Cuba Photography Workshop in Havana&Trinidad


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About this activity

Cuba is a country of contrasts, colors, and culture.

Experience and photograph the real Cuba in an exiting photography workshop. Enjoy Cuba’s vibrant culture and improve your photography skills at the same time during this 8-day photography workshop and photo tour in Havana and Trinidad.

The workshop is fully focused around photography. We’ll be taking you to the most inspiring places, making use of the best light of the day. You can expect to have some incredible portrait, street, and cultural photographic opportunities.

Throughout the trip, Joerg will be there to offer guidance and advice. Since we’ll be traveling in a small group, you’ll receive personal tutoring, which ensures that it’s suitable for your level. You can expect to learn how to manage light, how to compose compelling and complex pictures, how to interact with people if you’re keen on taking their portrait. Joerg will explain his photographic vision and help you find their own. We’ll be out shooting every day, and during the evenings there are opportunities to revise and analyze your images.

Joerg has been traveling to Cuba for many years, and thanks to his personal connections, you can expect to meet Cuban photographers, visit people in their homes, get various tours, like visiting a tobacco company, or a modern dance company, or view a live art performance. You’ll get a chance to experience the real Cuba, and to document it through photography.

Calle 23 in Vedado

Barr 10 Cent

Havana Centro


Calle Neptuno

Delivery man


Girl at home


About your Mentor
In my 35-year career I have developed from fashion photography to scenic advertising photography to portrait and documentary photography. For years I specialized in studio photography and working with artificial lights. From the poses of the model in fashion to large staged group scenes, I have now come to a strong portrait photography full of character and intimate closeness. 10 years ago I began to travel to Cuba and got involved in street photography and urban landscapes. In this 10 years visiting and living in Havana, I became an intimate expert on Cuba and Havana. In my photography workshop I like to pass on the rich photographic repertoire, I have accumulated over my career, with working in the field and lectures on a mindful photographic approach to connect photography and mind, expanding and deepening your vision. Come and get inspired. Show the world through your eyes.

Requirements and material
The photo workshop is open to all levels. We require all attending photographers to bring their own cameras (and 1-2 lenses) plus support gear (memory cards, extra batteries, charger, card reader, external hard drive, power adapter, small photo bag, pocket torch, lightweight tripod) We also encourage you to bring your laptop to download your images for review & positive criticism and to edit the images in the postproduction process.

PART 1 · 12:00 − 18:00
Day 8 - Say goodbye to Cuba – for now
Check-out of our Havana hotel
Transfer to José Martí International Airport in Havana for flights home

PART 2 · 09:30 − 18:00
Day 7 - Photo review / Selecting and editing with Lightroom & Photoshop
We’ll leave for Havana in the morning.

After we returned to our casa and we review in the group your photos from the trip and do the final selection and editing with Lightroom & Photoshop.

In the late afternoon we wrap up the masterclass and meet again in the evening for our farewell dinner.

PART 3 · 08:30 − 19:00
Day 6 - Trinidad and Playa Ancon / Make light the subject of your photograph.
Light is not tangible and yet it has a body, a sound. Hear the light. The light takes over telling, but what does it say to you?Yes, it has to be measured - that's easy - but exposure values ​​do not tell you anything about the "psychology of light". To fully understand this, you have to recognise something much more original than ever. We’ll get up early for an early start for a sunrise photography session, and we’ll spend the rest of the day exploring the streets of Trinidad, a truly enchanted city with a warm colonial charm and it is a great opportunity for exploring a more rural part of Cuba.
For those keen, there is an opportunity to venture to Playa Ancon, arguably Cuba’s finest stretch of beach.

In the evening we go for dinner and enjoy live music at on of the lively Casa de la Trova.

PART 4 · 08:00 − 19:00
Day 5 - Photo tour to Trinidad / Create a picture within a picture
Early in the morning we’ll start our 6-hour drive to Trinidad. Where we also have the great opportunity to discover a more rural part of Cuba with its people.
By mid-afternoon we check into our hotel located in the heart of the old city of Trinidad.
After a relaxing break we set out to explorer the cobbled streets of Trinidad to photograph people and architecture of Trinidad, ending with a sunset photo shoot from the famous bell tower.

In the evening, we’ll enjoy live music at on of the Casa della Trovas, lively local bars.

PART 5 · 07:00 − 19:00
Day 3 - Photo Tour / Enhance the drama by working with strong compositions lines.
We enjoy an early morning Photo Tour with Cruiser e-bikes through Vibora, the highest point of Havana, after we cross through Cerro, bustling with real life at the Calle 10 de Octubre, full with exciting photographic opportunities.
We take ferry across Havana bay to Regla. Regla is situated on the southeastern shore of La Habana Bay, with its foundries, petroleum refineries, shipyards, docks, and warehouses.
In Regla we’ll be picked up in vintage American Classic Cars and we’ll visit the village of Cojímar, the setting for Ernest Hemingway’s "The Old Man and the Sea.”
From their we’ll drive back to Havana Vieja and continue our photo walk through the picturesque city in the late afternoon light.

Time to explore Havana’s vibrant nightlife, and make new Cuban friends.

PART 6 · 06:30 − 19:00
Day 2 - Havana Heritage / Instil a powerful narrative in your picture
We start our first photo walk in Havana Vieja, the most authentic and visually impressive part of the city.
There we visit the four main squares of La Habana Vieja; Plaza de La Catedral, Plaza de San Francisco de Assis, Plaza de las Armas and Plaza Vieja.
You will enjoy real moments with the locals while photo walk through the streets, enter houses, workshops and shops on our way.
We visit an American Classic Car restoration garage. Learn first hand how they restore these classic American beauties from the 50’s. This setting makes for some amazing photography.
Afterwards we depart in these beautifully restored classic cars for a drive, and coming back to the center, to the lively Neptuno street, where we continue our photo walk in direction to the Malecòn, to the sunset.

Time to explore Havana’s vibrant nightlife, and make new Cuban friends.

PART 7 · 06:00 − 21:00
Day 1 - Havana arrival / Get to know each other
You will be picked up on arrival at José Martí International Airport in Havana and transferred to our accommodation. We stay in cosy and comfortable Casas Particulares, typical Cuban guesthouses, where we enjoy Cubans warm hospitality. All rooms have private bathrooms.
In the breaks we will use the time to select and edit our pictures and plan our next photo sessions with Joerg’s competent support and teaching.
After the settling in we meet for the first time in the group and go through your equipment and discuss the basic techniques and the conception of our masterclass.

Afterwards we go to dinner where everyone can get to know each other.

PART 8 · 07:45 − 17:00
Day 4 - Body & Movement / Everything is movement, everything is rhythm.
This day is all about movement and rhythm, body and soul, to move and to be moved. We visit the international acclaimed contemporary dance company MALPASO and watch and photograph the dance rehearsal of the group.
During lunch the German photograph Sven Creutzmann, who is living and working since 25 years in Cuba, will give a lecture about Cuba and his photography.
Afterwards we change to an indoor location in Havana Centro of the afro-cuban dance company RAÍCES PROFUNDA and photograph their energetic dance performance and explore individually dance movements after the show with two wonderful dancers.
After working with the dancers we go on a photo walk, on the way back to our casa.

Time to explore Havana’s vibrant nightlife, and make new Cuban friends.

Group size
There are 8 spots available on this experience.

Advance Notice
21 Days


Activity requires good physical condition


Other: 7-night accommodation pp share, with breakfast, air-port pick up, all transports, tuition in the field, American vintage car tour with visit of an American vintage car repair shop, visit of a tobacco fabric, e-bike tour in Havana, visit contemporary dance company, shooting in an indoor-location with dancers, individual lightroom&photoshop tuition

Accommodation: We spend the night in cosy and comfortable Casas Particulares, typical Cuban guesthouses, where we enjoy Cubans warm hospitality. All rooms have private bathrooms. In the breaks we will use the time to select and edit our pictures and plan our next photo sessions with Joerg’s competent support and teaching. - Participants make their own air travel arrangements to arrive in Havana in time. Once the trip is confirmed, travel details, suggestions, and tips to help participants travel to Cuba are provided. *Visas can be purchased at the airport before departure from your air carrier. *Visitors to Cuba must also have proof of valid medical insurance

Drinks and Snacks: Breakfast


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