Gems of the Dordogne

5 day/6 night workshop - £1645

September 19th - 25th 2015

The Dordogne is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful regions of France. Its pastoral beauty, along with its many medieval, hilltop fairytale 'chateaux', historical towns and villages, all set amongst a rolling landscape of green fields and winding rivers, make it a popular photographic destination.

The Perigord Noir, where our workshop will be concentrated, is situated in the south east of the department. An area of deep-cut valleys and the majestic Dordogne river winding its way through varied landscapes of green fields, walnut plantations, forests and rocky limestone cliffs. Centred on the medieval town of Sarlat and the river Dordogne, this is 'classic Dordogne', with its castles, charming picturesque villages and world famous prehistoric sites.

Known as the 'medieval capital of the Dordogne', Sarlat is without a doubt one of the most attractive medieval towns in France, with its extensive historic centre containing numerous well-preserved and impressive buildings. There is much for the photographer to discover in the old town, with many interesting architectural details to capture and every street bringing new surprises.

Together we will explore some of the many highlights of the area including Chateau de Castelnaud, a splendid castle offering magnificent views across the surrounding countryside and Chateau de Montfort which sits on a rocky ledge overhanging the cliffs, village and river below. We will spend time in the villages of Beynac with its riverside setting and ancient streets, and La Roque-Gageac where ancient stone houses are literally squeezed between the Dordogne river to the front and sheltered below the overhanging cliffs behind.

Yet it is also the places and experiences that we will have outside these 'hot-spots' that will also remain in your memory - as we go off the beaten track, take in some of the quieter villages, and enjoy a tranquil picnic next to a stream. The Dordogne is beautiful in the same way that Tuscany is beautiful - the way in that it simply makes you want to linger...just that little bit longer.

We will also venture across the border east into the Lot department, which around the historical site of Rocamadour, falls within the Causses de Quercy Regional Natural Park. The Lot has its own special beauty. Here the rivers have carved their way through the limestone to create numerous wooded valleys and gorges. Largely unspoiled by the passage of time, this area is a delight to discover and explore.

One of its main highlights, and an important pilgrimage destination for over 1000 years, is the lovely village of Rocamadour, perched on the side of a steep cliff face overlooking the valley of the Ouysse. With its beautiful and dramatic setting, this is a must see for the photographer. We will also spend time exploring some of the "plus beaux villages" (most beautiful villages)of the area, such as Loubressac, Autoire and Carennac.

So, come and immerse yourself in this very beautiful part of France, and enjoy the stunning scenery, fabulous French cuisine and some wonderful photography.

What we will cover
Over the course of this workshop we will explore the scenery of this captivating region with its beautiful countryside, magnificent castles, charming villages and towns. The main aspects of landscape and travel photography will be covered and throughout, you will receive both practical and technical advice, to help you gain confidence and develop your photographic technique. There will also be plenty of individual guidance and hands-on demonstrations in the field. In the evenings there will also be the opportunity to have your work critiqued as we look back over our images and review your progress.

Where we will stay
Our base will be the 35 hectare estate of Le Cheyssignaguet where we will stay in two beautifully restored farmhouses. Nestled in the countryside and located just a short drive from Montignac-Lascaux and Sarlat it provides the prefect environment in which to relax. France of course, is known for its cuisine and you will be well looked after by our hosts: Pascale and Pierre.

Who is the workshop suitable for?
The workshop is suitable for all abilities, whether you are a keen amateur, or a more experienced photographer. There will be a maximum of ten photographers with two tutors to ensure plenty of individual attention.

Whats included:
  • Transfers to and from Bordeaux airport from recommended flights
  • Six nights single occupancy accommodation
  • Six breakfasts; five picnic lunches & six dinners with local wine
  • Transportation by 9 seater mini bus
  • All photographic tuition and demonstrations

Should your partner also be a photographer and wish to join you on this workshop, they will receive a discount of 100 Euros on the accommodation, based on sharing a room (normally 1100 Euros or £845). Non photographic partners are also welcome and will pay just 675 Euros for their share of the accommodation which includes breakfast and dinner each day. As a non photographer no day excursions are included as we need the space in our mini bus for our photographers, so you may wish to hire a car to allow you to explore the area whilst you are here.

What isn't included:
  • Flights
  • Entrance fees to any castles,churches etc
  • Insurance - we advise you to insure your photographic equipment for loss or damage. You are also advised to take out personal insurance

Fitness level
Due to some of the best viewpoints being accessible only by foot, and also due to the nature of the terrain, with many hill top villages, a reasonable level of fitness is essential for all clients.

Recommended equipment
  • DSLR with appropriate lenses. A bridge or compact camera will be adequate if it has manual functions - please contact if you are unsure if your camera is suitable.
  • A tripod
  • Filters - a Polarising filter and a set of Neutral Density Graduated filter/s will help you get the best result in-camera.
  • A laptop/tablet to view and/or process your images if you wish to do so in preparation to have your work critiqued.

How to book
A 25% deposit is required to secure your accommodation (which is priced at 1100 Euros/£845). Please make your booking by completing this booking form and emailing it to Pascale on
A separate £100 deposit is also required by Image Seen with the balance due 3 weeks prior to departure. You will also need to complete a booking form and pre-workshop questionnaire for Image Seen which can be found here

For more information on the workshop please contact Sarah at info@image
Any enquiries regarding the accommodation can be addressed to Pascale on