Landscape photography workshop – Derborence – May 22-23rd 2021

Landscape photography workshop

Derborence – spring, May 22-23rd 2021

You are new into photography and you want to take beautiful landscape pictures during spring season, this in a wonderful protected natural mountain environment? Then this workshop in Derborence is for you!

In a small group (max 4 participants, beginner/intermediate level), you will learn the different aspects of landscape photography. This includes planning, general settings, composition, panorama (photo merge), long exposures and basic post processing workflow. The course is given in English and/or in French, but I can deal with German for Q&A. The distances covered will be short and accessible, it is not a trek but indeed a photography workshop.

What you will learn

-How to prepare for your shoot.
-Camera and lens overview.
-Camera exposure settings for optimal imagery.
-A general environment/geographic information so you can easily understand what to shoot and what to take care about.
-How to shoot great landscape/nature images respecting the composition rules, panorama (merged images) and long exposures.
-Post-processing overview.
-Special techniques and social media tips.

Learn to take advantage of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to make your pictures stand out (smartphone viewers, please turn device in landscape mode).

What you will need

-A DSLR or mirrorless camera that can perform in Manual (M) Mode (and its user manual, if available).
-A WIDE angle lens that is at least 24mm.
-A sturdy tripod.
-Shutter release or intervalometer.
-At least 2 fully charged camera batteries and 32GBs of memory card storage.
-Laptop with access to Lightroom Classic and Photoshop (Adobe Creative Cloud – 30 day free trial at
-A headlamp.
-Warm clothes and good outdoor shoes.
-Snacks and drinks.

The minimal skills you need to participate:

Photography level - beginner to intermediate
Physical condition - walk and carry your gear
IT skills - know how to use a computer and load apps
Personality - photography, nature, apéro and humour enthousiast


Saturday, May 22nd 2021
12.30am – meet and greet in Conthey (VS), Tour Lombarde. Then moving together to Derborence.
1.30pm – introduction and theoretical part
3.30pm – landscape pictures
7.00pm – sunset photo session
8.30pm – dinner at the Refuge du Lac and discussions
11.00pm – sleep

Sunday, May 23rd 2021
5.30am – wake up, cry and go for sunrise photo session
8.30am – breakfast at the Refuge du Lac
10am – drive down to the /
10.30am – editing / post production
12am – lunch break
1pm – editing / post production
3.30pm – publication and social media tips
4pm – end of the workshop

Why taking part of my workshops?

While I’m a passionate photographer, I always enjoyed teaching and sharing my knowledge. Over the past years I’ve worked with dozens of photographers. I run my workshops the same way that I shoot personally. My goal is to guide you in creating original images while helping you to compose and imagine the final image before you hit the shutter. I also make sure that you won’t have to worry about the itinerary or safety.

These workshops are for anyone and everyone who wants to improve their photography skills. They are unique in the sense that I always stay with the group providing one-on-one instruction and critique. When I am shooting, it is with the aim of sharing ideas and thoughts as the light changes or the project evolves. You will learn about my entire process for creating powerful and dramatic images starting with where to shoot and why. We will dig into how to master composition, understand gear, light as well as image processing in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Take one of my workshops and you will come home not only with beautiful photos, but a deeper understanding for creating remarkable works of art. All the logistics will be handled, all you have to do is show up, shoot and have fun!


Pricing and conditions

Participation at this workshop costs 450.- chf. This fare includes one night in a dortoir room at the Refuge du Lac in Derborence, with dinner and breakfast. This includes an intensive course and an exclusive 2-part photography manual. The snacks, drinks and eventual insurance are at the expense of the participants.

Reservations must be made 7 days in advance. It is mandatory to pay before the course to validate the inscription (IBAN – CH95 0024 0240 2013 2329 Y; UBS; Philippe Suarez). The workshop will take place whatever the weather conditions are, except natural disaster situation, only in this case, the workshop will be postponed to a new date.

Participants of this workshop benefit from a 15% reduction on gear renting (lens, tripod, filters etc…) at the photography shop Profot SA in Renens, VD. I will provide a voucher upon reservation.

Any questions or requests, contact me :

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