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 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 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.