Early bird price £1,247 / Regular price £1,647 – secure your place with a deposit of £497
Price includes: 5 nights accommodation in a private room, daily breakfast, a welcome dinner and farewell lunch plus all tuition
This retreat is all about propelling you forward with your photography. And it’s not just about what you struggle with – it’s also about taking all the things that you are fantastic at in photography, and getting better and better and better.
After all, we shouldn’t spend our entire life just working on our weaknesses – our strengths deserve attention too so that we can get better at things that we are naturally brilliant at.
I will be using your photography – and photo needs – as the touch point for my teachings.
I will look at your images and talk to you before we go, and design sessions with each of you in mind.
I am also so excited that this year I have added printing workshops to the program.
Most photographers I meet stop don’t print their photos – leaving their images on their computer or hard drives for years. This is heart-breaking!
I will run sessions on printing to help you bring your photos to life. We will get your images print ready and then print them together.
You’ll send up with a beautifully printed collection of photos to take home with you.
What will you gain from this workshop?
I will take 6 people out of their comfort zone and onto a deeply inspiring creative journey.
We will build on your strengths, develop your personal style.
We will also figure out what is holding you back – and then work on learning those skills that you need to gain total creative freedom.
I will detail what you need to learn, and how you personally need to develop your photography practise.
For some people it will be getting fully to grips with their camera so they can release creative control.
For others it will be releasing their creativity, their ability to be present, to just be.
And many variations in between.
I will design the sessions based on the people coming.
Using your photography as a starting point – I will designing sessions that will draw on the broad needs of the group for these sessions.
I will use my work as an artist to demonstrate certain lessons as well as extensively using your images and experiences – so you have continuous feedback from both myself and the group.
This year will be a collection of fresh sessions based on you – here are sample sessions we have done in the past three years:
- Explore the magical evening light of Arles as night comes shooting at high ISO without a tripod
- Phototalk – In depth examination of light and its qualities – do you really “see” light?
- The colour of emotion – presentation on the use of colour in photography
- Basic daylight exposures (BDE) – Learning to shoot without a light meter – rely only on this easy formula and help develop your eye for light contrast and ratios
- Advanced composition skills – Anthony will teach you how he creates his images using the rules of composition and when to not use them
- Phototalk – Exploring how to be an observer – to be present and mindful as a photographer, and how this helps your images.
These elements will provide the framework of the retreat:
- 1-2-1 session with me before the workshop so we can look at your images and design a plan of what you want to achieve in your 6 days with me
- Group image reviews – there will be many reviews together – and you’ll see how we can all go to the same places and create completely unique images. Great stuff!
- Daily visits to some of the 35 world class photo exhibitions at the festival – where we will discuss, critique and draw lessons and inspiration from the photographers
- Daily in-depth technical and advanced creative sessions
- Daily shooting – the light here is gorgeous! We will shoot at dawn, at night and at various points in between. I will show you how to get the very best images you can – wherever you are and whatever the light
- A shooting day out in the Camargue Natural Park around Arles, which is stunning
- Processing – We will do lots of processing together, and I will share my techniques and approach to processing like an artist
- Printing – We will work together getting your photos print ready + then printing them together. You will have a collection of beautiful prints to take home.
I want you to use these 6 days to totally and completely immerse yourself in your photography and the inspiration all around us in the town.
To enjoy the company of other passionate photographers – and the wonderful food and wine of Provence.
It will be relaxing, fun, challenging and inspirational all at once.
You’ll return home totally fired up, feeling confident in your skills and excited for your next creative journey.
For those of you who love the medium of photography and are looking for the next step – this is it.
Send us an email if you would like to book on to this retreat – firstname.lastname@example.org
Or if you are ready to book – go ahead and check out the details below and book here on this page.
Arles in summer is literally photography-soaked. I will take you to see many of the photo exhibitions, which are dotted all over the city in really cool venues, and examine photos along the way – it is an exploration into the ideas and techniques of great photographers. Not to be missed!
We will have so much inspiration coming in from both the location, the other photographers in the group plus all of these photography shows, amazing!
My friend has a beautiful B&B in Arles in the south of France which we will be taking over at the end of August. It’s an amazing town, home of the famous photography festival (35 world class exhibits in amazing locations, warehouses to Roman buildings). Summer here is total photo-lovers paradise.
I have now held 3 retreats here and they were amazing. Arles is an incredible city where Van Gogh painted his famous works, so you will know that the light here is sublime.
This is for you if you want to immerse yourself in creative photography and develop your technical and creative skills.
We will have the B&B to ourselves, so there will be lots of opportunities for both my teaching, sharing our skills and having a great fun time.
There are 35 photo exhibits there. Plenty of photo- inspired experiences. It’ll be a total photo immersion experience.
- Kitchen facilities within or close to the room
- Self-catering except for breakfast
- Delicious continental breakfast
- Large private rooms/studios with bathrooms
Workshop fee excludes: travel to Arles, meals and drinks not mentioned and entry to the photography exhibitions (a pass for all the shows is usually around 36 euros).
Workshop start time / end time
The workshop will start at 1pm on Saturday 24th August with an introduction.
The workshop will end on Thursday 29th after the farewell lunch (approx. 2.30pm)
Getting to Arles
Lonely Planet says….Roman treasures, sultry stone squares and a festive atmosphere that crescendos during bullfights makes Arles a seductive stepping stone into the Camargue. And if its colourful sun-baked houses evoke a sense of déjà vu, it’s because you’ve seen them already on a Van Gogh canvas.
Arles’ Saturday market is one of the best in Europe. Read more here.
Here are the rooms at Mia Casa! Amazing!!!
Here’s some feedback past workshop clients:
“I had a really good time doing a private tuition day with Anthony and can thoroughly recommend it to anyone else who might be considering. What impressed me most about Anthony’s work was that while it is in a way easy to take a fantastic photo when you have a great scene before you, Anthony manages to make amazing photos out of the most ordinary places around London, and when I compared his offering to the other Photography Workshops that are advertised, his photos are clearly a step above the competition. “ Tom
“His teaching is easy to understand, laid back and humorous. Anyone can do this and be a better photographer as a result.” Harmen
“After Paris and Venice, London was my third workshop with Anthony. Extremely helpful to learn with him how to master your camera and the light. Anthony is not only an excellent professional who give good advice and tips, but also a great guy. To follow him around cities at dawn and shooting a lot of pictures is an unforgetable experience. Worth the trip!” Catherine
“Anthony also inspired me to look at photographic composition in a different way (manipulating angles, exploring reflections, managing too many subjects in the same frame)” Veda
“Istanbul is a fascinating and photogenic city and Anthony Epes’ photography workshop “Cities at Dawn” was the perfect vehicle for a solo female traveller, like myself, to discover a city in a non-touristic and yet safe way. The photography tuition was professional, unpretentious and “tailored”. I greatly appreciated that Anthony allowed me the space to both photograph and observe at my own pace whilst deftly encouraging me to venture out from the comfort zones of auto setting, telephoto lens’, cliched subjects and even daylight!” Rachel
“I learnt a lot on the course, particularly around seeing images in everyday things, composition, and how to recognise and use interesting light to improve my photos. I think that before I did the course I was in some ways in a bit of a photo rut, for instance settling for aperture priority and auto white balance; this course got me out of that and gave me some new inspiration.” Steve
“Anthony is a great instructor, who puts you at ease, offers good, understandable advice and is good company. I had done a photography course before, yet in the space of a couple of hours he made me understand some basics which i had missed in a very logical way.” Tripadvisor review
“It rekindled my photographic interest having slobbed out with my mobile phone camera for too long.” Wild Auk
“Anthony is a talented photographer who is also a very good teacher. He is excellent at giving you feedback on your composition and tips on using your photo gear. “ Danilo