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Live a week the French way

Would you like to live a real typical week the French way?

Then join an unforgettable French immersion program where you’ll learn or improve French language adapted to your level in a wonderful surrounding to better understand the secrets of Savoir Vivre: French Etiquette with its table and society codes, the rules of wine tastings, local market tour, Classical French Cuisine classes, French visit of a Château with wine tastings …. This week “à la Française” includes an unthinkable weekend in Paris.

Dates: June 13th – 17th  and October 24th – 28th

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Summer Program: Food Landscape in Florence

Food and Wine have always been closely linked to Italian Culture and Art! Savethe dates and join this program to discover and taste the great food and wines ofItaly. This is a culinary voyage which will include outstanding food writing andfood styling and food photography taught by an exceptional faculty. Tuscany is the regional focus of the trip. You’ll learn the cultural rules of foodconsumption, the comparison with the rules of music, dancing and poetry, the relationships between food and religion, gender, tradition, art, lifestyle. You’ll meet chefs, sommeliers and at the same time, you’ll experience the beautiful artworks and landscape of Tuscany!

Dates: July 16th through July 24th, 2011

Day 1:

– Arrival in Florence, students will be picked-up and escorted to hotel. Housing check-in. Welcome dinner.

Day 2:

– Orientation and Program Overview: “Food Landscape of Italy”

– Architectural Walking tour of the Renaissance Center of Florence and visit to the internal part of the Duomo and Baptistery.

Day 3:

– Lecture & Workshop – Regional cuisine, Tuscany and its summer specialties. The workshop will include an introduction to the food styling and plate design, will be followed and combined with the Food Photography class.

– The participant’s styled plates will be used to collect photographic materials for the final Food Writing and Photography project.

– Workshop on Food Photography I: The basics of photography: camera settings (white balance, file quality, ISO speed, manual and automatic mode, lightmeter)

– Basic tips for lighting and food shooting. Artificial light: tungsten. Processing, presentation and print: photo editing and post production.

– Food Writing Workshop I: Regional Cuisine

Day 4:

– Visit to San Lorenzo Fresh Food Market, the central produce market where the reshest ingredients are available. The top floor houses all of the finest fresh fruits and vegetable, while the ground floor displays a variety of meats, fish, cheese and bread.

– Workshop on Food Photography II: Practical work with natural or artificial lightin a kitchen. Shooting the chef in action at GANZO (basics of portrait photography).

– Food Writing Workshop II: Gastronomy

Day 5:

– Lecture & Workshop: “Olive Oil in Tuscan Cuisine”, differences and usage of Olive Oil in the Culture and Diet.

– The workshop will include a food styling andplate design and will be used also to collect photographic materials for the final Food Writing and Photography project.

– Workshop on Food Photography III: Food styling. Tips, tricks and props to improve the shooting.

Day 6:

– Lecture and Workshop: Wines of Italy, an introduction to the art of pairing food and wine.


– Workshop on Food Photography III: An introduction to wine and spirits Photography.

– Food Writing Workshop III: Wine

Day 7:

– Lecture and Cooking Class

– Italian cuisine and the Mediterranean, exploration ofthe Italian cuisine as a part of the Mediterranean culinary culture. The workshop will include food styling and plate design and will be used also to collect photographic materials for the final Food Writing and Photography project.

– Lecture and final review on Food Writing and Photography. An Introduction tographic layout.

Day 8:

– Field Trip to Casamonti and Farewell dinner

Day 9: Departure from Florence

Cost: USD $1.980

Accommodation: Hotel Option:USD 700-(Single Rooms supplement USD 370)

Program cost includes: Orientation session, Information/Orientation folder•, Educational excursions and transcripts•, Student Services, Extra curricular activities•, Lab fees•, Listed Visits (including entrance fees and reservation), Licensed Art History Guide and/or Program Coordinator/Professor escorting during visits and field trips, Transportation with Private Bus or Train during field trips (as listed on day by day program)•,  Airport Pick-up and upon Arrival and drop off on Departure•, Cell phones (outgoing calls will be charged individually)•, Free Internet Access in School facilities in Florence•, Free access to the Gym•, Meals listed in the day by day calendar, on field trip if listed and after the cooking classes, Special Dinners & Lunch.

To register and for more information:

www.StudyAbroadOpportunities.ning.com

info@businessprojects.us

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Evening Photo Safari in Madrid

Make the most of your trip to Madrid by taking a guided Evening Photo Safari. Even the most famous places change with the lighting of the night which will allow you to create magical images. Visit its famous buildings and monuments illuminated at night and uncover the greatest views and angles of Madrid through the eyes of photographer Paloma Portillo.

My recommended guided evening photo safari tour in Madrid is specially designed to discover and experience the city like you have never done before while you are taken to some of the most spectacular locations of the city.

Below photographs of the workshop held on December 18th.

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To book this tour contact Business Projects at info@businessprojects.us providing details of your party and date of preference.

Available tour languages: Spanish, English and French

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Christmas Illuminations Photo Safari in Madrid

The Christmas Illuminations Photo Safari in Madrid will be an opportunity to take  brand new pictures. Even the most famous places change with the lighting of the night. The night light can create magical images!

The Photo Safari will take place on December 18th and will start at 4:00pm. The photographer Paloma Portillo will meet the group at Plaza de España, in the heart of the city, at the Starbucks Coffee (GranVía, 58).

Before starting the journey to visit the most amazing and famous landmarks of the city, the group will go over what is required to understand and master about evening photography and obtaining special effects.

Debod Temple, Gran Via, Plaza de Callaoand, Puerta del Sol, The Palace of Telecommunications and Puerta de Alcalá are among the locations which will be photographed.

Date: December 18th, 2010

Time: 16hs.

Meeting Place: Starbucks Coffee – Gran Vía, 58, Madrid

Registrations: www.StudyAbroadOppportunities.ning.com

Information: info@businessprojects.us


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Food Styling & Food Photography Workshop in Madrid

Join Photographer Paloma Portillo from December 13th through December 17th in Madrid when she will give a Food Styling and Food Photography Workshop which will allow participants to advance your career, improve your portfolio or learn new skills and connect with other professionals. Join
Topics to be discussed include:

– A food shoot from start to finish
– Lighting set-ups for studio and location shooting
– Equipment
– Post-production skills
– Tools, tricks and techniques
– Questions to ask your client to prepare the job or to consider when photographing your own work

This is hands on practice course and you will be able to photograph under the tutelage of professionals. Dishes will be prepared on the set by a professional Chef and you will be able to style and photograph your work.

Some of the topics to be covered within food styling will be:
1) How to work with difficult foods such as Ice Cream and making fake ice cream
2) Making seafood look fresh
3) Preserving ingredients on the set
4) Working with chocolate
5) Making steam
6) Preparing layered dishes

The cost of the program is 550 Euros

To reserve your click HERE

For more information email info@businessprojects.us

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Azienda Agricola Casamonti, home of The Tuscan Pig

 

A trip to Tuscany would not be complete without visiting Azienda agricola Casamonti!  Casamonti is an agricultural development consisting of five planted acres of olives with specialized drip irrigation, a vineyard and an area dedicated to the raising of Cinta Senese.

Photo Raymond Lamothe

Have you heard of Cinta Senese breed? I knew where its name came from (white band around its black hair) but very little about all other aspects until I learned about Raymond Lamothe. Raymond is the “largest breeder in the Siena area and in Casamonti he produces and ages the exquisite traditional Tuscan products: prosciutto, salami, finocchiona – all certified by the Protected Denomination of Origin, Cinta Senese DOP. I welcome you to learn about this now off the endangered species at Cinta Senese’s Blog.

Photo Raymond Lamothe

Casamonti produces three wines: IGT Elogio, Chianti Classico and Chianti Riserva and all processes from fermentation to  bottling takes place under the it’s supervision.

The Extra Virgen Olive Oil produced at Casamonti comes from a tree count of 4000. It is ideal to use alone as a condiment, added to sauces or to any dish!

Participants of the Food Photography Workshop will visit Casamonti next week! They will tour the location, attend a tasting and will have the opportunity to photograph, buy and order products. Products from Casamonti’s store are sent  “door to door” anywhere in the world, the business is very proud of its international clientele, lovers of wines, oil and pork products.

Azienda Casamonti

53011 Castellina inChianti

Tel/Fax: +39 – 0577/740380

casamonti@cintasenese.com

 

To learn more about Cinta Senese click HERE

To visit the Cinta Senese’s Blog click HERE

To follow Raymond Lamothe on Twitter click HERE

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Alejandro Guerani, the Photographer who makes mouths water and keep eyes wide open.

I am honored that Photographer Alessandro Guerani accepted to teach a Food Photography Workshop organized by Business Projects – Study Abroad Opportunities. From my point of view, Alessandro’s photographs are magnificent pieces of art. His sense of style, talent and understanding of the essence of people and things allow him to produce extraordinary images that  are memorable in our minds.

About Alessandro Guerani: “He was born in 1969 in Bologna, Italy, where he still lives. He started using cameras at the age of twenty as a complement to his studies about medieval and Renaissance arts and history. His passion for the tastes and flavors of the traditional Italian cuisine, together with a period of assistantship in a professional studio, brought him to specialize in food and still life photography. His style is defined by the fresh and creative use of lighting, the careful choice of colors and contrast and the attention to the detail, which, together with a competent use of digital post processing techniques, create imagery with a very personal character. When the need arises he still uses traditional film, in medium or large format, especially when shooting lifestyle and street photography.” (http://www.foodografia.com/).

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The one week workshop which will take  place in Siena, Italy from October 11th through October 16th, will be an exceptional opportunity for participants to learn about the skills and abilities of food photography from a professional who has been referred to by Savouring Switzerland as “a master of lighting, and is meticulous about every visual detail…”

I guarantee nothing less than an enriching and successful experience to all participants – he will share his expertise and talent to teach them how to produce beautiful images that make mouths water, open appetite and make you keep your eyes wide open! On the other hand, this will be a fantastic occasion for participants from Argentina, Spain, Venezuela, Italy and the USA to interact and connect.

To learn more about Alessandro Guerani’s upcoming workshop in Siena, Italy please click HERE

To visit Alessandro Guerani’s Website click HERE

To visit Alessandro Guerani’s Blog click HERE

To visit Alessandro Guerani’s Flickr Gallery click HERE

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Barbara Torresan, Food Stylist

Meet Barbara Torresan whose great passions are Cooking and Food Photography & Food Styling. She refers to herself as a dreamer, perfectionist, outgoing, and a lover of the beauty at a dining table and gourmet cuisine. The truth is that Barbara is all the above and has an unrestrained passion for tasty and good looking food.

She has her own banqueting and catering business in Milan and during the past year, she has dedicated quite some time to the art of cooking and working hand by hand with food photographer Alessandro Guerani. They make a great formula and fantastic team and have produced an outstanding gallery which has been published in Italian magazines as well as in different websites.

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I am very glad by the fact that Barbara will be part of the coming up Digital Food Photography Workshop that Business Projects – Study Abroad Projects has organized and which will take place in Siena, Italy from October 11th through October 16th. While Photographer Alessandro Guerani will teach food photography at different levels and cover a variety of topics (exposure, lighting, food and prop styling, different composition techniques, lighting set-ups for studio and location shooting, camera and lighting equipment and post-production skills), Barbara will contribute to the understanding of how to style food and prepare a photo shoot. Participants will have the opportunity to see unstyled and styled food and comprehend the impact of an artfully-styled plate.

I welcome you to visit Barbara’s sites and learn more about her wonderful work.

To visit Barbara Torresan’s Facebook page please click HERE

To visit Barbara Torresan’s Blog please click HERE

To visit Barbara Torresan’s Website please click HERE

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Successful Photo Safari by Miguel Gómez in New York City

Thank you to Miguel Gomez for offering such a wonderful experience to participants of the Photo Safari in New York City on September 25th and 26th, 2010.  His goals were well achieved. He wanted to capture as much emotion and excitement as the city has to offer and the group did. Focus on composition, lighting ideas and exposure were some of the topics covered.

It was an interesting time for all who participated, not only because the wonderful walk but to discuss ideas, share ways of seeing this wonderful city and meeting people.

The day started off with a meeting at Central Park’s Columbus Circle (59th Street), the walk went up to the center of the Park up to the famous Dakota Building, famous location for movies and John Lennon’s last home in NYC and then visit the world famous Strawberry Fields the garden made in his remembrance) and Bethesda Fountain.

The idea was to take a breath of fresh air from the hectic New York City pace, which we fully embrace on Sunday.

Wonderful people and beautiful weather were the highlights. Thank you to Rosemary Nardone, Pat Badolato, Paloma Portillo for participating in the workshop and to Joseph Corrado for joining us for lunch and sharing his insights and food photography tips!

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To read the workshop review of Rosemary Nardone please visit NYC Style & a little Cannoli

To read the workshop review of Pat Badolato please visit Mille Fiori Favoriri

Registrations are open for the coming up Photo Safari in New York City which will take place on October 23rd. For more information please click HERE.

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Photo Safari in New York City on September 25th and 26th

Photo: Miguel Gomez

Whether you are familiar with a location or not, Safaris make great photography experience! The upcoming two day photo safari scheduled to take place in New York City on September 25th and 26th will work very similar to a walking tour, with the added value that participants will be led by photographer Miguel Gómez and will make you see the city with different eyes. So regardless if you live in New York City, are in the city for a weekend visit, as a student, this will be a great adventure which will leave great photographs for your memories.

The safari is intended for participants with beginning to advanced amateur skills and will include visit to locations such as City Hall, Central Park, Rockefeller Center & Surroundings, among other stops and visits.

Photo: Miguel Gomez

About Miguel Gomez: Miguel has worked for numerous clients and commissioned and personal projects in Great Britain, the U.S.A., Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Venezuela, Argentina, Costa Rica and Colombia. As an active member of the photographic and artistic community, Miguel’s work has been exhibited in several galleries and is part of private collections.

Before completing his University studies, Miguel was already shooting extensively for high-profile magazines. He provided work for almost every major publication in Bogotá, Colombia -for more than 5 years-, and for advertising agencies as Lowe & Partners, Bates and Ogilvy. His photographs were featured in the most important magazines and his work has covered fashion, portraiture, architecture, stills and reportage. Below some of the companies Miguel Gómez has produced material for and galleries where his work has been exhibited.

Marqas La Riviera
Ogilvy & Mather Publicaciones Semana
SoHo Fucsia
Destinos Rolling Stone
Axxis Klaus Von Appen
Phaidon Beluria
Shambalah Casa Editorial El Tiempo
Architectural Digest Amarti
ASOS / London Malvern House
Cowboys & Indians Magazine Don Juan
Lowe & Partners / SSP3 Pegatex
Pastas La Muñeca Rexona
Congelagro Fundación de Música
ETB SSA / Bates
HMC Architects Seguranza
Lamy Pavco
Alpina Michelin
Axe B.Book
3cero2 Cachivaches
Renault Cromos
Bavaria Lie Down I Think I Love You / London
Inmakulate Kushion Ltd.
Mark Halford Fotomuseo
Fundación Santillana Para Iberoamérica Galería El Garaje
Giancarlo Mazzanti Kult Magazine / Milano
Estilo / Fedco Glaxo Smith Kline
Artisan Life Sterling

In addition, Miguel lectured on different levels of photography at Bogota’s top universities for seven years before traveling to U.S.A. and Europe to focus on his personal work and expand his international experience.

Photo: Miguel Gomez

Date: September 25th and 26th, 2010

Time: From 10am to 5pm

For more information and to register: Click HERE

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