What is the Difference Between a Photo Workshop and Photo Tour?


One of the most popular questions I get asked through email is: "What's the difference between a photography tour and a photography workshop?"

My response:

Workshops are designed to get you the very best shots from dawn to dusk. Getting up before the crack of dawn to get the blue hour and golden hour shots is the norm… where as a photo tour tends to get you up so you can have breakfast and the schedule is centered around meals, no the photography opportunities.

Workshops usually will take you around in SUV’s and smaller buses if the group size requires it. Whereas photo tours generally take you around in buses because the number of attendees are much larger.

On a workshop if you are in transit to a location and see something fantastic to shoot, you stop and get the shot. On a photo tour, you are generally on a fixed schedule and have to get to certain locations.

On a workshop you can expect a briefing on lens selection, settings, and things to think about while you are shooting a location. On a photo tour you will get very little photographic guidance.

Workshops have hands on training out in the field and in-class sessions at the end of the day, or during high sun when the photo opportunities are not at the best. On a photo tour, you are generally on your own.

On a workshop, the instructor will walk around and ask how your photos look and make sure you don’t have any questions. They will also share their images with you. On a photo tour, generally, you are on your own.

Don’t get me wrong, each has their place, and I used to run photo tours almost exclusively. But now all our photographic opportunities are workshops. We find that people get more quality learning opportunities and leave happier with the time we spent together.

Regardless of the type of trip you take… get out there and have fun while you are doing it.

Come back tomorrow when I post suggestions on how to find the right trip for you.  

I hope you check out our workshops. We run workshops local to us, across Canada and at our favorite global destinations.

Check out our Canadian Workshops here

Check out our Global Workshops here





Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: www.kevinpepperphotography.com