Travel Photography Workshops & Tours for all skill levels

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Some of the small tips were most amazing e.g. to crop florals to 8 x 10. I came home and did that to some of my old shots and what a difference it made. I also appreciated Paul’s help with equipment, he knew everything and made it easy. It was a very informative and fun workshop.
— Macro Student

Photography WORKSHOPS

Workshops provide an intimate, in-depth group learning experience out on location, with the majority of the workshops between 6-12 students. Workshops are typically in the New England area, and last approximately three hours up to one day. It's okay if you're a a brand new beginner, or have been on many workshops with us - you're in the right place. 


Photography TOURS

Outstanding adventure into Acadia - I would go again in a second. Thank you to Paul & Allie for getting us to look at things from a different/better view. It was truly a one of a kind opportunity.
— Acadia Student

We also offer full package photo tours where we combine the learning experience with a complete travel package that includes some combination of flights, ground transportation for the whole group, hotels, meals, and even local tour guides, depending on the destination. Tours offer a more well-rounded experience that includes exploration of natural and cultural history of an area as opposed to just photography alone.

The difference between us and a "regular tour" is we specifically visit locations for longer periods of time - we'll spend more time at 3-4 locations per day, rather than rushing through 8-10. This allows us the time to work our camera magic and have a more rich experience overall. We may wake up for the sunrise on some mornings, and stay out past sunset on others (these are optional, of course). Our emphasis is on bringing you to the most picturesque locations under the best conditions. The best part: tours are suitable and just as much fun for non-photographers too! Read more in our FAQ

If you want to travel to cool places to get awesome shots with instructors who know and love what they do, then BlueHour Photo Ventures is for you! Their enthusiasm is contagious!
— Canadian Rockies Student

Physical Expectations

All forms of outdoor recreation inherently come with a certain amount of physical activity. Since all our photography workshops take place outdoors, you must be comfortable with being on your feet for up to three hours. Some walking is involved with your equipment, often on unpaved and rocky surfaces, for less than a mile, sometimes with an incline. Please only bring the equipment that you are comfortable with carrying for the entire duration of the workshop. All of our outdoor venues are different in their terrain and physical expectations, so if you have any questions about the physical activity level of any workshop, please ask us.
 
Our photo tours have a physical activity level similar to that of our one-day workshops, but we will have 3 sessions per day that are up to two-hours long, with breaks in between as we drive to the next location. We aim to have a less strenuous option at each location for those who have physical limitations - for instance you may shoot from a flat viewpoint close to the road, instead of coming down to a rocky beach, but you will still have supervision and guidance with either option.  You will never be required to do anything that is beyond your ability level, and you may feel free to opt out of any session or choose an easier option on the basis of physical limitation. If you have concerns about the physical activity level of any photo tour, please ask us. 

Paul was very thorough and the lesson plan well thought out and put into good use on location. Each shoot built on what was learned in earlier locations and effectively put to use on site. The mix of on site instruction and free time shooting as Paul and Allie came around and worked with each individual was great. I never felt rushed or as if Paul was itching to move to the next student. Everyone got lots of time and attention if they wanted it. Great Job and I have a couple of keepers I am very proud of!
— Acadia Student

Instructors

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The Collaboration

Paul is quite the planner when it comes to his shots. His creation of photographs is born from rigorous preparation and research. He "pre-visualizes" his photos, seeing the image in his mind beforehand, and often begins preparing for a shot months in advance, as he researches sun, moon, tides, weather, the angles in which sunlight falls on landscape subjects at certain hours, and the ecology of living subjects. Paul prefers to shoot in very low light conditions, using extremely long exposure times. Allie's photographic interests stem from her love of travel, and exploring new places. She is always looking out for photographic scenes, be it a sandy shore or sunlight bending through the mountains. She is also inspired by cultures and looks to capture the essence of wherever she is. She is also an avid planner, be it itineraries or photographic technique. Together, Paul and Allie are a balanced team of technical planners and spontaneous explorers who guide Venturers to make their most unique shots in a variety of styles.


PAUL NGUYEN

Paul Nguyen is a professional fine art photographer and instructor, specializing in nature and landscapes from around the world.

In April 2017, he served in the prestigious National Parks Artist in Residence program, at Petrified Forest, Arizona. His work also includes an exclusive assignment as the photographer for the Gallery on the Charles River at the Museum of Science, Boston.  His images have been licensed by organizations such as the Nature Conservancy, Tamron USA, Amazing New England Artworks, and numerous local and international publications, and his outstanding image-making and teaching have gained him an equipment sponsorship from Tamron USA.

As an independent photographer, his travels have taken him as far as New Zealand, Asia, Iceland, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and coast to coast within North America, and he turns his captured images into fine art pieces that will beautify any living or work space. He employs many advanced techniques to create his art, including extreme long exposures, low-light and night photography, and “light painting”. 

Paul lives and works out of Hanson, MA, and can be seen promoting and selling his work at art shows and fairs in New England throughout the year, and is also a lecturer and contest judge for local camera clubs. The Boston Camera Club awarded him Judge of the Year honors for 2015-2016.  

Visit his website and portfolio at www.paulnguyenphoto.com

The best light is almost no light at all.
— Paul Nguyen

ALLIE RICHARDS

Allie Richards is a professional photographer specializing in landscape, travel and portrait photography. 

She has been photographing since age 13, and her trade has taken her to places like Iceland, Norway, The Faroe Islands, across Europe and the United States. She was awarded the Student Image Award in 2013 from the Photographic Resource Center in Boston, MA. She is also an avid print and web designer, and her talents are reflected in all of BlueHour's online and promotional materials. 

Her approach focuses on 'telling the story' of a place by capturing subtleties and minor details that when viewed together, create a more complete whole.

Allie lives and works out of Marlborough, MA, and can be seen promoting and selling her work at art shows and fairs around New England. She also regularly shoots portraiture, weddings and events.

Visit her website and portfolio at www.allierichards.com

Aim to capture the beauty of where you are - then you can’t go wrong.
— Allie Richards

DAVID LONG

Dave has lived in New England and has been doing digital environmental landscape photography for the last eight years, and film for many more. From the mountains of NewHampshire and Vermont to the seacoast locations in Maine and Massachusetts, he looks for iconic locations during the best seasons with incredible light. He also strives to have each image communicate not only what is seen, but also how the location feels. Dave is a member of the Boston Camera Club where he organizes and leads field trips for members. He has won numerous awards including most recently the Appalachian Mountain Club’s 2016 Image of the Year and 1st Place in the New England Camera Club Council’s Fall Competition. Dave lives in Shrewsbury, MA and speaks at camera clubs throughout New England on landscape photography and has recently published two e-books (available in our store) for self-guided tours of New England locations.

See his work online at www.davelongphoto.com and on Instagram.

Landscape photography should be about all the senses. The image should conjure up memories of the light, the smell, the sound and the feel that you had when you looked through the viewfinder.
— David Long
 
©John Tlumacki from The Boston Globe

©John Tlumacki from The Boston Globe

ERIK GEHRING

Erik Gehring is the recently retired President of the Boston Camera Club and a freelance photographer who specializes in natural landscapes. He lives in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston with his wife Julie and sons Carl and William. Although Erik enjoys photographing natural environments all over New England, his favorite destination is Boston’s Arnold Arboretum, and for the last nine years he has published a calendar of images taken in the Arboretum landscape entitled Trees of Boston. Erik’s work has appeared in Yankee Magazine, The Boston Globe, the Boston Metro, The Cape Cod Times, Northern Woodlands, E the Environmental Magazine, AMC’s Outdoors, and other publications. He has shown his fine art prints at galleries throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Erik also has lectured and taught classes at the Arboretum, the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, the Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, the Concord Art Association, the Hyde Park Art Association, and many different camera clubs throughout the area.

You can see his work online at www.erikgehring.com.

 

What to Pack

Recommended EQUIPMENT

  • D-SLR, Mirrorless, or point-and-shoot camera
  • Memory cards with at least 8 GB of total capacity
  • Fully charged battery
  • Sturdy tripod with ball head
  • Wide angle lens, e.g.:
    • Nikon 10-24
    • Canon 10-22
    • APS-C Tokina 12-24, 11-16
  • Mid-range or versatile zoom lens
  • Rain cover for your camera - shower caps or plastic bags also work!
  • Lens cloth
  • Remote shutter release (cable or wireless)

other EQUIPMENT

  • Polarizer filter
  • Neutral density or variable neutral density filter
  • Backpack (designed for camera equipment is helpful)
  • Extra battery
  • Graduated neutral density filter

RECOMMENDED WEAR & ACCESSORIES

  • Rain coat or jacket
  • Water-resistant or quick-drying pants
  • Pockets for accessories and filters
  • Wool or fleece layers for early morning chills and fluctuating temperatures
  • Hat and gloves
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Tall rubber boots
  • Headlamp
  • Water bottle
  • High-energy snacks
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FAQ


+ WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WORKSHOP AND A TOUR?

Workshop: You are responsible for your own air and ground transportation, lodging, and meals. Your tuition just covers the small-group instructional sessions that occur at various locations over the duration of a multi-day workshop in a particular area. We will give you hands-on instruction and practice in numerous photography concepts in the field, and a classroom session on digital post-processing of images. We will provide you with a full itinerary of our meeting and shooting locations, map and directions, packing list, and recommendations for accommodations. You are responsible for driving your rental car or personal vehicle to meet up with the rest of the group at the designated times and places. This is a flexible travel model, where you have a great deal of leeway in terms of staying in an area for extra days before or after the workshop if you wish, and choosing your accommodations and meals to suit your tastes and budget.

Tour: All arrangements are made for you for the duration of the tour, including booking your hotels, ground transportation with the group, and most if not all of your meals. Some of our tours include flight bookings - Please review each tour individually. You will be staying in the same hotel as the other participants, eating most of your meals with the group, and we will all be traveling together in the same large vehicle to the shooting locations. All our package tours will have English-speaking guides to share knowledge about the natural and cultural history of our locations as we travel. But when on-location at a shoot, our photo instructors will offer the same hands-on guidance and instruction as you would receive in a workshop, but we will usually exclude the classroom session on digital post-processing from the package tours. This approach represents a hassle-free model of photo-tourism, where you get a great value on an all-inclusive trip that could save you thousands compared to booking a similar trip yourself, while you still get the same great benefits of a small-group, detailed learning experience in photography. There are typically more participants on a package tour than a workshop, and the tours offer a more well-rounded learning experience that appeals to non-photographers as well, so the serious photo enthusiast can bring along a companion or two. Many of our package tours are actually structured as "a tour within a tour", with optional components for serious photographers, and standard components that can be enjoyed by all travelers.

+ HOW GOOD OF A PHOTOGRAPHER DO I NEED TO BE TO ATTEND?

Most of our students are beginner or intermediate hobbyist photographers. But by the end of a workshop, beginners have become intermediates, and intermediates have become advanced. Everybody on our workshops can learn the same skills quite comfortably.

+ What kind of equipment do I need to own?

To get the most out of our workshops, it's nice to have a camera that lets you take control of the settings. A digital SLR or a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera is what we recommend, because you can adjust things like aperture, shutter speed, and sensitivity, which have an effect on how your photos turn out. But we will teach students with any kind of camera. We also strongly recommend a sturdy tripod. We will give you more specific recommendations for every workshop.

+ What's the youngest student you've had on your workshops?

Thirteen years old, accompanied by an adult.

+ And the oldest?

84!

+ Do I need to be in good shape?

All forms of outdoor recreation inherently come with a certain amount of physical activity. Since all our photography workshops take place outdoors, you must be comfortable with being on your feet for up to three hours. Some walking is involved with your equipment, often on unpaved and rocky surfaces, for less than a mile, sometimes with an incline. Please only bring the equipment that you are comfortable with carrying for the entire duration of the workshop. All of our outdoor venues are different in their terrain and physical expectations, so if you have any questions about the physical activity level of any workshop, please ask us.

+ What do you provide on a workshop?

Detailed hands-on instruction, itinerary and lesson plan, basic maps and driving directions for finding the locations of the classes, pocket field guide to photography concepts, and a list of recommendations for lodging.

+ Do you teach how to edit photos too?

Our tours contain a classroom session on basic photo editing to bring out the best in your digital photos. Just like learning darkroom skills in the film days, but faster. We also host a post-processing workshop in a computer lab once per year.

+ WHAT IF THERE IS INCLEMENT WEATHER?

Our workshop lessons happen rain or shine, as we know that the best photographs are taken under a wide variety of conditions, and a large part of the workshop experience is challenging yourself to embrace what mother nature gives you. But If we decide that the conditions are too dangerous for being outside, we will cancel the workshop, or a portion of it, for the safety of the group.

+ WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?

Your tuition, once paid in full, is non-refundable, unless we cancel the workshop, or you are able to find someone to take your spot. You may transfer your workshop tickets to a different workshop online before the event date.

+ I HAVE A QUESTION NOT ANSWERED HERE. HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?

You can email us by using our email form on the "Contact Us" page, or give us a call at 877-885-6553.