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Asturias Photography Workshop


Spain Seascapes Workshop – Asturias | Cantabrica | Basque

5th – 11th Sep 2017 | 11th – 19th Sep 2017 | 10th – 18th Mar 2018 – Full

22nd – 30th Sep 2018 – Available – Max 3 Participants

Spain makes up a significant part of SW Europe and is a country rich in diverse landscapes. One most commonly thinks of arid Mediterranean scrub, sandstone cliffs and azure blue seas, or mile upon mile of sandy beaches. In fact, much of Spain is quite temperate, with a cool, wet climate, with large accumulations of snow on the mountain ranges.

We lived in the northern province of Asturias for a year while I was preparing images for my Night Photography ebook, but have extended our exploration to include the whole northern Spanish coast. What really typifies this area for me is it’s diversity. Great contrasts in geology create a coastline rich in change and feel, with many rock types making the surface and shoreline. The coves are secluded and hard to find with only a few of them sign posted. Exploring this coast is a long term commitment.

Each time we visit we are struck by the quietness and simplicity of the lifestyle. There is a very laid-back feel, but at the same time a tidiness that speaks volumes to the sense of pride the locals have for their region. Certainly a place to relax and enjoy the peace, quiet and tranquility, while at the dame time immersing ones self in a rich and dynamic landscape.
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22nd – 30th September 2018 – 8 Days

Euro €2600 | USD $3000 – Only for couples or Friends book 2 places / sharing a double or twin room

Euro €3050 | USD $3500 – Single Occupancy With en suite

Accommodations | all Meals | Ground Transport | Pick up & Drop off at Bilbao International Airport | Photography Tuition in the field, post-processing using Lightroom & photoshop

Workshop starts 3pm on the first day and ends 11am on the last day

Flight to Spain | Travel/Personal/Equipment/Medical Insurance | Beverage

Fitness Level

You should be comfortable walking with your camera bag and tripod over uneven rocky ground and standing in the sea doing photography. There are 3 photography locations we need to hike uphill for 15 – 30 minutes on the way back from photography. Daily Schedule will based on weather condition and tide.
Spain Seascapes Workshop
During January 2016 I attended Alister and Juanli’s Isle of Skye / Torridon Workshop. Based on the location and the workshop’s description I expected to hone my composition and post-processing skills with images gathered from some beautifully unique landscapes. The workshop well-exceeded my expectations; it was great!

Alister and Juanli are superb hosts. Their goal is to see to it that clients get what they came for, but it really goes beyond that. They take the time to talk with their clients, to learn about them, what their aspirations are in the realm of photography and what they want to do to move closer to that realization. I knew what I came to the workshop for and I got it in spades but most importantly, I left with much more than that. With Alister and Juanli’s patient and insightful guidance and encouragement I have a new found sense how to make my photography a purposeful expression of my artistic vision. To put it another way: I not only got what I wanted, I got what I needed.

The small client group size allowed for the daily itineraries to the flexible based on everyone’s interests. When shooting conditions were favourable we were out-and-about from sun-up to sun-down. On the few days where “gale” pretty much sums it up we worked on post-processing with an aim to creating compelling images that reflect our personal intent when we pushed the shutter button. The rented accommodations were quiet and comfortable and the food, thanks to Chef Juanli, was excellent.

I highly recommend landscape photographers of any level to check-out Alister and Juanli’s workshops. You’ll have lots of fun, you’ll find fulfilment and you’ll be a better photographer for it.

John Smeeton, Calgary, Canada

Spain Seascape Workshop Booking Form

You need to be comfortable shooting beside sea, sometimes standing in the water or walk on wet rock surfaces; there are 3 beaches we need to hike for over 20 minutes ( steps or rough dirt road )

Packing List

Booking Process

Complete Booking Form |  Deposit GBP £700 or USD $1000 to reserve your place | Arrange logistics and packing list | Balance due 90 days prior to the Tour

Itinerary and Guideline 

Workshop starts at 3pm on the arrival day and ends 11am on the departure day.

3 Beaches need 20 – 30 minutes of hill hiking to reach, other 7 – 9 beaches are easy 5 – 10 minutes walking. Sometimes we will be walking on rocks near the shoreline.

Alister Benn & Juanli Sun by the sea
Bilbao Guggenheim Museum

If you arrive Bilbao one or a few days prior to the workshop, you can visit Bilbao Guggenheim Museum