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Photography - Best Tours & Trips 2019

Whether you're an amateur or well practiced, photography focused group tours and excursions have become increasingly popular. They are often specified to a subject or theme, making it a great opportunity to meet like minded travelers. Set your f-stop and shutter speed and let Stride help you get shooting!

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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Top Photography Experiences and Attractions

Top Photography Experiences

Capturing the diversity of species in one shot on a Galapagos Islands tour

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Discovering how to capture the essence of the foggy Scottish shoreline

Getting perfect action shots on a ski tour in Switzerland

Perfectly capturing the vibrancy and crowds on a busy night in Shanghai, China.

Learning how to use an external shutter release to capture the incredible Northern Lights in Iceland

 

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Photography Trip Reviews

115 Photography Tour Reviews - Summary 98% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 99
Great 15
Average 0
Disappointing 0
Terrible 1
Value
4.8
Guide
4.8
Activities
4.9
Lodging
4.9
Transportation
4.9
Meals
4.9

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Enjoyed traveling with Pothigai Tours to Sri Lanka

5.0
Pothigai Tours and Travels
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Pothigai has made a good hotel arrangement and Good cab service for the tours. We really enjoyed the tour and Guide is so flexible. Sri Lanka locations are beautiful especially madhu river boating, whale watching and dambulla cave temple etc., We appreciate pothigai guys for the excellent arrangement

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Operator Pothigai Tours and Travels

I recommend with closed eyes!!! Excellent service

5.0
Travel Zone Greece Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

At First I was a little afraid to close the cruise for a company I didn't know and even more distance. But I recommend with closed eyes!!! Excellent service. And look I'm detail, boring really.. lol. I traded several emails with Susana. Several questions. And everything responded immediately. Susana is exceptional!! solved flawless everything for our trip! Very Happy!!!

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Operator Travel Zone Greece

We had a great time in India

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 5.0

It was an Lifetime experience for me and my family. I want to thank Indus team for all the help in getting us signed up for the tour. Indus did a great job of not only planning the tour but also executing the plan. Everything was delightful and worked perfectly. The hotels were very good and the experience was very educational. The tour guide was wonderful, knowledgeable and experienced and knew when to take us a different route through a place based on the people traffic. The driver was excellent and very nice and his assistant was always available to be helpful. Our four companions were great and we were a very congenial group and we all had interesting conversations and many good laughs. I wouldn't hesitate to use Indus in the future and I hope that you will keep us on your mailing list so that we see and at least droll over the various offerings you have. We may be dealing with you again! One can never tell :-).

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Operator Indus Travels

EBC

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Outstanding trustworthy company who actually are given clients by Adventure nation & Thrillophillia. Shall love to go with them again.

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Operator We Ramblers

Mesmerizing

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I don't know where to start, Rohit was absolutely fantastic on his service, from our first email to arriving in India to the end of our 6-day tour. He made us feel safe and our every concern, issues were sorted out without any fuss. He made sure we were comfortable all the times and he checked with our Driver. Mr. Ajeet Singh (driver) who was also great, he was always on time and happy to take us where we wanted to go once our sightseeing had finished.

We felt that SafeHands customer service is excellent and Rohit understands his clients.

Also, price wise Rohit was very reasonable.

Thank you so much for planning our 6-day tour and we enjoyed every moment of it and will recommend you and your company to our friends and family.

Keep up the great work Rohit.

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Operator SafeHands Travels

Unique & exciting trip!

5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

While spending two months in TZ volunteering I went on multiple trips with Alaitol Safaris LTD. The first was a 4-day safari. Our driver and guide, Ramos, was amazing. He seemed to know everyone there and was able to us to see everything possible. He was also an excellent a driver, one of the best I've seen. I don't know how he was able to fly down a winding 2-track road at 60mph, but he did, and it was a thrill. We also met some of he best people we've known in Arusha through Alaitol and the safari. Chatting with new friends and bonding with the staff at the campfires will forever be a great memory here in Tanzania.
Then, during our last week here we climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. After a lot of discussion about pros and cons of each route we chose Rongai, the wilderness route, definitely the right decision. Our guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and most of all assured our summit. They did everything right. From making sure we walked pole pole to acclimatize, medicating us appropriately, and treating us as friends along the way. Our lead guide, Husein, took me on a solo climb up an additional peak at Mawenzi, one of the most memorable experiences I'll have. From scaling up a rock face to scrabbling down the steep sandy slopes basically skiing, the experience was one of a kind.
The entire Alaitol team is truly spectacular. Every step of the way they've shown us a great time and have been a valuable resource for any questions that we had.

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Operator Alaitol Safaris

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Photography Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Whether you're an amateur or well practiced, photography focused group tours and excursions have become increasingly popular. They are often specified to a subject or theme, making it a great opportunity to meet like minded travelers. Set your f-stop and shutter speed and let Stride help you get shooting!

Capturing the Perfect Moment on a Photography Tour

It’s a feeling every photographer, novice, amateur, and professional alike will recognize. That elation when you’ve captured the perfect moment; the sun filtered just right through the clouds, the fleeting smile from a local, the curiosity of a child, the exciting safari moment, an elusive animal, the perfect shadows highlighting the nuance of ancient architecture. Photography guided tours will enlighten and enhance your skills as you discover a new f-stop setting for a specific light situation, or learn the opimal shutter speed to perfectly capture the aurora borealis.

Landscape & Nature Photography

Landscape and nature photography can take you anywhere and everywhere. Choose a destination based on the scenery you are interested in, but also keep in mind the difficulty in getting to this scenery. For example, Himalayan mountainscapes make for great photos, but don't show the effort the photographer had to go through to lug heavy equipment up a steep mountainside. Whichever landscape takes your interest, the best times for photographs will usually be early in the morning and later in the evening (the middle of the day often means glare and sharp shadows).

So plan your trip accordingly. It's also worth planning your trip around certain seasons. Rain is obviously a hurdle to most outdoor photography, and grey dreary skies can ruin otherwise beautiful landscape shots. This doesn't mean you have to travel during the country's summer, however. For example, forest scenes can be even more colorful in autumn, and a layer of snow can make even a dull a landscape look magical.

Wildlife Photography Tours

Wildlife photography often requires quick reflexes and even quicker camera gear. Choose gear that can be used in low light and can capture fast movement (if only those darn animals would just stand still!). Safaris are a great way to spot animals. Africa is a wildlife photographer's dream, with numerous iconic safari parks and a high chance of seeing animals (maybe even the Big Five!).

While visitors to South America may want to dive straight into the Amazon, the wetlands on the outskirts of the jungle, such as the Pantanal in Brazil and the Pampas in Bolivia, offer better chances of wildlife sightings. For those more interested in bird life, birding hotspots can be found on every continent, though be sure to bring a decent zoom lens.

Street Photography

Street photography can be difficult, as it usually involves capturing people in natural situations. If you ask permission first, it may ruin the shot (i.e. people will pose and smile for the camera), but if you don't, you may get in trouble. Different cultures have different attitudes towards being photographed, so bear this in mind when choosing a destination.

For example, people in parts of Africa and aboriginal Australians may object to their photo being taken due to cultural beliefs, and people in Western Europe may find it rude to have their photo taken without permission (and taking photos of children you don't know is usually a big NO!). In some places, especially poorer cities with a large number of tourists, people may agree to a photograph for a fee, or may agree to the photo then ask for money afterwards. In most places, if you take photographs of street performers, it is expected that you give some money.

Do some research regarding photographing people in your destination of choice, but also accept that it takes a bit of trial and error. If somebody objects to having their photo taken, accept this and move on, and if you have already taken the photo, offer to delete it while they watch. It's annoying to have to miss out on a great photo, but be polite and accept that it's their decision. 

Underwater Photography

Underwater photography need not be seen as off-limits by travel photographers. True, going underwater requires watertight casings, and going deep underwater requires all sorts of lighting equipment and specialist knowledge. However, great underwater shots can be captured using a simple point-and-shoot waterproof camera, and relatively cheap waterproof casings can be bought for cameras such as GoPros.

Choose a destination with clear, shallow water, where sea life and underwater formations can be seen from the surface. For great snorkeling encounters, try the coral reefs of Indonesia, the giant whale sharks of the Philippines, humpback whales in the Dominican Republic, harmless jellyfish in Palau, the iconic Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and the incomparable Galapagos Islands.

Architecture & Monument Photography

Architectural structures and monuments are perhaps the easiest things to photograph, but the hardest things to photograph well. Beautiful European cities such as Paris and Vienna are perfect for strolling around the streets snapping shots of pretty buildings, and countries with incredible monuments such as Egypt and Cambodia make for impressive photos.

When photographing structures, seek out the unusual and the original. Does the world really need another photo of the Eiffel Tower, or should you look for some lesser known sights? Also, when photographing a monument or building, try to find an unusual angle to give your photographs some originality. Get down low or climb up high, or try to zoom in on a certain aspect.

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