NEW CUBA-HAVANA intense Photo Tour
My Beyond the Bounds of Havana photo tour will take you through some of the most exciting places in this exceptional city and introduce you to several behind-the-scenes experiences: from a real local religion (Voodoo) Santería practice , to staged photo sessions with professional ballerinas in outstanding locations. only to name a few of the photographic opportunities you will witness.
This is not a standard program. Being a professional travel photographer, totally fluent in Spanish (bilingual in fact) and having visited Cuba for the last 8 years I design and lead the Tour which is entirely organized and run by a licensed travel agent that cares for all non-photographic issues.
You will benefit immensely during the active photo sessions. Not only will you get the opportunity to shoot parts of Havana that regular tourists never get to see, but we will work on how to enhance your personal skill development: from how best to approach the subjects, to which techniques to use.
Photo sessions and photographic encounters have been carefully studied. This is a specially elaborated photographic itinerary in order to reach the most interesting places and experiences.
All the pictures bellow have been taken during our photo tour!
HOW MUCH FREE TIME FOR PHOTOGRAPHY?
We have a planed schedule basically oriented towards providing more photographic opportunities, but anyone is free to adhere to it or not providing that the “people to people” program minimum required activities are met.
We stay in the center of the cities, perfectly placed at walking distances to very interesting photo locations.
The group is small. I speak fluently Spanish and we bring with us a very reliable Spanish-English guide and, -should the circumstance require it- an additional photographic assistant.
We will rarely be taking pictures as a group, as a maximum of two photographers will be working together with their subjects. I suggest taking pictures individually and then get together to enjoy and discuss while getting photographic advice and instruction. It’s a one to one tuition, were I personally address (with more or less success, I imagine) all questions that concerns the photographer and concentrate in supporting the photographic opportunities or spotting the photographic weaknesses that I discover ..
Story telling, is my main area of work and I take my photographers to different areas and locations were I know that we have more opportunities. Part of the activity is a “training” on how to get in close contact with people and get a better possibilities and opportunities of a picture with soul..
Added to the daily street photography and candid work, we will have an authentic Voodoo session (Santeria), photo sessions with dancers , shoe makers working, barbers at their place, Havana cigars manufacturers…
This Photo Tour can be, at the same time an intense photo trip or a light workshop. This depending very much on the type of photographer you are and how do you want the experience to be. Photographers enjoy freedom. If you want to be on your own, we set a next meeting point at a certain time and place. ¡Et voila! In any case, this is not a 100% photo workshop nor an assignment: there is time left for personal work and/or activity should the traveler require it.
My international photographic itineraries are 85% photographically focused. This is not to say that we are taking pictures 85% of our time :-).
We do of course allow free time for everyone , nice lunches and dinners but my photo expeditions are oriented towards interesting photographic opportunities and photographic culture, always related to people, their lives and way of living.
The vast majority of Cuba People to People programs are specially rigid as they have to keep up with a series of limitations that have been established by both Cuban and US authorities. Most of the Photo People to People published programs you will reach on the web are 90% touristic/cultural and 10% photographic. Travel agents finally design their programs in order to satisfy 90% of their non photographic customers… I am much concerned with the remaining 10% who are photographically oriented.
A Testimonial (here you can read more testimonials) :
” Two weeks after our arrival in the states, we are just now coming down from what was probably one of the best trips of our lives. As professionals in the photography business, we went into this experience open-minded and ready to explore. Harry’s energy and commitment not only matched ours, but exceeded it.
You would think that a photographer who has been to a country numerous times would somehow let the cumulative effect of all his knowledge make him a complacent and a “dial it in” kind of leader. Harry was the very opposite. His energy and enthusiasm was infectious. His knowledge and compassion combined with his ability to adapt made our trip incredible. His thirst for humanity and ability to highlight what we would normally walk past, was phenomenal and for two people who are no strangers to the profession of street shooting, we learned and we grew immensely.
Harry takes your hand when you want him to, and he will step to the side when you are ready to soar. He is an ally, a confidant and a true teacher. “
Ami And Chris Riess (www.riesshill.com Santa Monica, California)
You do not need to be a photographer to enjoy this tour, photographers and travelers of all ages and experience come with us. You only need to be reasonably fit as we will be enjoying photographic walks.
An archipelago of islands located in the northern Caribbean Sea, Cuba is an intoxicating mix of sights, sounds and traditions. Its colorful history makes Cuba what it is today – a melting pot of European, African and Caribbean cultures that combine to create a unique locale. There is no better way to get to know the real Cuba than a visit to its vibrant capital city, Havana. With our dedicated guided photo tour, not only will you discover the Havana that you have always dreamed of, but also a city that is home to over 2 million inhabitants, each with a story to tell.
So, are you prepared to discover the wonders of Cuba from behind the camera? This real life workshop is guaranteed to show you the true face of Cuba – be it the preserved colonial architecture, the natural beauty of the countryside or the smiles of the locals as they go about their business – and is an experience to savor.
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