7 Day Photo Tours
Sometimes you need to photograph incredible lands in distant places.
These tours will really put you to the test. It is a little like boot camp (but in a fun sort of way). If you are an advanced photographer, prepare to see some very special places. If you are a beginning photographer, you won't be a beginner at the end.
The time of year chosen for these tours is optimal for photography. We try to avoid peak seasons and expensive lodgings, so the experience should be fantastic, yet affordable. You choose your own lodging (with suggestions from Lance), so it can be as luxurious or as inexpensive as you wish. Feel free to bring the family.
Here is a typical schedule if we start on a Saturday:
On Saturday morning we leave Petaluma for our destination. If the destination can be reached in a day, we arrive in our hotel by nightfall, photographing along the way.
The next day (Sunday) is relatively easy as we slowly get into the routine of photographing all day. On the second full day (Monday), we will shoot all day, taking a break in the middle of the day if the light is not good. During the week we may get up 2 or 3 times before dawn to photograph. We will usually do this when we are staying in the same place twice, so that we can rest in the middle of the day, and make ourselves ready to shoot again in the afternoon.
There will be at least one critique session during the week of some images from the workshop. This is done as a group, and led by Lance. This gives you feedback on your images while you are still creating them. This is often the favorite part of the workshop for attendees.
Everyday will be jam-packed with taking photographs until the light is gone for the day. This will continue until the day before we go back. On the last day, we may get up early to take advantage of any early morning light. We will time our arrival back in Petaluma for Friday evening, stopping to photograph at various points along the way.
Depending on your tastes in lodging and food, and whether you partner up on a room, expect to pay between $75 and $250 per day for the trip (outside of tuition, and gas costs). People who follow Lance's lodging and restaurant suggestions typically pay no more than an average of $125 per day for food and lodging when staying in a single room.
Lance will arrange a way to share your pictures with the group online, if you want, after the workshop is over.
These tours often take you to places that aren't so easy to get to, but are well worth the drive (and worth getting up at dawn in freezing weather for). We are not making snapshots here.
Critiquing of Photos
Practice makes perfect, but constructive criticism will get you there faster. There will be at least one or two sessions for critiquing your images during the workshop, to help you make your images the strongest they can be.
Multiple Shooting Environments
These longer photo tours usually involve many different lighting environments, allowing you to learn how to handle a multitude of different situations.