Terms and Conditions
By purchasing a seat in a workshop, you signify that you have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions.
- Coffee culture, landscape, social documentary and street photography
- Two days of group and individual instruction with an experienced (35 years) instructor
- Lunch Saturday and Sunday
- Ground transportation from Líbano to some photo shoot locations
- Photo walks and discussions
- Small group size
- Post-workshop support and advice
- Inclusion in workshop Instagram gallery
Workshops take place rain or shine. If you need to cancel your workshop reservation, you will receive a partial refund:
- Cancellation more than 30 days before your scheduled workshop: 90% refund
- Cancellation seven to 30 days before your scheduled workshop date: 75% refund
- Cancellation less than seven days before your scheduled workshop date: 50% refund
Michael Evans Photography reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to illness, injury, natural disaster, or any other reason. If your workshop is cancelled, we will refund 100% of your tuition fee.
Michael Evans and Michael Evans Photography shall not be held responsible for personal injury, death, property damage or loss, or disruption to travel plans that occur during the workshop, or while traveling to and from the workshop.
- Overcome fears and technical issues associated with street photography
- Maximize use of natural light
- Improve image composition
- Expand photo collection
- Beginner to semi-pro photographers
- DSLR, mirrorless, film or cellphone cameras
- Flexible schedule
- Travel by walking and automobile
- Minor elevation changes
Daytime temperature: 17-21 C, 67-70 F
Evening temperature: 12-14 C, 53-55 F
Elevation: 1,565 M, 5,135 Ft
Líbano is not a tourist town. In fact, most city-dwelling Colombians have never heard of Líbano. Nestled in the Andes Mountains, Líbano lies in the heart of the Tolima department’s coffee region. It’s the type of place where Juan Valdez still walks around with his trusty mule and kids fly kites after school. To get a glimpse of what you can expect to see and photograph during a workshop in Líbano, read They Call Me Memphis Mike: A Memphis Native’s Colombian Life and A Walk in the Colombian Countryside on my blog.
All workshops are conducted in English only. I conduct informal, flexible workshops, which gives you the opportunity to concentrate on your individual photographic interests. Groups range in size from two to six people.
I can help you with fundamental photography instruction, but I’m not an expert on the variety of cameras on today’s market. You should have a good working knowledge of your camera before your arrive for the workshop. My goal is to help you conquer personal photography issues and help you take your best photos while visiting Líbano.
If you have specific areas in which you would like to improve your photography, please email me in advance to discuss your needs–preferably before making a reservation.
Workshops begin Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. Since Líbano is a small town–off the beaten path–I strongly recommend that you arrive the day before your workshop begins. If you arrive by Friday afternoon, please contact me when you get here.
What You Will Need
- DSLR, mirrorless, film or cellphone camera
- Laptop or tablet computer to show you pictures on during photo reviews (digital photo shooters). If you shoot film, a local photo finishing shop may offer same day development and printing service, but their or no guarantees.
- Comfortable walking shoes. Comfortable clothing. You will probably need a jacket or sweater for our Murillo photo shoot and clothing for warmer weather if we visit Valle La Trina.
- Umbrella or raincoat (just in case).
Getting to Líbano
Velotax and Rapido Tolima offer bus service between Bogotá and Líbano. Both companies operate from terminal 2 at Bogotá’s main bus terminal. Rapido Tolima provides direct service, while Velotax takes a longer route through Honda. The trip typically takes five to six hours and costs COP 30,000-35,000.
If you are coming from Medellín, you can take a bus to Mariquita, where you can transfer to a colectivo or taxi to Líbano.
If you are coming from Cali, you can take a bus to Ibagué, where you can transfer to a colectivo or taxi to Líbano. Cootralíbano and Velotax offer colectivo service.
Hotel accommodation is not included in the tuition price, but Líbano has many comfortable and affordable hotels. Here are a couple of my recommendations
Hotel Pantagora (COP 113,000 – 116,000)
Telephone: (8) 2561208 or 313 8442772
Hotel Calle Real del Líbano (COP 45,000 – 65,000)
Telephone: (098)256 1067 or 315 223 9572 or 300 515 9950