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Inspiration, Education: Photography Holidays Booked With A Professional Guide

By Marc Adams

Have you ever toured scenic parts of the world, snapping pictures like mad, only to come home with a load of dud shots? Frustrating as it is to try and capture the image in your mind, there are those with keen eyes who can help you on your way. Photography holidays booked with a professional guide may give you the edge when it comes to honing your skills.

For one thing, such tours employ staff who understand a region exceptionally well. They know where to find photo worthy scenes. Guides can advise on lighting and position. Some even made their living from photography before branching into tourism.

One such tour could take you on an African safari, specifically Namibia, Tanzania or Botswana. Botswana guides offer camping tours, canoe fishing, long walks and drives with numerous opportunities to see and take pictures of wildlife. Develop techniques for framing lions, elephants and giraffes within the square box of your view to create an image outside of the box. Watch your skills improve with some guidance.

Explore a spectacular giant aloe forest in Namibia. Camp out at Fish River Canyon or examine a ghost town. Capture the coexistence of wildlife and unforgiving desert from sandy dunes to Namib-Naukluft National Park. Guides will help you get close enough to get the pulse of your subject, helping you bring it to life.

In Tanzania embark on an exciting tour of the Ngorongoro Crater and take on the challenge of capturing at least some of what you feel in this atmospheric setting. Learn not just how to compose a good photo, but to add some of yourself to it. Meet some of the friendly Maasai, though avoid meeting any of the local lions if you can. They are one good reason for a zoom lens.

Europe must not be forgotten when establishing a photographic plan. Somewhere on your dream list place southern France. In particular, make your way to Camarque where a professional will aid you in shooting images of wild white horses galloping along the edge of the Mediterranean. Gironde features stilt fishing huts, marshland and quaint wooden boats. Develop your eye for background, foreground and balance.

Venice inspires romance, art and photography. Snap images of Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs. Immortalize gondolas and their boatmen working up and down the canals. For a change of setting pack lenses and tripod for a trip to Iceland to experience ice flows, waterfalls and beaches entirely made from black ash. Light a camp fire and train your developing eye on the fading light to tease out unexpected and atmospheric shapes. Move to a different continent entirely, delving into the history and life of China, from cities to rice fields to temples along rivers that roll calmly between mountains.

You should not neglect New Zealand or Australia. New Zealand offers a remote wildness with photographic opportunities around every corner. Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy has given it a unique place in modern culture – and the Maori will welcome visitors to experience its far older culture. Australia is even more ancient, a vast largely untamed expanse of wilderness ranging from lush tropical rainforest to scorching desert. Trips to both destinations are enhanced by travelling with a professional photographer who will guide and interpret them for you.

Add a further educational element to your holiday. Since experts travel along side you, they can share their expertise with digital photography. This includes how to make the most of your computer software to produce great work, whether you are a beginner or an expert.

Are you interested in inexpensive NZ photography holidays? We’ve got the low down now in our Photography tour New Zealand guide.

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