The brilliant technology of smartphones allows us to show our photos to our friends and family with confidence. And New Years is a great time to develop these booming skills, with a specialty vacation that will let you get away like a pro.
Whether you capture colorful street vendors in a Cambodian market or stormy waves crashing on a North Devon shore, traveling is an inspiring way to enhance your photography. And the best specialty vacations give a small group of like-minded enthusiasts the chance to have fun while learning something new and rewarding.
On the luxury side, there are global experiences, with the advice of professional photographers, such as those offered by Creative Escapes (escapades-creatives.co.uk). The company said it would accept guests – in groups of up to a maximum of eight – “from beginner to Bailey” while staying at highly rated boutique hotels in exotic locations.
The New Year is a great time to develop those burgeoning photographic skills, with a specialty vacation that will let you take photos like a pro.
Her ten-day March vacation in Cambodia provides sensational photo opportunities: visiting sea gypsies who live in stilt houses above the water, tours of city markets, and a helicopter flight over the famous temple. of Angkor Wat. Prices start from £ 2,680, excluding flights and meals.
Even more luxurious photo trips are available from National Geographic, the publishing empire whose magazines are renowned for their fabulous travel photography.
Granted, some of the trips sound like lottery fantasies, like a 20-day luxury trip to Africa in a private jet with National Geographic photographer Sandesh Kadur in July – it costs just £ 66,000 per person.
More affordable options include joining a larger group with a photo guide on a five-day full-board cruise around the Baja Peninsula in Mexico from £ 2,110, or an eight-day Rhine cruise from £ 3,149 (nationalgeographic.com)
While the ever-changing travel restrictions may mean that many of us have to stay in the UK for a while, there are still plenty of photographic vacations available here.
Note that prices include travel costs once there, but not to get to the destination itself. You will also find that some trips involve walking through rugged landscapes, so make sure you have all the right gear.
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Light & Earth (lightandland.fr) has highly rated guides and tutors. For example, you can spend a four-day break amid Exmoor’s streams, wild ponies and rugged coastlines in a small group, receiving incredible advice from award-winning landscape photographer Peter Hendrie. The course costs £ 1,499 full board, staying at the riverfront Exmoor White Horse Inn in Exford, covered in ivy.
If you prefer to photograph wildlife, Nature’s Images (natures-images.fr) offers courses taught by award-winning professional naturalist photographers. His photo guide works for BBC Wildlife and the sensational images on his website will give you a taste of the standard of his work, which is so high that many of his trips are booked over a year in advance.
A three-night trip in October to the East Midlands to see rutting red deer clash and fight for supremacy seems perfect for ambitious photographers. It costs from £ 625 full board, with accommodation in a rural guesthouse. Note that, like many of these trips, single supplements apply.
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HF Holidays (hfvacances.co.uk), Britain’s largest outdoor holiday company, offers a wide choice of stays at its own country house bases.
Due to the rise in popularity of photographic trips, he now runs over 18, which stretch from the Scottish Highlands to the Isle of Wight.
Four nights in the Highlands (August or October) cost from £ 579 full board, in the Bishop of Argyll’s former loch house. Guests will explore the mountains and waterfalls of Glen Coe, while on the lookout for wildlife.
And a four-day vacation near St Ives in Cornwall in August, to photograph stunning sunsets and seabirds sitting on lobster pots, costs from £ 595.
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An unlikely vacation operator is Jessops, the high street photography chain of stores. He runs a series of well-organized, well-priced residential vacations at five locations, from Cornwall to the Lake District.
Each costs £ 600 for three days, and guests learn the classic skill of capturing stunning sunrises and sunsets.
Due to organizational difficulties with various level blocks and restrictions, full dates and locations for her vacation will be released later this month, so check out the “Classes” section of the website as soon as they should be booked. quickly (jessops.com).
All of these vacations emphasize using the right camera gear, which is more sensitive and creative than a phone lens, but also much more expensive. But what if you’re pretty happy with the photos you take on your smartphone? Don’t worry, there are even specialty photography vacations for you.
Light & Land offers a four-day vacation with two expert tutors, based at the seaside Art Deco Saunton Sands hotel in North Devon. Prices are from £ 999 per person.