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A Beginner’s Guide to Photography Holidays

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Do you daydream about exploring the world and photographing stunning sights? Make your dreams a reality and capture the memories forever, with a photography holiday. Whether you’re just starting out with basic photography skills or you have a bit more experience, you’ll find there’s plenty of benefits of a tutored photography tour.

Find out more in our guide to photography holidays, including our pick of the best photography holidays and locations, then learn about the travel equipment to take with you, and whether these photography trips are right for you.

What are photography holidays?

Capture the sunrise on landscape photography holidays

Photography holidays combine visiting some of the most stunning locations in the world with improving your photography skills. You can travel independently to anywhere in the world and take photo after photo, but you might end up with pictures that don’t do the stunning location justice.

Instead, why not go on an organised photography holiday? Run by experienced photographers, you will get to learn new skills, improve your techniques and develop your eye for taking great photos. Even if you’re relatively new to photography, there are a number of photography trips for beginners that will provide an opportunity for you to get some tuition from an expert and take photographs you can be proud of. And if you’re a more experienced photographer, you’ll no doubt appreciate feedback on your photos and advice from a professional who shares your passion for photography. Whatever your experience, a photography holiday can help you take your photographs to the next level.

What equipment do I need for a photography holiday?

The type of equipment you will need to bring with you will vary according to your photography trip provider. In fact, many photography tutors will provide most of the extra equipment (such as tripods and rain covers) you need and recommend you leave your own at home. Whether it’s provided or you need to take it with you, here is a list of the essential travel photography equipment you’ll need:

  • Camera: The most important thing to take with you! Ideally you should take a digital SLR camera. Every camera is slightly different in its operation and ergonomics, so ensure you’re comfortable with how to access all of your camera’s programmes and settings before you leave for your photography trip.
  • Lenses: In most cases, your most useful lens is going to be a 24-70 range. However for landscape shots, most experts recommend you also bring a wide angle lens (16-35) and a longer (70-300) lens too. If your photography holiday involves night time shooting, a lens with a F2.8 aperture and a 16-35mm or 24mm lens is perfect for capturing night skies.
  • Filters and Polariser: If you have favourite filters, you can take these with you. A polariser is great for capturing the vividness and contrast in your photo, making it ideal for landscape photography. This can save you time during your post-shoot editing.
  • Laptop: While not essential, and sometimes provided by the photography tour organiser, a laptop can be very useful. You’ll get a better view of your day’s shots than you will on the back of the camera. This is a great opportunity to discuss your techniques and imagery with the instructor, ready to make improvements the next day.
  • Memory cards: The last thing you want to do is run out of storage before your trip is over, so always bring plenty of spare memory cards. Most instructors will recommend that you shoot in RAW, which are 3-4 times as large as JPEG files. So be prepared!
  • Battery charger and spare batteries: Just like your memory cards, taking battery life into account can save you a lot of frustration. This is especially important if you choose to use the LCD screen to frame or review your shots. Bring a charger, spare batteries and remember to charge them up whenever you get the opportunity to make sure you can shoot all day.
Equipment you'll need on a photography holiday

Where to go on a photography trip?

There are some stunning locations across the world you can visit for a truly memorable photography trip. We’ve chosen some of our favourite types of photography tour, along with some places you could consider for your next travel photography holiday.

  • Wildlife: Wildlife photography holidays give you the cance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most photogenic animals in their natural environment. With so much choice, you’ll need to think about the type of wildlife you’d most like to see. African safari photography tours are in high demand, with lions, elephants, rhinos and more waiting to be your next subject, and Kenya is a particularly popular destination for a wildlife photography holiday. Alternatively if you’d like to get up close to some exotic reptiles or insects, consider a trip to the Amazon for a more unconventional wildlife photography tour.
  • Landscape: Landscape photography holidays let you capture the Earth’s complexity with landscape shots at different times of day. If you’ve got an adventurous streak, the rugged mountains and crashing seascapes of Norway and the Lofoten Islands are popular destinations for photography expeditions. Or why not visit the Plitvice lakes of Croatia, where keen photographers are sure to appreciate the light and depth of their picturesque surroundings.
  • Architecture: The best photography holidays don’t have to take place in remote locations – you can capture some stunning shots in cities across the world. Why not visit the beautiful city of Dubrovnik? There’s so much stunning architecture to see, including the Walls of Dubrovnik, Minčeta Tower, Bokar fortress and so much more.

Is a photography holiday right for me?

If you’re looking for a relaxing, leisurely holiday, travel photography holidays are probably not right for you. Some of the most beautiful photos are taken at dawn, with the early morning sun offering stunning photo opportunities. Or you might be staying up late into the night to capture aurora borealis against the dark sky. It’s also worth remembering that some photography holidays can be physically demanding and many require a moderate fitness level. You may be required to hike off road or on steep inclines, or shoot in very cold or hot temperatures.

However, if you’ve got a taste for adventure and a creative eye, a photography holiday could be just what you need to hone your technical skills and capture your most stunning pictures yet.

Preserve your photography trip memories with acrylic prints

How to showcase your travel photography

When you come back from your photography holiday, you’ll no doubt want to display your pictures with pride. Want guests to marvel at the quality of your landscapes? Fill a photo book and take friends and family through your travel journey. Or why not look a lion in the eyes as you wake each day, with a large Canvas Print on your bedroom wall that takes you back to your wildlife photography holiday? Alternatively, Acrylic Prints allow light to pass through the glass, making the colours on your photograph look even brighter and sharper. Available in a wide range of sizes, right up to 100 x 150 cm, they’re perfect for showcasing your most impressive travel shots.

acrylic prints are perfect for showcasing your photography tour shots

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One Reply to “A Beginner’s Guide to Photography Holidays”

  • Tiffany Locke says:

    I like that this article explains the different types of trips, such as a wildlife photography tour that helps you get close to exotic animals, such as seeing reptiles in the Amazon or lions in Kenya. When choosing where to go, it would probably be a good idea to consider what wildlife you’d like to see as well as what you’re budget is. Once you know what you’re looking for, it might help to look online to research the various tour locations and companies to determine which one can provide the experience you’re looking for.

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