Transylvania Photography Workshop

Capture the essence of Transylvanian lifestyle by visiting blacksmiths, charcoal-makers, shepherds in places where light, action, smoke, color and fascinating characters all come together in story-telling frames. Just waiting for the click. You'll also visit imposing UNESCO sites (Sighisoara, Viscri and Biertan) situated in wonderful settings.

Via Transylvania Tours takes you to places ordinary travelers don't have access to and provides great guidance and photography coaching from a photorapher you'll immediately appreciate!

4 days

Daily schedule:

Sunrise at Biertan

Transylvania Photography Workshop: Day 1

Welcome dinner and workshop introduction. Each participant will present a portfolio of maximum 20 personal photos which will be discussed from both technical and esthetical points of view.

Transylvania Photography Workshop: Day 2

Wake up in the early morning to capture the sunrise at a sheepfold close to Viscri, followed by breakfast. The day will continue with a visit to the local blacksmith and a visit Photo by Gianni Bianchinito the wonderful white fortified church in Viscri.

In the afternoon you'll visit the charcoal makers, preserving a craft on the verge of extinction. In the evening you'll capture one of the most fascinating moments in the life of the village: cows returning from pasture and finding their homes by themselves while owners await them at the door.

Transylvania Photography Workshop: Day 3

This day of the Transylvania Photography Workshop starts with catching the sunrise in the spectacular village of Biertan, laid in a valley and having a fortification in the middle, on a hilltop. Then you’ll drive to another village to meet the friendly local blacksmith and watch him making horseshoes, be ready for an iron and fire show! Lunch will be prepared by the blacksmith himself.

Photo by Sorin OnisorIn the afternoon you’ll visit another charcoal maker, and capture him while doing his job .

Just after sunset, during the “blue hour” you’ll go to the medieval town of Sighisoara for taking postcard-like pictures.

Transylvania Photography Workshop: Day 4

After breakfast you will all seat, project and discuss the images you took and discuss how your photography can improve. For sure there is a lot to learn from each other and from Sorin, the workshop facilitator.
Depending on the weather and light conditions, the scheduled activities may be changed.

Some more information about the region you'd visit: the region with fortified churches in Transylvania.

We will run this workshop on request for a group of at least 6 photographers.

For an individual or smaller group we can organize a tailor-made photo trip around Romania and Transylvania.

Previous workshop participants shared their wonderful experiences here.

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Impressions from previous workshop participants

Gianni from Italy: "Everything was simply amazing! A fantastic experience in a beautiful country with perfect organization and truly fantastic people.

Sorin is an experienced photographer, he knows the right photographic spots and the most interesting people and villages. His great skills and the passion that he puts in his work with  photography are just contagious.

This is a workshop that will teach you a lot, and you will visit a magic country, you will make so many new friends, and will come back home... with amazing photographs and with the wish to come back again and again. Thank you guys!!! I am sure we will meet soon again... definitely! :).”

Enis from Turkey: “Being interested in photography, this trip definitely had an impact on my experience and I learned a lot being there with Sorin Onisor and Daniel from Via Transylvania Tours.  In no moment I felt like a tourist or a guest, it was like being with friends that I know for a long time. Thanks for this amazing experience; I hope to see you again in Transylvania again in the future.” The portrait on the left is taken by Enis.

Sorin Onișor, the workshop facilitator

Sorin is much appreciated for his photographing skills and his passion for rural heritage conservation in Transylvania. He is currently doing a PhD on the topic “Traditional blacksmiths in Transylvania”, has studied photography for 3 years at the Folk Art College in Timisoara, and has a bachelor in history.
As a photographer, he had 8 personal photography exhibitions in Romania. He also won numerous awards such as:

  • Grand Prize for National Touristic Photography Competition in 2006 and 2008 and first prize or finalist in 2007 and 2009
  • First prize for Ethnographic Photography competition in 2006 and 2008 and finalist in 2007
  • Finalist at the photography competitions organized by  UNFPA, Orange and Discover magazine

As an author, he wrote 5 books about rural Transylvanian heritage.
For several years now, Sorin is a free-lance photographer and organizes photography workshops in rural Transylvania, a place he knows like the back of his palm.

Pictures taken by Sorin represent him best so please check the gallery bellow.

How to get to the workshop?

The location of the workshop is in the heart of Romania, 250 km north from Bucharest.

By plane you can fly to Bucharest airport and then take a bus for 5 hours to Rupea or to Tirgu Mures airport and take a bus for 2 hours to Rupea. From Rupea your hosts will pick you up and bring you to Viscri village (15 km from Rupea). Private transfers from Bucharest or Targu Mures can be organized.

You can also reach Romania by train or by bus with Eurolines or Atlassib.

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Payment info:

To confirm the booking 100 EUR/person should be paid. The remaining amount can be paid 4 weeks before the workshop. Payments can be done through bank transfer. Credit card payment is possible through PayPal, in which case a 5% PayPal transaction fee applies.

Travelers are financially secure given our globally valid travel agency insurance.  Please also read our terms and conditions.

Please confirm the dates with us before booking your flights.

Tour dates:

  • On demand

Equipment to bring:

  • DSLR camera
  • Laptop with photo-editing program installed, at least trial version (such as Photoshop)
  • Trekking boots and adequate clothes for outdoor
  • Raincoat


We will stay at charming rural guesthouses, owned by locals and classified with 3 flowers in shared double rooms with private bathrooms.


3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

Meals are cooked by traditional recipes and most ingredients come from local farmers. The food is very tasty as it is grown through traditional farming methods. Lunch can be a snack, picnic or on the go.

Journey start and finish place:

Rupea, in the center of Romania.

Included in the tour package:

  • Rural photography expert guide
  • Round-trip transfer from Rupea on the first day and last last day of the workshop
  • Daily transportation between locations
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in shared double room. Single room occupancy is 60 EUR extra
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners

Not included in the tour package:

  • Medical insurance
  • International transport
  • Visa related costs
  • Entrance tickets
  • For more information please check terms and conditions.

Responsible tourism aspects:

  • Most food ingredients are produced by local farmers
  • Traveling in small groups, on short distances
  • Pension owners are locals thus contributing to local economy
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