daily upon request

HAVANA PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

MEET - LEARN - EXPLORE

RESERVE YOUR SPOT 

WHEN /

daily
upon request

WHERE /

OLD HAVANA,  
CUBA 

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your instructor will be award winning photographer Tati Biermas – and besides the photography lectures, she will give hands-on instructions and tips on all photography walks. Check out the itinerary here.

 

Tati Biermas will take you behind the scenes of Cuba’s tourist veil and expose you to the inner city culture that is the real Cuba. By working with locals, she is able to achieve this on an unprecedented level.

 

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to get the most out of your camera,approach your environment, and photograph people in a foreign country. Click here to see more photos taken during the workshop.

take photos of musicians in cuba
Cuba photo workshop streetart
photographing vintage cars in havana

Dip into this tropical paradise with a storied past and create memories that last forever.

 

Photographing the Old Havana (UNESCO World Heritage site) of Cuba offers you a unique view of a world few have been able to see plus the rare opportunity to capture its warm people alongside its authentic beauty and stunning architecture.

 

Laid back Caribbean Island culture mixed with the big-city life of Havana, where vintage American cars from the 40’s and 50’s roll by you on Havana’s Malecón. 

This  4-day  HAVANA PHOTO WORKSHOP

teaches travel and urban photography:

  • architecture

  • street (people and street art)

  • sunset

  • night photography

 

The Havana Photography Workshop is a unique mix of basic and advanced photography lectures and implementing your new knowledge on the guided photo walks at the most amazing locations of Old Havana.

Price & Dates

HAVANA 4-DAYS PHOTO WORKSHOP

Tati Biermas |  $1999 USD

Date: upon request

 

Deposit:  $1000 USD to reserve your spot.

INCLUDED

  • Photography workshop fees
    for lectures, photo tips, and hands-on instructions on all photo walks

     

  • Meet with Cuban students, musicians, artists and entrepreneurs / People-to-People activities
     

  • Professional photographer and guide Tati Biermas (English, Spanish and German speaking) 
     

  • Small groups only: 6-10 persons may come as guests and leave as friends
     

  • Accommodation - for original and substantial interactions between photo workshop participants  and locals we will  be staying at a small boutique hotel run by a group of young Cubans
     

  •  All rooms have AC, breakfast is included, but there is no elevator!
     

  • Transportation in Cuba - only related to photowalk location Callejon Hamel.

NOT  INCLUDED

  • International airfare & visa or airline baggage fees
     

  • Meals and beverages – except breakfast at our hotel
     

  • Fees for admissions, excursions, transportation and other events not listed on the itinerary
     

  • Personal expenses such as: tips for guide, room-service, laundry, telephone calls, internet access
     

  • Any travel, travel cancellation, equipment and/or medical care insurance

FAQs

Experience / Difficulty


Beginner, amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro and pro photographers with DSLR´s, mirrorless or compact cameras are welcome. Tati Biermas´ workshops are designed to accommodate all levels. Please note that all instruction will be done in English. You will encounter poorly maintained roads, steep staircases, and cobblestone streets on this adventure. All participants are expected to be in reasonably good health and able to carry their own equipment while walking several hours daily without slowing down the group. This is a trip on a busy schedule and involves lots of walking!! Tati´s CUBAN RECIPE FOR SUCCESS:
It’s been said that she really knows how to do Cuba – like her highly recommended Cozumel Photo Tour. Her aim is always to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general.
Also, there are only small groups of 6 -10 guests max. And you stay in a new renovated boutique hotel which is safe, small and managed by the proprietor with very personal atmosphere. It is located in the back streets of Old Havana - right in the heart of the “real” Old Havana. All main attractions are in walking distance.
Dinner reservations are made at tested, authentic, delicious and fairly priced restaurants and paladars only.
Lastly, you will be exposed not only a truly amazing and authentic Cuba, but the most photogenic Cuba and get hands-on photography instructions and photo tips.
Old Havana offers more photographic opportunities than any other. It is not to be missed!




Highlights / Photo walks / Excursions


We will walk around Old Havana: on the famous Malecon, to Plaza Vieja, visit the Camara Oscura, see lots of Vintage cars, and see the Paseo de Marti, the Capitolo, and an Afro-Cuban neighborhood.
This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations, but will also help inspire you to create more compelling photographs, regardless of your experience level.




Itinerary


DAY 1 ARRIVAL
You will need to arrive at the hotel in Havana, Cuba latest by 5:00 p.m., because the workshop starts there with a mandatory, introductory meeting.
The group will then get settled at the hotel and leave shortly after to have a nice welcome dinner a chosen restaurant: The paladar Nao.
DAY 2
The next morning starts with a light breakfast at your hotel and is followed by the first photography lesson with main focus on your camera settings, composition elements (also understanding miksang) and basic photo techniques. Your group - under guidance of your instructor Tati Biermas - then goes out on the first photo walk; using your new skills and your own creativity to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image. You will stroll the back streets, capture daily life situations and move forward into the touristic zone with its famous attractions, beautiful plazas and squares. After lunch, you will first visit the famous “Camara Oscura” and then come back to your hotel for a photography lesson about low light photography followed by a guided photo walk to the incomparable Malecón, the 8 km (5 miles) long seawall that is one of the social centers in the city and a place where lovers gather, musicians practice, boys swim and fisherman cast their nets or jig lines. Dinner will be on your own this evening. DAY 3 After a light breakfast at the hotel, it’s time for another photography lecture.
You will learn about street photography including great tips about architecture, cars, and people photography, an effective camera set up, and story-telling aspects in photography. You then go out with the guided group to an artsy Cuban-African neighborhood to photograph and have lunch right there at the Barracon de Hamel paladar. After lunch you have the option of having some free time where you may want to go out on your own to explore the city some more, or relax or discuss photographic techniques/ philosophy/inspiring ideas with your group leader Tati Biermas.
Final group dinner will be at the paladar: El Del Frente to mark the end of our workshop. DAY 4 DEPARTURE Check-Out of the hotel in the morning and transfer to the international airport La Habana.




Accommodation


This is where we plan to stay for our Havana workshops: hotel in Old Havana Located in the centre of Old Havana, steps from the Unesco World Heritage sites, and the waterfront boardwalk Malecón, National Theatre, Capitola, restaurants, bars, clubs and much more. The hotel rooms are all on 2nd and 3rd floor of a historic colonial building, restored in 2017. Hotel Features: • All rooms have shower/WC or bath tub/WC, hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner & gel • There is daily room cleaning service • All rooms have window or balcony and 15foot ceilings • All rooms have new beds, towels, duvets, pillows, cotton sheets in 2017 • Room safe • All rooms have AC and fans • Light breakfast with Cuban coffee is included • Access to rooftop patio and sundeck • Sorry, no elevator (hotel rooms are in 2nd and 3td floor) and there is no internet * Due to the large influx of tourism and the lack of infrastructure in the hospitality industry, hotel rooms are currently very difficult to secure. Alternatively lodging will be in the typical Casas Particulares (bed and breakfasts) with air-conditioned bedrooms, in-suite private bathrooms, and hot water.
* Internet cards can be purchased for 3 CUC per 1 hour dial-up internet for mobile devices.




Travel information


HOW TO GET THERE
Based upon the feedback of past participants, we now ask that you purchase your own flights to/from Cuba.
You must arrive in /and depart from José Martí International Airport (HAV) Havana, Cuba. Upon arrival in Havana, take a taxi to the hotel. Cost is approximately $30 CUC (per taxi, not per person!)

Airlines offering direct flights between the U.S. and Cuba are: Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United. Our adventure begins on the first day at 5:00p.m. in Havana, Cuba Cancun and ends in the morning on the last day.
VISA
It is your responsibility to get and secure your visa.
International travelers who require a Cuban visa can get their visa through the Cuban Embassy or Consulate in their respective countries. Your air carrier or travel agency will help you with this.
Note/Recommendation: If you fly via Cancun, Mexico to Havana, Cuba, the visa can be purchased at the airport before departure (passports must be valid up to at least 6 months after the day of travel). Yes, it is legal to travel to Cuba like this.

The visa can then be purchased in Cancun at the check-in counter of your airline for approximately $25USD per person. INSURANCE Note: Visitors to Cuba now must have proof of valid medical insurance. Participants are responsible for ensuring all necessary documentation is current and valid. Tati Biermas of Cozoomel is not responsible for personal injuries or equipment lost or damage during the workshop. The signing of the enrollment form releases Tati Biermas of Cozoomel from any liability. And Tati Biermas of Cozoomel is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case a workshop is canceled due to an act of nature or change in political climate. We recommend you buy refundable air ticket or travel insurance. Also a camera equipment insurance can be useful, too. PERSONAL SAFETY
Cuba has the lowest crime rate in the entire Western Hemisphere. Violent crime is virtually non-existent and the majority of crime is non-confrontational (pick-pockets, scams, and petty theft). Use common sense and keep an eye on your belongings at all times. MONEY U.S. credit and debit cards do not work in Cuba. Bring cash to cover your stay. Money must be converted to Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) at the airport or at a bank. WEATHER & SUN
October to November
- Temps 85/71 F 29/21 C Approx. Sunrise 7:26 | Sunset 7:04 (19:04) December to March
- Temps 80/63 F 26/17 C Approx. Sunrise 7:10 | Sunset 6:17 (18:17) April to May
- Temps 88/69 F 30/20 C Approx. Sunrise 6:56 | Sunset 8:00 (20:00)




What to expect?


Cuba is not just unique, but one of the most rewarding photographic and cultural experiences you will ever encounter. Because Havana is so different it requires an open-minded and rewarding sense of adventure. As is often said in Cuba, “It’s not what you want, it’s what we have”. Like no internet directly at the hotel.
Prepare yourself to walk lots, to be completely wowed, photograph everywhere and have great fun! The Cuban pace is slow and very few people speak English. You will find that poverty is abundant, goods are extremely limited, and services are sporadic. Life in Cuba can be unpredictable and unexpected circumstances will arise. Last-minute changes to the itinerary and of the accommodation may be unavoidable and are to be expected. Patience and flexibility are necessary to enjoy your Cuban experience while strolling between the sea, magnificent renovated historical buildings and decaying houses.




What to bring?


We require all attending photographers to bring their own cameras (and 1-2 lenses)
plus support gear (3 or more memory cards of 2GB-4GB or larger, extra batteries, charger, card reader, external hard drive for back-up, also consider to bring a second camera body or at least a point-and shoot camera in case your camera body breaks, etc…).


We also encourage you to bring a lightweight tripod for photographing in low light situations.
And if you wish, also bring your laptop to download your images for review & positive criticism.




Terms and Conditions


Reservations and payments:
A deposit or full payment and completed registration form (by mail) will reserve a place for you on a workshop/trip. Trip fees are quoted in US dollars and must be paid in US dollars or Euro only. For workshop/trips outside the USA, full payment is due 60 days prior to departure date. If final payment is not received when due, we reserve the right to treat your reservation as canceled, as if in writing, as per our cancellation and refunds policy, below.
Price:
Any non-photographer (spouse, friend or significant other) who wishes to come along is counted as a participant and as such must pay his/her way. However, Tati Biermas offers a 10% trip discount to any non-photographer. Each workshop has its own itinerary, final payment due dates and price structure, detailing what is included and what is not included in the workshop fee. These details are on the individual workshop description page. You agree that you have read and understood these details, along with the general workshop faq.
Cancellations and refunds:
Cancellation fees are not transferable and no refunds are made for unused or missed portions or services of a workshop/trip for any reason whatsoever. You must notify us in writing of your withdrawal and cancellation. All notifications must be made via email. The date we receive your email notification will be used as the date you gave your notice to cancel, at which time the following fees (plus any transaction fees; credit card company fees, etc.) will apply: · 60 days or more prior to workshop start date will be subject to a $750 USD per person fee · 59 to 30 days prior to workshop start date will be subject to a $1200 USD per person fee · 0 to 29 days prior to workshop there will be No Refund If a registered participant switches from one trip to a trip departing on a later date, the cancellation policy dates are still calculated from the departure date of the originally booked trip.

Tati Biermas reserves the right to cancel any trip/workshop, at any time prior to workshop/trip start date, in which case a full refund of all funds will be given. However, she is not responsible for any expenses such as, but not limited to, non-refundable air tickets, hotel deposits, etc.

Because of the fees for trips outside the USA that are paid directly to the travel outfitter (who have very restrictive refund policies), in any unforeseen circumstance beyond our control, such as but not limited to, a medical emergency, Tati Biermas has the right to substitute a trip leader/teacher with someone of equal or similar credentials, at any time prior to the trip departure date. If such a change is necessary, you will be notified immediately. However, such a change will not be deemed sufficient grounds for a refund other than stated in the cancellation policy. Additionally, at his discretion Tati Biermas also has the option to cancel the trip any time prior to the workshop/trip departure date for any reason, such as low enrollment. In case of such a cancellation a full refund of all funds paid will be given. However, Tati Biermas is not responsible for any expenses such as, but not limited to, non-refundable air tickets, hotel deposits, etc.

Maximum participants:
All Tati Biermas´workshops are limited to a small number of participants in order to ensure adequate teaching time in the field. The maximum number of participants are listed under the workshop/trip details section of each individual workshop. Active elements:
To enjoy the workshop/trip as intended, a minimum level of fitness is required. The workshop activities are within the capabilities of people in good health. But prepare yourself to walk lots (bring comfortable shoes). By registering for this workshop/trip you certify that you do not have any physical limitation or other condition that would create a risk for yourself or other participants. Tati Biermas reserves the right to decline to accept anyone that he considers unsuitable due to fitness level. She also reserves the right to remove from the trip, at the participant's own expense, anyone whose condition is such that it could create a hazard to them-self or others, or otherwise impact the enjoyment of other participants on the trip. If you have concerns about your own capabilities and/or fitness as it relates to a trip, please contact Tati Biermas before reserving a space. Responsibility and liability:
You will be responsible for studying all pre-trip information; for bringing all photographic equipment, personal items and appropriate clothing; for acting in a manner considerate of fellow participants, environments, and locations. Smoking is not permitted at any time during the workshop/trip in or near the vehicles, other participants, dining areas or shooting locations. Any participation in an illegal event and/or activity during the workshop gives just cause to immediately terminate your participation in the workshop with no refund. We reserve the right at our discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a workshop/trip. You understand that while itineraries are carefully planned, they are not a guaranteed schedule of activities, events, or participation. There may be situations beyond our control due to weather, geography, natural history, cultural events, governmental restrictions or other situations that will cause changes in timing, locations, and activities. Tati Biermas reserves the right to make any changes in the published itinerary whenever, in her judgment, conditions warrant, or if he deems it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants. You understand that any of these changes are not sufficient reason for partial or complete refund.

Tati Biermas reserves the right to take photographs/video of workshop participants during the workshop/trip and to use them in connection with the advertising and promotion of future workshops.

Your registration serves as a release of liability of Tati Biermas and/or any cooperating agents/partners and a complete assumption of all risks. Tati Biermas will assume no liability for losses or additional expenses due to any act, error, omission, injury, illness, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause or expenses thereof associated with workshop/trip participation or in transit thereto or therefrom. The participant needs to sign a waiver of liability and hold harmless agreement on arrival at the mandatory introduction meeting to waive any claim against Tati Biermas and/or any cooperating agents/partners for any such loss, damage, injury, or death. You further agree that if you are injured or become ill, Tati Biermas, may, at your cost, arrange or supply medical treatment, evacuation or any other emergency services on your behalf as Tati Biermas deems necessary or appropriate for your safety and wellbeing.

Arrangements:
Any vaccinations, airline reservations, insurance, visa requirements (not included in the trip), and all other travel or medically related arrangements, etc., are the final responsibility of the participant. The supplier/outfitter and/or hotel(s) of all trips is subject to change without notice or compensation at Tati Biermas' discretion. Late arrival:
If for any reason you are late arriving to a workshop, it will be your responsibility to meet up with the group. You will be expected to arrange and pay for your own way until you catch up with the group.

Accommodations:
Single accommodations are available for a supplemental cost; please see individual workshop/trip page for details. Should you wish to share a room and we cannot find someone on the trip for you to share a room with, you will be required to pay the single room supplement.

Travel documents:
You are responsible for ensuring that you have the proper travel documents including visa medical insurance). International travelers and US citizens traveling outside their country of origin are required to carry a passport, valid for six months beyond your departure date and should also have sufficient blank pages for visa and immigration stamps. Tati Biermas cannot be held responsible should you be denied entry to a country due to non-compliance with these requirements. All trips to Cuba comply with current laws and regulations. Participants are responsible for ensuring all necessary documentation is current and valid.

Insurance:
Visitors to Cuba now must have proof of valid medical insurance. Tati Biermas recommends you also buy refundable air ticket or travel insurance. A camera equipment insurance can be useful, too. Insurance is not included in the workshop/trip cost.
Special requests:
Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, roommate gender or special dietary needs should be advised at time of registration. Every effort will be made to secure your special requests. However we cannot guarantee that all requirements will be met and have no liability to you if they are not met.

Baggage:
Please check with your international carrier or travel agency for luggage details as weight restrictions on some routes on air flights may apply also ask about baggage restrictions applicable to your international flights. Workshop/trip prices include the handling of two pieces of baggage per person at the destination. Baggage and personal effects are handled the at owner's risk throughout the travel program. Any claim or dispute in connection with this Agreement shall be submitted to Tati Biermas of Cozoomel, in Cozumel, Mexico. Any award shall provide for the payment of reasonable attorney's fees, costs and disbursements to the prevailing party and a judgment thereon may be entered by the appropriate court in Cozumel, Mexico. This Agreement shall be construed, interpreted and enforced in accordance with the laws of Mexico. Any disputes will be resolved under Mexican Law. The municipal court of the city of Cozumel, State of Quintana Roo, Mexico, will have complete and absolute jurisdiction regarding any legal action.
You agree that no oral representations, statements or other inducements apart from the foregoing written above have been made. This Agreement sets forth our entire understanding and may not be modified except in writing. By registering for a workshop/trip, you agree that you are 18 years or age or older, and that you have carefully read, fully understand and agree to all the contents of the Terms and Conditions listed above. All Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice.




Restaurants


A light breakfast is included with the hotel accomodation.
Lunch and dinner reservations are made at tested, authentic, delicious and fairly priced restaurants and paladars: Nao Paladar, VanVan & Callejon Hamel (social proyect)





UPCOMING WORKSHOPS