Travel with me to the most photogenic places in the world

I teach photography for many years and I can say that the most successful courses are always actual workshops in some of the most photogenic countries on the planet. On such trips, just everything is dedicated to photography; taking photos during the whole day, evening lectures and evaluations of the photos of participants and most important – being constantly in the company with keen photographers, discussing numerous interesting (photography) topics. It is not just taking photos – it is living the photography. The combination of travelling, visiting these extraordinary places and taking photos will definitely improve your photography skills. I’ll show you some really special places, where I took my most iconic photos and you’ll return home not just with better photos, but also with some incredible travel memories. 

Together with Better Moments, we organize workshops to three different countries – India, Cuba and Sri Lanka. For more information see below.

Arne Hodalic, Photographer and photo editor of National Geographic Slovenia



Taj Mahal /Agra, northern India, Uttar Pradesh/ on the banks of the Yamuna River. It was built in the memory of the beautiful Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of a Mughal prince Shah Jahan. She had borne fourteen children, of whom four sons and three daughters survived. In AD 1628, Shah Jahan became king after a bloody battle of succession. In 1631, Shah Jahan went on an expedition to the south and Mumtaz Mahal, as always, accompanied him. But she died at the age of 39 in childbirth at Burhanpur. Shah Jahan was inconsolable and royal court was mourning for two years; there was no music, no feasting, and no celebration of any kind. Shah Jahan, who was a passionate builder, decided to erect a memorial to his queen. The site selected for the tomb was a garden by the Yamuna River, unshadowed by any other structure. Work on the mausoleum began in 1633 and 20,000 workers laboured for 17 years to build it. The most skilled architects inlay craftsmen, calligraphers, stone-carvers and masons came from all across India, Persia and Turkey. In 1658, Shah Jahan became very ill and a violent battle for succession broke out between his four sons. It was Aurangzeb who eventually triumphed by methodically eliminating his brothers. He captured his father Shah Jahan on 8 June 1658, and had him jailed at the Agra Fort, from where the old emperor could only look at the glorious Taj. He died in captivity.

Where: INDIA; Shivaratri Festival – the very essence of Holy India

When: 25 February – 6 March 2019


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Where: CUBA; Faces of Cuba
When: 16 November – 24 November 2019




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Where: SRI LANKA; Between heaven and sea
When: 2 February – 10 February 2020