Planning a photography vacation, part one: Where to go
By Aimee Markwardt
With digital cameras, apps and filters galore, it’s never been easier to take a stunning photo. And what better way to immortalize your favorite vacation than looking back on a stack (OK, digital folder) of snapshots?
Whether you are a budding photographer, considering joining the professional field or just a curious appreciator of beautiful art, a photography vacation may be just what you’re looking for.
But between roaring oceans, mountain peaks, cobblestone street and ghost towns — to barely scratch the map’s surface — how can you possibly narrow down where to go?
Here are our favorite photo vacations to consider:
1. Go all the way with Adriatic2alps.com — This company specializes in photography tours of Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Take, for example, the 15-day tour through the region’s Adriatic Sea, islands, historic towns, scenic natural landscapes, national parks, the Julian Alps, sparkling rivers and even bustling city life.
2. Opt for a smaller, more focused workshop, like Adriatic2Alps’ Cave Photography Workshop, through the Karst Caves and rafting through underground lakes. For a crash course on photography, enroll in the digital photography course, which takes place in classrooms and on location — in Ljubljana.
3. Weave a photography class into your regular vacation. Some hotels offer photography classes, like Apple Vacations’ trip to the Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun club. This unique resort offers a variety of classes, such as yoga, meditation, cooking and photography techniques taught by the in-house photographer.
4. Set aside time — and the intention — to explore photography on your own. You don’t necessarily need a guide, if you follow your own interests and eye. Jim Nilsen has ranked his top six photography vacation locations: Tuscany, Italy; Milford Track, New Zealand (can you say glaciers?); the wildlife and scenery in Red Centre, Australia; the busy Kashgar market in Xinjiang, China; the Northern Lights, Iceland; and in the United States, Yellowstone National Park.
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