Portrait of Cuba: A Photographic Journey
Alongside a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and a Cuban photography teacher, practice your photography and immerse yourself in the history, culture and vibrant streets of Cuba.
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I enjoyed this trip so much I would like to do it again! Cyrus was a wonderful guide and provided great photography tips, as did Joel and the street photography man. Although I was nervous about staying in a house with Cubans (I speak no Spanish), I couldn't have enjoyed the experience more. My hostesses were wonderfully kind. I could have skipped the visit to the fine art photography studio and the photography school, but all the other activities were wonderful. I learned a lot during this trip, and I have put some of the photography techniques into practice since returning home. And being driven around Havana in a hot pink 1951 Chevy convertible was a blast! This was my first Road Scholar trip, and I already have signed up for four more trips!
This was my first trip with Road Scholar and it was wonderful. The local and international guides were fantastic. It was a great first trip with this company.
Our first experience on a tour and it was fantastic. Cuba was on my bucket list and it didn't disappoint! We would certainly consider another RS trip in the future.
What a fabulous trip! The Road Scholar team has certainly got its act together. Everything was perfectly coordinated to maximize our experience in our short time in Cuba. We packed in the sights and the insights. It was a pleasure to work with experts like Rudy, Joel and Julio who have the flexibility to provide the right dose of new information at the right time for photographers and cameras of varying degrees of sophistication. Karina was always cheerful and charming and equally skilled at imparting the right amount of information.
I recently participated in the Road Scholar program: A Photographic Journey of Cuba (March 9 to 17, 2017). It was a nine day people to people excursion that not only taught me about the people of Cuba but offered amazing photographic learning opportunities. The guides made the trip... the tour group leader, Rodolfo was a wealth of information, as was the local Cuban photographer, Joel... but the local Cuban guide, Karina, made the journey one that will always be close to my heart. Her love for her country was inspiring and her smile, comforting. It took me 25 years to get to Cuba, but it will be with me forever.
I was hoping for old cars to photograph and there were more than I dreamed there would be.
My photographic journey of Cuba trip was amazing! I went there to photograph the country, but the interactions and education of their culture stole my heart. I learned so much about Cuba that I feel connected. Our guides were amazing!
I would highly recommend the Cuban Photo Program to anyone. You don't have to be a skilled photographer to join in. Many times having a camera in you hand gave you an "in" to additional opportunities to experience a colorful, vibrant, changing population.
See Cuba before it is too late and do this tour if you like to make pictures, not just take travel photos.
Our photographic journey to Cuba offered not only a close-up and personal view of the country, its economy and its people, but an amazingly comprehensive course in photography. Our two expert instructors, one a Pulitzer-prize winning American and the other a Cuban biologist who teaches photographer, made the intricacies of today's digital cameras understandable. They taught how to frame pictures, to think of them in layers, to shoot in low light, bright light, through windows, into mirrors and to capture scenes of life on the street unobtrusively. All our accommodates were clean and comfortable, including the B&B in Trinidad hosted by a local family. The pace is intense, so choose this trip as long as you want your days full. You will come back with an understanding of Cuba's brand of communism and an appreciation of its resourceful, friendly and beautiful people.
Recommended program and content, especially if you are not comfortable with street photography, this program will help you move out of your comfort zone. Superb guides and program leaders!
There is no better way to explore a country and culture than to take photographs.
This was one of the best travel experiences I've ever had. Our leader Essdras was outstanding and was able to provide an insight into the Cuban culture that was unique and fascinating. If you take this trip, expect to be shoved out of your comfort zone, in a very good way.
Excellent trip, great photo ops and instruction. Was truly set up for photographers. Were taken to the right place at the right time with ample time to shoot and explore. Professional guides were better than excellent and were totally connected to the locals. Paladars and accommodations were wonderful. The Portrait of Cuba was definitely a "photographic journey" to be remembered.
The experience and education were more than I'd hoped for. Cuba is a photographer's dream.
This is a great program especially if you love photography and learning about other cultures. This trip exceeded my expectations.
A great introduction to the island and the people of Cuba with lots of one-on-one opportunities with Cubans in the city as well as the countryside.
It was good.
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A photographer's dream came true for me, the music is the soul of Cuba.
Cuba is unlike many other latin american countries. When the embargo is lifted we can improve the lives of the Cubans and benefit from learning about their culture.
Outstanding and so relevant just before Obama visited.
I highly ecommend this photography tour of Cuba. Not only was the technical portion outstanding, but we saw a variety of Cuban life and culture up close. Road Scholar did it again for us!
Quality of photography instruction by Essdras Suarez was fantastic!! Cuba was a photographer's dream!!!
What a unique and wonderful journey! I have learned many new techniques to enhance my photography. I treasure the " people to people connections" that were provided for us. The dancers, artists,and photographers that we met were very charming, intelligent and extremely talented. They are hard working professionals who devote many hours to improve their skills. I enjoyed and was inspired by the community of " Muraleando" who took their artistic skills to beautify their neighborhood. They have established "Casa Cultural Comunitaria" and are working with the children passing on artistic classes: singing, carving, music, dancing, etc. at no charge. Finally, who can forget the tile murals of Jose Rodriguez Fuster which covered his home/studio and spilled out into the walls of his neighborhood.
I'm not much of a photographer but it was hard to miss with so many opportunities and 3 great leaders. I loved the trip. Very different from all other travels I've done.

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