Havana Photography Workshop

with photographer Dan Callis


Jan. 13-20, 2018 - 2 spots left

March 17 - 24, 2018

$1850 incl. accommodation and most meals

Limited to 8 people

Do you have a small group of friends or camera club who would like a custom workshop?

Contact me to discuss dates.        tel:902.499.1290

Get off the tourist path and see the real Havana!

$1850 includes accommodation and most meals

Arrive Saturday, depart the following Saturday.

American Citizens can legally attend:

“This responds to your license application submitted to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), requesting authorization to engage in travel-related transactions involving Cuba.

Please note that the November 9, 2017 amendments to the Regulations restrict persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction from engaging in direct financial transactions with entities and subentities identified on the State Department’s List of Restricted Entities and Subentities Associated with Cuba, with certain exceptions; add requirements to certain categories of educational travel; remove the authorization for individual people-to-people educational travel; add requirements to the travel authorization Support for the Cuban People; and amend the definition of “Prohibited officials of the Government of Cuba.”

To the extent that the proposed travel transactions described in your request fall within the scope of one of the above-referenced general license provisions, you may proceed without further authorization from OFAC. Please note that each person relying on a general license must retain specific records related to authorized travel transactions. See 31 C.F.R. §§ 501.601, 501.602.”

For an AUTHENTIC ADVENTURE join professional photographer Dan Callis on assignment in HAVANA, Cuba, a city almost frozen in time with its colonial architecture and old cars. Present day Havana may still echo the 1950’s but you’ll also find a vibrant culture with amazing music, African influences, and, of course, cigars, rum, and dancing!

In Havana you’ll find resourceful, proud and friendly people, all part of an urban landscape that is so visually rich you’ll have trouble deciding what not to photograph.

Photographers of all levels are welcome. It will be a cultural experience seen through your lens. We will live in Central Havana, a busy Cuban neighbourhood just a few blocks from the Malecon and a short walk to Old Havana.


$1850 per person, (plus 15% hst for Canadians).

We have Americans and Europeans as well as Canadians attend. Everyone is welcome.

Deposit: $500 is required to hold your space. Balance due 8 weeks prior to start date.

Refunds: Refunds may be made 8 weeks prior to start date, a 25% administration fee will be deducted. Payment is otherwise nonrefundable unless the trip is cancelled by Dan due to low enrolment, illness or any other unforeseen circumstance.

What’s included: Accommodation with breakfast every day, dinner at home base, (5 days), and workshop tuition.

What’s not included: Airfare, ground transportation, Cuban meals other than those provided at home base and all other personal or incidental expenses including entrance fees, taxis etc.


Digital camera and laptop with editing software. Ideally something like Lightroom or Capture One.



Small Group - Individual Attention - Cultural Immersion

The small number of participants ensures I can give you individual attention and attend to the different skill levels. We explore different areas of the city every day and return to home base where we will edit, process and generally discuss your images.

I am there to give you guidance every step of the way. A small group of like minded people from different backgrounds and age groups makes for a great learning environment.

We live with Cuban families in a busy Cuban neighbourhood within walking distance to the big hotels and tourist areas. There are very few tourists in our immediate neighbourhood and there are great photo opportunities right outside the door. We will hit the must see tourist areas but also go where few tourists can be found.


Saturday - Participants arrive

Sunday to Thursday - Photography activities

Friday - Personal day

Saturday - Participants depart

CONTACT: To reserve your spot or to get more information, please contact Dan Callis

tel: 902.499.1290   email    website: dancallis.com


                                                          MEET DAN: I’ve been traveling to Cuba since the early       

                                                            1990’s. My first visits were to Santiago de

                                                            Cuba, where I was instantly taken by the

                                                            beauty of the place, the friendly people and

                                                            the music. I’ll never forget getting off the bus

                                                            Parque Cespedes and walking a few meters to

                                                            La Casa de la Trova. Wow! The music! I was

                                                            hooked. After returning to Santiago de Cuba

                                                            several times, a friend suggested we try

                                                            Havana. We found Havana to be an endlessly

                                                            fascinating place. We found jazz clubs that

                                                            blew our minds, son groups playing for tourists

                                                            that were so numerous and talented, I just

                                                            can’t begin to describe them - and the salsa, or ‘timba’ groups who don’t even start playing until midnight. Then there was the folkloric music, which stole my heart, mind, and soul - rumba, abakua, and the religious bata drums. I was hooked all over again. I spent 15 years hunting out the folkloric music and the great people who play these drums and dance and sing this beautiful music. I’ve done workshops in Havana and Matanzas with the best groups. I met musicians whose American contemporaries I would never have an opportunity to meet. In Havana they invite you into their homes! A world like no other. I’ve been so fascinated by Havana I forgot to take pictures. I can’t explain why. I’ve been a photographer my entire life. That’s where the idea was born to start the Havana Photography Workshops - a half dozen like-minded people exploring a city that has captivated me for years.

ACCOMMODATION: Secure accommodation in a  private room with bath. Part of the cultural experience is meeting Cuban's where they live. We stay in 2 or 3 B&B's, depending on the size of the group, all within a couple of blocks. We gather each morning at home base for breakfast together. There we discuss the day ahead and return to edit, process and discuss our photographs. Home base is where we gather day and night. We arrange wonderful family like dinners at home or venture out to one of the many restaurants in the area. Cuban food is no longer the disappointment it was 10 years ago and there are some very good eateries within walking distance, including a very good one right across the street where the average meal is around $10. There are also many higher end restaurants popping up around the city.


Breakfast at home base is excellent and generous. Fruit, bread, eggs, Cuban coffee.

The airport taxi to downtown is $25CUC’s. From home base we’ll walking most of the time, but taxis or bicycle cabs, ( for 2 ppl), are everywhere if you’re feeling tired, and usually cost btw 4 and 7 CUC’s to anywhere in Havana, (except the airport!).

A ride in a 1950’s taxi can be quite a thrill!

Note:  Visitors to Cuba now must have proof of valid medical insurance. Participants are responsible for ensuring all necessary documentation is current and valid.

Money must be converted to Cuban Convertible Peso at the airport or at a bank.

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