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21st - 26th October 2019

Only 4 places available



  • Place: La-Tour-de-Trême, Switzerland

  • Date: 21st - 26th October 2019

  • Places Available

  • Group size: 3p (min) to 4p (max)

  • Price: 2'800 CHF

  • Deposit: 1'000 CHF

  • Single room at 3* hotel

  • All meals included

  • Exertion Level: Easy 

  • Photo level: All



21st - 26th October 2019

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Post-processing should not be considered a separate step in photography but rather as the continuation, or culmination, of a whole photographic process that started the moment we had an idea in our mind that we wanted to capture in a photograph.

Nowadays, most photographers think that mastering post-processing is a matter of mastering a particular software and learning a multitude of different techniques and filters. The truth, however, is that the most important thing in post-processing is to know what is the intent, mood, and message we want for the final photograph, to be able to see in our mind’s eye the final photograph the way we want it, and then to know in advance which adjustments of tone, contrast, micro-contrast, and color need to be done in order to get as close as possible to that vision. Once we know this, the tool we use is irrelevant, whether it is the traditional darkroom, the digital darkroom, or any of the many software programs available for post-processing.

During this In-Studio Workshop, we will study the most important and difficult task for the digital photographer today: knowing what is the intent and final vision we want for the image and what are the adjustments that need to be done in order to get there. All this is independent of the software we use, and will give us the most important foundations of knowledge in order to post-process our images using any kind of software or tools.

We will use Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop during this In-Studio Workshop, but you should note that this workshop will not aim to just teach you how to use these specific software, even if that will in any case happen as a side effect!

The main goal of this In-Studio Workshop will be to focus on the WHY. That is, to help you know what each individual image demands in terms of post-processing, and how to use adjustments of tone, contrast, micro-contrast, saturation, luminance, and hue in order to:

  • Reinforce the message and intention embedded in the image

  • Enhance the composition made in the field

  • Set the mood and ambiance

  • Make the visual design coherent with the message and the context

  • Deal with balance, harmony, depth, and visual dynamics




  • Identify the intent encapsulated into each of your images

  • Use visual design to provide emotional connotations

  • Use post-processing to enhance the composition made in the field

  • Analyze and plan the post-processing for a given image in terms of message, emotional connotations, visual design, composition and context

  • Master the use of global adjustments and local adjustments

  • Use post-processing in order to alter and enhance the feeling of balance, depth, rhythm, visual dynamics, visual relationships, harmony and dissonance

  • Use intuitively tools like Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop, without having to rely on trial and error or a process based on rudimentary “like-no like” decisions



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You do not need to be an expert in Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop CS to attend this In-Studio Workshop. You are only expected to have a basic level of familiarity with these or any other processing software.

In case you want to prepare for this In-Studio Workshop, we recommend you go through our online audio-visual Master COURSE “Photography with Intent.”

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Your own laptop and mouse. You will be able to plug your laptop into a calibrated Eizo monitor that will be available for each individual student.

The latest versions of Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, already installed on your laptop. If you do not own licenses for these software programs, you can install the free trial versions for thirty days as offered by Adobe.

A selection of images that you would like to work on during the In-Studio Workshop. You may bring images that represent the different subjects - styles - photographic approaches that you have worked in the last few years. Bring from thirty to sixty images, trying to stick to those that you feel are representative of your photographic vision. You can mix different subjects, black-and-white or color, etc.

All images should be brought in RAW, ideally already in an Adobe Lightroom catalogue.




  • In studio instruction

  • One calibrated Eizo monitor per student

  • Accommodation in single room (3-star hotel)

  • All meals (breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner in our studio)

  • Outdoor photographic sessions in different environments

  • Transport for outdoor photography sessions


  • Transport to and from our studio

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, etc

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This In-Studio Workshop will be organised by Rafael Rojas, Master Hasselblad fine art photographer, and held at his studio in the beautiful region of Gruyère, in the Swiss Alps. Our studio is ideally located at 1.5 hours from Geneva and Zurich airports, with direct connections by train. You can take the train directly from both airports, without any need to leave the main building. You will then need to get a train to the city of Bulle, where we will pick you up and take you to your hotel, located just in front of our studio.

Most of the course will take place indoors, in our studio of more than 100 m2 (1070 sq. ft.), fully equipped with one calibrated Eizo monitor for each student, beamer-projector, a complete color-managed chain of post-processing, four different inkjet printers, color-managed viewing booths, and a large space for discussion. We will also have access to a large number of photographic books that might illustrate some of the points discussed. Students should also bring their own laptops with the latest version of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop installed (you can use a trial version for thirty days if you do not own a licence).

Accomodation will be provided in a single room in a three-star hotel located nearby (50 m away from our studio). Breakfasts will be at the hotel. Lunch, dinner, and tea/coffee breaks will be served in our home-studio. We can cater to vegetarians and/or special dietary requirements. Please let us know by mentioning in the message field when booking.



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On the first day, we will pick you up at the railway station of Bulle, the entry gate to the Swiss Alps, and ideally situated midway between the Geneva and Zurich airports. Then, we will drop you off at the hotel, ideally located just in front of our studio.

For the next four full days, we will spend our time working in and out of the studio. An approximate schedule would be:

  • 09:00 - Coffee and introduction to the day

  • 09:30 to 12:00 - Working hours

  • 12:00 to 13:00 - Lunch

  • 13:00 to 17:00 - Working hours

  • 17:00 to 18:00 - Dinner

  • 18:30 to 20:00 - Outdoor photography session

On the last day, we will take you to the railway station of Bulle, from where you will be able to travel to your airport of choice.

As an option for those who would like to prolong their stay in Switzerland, you will have the chance of linking this In-Studio Workshop with a 2-4 day Outdoor Workshop in the Swiss alps, scheduled right BEFORE this In-Studio Workshop. In that case, you will need to enroll on that workshop separately.



Rafael Rojas (Master Hasselblad 2014, MA Photography, ARPS) is a Swiss-Spanish fine art photographer, author, and lecturer whose work frequently focuses on concepts like time, decay and renewal, the raw, latent energy found in the landscape, and the ephemeral qualities of existence. He strives to encapsulate concept, emotion, and spirituality in his work.    

Rafael has been involved in teaching since he was in his teens, well before he picked up a camera for the first time, first helping out young students, then teaching undergrads, and later as a university lecturer. Nowadays, as a full-time artist, photographer, lecturer, author, and creativity mentor, he deeply enjoys helping other photographers grow as artists, encouraging them to slow down and look at the world with different eyes.

He is the founder of the online Master COURSE "Photography with Intent," a unique, comprehensive, and structured one-year course devoted to the entire photographic process from message to print.

Rafael is also co-owner and co-director of “Platinum Press Editions,” an independent finer art photography publishing company devoted to the creation of photography books of the highest quality.

Rafael speaks English, French, Spanish, Romanian, and Italian



Anca Minican, the partner of Rafael Rojas, provides a very special touch to all our photographic workshops and trips.  Trained as an architect, she is a true lover of nature and the wilderness and always accompanies Rafael on his photographic expeditions all over the planet. 

Her broad experience in the corporate world, her professionalism, and her methodical and serious approach make her a valuable asset to the organization, specializing in on-site logistics and providing support to customers during our workshops and photographic trips. She also plays a key role in team building and knows how to create an amicable environment with a personal touch, as all our clients can testify! 

Anca is co-owner and co-founder of “Platinum Press Editions,” an exclusive editorial house specializing in the creation of unique fine art photography books of the highest quality. She is also part of the management staff of the Master COURSE "Photography with Intent."

She speaks English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Romanian.


During the In-Studio Workshop, in order to break up the intense learning sessions indoors, we will go out to photograph at the end of the day in some of the many beautiful natural areas that nestle in the surrounding area. We are located near Gruyères, one of the most beautiful regions of the whole of Switzerland, with easy access to the Alps, forests, waterfalls, gorges, rivers, lakes, and some of the most picturesque traditional villages in the country.

Every day, we will spend a couple of hours working with our cameras in different environments. You will have time to relax and apply some of the concepts discussed and learned during the In-Studio Workshop. If you wish, you can also work on a particular body of work or mini-project that might be used during our time in the studio.

Transport, instruction, guidance, and a lot of fun photographing outdoors are included in this In-Studio Workshop.

As an option for those who would like to prolong their stay in Switzerland, you will have the chance of linking this In-Studio Workshop with a 2-4 day Outdoor Workshop in the Swiss alps. In that case, you will need to enroll on that workshop separately.



Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
— Mark Twain
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