SICILY, 2019 • September 29 – October 5

Compared to just a few years ago, shooting high quality videos is now – thank to the amazing quality of new generation cameras (and phones!) – Possible for everybody.
But let’s these devices not trick us: they are just “boxes”, with no value if not backed up by a personal vision and knowledge.

As in shooting with still cameras (and probably even more) you need a solid background and a special sensibility: every day we watch videos – news, musical, advertising, – and everything seems extremely easy.

But when it comes to making your own video, above the average and with a strong message, things get tougher.  Compared to still photography, a video offers you different ways to tell your story. You can, in few minutes (not too many, statistically the attention span is approx. 3-4 minutes) tell a lot.

If in photography you can apply the attitude “I’ll fix that in Photoshop”, video requires a much deeper preparation. From storyboard to choosing the right angle and frame, from point of view to mounting, without mentioning audio and special effects. We should not film everything that we think we might need and then edit afterward. It will produce a huge quantity of material, difficult to deal with when it comes to editing.

We need to do our home-work before shooting, decide who or what our subject will be: in case of people, prepare an interview or scout the best location to use, in case of landscape study the best light and time of the day. Step by step, build the elements of this puzzle, and then assemble them all for the final edit.

During this workshop we will acquire all the instruments needed to produce high quality videos, from the initial idea to the final presentation. We will then be able to produce original travel stories, but also to narrate, in a different and sometimes stronger way than photography, special moments of our lives: a cultural event, a concert, a sport game, a business meeting, our family and friends…

Let’s give our ideas more space, as we did with photography. The advantage with video is that we can do all this with the camera we already own!

During the week, we will also work on drone photography: which one to chose, how to use, laws and restrictions.


This workshop will take place in Sicily, in the Southeast part of the island.

By this time of the year, most of the tourists have already left, and it will be easier to experience – and photograph – the daily life of Sicily.

We will be lodged in a country-house that will also serve as our base for the classes.

It will be useful to have a car: please consider rent one (again, it’s end of season and it will be cheaper) and you can share with some other participant.

Once we have the right number of students, we can help you to coordinate that. The best airport to fly to is Catania, then it’s only one hour by car or bus to Siracusa.

Bring your laptop, with either Premiere or Final Cut installed. If you don’t have it, you can download the trial version, it lasts 30 days. It will give you time, before, during and after the class to get familiar with it.

Plan approx. € 80 a day for lodging, and € 20 for car rental (shared).



Andrea Pistolesi

Born in Florence in 1957, Andrea Pistolesi studied geography at the local university. He still lives there, a place he considers more of an inspiration than a city.

As an evolution of his incessant desire to travel Andrea became a photo reporter, specializing in human and environmental documentation. Today he is always working for Italian and international magazines, such as: Islands, Travel & Leisure, Geo, Departures, Hemispheres, Gulliver, Gente Viaggi, Bell’Italia, Bell’Europa, Airone, Viajar, Rutas del Mundo and many others.

His volumes on exotic destinations (Indonesia, New Zealand, Morocco, South Africa, Buddhist Asia) have been published, along with images of major European tourist destinations; he is the only photographic author for the Casa Editrice Bonechi in the United States and is currently creating a series about the major religions of the world for Touring Club Italiano.

In 2017, Andrea was chosen by Epson as the photographer for the EPSON Calendar.

Andrea has become known for his research in the use of light in his compositions, making them deeply personal images. Every year he holds workshops on the profession of the reporter and the use of digital technology. A step towards artistic photography was a natural evolution in his professional development. He has had solo shows in Italy and abroad.

He participated in the VII Biennial of Photography in Turin and received first prize in Italy in 1998 for the Fuji European Press Award. He has taken reportage images for advertising as well, including Iveco calendars. Recently he has been interested in and developed his use of digital technology, a medium he defines as “ the rebirth of camera oscura for color photography.”


WORKSHOP DATES September 29 – October 5, 2019