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198 trips to Photography tours from 138 tour companies. 282 reviews. 4.9/5 avg rating.

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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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group 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 Tour 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 Ship 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 Guided 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.
Self Guided / Independent Tour 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 Ship 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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Iceland Photo Adventure Vacation

6 days
$ 866 / day
$ 5,195
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Iceland's Highlands : A diverse mix of dramatic landscapes
  • Expand your photographic technique
  • Express your creativity
  • Enjoy Icelandic delicacies like arctic char, trout, free-range lamb and reindeer
Visits:
Gullfoss, Reykjavík, Iceland
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Rainforest Wildlife Photography Tour

5 days
$ 459 / day
$ 2,294
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Pro Cameras and Lenses Included
  • Two nights at the Tambopata Research Center
  • Visit Macaw clay licks, two oxbow lakes and a jungle tower
  • Visit All 3 of our lodges for great photography opportunities
  • Learn to use pro equipment to get the best photos
Visits:
Puerto Maldonado, Peru
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Photographic Safari

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 742 / day
$ 6,679
From : $ 9,017
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Special Photographic Safari guided by Paul Goldstein
  • Comfortable safari at intimate tented camp with walk in tents and en suite facilities
  • Prolific wildlife of the Masai Mara including lion, elephant, hippo, and giraffe
  • Game drives geared towards ensuring good quality and frequent photographic opportunities
Visits:
Nairobi, Kenya
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Advanced Photo Workshop: San Francisco

National Geographic Expeditions
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
4 days
$ 399 / day
$ 1,595
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Learning photo techniques and enjoying a talk by our National Geographic expert.
  • Lectures and demonstrations designed to enhance your ability to tell powerful stories through a variety of advanced photography techniques
  • Discover the eclectic neighbourhoods of San Francisco in and around Union Square
Visits:
San Francisco, United States
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Photography Tour
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Photography Tour

8 days
$ 291 / day
$ 2,330
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore the many monuments in the UNESCO and World Heritage Site Petra.
  • Visit Citadel and Roman
  • Enjoy a photography workshop
  • Visit the Crusaders Castle
  • visit the old village of Dana Nature
Visits:
Amman, Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum, Jordan
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Dubrovnik Croatia Photo Adventure Vacations

6 days
$ 666 / day
$ 3,995
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Dubrovnik, experience Principles of Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique.
  • Explore Cavtat fascinating and cultured destination in itself is an amazing place to spend the day capturing yet another image of Croatia
  • See the Mostar Old Bridge and Old City are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Visit Dubrovnik to the great island of Korčula
Visits:
Dubrovnik, Korcula Island, Croatia
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5-Day Guilin & Yangshuo Professional Photogra ...

5 days
$ 106 / day
$ 529
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Experience Li River Cruise
  • Explore Yangshuo Countryside Cycling
  • Discover Langzi Ancient village
  • Admire the Moon Hill in the distance
  • Visit Xingping
  • Visit Laozhai Hill
Visits:
Guilin, Yangshuo, China
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Iceland Midnight Sun Photography Workshops

12 days
$ 575 / day
$ 6,900
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Photograph varied and amazing landscape
  • Share experience and technique with great group of other enthusiastic photographers
  • Take your photography skills to a higher level


Visits:
Lake Myvatn, Reykjavík, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland
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Spring Photo Workshop in Iceland

7 days
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Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Landscapes & Nature photography
  • Learn about Visual design and composition
  • Understand, work and play with light
  • Learn The basics of editing the photograph accelerated (time-lapse)
Visits:
Gullfoss, Hraunfossar Falls, Reykjavík, Snaefellsjökull Glacier, Thingvellir National park, Iceland
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Fiji Islands- Photography & Fish / Shark I.D. ...

9 days
$ 384 / day
$ 3,453
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Fiji Island  which is known as the Friendly Isles because of the friendly locals
  • Visit Namena Marine Park and have an opportunity to Diving
  • You will also have a wonderful photo opportunities in Fiji Islands
Visits:
Fiji
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Nepal Photography Holiday

10 days
$ 273 / day
$ 2,735
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Architectural wonders seem to appear on every corner. Stupas radiating colorful prayer flags; frantic vegetable and spice markets. This is Kathmandu - ancient, spiritual and totally alive.
  • See five of the highest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest, on our optional 45-minute mountain flight. Our special plane has only window seats, so you get a birds eye view on the roof of the world. Wow.
  • kilometers of lush forest, marsh and grassland – with sizable populations of endangered Indian Rhino, Tigers, Leopards and rare Dolphins. A feast for the nature lover.
  • Perfect triangular mountains; three the highest anywhere. Millpond calm lake - perfectly reflecting the snowy peaks. And a buzzing lakeshore village. Welcome to Pokhara.
  • Tibetan monks in maroon robes and with shaved heads wander the prayer flag–decked streets while pilgrims spin prayer wheels and stock up on yak butter and tsampa
Visits:
Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Mount Everest, Pokhara, Nepal
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Cuba Carnival Photo Tour

8 days
$ 424 / day
$ 3,395
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Take outstanding photos of Cuban people and activities away from the tourist scene
  • Learn about the forbidden pictures Capture the interior of Cuban houses
  • Discover a boxing gym of a former Olympic Champion
  • Get expert tuition on a camera´s configuration, proper lense use, etc
Visits:
Havana, Trinidad, Cuba
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Wildlife and Photography Cruise, Prince William S ...

8 days
$ 512 / day
$ 4,095
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Experience the beauty of Prince William Sound from a working 65-foot yacht
  • Enjoy photo opportunities while watching for migrating birds, whales, otters, dolphins, and mountain goats
  • Kayak or hike everyday -- the best weather of the year usually happens in May in South Central Alaska
Visits:
Alaska, Anchorage, United States
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10 Days-Photography-Predators & Migration

10 days
$ 472 / day
$ 4,720
From : $ 5,381
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Tanzania's Top 3 safari destinations
  • See the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater & Tarangire
  • Excellent year-round big game viewing
  • Witness the Wildebeest Migration in season
  • Fully inclusive accommodation
  • Water bar, infinity pool & spa
Visits:
Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
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Galapagos Birding and Photo Cruise

17 days
$ 588 / day
$ 9,990
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore galapagos islands which are a naturalist’s dream, and millions of photographs have been and fascinating finches endemic to the islands.
  • Visit the charles darwin research center, which has interesting exhibits on galapagos wildlife
  • Visit isabela island, urbina bay and have an opportunity to snorkeling and you can share the reef with galapagos penguins
  • Explore santiago island and visit buccaneer’s cove, which was used as pirate hideout in the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Enjoy while cruising to extraordinary islands and view the sea lions and other kind of wildlife
Visits:
Galapagos, Isabela Island, Isla Santa Fe, Quito, San Cristobal, Santa Cruz Island, Santiago, Ecuador
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Photography Trip Reviews

282 Photography Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.9 out of 5
Excellent 261
Great 17
Average 2
Disappointing 1
Terrible 1
Value
4.9
Guide
4.9
Activities
4.9
Lodging
4.9
Transportation
4.9
Meals
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Amazing team lead by an amazing person!

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

Africa Joy Tours has one of the most friendly staff I have met and it shows that for them customer's satisfaction and happiness is the most important.

I went on a trek to Killimanjaro and the entire team ensured that I was well taken care off. From the moment I met them till the time I left Moshi, I was always made to feel like a part of their family.

A special thanks to the head of the show Mr. Clinton for making my birthday on Kilimanjaro so special and to Joseph my guide for ensuring I reach the peak safe and sound!

Thank you! You guys are amazing!

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Operator Africa Joy Tours

Thanks to Beatrice for Helping my Tibet Pilgrimage

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

As a buddhist, Lhasa is a sacred city to me. Thanks to Beatrice for help with my Lhasa Pilgrimage. She answered my questions patiently and helped to organize my tours to different monasteries. I really enjoyed this trip, especially to Dark Yerba hermitage and Ganden Monastery. Thanks very much.

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Operator Great Tibet Tour

Nepal is always my best destination in the world

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

While I was in Nepal last year. Nepal is also one of the best destinations in the world. More different than in other countries. Diversity in culture, religion, landscapes, land of mountains and beyond mountains. Thank you Travel Max Guide for organizing my round trip to Nepal. The team is good enough to handle all kinds of situations in a good manner.

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Operator Travel Max Guide

Pleasure

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

Noura is a fantastic tour guid she knows alot and is very nice , you cant go wrong with her i highly recommend, thank you for a wonderful time, hope to see you soon again, oh and whatever you want she will do her best to organize it :), thank you for everything

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Operator Morocco private expert

Highly recommended.

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

I'm so glad that I used GeTS Holidays during my visit to the Kumbh Mela festival in Feb 2019. Their representatives understood my requests very well during communications. They helped me create a perfectly tailored plan. Everything ran smoothly. Their staff was caring and actively sought feedback during and after the trip. They delivered everything agreed upon professionally. Highly recommended.

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Operator GeTS Holidays

Memorable Trip to Egypt -- Thank to Travelish Tours!!

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

Egypt is one of those countries one should visit at least once in their lifetime. I was there in December 2018 and loved every moment of my presence in the land of river Nile, pharaohs, pyramids and much more. Thanks to Travelish Tours and their passionate CEO, Mahmoud Salah for making our trip so enjoyable and seamless. The entire trip was very well organized and we covered pretty much 75-80% of Egypt in 10 days from Cairo, Saqqara, Memphis, Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simble, Alexandria and Nile cruise, visiting all the key attractions with the guides who explained the history so coherently that we felt as if we went back in time to thousands of years ago. Thanks to Sam, Khalif and Sara, our guides in Cairo, Nile Cruise, and Alexandria respectively for sharing their passion, knowledge and welcoming us so warm heartedly.

I would highly recommend Travelish Tour to anyone planning to visit Egypt as the service the company provides is top class from airport pick up, best hotel accommodation, perfect Nile cruise, customized tours to knowledgeable guides. Mahmoud Salah, more popularly called as Momo, is a very humble individual who understands your needs and ensures your stay in his loving country becomes the most memorable trip of your life. His passion for his motherland’s rich cultural history and heritage and inherently caring attitude demonstrated through excellent organization of the trip and customized tours is indeed contagious.

We felt very safe in Egypt. If you want to explore it like locals contact Travelish Tour and forget about all other logistics as Travelish Tours will take care of all your needs. It would be the best decision you will make and I can vouch through my personal experience as Travelish Tours will ensure your visit to Egypt leaves an indelible mark in your travel memory.

Thank you Travelish tours and Momo for making our trip memorable and in the bargain we found a good friend in Momo!! :)

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Operator Travelish Tours

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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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