Photo Tours - Melbourne

Photo Tours


We conduct photography tours in exotic and enchanting destinations worldwide.

During the past 12 years we have visited India ten times (all different itineraries), Mongolia, China, Laos, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Vietnam, Myanmar and Malaysia to mention just a few. We constantly search for destinations that will allow our participants to produce book quality images.


Some of our participants have won photography competitions and have had magazine articles published. One went on to become a contributing editor of a travel magazine. Others routinely self-publish photography books and exhibit their work.

Guests on our photo tours are from all walks of life with a range of photography skills. Some are new to digital photography and their cameras, and some have traveled with us a few or many times and are accomplished. No matter what skill level you have, I thoroughly enjoy coaching each and every participant during the photo tours.


Maximum group size is 8 and we often travel with less. Our tours are regularly attended by repeat clients, who have become friends. No need to feel like an outsider; we all get to know each other quickly, and the atmosphere is one of fun and camaraderie.


We endeavor to select the best quality accommodations (within reason). After a long day photographing landscapes or tribal villages it is nice to have a bit of luxury in the evenings. 

Our photo tours are always a fantastic experience and we are all sad when we have to say goodbye to each other at the end of the tour. To get an idea about what our photo friends think about our tours, please read some of the testimonials.


We welcome any questions you may have.


To review some images of past Photo Tours, take a look at the Galleries.


Below is a list of our upcoming events in 2019 and 2020.

Photo training, photo walks in Jakarta and photo tours in Indonesia and overseas. 

If you have any questions please contact us. melbourne@melbournethephotographer.com


2019


Learn Basic Photography in Four Hours Workshop

Saturday August 24th, 2019

Location: Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta

Time: 09:00 - 13:00


Mount Bromo Volcano. East Java, Indonesia

Two Day Photo Shoot

Sunday August 25th - Monday August 26th, 2019


Georgia and Armenia Photo Tour - A Journey Through The Caucasus

Thursday September 5th - Tuesday September 17th, 2019


Pacu Jawi (Racing Cows) Photo Shoot. Sumatra

Two Day Photo Shoot

Friday November 15th - Saturday November 16th, 2019


Angkor Wat and Surroundings Photo Tour

Saturday November 23rd - Friday November 29th, 2019


Tana Toraja Photo Tour - Sulawesi

5 Day Photo Tour

Saturday December 15th - Thursday December 19th, 2019


One-on-One private two-hour sessions available at your convenience


2020


Palaces of Rajasthan incl Jaisalmer Desert Festival Photo Tour

Wednesday February 5th - Tuesday February 18th, 2020


Holi Celebration of Color incl Varanasi Photo Tour

Monday March 2nd - Friday March 13th, 2020


Morocco Highlights for Photographers Photo Tour

April/May 2020 13 Days.

Dates to be confirmed


Jewels of Indonesia Photo Tour

September 2020

14 Days. Dates to be confirmed


Bhutan - Kingdom of Happiness Photo Tour

Saturday October 17th - Thursday October 29th, 2020


Angkor Wat and Surroundings Photo Tour

Saturday October 31st - Friday November 6th, 2020


Contact us: melbourne@melbournethephotographer.com



Why join a photo tour?

A photography tour could be the perfect way to combine a passion for traveling and photography. If the photo tour leader has done her/his homework and the necessary research, you will be at the right location at the right time (best light) for photography each and every day of the tour.

On a packaged tourist tour this won’t be the case. You may be at the Eiffel Tower at noon, because you had to see 10 monuments in the morning (following a late breakfast) and you now have fifteen more things to visit in the afternoon. So, now here you are at one of Europe's icons having to shoot it in unfavorable lighting conditions.

On my tours, we may have two or three outstanding locations to visit on any one day, and have timed the schedule so that we can make the most out of our visits to those locations. Travel being what it is means that we may visit a few other locations en-route at other times during the day. If we have to cover 250 km in one day from A to B we attempt to make sure we have best time at A and B and whatever occurs in between is a bonus. We are also on the lookout for photo-ops that don’t depend on best lighting.


Selecting a photo tour.

Mike and Jim are friends and are enthusiastic hobby photographers. They both are interested in joining a photo tour that will take them to Myanmar. Mike loves landscape photography and Jim is happy when he is able to capture images of locals in tribal villages. Now Myanmar offers wonderful opportunities for both Mike and Jim, but will the itinerary of the photo tour allow for both of them to be satisfied?

From the early days of our photography tours 12 years ago, we concentrated mostly on tribal culture in remote destinations. However, we have always included other photo opportunities (such as landscapes and street photography) whenever possible.


What size are the groups?

We have a maximum group size of eight and regularly travel with less. Small groups mean less impact in a tribal village, and more space for tripods at an iconic landscape location. Everything is better with small groups (less than 10). Everyone can travel together in the same bus. Meals together are more intimate. Chatting with fellow members is easier. Sharing your work and knowledge to your new friends is easier. Unfortunately there are a number of photo tour operators who fill up groups with 12 – 15 (or more) participants. This reduces the quality of the learning experience drastically.


Does the instructor have repeat clients?

This is huge! The answer will inform you about the leader. We usually have at least 50% (usually more) of each tour occupied by our photo friends who have traveled with us on multiple occasions. We are all friends. We like to have fun too!


Is the tour leader reliable and personable?

We were one of the first photography companies to offer authentic, designed-for-photographers photography tours. For a variety of reasons, there are now myriads of "photographers" who are offering photography tours, and quite a few of them shouldn’t be! Owning a camera and a couple of lenses doesn’t qualify anyone to be in charge of a group of people who want to learn more about the craft of photography. And although photography is at the core of the tour, there are many other logistical considerations to be taken into account every hour of every day. What if it rains? Is there a Plan B?

Are you convinced the leader can help grow your skills and appreciation of photography so that when you leave the tour you are a better photographer?

Will he listen to what I want to get out of the tour?

Will be be a good listener?

Will he always be willing to share knowledge?

Have you been comfortable asking questions beforehand (using email) about the proposed tour? Are the responses informative and welcoming?

Some big names in photography have proven to be less than excellent teachers. Review the work of the photographer leading the tour and ask yourself if you like or are inspired by his work? Even if it is not “your style” can you identify with it and consider that you could learn a lot from spending time with him on the tour?


Is the tour really a photography tour?

Some tour operators have sniffed a business opportunity and are offering so-called photography tours where frankly photography seems to be an afterthought. Sometimes I can’t help smiling when reviewing the itineraries of some “photo-tours”. They are purely package tours! 


Who joins a photo tour and what are their skill levels?

Our photo friends come from all walks of life and are of all ages. All the tours we offer are geared towards ANY enthusiastic photographer who wants to learn more, or simply wants to experience the locations we will be visiting. I don’t distinguish between what some may consider advanced techniques and tips for beginners. It’s all photography. You may want to photograph a night sky during a tour. No problem. There are a few important considerations in getting quality results, but anyone (with a tripod!) can do it, with a few helpful suggestions from me. Now some may consider shooting night skies an “advanced” technique, but it’s just photography!


Have others been pleased with tours they have experienced?

Read any testimonials offered for review. Why have these clients had an enjoyable experience? If the tour leader cannot offer testimonials ask why not?


Do I have to have specialized equipment?

We supply a “what-to-bring” suggestions list specific for each tour. Quite often the same core equipment is suggested for most tours, but for certain tours we will recommend bringing equipment that will enhance your results and experience, such as wide aperture lenses (f1.4/f2.0) , tripods, filters (neutral density/polarizing), flash, wet weather gear, goggles (for Holi!) etc.


Who is the photography instructor?

Even if the instructor is one of the big names in photography, Google them, check out their website and see if their work inspires and resonates with you. If the online work of the photographer does not appeal to you, you may still learn from them, but maybe there are better options for you with another tour leader.


What are the any opinions of people who have traveled with him in the past?

What is the instructor’s teaching style and skills? Does he show genuine interest in giving each participant the best advice and feedback they can offer or does he seem bored and detached? Don’t take all this for granted, since some photographers may see these tours as just another source of income. Others may have no passion or ability for teaching.



If you decide to join one of our photo tours, photo walks or workshops I guarantee you will have the most enjoyable experience and will learn more about the wonderful craft of photography. Everyone is different, and I take this into account when coaching participants during one of our programs.

I thrive on having questions asked of me.


“There is no such thing as a silly question!”


If you have ANY questions about our programs just ask....



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