My exclusive 7-day photography tour includes everything from the breath-taking views and photography opportunities up at Gergeti Trinity Church to a ride on Stalin’s death coffins in Chiatura. As the original date was so popular and we are staying in Tbilisi all Summer, we have added this second set of Spring dates.
(Anybody not wishing to pay the full amount please contact me to pay a £400 deposit)
AN AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHY DESTINATION
WITH STUNNING FORMER SOVIET ARCHITECTURE
Georgia is an exciting destination for photography, offering beautiful landscapes and stunning but dated architecture with food that caters to all tastes and pallets. This trip is also a great opportunity to improve your photography (I will be on hand to answer any questions along the way), explore your creativity and at the same time discover this amazing country.
I only work with experienced & knowledgeable drivers to provide transport to each of our photography locations and this is included and provided alongside all overnight accommodation. I take care of all the bookings, so you can relax and take in our stunning surroundings as well as focus on your photography.
The tour also comes complete with a trip into Tbilisi to photograph many relics from a by-gone era, before we complete the 2 days there in no better way, but to eat & drink - as I team up with a local host to provide a “wine & food” extravaganza in the nation’s capital.
A photography tour with a difference, with these new dates.
The city of Tbilisi has always stood out with its unique streets, buildings and mix of architecture, due to the blend of different cultures. The exterior of the city has changed over time due to the country being in a constant state of transition. We explore what the capital has to offer from both a photographic and a hospitality standpoint.
Gergeti Trinity Church
It's definitely one of Georgia's most iconic images (seen above right). The Georgians seem to have a knack for building churches in spectacular locations, and at 2200 metres above sea level and backed by one of the highest peaks in the Caucasus Mountains, this is probably the most spectacular of them all.
START TO TAKE PORTFOLIO STANDARD PHOTOGRAPHS
My Photography adventure tours are aimed at any level of photographer who is looking to improve their photography and meet like minded people. Either beginners looking to understand the basics and improve, through to advanced photographers looking to find some great locations or rekindle their enthusiasm and inspiration. The key aim of our time together is to have fun and enjoy being outdoors whilst leaving inspired to take photos that will enter your own photography portfolio.
I have organised and run photography tours for a number of years both personally and with friends but after leaving a job as an events organiser in early 2018 after 7 long years, it seems like the perfect fit that I should now be running photography tours and experiences for others.
During our week long adventure, I will talk you through what I use as the key elements to producing great image:
Post Processing techniques
As we wander through the streets of Tbilisi, or the abandoned town of Tskaltubo - I will also chat to you about the technical aspects of photography. Helping you understand your camera and settings whilst keeping it simple. I also help each day with the technical aspects, of course depending on your requirements.
The typical areas that we discuss will be the exposure triangle of f-stop, ISO and shutter speed, but also I can help with:
Composition and how to find unique angles
Understanding light and how it can impact on the mood of the image
The key technical elements, demystifying the often overwhelming array of camera settings (focus, exposure, histogram, lenses, tripod, and of course filters)
Dedicated time to slow down and think more carefully about taking fewer but better quality images
How to visualise an image
WORKSHOP KEY FEATURES
Apart from an amazing time we will have hunting out some great images whilst taking in a tour route that I have designed from the ground up. We seek out a mix of interiors and architecture as well as iconic Georgian locations. But here are a few of the other key features and benefits that the workshop will provide:
Small group size. Maximum of 5 people
Transport provided throughout Georgia over the 7 days (inc. collection from Airport)
7 nights accommodation inclusive - in apartments or hotels that I have personally vetted
(this includes the night of arrival from the airport and 6 nights during the tour, Monday - Saturday inclusive)
All evening meals included - at restaurants recommend by locals (Check the welcome pack for exclusions)
7 days workshop guidance with myself James Kerwin
Spring offers the balance of some time in the evening vs great amount of shoot time
Help with lightroom / post processing on some evenings
A moderate pace that works for everyone
Prize for image of the week
A photography clinic during the week
1 on 1 sessions
Tbilisi “Food & Wine tour” included on our last night in Tbilisi
4 day tour extension available to the region of Mestia - Check details HERE.
AN Itinerary of LOCATIONS
I wanted to build an itinerary* that would show the best of Georgia in a short time. I wanted to show you the two extremes of this beautiful country. We mix interior and architecture photography locations in with historic exteriors and locations on this comprehensive adventure.
Here are a few of the possible examples (a more comprehensive guide shall be sent in the welcome pack):
Chronicle of Georgia
Saint Nino Monument
Saburtalo Skybridge apartments
Ananuri Fortress Complex
A soviet car graveyard
The interiors of the former sanatorium town of Tskaltubo
The Georgia-Russia Friendship Monument
An abandoned mansion
The hidden architecture of Tbilisi
Abandoned & Hidden Soviet Architecture in Georgia
*Note: The itinerary in Georgia is not set in stone and can change based on environmental variables.
A FULL 7 DAY SCHEDULE IS INCLUDED IN THE WELCOME PACK
“Single supplements” withdrawn - rooms to yourself where needed
2 Nights in Tskaltubo
1 night near Kobuleti (The Dead Sea)
1 night in Zestafoni
1 night in Kazbegi
2 nights in Tbilisi
WHAT SHOULD I BRING ALONG?
Late Winter/Early Spring clothing - it could be raining at points.
Camera (obviously) and spare batteries as they will soon run flat
Sturdy Tripod as it is likely to be windy at some point
Filters if you have them (but not necessary)
Manual for camera
HOW DO I GET THERE?
With flights landing in Kutaisi, Georgia on the following days via Wizz Air:
From the UK – Thursday & Sunday
Prague – Tuesday & Saturday
Paris – Tuesday & Saturday
Berlin & Dortmund – Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Milan – Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Regardless of which flight you arrive on, you will be greeted by James & a local driver to take you to your local apartment/hotel in Kutaisi, where you will check in.
THE ADVENTURE TOUR EXCLUDES:
Any personal expenses
Lunch or additional snacks
International air tickets
Visa fees (if applicable)
Photography equipment, although some hire can be arranged through James in advance.
FULL OPTIONAL 4 DAY TOUR ADD ON
Head with us to the beautiful Mestia region of Georgia for days 8-11 .
(An optional 4 days)
Extend the 7 tour as we venture into the Ushguli and Mestia areas of North-West Georgia.
Transport in a 4x4 vehicle.
This would be a full four-day photography retreat add-on with 6 hours of driving either side to the region.
Breakfast & Dinner included.
Accommodation in one apartment.
This add on continues from the 7-day package, with a vehicle change in Kutaisi.