Summer light: 6:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Winter light: 7:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The famous Italian sun rises to greet antiquity and modernity alike as the city wakes up. In this workshop, participants will visit the spots graced by this magnificent morning light and experience the best of the first activities of the Roman day. Discover a city that feels like “yours” in the quiet hours of the morning and witness its transformation as the tour ends during “cafè rush hour”.
This workshop concentrates on the ancient architecture and collaged urban landscape of the Eternal City, as well as a taste of true street photography when we walk through certain piazzas (squares). In this early-bird tour, participants will have the opportunity to see Rome’s most breath-taking sunrise. The quaint and silent morning will offer you full concentration, enabling you to take the most memorable, signature shots just before rush-hour traffic. Continue your journey through the city as the sun exposes you to distinct lighting and unique shadows.
Sites Along the Way
The following are included in our Morning Light Itinerary. However if you are interested in alternative itineraries, please let us know, and we will customize the workshop to your preferences
Roman Forum and surroundings
Campo dé Fiori
Who is this for ?
Hobbyists / amateurs / beginners : The early morning light is the ideal time to capture the Eternal City in its most timeless state. We have the monuments “to ourselves” and the sun, allowing for pristine shots and a true sense of history and context. This workshop also provides you a solid understanding of working with your camera to perfectly frame the scenery.
Professionals / experienced photographers: This workshop provides you with the “shortcuts” on shooting locations – where to capture the best angles on the top monuments and fountains in the Eternal City. We also provide some great street photography walks between the discover of monuments. Our photographers share information on Rome, and can answer highly technical and logistical questions about photography as well as provide tips for future shooting.
Students: Classes of up to 25 undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to take this workshop. Please inquire about our student and group pricing.
Each workshop includes a stop for coffee at authentic Roman bar.
Camera: Any digital camera
Lenses: Normal and wide angle
Tripod: Optional (not necessary)
Equipment rental: available upon request.
This is a walking tour.
Bring cash for optional taxi ride(s) and a pit stop during the tour.
Comfortable shoes are recommended.
Wallets and purses should be worn close to the body or inside clothing.
€200 total for 1-2 people
€350 for groups of 3 – 6
From our satisfied clients
I just got home from our time in Rome and wanted to leave a review of the morning light photography workshop we did. It was great! What I got out of four hours with Brian was well worth the price of the workshop. I was nervous going in to it that I wouldn’t have enough experience with my camera, that I wouldn’t get my money’s worth and that the workshop would be led by a person who wasn’t very skilled. None of those concerns were reality! It was wonderful to have a native English speaker in this scenario because I had little (read: no) experience with really using my manual settings. Brian was more than qualified – a film and photography professor in Rome! Brian was a solid teacher, he was patient and I learned so much. I think a person with much more experience than I had coming in to it would have learned a lot too….because his experience in the photography and film field was so deep. He was really easy to get along with and additionally, he got a bachelors in architecture history so his commentary on what I was photographing was insightful. The workshop ended up being way more than I had hoped for. I learned real skills that I can build on, took some beautiful pictures and had four hours of one on one direction in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.”