Why I Choose Guided Wildlife Photography Tours?
The below article on Why I choose guided wildlife photography tours is the opinion of a well known wildlife photographer who has done numerous trips to Wildlife both in his own and via Guided Wildlife Photography Tours. He explains below on why he chooses the guided ones versus the self-tours and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Why I Choose Guided Wildlife Photography Tours? by Zhayynn James
Over the past few years I have travelled often on wildlife photography tours, mostly guided wildlife photography tours lead by a seasoned, accomplished skipper, with excellent photography credentials, etc. There have been occasions where I have opted to do a wildlife tour on my own. There are definite advantages and disadvantages to both.
Undoubtedly Self-tours sound like a classic no-brainer because you get to choose which direction you go, how long you stay with a subject, which angle you want to shoot, and most importantly for some, you save money! I have enjoyed that freedom when on holiday and it definitely feels worthwhile.
Why Guided Wildlife Photography Tours?
However, I make the distinction of being a wildlife photographer who wants to make the most of every tour to learn more vs being a satisfied wildlife photographer. For the sake of argument I may be good, but there is so much that I am yet to learn and there’s no place better than learning right there in the field, from award-winning photographers who have done this innumerable times. There hasn’t been a single tour I have been on with guided wildlife photography tours that I haven’t learned something new, a better way, a shortcut, or had my knowledge fact-checked and found wanting. Now that’s just me as a wildlife photographer and the same doesn’t hold true for everyone. Others may be better or may have more knowledge, skills or have reached a standard that they feel comfortable with.
I equate the role of a skipper or mentor on a photography tour to that of a boxing coach at ringside. Now it’s not that the boxer doesn’t know how to box,