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What to Bring

"Through a Tuscan Lens"

Photography Workshop

People and Street Photography

Ulrich Brodde, Instructor

October 4-14, 2014


 Equipment for Through a Tuscan Lens - People and Street Photography Workshop in Tuscany hosted by Tuscan Muse.

  • Any digital camera with which aperture, shutter speed and ISO can be chosen manually.
  • Don´t forget lenses for DSLR cameras, lenses with more than 200 mm not required for the workshop, but please bring any lenses that you prefer.
  • No understanding is required of the basic elements of photography such as aperture, exposure and shutter speed, white balance and ISO. These will be taught to you during the workshop if needed.
  • Please bring a laptop and post processing software such as Photoshop, Paint, Lightroom or iPhoto, etc. (Lightroom is preferred.)
  • A tripod is a plus
  • A circular polarizer filter is also a plus.
  • Memory-cards
  • Batteries
  • Charger for the camera
  • Laptop cords
  • Electrical adaptors


October is a fine month to visit Tuscany for a photography workshop with daytime temperatures averaging 75 degrees (F) or 24 degrees (C). At night it can be a bit chilly, so a light sweater or jacket is advisable.  Comfortable walking shoes are also advisable.

Electrical Adaptors

The voltage throughout Europe is 220. American voltage is only 110. Changing European electricity so that it can be safely used in your appliances, battery chargers, and electronic devices is a must for visitors.

purple adaptor needed for italy


We recommend the “Europlug” which works just about anywhere.  It has 4.0 mm prongs and is ungrounded. 



black phone car chargerIf your “gizmos” charge through a USB port this charger will do the trick. European cars have the same 12 volt system as American cars.

Scosche Dual USB Car Charger


 For Your Records:

(Take a copy with you and leave a copy with a family member or friend.)

  • Trip Dates
  • Itinerary
  • Flights, times, confirmation number
  • Hotel reservations, confirmation number
  • Auto rental or rail pass

Things to do Before You Go!

  • Your ride to the airport —> did you call the taxi, shuttle, or best friend you are leaving behind?
    • Company ____________________
    • Phone number _________________.
    • Pick-up confirmed by______________________
    • Date/Time _______________.
  • Verify that your passport is valid for 6 months beyond your intended trip.
  • Make three copies of the photo page of your passport.
  • Make sure you have your address book, in your travel journal or in your electronic device.
  • Mail. Stop delivery. Give vacation hold or forwarding instructions  to the Post Office, or have a friend or neighbor save it for you.
  • Stop newspaper delivery.
  • Ask a friend or neighbor to pick up advertisement flyers which get thrown on your doorstep.
  • Unplug unnecessary electrical appliances, e.g. toaster, microwave, computer, iron, washer, dryer, etc.
  • Turn on your bathroom and bedroom light .
  • Put several other lamps on automatic on-off timers.
  • Shut off main water valve. Open a low faucet to drain pipes.
  • Secure house plants and make sure you have someone to water them.
  • Make arrangements for the care of your pets.
  • Arrange for snow shoveling, leaf raking, or lawn mowing, depending on the season.
  • Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home.
  • Lock up windows and doors, including second floor. Put jammer bars in sliding glass doors and windows. Remove hidden door keys. Use door stops/alarms on side and rear doors.
  • Travel food. Pack a snack.
  • Make a copy of the front and back of your credit cards, ATM cards, insurance cards, driver’s license, and airline frequent flyer cards. Write the non-800 contact number and user ID next to each. Keep passwords and PINs separate.
  • Call your credit card companies and banks to let them know  that you will be travelling to Italy.
  • Clean out your wallet or purse. Leave unnecessary cards home.
  • Lock the front door on your way out!

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    “First of all we want to say a very big THANK YOU for all the work you put in for everyone. We enjoyed the workshop very much, and in all these things it is the people who make the difference. Added to that, the food was very good and the setting was one of the best. It was all made possible by you Linda."
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