Havana Cuba Photography Workshop
January 9 -13 2020 February 20-24 2020
This is a small tour with a maximum of 6 people. The price per person is $2450, and it includes Flights from Fort Lauderdale to Havana and back and your own private Casa Particular.
Dreaming about Cuba? Looking for a way to get better at photography? Do you want to add unique photos to your portfolio? Do you wish to hang out with other passionate people and me in Havana, Cuba? Now you can in this Cuba photography workshop and tour.
You’ve come to the right place.
What’s up, guys! Edin here.
I know what you are thinking, with the new laws in place there is no way for Americans to go to Cuba. WRONG. Under the new law, Americans can still go to Cuba, and I can get you there legally and following all of the rules and regulations from the USA and Cuba alike. We go using a travel visa called Support for the Cuban People, and anyone with an American passport is allowed to visit Cuba.
The Cuba Photography workshop is back. I’m currently accepting spots for my photography and cultural tour in Havana, Cuba. I’ll guide you step-by-step to all the best viewpoints, help fine-tune your photography technique, and make sure you get those beautiful and rare photos to add to your portfolio.
Cuba has long been inaccessible for Americans until recently, but it now presents an excellent opportunity to get amazing photos of a country frozen in time. The people, the architecture, the cars… Cuba is indeed one of a kind. You really have to be there to experience what a fascinating place Cuba is.
BUT… it won’t be like this for long. Havana and surrounding areas are rapidly expanding— which means the future looks a bit brighter for some Cubans. Still, for photographers, this means more touristy attractions and less of the preserved raw ambiance.
So quite honestly, if you’re a photographer and want the best shots, now is the time to attend my Cuba Photography Tour.
I’ve taught thousands of people through my workshops and online products. If you’re going to take a tour, take it from an experienced professional photography expert. Especially in this Cuba photography workshop.
Below you’ll find details about the trip. Should you read through this and still need some questions answered, do not hesitate to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At a glance
- 5 Days
- 4 Nights
- 6 max participants
- Housing Accommodations included
(Itinerary Subject to Change)
Fly out to José Martí International Airport in Havana and make your way to Casa Particular, our home away from home for the next 5 days. We will hold a Meet and Greet after settling in and head to Old Havana for an afternoon walk and an authentic Cuban meal. It will be followed by a beautiful sunset shoot over the famous and historical Malecón, where the fisherman and locals hang out. Go out for a bite and drinks afterward.
Wake up and eat breakfast at one of our favorite spots. Head to Havana for a walking tour of Old Havana. There will be excellent street photography opportunities, and we will explore the old historic buildings. We will then make our way to the famous Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym, where we will get a chance to watch the boxers train, photograph them and talk to them. We’ll break for lunch at a local spot in the city, hang out after to explore some new areas. After we’ll go catch the sunset from El Morro (this is an epic spot). Followed by dinner and drinks.
Wake up and eat breakfast at one of our favorite spots. Head to El Gran Teatro de Havana for an incredible tour of the historical theatre. Take a classic American car and drive to La Plaza de la Revolucion, where you can see the famous El Che sculpture on the side of the building. Break for lunch at a local eatery. Head to Coppelia to try Cuba’s most famous ice cream. Walk around Central Havana and El Vedado before heading to Plaza Vieja for dinner, finishing our fabulous trip with drinks and live music at the world-famous at La Bodeguita del Medio.
We will also be visiting lots of other local places throughout the day. Including El Callejon de Hamel, La Guarida where Fresa y Chocolate was filmed, and many more.
This is a day where you can explore Havana by your self or with others. We will wake up and have breakfast and hit the streets. If there is a particular place you want to go, this is the time to do it. You can also get some rest or hang out with me. Later in the afternoon, we will have a meeting place to go shoot our last sunset of the trip. This is the time where you can go to one of the famous shows at Tropicana.
Head out for breakfast and a walk to capture the last photos of beautiful Havana Vieja, followed by a taxi to the airport where we depart.
Here are the details:
- Cash is the only currency accepted on the island. Your US credit cards and traveler checks will NOT work. We will be exchanging dollars for the Cuban money called CUC once we are there.
- Camera equipment insurance is a good thing to have. Though not required, I highly recommend it.
- Bring a Camera, wide-angle and telephoto lenses, tripod, cleaning cloths, comfortable camera bag. Your phone will work just fine.
- Bring Shoes that you feel comfortable walking in all day. I do not recommend flip-flops or sandals. (trust me on this)
What is Included:
- The Price includes the tour, shared accommodations, a taxi ride from and to the airport.
- Price includes shared accommodations. If you’d like a room all to yourself, we have a single room supplement charge, please let us know.
- Please, leave your photographer vest at home. The last thing you want is to be seen as an American photojournalist. You want to blend in as much as possible, as this will benefit your street photography shots and make you less intimidating when asking a local for their photo.
- Airfare to Havana from Fort Lauderdale
What’s NOT included:
- Visa, Additional events or museums that are not mentioned in the itinerary, tips, lunches, dinners, alcoholic beverages, internet access, phone, airport taxes upon departing Havana (30 CUCS/ USD 30.00), insurance (travel, health).
- Entrance fees to any attractions, food, and drinks are NOT included.
- You need around $80 per day for spending money. (most of the time you will spend half that)
- Airfare to Miami
- Travel Insurance
Can I bring guests?
Yes, you can, everything is more fun with friends.
- $2450 Cost for Trip. Flight to Miami is NOT included, accommodations in Miami, NOT included. Visa NOT included. (I will help you get the visa) It only costs $50.00 Travel insurance Not included. However, it is super cheap, and you can get it here.
What people are saying:
Thelma Kelly, My husband, came along on this trip to Cuba with me (I’m the photographer), and we had an absolute blast. Edin was an exceptional workshop leader and communicator. This was my first time doing any sort of street photography, so I felt really out of my element at first. Edin was able to reassure me and calm any nervousness that I felt. I learned so much about compositions, camera settings, and also post-processing that I now feel much more confident in approaching these new situations, and it has also improved my other photography interests as well. Edin had an excellent tour guide and driver. The tour guide spoke excellent English and spoke knowledgeably about all aspects of Cuban history and culture. If Cuba is on your radar, a trip sooner rather than later is important as Cuba is rapidly changing with the massive influx of tourists. Don’t miss it and sign up for one of Edin’s workshops now! Thank you so much, Edin!!
Janice Dobrow, I was a tag long on this trip with my husband, who is the photographer. I was enthusiastically welcomed into the group and was able to see unique places that I would have otherwise not been ready to go to. Our organizer was on top of everything, and our guide and driver were very laid back, friendly, and welcoming. The food was excellent, and the housing was much better than expected. I had a wonderful time would highly recommend this trip!
Leon Smith, I highly recommend the Cuba Photography Tour, organized by Edin Chavez. The accommodations were convenient and clean. The tour guide was informative and provided valuable insights into the history and cultural dimensions of the Cuban people. The tour was exactly what I wanted with plenty of time to shoot cars, people, architecture, cultural sites, scenic views, sunrise, and sunsets. In addition, during the downtime from shooting, while enjoying the nightlife of Cuba, I developed enduring friendships with other photographers. And to top it all off was the informative and generally helpful photography and processing advice offered by Edin that was an invaluable resource that made my trip and an even better bargain. Toward the end of the trip, I was not feeling well, and I will be forever grateful for the kindness and attention provided by Edin and other tour members that helped ensure that this would become the best Photography tour I have ever been on.