Madeira Landscape Photography
Tour & Workshop
Join me for a photographic holiday adventure around the beautiful and diverse volcanic island of Madeira: The Hawaii of Europe
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- Photograph many of the highlights of Madeira
- Daily tuition from a professional photographer
- Daily photo reviews and critique
- 4 star hotel incl. breakfast, all local transport and pickup
- Social time with other like minded photographers
- Some free time to do your own thing if needed
- Experienced travel and landscape photographer, knows the best spots to shoot
Our workshop is for you if…
- You’re an amateur photographer of any ability who wants to improve your technical and creative skills
- You’re an advanced or Pro photographer looking to expand your portfolio with new and different images
- You’re a competitive camera club member and looking to create amazing winning images
- You want to spend a week with like minded photographers
• Pre-scouted & proven • Iconic & inspiring locations
• You will create an amazing set of photos to be proud of whilst improving your photo skills
What makes this such a great Madeira photography workshop?
Often named the Hawaii of Europe, Spring is a fantastic season to photograph the volcanic magnificence of the Madeiran island landscape. The days are normally warm and dry but the cool nights can bring morning mist in the mountains. The golden sunrises and sunsets spread out across wide expanses of land, sky and sea. A lush green and rugged mountain landscape, sea stacks, light houses, forests of eucalyptus trees, waterfalls, misty woodlands, clear emerald seas, spring flowers, and mottled sunlight racing across the mountain landscape can be breath taking… Creating beautiful images ripe for our cameras. Whilst most of the island is green and lush, the eastern peninsular is dry and barren with high cliffs and often high waves crashing over the rugged seascape.
From our base in São Vicente we’ll explore in all directions and discover some of the most beautiful locations in Madeira.
Our days can be long and full, starting before sunrise and ending after sunset so we can take full advantage of the best light of the day. There isn’t a fixed daily itinerary for this tour as we take each day as it comes in terms of the weather and light and choose locations accordingly. Our locations can include Pico Ruivo, Porto Moniz, Janela, Ponta do Pargo Light house, Ponta do Bode, São Lourenco, Furna, Guindaste, Fanal Forest, Pico Areeiro, Seixal and more that aren’t on the usual tours. Expect to visit some locations several times. We don’t rush around the island, we take time to create the best images.
Madeira has also been heavily featured by numerous YouTube photographers such as Nigel Danson, Elizabeth Gadd, Thomas Heaton, and Michael Shainblum, etc. So you can be sure the island has some amazing locations. In addition, the island is currently the dramatic background for the latest Star Wars film “The Acolyte”.
Spring Flowers and the Flower Festival
This Spring trip has been timed when the spring flowers should be at their peak and also when the island’s famous Flower Festival is on. See photos below.
The mountains of Madeira have little light pollution and what is there is often shielded by the hills. The cool nights can bring clear skies, making astrophotography fairly easy. To be clear, I’m not an astro expert and this is not an astro workshop, but those that are interested, this is a perfect compliment to the daytime landscapes.
This is not a drone workshop, but you are welcome to bring your drone for photography use. The rugged landscape can offer a very diverse imagery and a drone can give you an alternaive view or access that is not easy by foot. Please ensure you are experienced with drone flying and you have the required training, etc.
Before taking any photos we will look at how the landscape presents itself, how the weather and light sits and how it may move and change. We’ll consider the best framing and how to experiment with different ideas and view points, picking out different elements of the landscape and using them to best effect. We are on hand at all times to offer help and advice about composition and technique to help you get the very best from every location.
There will be occasional downtime during the day with the flexibility to either rest or do your own thing, or discuss image critique, editing and feedback. I can talk photography all day!
Our trips are structured for photographers of all photo abilities; For those that are beginners or want additional help, we provide assistance, evaluation and guidance throughout from an experienced landscape and travel photographer. For experienced photographers, you have the benefit of joining a workshop with a guide with excellent local knowledge. We want photographers of all abilities to leave the workshop with an amazing array of quality images to be proud of.
Transport during the workshop is in a spacious comfortable air-conditioned people carrier.
Extras included: Wine tour and tasting, plus a walking tour of old Funchal
The islands of Madeira have a long winemaking history, dating back to the end of the 15th century and of course give its name to the famous fortified wine. Today vineyards cover the low mountains of the north of the island where Madeira is noted for its unique winemaking process, but also produces many other wines. We will spend time touring and tasting the wines from the island.
The old town of Funchal has a rich history and we will learn more on a walking tour which includes the famous door art. Both tours are included in the trip cost. See some of the door art below.
End of workshop photo review
On the last afternoon or evening of the trip we will have a photo review. Everyone brings around 4 or 5 edited images to show the group. We can then offer joint feed back and editing advice. I appreciate not everyone may bring laptops for editing, so SOOC images are also fine.
Access to Private Members Facebook group
We also have a private Facebook group where members can join and post images for feedback and I answer questions and give help and advice.
Your 4 star hotel accommodation in Madeira
Our hotel is located in the Laurissilva Forest – a World Heritage Site – above São Vicente. A wonderful 150 year old inn-style country house, with comfortable en-suite rooms, private balcony, many with amazing views across the valley. Cooked and continental breakfast is included. The hotel also has a cellar bar with billiards and open fire, restaurant, spa, sauna, hot tub, gym, terraces, free wifi and swimming pool. The location has been choosen as its perfect for reaching all the best locations with minimal travel.
All rooms are for single occupancy. We offer £120 per person discount to couples or 2 people sharing a room.
Madeira Landscape Photography
The dramatic Maderian landscape offers many opportunities for amazing landscape photography. Here’s a few examples of images from previous visits. The rough seas can produce some superb opporuities to freeze the craching waves, back lit by the rising sun, and for stunning long exposure to blur waves. We have sets of ND filters and holders for you to borrow during the workshop if needed.
Madeira Fanal Forest Photography
The Fanal Forest at 1150m above sea level is simply incredible. Often called the “Reserve of Rest and Silence” by the Madeira Natural Park, the flora, the mist, the light, the trees, all change very rapidly. No two visits produce the same images, often revealing serene, mystical and magical images.
Madeira Spring Flowers & Flower Festival
Spring finds Madeira covered in wild flowers and our workshop has been timed when the flowers should be at their peak, plus we travel during the Funchal Flower Festival.