Flights, camera, action! Photo holidays

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

Holiday snaps blurred? Lens cap left on again? Perhaps it’s time for a photographic break, where expert tuition combines with stunning scenery. Kate Simon adjusts her viewfinder

What’s the attraction?

Some say we spend too much time behind the camera lens when we go out to see the world. But however long you like to linger at the viewfinder, there’s no escaping how important photography has become for capturing memory-making images.

The rise of the smartphone has not only made us more snap-happy, it has driven down sales of digital cameras. However, it seems that more and more of us are seeking to cultivate the photographer’s art. Hotels, tour operators, safari companies, even cruise lines are now cashing in, with taster sessions or  full-blown expert-led trips. They could  provide the perfect opportunity to make those out-of-focus holiday snaps a thing of the past.

Flash photography

Skyscape rather than landscape is the quest of the autumn Northern Lights holiday in Norway with The Mighty Fine Company (0845 072 0090; mightyfinecompany.com).

The four-night trip heads north of the Lofoten Islands to the fjords, moors and valleys of Vesteralen to guarantee truly dark skies for the best possible chances of capturing this amazing phenomenon.

By day, guests brush up on their photography skills at workshops, with time for a spot of hiking, kayaking and wildlife-watching.

From £1,408 per person, including return flights from Gatwick to Evenes via Oslo and four nights’ full board. Departures between  12 September and 30 November.

Golden opportunity

Cox & Kings (0845 154 8941; coxandkings.co.uk) has hooked up with Magnum Photos to secure top credentials for its new photography tour of India’s Golden Triangle, which runs from 16-27 February 2014.

The joint project will see Magnum’s Martin Parr lead the way from Delhi to Lucknow via Jaipur and Agra to capture shots of cultural life and landscapes and architectural sights.

This is serious stuff; participants will also attend a lecture at the Centre for Photography in Delhi. The tour costs £3,800 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights from Heathrow to Delhi with Jet Airways, B&B, transfers, tuition and some meals.

Twice as nice

Don’t fancy spending your whole time looking at the viewfinder? Go Learn To (0845 625 0445; golearnto.com) offers a good choice of dual-activity holidays that marry photography with activities such as surfing and yoga.

For example, a week’s photography and cookery holiday in Essaouira, Morocco, exploits the photogenic qualities of the harbour town and the country’s delicious dishes.

Trips to the market are complemented by lessons in how to create local recipes such as tagines. From £925 per person (no single supplement), including transfers, accommodation, most meals and tuition. Flights not included. The next departure is 4 October.

Home front

You don’t have to go far to find photogenic locations. A number of hotels around the  UK offer photography short breaks. Among them is The Four Seasons Hotel (01764 685333; thefourseasonshotel.co.uk) in Perthshire, with a land scape photography course set in the Scottish Highlands. The four-day break starts on 13 October, from £664 per person, including four nights’ full board and tuition.

Meanwhile, on the Isles of Scilly, the Star Castle Hotel (01720 422317; star-castle.co.uk) is hosting its first photography trip from 9 September. The price is £745 per person, including four nights’ half board.

Deep south

A trip of a lifetime for the truly intrepid is  offered by Exodus (0845 863 9601; exodustravels.com) – the chance to join a trip to South Georgia to photograph polar wildlife.

It’s hardy stuff, with a whole week on the remote island focusing on its seabirds and penguins, as well as historic sites of early Antarctic exploration. Your guide is photographer Paul Goldstein, with zoologist Mark Carwardine on hand to help appreciate the wildlife.

The South Georgia Spectacular, departing on 2 November from Port Stanley, starts at £7,195 per person, for the return voyages by ship to the Falkland Islands, 17 days’ accommodation, meals, and tuition. Flights extra.

Insider information

“Pay attention to detail. Alongside the wide landscapes and cityscapes and the portraits of family and friends, don’t forget the small stuff – the little details that define a place: a row of café tables in Paris, yellow taxis in NYC, or the exotic fruit in a Mumbai market. A few small detail pictures add to the overall sense of place.” Craig Easton  (craigeaston.com) is the winner of the Cutty Sark Award for Worldwide Travel Photographer of the Year 2012

Picture book

When you’re not on the road, draw inspiration from these travel photography tomes.

Through The Lens: National Geographic Greatest Photographs (National Geographic, £13.99) collates 250 of the best photographs taken for the magazine. In Portraits (Phaidon, £14.95), the Magnum photographer Steve McCurry captures the diverse people he’s met on his travels around  the world.

Lonely Planet Travel Book (Lonely Planet, £20) provides a pictorial description of every country in the world.

Look out for Above The Clouds (Lecturis, £35) this autumn, photographer Tim Hall’s take on the Arlberg Mountains in Austria.

Single shots

Sharpen up your camera skills in  preparation for your travels with some undivided attention from Mike Marlowe of Creative Trails (0845 643 5027; creativetrails.com), who offers one-to-one tuition as part of a programme of worldwide photography tours.

The bespoke tuition is run on location around the UK, with recent workshops including a day in Holland Park, west London, showing a client how to use their new digital SLR to take holiday photos, plus how to approach and photograph strangers in the street. Price £295, including lunch and refreshments.

Voices
Barn owls are among species that could be affected
charity appeal
News
Sarah Silverman (middle) with sister Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman (right) and sister actress Laura Silverman (left) at Jerusalem's Western Wall for feminist Hanuka candle-lighting ceremony
peopleControversial comedian stages pro-equality Hanukkah lighting during a protest at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall
Arts and Entertainment
The Bach Choir has been crowned the inaugural winner of Sky Arts’ show The Great Culture Quiz
arts + ents140-year-old choir declared winner of Sky Arts' 'The Great Culture Quiz'
Sport
After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period
cricketEoin Morgan reportedly to take over ODI captaincy
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Investigo: Finance Analyst

    £240 - £275 per day: Investigo: Support the global business through in-depth a...

    Ashdown Group: Data Manager - £Market Rate

    Negotiable: Ashdown Group: Data Manager - MySQL, Shell Scripts, Java, VB Scrip...

    Ashdown Group: Application Support Analyst - Bedfordshire/Cambs border - £32k

    £27000 - £32000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Application Support Analyst - near S...

    Recruitment Genius: Class 1 HGV Driver

    £23000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This successful group of compan...

    Day In a Page

    Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
    Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

    Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

    As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
    The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

    The Interview movie review

    You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
    Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

    How podcasts became mainstream

    People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
    Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

    Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

    Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
    Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

    A memorable year for science – if not for mice

    The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
    Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

    Christmas cocktails to make you merry

    Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
    5 best activity trackers

    Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

    Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
    Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

    Paul Scholes column

    It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
    Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

    Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

    Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
    Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

    Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

    2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
    Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

    Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

    Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
    Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

    Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

    The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
    Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

    Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

    The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
    Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

    The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

    Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas