Far too often our first time guests tell us, had they known what a photo tour could be, they would have joined us years ago. They had misconceptions of what a photo tour is and who goes on them. Our tours (we can’t speak for everyone) are filled with people of all ages, from all parts of the world, who all have one thing in common. They love to take pictures of beautiful places. Some are novices with their first camera, while others are semi professional and make a living in photography. But none of those details matter, we are all on tour to experience new cultures and food, visit breathtaking destinations, take mind blowing photographs and enjoy each others company. To help clear up all the misconceptions, we put together our top 10 most asked questions from first time guests. We hope their questions help you understand more about our photo tours. If we left you scratching your head about something, just reach out and we’ll get it answered quickly.
-Safe Travels, Discovery Photo Tours Team
1. I’m a novice in photography, are your photo tours too advanced for me?
This is by far our most asked question and too often holds people back from joining us. Regardless of your skill level, experience or gear, all you need to ask yourself is “am I passionate about photography?” If you answered YES then you will be right at home on our tours. Our tours are not workshops with planned lessons and classes, they are cultural experiences which focus on incredible photographic destinations. On our tours you spend all day with our professional photographers who work with you one-on-one in the field, teaching and helping you improve the skills you want to work on. On our tours, you are surrounded by people who love photography, the excitement of exploring new places and the magic of experiencing local cultures. We laugh a lot, make new friends and leave with stunning photographs and the unforgettable memories behind them. If you love to travel and you love photography, then you will love our tours. See our complete tour list
2. My spouse isn’t a photographer, can they come with me? Or will they be bored?
Simple answer; yes they can come with you and no they will not be bored! We often have guests bring their significant others with them on our tours. You do not need to be a photographer to have an incredible time, you just need to love seeing incredible places. Our Italy tour is our top “spouse friendly” destination as it has so many cultural activities beyond our photo shoots. Details on Italy Photo Tour
3. What type of camera gear do I need?
We have guests who bring simple point n shoots and some who bring the latest and greatest medium format on the market. However most of of our guests gear level fall somewhere in the middle. What’s important is that you are comfortable using the basic functions of the gear you have and our team can introduce you to the more advanced features. We do give gear recommendations on each of our tours pages so you can be as prepared as possible for the different photographic opportunities that we will encounter. Keep in mind, if you don’t own a lens we recommend for a tour, there are numerous short term lens rental services available giving you the option of renting over buying. Our team would be happy to assist you in gear selections and rentals options.
4. Your tours are “all inclusive”, what do I need to take care of?
Our tours are designed to give you a worry-free photo-vacation and we do our best to take care of all your needs while you’re with us. Although each tour has it’s own nuances, generally speaking, we take care of everything for you as soon as you get off the plane. This includes airport transfers, meals, accommodations, domestic transportation, local tours and activity tickets, local tour guides and domestic baggage transportation fees. You are responsible for air transportation to and from our starting point, trip and travel medical insurance, additional snacks, food and beverages, laundry service if required and service tips to local tour guides and baggage attendants.
5. Is there a lot of physical activity on the tours?
Although you do not need to be a champion athlete, you do need to be able to carry your camera gear and be prepared to walk during the day. Each tour is different and some tours require more walking than others. If you are concerned with your physical ability, contact us and let us know which tour you’re interested in and we can explain what to expect. Email Us
6. How do we move between locations?
Moving a group of 12 photographers smoothly throughout the day is no easy task. During a typical day our group will shoot sunrise, have breakfast, travel to a new location, enjoy local tours and excursions, eat lunch, experience more local activities, shoot sunset and eat dinner. Most importantly, we strive to make your day stress and worry free, keeping a relaxing pace throughout our journey, all while maintaining a schedule. To make all this behind the scenes magic happen, we work with local tour operators and have a licensed and insured tour guide with us during our tours. Our guides speak the local language, understand the rules and regulations and are familiar with our destinations. This frees our photographers to focus on spending time with you and not worrying about where we’re going and how we’re getting there.
Did you know you must be insured and possess an Icelandic tour operator license to drive a tour van in Iceland? Also, the Icelandic Government monitors all licensed drivers by a live camera feed monitoring how many hours they drive per day, ensuring they are well rested and do not operate a vehicle beyond the allowed daily limit.
7. Is there any free time during your tours? Or are we constantly on the go?
We, of course, try to cram in as many incredible experiences as possible on every one of our tours. We do plan free time though spread through our journey, giving you time to sleep in, shop or just relax and wander. As we also explain to all of our guests that everything we do on our tours is optional, as long as you are with us when we move to a new location. If you would like to skip a sunrise shoot and catch up on Zzz’s, you are free to do so. Want to skip a museum tour and explore the local streets and markets? Just let us know and we can catch up at dinner!
8. Can I break the tour cost into separate payments?
We are very flexible with the tour payments and have the following guidelines. The initial tour deposit is required in full to reserve your spot on the tour. This deposit can vary by tour, however, is typically $1500 USD. The remaining balance must be paid in full 60 days prior to the tour start date. If you would like to break the remaining amount due into payments, we can certainly accommodate and arrange this, just contact us to let us know.
9. I love traveling and love photography, but can’t decide which tour is right for me. Can you help?
Yes, we can! Although each of our tour’s central focus is around capturing amazing photos, each one also has it’s own very unique experiences. A good way to narrow down which tour(s) is best for you is to ask yourself which style of photography do you want to focus on? If you are a landscape focused photographer, each of our tours will certainly deliver breathtaking landscapes. Consider Norway, Iceland and Namibia though as they offer especially dramatic locations. If you are interested in portrait or street photography, you may want to consider Myanmar (coming soon), Vietnam or Namibia as we coordinate portrait sessions with locals during our tours. If Architecture interest you, our Italy and Jordan tours offer many incredible stops filled with ancient buildings, places of worship, ruins and more. Remember we are only a click or call away if you would like to discuss a tour in more detail with one of our photographers.
10. What exactly do you do on a photo tour? This isn’t a simple answer, but certainly one we wanted on the list. We have put together a post dedicated to what a typical day is like on our photo tours. You can read the entire post here
Have more questions? We’re here to help! Send us an email and we will get them answered quickly. firstname.lastname@example.org