About Photography On A Photoventures Tour
equipment do I need?
The amount of equipment you carry is up to the individual. We will
of course offer advice on what lens you will need for a particular
tour. However every client will know the amount of equipment that
they feel comfortable with and can carry with ease. What types of
camera you prefer is again your choice, whether it is a compact
35mm or even large format there will be plenty of opportunity for
do keep my film safe?
If you are using film you should always carry it with you in your
cabin baggage. Film placed in the hold of the aircraft is at real
risk of fogging. The airport scanners are safe for film to pass
through at least five times and our experience is that film can
pass through airport scanners up to ten times without damage. However
films of 1000ISO or higher can be fogged with multiple passes and
if possible a hand search for these films should be sought.
much film or digital media do I need?
We advise you to take as much film and digital storage as possible.
Our tours will offer so much photography that we do not want you
to miss out on any opportunity. On past tours clients have taken
more than 100 rolls of transparency and in excess of 80Gigabytes
of digital storage. It is always advisable to remove your films
from the packing to reduce their size. We also advise that you take
additional digital storage media such as a specialist hard drive
or computer and use a selection of smaller digital cards to download.
That way you will not lose a vast number of images if a card corrupts.
do I get my equipment to the destination?
We always advise that camera equipment should be carried as hand
baggage. When flying to the USA we always use an American Carrier
as they offer a far better carry on regime than most European carriers.
If you cannot carry all of you equipment then it can go in the aircraft
hold but we advise that you place it in a specialist flight case
such as those made by Pelican products.
I need any special equipment?
Special equipment is not necessary for the majority of or tours.
Advice is always given about what clothing and equipment you may
need on a particular tour. The one exception to this is the Yellowstone
Winter tour where you will require special cold weather gear. With
many years experience photographing in this area in the winter we
can of course offer the very best advice to make the most of this
I be able to receive photographic advice?
The tour leader will be available to give help and advice during
your tour. It is Photoventures policy to encourage individuals to
de as independent as possible and explore the photographic opportunities
that will be presented to them during the tours. In this way the
photographer will gain much more satisfaction from their achievements
and every photograph will be their own creation. Photoventures can
offer a great deal of guidance throughout the tour but has a policy
not to set up groups shots. This does not improve the individual
photographer’s ability or allow them to produce personal images.
The sense of producing your own images in these situations is far
more rewarding than returning home with the same image as everyone
else on the tour.
tour leaders take their cameras?
Yes the tour leaders like to enjoy their photography alongside the
clients whilst on tour. However the client always comes first and
if any assistance is required that will be the priority. The tour
leaders take photographs for a number of reasons, firstly to maintain
their skill levels and secondly to produce the vast majority of
the photographs used in our brochures and advertising. In this way
the client can be sure that the photographs used to promote the
tour will actually have been taken within the same constraints that
were experienced on similar tours and reflect the type of images
that can be obtained.