Under the Light of Tuscany
October 14 - 22, 2017

Imagine being surrounded by vineyards and out-of-the-way scenes from classic Italy. Imagine yourself in a place where patina and Tuscan sunlight join to create the original magic hour . . .






Pienza, Tuscany, Italy

Class Size
10 participants

Craig Varjabedian


Activity Level - Intermediate
You should be prepared to carry your own gear and be capable of walking and light hiking on varied terrain.

Please telephone 505/983.2934 to register [more]

No-interest payment plans available: Please inquire.




Imagine yourself on an enchanting journey, with unique photographic opportunities and guidance from award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian. You'll amaze yourself with the lifelong memories and images you create as you unleash your potential in this intimate group setting. We will work with you closely photographing the people and places that make Tuscany so extraordinary. No matter what your level of photographic skill, you will find something to enrich your experience and take you further on your photographic journey. We will be joined by guide David Walthall who will share his passion for Tuscany with us and help reveal the stories of this ancient land and its people.

Our focus for the workshop and tour will be the fabled Val d'Orcia region of Tuscany, one of the most beautiful places on earth. The scenery and architecture inspired Renaissance painters, and have been the setting for the film The English Patient and, more recently, Under the Tuscan Sun. The Val d'Orcia is a UNESCO World Heritage site. A sampling of what we will explore and photograph: Monte Oliveto Abbey, the Crete Senesi area, La Foce, Siena, the Capella Vitaleta, medieval hillside villages, ancient stone ruins, undulating hills of wheat, seas of yellow sunflowers.

We will stay in Pienza at a quaint four star hotel with a restaurant. Trip and travel insurance is highly recommended.

You'll spend time challenging yourself and improving your image-making abilities. On field shoots, you will receive one-on-one instruction and attention as needed while you work with your camera, with emphasis on encouraging you to think more deeply about how you create photographs.

You should be prepared to carry your own gear and be capable of walking and light hiking on sandy beaches and somewhat rocky terrain. You should have a good understanding of your digital camera in order to get the most out of this workshop.

Lots of enthusiasm for making pictures. Your digital camera with lenses, a tripod, filters, and a laptop computer to download your images during the workshop. You will need to have Lightroom installed on your laptop computer and have a basic understanding of the software. You need to know how to use auto bracketing on your camera. (We will provide a detailed list of necessary gear before the workshop begins.)

Our workshops are for photographers in good health. Workshops require that you have the ability to carry your camera gear while hiking and/or walking over different terrains. Please contact our studio if you have any questions/concerns about your capabilities/fitness in regards to the workshop.

All transportation in Tuscany, photographic instruction/guiding, breakfasts, one group dinner and lodging. Single supplement available. Please call our studio for further information.



Craig Varjabedian, the founder and main instructor at Eloquent Light, is an award-winning photographer who explores the back roads of the American West, making pictures of the land and the people who live on it, telling stories. . . one photograph at a time.

David Walthall is a native of Mobile, Alabama and has lived, studied, and worked in Italy for the past 20 years. He has a master's degree in Italian Studies from the University of Florence. His interests include Tuscan folk music, teaching, cooking, sustainability, and exploring. He is currently a professor of English at the University of Siena.


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