If you are a keen photographer, going on a photography tour can be an amazing adventure. Exploring new places, meeting new people, and having the chance to improve your skills; what’s not to love?
With hundreds of photography tours being run left, right and center, it can sometimes be a challenge to find the right one.
To help you weigh up your options when selecting a photography tour, we have put together some useful tips, below:
Ask yourself whether you are inspired
Before you think about booking yourself a place on a photography tour, the first thing to ask is whether you are inspired. Look at the portfolio of work of the master photographer, and ask yourself whether they inspire you.
As well as looking at the photo portfolio, log onto Facebook and Instagram and have a look at the photographer’s other work. If you like what you see, that’s great. If not, it might be wise to keep looking for a photography tour. There’s no point paying out a lot of money to travel with a photography expert if their work just doesn’t do it for you.
Does the focus interest you?
As well as ensuring that the master photographer’s work inspires you, it’s also important that the tour focus interests you. There is no point booking yourself onto a tour that doesn’t interest you, as if you are not interested, you won’t get as much out of it.
For example, if the tour is focused on bugs and insects and you are interested in nature and wildlife, then that’s ideal. However, if nature doesn’t interest you, then a tour focused on bugs and insects wouldn’t be a good choice for you.
Find out how many people will be on the tour
Ideally, you want to book yourself onto a tour that will have the smallest amount of other travellers as possible. Between eight and 12 people is the ideal number, any higher, and the tour will probably be overcrowded, which is not what you want.
Going on a photography tour with too many other people will mean that you get less one-on-one time with the main photographer. Plus, it may also mean that you blend into the crowd, and your work and skills won’t get the attention they need.
Is the trip photography focused?
This might sound odd, but some companies treat tours like a normal vacation, with little time for photography.
The first thing you need to do is check whether the company has good reviews, you can do this by Googling the name of the company. If the reviews you come across are good, that’s great, but if they aren’t, it might be best to go with a different company.
The next thing you can do is look at the itinerary of the trip – are there time slots set aside especially for photography? Any good photography tour will set aside different times each day for photography. This should include photoshoots, as well as group and one-on-one photography lessons.
By following these handy tips, you can ensure that the next photography tour your go on is up to scratch. It might take a bit of effort doing your research, but it’s worthwhile. Especially, if you are passionate about photography and want the best experience possible.