Attending a photography tour is a great way to develop your photography by learning from a professional photographer in a destination you’re visiting. Not only that, it’s also a great opportunity to connect with other like-minded people and perhaps even make friends for life. I’ve taken photo tours in London, Edinburgh, New York, Vietnam and Cambodia so I thought I’d share my experience with you.
#1. A Photo Tour is Not a Workshop
A photography workshop is a more hands-on experience where the photographer is primarily there to teach you how to capture better images.
A Photo Tour is less hands-on and the photographer’s main task is to make sure you see the sights and the best photo locations. On a Photo Tour expect to spend 80-85% of your time taking photos, in a workshops it’s more like 50%. You’ll get photography instructions along the way and my experiences have helped us build Dundee Photos Tours into a great experience where you improve your photography and see the sights.
#2. We have Local Knowledge
Booking with a local photographer comes with big benefits. Local photographers have local knowledge and know about secret spots where few others come. We’re better prepared in case something unexpected happens and we’re more likely to arrange a unique and authentic experience, taking in events in the city on the day of your Tour. We’ll point our favourite places to eat and drink so you know where to sample the very best our city’s dishes and try the local gins, beers and the amazing Dundee Rum Bar with Europe’s top cocktail maker as their barman.
#3. How Big is the Group?
We want you to have a great experience and bigger groups generally mean a more generic one. That’s why our group size Is 6-8. We tested our tours and found that this number is ideal and it means that you get the experience you’re looking for. Customer service is important to us. Our Corporate Tours accommodate more as we have more photographers leading the group and these can be a great experiences and team building exercise.
#4. Read Testimonials
Testimonials are always a great indicator whether a tour is a good match for you or not; they’re a good way to hear about previous clients’ experiences. You can see our Reviews on Trip Advisor and on our Facebook Page @DundeePhotoTours. A new business takes time to get reviews but we’re happy they’re all 5 Star so far, we intend to keep it that way. We’re a legitimate business with Public Liability Insurance – we hope we don’t need it and we don’t ever put anyone in danger but accidents happen and we want you to know we’re honest, legal and above board.
#5. Have Realistic Expectations
What expectations do you have before booking a tour? Most likely, you’ve seen the images on our site and feeds and you want to come back with beautiful photos from Dundee and that’s exactly what we try to deliver.
Our images are from different Tours at different times of year and Scottish weather is hard to predict, but Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city so there’s no better place to do a Tour! The season you visit doesn’t matter, there’s always something happening in the city and some great photo opportunities to be had.
#6. We want to stay friends
We want to keep in touch and we want you to keep improving your photography. Our Tour Takeaway Booklet is packed with photography tips, things to do to push the boundaries of your photography and information about Dundee and the locations you’ve been to on the Tour. We post regular photography tips on our Facebook and Twitter feeds and you’ll also find information about events and Dundee news. Follow us before you arrive and stay in touch after you leave. Use our hashtag #DundeePhotoTours when you post, we plan to create great stories from your posts throughout the year to share with you and others and your memories of Dundee are important to us and to the city.
#7. Don’t Worry. Have Fun!
Now that you’ve found us, book, have fun and take great pictures!