A unique photo experience in the heart of Europe
Nestled in the center of Europe, Czechia is a fairy tale country with exceptional opportunities for photographers. Although it is relatively small in size, the Czech Republic will amaze you not only with its majestic castles, medieval towns and cobbled streets surrounded by colourful houses but also with its rich nature and breathtaking landscapes. We have carefully designed a photo tour that combines the best photography locations with a true cultural experience.
Since we live in the Czech Republic, we know almost every corner of this beautiful country. So take advantage of our know-how and get ready for an unforgettable journey!
- Golden Prague with its unique architecture and hidden gems
- Rolling hills and wavy fields in Moravian Tuscany
- Renaissance city Telč and Castle Hluboká
- Fairy tale town of Český Krumlov and Vltava river meanders
- Sedlec Ossuary and cathedrals in Kutná Hora
- Breathtaking landscapes at Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland
Czechia Photo Tour Itinerary
Let’s submerge ourselves into the lands of the Bohemian Crown
Days 1 – 2 | Prague
Golden Prague offers countless opportunities to take fascinating pictures and you will discover the most photogenic spots with us. Through the labyrinth of a cobbled lanes, ancient stone bridges and royal gardens we will be shooting renowned city architecture, including Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.
As we have been running photography tours in Prague for years, we will also take you to secret places to explore lesser known locations Prague has to offer.
In the morning when the sun rises, we suddenly understand why Prague is called the “City of a Hundred Spires”.
Together we will explore the mystic streets of Old Town and Malá Strana as well as locations around Prague Castle including Strahov Monastery with its famous libraries. There will also be time to take long exposure photographs of the Charles Bridge, one of the most beautiful stone bridges in Europe.
When night falls, Prague turns into a city of fairy tales. That’s the time to visit elevated spots where we can capture breathtaking panoramas of this magical city.
Days 3 – 4 | Moravian Tuscany
We hit the road and discover the paradise of wavy green fields and meadows in South Moravia. The rolling hills bear a resemblance to the Italian region of Tuscany.
We will spend two nights in this lovely region as we focus on capturing picturesque landscapes full of lines, shapes and patterns. The best times for us to shoot will be sunrise and sunset when all the shadows will paint magnificent scenes.
As we concentrate on creative compositions, our telephoto lenses will be our best friends here. Between shootings, we will focus on image post-processing, where you will learn Photoshop and Lightroom workflows to make your pictures truly stand out.
But we will experience more than just photography here. The area is also well known for its vineyards and ancient cellars, so a wine tasting will be part of our cultural experience in South Moravia.
Days 5 – 6 | Český Krumlov
Just a two-hour drive south of Prague on a bend of the Vltava river lies Český Krumlov the jewel of the Czech Republic and one of the gems included on the UNESCO list.
We will walk through a maze of small, narrow, cobblestone streets with medieval houses and wide open squares. In the evening and at night when all the tourist hustle and bustle calms down, the streets looks even more charming in the glow of the dim street lights. It will be a great opportunity to capture the reflections of the small stone houses in the calm Vltava river.
We will be photographing more than just Český Krumlov during these two days. We will also pay a visit to the medieval town of Telč. It would be difficult to find another place with such a high concentration of well-preserved Renaissance houses, and we will try out our panorama-making skills here.
On the way from Český Krumlov we will also make a stop at Hluboká Chateau which is considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Czechia.
Finally, in the evening we will go to our sunset location which is a hidden gem in the middle of nowhere. We will need to hike a bit, but the elevated view of this Vltava river meander is spectacular.
Day 7 | Kutná Hora & Sedlec Ossuary
Kutná Hora, thanks to its prosperous silver mines, became one of the richest towns of Bohemian Kingdom in the Middle Ages. The town offers countless opportunities which include more than just photographing impressive interiors.
We will be shooting a Gothic jewel, the Cathedral of St. Barbara built on a cliff above the river Vrchlice; the Cathedral of the Assumption with its unique interior including magnificent spiral staircase; and we won’t miss the famous Ossuary in Sedlec whose underground chapel is decorated with the bones and skulls of nearly 40,000 people, some of which have been arranged into a chandelier.
Optional Photo Tour Extension
Days 8 – 10 | Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland
A mystical landscape of pine forests and deep valleys, with majestic sandstone towers, gates, walls, ravines, rock cities and labyrinths. This is the national park Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland located on the borders of Czech Republic and Germany. The location offers great opportunities for taking remarkable landscape shots ,especially during the sunrise and sunset.
Note: The trip to Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland involves moderate hiking and is designed as an optional extension of the Czech Republic Photo Tour.
First, we will go on a boat trip through the gorges of the Kamenice river, surrounded by steep rock walls up to 150 meters high. The location is exceptional for capturing reflections of the picturesque environment and taking long exposures. For the sunset we will go to an elevated spot with a remarkable 360-degree panoramic view.
We will be sure to hike to the famous Pravčice Gate, the biggest natural sandstone arch in Europe, which is the symbol of Bohemian Switzerland.
The last sunrise shooting will be on the German side at the Bastei Bridge which is built right into the sandstone rocks almost 200 meters above the Elbe river.
Learn post-processing like a pro
We know what your images need
Bring the touch of perfection to your digital images
Our Czech Republic photo tour is not only about taking pictures but we also put emphasis on image post-processing which is extremely important nowadays. We will hold post-processing panels where we will teach you the workflows in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and some additional plug-ins we use to make your pictures stand well apart from the rest. We will try to allow enough time for you to post-process your pictures while on the tour, and hopefully you will go home with your prime shots ready for the showcase.
You will learn how to
- Organize your photos efficiently and speed up your workflow
- Develop RAW files with Lightroom and Photoshop and apply initial adjustments
- Use the selection, sharpening and retouching tools properly
- Blend multiple exposures in Lightroom and Photoshop using various techniques (HDR, luminosity masks)
- Stylize your images to give them your own artistic signature
- Apply various image effects… and much more
Czech Republic Photo Tour Details
What is Included & Excluded in the Price
- Professional photo guiding
- 7 nights accommodation in hotels (based on double room occupancy)
- All breakfasts
- Transportation in private cars
- Transfers from/to airport
- All entrance fees to photography locations
- Wine tasting in Moravian Tuscany
- Post-Processing sessions during the tour
- Airfare to/from Czech Republic
- Optional single room occupancy (supplement €400 EUR)
- Optional photo tour extension in Bohemian Switzerland – 2 Nights (supplement €450 EUR)
- Food and beverages other than breakfast
- Travel insurance
- Equipment and baggage insurance
- Visas (if applicable)
Czech Republic Photo Tour Leaders
We want you to get the most amazing pictures on our Czech Republic Photo Tour whether you are a beginner, keen amateur or professional photographer. We strongly emphasise on individual approach so each of our participants gets the right in–field guidance. Moreover, you will be in a group of people who share the passion for photography and you will expand your creative and post-processing skills. We want you to experience the uniqueness of our country and return with plenty of outstanding pictures and unforgettable memories.
Martin Bišof is a Prague based professional photographer and adventurer who has years of experience guiding photo workshops and with commercial shooting. He has travelled to more than 35 countries around the globe explored from the depth Amazon rain forest to the high peaks of the Himalayas. His pictures have won awards internationally and appeared in various magazines. Read Martin’s full profile >. Depending on number of participants Jan or Dominika may be co-leading the workshop.
Czech Republic Photo Tour Gallery
Behind the scenes
As an experienced traveler and photographer but with little time available, what I look for is to be in the right place at the right time. With Martin I found exactly that…and even more! The trip was perfectly organized. Martin is a nice person all round, a first rate photographer and knows every corner of his country, the best season and the best time to photograph it.
In my group there were also less experienced people and I could appreciate how patient and kind was Martin in offering his expert help and answering all kind of questions. He cares that you become a better photographer.
Thanks for everything, I had a great time and a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to do another trip with you! 🙂
I have been in Prague before and have taken many “tourist” pictures, but on this photo tour, I was not a tourist. I was a photographer (and Martin had to occasionally remind me of that. ) This time, I took photos that were different from those that millions of tourists take every day.
Our tour group visited several places that tourists don’t even know about, and when we shot in the popular tourist locations, we were shooting photos in a different way – seeing the tourist sites through the eyes of a photographer. We looked at details, patterns, and interesting compositions in the Moravian landscapes, and in the many different types of architecture and streets across the various cities and towns. We even photographed some ordinary, mundane things and turned them into fascinating photographs. One afternoon, when it started to rain during our shoot, we found something else to photograph and came away with creative, unusual pictures. I even captured a photo of a “ghost” lurking around the Old Town Hall tower.
Some new techniques for me were: shooting in very poorly-lit locations, shooting long exposures, and using ND filters. I also learned new Photoshop techniques that make pictures pop out more.
Overall, the tour was an exciting experience and I have greatly benefited from it. I am not a tourist. I am a photographer!
Great experience with the tour with Martin and Dominika. They have very good eye for the best vantage points. They were also very patient helping my wife with her camera settings and composition. Highly recommended.
Just returned from Czech photo tour organized by Martin Bisof . Highly recommended. Imagine having a young, enthusiastic photographer as a friend in Prague who meets you at the airport, carefully plans your tour, books cozy little hotels, knows the best spots , takes care of all your needs. Four very different participants from all over the world had an immediate click. Martin is very knowledgeable in photography, gear and after processing. Always eager to give an advice. What I liked best is his subtle taste and sensitivity, the “cleanliness” in his composition, sophisticated simplicity. We were not so lucky with the “right” , photographic weather. The mist was too heavy in Moravian fields, the sun did not rise over the Prague roofs on the right day, etc,etc. And yet everyone was happy thanks to Martin’s good humor and optimism.