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 colorful houses but also with its rich nature and breathtaking landscapes. We have carefully designed a photo tour that combines the best photography locations, nature, and 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
- Photographing birds of prey and owls in their natural environment
- Fairy tale town of Český Krumlov and Vltava river meanders
- Renaissance city Telč, Castle Hluboká and Holašovice
- Breathtaking landscapes at Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland
October 10 – 17, 2021 – 1 Spot left
October 20 – 27, 2021 – 1 Spot left
April 14 – 21, 2022 – Spots available
Duration: 7 nights
+ Two days extension available
Very small group Max 5 Participants
+ One Photography Guide
Photo Skills Beginner to Pro
Fitness Easy to Moderate
Workshop Price $2900 USD
Czechia Photo Tour Itinerary
Let’s submerge ourselves into the lands of the Bohemian Crown
Day 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 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.
Day 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 and dinner will be part of our cultural experience in South Moravia.
Day 5 | Birds of prey
During our Czechia Photo Tour, we will also have a unique opportunity to immerse into a different discipline than landscape and cityscape photography. We will drive into a beautiful highland protected area in the central part of Czechia and together with a local professional lecturer, we will photograph up to six different owls and birds of prey in their natural environment. This arranged photo experience will be a perfect introduction to wildlife photography and we will make sure that you will return with great images which you would hardly get somewhere else.
Day 6 – 7 | 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 look 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 traditional Czech village Holašovice and 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.
Optional Photo Tour Extension
Day 8 – 9 | 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 the 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 car
- All entrance fees to photography locations
- Owls and birds of prey photography
- Wine tasting in Moravian Tuscany
- Post-Processing sessions
- Airfare to/from Czech Republic
- Optional single room occupancy (supplement $450 USD)
- Optional photo tour extension in Bohemian Switzerland – 2 Days (supplement $500 USD)
- Food and beverages other than breakfast
- Travel insurance
- Equipment and baggage insurance
- Visas (if applicable)
We have carefully selected the accommodation according to its quality, location and our personal experience. In Prague, you will be staying in 4 stars hotel just a few steps from the famous Charles Bridge. Four stars accommodation in Moravian Tuscany will offer you also wellness where you can relax after challenging day in the Moravian countryside. In Cesky Krumlov we will also stay in the 4 stars garni hotel right in the heart of this beautiful UNESCO town.
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 traveled to more than 35 countries around the globe and has explored wonders from the depths of the 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 >.
Gallery | Czech Republic Photo Tour
& Behind the scenes
Testimonials | Czech Republic Photo Tour
The October Czech Republic photo tour was a fantastic experience from start to finish. Martin is an exceptional photographer and understands how to communicate his skills in an easy-going and gentle way. He also makes sure to take care of the needs of his clients, ranging from airport/train station transportation to choosing comfortable and clean accommodations. During our photo shoots, Martin made sure to give each participant guidance and help with any questions regarding camera use or settings. He is also exacting on composition and emphasized how even very small changes to composition can improve an image significantly. Within Prague, Martin took us to locations where we could get both iconic shots and lesser known but excellent and interesting photos as well. As we ventured to other locations, we were given opportunities to shoot unusual and scenic landscapes, beautiful small towns, a castle with its lovely grounds, and owls and birds of prey. Martin encouraged us to use lines and curves within a scene as elements of composition and stressed the power of simplicity. The opportunity to photograph owls and a falcon was simply amazing and was my favorite part of the tour.
For the post-processing sessions, Martin preferred to work with each of us one-on-one. This approach allowed for personalized instruction and editing of a selection of each client’s photos. Other group members were welcome to observe.
On the Czech Republic tour, there is a maximum of five clients, which keeps the group small and allows each of us time with Martin. Our group consisted of people from four continents and it was a joy to get to know each of them. We all traveled well together, enjoyed sharing photos, and had interesting and fun discussions. I would highly recommend Inscape Photo Tours. Martin’s dedication to each photographer’s positive experience is evident. His primary intention is for photographers to be provided with the opportunity and guidance that will result in excellent photographs. It was a real pleasure to have such a conscientious and personable guide. Thank you for the exceptional experience!
Due to my very tight work schedule, it delayed for three months after our trip to the Czech Republic to start organizing and post-processing the photos we took there. This directs us to flashback to the days, the four unforgettable excellence private photography tours we were having with Martin. It meant a lot to us, and a lot to describe and review for these unmatched exceptional tours:
First of all, Martin shared with us the best locations and viewing angles to take the photos with his photographer’s eyes, no one else would rush for us to take our good photos, the only time constraint seemed only with our own schedule.
His patience in taught us how to frame with the best composition of pictures brought us with an extremely great harvest of lots of best photos we have ever had with other tours. In addition, his professional photographer’s sense of mind helped us to be capable in creatively and effectively using light and shadows to compose the pictures.
Even I had using the long exposure for taking pictures in the night time photos taking in the past, I haven’t had many chances to experience in extended long exposure with ND filters in my past trips with high and tight time constraint. As with the help from Martin, it was the first time using the ND filters out of my hometown, the photos were with extremely and incredibly significant great results I have ever had, especially those were taken during the limited blue hour time.
Furthermore, Martin showed and taught us how to use lots of the key techniques for post-processing and the importance of post-processing, like the darkroom techniques using with negatives, during the time when we rescheduled to avoid the bad weather time, the rainy hours, hiking in the Bohemian National Park.
Overall, what we experienced and achieved was a lot more than what we could expect. The quality of our trip was excellent. Excellence photography trip with the excellence of guiding. We learned a lot for our future photo trips.
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.
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!
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 stumbled across Inscape Photo Tours on one of my many internet searches – and am I ever thrilled that I did! Right from the first contact by email with my initial enquiry, Martin was attentive and helpful answering all of my many questions. And my experience on the tour itself was no different. The tour was extremely well organised and ran absolutely smoothly. I have no doubt about how much work was put in behind the scenes by Martin and his team to make sure things went according to plan – and everything did – making the tour an absolute pleasure to be a part of.
Not only did I learn an enormous amount about landscape photography and editing techniques under Martin’s guidance – I had an absolute blast! (Made even better by the awesome group I was on tour with:-). I would have no hesitation recommending Inscape Photo Tours to both beginner and experienced photographers alike – and I for one will definitely book another tour with Inscape.
Thank you Inscape!
This Photo Tour with Martin was absolutely great! We did this in autumn, the colors of the fields and the woods were stunning. Under Martin’s guidance, I took incredible photographs, I never thought I would ever be able to shoot such beautiful pictures. Not only the autumn colors, the beautiful sights in Prague, Telc, and Cesky Krumlov, and Martin’s insightful photography advice made the tour a great success for me. A highlight was the (photographic of course) shooting of owls, a new experience, that also resulted in beautiful images.
Everything was very well organized, we stayed in excellent lodgings, and even had the occasion to taste Czech wines (which were excellent). Martin is an incredibly nice person, very patient and always in a good mood. I hope to join him on a photo tour again in the future. Thanks, Martin!