz.

Group size

The minimum group size for this workshop to take place is six (6), the maximum is 12.

Reservations

Reservations are required for all workshops. We have a limited number of DSLR’s, mirrorless cameras and SD cards available for rent. If needed, please inquire at the time of booking to make sure one will be available. Please feel free to contact us here.

Price

The price for the 5-day guided workshop is 1,350 Euros per person; a deposit of 200 Euros is required to reserve your spot for this event. The balance is due 31 days prior to the start of the workshop.

Meeting Point

We will meet on the first day of the workshop at 10.00 AM in the lobby of the Hotel Riu Garoe, Dtor. Celestino Golez, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

Instructor

Bernd is an award-winning photographer whose career spans more than 30 years. While working as a full-time journalist and on assignments, images and articles appeared in many national and international publications in Germany and Western Europe.

Bernd has a passion for documentary and landscape photography. He leads expeditions and workshops throughout Europe and conducts photography workshops and seminars from beginner to Master Class. He is fluent in German and English. Instructions will be available in both languages.

Cancellation

The holding deposit is non-refundable and due if you decide to cancel your spot up to 31 days (61 days for international workshops) prior to the start of the workshop. Up to 62 days before a workshop you can reschedule and apply your deposit to a future workshop.

Since our workshops require a minimum number of participants, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop in the case of under-subscription. If we are forced to cancel an event, your registration will be transferred to another workshop of your choosing. However, we are not responsible for any additional expenses, without limitation, such as non-refundable air tickets, transportation or accommodation, incurred by you for preparing for the trip.

Travel insurance

We strongly recommend buying travel insurance for this workshop. If you have to cancel the trip because of illness, injury or death of yourself or an immediate family member, travel or cancellation insurance usually protects all deposits and payments you have made, including third party fees for both air and land cost. Please ask your travel or insurance agent for advice.

Refunds for services not used

Imagine Your World does not offer refunds for unused portions of the workshop or any services offered by third parties (including, but not limited to, accommodations, meals, and trek arrangements.)

Legal Limitations/Independent Contractors

Imagine Your World may use independent contractors to provide guide services and other services during a tour. We assume no responsibility, however caused, for injury, loss or damage to persons or property in connection with any service provided during a workshop by our instructors or independent contractors or resulting directly from acts of God, force majeure, theft, civil disturbances, strikes, foreign or domestic government restrictions and/or regulations, and failure to arrive or depart as scheduled. By signing up for any workshop offered by Imagine Your World, client thereby agrees to be bound by the above terms and conditions.

Indemnity

Client hereby indemnifies and holds Imagine Your World, its subsidiaries, affiliates, successors, assigns, directors, officers, agents, employees, service providers, and suppliers harmless against any and all liabilities, claims, and expenses, including reasonable attorney fees, arising from client's participation in any workshop or seminar.

Releases

Participants are solely responsible for obtaining model, property, and other releases (if necessary) in connection with any of our workshops or seminars, unless specifically stated in the workshop description.

Available Dates

  • Sunday, March 13 2016, 10:00 AM to Thursday, March 17 2016, 4:00 PM;
  • Sunday, October 16 2016, 10:00 AM to Thursday, October 20 2016, 4:00 PM.

Sign Up

If you are interested to attend this workshop, please email us for the workshop starting March 13 2016 or October 16 2016.