– Trips for Photographers seem a bit more expensive than other trips to same destinations, why?
In contrary to other, random trips…
- We design and execute together with our colleagues abroad tailor made, boutique operations. Each and every workshop is designed to answer the unique expectations and needs of photographers down to the minutest details. This is not mass-production, these are unique specialized products, each and every one of them.
- ALL entries and attractions are included. There are no ‘optionals’ during our workshops – anything we find worth inclusion in a destination as part of the intended workshop is included and priced ahead accordingly. You can find a full list of “what is included” at the end of each and any of our programmes. Compare that to a ‘skelleton’ itinerary (where you are asked to pay on site) and you’ll find a difference of up to hundreds of $$$.
- Number of participants: In order to maintain a real workshop atmosphere, number of participants is restricted (8-16 participants). Number of participants in usual organized trips double and tripple that number. This means: a. By far a higher quality experience for any participant and b. Yes, it costs a bit more per head.
- Last but by al means not least – this is after all a workshop. What a participant buys is a. An operation carefully designed by photographers for photographers, and b. A rich, intensive learning experience in photography. Local professional authorized tour guides AND professional photography mentoring. This makes a huge difference, and… this difference also means a difference in price.
Bottom line, we are discussing about two totally different products on any level, and the prices are accordingly different. In each case you get what you’ve paid for, for better or for worse.
– When you say ‘workshop’, what do you really mean?
1. In planning – Taking care of the setting and build-up of the itinerary in a way that creates experimenting and learning opportunities (what; where; when) from a photographer’s point of view (right lighting hours, what happens where etc.)
2. On site: technical inputs and mentoring. The itineraries we build present opportunities for a rich vairety of photography techniques (wide panoramas, night shots and long exposures, HDR, street photography etc.). We are there to follow you hand in hand through the creative process, each to the measure of help needed.
3. Group discussions and works reviews: we create the opportunity and the right setting to review together our works and offer constructive fedback for those who wish. This is the best way to see improvement in skill and understanding of the medium from day to day.
4. Our workshops are far from being strictly technical. We find it a most effective way to go deeper and refine one’s style, find and crystallize his/ her ‘voice’ as a photographer.
– Do I have to be a professional photographer to join one of your workshops?
Not at all. You have to know and love photography, you need to come with a healthy appetite to experiment and grow – these are the entry requirements.
At Trips for Photographers we believe that professionality is defined first and foremost by one’s attitude, not necessarily by the way one earns his living.
Our workshops are so designed to serve both, the experienced, seasoned photographers by offering optimal opportunities at fascinating locations for winning shots, and the amateurs, those eager to grow and hon their skills and understanding of the medium.
During our workshops we create and offer learning opportunities for anyone who wants to use them.
– What is the default photography equipment I’ll need for such a workshop?
- Camera, you won’t catch many photos without that…
- Your default lens/ set of lenses. We highly recommend that you have with you a wide angle lens for landscape and architecture photos; zoom lens for versatility (like a 18-135mm for example). Beyond that any lens you love and would like to experiment with (Macro, Tele…)
- Tripod is highly recommended for long exposures, night shots etc.
- Remote control for long exposures
- Filters: Circular polarising filter; ND filter(s); GND filter
- Memory card(s)
- Extra battery. Long exposure photography usually drains the batteries, it’s always clever to have one spare.
– Can I bring another person (non photographer) with me?
Yes you can. In first place all of our destinations were handpicked for their picturesque beauty – Photo cruise on the Adriatic, hot air baloon ride in Cappadocia, Hymalalian Landscapes in Bhutan… Any traveler will love that. That’s by all means an experience you may want to share.
As about our discussions and review of works – your buddy may either join the discussion, sharing her/ his aestetic observations, or have a break from the group and have some free time.