“I suppose you could call it adventure photography, in some respects,” says Geraldine Westrupp, of our specialists Wild Photography Vacations. “We do go to some far-flung destinations such as Everest Basecamp and Greenland. Our tour leaders are often trained mountain guides as well as photography tutors because we need to ensure people are safe at all times.”
Now, don’t read the above and assume that advanced photography vacations
mean you need to strap on crampons and pack a flare gun. Advanced doesn’t mean extreme. And adventurous photography doesn’t mean your group roping itself together to hang off a cliff so you can photograph a rare mountain goat, or leaning out of a helicopter as it flies above a volcanic crater.
Advanced photography means that you’ve already mastered most of the technical knowhow, or at least have a decent grasp of it. Now you want to build on your knowledge, advance your skills, and grow your experience. And where better to do that than in some of the world’s most breathtaking and sought-after destinations? Places that sometimes require a little extra effort to explore, and where you will be moving around a lot, so you may only have a day or so to get all the coverage you want.
“It typically takes us up to two years to launch a new vacation, and it won’t go on sale until we’re absolutely certain we have the locations, the accommodations and the right people to lead it all locked down.” Geraldine Westrupp has years of experience in leading tours to Iceland, India, Nepal, West Greenland – all of them appealing to the amateur photographer, and which require the knowledge of an expert to help you find unique and less-visited locations. These are destinations where the potential is obvious: gigantic icebergs floating past your hotel balcony; waterfalls in full torrent; Himalayan panoramas at Everest Base Camp; frenetic and colourful camel fairs; and cities that glow beautifully at sunrise and sunset.
But a specialist photography operator can offer you privileged access to unique viewpoints and events in these areas, through expertly curated itineraries, and strong relationships with local communities. Their longstanding connections can help you get superb portrait photography, for instance, or to know that a popular vantage point tends to be practically empty at a certain time of day.