Our mission is to provide photographers of all levels with an enjoyable and productive photographic experience in Rome with professional photographers. We are passionate about the art of photography – and we guide participants to develop and unique portfolio of strong images, reflecting a personal vision while avoiding clichés and déjà-vus. You will learn tips and tricks to improve your photography skills in an urban environment while discovering the highlights of Rome through personalized tours.
Our workshops are built along themed itineraries and are available in morning, afternoon and night sessions. If you are interested in a customized tour, photographic themes can be agreed upon in advance, based on respective skill levels and interest. Register now or contact us for more information.
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I just want to say how very, very happy I am with both workshops that you organized for me. Both Mauro and Giulio could not have been nicer, more professional, or more of a pleasure with which to spend time. Both workshops far exceeded my expectations.
I’ve included one of several photos I believe will make, after further refinement, an incredible panorama of the ceiling at Sant’ Andrea della Valle. This is just one of hundreds of great shots that Mauro and Giulio helped me capture.
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OUR TOURS IN ROME
In this workshop, participants visit the spots graced by the 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.
This workshop focuses on monuments, architecture and urban landscape. Participants will find themselves capturing the beauty of Roman architecture during the rare hours of the evening where light finds itself as its own individual amongst the world, and the sky becomes a painterly backdrop.
In this workshop, participants will be photographing sites and structures both known and undiscovered, while learning new techniques for night shooting. Create the glamorous shots you desire and experience Rome in its nighttime attire.
This workshop focuses on the street life of Rome, from the old-timers, shopkeepers and artisans to modern Italians, couples and tourists. We cover some of the most popular piazzas (squares) in the Eternal City, where old and new meet in unusual and highly colorful ways.
Explore the appetizing craft of photographing ingredients, dishes and table ambience with a professional food photographer in Rome. Between the farmers market and an Italian gourmet restaurant, your senses will be delighted while you learn professional techniques.
In this workshop, participants will be photographing sites and structures both known and undiscovered, while learning new techniques for framing and working with the light on inanimate landscapes. Create the “postcard” shots you desire and experience a bit of Rome’s history through the lens.
1.Select Your Focus
Itineraries are theme-centered and mainly take place in the broad area comprised within Piazza del Popolo, the Forum, St Peter’s, Colosseum, Quirinale and Spanish Steps. In that area you can find the majority of primary, most famous landmarks and locations. Being that area relatively restricted, there is the additional benefit of (almost) fully walkable itineraries.
The art of street photography is to capture the everyday, human “theater” in an artful and sometimes powerfully emotional results. In this workshop, you have the chance to explore some of Rome’s most exciting and populated locations, like Campo dé Fiori, Trastevere, the Ghetto, Castel Sant’Angelo, Monti and other lesser-known spots that only our experienced street photographers can recommend.
See: Street Photography
If you’ve seen the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and Castel Sant’Angelo once too many times and are looking for something new, this tour may be for you. Explore the endless history this city has to offer with trips to equally as stunning areas not often found on postcards. Experience rich Italian culture as you’re guided through humble towns filled with family-owned shops, gelaterias and pizzerias. Here are of course a number of special destinations covering specific interests – like the Porta Portese Sunday morning market, the Eur and Garbatella neighborhoods, the Foro Italico sports center of the 30’s, the Roman Aqueducts park, the ancient Via Appia, Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este in Tivoli (east of Rome), to name a few.
See: Custom Tour
The Italian kitchen is renowned for a reason. In this workshop, we explore food photography, from the raw ingredients to to chef-designed and rustic-styled plates. You learn the tips, tricks and techniques from a professional food photographer, who provides the equipment necessary to capture the most beautiful and appetizing shots. The only workshop in which we feast on the subject with more than our eyes!
See: Food Photography
With this tour, you can create your owned customized itinerary that meets your personal interests. You can combine the above tours or create your own with our photographers. You will have the opportunity to select places you wish to see at specific times of day, or research locations you have never seen before. Given their acquired familiarity with the city, our guides will work with you and offer suggestions geared most suitable to your curiosities and enjoyment.
See: Custom Tour
Perhaps you prefer to be on the other side of the lens – as the subject! In that case, why not be photographed professionally on the streets of the Eternal City and leave with truly unforgettable shots of yourself in gorgeous Roman settings. Our photographers can capture you in poses or as part of the “street” in a celebrity style.
See: Portrait Tour
2. Select your Light
The light is critical to your beautiful photographs – and Rome Photography Workshop’s photographers know exactly when and where the light is hitting the iconic sites around the City. Each workshop itinerary is designed with the Roman sun.
MorningSummer: 6:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Winter: 7:00 – 11:00 a.m.
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.
EVENINGSummer 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Winter 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Join this tour if you wish to take afternoon and twilight shots, with a picturesque sunset in between. As the sun goes down and the pastel-colored clouds transform into shades of blue, violet, orange and pink, your guide will help you capture your surreal surroundings, creating long-lasting memories. As the sky darkens, take in Rome’s most beautiful night-lit architecture that encompasses the ancient city.
Summer 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Winter 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
This tour will guarantee you the same awestruck beauty of Rome in an entirely different light. For more nighttime oriented individuals, or for those who simply want to see the city lights, this excursion will take you to both renowned and less recognized fountains, monuments and statues. Due to their notable aura, many of the sites planned for this tour are best photographed at night.
3. Customize Your Workshop
Add on a photography workshop critique or have a professional city portrait taken in a location of your choice.
Equipment rental: You can rent a Canon 7d with batteries and 28-70mm lens for 40 Euros per day. Cheaper alternatives are our back-up cameras: Ricoh Grd IV, Nikon V1 with 10-30mm or 10mm, Canon 1000D with 18-55mm or Nikon N80 with 35mm or 28-75mm if you would like to shoot film (about 20 Euros per day each). Full insurance/deposit is required in case of damage or loss of equipment
Sunday morning: A chance for some wonderful street photography, exploring the renowned outdoor market Porta Portese in Trastevere. From 7:30- 10:00 a.m. sharp.
Portraits in the City: Have a professional photo taken of yourself in a location of your choice by one of our photographers during your tour.
Technical Consultation: Do you have questions about your current equipment, or equipment you are thinking of purchasing ? We can provide top-quality, professional support for your cameras, lenses, filters and accessories. Tech Q&A consultations can occur online and in-person with one of our photographers.
Photo Review: In this one-hour consultation, receive invaluable feedback on your photography. One of our photographers will review and discuss your vision with you in-person or via video conference. You provide 20-30 images for the review; the photographer studies them before the session. During the consultation, receive technical tips on shooting and post-production, resources and ideas from a professional and objective observer. This workshop is an excellent way to improve your photography skills by becoming more aware of your strengths and where you can hone your skills in order to express your photographic style.
Photo walk and lunch with photographers: Join local photography afficianados for a leisurely photo walk followed by lunch at a typical Roman trattoria. No instruction or tourism, just company. Share travel stories, photo talk and secrets of Rome over delicious local dishes. Saturdays only.
Half-day Tours: One session of your choice.
Full-day Tours: Two sessions of your choice.
Weekend Intensive: Included are all three sessions – Friday night, Saturday morning and evening – and a Photo Analysis Workshop held on Sunday morning at 10am.