5 Reasons to Go on a Photography Vacation
If you love to visit beautiful places and want to polish your photography skills, then you would enjoy a photography vacation immensely.
Some may think that concentrating too much on photography will detract from experiencing the natural beauty of the places you visit. However, you can enhance your experience by using photography to help you understand what you’re seeing by dissecting its elements.
There doesn’t have to be a hard line between visual enjoyment and photographing an experience. A camera doesn’t have to be a distraction on a trip but rather a tool to help you better appreciate what you are seeing. Here are five good reasons to go on a photography tour vacation.
Gain unique perspectives
Photography allows you to delve deeper into a subject or place so that you can get a unique perspective, one that few others will ever get. You will get those “aha” moments such as appreciating how a particular tree is situated in the forest, or how the light affects the shape of something that would otherwise seem ordinary.
Photography gives you insight into your subjects that you will not gain otherwise, as you slice off a part of the world by looking through a lens and isolate a view or image that warrants a deeper look and appreciation.
Meet like-minded people
You will experience things through not only new eyes of your own, but through those of other people on the tour. You will meet other photography enthusiasts who share your love of the art and you can share once-in-a-lifetime experiences with like-minded people.
Together with other travelers, you can help each other with technical aspects of photography as you enjoy the camaraderie of hiking through terraced Inca fields and colorful mountains, traversing river banks, or watching gauchos ride Peruvian ponies. You are totally immersed in the experience, as well as documenting it with photographs.
Storage for pictures can always be a challenge. Photo storage devices can be the perfect way to manage and share all your hard work with new people. You can automatically save all of your favorite photos and videos in one place, organize and find what you’re looking for with an app, and privately send individual photos or entire albums to other people.
Develop your style
A photography tour gives you the opportunity to develop your own style and vision by working with experts who typically lead the tours, alongside the other, more seasoned photographers you’re touring with. It’s a perfect opportunity to hone your technical skills so you can go to the next level with the content and style of your work.
Since these tours are strictly geared toward photography, your senses are dedicated to the art and you can work on getting yourself into a creative mental zone as you delve deeply into your subjects. This is the best way to practice while you explore and learn, experimenting and putting theory into practice. Many tours offer instructional workshops to go along with hands-on photographic activities.
Improve your visual awareness
A photographic tour is a perfect opportunity to learn how to “see”. You will increase your visual awareness and use the camera to connect, compose, and expand your vision.
You can capture magical moments and places and learn to embrace things that you can capture on camera that seem accidental or serendipitous. You’ll learn how to compose your photographs by framing things in such a way that the human eye can capture the image and the brain can process it easily.
Get constant feedback
On a more practical level, a photography tour provides you with constant feedback on your work as you compare your photographs with others and learn from their feedback. There are amazing tours available, but whether you go on an exotic photographic tour or take a trip yourself and experience something like “Take the LAN150 Challenge” to capture the interesting sights in Lansing, Michigan, how you handle the finished product is extremely important.
Also, typically the tour company will handle all of the logistics such as lodgings, meals, local guides, and cultural activities to make your tour valuable and enjoyable.