Slovenia photography workshops

Ian Middleton Photography - Slovenia Photography Workshops

4 days

Easy - Moderate

Small Groups

Improve your photography skills
in the fascinating alpine region of Slovenia

My Slovenia photography workshops and tours offer you the chance to improve your photography skills in a fun and relaxing environment while capturing beautiful images of lakes and mountains in this captivating little country.

photography workshops in the beautiful alpine region of Slovenia

Join me, Ian Middleton, on one of my Slovenia photography workshops in the stunning alpine region of this amazing country. We’ll visit two beautiful glacial lakes: Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, and travel through stunning alpine valleys and mountain vistas, visit waterfalls, rapids and gorges. We’ll photograph lovely castles and churches, on lakes, beside lakes and on hilltops, all with magnificent backdrops.

We will be based at Lake Bled. The workshop schedule is flexible and tailored to the individual booking. You’ll need to book your own accommodation for at least 3 nights, but I can help with recommendations.

Autumn & Spring in Slovenia

All my Slovenia photography workshops are timed for the autumn and spring, During these times the colours in Slovenia are incredible and on my photography workshops you can photograph beautiful mountains and gorgeous autumnal colours or the myriad of greens in spring. We’ll visit Vintgar Gorge and learn how to photograph fast flowing water effects, and, weather permitting, can also take the cable car up to Vogel Mountain to photograph the Bohinj Valley and Julian Alps from a stunning viewpoint.

These workshops might include early mornings in order to catch the dawn and sunrise.

WORKSHOP INFO

Workshop type

Private workshops (1 person)

Small group workshop (4 people)

AVAILABLE AS

4 Days / 3 Nights

dates

A landscape photographer's paradise

Stunning mountain scenes

Our photography tour will take in a variety of great locations such as this view of Jamnik Church with the beautiful conical-shaped Storžič mountain in the backdrop. 

This classic view is best photographed at sunrise, and at certain times of the year you can capture the sun rising right over the mountain peak itself.

Beautiful landscapes

The little church of Saint Thomas may not seem like much, but when viewed from this particular location it takes on a whole new look.

Looking out from this viewpoint you get an amazing panoramic view across the Selska Valley to the Kamnik Alps and the Karavanke Alps.

Magical Lake Bled

Lake Bled is the fairytale of Slovenia. It’s a magical place with breathtaking views from all around. The island church and medieval hilltop castle are all backed by the marvelous Karavanke Alps looking from the western side, and the Julian Alps looking from the eastern side. It can be photographed at both sunrise, especially in the mist, or sunset.

We will be based right here and you can shoot this lake from a variety of viewpoints. Maybe even extend your stay and do some more photography after the workshop ends.

Alpine Lake Bohinj

Wedged into a gorgeous alpine valley in the heart of the Triglav National Park, Lake Bohinj is the jewel in the heart of Alpine Slovenia.

Sitting serenely in its picturesque setting framed by the glorious Julian Alps, it is the largest permanent lake in Slovenia.

Like Bled, Lake Bohinj looks stunning in the early morning mist as it burns away to reveal the mountainous backdrop.

Waterfalls & Rapids

Alpine Slovenia is packed with waterfalls, lakes and raging rivers. The karst limestone rocks filtrate the water and channel it not only via rivers but also through subterranean tunnels which often burst out of rockfaces to produce stunning waterfalls such as this.

Peričnik Waterfall is a dual cascade with the upper part being the smallest (16 metres) and lower part, as seen in the photo, the largest (52 metres).

Other falls and rapids include Savica Waterfall, the source of Lake Bohinj, and Vintgar Gorge.

Alpine Plateaus

As we drive between locations you won’t fail to notice these interesting wooden features known as Kozolec (wooden racks for drying hay).

In particular the village of Srednja Vas on the Pokljuka Plateau contains some of the most interesting, including double racks all with lovely mountain backdrops.

Autumn & Spring in Slovenia

All my Slovenia photography workshops are timed for the autumn and spring. During these times the colours in Slovenia are incredible and you can photograph beautiful mountains and gorgeous autumnal colours or the myriad of greens in spring.

These workshops include early mornings in order to catch the dawn and sunrise.

My workshops are ideal for people looking to photograph the incredible beauty this diverse little country has to offer, but also learn and improve your photographic skills and eye.

  • Excellent photographer, great at spotting the smaller details that make an great picture even better and is very passionate about what he does. Ian is also a great teacher – after spending a half day workshop with him I have taken away many tips and techniques that will stay with me for a very long time. Ian was very patient and explained everything in good detail

    Alex Taylor Avatar Alex Taylor
    August 16, 2016
  • positive review  I am a solo female traveller who enjoys landscape photography as a hobby and because this was my first trip abroad on my own I decided to book a one to one workshop with Ian, not just for the tuition but also to enable me to photograph in areas I would not otherwise have been able to get to and Ian also provided Hotel pick up and drop off. I attended the workshop on 23/10/2019 around Lake Bohinj in Slovenia. The workshop was originally planned for a Sunrise, however due to Ian’s knowledge he informed me the day before that storms were forecast for early morning, therefore recommended we changed to an 11.30am pickup instead and then stay out later for Sunset and the Blue Hour. When we arrived at Lake Bohinj, Ian took me a walk around various possible composition points and he was very informative in what to look for in a composition and how to research where the best light will be depending on the time of day. He gave me details of Apps he recommended for accurate weather forecasts and to advise on where the sun would rise and set etc. Although the heavy storms had passed, the sky remained very grey and cloudy most of the day, therefore Ian took me to two lakeside locations and a beautiful waterfall quite high up in the mountains where we could make the most of the moody conditions. Unfortunately the cloudy weather did not improve enough for me to photograph a Sunset, however Ian took me to a spot where I was able to photograph in the Blue Hour that follows Sunset which was a new experience for me and I learnt such a lot. Throughout the day Ian allowed me to set up my own compositions and then would advise on focal point, aperture, ISO etc. and if filters could improve the exposure depending on the light. He also gave advice on long exposures, when and when not to try them depending on the movement of the clouds and water and also how to reduce the exposure time by changing other settings on the camera. Ian’s method of teaching is excellent and he answered all my questions in an easy to understand way. Ian is a very friendly and easy to talk to guy and his expertise in landscape photography is evident. I would not hesitate to book another workshop with him.

    Lynn McIlhone Avatar Lynn McIlhone
    August 26, 2019

All transport on workshop days

All tuition and guidance

Free ebook guide to photography

Accommodation

Flights

Lunch and Dinner

Travel insurance
(Guests must ensure they have their own travel insurance)

DSLR users ideally (but some advanced compact or bridge SLRs may suit. Contact me to discuss whether your camera is suitable or not). This is especially useful for compact users whose camera is not advanced enough for the beginners workshop. Instead, you can come here and learn how to get the best from your camera.

This workshop involves a fair bit of walking on grassy terrain which could likely be wet and muddy. Good sturdy, water resistant boots are advised.

 

Camera (Obviously)

Tripod.

Remote shutter release cable.

Spare batteries.

Raincover (or umbrella).

Polarising filter

Neutral density filter

ND grad filters

Head or hand torch
(for working, and getting back to the car in the dark)

(If coming from the UK I recommend Easyjet which flies direct from Gatwick and Luton to Ljubljana. Other nearby airports are Trieste in Italy or Venice. (Otherwise contact me for advice)

We will be based at Lake Bled. Bled is a 20-minute drive from the airport, or a 30-minute drive from Ljubljana. From Ljubljana or  the airport I recommend you take the Go-Opti shuttle. Use this code to get a 5 euro discount on your first booking: RFLIBK8ABCQA

In autumn or spring the days will be quite chilly, but the mornings and evenings colder, so warm clothes. Ideally layers that can remove or put on as we’ll either be shooting before sunrise or after sunset, in the dark, when it will be colder. You will also need a raincoat. In spring the daytime can be warm, but mornings and evenings still chilly.

 

Group bookings are available on request.
Contact me for more info

If you are interested in this workshop then you can book online if a date is available or enquire via the contact form below. Or book and pay online using one of the links above.

If you don’t book online then once a booking is agreed you will be sent an invoice for payment, a deposit is payable upon booking and the balance is due at least 8 weeks before the workshop date, unless otherwise agreed or booking was made closer to the date. Payment can be made by bank transfer, paypal.

If your workshop is cancelled for any reason by me then a full refund will be given, or you will have the chance to join another group. Should you cancel for any reason after payment has been made then a full refund will be given up to one week before the workshop date, but after that a full refund will only be given if I have a minimum of three people on the date of your booking.

Full terms & conditions here.

detailed ebook

I know how hard it can be to try and scribble down notes at any kind of lesson or workshop, so to this end I have created a detailed ebook that is totally free.

Upcoming Slovenia Photography Workshops

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Private Tours

If you are interested in booking a private tour for an individual or small group, or have a question about an upcoming workshop, then please use the contact form here to let me know your requirements.