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Overview

From Rome's Trevi Fountain to the colorful villages of Cinque Terre, Italy offers a stunning backdrop to step out on your own, gain worldly experience and push your photography skills.

In Italy, there is so much to see, learn and capture. Whether you arrive with a high-end digital camera or simply the camera on your phone, you'll learn how to photograph memorable moments that reflect your experiences and tell a vivid story. Your own Italian story will take you to small fishing villages, majestic Alps, dramatic cliffs and coastlines and bustling cities teeming with hidden treasures. Participate in Italian cooking classes, hike the mountains near Lake Como and discover the thrill of Via Ferrata, a distinctly Italian way to rock climb. In romantic Tuscany, explore medieval castles and practice the language with warm, welcoming people. See Rome's Colosseum up close and breathe the same air as ancient Romans. Everywhere we go will open your eyes to new ways of seeing and strengthen your connection to our global community. In Puglia, descend into caves and take on the challenge of low-light photography firsthand. In northern Italy's rocky canyons, shoot panoramic views you won't find anywhere else.

Turn a cooking class in mozzarella cheese-making into a combined lesson on the art of still-life photography and portraiture. Then, on the turquoise Italian Riviera, learn to take one-of-a-kind photographs, underwater. With each stop on this Italian odyssey, your confidence and compositional skill levels grow. Arrive home with new friends, a newfound appreciation for digital photography and a desire to take on many more adventures.

DatesGradesLengthTuitionAvailability
July 1 - July 15 HS15 days$5,480Open
July 20 - August 3 HS15 days$5,480Open
Earn & Learn
Italy Introduction to Photography Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn documented community service hours. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.

Italy Introduction to Photography offers 5 hours of documented community service.

ACADEMICS & COLLEGE CREDIT

Course Description
The camera is a tool for artistic expression, and the goal of this introduction to the world of photography is to provide you with the skills and knowledge base to create striking photographs, no matter what kind camera you use. Whether you shoot with your iPhone or opt for a dSLR, learn the basics of different lighting techniques, study a variety of different types of photography, how to compose a shot, choose a subject matter and create a mood within your imagery.

Course Objectives

  • Learn about shooting in natural light, artificial light, low light and how to create different moods using light.
  • Study photo composition and how subject placement effects your image.
  • Experiment with underwater photography using portraiture as your framework.
  • Explore different styles of photography including landscape, portraiture, cityscapes and still life.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Through service, gain a more meaningful connection to the cultures and communities you explore while taking an active role to address important global issues at the local level. On this program, we will work closely with our outfitters to select a project for your group that best suits the needs of the community at the time of our visit.

5 Service Hours

Italy Introduction to Photography Itinerary

Itinerary

1

We don’t just land in Milan, we arrive, ready to explore this sophisticated city and practice the art of street photography. Soak up Italian history while capturing panoramic scenes at the Milan Cathedral, Italy’s largest church, then at the 15th century Sforza Castle and Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio. As tourists and locals wander into each shot, we learn about and debate the ethics of crowd photography. Onward to Lake Como, in the foothills of the Italian Alps. This spectacular region will inspire the landscape photographer in you. Ferry around the lake marveling at tiny towns framed by dramatic cliff sides. Lake Como is also our jumping off point for canyoneering adventures and a via ferrata excursion, a unique cable-led rock climb up steep alpine trails.

2

Our journey continues along Italy’s Riviera, en route to Tuscany. You’ll be blown away by lush mountains that jut right out of the sea and entranced by the colorful fishing villages and warm locals of Cinque Terre. Stay in a idyllic town and spend your days hiking trails, learning about milking and making cheese on a farm or exploring iconic Mediterranean beaches. Everywhere we go reveals another hidden gem and memorable sight. On day 9, find yourself in rural southern Tuscany, land of sun-drenched vineyards, old Roman settlements and pepper-infused olive oil. The Italian people’s passion for life, culture and food are on full display. Connect with welcoming locals and explore new ways to advance your portrait skills.

3

After a quick stop in Rome for the day, it’s off to Puglia’home to whitewashed architecture and countless shapes, textures and colors. Beyond gaining an appreciation for southern Italy’s natural beauty, you’ll have many opportunities to put your own stamp on your experiences here. Participate in an artisan cheese-making class, learning how to make world-class burrata. Then, spend time exploring the village and the castle of Corigliano, hitting the beach and doing a cultural exchange with locals, taking numerous action photos along the way. As we head back to Rome for one final adventure, take a moment to reflect on the people and places you’ve seen and how far your photography skills have come. In Italy’s capital, we conclude our journey with a hands-on, traditional Italian cooking class and lose ourselves on tours of the city’s landmark sights, including the ancient Colosseum and Trevi Fountain.

  • Trip Highlights

  • Practice photo composition with the colorful houses in Cinque Terre
  • Experiment with different lighting techniques at a farm in Tuscany
  • Take portraits of frendly locals and practice ethical travel photography
  • Hike along the Riviera and canyoneer by Lake Como
  • Learn how to cook a traditional Italian meal
Italy Introduction to Photography Reviews & Testimonials

Reviews & Testimonials

Winn Bartos from Washington, DC

Going on this trip will open you up to new cultures, ideas and activities that you would never do otherwise. I’m glad that I went on this trip because it helped me to learn to try new things while teaching me. This trip can allow you to meet new people that you would never meet otherwise and who you will become amazing friends with. So if you are not sure if you want to go on a trip, just go on it because you will have an incredible time.

Eliana Spierer from Paradise Valley, AZ

I loved going to little towns and seeing real Italian life. I will remember this trip for the rest of my life. I loved it so so much. I don’t love to step outside of my comfort zone but on this trip I really did go out of my comfort zone and I loved every minute of it.

Kerri Belguendouz from Concord, MA

I feel the program taught me a lot, both in an academic standpoint and social. I have learned a lot about my camera and how to produce quality photos. I have also expanded my knowledge of a new culture and learned that I am able to overcome my personal challenges.

Éliane Paré from Levis, Quebec

My trip with Broadreach Introduction to Photography was amazing. I loved learning about new camera functions and using them during the trip. We traveled to many different places all over Italy and learning about all the different cultures. I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in photography and traveling.

Braeden Acselrod from Westport, CT

I loved learning and traveling around Italy. I had an amazing time learning about all new different cultures, photography tricks and people. This was the 2 best weeks of my life and I hope everyone can do something like this. I learned about how well you can get to know someone in such a short time.

Ariana Garcia from Sharon, MA

Throughout this trip, I have experienced many new things while traveling with new people who have experienced many new things as well, making it feel as if I have known them longer than 2 weeks. In addition, we each grew together; learning about photography and other skills as well.

Clara Goldthwaite from Mountain Lakes, NJ

I really enjoyed the critiques. Mostly because many artists cannot get better without thoughtful critiquing. I feel like I grew my photo skills in those 1 hour sessions. As it’s described, Italy intro to photography is just that. We learn about basics like exposure, and all that comes with it, as well as composition. I really enjoyed everything on this trip. I particularly enjoyed the boat trip in Cinque Terre.

Eloise Stikeleather from Canton, MA

My favorite activities on this trip were going to a local camp and taking pictures of the kids. It was challenging because there was a language barrier, however, I really enjoyed working with the kids. Another part of the trip that I enjoyed was the scenery. Italy is extremely beautiful, both in nature and the culture.

Sebastian Hatier-Riess from Santa Fe, NM

Cinque Terre area was incredible. I enjoyed the boat ride the most because I got to connect to some people more. Lake Como was another fun place. The activities there were a blast and the photo opportunities were always present.

Italy Introduction to Photography FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:
What is included in the tuition cost and what additional expenses should I expect?
Answer:

Tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodations, and activities from the time you arrive in country. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200 depending on the program), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. Finally, for our high school trips that offer college credit, you can elect to receive an official Lesley University credit transcript for approximately $180 per credit hour. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.

Question:
Are flights included in the program tuition cost?
Answer:

Airfare is not included in the program tuition cost, mostly because students join our programs from all over the U.S. and other countries around the world. Some programs also have internal flights which are not included in the program tuition, and we’ll provide details on exactly how to book those once you are enrolled.

Question:
How does travel work?
Answer:

For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. A few programs have required group flights, which we set up in advance. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.

Question:
How many students are in a group? What is the male/female ratio?
Answer:

The majority of programs will have a maximum of 12 students in a group. We aim for a balance of males and females, but in our experience, the gender ratio plays a small role in the success of each program.

Question:
Do most participants come alone or with friends?
Answer:

Most participants come alone, so there is no need to be concerned if you don’t know anyone else on your program. It’s normal to be a little nervous about not knowing other students in advance, but within a day of starting your program you’ll be laughing and sharing exciting adventures with new friends.

Question:
How does Broadreach address safety?
Answer:

Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We’d be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you’re considering if you’d like to call our office.

Question:
Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
Answer:

We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving for programs that include diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.

Question:
What does tuition protection cover?
Answer:

Our Tuition Protection policy covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). It’s also a great comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $319-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.

Question:
Will students be able to call home or access the internet?
Answer:

Students will call home within a few hours of landing in the destination airport to let parents know they have arrived safely and have met up with the group. For most programs, students will have the option to call home once a week, typically on Sundays. Timing for calling home depends on the schedule of the trip and location. Usually, students call home with the in-country instructor cell phones or via Skype if good internet service is available. If you’d like to learn more about our full communication policy, please call our office.

Question:
Who will my instructors be?
Answer:

Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).

Question:
Do your programs accommodate food preferences or food allergies?
Answer:

We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.

Question:
Can I contact Broadreach alumni families for more information?
Answer:

Absolutely! Just call our office and we can put you in touch with past participants who have joined the programs that interest you. Our alumni families are happy to share their first-person experiences.

Question:
When is the application deadline?
Answer:

We accept applications on a rolling basis until each session is full. So, the sooner you enroll, the greater chance you’ll have to get into your first choice program and session! Some of our most popular program sessions fill as early as the fall.

Question:
How does payment work? Is the deposit or tuition refundable?
Answer:

We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is requested by about 3 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state).

Question:
What should I pack?
Answer:

We provide an extensive packing list for each program that we revise every year based on student and instructor feedback, and most of the items you probably have already. If you’d like to look at a packing list for a certain program, just let us know and we can email the most current version to you.

Question:
Where will we be staying?
Answer:

Accommodations vary by program, from private villas to jungle cabins to beach cabanas to research stations. We love staying in smaller local accommodations with authentic character rather than big chains, and we rarely camp.

Question:
What is the difference between discovery/explorer/expedition level?
Answer:

Our levels are loose guidelines to help families determine which programs might be the best fit. Discovery level programs do not require any prior experience and are great first-Broadreach options. Explorer level programs build on existing skills and knowledge, and often delve deeper into the program focus. Expedition level programs are usually in more remote or challenging locations, require prior experience, and often include more student ownership of the experience.

Question:
Do you offer any discounts?
Answer:

In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts – please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Question:
Do you offer scholarships?
Answer:

We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please visit www.broadreachfoundation.org for more information and to apply online for scholarships.

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