Transylvania Photography Holiday Sept 20th-25th 2023

Come travel with us to Romania, the largest of the Balkan nations. It is a land of stunning mountain scenery, unspoiled countryside and historic towns, making it a fantastic holiday destination for anyone looking to develop their documentary, street and landscape photography skills. Based in the charming, historic town of Brasov for four nights, you will have the opportunity to photograph the remarkable landscapes of the Transylvania region as you travel high into the Carpathian Mountains, taking in impressive vistas and lake views. You will also visit the picturesque medieval town of Viscri, famous for its traditional houses and Saxon fortified church, and Sighisoara, with its impeccably preserved hilltop citadel. Of course, no stay in Transylvania would be complete without a visit to the imposing fortress of Dracula’s Castle.

What Can I Expect to Learn on a TD active & Dublin Photography School Holiday?

All of the holidays cover a huge range of photography genres, photography techniques and photography principals. While each location is different, with it’s owns unique challenges and photography opportunities, some areas that are covered are as follows:

  • Improving compositions
  • Using circular polarising filters
  • Using ND & ND Grad filters
  • Using tripods
  • Shooting free hand
  • Mastering semi automatic modes like S/TV & A/AV
  • When not to use ‘Manual’ or M mode
  • Using exposure value compensation
  • Low light photography
  • Night photography
  • Long exposure photography
  • Mastering shutter speeds
  • Mastering aperture & Depth of Field
  • Improving street photography
  • Using your camera as an exploration tool
  • Understanding lenses – Prime/ Zoom/ Telephoto
  • Improving landscape photography
  • Introduction to visual metaphors & semiotics
  • Mastering ISO – the when & where to change settings

Recommended Equipment

While almost any camera can be used to get the most from this fantastic country and expert on location tuition, Dublin Photography School Recommend the following:

  • Any DSLR, mirrorless or bridge camera with full manual settings
  • Tripod: Lightweight but sturdy
  • Ideally two lenses: one fixed e.g. 50mm or 35mm & one zoom e.g. 24-105mm or 18-200mm
  • Circular polarizing filter
  • Cokin Filter Set: ND Grad 2 Stop Medium, ND 4 Stop
  • Lens cloth & brush
  • Remote control
  • Camera bag
  • Additional  telephoto lens (optional -but recommended)
  • Small handheld flashlight
  • Extra Camera Battery (optional -but recommended)

Need a little help figuring out your tripods and filters?, then have a look at our ‘Equipment Explained’ section. It will explain the different types of equipment and why you need them.


“A incredible & enjoyable  photography experience from start to finish with two very fun and friendly trainers  –  thanks Andrea & Stewart.”

Pat SinnottTransylvania 2018

“Fantastic trip, I came away with so much. Professionally run from start to finish with outstanding locations & top class tutors and guide.”

Henry QuinnTransylvania 2018

“Excellent trip – pick up so many new tips and tricks – the company and group on the trip were fantastic”

Gerry DonovanTransylvania 2018

“Great trip, tuition with a smile – learned a lot & had a great time”

Christine FloodTransylvania 2018

“Trip was amazing, feel i have come away having learned so much. The group was great fun & as ever so was Stewart. Andrea was so helpful and gave me extra time when needed -thank you both so much. ”

Catherine BrownTransylvania 2018

“Very enjoyable trip, stunning locations, lots of great advice & techniques from Stewart & Andrea, and a really nice, friendly group. Will definitely go on another TD Active Photography Trip Soon.”

Sean GriffinTransylvania 2018

“As  a complete beginner, I wasn’t sure what to expect –  I should not have been nervous in the slightest, the group was fantastic and the tutors were spot on – thanks Andrea and Stewart .   ”

John MarleyTransylvania 2018

“Romania is a country rich in traditions & history and it was a distinct pleasure to learn all about it while having hands on practical advice for improving my photography. The camaraderie of the group really added to the experience – Pure craic!”

Céline HarrandTransylvania 2018

“As photography novices and beginners, we were unsure what we were letting ourselves in for. we soon found out that there was so many different skill levels in the group & no one felt uncomfortable or overwhelmed. We all gelled so well as a group which really added to the enjoyment of the experience. Stewart & Andrea’s in-depth knowledge, but particularly their friendless, approachable and patience meant that the last 4 days we gained so much valuable photography experience that has done wonders for our confidence as photographers. TDactive did a wonderful job organizing the holiday and was as good as it could get. My per-conceptions of Romania were completely misplaced –  a stunning country . PS – a cable car DOWN the mountain would have topped it off perfectly!  ”

Seamus McCrystalTransylvania 2018



Translyvania Photography Trip Highlights

translyvania photography holidays with dublin photography school


Brasov photography holidays


Transfăgărășan Highway

Transfăgărășan HIGHWAY romania


Bâlea Lake
balea lake romania


Sighișoara photogaphy holidays


photogaphy holiday workshops



castle bran romania

Actual Images Taken On This Holiday:

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Hit The Ground Running:

Dublin Photography School courses and workshops are the perfect way to get you up to speed quickly with your photography, so as to allow you take full advantage of your time away. Although tuition is provided for all levels and experience on our full range of photography holidays, having a little knowledge before coming will allow you to truly excel in your photography skills and take full advantage of the two expert tutors on location.

Courses & Workshops Run For A Duration To Suit Everyone:

  • 7 week courses
  • 5 week courses
  • 4 week courses
  • 1 day courses
  • 1 day workshops
  • Half day workshops
  • Evening & weekend courses

Dublin Photography School Run Numerous Photography Courses & Workshops Including:

  • Photography course for complete beginners
  • Improvers & intermediate photography courses
  • Studio & lighting course
  • Travel photography
  • Street photography
  • Black & White photography
  • Flash workshop
  • Wedding workshop
  • Smartphone workshop
  • Composition masterclass
  • Teenager summer camp
  • Location & landscape photography shoots

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