2022 Dolomites Photo Tour
The Dolomite Alps in the Fall
Join us for a Dolomites Photo Tour, where we will take you to the most breathtaking locations in the Dolomitic Alps. We will visit the most iconic spots, such as the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo, as well as some hidden gems that we have discovered over the years. We’ll also have the opportunity to capture our Milky Way galaxy in locations that are ideal for astrophotography and have minimal light pollution.
We are running this photo tour from October 23rd – 30th, 2022, the time of year when the alpine trees turn orange and red, and you can shoot a vertical Milky Way setting behind the mountains.
On this Dolomites fall photo tour, we will focus on capturing the most spectacular landscapes in northern Italy during the times of day with the best light.
From huge, rugged mountains, jagged peaks, and alpine hills to impressive blue lakes, picturesque churches, and dark, starry skies, The Dolomites in northern Italy is one of those breathtaking destinations you must visit at least once, especially in late October when the golden autumn colors are in all their fall glory!
We will spend eight magical days visiting iconic mountain views like Cinque Torri, Tre Cime, Alpe di Siusi, and Passo Gardena; photogenic blue lakes like Lago di Braies, Lago d’Antorno, Carezza, and Limides; and beautiful alpine valleys like Val di Funes.
We will personally help you capture the best possible images during our Dolomites photography workshop and show you the best techniques to shoot any type of subject in different light conditions: sunrise, sunset, midday, twilight, night, etc.
DOLOMITE ALPS PHOTO TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
- Photo tour from October 23rd – 30th, 2022
- Group size: 10 participants + 2 instructors.
- Main topics: Landscape and Milky Way photography.
- Main areas: Italy’s Dolomitic Alps
- Accommodation included in top hotels close to the best locations
- Transportation included in two vehicles to travel comfortably with all the luggage/camera bags.
- Special shootings in Seceda and Lago Federa.
2022 Dolomites Autumn Photo Tour Itinerary
Our Dolomites photo tour itinerary will be flexible. We know the area very well, so our goal will be to photograph the Dolomitic landscapes under the best possible conditions depending on the weather forecast.
DAY 1: Dolomites Photo Tour – October 23rd
This Dolomites autumn photo tour will begin at Venice Marco Polo Airport, where we’ll pick you up by 11 AM. After a meet and greet with the rest of the group, we will drive north towards the Dolomite mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which takes roughly 2 hours to reach.
Once in the mountains, we will visit the tour’s first location, Lake Carezza. There, we will photograph one of the bluest lakes in the Dolomites, which is surrounded by beautiful pine trees and jagged peaks in the background.
After that, we will drive to our first hotel near Alpe di Siusi, where we’ll photograph the sunset and do some Milky Way photography if conditions allow.
DAY 2: Dolomites Photo Tour – October 24th
On the second day of our Dolomites fall photo tour, we will start the day by photographing the sunrise over the beautiful Alpe di Siusi.
Alpe di Siusi is a vast plateau with many alpine hills, little huts, pines, and huge mountains in the background. It offers a lot of photography options for capturing different types of landscape images.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will move to our next location: Val di Funes, the famous alpine valley with cozy little houses and picturesque churches, like St. Johann and St. Maddalena. We will spend the entire day here shooting from different perspectives and waiting for sunset. Hopefully, we’ll get to see the Odle Mountains turn red from the alpenglow.
We will spend the night in our hotel in Val di Funes, where we can shoot the Milky Way and do some astrophotography if conditions are clear.
DAY 3: Dolomites Photo Tour – October 25th
On the third day of our Dolomites autumn photo adventure, we will start by capturing the sunrise in Val di Funes. After breakfast, we will drive to Ortisei, where we will take a cable car up to Seceda and continue our morning photography session.
Seceda offers one of the most beautiful mountain experiences you can enjoy in the Dolomites. Everything in Seceda is a feast for the eyes, especially the impressive ridgeline that is surrounded by some of the most photogenic pointed peaks in the South Tyrol.
Then, we will move to our sunset location: Passo Gardena. This is the valley in the Dolomites par excellence and is surrounded by endless meadows and jagged peaks. Here, starting in September, you can enjoy a phenomenon that is also known as “Burning Dolomites,” a wonder of nature where the sun, just before setting, illuminates the most impressive peaks in the valley.
After sunset, we will drive to our hotel near Lago di Braies.
DAY 4: Dolomites Photo Tour – October 26th
The next morning of our Dolomites photo workshop, we will wake up early to enjoy the sunrise at Lago di Braies. This is arguably one of Italy’s most photogenic locations and the most beautiful of the Dolomitic lakes, with its emerald waters and the striking natural landscapes that surround it.
After our morning shoot, we will continue on our Dolomites photo trip to the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Here, we will embark on a 1.5-hour scenic hike to this imposing spot, where we will photograph the most iconic peaks in the Dolomite Mountains. Our plan will be to photograph the sunset as well as the Milky Way if the skies cooperate.
After this excursion, we’ll drive to our hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo, where we will spend the next three nights.
DAY 5: Dolomites Photo Tour – October 27th
On the fifth day of this Dolomites photo adventure, we will wake up early to capture the sunrise over the breathtaking Cinque Torri, five massive rock formations located in the heart of the Dolomites.
We will then take a short hike up to Lago di Limides, a small, beautiful lake with outstanding views of the impressive Tofana di Rozes mountain range. We will explore the area and wait for sunset there.
If the conditions for night photography are good, we will go to Cinque Torri again to capture the fall Milky Way and some astrophotography.
DAY 6: Dolomites Photo Tour – October 28th
The next day, we will drive up to two of the most iconic lakes in the Dolomites, Lago di Misurina and Lago Antorno. We will enjoy the sunrise and capture some long exposures during the golden morning light. These lakes are especially photogenic during the fall, when the pine trees around the lakes turn gold.
After our morning session, we will continue up the road to the Auronzo Refuge, where we will capture images of the incredible Cadini di Misurina. This location offers one of the best viewpoints in the Dolomites; you’ll enjoy a pointed group of mountains that are usually surrounded by clouds and are perfect for any photo ranging from vast landscapes to detailed images captured with a telephoto lens.
We will take photographs from different point of views and wait for the sunset light, with the chance to capture some nightscapes if conditions allow.
DAY 7: Dolomites Photo Tour – October 29th
On the seventh day of our Dolomites photography trip, we will take a private 4WD taxi to Lago Federa. This lake is one of the most spectacular locations in the Dolomites during the fall, with endless larches and a lake surrounded by the distinctive mountains of Croda da Lago. Getting here requires a considerable hike, so it’s very likely that we’ll be on our own at this majestic location when we arrive in our 4WD transportation.
After this, we’ll visit another special location in the Dolomites; Passo Giau, an outstanding mountain pass where there are impressive views of popular mountains like Marmolada, Tofane, or Cristallo.
Later, we will drive southwest on a spectacular road to Passo Rolle, where we will take a short hike to Refugio Baita Segantini, a quiet place that is ideal for capturing the sunset over a small lake with marvelous views. We’ll do a last night photography session here if conditions allow.
DAY 8: Dolomites Photo Tour – October 30th
On the final day of this Dolomitic Alps photo tour, we will capture the sunrise in Passo Rolle and the surrounding area.
After breakfast, we will pack up and drive you to Venice Airport so you can catch your flight back home. Expect to be at Venice Airport no earlier than 2:00 PM, so you can take flights that leave at 5:00 PM or later.
PRICE: $3,890 USD
Deposit: $1,500 USD
A $1,500 USD non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot for this workshop. You can also pay in full at any time. The remaining balance is due 3 months before the start of the tour on July 23rd, 2022. If the remaining balance is not paid in full by the due date, you will lose your spot.
You are guaranteed a 100% refund if we have to cancel the tour due to COVID-19 or the current conflict in Ukraine.
What does the price include?
- Pick up & drop-off at Venice Marco Polo Airport.
- Transportation during the trip in two comfortable passenger vans.
- Fuel and parking fees.
- Accommodation in hotels in shared rooms with private bathrooms.
- Breakfast in all accommodations.
- Photo guide services from Dan Zafra and David Aguilar, professional landscape and astrophotographers.
- Cable car to Seceda.
- Private 4WD taxi to Lago Federa.
- Access to Dan Zafra’s full Capture the Milky Way Course (valued at $299)
- Flights to/from Venice Airport.
- Meals except breakfast.
- Health/travel insurance (We can help you purchase the best travel insurance according to your needs).
- Telephone, personal expenses, tips etc. and any other service not mentioned in the “INCLUDED” section.
*Note: All participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to join any Capture the Atlas workshop or photo tour.
What will I learn during this Dolomites photo Tour?
This workshop is mainly focused on landscape photography and Milky Way/astrophotography.
What you learn during the workshop will vary according to your goals and skills. Your instructors are professional photographers with extensive experience who will help you take your photography to the next level.
During the tour you’ll have the opportunity to learn:
Some of the photography basics you can learn during the workshop are:
- Getting comfortable shooting different types of landscapes and nightscapes in manual mode.
- Adjusting to the best camera settings in each situation.
- Planning your sunset and landscape images.
- Shooting long exposures using ND filters.
- Enhancing your composition with the best techniques.
- Designing your own shooting workflow to be more efficient in the field.
- Basics of drone photography.
- Creating powerful compositions that tell a story and engage the viewer.
- Building a connection between your photography and your vision.
- Becoming a master of light: learn how to enhance it and keep it under control.
- Advanced landscape techniques like bracketing, focus stacking, or focal length blending.
- Advanced night photography techniques like stacking and tracking.
- Advanced drone photography like aerial panoramas, vertoramas, and bracketing.
Some of the post-processing techniques that you can learn with the included tutorials are:
- Basics of Lightroom and Photoshop.
- Preparing your images in Lightroom/Adobe Camera Raw.
- Stitching of panoramas using different software like Lightroom or PTGui Pro.
- Reducing the noise in your images with Denoise AI.
- Sharpening your photos with Sharpen AI.
- All types of Blendings (exposure, focal length, focus, etc.).
- Light shaping and Dodge & Burn in your landscape & night images.
- Advanced Milky Way post-processing techniques.
Your instructors on this autumn dolomites photo tour
Dan Zafra will be the tour leader throughout this Dolomites photography workshop, and he will make sure that you get the best photography results and experience out of this tour. He will help you with your photography, technique, and composition in all your landscape and Milky Way images.
Italy is one of Dan’s favorite countries to visit and photograph. He spent a year living in the heart of the Italy’s Umbria region back in 2011-2012 and, since then, he has returned many times to enjoy the Italian landscapes (and the delicious Italian food ;).
Dan’s mission is to help others discover, learn, and master their landscape and night photography. He has spent years pursuing this passion, both online through articles, guides, and ebooks, and offline on his signature photo tours.
He’s also the creator of the popular “Capture the Atlas Milky Way Calendars,” which help 40,000+ photographers plan their shots around the world every year, and the creator and curator of “The Milky Way Photographer of the Year,” an award-winning annual list that inspires hundreds of thousands of people to go out and photograph our galaxy.
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David Aguilar will be the co-leader of the tour and he’ll make sure that you capture the best possible images during the trip.
David is a real expert on the Dolomitic Alps after countless trips around this mountain range in all seasons over the last decade. He’s very knowledgeable about the most photogenic locations, the weather patterns, and the best techniques to capture breathtaking landscape images. He’s also a master drone pilot and can help you with your aerial photography on this trip.
David’s main passion is traveling and helping others with their craft. He’s traveled extensively, not only in the Dolomites and Swiss and French Alps, but also in Nordic countries, like Iceland and Norway, and across South America.
He’s also a skilled post-processing editor and has helped countless photographers over the last few years with his online landscape editing courses.
What to bring on a Dolomites Photo Tour?
We will send you a complete list of everything that we recommend for this tour upon sign-up. Below, you can find a summary of things you might need:
- DSLR/mirrorless camera and a sturdy tripod.
- A wide-angle lens, such as a 14-24 mm lens.
- A medium zoom lens, such as a 24-70 mm lens.
- A telephoto lens, like a 100-400 mm lens.
- A camera bag to transport all your equipment.
- A headlamp for the night shoots.
Some optional items if you want to do some advanced astrophotography are:
- A star tracker.
- A laser for doing the polar alignment.
- A variety of prime fast lenses like 20 mm f/1.8 or 35 mm f/1.4.
You may be interested in this guide where you can dive deeper into photography equipment for traveling.
The average temperature in the Dolomites in October is 46ºF (8º C), but in the mornings, it can drop below 32ºF (0ºC). You should be prepared for all kinds of weather and bring warm clothing. Rainstorms are also very common in the Dolomites. Some of the things that we recommend bringing on this Dolomites photography tour are:
- A system of layers to wear (base layer, fleece, windproof layer, shell).
- A good pair of breathable boots to keep your feet warm and protect your ankles while walking over rocks and uneven terrain.
- A wool hat and gloves for the night and sunrise sessions.
You will find more items and details on the official list of recommendations that we provide upon registration.
The currency in Italy is the Euro (EUR). We recommend obtaining some euros in your home country, although, if that is not possible, you can purchase some at Venice Airport.
In almost 100% of places in the Dolomites, you can pay by credit or debit card, so you won’t need much cash for the trip.
Please check if you need a visa to visit Italy. We can help you with this.
What expenses should you consider for this Dolomites Photo Tour?
You should book your flight to/from Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE).
The price of round-trip flights to Venice from Europe is around $100-300 USD and flights from the US cost approximately $400-700 USD.
We recommend this article to find the best flights to Venice Airport from your current location.
Meals are not included, except for breakfast.
Every day, we will have breakfast at our hotel and have a big meal at dinner in one of the local Italian restaurants. Northern Italian food is delicious, so this will also be one of the highlights of this Dolomites photo tour.
During the day, we will eat snacks/picnic to maximize our time for photography.
We recommend preparing to spend about $40-$70 USD on food per day.
PARKING, TAXIS, AND CABLE CAR FEES
All the parking, taxis, and cable car fees for locations, such as Seceda, Lago di Braies, and Tre Cime di Lavaredo, are included in the price of the tour.
What makes this Dolomites Photo Tour unique?
Frequent questions about our Dolomites Photo Tour
Whether you are experienced or just starting out in photography, you are welcome to join us, and I am convinced that you will progress very fast. Together, we will get you back home with a greater and deeper knowledge of many photography topics.
Once you sign up for the workshop, we will discuss your skills and goals for this tour, and I’ll organize a teaching plan so you can make the most of this experience. You’ll also receive access to Dan’s Capture the Milky Way course so you can start preparing your astrophotography before the trip.
Most locations are a relatively short walk from the parking lot. The longest hike we will take is Tre Cime, which is a 1.5-hour scenic and easy walk from the parking lot and another 1.5-hour hike to get back. Some other locations, such as Lago di Limides, require hikes of just about 30 minutes. All hikes are easy and the terrain will be mostly flat.
We will be driving, walking, and shooting a lot during the tour, so we recommend being in good physical shape to be able to enjoy this experience.
There is no age limit. This trip is perfect for anyone over 18 years old who wants to photograph the Dolomites with us.
Capture the Atlas is drone-friendly. Both Dan and David are experienced drone pilots and can help you with your drone photography.
We will advise you on the areas where you are allowed to fly and show you the best aerial photography techniques. The Dolomites are a paradise for flying drones and we highly recommend bringing your drone if you like aerial photography.
Our Happy Students!
I’ve had the opportunity to work with and help countless photographers over the last years:
Jagged peaks, turquoise lakes, rolling hills, endless valleys…the scenery in Italy’s Dolomitic Alps is a landscape photographer’s dream.
Add gorgeous light, photogenic clouds, dark, starry skies, and the larches in all their fall glory, and you have the recipe for a memorable trip.
Italy stole my heart when I lived there a decade ago, and beyond incredible landscapes, you’ll discover fascinating history, culture, and some of the yummiest food in the world.
Are you ready to take an unforgettable Dolomites photo tour with us?!