How We Travel
Our adventures span many corners of the globe. Our philosophy is simple: it’s not just where you travel, but how you travel that makes the difference. It’s important to meet the people around the sites. We believe that is how you can get a true taste of the country and its peoples.
Our trips endeavor to provide opportunities to have fun, with a small group of like-minded people; veer off the main roads on our way to remote villages, ancient ruins, and a country’s unique cultures. We take advantage of our local contacts to discover the most picturesque of locations and best spots to capture the experience.
Our small groups of approximately 10 participants, or less, guarantee you can participate in everyday life in your travel location. In the accommodation choices we offer, we aim to reflect our clients' desire for clean, well-located, properties with private bath facilities. Our tours are highly active explorations requiring strength and stamina. Participants are expected to be able to walk, stand, stroll, and climb stairs over a variety of uneven surfaces for up to 3 hours or more at a time, often twice a day.
What to Expect on a Photo Tour
Travel generally involves different cultures, different styles and different ways of doing things, be prepared to living and adjusting to a way that is different from your usual environment. This is true for the location and culture you will be visiting as well as with those who you’ll be traveling with.
We consider group meal time a place for communicating, sharing ideas and getting to know each other and not appropriate for distractions from electronic devices. Please refrain from the following activities while at group meals: phone calls, reviewing images, reading emails or ebooks, in short no screens at meals. You should have ample opportunity to pursue these activities at other times.
Working with a group can be both a benefit and challenge. In some situations not everyone will be able to shoot everything they want without the interference of others in the group. To alleviate this dilemma we will, from time to time, set “photographic rules.” Sometimes these rules will limit the time, subject or location that members of the group may photograph. These “rules” will insure all participants will get a fair shot at all situations.
Participants will need to learn the art of getting the shot quickly. The group may need to move rapidly in some situations and if you want to get a shot you may only have seconds to set it up and get it. Practice this before the trip and refine your technique so that you’ll improve your chances at getting the best shot possible.
People & Portraits
If another photographer is taking a portrait of a person don’t shoot over their shoulder. Please don’t do this as it distracts the subject, and neither you or the other photographer are likely to get a good shot if the subject is looking back and forth between the two of you. If you want to shoot the same subject, ask the other photographer and subject if you may take a shot when they are done.
A common situation involves our group walking down the street, stopping to photographic subjects along the way. This is a great opportunity for photos but can be challenging due to the fast changing events.
Be aware of where you are in the group and where everyone else is. Know your camera, move swiftly and get the shot. Know where the group is going (a meeting point perhaps) and know where the hotel or bus is located, carry hotel cards and phone numbers if applicable. It’s okay to step into a store or alleyway for a moment, but don’t let the group disappear around a corner. Be aware if people are waiting for you, if so, you need to be quicker or more selective about choosing what to shoot. You’ll make better photos if you concentrate your time and energy on a few of the best subjects rather than trying to shoot everything that seems a bit interesting. If you find yourself at the back of the back on a regular basis, try working from the front and adjusting your pace and shot selection.
This is a photographic tour which means our main emphasis is photographing and experiencing the culture. Tour leader will be there to answer questions and lend helpful advice. Some participants are there to shoot, some to learn and shoot. Please let us know how we can help you out. Our group will have a wide variety of photographic experience and education. We welcome a shared learning experience, we encourage you to share your photographic wisdom with others.
This is a great opportunity to capture other photographers in action. We encourage you to capture images of other participants and submit them at the end of the trip so that we may create a collection of images of which we all will have access.
This is highly active tour requiring strength and stamina. Participants are expected to be able to walk, stand, stroll, and climb stairs over a variety of uneven surfaces for up to 3 hours or more at a time, often twice a day. Be advised that many “adventurous” countries have lots of steps and few elevators, packing light is always advisable.
New foods are a challenge for our digestive systems and can result in a variety ofreactions. To minimize this risk follow these steps.
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Consult with your doctor about required vaccinations and medicines that could be helpful
- Drink lots of water (Stay with bottled water in less developed areas)
- Get the best rest you can (Don’t stay up all night editing your images)
- Pace yourself in all your activities
- Avoid touching your eyes or face
- If you have a restrictive diet be prepared to cope with the available foods
Here is an example of a typical day:
6:30/7:00 am Optional photo walk in area of hotel
8:15 am Breakfast
9:30 am 1st Photo Event
12:30 am Lunch
2:00 pm Break
4:00 pm 2nd Photo Event
6:00 pm Optional Photo walk/event
8:00 pm Dinner
10:00 pm End of day
Photographers don’t like to eat during the “magic hour” this most notably means that dinners are a bit later in the evening than some people prefer. Dinners will often take place between 7:30pm and 10pm, and sometimes later. To stay energized through those long
shooting secessions try carrying a few small snacks (energy bars) in your camera bag.
Be on Time! - Seconds count when traveling. We only have a limited time and we must learn to make the most of it. The first step is for everyone to listen carefully and be on time for all group activities. When a time is stated i.e. “on the bus at 9am,” what this really means is that you should plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. This will give you a bit of extra time should something delay you. Please don’t be the one holding up the rest of the group.
The Vehicle/Mini Bus
Loading and unloading the bus doesn't seem like a complicated idea but precious minutes can be lost due to poor efficiency. To reduce the time, have your gear packed and ready to go before loading or unloading. Move as quickly as possible to clear the isle for the
next person. Take your seat and settle yourself while allowing other to pass by.
Time & Light
Use it wisely - Great photographic opportunities come and go quickly, to capture these one must be prepared and not distracted. There will be designated times for non-photographic activities like: shopping, social media, downloading, editing and etc. We will not divert the groups plans to address these needs, i.e. stopping the bus to purchase a souvenir while the group is in route to a photo event.