These Trips Pair You With a Professional Photographer so You Get the Best Shot
Ponant’s nine-day Discover Saint-Laurent cruise from Quebec City to Boston includes workshops with award-winning French photojournalists Céline Clanet and Ambroise Tézenas. Ports of call offer opportunities to document whales in Saguenay Bay and the sculpted cliffs of the Magdalen Islands. Sept. 2017, from $4,890.
On sustainability-minded adventure operator Natural Habitat’s 10-day Wild Namibia Photo Safari, eight guests join a photographer and a naturalist on excursions to capture images of Sossusvlei, site of the world’s tallest sand dunes, and the picturesque shipwrecks of the remote Skeleton Coast. April and Oct.–Dec., from $10,995.
Chilean nature photographer Pia Vergara leads five-night tours from Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa into Torres del Paine National Park to seek out the Patagonian Big Five: guanaco, puma, South Andean deer, Andean condor, and nandu. Each day focuses on a different skill, like night photography or editing. Sept.–April, from $4,950.
For a book project in 2013, fine-art photographer Daniel Sullivan hiked 220 miles along Maui’s King’s Highway, an ancient footpath that dates back to the 16th-century reign of Piilani. Now, in partnership with the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, he offers bespoke day tours along parts of the route. Year-round from $1,110.
Baja California, Mexico
Surf photographer Tom Servais leads four-day retreats with Mansa Vida, a new adventure company founded by former pro surfers Tim Curran and Rob Machado. Guests spend their days catching waves and their nights talking photography in the Surfer Villa at the Cape Hotel in Cabo San Lucas. May, from $3,980.
Eight photographers and naturalists join guests aboard the National Geographic Endeavour on Lindblad Expeditions’ new 17-day Galápagos Photo Expedition. The trip includes a workshop in Guayaquil, Ecuador, daily assignments, and seminars, along with wildlife-viewing adventures. Dec. 2016 and Nov.–Dec. 2017, from $13,180.
Documentary filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert have introduced Wild Studio, a customizable four-day photo experience, through their company Great Plains Conservation. The program debuted this year at Selinda Camp, in Botswana, and will expand to Kenya next year. Oct.–Nov., from $4,252.
Southern New Mexico
Led by photographer and educator Jerry Courvoisier, the four-day Turner Ranch Photography Workshop allows participants to roam Ted Turner’s Ladder and Armendaris properties, capturing the desert landscape and abundant wildlife, which includes bison, bighorn sheep, and elk. Nov., from 2,125.