Florence, Italy with Adam Marelli - May 12-17, 2014


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Why Florence

After a successful workshop in Prague last year, Leica Store Miami + Adam Marelli Workshops wanted to keep the European adventures rolling.  This year we will be hosting a workshop in Florence, Italy’s artistic mecca.  Home to the Renaissance’s most innovative creations like Filipo Brunaleshci’s Dome, Michelangelo’s David and Rosso Fiorentino’s Deposition, the city has nurtured the development of artists for over five hundred years, making it the perfect location to hone your photography skills. 

In this 5 Day workshop we will explore the city as backdrop, a muse and your own personal photographic studio.  Together, you will learn to see the connection between photography, art and architecture to understand how to apply this to your personal vision anywhere in the world. 

What’s included

  • Five days of guided shooting around our favorite location in Florence
  • A private shoot inside of the Florentine leather studios of Officine 904
  • An afternoon wine tasting outside of the city center to get a full taste of the Tuscan terroir
  • A session with professional models with one-on-one  instruction on environmental portraiture
  • Composition and lighting presentations by Adam Marelli that have been featured on B&H Photo Series, Petapixel and his upcoming Image Maker Series at the International Center for Photography
  • Technical workflow instruction for Adobe Lightroom from Leica expert David Farkas, who has almost 25 years’ experience in professional digital imaging
  • Large selection of Leica cameras and lenses to use for duration of workshop, including M (Typ 240), M Monochrom and legendary 50mm Noctilux
  • And eating and drinking at some of our favorite restaurants and cafes

What’s not included

Hotel, meals and transportation is not included. Because everyone’s needs are different, participants are free to make their own arrangements. Some might want to stay in a five star luxury hotel while others are fine with basic lodging. Florence has plenty of options that run the full gamut and we are happy to make any recommendations. We have reserved a few rooms at Hotel Palazzo Guadagni, which will be our base of operations. Please inquire as to availability if interested.

Adam’s approach

Adam's approach to photo instruction is very different from the usual photo workshop. His foundation as a painter, sculptor and craftsman add tremendously to his photography experience and his ability to teach classical composition and lighting techniques. In the one-on-one critique sessions, Adam is direct, honest and extremely constructive (and sometimes downright hilarious), getting participants to reach a new level of self-reflectance in their photography. By the end of the workshop, you'll find yourself hearing his critiques in your head as you frame prospective images. As a result, in just a week you'll approach composition and image making from a new perspective and find yourself able to easily identify your strongest photos, while avoiding past mistakes. 

Of course, you might also find yourself learning more than you ever thought possible about Renaissance art and artists, as Adam has been known to bring to bear his encyclopedic knowledge of art history when discussing photography. We might even find ourselves taking a short break from photography, visiting a museum or gallery where Adam will walk us through some of the pieces. This is not your typical photo workshop.

What to expect

If you would like to know what to expect, just read some of the testimonials from last year’s workshop in Prague:

“The workshop in Prague brought me to a new level of photographic appreciation. Your criticism based on sound artistic concepts and comparison with masters like Cartier-Bresson were particularly enlightening, opening a path to more discerning evaluation on the interaction of light, subject and technique.  Street photography and portraiture were exciting discoveries, with challenging new environment and equipment.” 

Carlos Bertoni, Prague Workshop, 2013 and he has joined the Adam Marelli One on One Program


“Adam offers participants an increased self-awareness on observation.  His approach focuses on a continuity of factors (in this case art and photography.) I found it influential not only as a photographer but also as an architect—perhaps a Renaissance approach. Something that in our contemporary lives is often ignored.” 

Arturo Rojas,  Prague Workshop 2013


Cancellation Policy

Because this workshop is limited to only eight participants and most people need to make arrangements far in advance, we'd request any cancellation to be made with 60 days’ notice. If a cancellation is made more than 60 days prior to the workshop, only a non-refundable deposit of $700 would be forfeited.  

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