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Romania Photography Holiday - Winter Landscape Photography and New Year Bear Caroling Festival

£1,399 Exact 2023/24 Dates TBC

This five day Romania photography holiday offers the opportunity to learn travel, documentary and landscape photography while visiting some of Romania’s most photogenic locations and fascinating traditions including the unique Comanesti New Year Bear Festival, the stunning snow-covered Carpathian Mountains and some of the most breathtaking fortified churches of Transylvania.

Learn how to produce captivating portraits while documenting the intriguing tradition of locals dancing in real bear skin costumes. Get to grips with winter landscape photography as you explore the stunning scenery around Bran Castle. What better way can there be to see in the New Year than learning to photograph fireworks as they fill the sky above Brasov Town Square on New Years Eve, and then exploring Viscri on New Year’s day? Viscri’s 500 year old fortified church (a UNESCO site) looks simply surreal in winter, and the village is known for being one of the best places to photograph and learn about rural life in Romania.

When we are not out and about, I will provide feedback on photos taken during the day, as well as offering tutorials on editing, lightroom, organisation and output of images.

This Romania photography holiday is all about getting out there and taking LOTS of photos, practising and experimenting with newly learned techniques, tips and tricks in front of exciting subjects. By the end of the trip, you will feel confident about both technical and creative aspects of photography. You will further your photographic eye, develop a proactive photography mindset, allowing you to capture eye-catching and emotive photographs when traveling in the future.

Romania is a beautiful country with kind and fascinating people. The combination of local culture at the Bear Festival and Viscri combined with the beautiful Romanian countryside and medieval architecture will ensure you return with an exciting and varied portfolio of images.

You can explore more of my favourite photos of Romania here.

Transylvania, Romania
5 days
8 people max.
Beginner to Advanced
  • Learn landscape photography at sunrise in the snow-covered Carpathian Mountains.
  • Capture intimate portraits as we get to know some of the local bear dancers.
  • Visit Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle) and capture it’s mystery in the middle of the forest, dwarfed by the surrounding snow-capped mountains.
  • Master blue hour and night photography in the Medieval Historical Centre of Brasov.
  • Photograph and visit the traditional Saxon village of Viscri, and it’s UNESCO listed 500 year old Fortified Church. Look through your morning’s photos over a tasty traditional lunch.
  • Learn editing techniques to put your own style and finishing touches to your images.
  • Get to grips with using lightroom to organise, edit and output your finished photographs.
  • The unknown. As we drive around Transylvania, we will make unplanned stops as we find interesting subjects and scenes; think portrait photography as we get to know a shepherd and landscape photography as we photograph frosty farmland.

Romania is the perfect location for a photography holiday because of the variety of subjects on offer, which we cover in just a few days. The Carpathian Mountains and Transylvanian landscape at dawn are envy-inducing locations to master landscape photography. Witnessing Comanesti Bear Festival is a truly unique experience that will be engrained in your memory for years to come. There are fascinating portraits to be taken and festivities to capture in every direction you look.

Meet your Photography Guide

Matthew is a London-based travel, landscape and wildlife photographer who's work has been recognised in Travel Photography of the Year on numerous occasions. He absolutely loves sharing his passion and to date has taught over 500 people on his workshops and photography holidays. Whether leading tours, shooting assignments or working on personal projects, he loves nothing more than getting out there and exploring the world with camera in hand and is excited to help you do the same!

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