Here’s a list of tours, trips and hotels that will help bring out your inner Ansel Adams.
There’s travel photography, and then there’s traveling for photography.
An increasing number of travel companies and hotels offer learning excursions and tours aimed at aspiring photographers, spanning a few hours to a few weeks.
Here are 10 tours, trips and hotels to bring out your inner Ansel Adams.
Learn how to take frame-worthy images with the new photo safari at this camp, in an area rich with game, including wildebeest, lions and hippos. Guests can book the safari for as little as a half-day or for up to several days and are lent the equipment they need, including a Nikon 600mm camera. The safaris are led by a naturalist who is also a skilled photographer, and they take place in a jeep equipped with electrical charging stations for the cameras, 360-degree swivel chairs with camera mounts for long-lens stability and a fully stocked bar. Prices from $275 for a half-day. Camp rates start at $330 per person, per night, including all meals, game drives and transfers. Book at andbeyond.com.
Strabo Photo Tours
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Aspiring photographers have their pick of more than 50 trips a year from this travel company specializing in photography vacations, which are offered on six continents (only Antarctica is excluded) and run the diversity gamut. Trips to Slovenia’s glacial lakes and vineyards and to the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica are two examples. Most journeys last 10 to 14 days, and all are led by a professional photographer as well as a local guide; there are usually four to 12 travelers on every itinerary. From $2,595, including accommodations, some meals, daily photography lessons and destination tours. Book at phototc.com.
Vermejo Park Ranch, New Mexico
Owned by media mogul and conservationist Ted Turner, this 585,000-acre expanse of terrain ranging from shortgrass prairie to alpine tundra offers themed photography packages three times a year. Each is for four nights and led by a professional photographer, but their focus varies. The September package, for example, covers shooting the elk-mating season. Prices from $3,500 a person, inclusive of accommodations, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages and nonguided activities such as horseback riding. Book online at vermejoparkranch.com.
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