Baby boomer photographers, have you considered a photography workshop vacation? If you’re a landscape enthusiast, workshops provide instruction while introducing you to choice photo locations (the right spot at the right time of day). Many workshops allow the spouse to come along for a minimal charge.
When Alan signed up for Jim Altengarten’s Northern Arizona workshop at exposure36 Photography, I was skeptical. Would I find enough to do while the students were taking photos? How would the group react to me tagging along? Did Jim have a problem with my presence in the class?
My worries were groundless. I attended morning shoots and afternoon shoots, traipsing to scenic areas that I might never have seen. Although I wasn’t involved in the instruction, Jim allowed me to bring a camera and practice on my own. I can’t believe how many photography tips I learned just by watching and listening. You can check out my photos here.
So, what can you expect from a photography tour? First of all, you’re up early and out late so be prepared to lose a little sleep. You’ll be lucky to eat two meals a day, usually around 11 am, after the morning shoot, and then again, around 8 pm, after the evening session. In mid-day, you’ll review the photos that you’ve downloaded to your computer plus attend a critiquing session with Jim. If you’re lucky, there’ll be time to grab a quick nap.
Oh, the photos you see here. I took them.
Have you traveled on a photography workshop? Post a comment to share your experience. This is one of our favorite baby boomer adventures. Alan and I will definitely be taking another travel-related photography workshop.
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