Photography Master Class: Capturing the Alsace, France - Landscape and Urban Photography Workshop
Adresse : 4 Rue d'Unterlinden, Colmar, France
Début : 28-04-2013 Fin : 02-05-2013
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Join Imagine Your World on a 5-day landscape and urban photography Master Class in the Alsace geared towards intermediate to advanced levels. The workshop will offer a chance to capture breathtaking landscapes and urban images. Our goal is to provide ample opportunities to shoot in challenging lighting conditions while applying a range of filters, including graduate, polarizing and 10 stop neutral density filters. We will use bracketing to capture images for later HDR processing. Guidance and hands-on instructions will be available throughout the workshop.

Located on France's eastern border with Germany, the Alsace is famous for its picturesque villages, churches and castles. Historic towns like Colmar, Ammerschwihr, Kaysersberg, Kienzheim, Niedermorschwihr, and Riquewihr line up on the Alsatian Wine Route, reminding visitors of fairy tales told decades ago.

The town squares, cobble stone streets, and houses found in the cities offer a truly unique chance to capture a remarkable architecture dating back centuries, and indulge in culinary delights not offered anywhere else on earth. Vineyards founded during the Romans Empire continue to produce some of the most noted dry Rieslings and aromatic Gewürztraminers in the world, along with excellent Rieslings and Pinot Noirs.

Participants will capture many of the area’s features at the best times of day. We will spend every moment of good light photographing in the field. When conditions are less perfect, we will discuss post-processing and new techniques to get the most out of RAW files using modern image processing software. This experience is truly not to be missed!

This workshop will begin in Colmar, the "Capital of Alsatian Wine." The town is known for its well preserved old quarter, numerous architectural landmarks and museums. The building style showcases eight centuries of Germanic and French influence and their respective expression. Located on the eastern edge of the Vosges Mountains, Colmar has a sunny microclimate and is the second driest city in France, with an annual precipitation of only 550 mm.

The following topics will be covered during this 5-day hands-on workshop

  • Rise and shine - the next sunrise or sunset is coming;

  • Shooting the stars - night time photography;

  • Don’t freeze the moment - long exposure photography;

  • High contrast - getting it right in camera with ND grad filters;

  • The right gear - pack light to survive your next expedition.

Bring your gear

You will need a DSLR camera with a set of lenses from wide angel to macro to telephoto to get the most out of this workshop. Night photography requires a fast (f1.8 or better) lens. A good tripod and a remote shutter release are must-have accessories. A head lamp (or at least a small, powerful flashlight) and a backpack are highly recommended.

Be prepared

Getting to the best spot will often take some hiking. You should be comfortable walking for prolonged periods of time with your photo gear, water and food on cobble stone streets and nature trails over the course of the day, occasionally with some elevation gains or drops. You will enjoy the tour best if you bring well fitted, broken in shoes and clothing that can protect you and your gear from the elements. Some energy bars and water will help you to get through the day.

Lodging, Meals & Directions

Lodging, meals, snacks, transportation, and entrance fees are not included in this workshop. The area features many hotels and restaurants from simple bed and breakfast to four-star lodging with half board included. Please consult with your travel agent to find the best fit. We recommend staying in Colmar, the third-largest city of the Alsace region.


Reservations are required for all tours.


The price for the 5-day Master Class is US-$1,840 per person.

Meeting Point

We will meet on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at 10.00 A.M. local time in front of the Colmar Tourist Office, 4 rue Unterlinden, 68000 Colmar, France.


Bernd is an award-winning photographer whose career spans more than 30 years. While working as a full-time journalist and on assignments, images and articles appeared in many national and international publications in Germany and Western Europe.

Bernd has a passion for documentary and landscape photography. He leads expeditions and tours in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. and conducts photography workshops and seminars from beginner to Master Class. He is fluent in German and English. While German will be the language of choice during this tour, advice will be available in English if needed.

Client cancellation

If you decide to cancel your trip, the following fees apply and are due at the time we receive written notice of your cancellation.

91 or more days   $25
61 to 90 days   $400
46 to 60 days  50 percent of trip cost
0 to 45 days 100 percent of trip cost

Travel insurance

We strongly recommend buying travel insurance for this tour. If you have to cancel the trip because of illness, injury or death of yourself or an immediate family member, travel or cancellation insurance usually protects all deposits and payments you have made, including third party fees for both air and land cost. Please ask your travel or insurance agent for advice.

Imagine Your World cancellation

Imagine Your World reserves the right to cancel or change all or portions of a trip for force majeure or any other circumstances beyond our control. If we have to cancel a tour for reasons beyond our control, full or partial refunds, if any, will be at Imagine Your World’s sole discretion. We also reserve the right to cancel a trip if signups are inadequate to make the tour economically feasible. If we have to cancel a trip due to inadequate signups, we offer a full refund of the fee paid to Imagine Your World. However, we are not responsible for any additional expenses, without limitation, such as non-refundable air tickets, transportation or accommodation, incurred by you for preparing for the trip.

Refunds for services not used

Imagine Your World does not offer refunds for unused hotel rooms, meals, trek arrangements, and other services offered during the tour. The price is quoted as a package; credits are not given for services not used.

Legal Limitations/Independent Contractors

Imagine Your World may use independent contractors to provide guide services and other services during a tour. We assume no responsibility, however caused, for injury, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service provided by an independent contractor or resulting directly from acts of God, force majeure, theft, civil disturbances, strikes, foreign or domestic government restrictions and/or regulations, and failure to arrive or depart as scheduled. By signing up for any tour or expedition offered by Imagine Your World, client thereby agrees to be bound by the above terms and conditions.


Client hereby indemnifies and holds Imagine Your World, its subsidiaries, affiliates, successors, assigns, directors, officers, agents, employees, service providers, and suppliers harmless against any and all liabilities, claims, and expenses, including reasonable attorney fees, arising from client's participation in any expedition, tour, workshop or seminar.


Participants are solely responsible for obtaining model, property, and other releases in connection with any of the expeditions, tours, workshops or seminars, if needed, unless specifically stated herein.

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