Photography Experience for beginners

We offers a variety of ways to improve the photography skills for beginner photographers interested in improving their knowledge, with a special dive in the culture and tradition of one Italian region full of history.
Take your camera on the road on a photography expedition, discovering its potential in stunning destinations.
Designed for beginner photographers and for all who like to take the best pictures in their travel experiences, this course join the theory of basic photography that you need to know, with class lessons, with excursions created for practice, each itinerary is adapted to make the most of photographic opportunities. We Plan excursions to take advantage of the best light, arrange special photo shoots, and linger in picturesque spots to capture the essence of the place. Whether you’re passionate in portraits, street photography or landscape photography, you’ll learn techniques from a photographer who is passionate and expert about travel and their trade

In the classroom you will learn the basics required to move off AUTO and get dramatically better photos. To really get creative control over your photos you need some basic photography principles – it’s not ‘rocket science’ but it is Essential. This course will get you into the creative modes of your camera and on the road to amazing photos.

The lectures are held in the morning, while excursions and meetings with local people are generally held in the afternoon.

 After completing the course will receive a certificate of attendance and level of the cooperative Arenacea, training institution accredited by the Region Basilicata.

   Accommodation and meals

Irsina old town

Typical houses of the old town of Irsina

Course participants are housed in typical houses of the old town, interacting with the country and its people, discovering the history, art, culture, environment, food and wine.

Breakfast and lunch are included in the price and are held in the bright dining room or outdoors on the terrace of the roof garden of the convent. In the evening you can dine in the convent for € 15.00 including wine or one of the restaurants in the country.



San Francesco Cloister

The Cloister, Internal view of San Francesco convent

San Francesco convent Irsina

High view of the San Francesco convent in Irsina

The course takes place in the charming former convent of St. Francis of Irsina, houses the Archaeological Museum Janora. The building is a convent of the XVI century, situated in a panoramic position in the hear


CLASSROOM (10hours)
• DLRS Essential, how works one camera
• Composition
• Exposition:
o Aperture
o Shutterspeed
• Focus:
o Focussing basics
o Dept of field
• Postproduction

This beginners dslr photography course is aimed at total beginners who own a dslr camera and want to unpack some of its amazing potential. Participants will learn how to operate their cameras in manual mode, make correct exposures and understand the basics like aperture, shutter speed and ISO and how to fix mistakes and give an artistic touch with postproduction.

• Excursion in the old town of Irsina
• Excursion to Dolomiti
• Excursion to Sassi of Matera, Unesco Location
• Excursion by choice of the group in one of the characteristic villages around Irsina

Kinds of photography that you will practice:
Landscape, ambient, street art, portrait, sunset.


You need a DSLR reflex or a compact camera with ability to set ISO, aperture and shutterspeed in manual mode, may be useful but not necessary to have a tripod and different lenses with you.

Photographer/ Teacher of the course:

Saverio Grippo

Expert graphic designer, since 2002 works with graphics and photo editing, combining his work with the passion to travel, he specialized in travel photographs, creating reportages in different places of Italy, Europe, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. You can find his latest works on:


Sunset in Irsina

Sunset in Irsina in summer time

Arrive in Irsina

Walking through the streets of Irsina

Walking through the streets of Irsina

Summer sky

Summer sky in Irsina Countryside


Morning: lesson in class
Lunch in San Francesco convent
Afternoon: 17.00 – Photosession in the old town of Irsina
Evening: Free


Palmenti of Pietragalla

Morning: lesson in class
Afternoon: Guided tour of Palmenti in Pietragalla
Evening: free


View on Castelmezzamo


Excursion: Visit Pietrapertosa – Castelmezzano, You can enjoy the “Flight of the Angel

Lunch: “Al becco della civetta” second best restaurant in Italy

Sassi of Matera

View on Sassi of Matera

Morning: lesson in class
Afternoon: Visit of the Sassi of Matera
Evening: Free dinner in Matera


Irsina old town


Morning: lesson in class

Afternoon: Excursion to discover countryside and hidden places of Irsina

Evening: presentation of certificates and greeting of the Tourism of the City of Irsina.

Landscape Irsina

Landscape view from Irsina




Date of the courses

From 14 to 20 May
From 11 to 17 Jun
From 12 to 18 Jul
From 07 to 13 Aug
From 18 to 24 Sep

* the courses will be held after reaching the minimum number of 5 participants
* In case of an already made group, is possible to book different dates

The cost of the course is:    € 715.00

For the partners of participants who don’t want to follow the lessons in the classroom:     € 495.00

If the course don’t reach the minimum number of 5 people, the participant subscribed can still participate (on his choice) asking a taiolor-made offer,  or with the following prices:

1 Person: 990
1 Couple/2 people: 770€ x person

The costs include:

  • 20h of course structured in this way:
    10h. in classroom + 5 photo-excursion of minimum 2h each.
  • Transfer from/to the airport of Bari
  • Travel cost of excursions
  • Accommodation in houses of the old town with Half Board service

Prices do not include:

  • Plane ticket
  • Dinners out of the convent
  • Lunch or dinner while hiking
  • Entrances to museums