How would you like to enjoy a bit of sunshine but at the same time learn some new or improve your existing photographic skills? Well if you go on a photographic holiday you can do just that and here's ePHOTOzine's pick of what's out there.
Lakeland Photographic Holidays:
Lakeland Photographic Holidays has been established for 20 years and they offer photographers, of all ages and all photographic abilities, an idyllic environment in which to pursue their hobby and relax with their family and friends.
Throughout the year Lakeland Photographic Holidays run workshops which includes excursions to areas of the Lake District often overlooked by tourists. All guests are giving coaching, tuition and guidance in all aspects of landscape photography.
Lakeland Photographic Holidays offer full-board licensed accommodation and also run a range of specialist workshops which includes Limited Walking , Active walking workshop, Black & White and Getting to grips with Digital.
The landscape workshops are £595 and the specialist workshops are £620 (prices correct as of 2009.)
Isle of Skye & Lochalsh:
Why not escape and explore the picturesque Isle of Skye and neighbouring Lochalsh with your camera. The mountains, rivers, moor land and coast make it a perfect location to visit at any time of year and there's always something for the photographer to photograph. There's even chance you may catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis or 'Northern Lights' a photographic phenomenon on their own.
Accommodation is plentiful and they have everything from romantic hideaways to places with practical space. It doesn't matter if you want a B&B or something that gives you a bit more freedom the Isle of Skye & Lochalsh can accommodate you.
This holiday is perfect for photographers of all levels who love landscapes, seascapes, wildlife and nature.
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Visit the stunning Taj Mahal as part of the tour.
Photo Tours with Steve Davey:
Steve Davey has an exclusive range of travel photography tours, with all land arrangements provided by Intrepid Travel.
Two courses Steve is running later this year are the Impressions of Morocco and the Impressions of India tour. Both of which will take you to the most photogenic places in the regions.
These tours are a unique opportunity to combine extensive teaching by Steve Davey with a holiday in some of the most atmospheric places in the world. As well as covering technical subjects Steve will cover tips for approaching people to shoot their portrait, travelling with a camera and tackling different situations and picture opportunities that you encounter on the road.
For more information about these or any other photographic tours Steve runs, visit the Better Travel Photography website.
The Greek Island Workshops in Photography:
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Create images likes this on a Greek Island Workshops in Photography Holiday.
The Greek Island Workshops in Photography offer photography tours led by professional photographer and Greek enthusiast Glenn Steiner. Glenn favours an interdisciplinary approach, blending digital/analogue photography with Greek culture, language and history.
Classes are offered in June and September, where Glenn will get you chasing the fabled Greek light from dawn til dusk.
You can go In Search of the Real Greece, a land-based workshop wherein we explore the hidden villages within Santorini, Thirasia and Anafi in the southern Kyklades. Or why not Sail The Wine Dark Sea on-board a 55 foot yacht, shooting and exploring the Dodekanese islands of Kos, Kalymnos, Leros, Lipsi, Patmos and Marathi.
All technical questions will be answered during day shoots and evening critiques on which both beginning and advanced students are welcome.
For more information, contact Glenn or Rose directly by email.
|Take better holiday snaps with Steve Outram.
Steve Outram Travel Photography:
Join Steve Outram, a Getty Images Travel Photographer on one of his many photographic workshops held across the globe.
Visit Brazil, Crete, Lesvos, Slovenia and Zanzibar to soak up the culture, enjoy the sunshine and learn thing or two about photography in the process.
“We'll dig a little deeper behind the façade for elements of colour, design and texture, as well as taking superb travel images,” explained Steve. “ Pictures are everywhere if you have the imagination and eye, so please join me and increase your creative, visual stimulation.”
Holidays have a jam-packed itinerary and novices and professionals are both welcome. Groups are kept small and you are given plenty of opportunities to capture the culture and charm of the towns and villages you visit thorough your lens.
For more information about the courses, visit Steve Outram's website.
| Spend time capturing the delights of Barcelona.
Barcelona Photographers two day intensive photography courses take place in Barcelona and are a fantastic way to see the city while learning about many different aspects of digital photography. The course has been prepared and is run by photographer, Katherin Wermke.
While being aimed at beginners and intermediates, this two day intensive photography course is designed to be a complete photographic experience, showing you Barcelona's most photogenic locations through the eyes of a local professional photographer.
They will teach you the fundamentals of:
- Architectural photography
- Social reportage
Studio lighting and fashion photography
With a maximum class size of just 6 people you are guaranteed the full attention of the teaching professional at all times. For more information about course prices visit the Barcelona Photographer website.
All Ways Spain:
|Taken by David Aspinall.
All Ways Spain believes that the memories of a short break should last a long time and their way of showing you Granada and Andalucia certainly does that.
All Ways Spain have designed practical and inspirational “safaris” and workshops to help you compile a beautiful portfolio. Led by David Aspinall, an experienced professional photographer and teacher of graphic design, they are aimed at photographers of all levels, using both digital and print. The Granada Photo Safari is David’s very personal view of Granada, uncovering some of the less prominent aspects of this intriguing city. The Lecrín Photo Safari, based in the countryside to the south of Granada, focuses on small, sleepy white villages. The Digital Darkroom Workshop introduces the tricks and techniques of digital enhancement of images and is the ideal complement to either safari or an absorbing activity on its own.
For more information visit the All Ways Spain website
|Sunset in France.
Graham and Belinda Berry run courses from their old stone farmhouse and adjoining cottage in the beautiful Quercy Blanc region of South West France.
Over the 5 day residential courses, there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions as well as learn new tricks, learn to make the most of your digital camera and more importantly, improve your photography. Each course is limited to a maximum of 6 students which means each student will be able to receive individual attention.
All levels of photographer are catered for with courses designed for the beginner/improver and an intermediate course for the more advanced.
|Spend hours photographing places like this.
Spend a week between the hills of the Italian Riviera relaxing and improving your photography.
Funadium run two week long courses with both the pro and amateur in mind. The Think and Shoot course is designed for the beginners who do not want to be a pro but still want to improve their skills. They will teach you how to mix the basic technicalities with your own ideas and approaches to create beautiful images. The Photo Strolling course is for the person looking for a week long holiday which is dedicated to photography, with no time restraints or timetables to hold you back. Fuadium will take you the un-known places at the right time of day and wait patiently until you've finished taking your pictures.
While on your holiday you will stay in a restored apartment.
|Get up close with Lions on a Wild 4 Photographic Safari holiday.
|Wild4 Photographic Safaris:
Wild 4 Photographic Safaris is a family owned and operated company based in Nelspruit, a mere 40 minutes from the world renowned Kruger National Park in South Africa.
After many years of experience and countless visits to the Kruger Park, Wild 4 has put together a variety of ways to get the best out of the Kruger Park and surrounding areas from a photographic point of view.
Their course is designed in a way so they appeal to both nature lovers and wildlife photographers. The course can be enjoyed by a maximum of 3 photographers per 10-seater vehicle, which was specially modified for photography, equipped with dust proof photo boxes as well as adjustable photo-bars, which can fit a Wimberley or any tripod head and a beanbag.
For more information, visit Wild 4 Photographic Safaris
|Take images like this in the French Alps with YokmoK Adventure Travel.
|YokmoK Adventure Travel:
YokmoK offer Photographic holidays in the Alps.
Photograph the beautiful landscapes of the highest chain of mountains in Europe with professional photographer and mountain guide Jorge Sánchez.
As a professional mountain guide, Jorge will lead you safely through the mountainous terrain. Emphasis is always placed on photography and Jorge will take you to the best places at the right time of day. The tours are not difficult with routes with a daily elevation gain up to 500 meters (1,640 feet) and/or marching time less than 4 hours/day.
From sunsets to the sunrises you will be able to take advantage of the majestic beauty of the Alps on a tour designed by a photographer for photographers. There's even chance to photograph the Mer de Glace, the second-longest glacier in the Alps or get a glimpse at the best kept secrets of the Chamonix Valley, preceded by the majestic Mont Blanc and other mythical mountain summits.
For more information visit the YokmoK website
Responsible Photography Holidays:
|Take images like this with Gail Ward.
Responsible Photography Holidays organise very small group holidays and workshops for photographers who enjoy their travels and are keen to support sustainable, community based tourism and educational projects.
It doesn't matter whether you have been serious about photography for years, or are a novice just starting out. Guidance, help and ideas will get you thinking about the endless possibilities that can be achieved with your camera - and your creativity. Whichever holiday you choose, there is individual help and focused learning plus lively discussion and fun with fellow travellers.
Visually spectacular, Morocco embraces awe-inspiring views with atmosphere and intrigue, colourful local life and centuries old traditions. Or Rwanda, 'the land of a thousand hills' is a stunningly beautiful, densely populated, land locked Country. Enjoy different photographic opportunities, from majestic landscapes to mountain gorillas, alongside visits to local community projects.
Visit Responsible Photography Holidays
for more details.
|Taken on one of the Photography holidays ran by photographyandpainting Holidays.com.
|Photography and Painting Holidays:
Expand your skills and make new, like-minded friends on a holiday with Photography and Painting Holidays. Guests enjoy a wonderful and entertaining holiday experience staying in the rustic cottages and apartments situated in the beautiful grounds of Santa Cristina Castle. Course members capture beautiful Tuscan landscapes and enjoy the experience of photographing a wealth of ancient architecture seen around hilltop villages, volcanic lakes and Etruscan settlements. There are only six guests who get individual attention.
Photography and Painting Holidays make it a priority to learn, before the course starts, what it is they, from beginners to the more experienced, want to achieve. This they do through discussion during the build-up to the commencement of the holiday – this process ensures that the itinerary is focussed on the needs of the course members, thereby achieving excellent results.
Although they work their guests hard, it is a relaxing environment with free time to enjoy the delights of the area.
Visit Photography and Painting Holidays
for more information.