Oct.1 to 12, 2020
This trip is designed for you to capture fantastic images of Chile's most amazing natural and cultural spots. If you want to improve your landscape, people, and architectural photography (and your post-processing!) while taking amazing photos in an exotic destination, this is the trip for you! You will have two professional photographers with you at all times (our local guide is a photographer too) to provide a combination of local natural and cultural history, post-processing (LR and PS), and photographic expertise as well as knowledge of Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and Fuji camera systems. Whatever and however you shoot and process, we've got your back!
Oct.1 to 12, 2020
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About the Workshop
You should arrive to and depart from Chile's Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (SCL). Our driver will be waiting to provide your private transfer to our capital city hotel.
Electrical current is 220 volts and 50 Hz, so people from North America will need an adapter. Don't worry. We'll be happy to recommend our favorites.
We strongly recommend you purchase trip insurance that includes trip cancellation and medical coverage while overseas.
Travel to Chile does not require any special vaccinations or medicines, but you should be up to date on routine vaccinations. The CDC recommends being up to date on Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations.
All of our hotels have free WIFI. We will also have cell data coverage at times.
All of our services are conducted by fully licensed travel, lodge, and transport operators. This is part of our commitment to providing a professional travel experience.
Tele zoom 100-400, 150-600
Camera body or bodies
Medium zoom lens, e.g., 24-105
Wide angle lens, e.g., 16-35
Fast wide angle lens for night scenes
Rain cover for camera
Small pack or shoulder bag for daily shooting
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Day 1, Arrival/Santiago
Arrival to Chile. Meet our representative at the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport and transfer to our hotel in the heart of Santiago. If you arrive early this day, make sure to get out and stroll around the neighborhood surrounding the hotel. The vibrant business district is a pleasant place to have a coffee or do a little shopping.
Day 2, Santiago/Patagonia
After breakfast this morning at our hotel, we head to the airport for our flight to the stunning Patagonia region and our final destination, the Torres del Paine National Park. It's a long travel day but we will have some nice rest and food stops on the way before arriving to our amazing hotel right inside the national park in the late evening.
Day 3, Patagonia
This morning we shoot the sunrise right from our hotel and then have breakfast before heading out on our first Patagonian adventure. We'll take the morning to explore another nearby lake that offers us stunning mountain views. We return to our hotel for lunch and a bit of a rest before heading out to the Torres del Paine National Park for an area that offers us great views of the soaring mountain peaks with wild guanaco as foreground elements. We can work with wide angle this afternoon but also with telephoto zooms for graphic compositions and time lapse. If we're lucky, we'll even catch a glimpse of a puma. We return to our hotel for dinner this evening and then focus on night photography of the crystal lake and mountains right from our hotel.
Day 4, Patagonia
We enjoy sunrise this morning from a a fantastic overlook right at our hotel that offers beautiful possibilities for reflections. After breakfast back at our hotel, we head out for the day, departing for another section of the park that offers beautiful views. We have lunch at a very nice restaurant right on Lake Grey and then enjoy an amazing 3 hour boat ride to shoot blue icebergs and a glacier field set below the towering peaks of the Paine. It's awesome! We enjoy dinner back at our hotel after this amazing day!
Day 5, Patagonia
We leave very early this morning for sunrise over the beautiful Laguna Amarga that offers a wonderful view of the famed Torres or Towers. We return to our lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, we will have a session on post-processing. We'll have an early dinner tonight and afterwards, head out right on the hotel grounds for sunset and night shots of the lake and the towering mountains of the national park.
Day 6, Patagonia
After an early breakfast, we check out and head toward a different part of the Patagonia experience, a sheep farming ranch. We arrive to our charming hotel right in the middle of a sheep farming village on the border with Argentina. After a light lunch at a local coffee shop, we head out for the afternoon to photograph the timeless Chilean sheep herders at work. We end the day with a great traditional Patagonian dinner back at our hotel.
Day 7, Patagonia/Chiloe
After breakfast, we check out and head to the airport to arrive in Puerto Montt, the gateway to the beautiful Chiloe island area that is full of fantastic landscape and cultural photo opportunities. After landing, we take the ferry to the island and arrive to our hotel in the city of Castro in the early evening with time to check in and enjoy a relaxing dinner. Along the way to Castro we will stop for photography of local houses and churches. Our goal on Chiloe island is to focus on our photography as a way of storytelling, highlighting the relationship between people, land, and sea in this unique corner of the world.
Day 8, Chiloe
This morning we photographs of palafitos (the iconic stilted fisherman houses) with morning light. This is something you cannot miss. We have to check the tides but has to be with high tide. In the afternoon, we visit the local village of Chonchi, home to charming churches built by Jesuit missionaries in the 17th century. We enjoy a classic island lunch at Chonchi and photographs of their costanera (full of boats and old houses). We return to our hotel the late afternoon with time to photograph the village houses at blue hour before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 9, Chiloe
Today we have another chance to photograph the stilted houses with reflections in the morning light. Afterward, we photograph the local church in Castro and then visit the nearby village of Dalcahue to meet the “carpintero de rivera,” the people who build their own big fishing boats by hand. We can photograph the process as part of our storytelling effort. After lunch at the local market, we cross a channel to photograph a picturesque seaside church in the small village of Achao. We return in early evening to our hotel for dinner and night photography of “palafitos”.
Day 10, Chiloe/Puerto Montt
Today we check out and head up the island toward Puerto Montt, stopping for a special treat, the island's typical dish of meat, seafood, and vegetables cooked in a pit with hot rocks and local Chilean rhubarb leaves. We'll also enjoy a lesson on how the local people dye wool using local herbs and other natural ingredients. We continue on and arrive to our city hotel in late afternoon with time to photograph the city at blue hour. Dinner is not included this day so that you can eat as much or as little as you'd like and explore the local restaurants.
Day 11, Valparaiso
After breakfast this morning we fly from Puerto Montt back to Santiago and then drive about one hour to the very cool port city of Valparaiso. With a colonial vibe mixed with a modern port and a European Bohemian sensibility, Valparaiso is a great place for street photography. We'll spend the afternoon roaming the streets with our cameras before setting up at our favorite secret spot for a blue hour shot of the city. We enjoy a nice dinner back at our hotel.
Day 12, Valparaiso/Airport
We take the early morning for breakfast and bit more street photography in the narrow cobblestone streets right outside our hotel. We then check out and head back toward Santiago and our flights home but not without one last surprise – a farewell lunch at our favorite Chilean winery. The food is delicious, and we can do some photography right on the winery grounds. What a way to end our trip!
Lodging as specified in DBL occupancy
Meals as specified (One drink per meal)
Coffee/tea/snacks while in the field shooting
Transportation w/private driver in spacious air-conditioned tour bus
Private transfers from airport to Santiago hotel on Day 1
Professional, full-time photo instruction from your leader Keith and our local guides
Entrances and fees for all described activities
Taxes for all specified services
Itinerary does not include
Dinner and lunch the first day, dinner on Days 10 and 12
Alcoholic Drinks except during certain scheduled meals
Non-mealtime snacks and drinks
Single room supplement - $TBD
Booking a tour with us is easy!
1. Register for your tour using the form at the end of each workshop page.
4. Send us your traveler info form.
2. Send us your reserve deposit.
5. We will send you your final invoice.
3. Book your international air travel.
6. We´ll send you everything you need to know before you hop on the plane!