Rad A. Drew Photography: Cuba 2018 With Ramses Batista and Rad Drew!

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Cuba 2018 With Ramses Batista and Rad Drew!

November 29 - December 7, 2018

Cuban Photographer Ramses Batista
Rad A. Drew

Only 5 Participants

(Click here to email me for registration instructions)

© Ramses Batista

Join renowned Cuban photographer, Ramses Batista, and me, Rad A. Drew, for 7 days and 8 nights in Old Havana and the farm regions near Vinales. This workshop is for both traditional and iPhone photographers at all levels of experience.

This will mark my 12th trip to Cuba. Through these visits, I’ve created a network of friends, locations, lodging, and other resources that allow me to arrange unforgettable photography experiences.

So what, exactly, is this experience? It's an Adventure!

This is not your typical photo tour in Cuba! This workshop is a labor of love 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 around the globe. 

Tobacco Farmer, Vinales Valley
© Rad A. Drew

Clouds over Vinales Valley, Infrared Image
© Rad A. Drew
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 (with rare exception) include the standard tourist locations. We are travelers and visitors, rather than tourists.  Ramses and I will ensure that you have opportunities to truly experience Cuba and interact with her people in meaningful ways that will inform your photographic approach and positively influence your results. 

Ramses and I will guide you and be accessible to you throughout the trip. You will photograph ballet dancers from the Cuban National Ballet in an historic mansion as well as other locations in Havana. In addition, you will have the opportunity to photograph Cuban models in Ramses’s private studio. And most importantly, you will see places and meet people that you wouldn't otherwise encounter.

After 2 nights in Havana, we’ll travel to rural, agricultural areas in the famous Vinales Valley where we’ll visit farmers and their families, some who are friends of Ramses’s who he has photographed many times, and some who we will discover as we seek new photo opportunities while traveling the rural countryside. 

(See some of Ramses' agricultural images here.) 

Ramses and I will be on hand to guide you in obtaining wonderful portraits, landscapes, and other images from this region. Ramses will serve as guide and driver, and join Rad as photography mentor and instructor. We'll be there to support you as much or as little as you need, depending on your skill level. We'll share not only our photography methods and techniques, but also ensure access to marvelous people and locations to photograph.

Vinales Valley, © Rad A. Drew

 We’ll take only five (5) participants on this trip! 

After leading groups as large as 15 and as small as 3, I've concluded that it's best to see Cuba as part of a small group. A small group allows us to travel in one vehicle and (with Ramses as our driver) we can go where we want, when we want. You'll have the opportunity to get to know other members of the group, sharing your knowledge and learning from others, and you'll have two instructors to share among only 5 participants! We’ll stay in Casas in both Havana and in the Vinales area. 

Patricia, Cuban National Ballet, © Rad A. Drew

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

Cost $6,499
A non-refundable $500 deposit will hold your spot.
Balance due 60 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)
  • 87 CUC ($100 USD worth of 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
  • Fees for horseback riding
Not included:
  • airfare to/from Havana
  • 2 dinners
  • travel visa (purchased at airport, usually $100 or less depending on your airline)
  • lunches 
  • gratuities
  • alcohol
  • Trip insurance (in the event you can’t travel)

Dani and Ely of the Cuban National Ballet
© Rad A. Drew


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

© Ramses Batista
Thursday, Nov 29 – Friday, Nov 30 – in Havana

Saturday, Dec 1 – Tuesday, Dec 4 – in Vinales

Monday, Dec 5 – Wednesday, December 7 – Havana

Nov 29: Arrival Havana, check into houses, briefing before walking along the Prado and Malecon. Dinner in Havana

Nov 30: Morning shoot with dancers. Lunch in Old Havana. Afternoon with Dancers and/or shooting in Old Havana. Dinner at Ramses' Studio.

Dec 1: Morning session at Ramses studio for photography with Cuban models, lunch at the studio followed by departure to Vinales.

Dec 2, 3, 4: A variety of photographic experiences with Ramses and Rad including portraiture and landscapes while exploring the beauty of the farm fields and mogotes of Vinales Valley. Part of one day will be spent on horseback in remote regions.

Dec 5: Return to Havana- Shooting along the way home, dinner in Havana

Dec 6: Morning shoot – could be Cemetary Colon, Callejon de Hamel Sunday Rhumba, Ballet School, El Morro, or Old Havana Sunday Market. Free time in the afternoon. Farewell dinner at Julio’s in Playa Baracoa.

Dec 7: Flight home

Che, Old Havana
© Rad A. Drew

A Little Pocket Money for You!

As an early registration incentive, register by July 1, 2018, and I'll hand you an additional 87 CUC ($100 worth of US currency) when you arrive in Havana! You can always use some pocket money in Cuba! (Click here to email me for registration instructions)