Rad A. Drew Photography: Exclusive Cuba Workshop with Ramses Batista

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Continental Divide at Dawn
Continental Divide at Dawn

Exclusive Cuba Workshop with Ramses Batista

November 26 – December 4, 2017

Cuban Photographer Ramses Batista
Rad A. Drew

Only 6 Participants

(Click here to email me for registration instructions)

© Ramses Batista

Join renowned Cuban photographer, Ramses Batista, and Rad A. Drew, for 7 days and 8 nights in Old Havana and the farm regions near Vinales.

This will mark my 9th trip to Cuba and as a result, I’ve created a network of friends, locations, lodging, and other resources that have allowed me to arrange this experience.

So what, exactly, is this experience?

This is not your typical photo tour in Cuba! This workshop is a collaboration between my friend and renowned photographer, Ramses Batista and me. Ramses' work is known not only throughout Cuba, but in many other countries as well, and is included in many private collections. This workshop is for both traditional and iPhone photographers.

© Ramses Batista
The trip consists of a total of 8 nights; 2 nights in Havana, 4 nights in rural, agricultural Cuba, and 2 nights back in Havana. We will ensure an intimate, authentic experience of Cuba that does not include the standard tourist locations. I like to think of us as travelers and visitors, rather than "tourists."

During the entire trip you will be in the company of Ramses Batista and me. We will photograph ballet dancers from the Cuban National Ballet as we have in the past, but we'll extend our time with the dancers to include some additional locations and photo opportunities. In addition, we will have the opportunity to photograph Cuban models in Ramses’s private studio. 
Patricia, Cuban National Ballet, © Rad A. Drew

© Ramses Batista
After 2 nights in Havana, we’ll travel to rural, agricultural areas around Vinales, where we’ll visit farmers and their families who are friends of Ramses’s, and where he has photographed many times. (See some of Ramses' agricultural images here.) We’ll have access to the people, farm animals, crops, and countryside. Ramses and I will be on hand to guide you in obtaining wonderful portraits and other images from this region.

We’ll take only six participants on this trip. 

A small group allows us to travel in one vehicle and to go where we want, when we want. We’ll stay in Casas in both Havana and in the Vinales area. Ramses will serve as our guide and photography teacher, sharing with us not only his photography methods and techniques, but also sharing access to marvelous people and locations to photograph. 

Mercedes Piedras, Cuban National Ballet, © Rad A. Drew

Cost $6,499
A non-refundable $500 deposit will hold your spot, 
Balance due August 28, (90 days prior to the trip).

(Click here to email me for registration instructions)

The trip includes the following:
  • Ground transport to and from the airport in Havana (we’ll pick you up and drop you off)
  • 100 CUC (local currency) upon arrival at the airport (to make sure you have cash until we have an opportunity to exchange money)
  • 6 dinners (two dinners will be on your own)
  • Breakfast each day
  • Lodging in Casas in Havana and Vinales area
  • Ground transportation
  • Fees for photographing dancers and models
  • medical insurance
Not included:
  • airfare to/from Havana
  • 2 dinners
  • travel visa (purchased at airport, usually $100)
  • lunches 
  • gratuities
  • alcohol
  • Trip insurance (in the event you can’t travel)


(NOTE: The itinerary is a guideline, always subject to change based on weather, etc.)

© Ramses Batista
Nov 26-28 – in Havana

Nov 29 – Dec 1 Vinales

Dec 2-4 – Havana

Nov 26: Arrival Havana, check into houses, briefing before walking along the Prado and Malecon. Dinner in Havana

Nov 27: Morning shoot with dancers. Lunch in Old Havana. Afternoon with Dancers and/or shooting in Old Havana. Dinner at Ramses' Studio

Nov 28: Morning session at Ramses studio for nude photography with Cuban models, lunch at the studio followed by departure to Vinales.

November 29, Nov 30, December 1: A variety of photographic experiences with Ramses and Rad including portraiture and landscape while exploring the beauty of the farm fields and mogotes of Vinales Valley.

Dec 2: Return to Havana- Sunset photography, dinner at Julio’s in Playa Baracoa

Dec 3: Morning shoot – could be Cemetary Colon, Callejon de Hamel Sunday Rhumba, El Morro and Old Havana Sunday Market. Free time in the afternoon. Farewell dinner in a private dining room.

Dec 4: Flight home

Street Scene, Old Havana, © Rad A. Drew