Discover Cuba Photo Workshop 2017
Join me for a photo adventure of a lifetime to the incredible island nation of Cuba. Located in the heart of the Carribean, Cuba is an island paradise that has eluded many US based travelers over the years. It is here that you will find a large variety of unique and engaging photo experiences that are nearly impossible to come by in any other country. From the classic cars of Havana to capturing the mountainous region of Vinales to walking the cobble stone streets of the Trinidad (a world UNESCO site)…Cuba is truly a photographers paradise. With the recent US Government changes to the VISA process for US citizens, my team is here to help you secure your VISA so that you can join this incredible adventure.
December 1st – 8th 2017
When it comes to travel destinations, Cuba is currently one of the most popular countries for travel photographers worldwide. While the local landscapes are beautiful, it is the Cuban people that make the country so unique. Throughout our time in Cuba, you will find plenty of opportunities to talk with and engage with Cubans (we will help translate as necessary) as we explore all that the country has to offer. On this trip of a lifetime, we will spend our time traveling between three main cities: Havana, Vinales, and Trinidad. While Havana offers incredible opportunities to photograph classic cars, city skylines and the amazing people that call it home, Vinales takes us into a mountainous region of Cuba where we will dedicate some of our time to the tobacco farms and farmers that inhabit the valleys. Last but not least, we have the picturesque city of Trinidad. With its colorful buildings, cobblestone streets and proximity to a variety of amazing experiences with some Cuban cowboys.
Throughout our time in Cuba, we will be staying at local Casas rather than the government run hotels. This not only provides us with a much more intimate experience as we interact and engage with local families each day, but it is one of the few ways where we can make sure that the money we spend in Cuba goes to the families that need it. Also, while your workshop tuition covers Breakfasts and Dinners, there will be times when you have free time to explore during the middle of the day, where you will then be responsible for purchasing your lunches.
At the end of the day, Cuba is one of the safest and most photogenic countries in the world, and I look forward to having you join us for an incredible island adventure that you will never forget!
What is Included?
All Ground Transportation
From the moment you land to the moment the trip ends, you will be covered
While in Cuba, all casa home stays are included
All Group Meals
All group meals are included in your tuition, including Breakfast, Dinner and some Lunches
All Local Guides
Any necessary permits to enter certain locations or areas will be secured well in advance
What is Not Included?
Your flights to and from Chile are not covered with your tuition for this workshop
Meals will often be on the go as we chase light throughout Iceland. You will be responsible for your own food
All fees for entering or leaving Cuba are not covered with your tuition
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Meet Your Instructors & Guides
Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator and author based out of Boulder, Colorado. Specializing in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography, his photographic portfolio spans the four corners of the globe. Not too long after picking up his first digital camera in 2006, Colby was leading workshops for National Geographic in South America, further spurring his love for both travel and photo education. In 2011, he founded The Giving Lens, an organization that blends photo education with support for various non-governmental organizations (NGO) and causes around the world, such as child education, clean drinking water projects, and women’s rights.
Lifelong action sports enthusiast Rene Lecour founded the skateboard charity Amigo Skate Cuba was a family project with his wife and son in 2009. Since their inaugural visit Rene has traveled to Cuba over 45 times and their small family mission has turns into an international movement which has donated several tons of skateboards, music instruments and art supply’s to children across Cuba. The group also partner with other like minded individuals to host free skateboarding safety classes, art instruction, skateboard competitions, yoga clinics, photography instruction, concerts, and all types of events to promote peace and international brotherhood between our two nations.
one of the best investments
Attending a couple of Colby Brown’s recent workshops has been one of the best investments of time and money that I have made in photography. When shooting with Colby I have always learned many new things. These lessons may apply to the act of taking pictures, or be related to processing and publishing… or even the business of photography. Either way, they are always valuable.
Lofoten Islands, Norway Fenruary 2016
I had the pleasure of going with Colby to the Lofoten Islands, Norway in February 2016. I greatly benefited from Colby’s extensive knowledge and his willingness to answer any photography question from mechanics to style and the realities of the business. Lofoten’s geography, coupled with the change-up weather, offered just about every opportunity one could think of for landscape photography and learning in different situations. I thoroughly enjoyed the unstructured “chase the light” nature of the workshop and the fact that Colby is available to answer questions when they come up. Colby leads by example and reinforced the simple professional …
Great for Photographers of all levels!
Do not be intimidated to sign up for a photo workshop because you’re not an experienced photographer! Colby does an outstanding job of simplifying and teaching concepts, and is more than willing to spend ample time working with you personally. I came in having very little photography background and I learned more than I could of imagined. Not to mention, Colby is very welcoming and easy to get along with. This was my first experience with photography workshops and it will certainly not be my last. Thanks again for an incredible experience!
Cancelation & Refund Policy
No one wants to miss out on a trip of a life time...but things do happen. In those situations, the following applies...
All cancellations are subject to a minimum of a $150 service charge. In addition, if you cancel and your spot is otherwise filled, you will be refunded the full amount you have paid (minus the $150 service charge). However if you cancel and your spot is not filled, the following fee schedule applies: