Grab your cameras and passports! The Buenos Aires-based travel photography company, Foto Ruta, is launching workshops in Barcelona and London. Founded in 2011 by professional photographers Beck Hayes and Jocelyn Mandryk, Foto Ruta champions the idea of “experiential travel" by offering tours/workshops that allow travelers to have an immersive experience in a destination—and take home some great photos to boot.
As for why they expanded to these two European cities: “London is great because its ethnic diversity is second to none, while Barcelona offers a huge contrast in architecture and streets capes,” Hayes says.
Our favorites include Foto Clue, a scavenger hunt where you spend the afternoon searching for interesting photographic locations based on a set of clues, and the iPhone Tour, where the pros will show you how to make the most of your smartphone snapshots. Did we mention that every class ends with a glass of wine while you review your photos with the instructor?
Tours take place on the last Sunday of every month, typically last four hours; and cost between $32 to $250. Both city experts and professional photographers lead the workshops, and participants should bring their own cameras, which can include anything from a digital SLR to a smartphone.
Here are three travel photography tips from Foto Ruta's founders:
Try alternative viewpoints: Avoid shooting from eye-level. Experiment with angles and move around.
Break the rules: Try playing with over and underexposing your shot or ignoring the rule of two thirds. Broken rules often make great images.
Don’t be afraid to ask to take someone's portrait: Often the best portraits result from interactions between the photographer and their subjects. Never be afraid to asking someone to take their portrait. The worst that can happen is that they say no.
Kira Turnbull is a Photo Assistant at Travel + Leisure.