Located in the very heart of Europe, the Czech Republic with its historic towns, fairytale-like castles and picturesque landscapes offers endless opportunities for photographers. Drenched in history and gifted with beautiful and rich nature this small but fascinating country is a perfect place to spend up to 10 unforgettable days honing your photographic skills while experiencing all the magic the nation has to offer.
The tour is led by Martin Bisof and Jan Miracky, the Czech Republic-based professional photographers who know all the hidden gems and places not to be missed. The small group size will ensure you are guaranteed to get the guidance you need to bring your photography to the next level.
Day 1-2 — Prague
Franz Kafka said of Prague “Prague never lets you go, this dear little mother has sharp claws” and after experiencing the unparalleled beauty of one of the most photogenic cities in the world, it is not hard to agree with him.
We will guide you through the famous landmarks as well as lead you to the hidden secrets of which there are plenty in this city of never-ending narrow cobblestone streets, historic bridges and countless churches. Prague also offers a fantastic playground for architectural photography as the city has a well-preserved mixture of numerous architectural styles, including Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and even the very rare Cubism style architecture.
We will take advantage of the early mornings to witness the magical moment of the city coming alive, and explore the possibilities of long-exposure photography on the Charles Bridge, one of the most famous bridges in all of Europe. After dark will climb to the elevated spots to capture the panoramic views of this breathtaking city.
Day 3-4 — Moravian Tuscany
With the rolling hills and undulating fields, you would think you have ended up in Italy; we have however arrived at the green paradise of South Moravia.
We will make the most out of the two days in the region by focusing on landscape photography and compositions with shapes, patterns and lines. Focusing on landscapes means a telephoto lens is your best friend here! As the best times to capture these views are sunrise and sunset, we will have time during the day to look into the post-processing of your images to make them truly stand out. After the two days, you will come off with a solid understanding of Photoshop or Lightroom workflows.
However it is not all about photography; South Moravia is the vineyard of Czech Republic, so to make the cultural experience complete, we will take part in some wine tasting.
Day 5-6 — Cesky Krumlov
A UNESCO site and a jewel in the crown of the country, the small but charming town of Cesky Krumlov is located only two hours south of Prague. The river Vltava running through the town provides a serene backbone to the hustle and bustle of the little town and once the night falls and the streets calm down, the beautiful reflections of the small stone houses on the river are ours to capture.
We will spend two days exploring the labyrinth of medieval streets and impressive open squares but also venture out of the town to experience the medieval Telc, a town famous for its well-preserved Renaissance houses, to try out some panorama skills.
After leaving Cesky Krumlov, we will make a stop at the Hluboka Castle which is undoubtedly among the most beautiful Czech castles. The cherry on top is the glorious sunset shooting location overlooking the meander of Vltava river. This hidden spot in the middle of nowhere requires a bit of a hike, but the efforts are washed away once you witness the spectacular view.
Day 7 — Kutna Hora & Sedlec Ossuary
In the medieval ages, Kutna Hora became one of the wealthiest towns in Bohemia owning thanks to its rich silver mines. Due to this page in history, the town holds numerous photographic moments, including, but certainly not limited to, magnificent interiors.
Our photo targets here include the impressive Gothic cathedral of St Barbara overlooking the river Vrchlice, the Cathedral of the Assumption whose fascinating interiors offer exciting photographic challenges and naturally the famous Sedlec Ossuary with its underground chapel that holds arranged on display the bones of around 40 000 people.
Optional Photo Tour Extension
Day 8-10 — Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland
This part of the itinerary requires moderate hiking and is an optional extension to the Czech Republic Photo Tour.
The vast national park of Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland holds everything one could dream of for magnificent landscape photography. An enchanting landscape of mysterious forests and quiet valleys, of rock formations and labyrinths, of sandstone towers and mountains, this lush reserve is a real paradise for those fascinated by the beauty of nature. We will take advantage of the sunrise and sunset hours when the long shadows cast their magical touch on the already breathtaking sceneries.
We will start by taking the waterway through the Kamenice river, enveloped by rock walls up to dizzying 150 metres of height. The reflections of the landscape on the river as well as long exposure shots will be our focus here, and as the sun sets, we will find ourself on an elevated spot with a stunning 360-degree view of the surroundings.
The symbol of Bohemian Switzerland, Pravcice Gate, requires a hike to reach but as the largest natural sandstone arch in all of Europe, it is not a sight to be missed.
Once the sun rises on the last day of the Czech photo tour, we will be capturing it at Bastei Bridge, rock formation with a bridge built into it towering nearly 200 metres above the Elbe River.
Your Photography Guides
A mist chaser and a dream catcher, Martin has been searching Prague, Czech and the world for the perfect landscape; from the depths of the rainforests of the Amazon, to the chilly peaks of the Himalayas. His connection with travel agents and magazines has helped fund his thirst for travel photography. As an international award winning photographer appearing in numerous publications worldwide, Martin insists that though his travels to over 35 countries, there is no place more spectacular than Prague.
Landscape and travel photographer, Jan Miracky, has led tours through Alaska, Czech Republic, Burma, Peru, Patagonia, Iceland and other exotic destinations. Photography and travelling have been his greatest passions for well over a decade. His heart beats faster when he finds himself emerged in the great outdoors, carrying only his camera, a tripod, and a 10-stop ND filter. He loves shooting vast landscapes in dramatic light, long-exposures, and cityscapes during blue-hour. His post-processing reflects his visions and typically features vibrant colours, depth and his emotions.
Post Processing Workshops
We understand taking the photo is only half of the battle, so we will host post-processing workshops throughout the trip to help you create images that really stand out. Our leading photographers will sit down with you to assist your selection process, Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop techniques and workflows, and developing your best images, so you showcase the best the Czech Republic has to offer.
The workshop covers a broad spectrum of photography and is guaranteed to be an unforgettable cultural experience. The trip is suitable for the photographer of all levels, from beginners, through to amateurs and right the way up to experts. The trip is organised by Inscape Photo Tours on behalf of Aperture Tours and holds the highest attention to detail that makes Aperture Tours the benchmark in Photography Tours across the globe.
- Two professional photography guides
- Seven nights accommodation in hotels (based on double room occupancy)
- All breakfasts
- Transportation in private cars
- Transfers from/to airport
- All entrance fees to photography locations
- Wine tasting in Moravian Tuscany
- Post-Processing sessions during the tour
- Airfare to/from Czech Republic
- Optional single room occupancy (supplement €400 EUR)
- Optional photo tour extension in Bohemian Switzerland – 2 Nights (supplement €450 EUR)
- Food and beverages other than breakfast
- Travel insurance
- Equipment and baggage insurance
- Visas (if applicable)
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Reviews for Jan and Martin's Previous Workshops
Taking pictures of landscape and understanding Martin and Jan’s desire to create composition in your picture was ‘eye opening’ for me. I’m truly glad I went on this trip. At the age of 72 I was able to keep up with the ‘group’ and they pushed us to have as many experiences with our camera as possible.
The entire trip felt like a bonus because we were uncertain what to expect going in. I’m pleased to say that probably every aspect of this trip exceeded our expectations. Martin is an excellent tour leader. It was apparent that he paid careful attention to all the details necessary to make the trip successful.
Martin and Jan provided amazing guidance both at location and in post-editing to help me take the best images ever. The trip was filled with adventure, laughs and thrills.