Explore Your Creative Spirit In Prague
A photographic experience with Richard Martin and Jan Miřacký
"Richard Martin’s intelligent and caring workshop philosophy is based on a great deal of experience, both as participant and instructor. The creativity of his vision, images, and teaching is inspiring."
Photo Tour Itinerary
Explore The Vibrant City
Prague (Praha in Czech) was the ancient capital of Charles IV's Bohemian Kingdom, and has played a pivotal role in the development of Central Europe since the Middle Ages. Its epic history has produced a vibrant city of stunning buildings and lovely old squares, and as a result, Prague is one of the world's most beautiful cities today.
In 1992 the historical centre of Prague, all 866 hectares, was listed in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Register. Prague has a compact city centre. From Prague Castle on one side of the city centre to Wenceslas Square on the other is just a 25 minute stroll (walking through the Lesser Town, across Charles Bridge and through the Old Town).
Play With Light & Shadow
The purpose of this photo tour is to offer an intensive learning experience for a small group of passionate photographers who want to live, learn and photograph with Richard Martin and Jan Miřacký. The overall format includes a balance of early morning, day and evening field trips to a variety of scenic locations. Richard and Jan will accompany participants every day to give suggestions and advice on working with natural light, composition, colour and shadow.
Images Copyright © 2016 by Jan Miřacký.
What Our Participants Say
“My photography journey has benefitted tremendously from Richard's generosity in sharing his creative vision and skill, which combined with his love of humour and fun makes learning a cinch.”
– Alice Yen Yong
“Richard Martin, along with Freeman Patterson liberated my generation of Canadian photographers from the rule-bound shackles of camera club tradition.”
– Larry Monczka
“The reason I travel with Richard as often as possible is because I know I will be inspired, I know I will be pushed to see differently, I know I will be challenged creatively and I know I will laugh… a lot.”
– Sally Harris
“It was great to have the opportunity to travel with Richard and see his exceptional eye for color, shape and texture in action. He has a wonderful gift.”
– Jim Graham
“[Richard] is truly a born teacher, always available to participants, and I always go home not only having had a good time but feeling that I have grown creatively.”
– Mary Macey Butler
“What impresses me is that how [Richard] "sees." There were times on the trips that he saw pictures in the midst of chaos. He is very approachable, has a great sense of humour and just plain good company both while photographing or socializing. He takes photography and teaching to another level that I have not seen from other professionals.”
– Gene Morita
Meet Your Teachers
A good instructor should have the ability to move people – connecting them with their emotions. Reinforcing to participants the fact that fine images are made with their hearts and souls not their thousand-dollar lens.
Qualities That Make A Good Instructor
Some of the qualities which contribute to a good instructor include:
- Instructors should be deeply committed to the process of making images, while possessing honesty and integrity in their own work.
- They should encourage individual ways of seeing and expressing, and should NEVER impose their own views on students.
- One who enjoys sharing their knowledge, without ego! – this aspect is very important. One who is always accessible to participants, being available for assistance, and dividing time fairly between students.
- One who can guide participants on a voyage of personal rediscovery, opening up doors and helping students reflect on the special qualities that dwell within them.
What You'll Learn
Tuesday, October 11th – Thursday, October 20th, 2016
Day 1: Tuesday, October 11th
Arrive in Prague and transfer from the airport to our hotel. This day is primarily to arrive and settle in from your overnight flight. If time allows in the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing photo walk focused on street photography, and during the blue hour, visit the famous view of the bridges over the river at Letna park. (Sunset today is at 6:19pm). If participants decide to rest instead, we will have the opportunity to repeat this walk during the week. The group will have dinner together and discuss the plans for the days ahead.
Day 2: Wednesday, October 12th
This morning visit the Prague Castle area with viewpoints of Prague and its magnificent architecture. Visit Strahov monastery with its stunning library and monastery brewery. (Sunrise: 7:20am).
Afternoon and evening photography outing with Jan and Richard, including Jewish Cemetery: details, B&W photography, Old Town Square: street photography, architecture, and candid portraits. Visit to the Old Town Square Tower with aerial views of the city centre (ideal for panoramic photography, and working with telephoto lenses to isolate various aspects of the city skyline). Walk across Manes bridge to Hergetova cihelna with swans (long-exposure photography).
Charles bridge (night photography, light-painting). Discussion about the images made during the day at the hotel.
Day 3: Thursday, October 13th
Sunrise: 7:22am, Sunset: 6:15pm
Morning photography outing with Jan and Richard, including sunrise at Charles Bridge, street photography around narrow alleys in Kampa area, practicing daylight long-exposure photography and panoramas, creative use of slower shutter speeds at John Lennon's Wall (graffiti wall).
Afternoon and evening photo walk along the riverside, including long-exposure photography, street photography, cityscapes, Vyšehrad castle and cemetery. Shooting the river from railway bridge with the view of the castle, Frank Gehry’s ‘The Dancing House’, or Fred and Ginger, the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building on the Rašínovo nábřeží, National Theatre and other sights from the Shooter's Island. Charles bridge tower with a view of the Prague Castle at night.
Day 4: Friday, October 14th
Today is our first day trip departing at 9:00am and returning at 5:00pm. Visit Sedlec Ossuary, a bone church decorated with over 40,000 bones and skulls. Working with details, learn how to separate subjects, experiment with depth of field, practicing making images in low-light without flash and tripod, Afternoon walk around the city center of Kutná hora. Return to Prague at 5:00pm.
Evening presentation/course (Lightroom, travel photography, etc.) or meeting with some Czech photographers and discussion over a pint of beer (possibly with a data-projector and a screen and showcasing our shots from Prague or elsewhere).
Day 5: Saturday, October 15th
Sunrise: 7:25am Sunset: 6:10pm
Enjoy a relaxing morning with free time on your own to return and explore your favourite area or just relax and restore.
Street photography in the afternoon and the possibility of working with abandoned buildings.
Day 6: Sunday, October 16th
Today will be our second day trip, as we travel to Gothic castle Karlštejn, departing at 9:00am and returning at 4:00pm. This high gothic castle was founded in 1348 by Czech King and Roman Emperor. Karlstejn Castle is located about an hours drive south west of Prague. An opportunity for architecture and landscape photography.
Day 7: Monday, October 17th
Today we have two options for field trips and the group may decide between the Prague Zoo (Prague Zoo was rated in top 5 world's best) or a photo assignment to be determined the day before.
Evening presentation of pictures from the recent days.
Day 8: Tuesday, October 18th
Sunrise: 7:30am, Sunset: 6:04pm
Today will be our third day trip as we travel to Kokořínsko or Křivoklátsko, departing at 9:00am and returning at 5:00pm. This field trip with favour landscape photography. Both destinations feature old castles.
Day 9: Wednesday, October 19th
Enjoy a relaxing morning with free time on your own to return and explore your favourite area or simply get some shopping in. In the afternoon visit Petřín tower with view of Prague Castle to make images of city with a telephoto lenses.
Optional shooting time lapse photography with evening course on editing time lapse photography.
Day 10: Thursday, October 20th
Today we depart for airport for return flight home.
Enrolment for tour is limited to 10 participants.
Our tour itinerary has been designed specifically for serious photographers, to ensure that more concentrated time is spent in the most photogenic areas. In addition to individual attention in the field, time will be spent reviewing participants work while learning digital workflow and visual design. Instruction is kept flexible to accommodate a changing itinerary and varying skill levels of the participants, and to allow for spontaneous photographic opportunities.
The overall format includes a balance of early morning, day and evening field trips to a variety of scenic locations.
There will be an opportunity for informal review of work throughout the trip, from a technical, compositional and aesthetic point of view. There will also be free time to allow for personal exploration.
The tour begins on Tuesday, October 11th and concludes the morning of Thursday, October 20th.
Prague Photo Tour Pricing
- 9 nights accommodation including all taxes and fees.
- Breakfast daily.
- 3 Day Trips outside Prague.
- Photographic Instruction and feedback.
- Any airfare, departure & airport taxes and fees, passport and visa services & fees.
- Baggage, equipment, medical and cancellation insurance.
- Beverages with meals, meals other than mentioned above, tips and gratuities.
- Tips to drivers, guides and escorts, any tour or transportation services.
- Tips to porterage and maid service.
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, taxi, excess baggage etc.
- Travel insurance and optional tours, etc.
- Transportation to and from the airport and transportation outside the scope of the organized tour event.
All Prague images Copyright © 2016 by Jan Miřacký. Used by permission of Jan Miřacký to illustrate the tour.
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