1. What places does the tour include?
Many photography tours are simply remakes of other tours. Photography tours are special in that it is important to have unique and exciting locations, light conditions and safe passage.
2. How many participants are there on the tour?
Large tours can become difficult, but as in all tours there is a trade-off between the number of participants and the price. If price is no concern, arrange one-on-one tours. Generally, however groups of between 8 and 12 are very workable. Smaller groups seem better, but may not always be, especially if one or two of the participants are “difficult to get on with”.
3. Does the tour allow enough time for photography?
Photography needs time. In many cases, it is best to wander around to discover the best spot with in a place to take shots. Also, taking shots at different times of the day will yield different results. Be ready for long days on photography tours, especially when sunrises and sunsets are the subject.
4. Do you want to spend time with like-minded people?
Photography is a bond between many people, as is traveling to exotic places. There are many other aspects to tours that make them memorable, like food, culture, art etc. Photography is an excuse to see them all!
5. Will you develop your photographic vision on the tour?
Photography is all about seeing. Learning to find the spot of a potential image takes time and practice. Details such as balance, colour and design all contribute to the aesthetic qualities of a photograph. Having an experienced photographer, nearby will help you to make sense of the relationships between the elements in your photograph resulting in a cohesive composition that works.
6. Is the tour exciting and fun?
There is nothing more important than to enjoy your travels, irrespective of the type of tour. Some cultural entertainment and great dinners make for good times.
7. What are the photography leaders credentials/experience?
The credentials and experience of the leader are important. However, the most important factor is the relationship between the leader and participants. The relationship is two-way and all must want it to work. Experienced people (managers from other walks of life) can make great leaders. Mere technical qualifications are not enough.