See what people have said about Nigel’s photography tours
Here are a few comments that participants have made about previous photo tours
From Valerie H: Thank you Nigel for organising the Isles of Scilly photography tour this autumn. The itinerary was varied and offered opportunities for landscape, beach and garden photography, although some were limited because of the weather. I was able to absorb myself in my photography in a way I have not been able to do before. I learnt some new techniques, especially in terms of composition and looking for the detail. You spent time with us individually as well as demonstrating ideas for us all to try out. It was also interesting to talk photography with you and the other group members each time we waited for the rains to clear! I hope to be able to go again.
From Carol B: Each day when you get up you are guaranteed a great day of photography – you don’t have to think or plan where and when you will go as Nigel takes you there. Of course, knowing how to get the best out of any location or weather, Nigel will always tailor the tour to the best conditions of the day, and take into account each person’s style of photography and what they want to achieve by coming on a tour.
The group got on well together and each person was allowed to work at their own pace in their own way – no one was left behind or hanging around waiting, similarly, no one had to cut short their photography at any location. This is all done with Nigel’s easy manner and well-honed skill as a tutor – he knows when to step in to give you a hand and when to leave you to your own devices.
Happy to impart and share his knowledge of photography – and Icelandic customs and flora and fauna – the making of a good image, suggestions for alternative viewpoints and focusing in on the correct area, you don’t feel you are being taught but later realise that your photography has moved on several stages. This allows you to embed the new tips and techniques and use this in your everyday photography all to the good.
On the Iceland tour you get the experience and expertise from someone who has an expert knowledge of Iceland on account of the number of times he has visited. Take, for example, the hidden waterfall; many tourists stopped to admire the view (which was stunning) but with a short walk down and along out of sight was a stunning waterfall. We had this all to ourselves. With such a full and cohesive programme you come away with a portfolio of great photos. It’s also a great holiday!
Nigel gets you there – to the location, to the photograph.
From Larry H: If you’re looking for stunning landscapes to photograph, this is definitely the tour for you. Four full days packed with waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, ice fields and lava fields. This is complemented by comfortable hotels ,a comfortable coach with plenty of room for your equipment and Nigel on hand for guidance if required. Even the weather was brilliant for the whole four days.
From Anne W: Iceland is stunning and we were blessed with some lovely weather and the Northern Lights which were breathtaking and a high point for us all.An interesting and varied itinerary guided by Nigel made for a good week of travel photography in a relaxed atmosphere. We had an excellent driver with a great sense of humour who safely transported us and gave us insights into Icelandic life. Accommodation and dining all up to expectation.
From Claire P: We both thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Iceland was awe-inspiring and we both think that there is a lot more of Iceland that we would like to explore. We loved it. It was one of my favourite holidays in a long time. And having the opportunity to see all those amazing places and to try and capture something memorable form them was an enjoyable challenge. We thought that the places that you chose gave us enough variety to give us the opportunity to think about what we were looking at and how to approach taking the picture. I enjoyed learning from doing, with a little initial guidance and do feel like I have learned a lot.
From Peter A: Earlier this year I went on a fantastic photo experience to Iceland with Nigel.
We were a very small but friendly group of mixed ability photographers, and travelled around in our own minibus. We started in Reykjavik before venturing off to the Golden Circle, one of the most photogenic areas. Here we visited Geysir to see the hot springs and bubbling pools before moving onto Gulfoss, which is a stunning waterfall, and then on up into the Highlands area. Nigel was taking his own photos, but was always on hand to give you tips or advice on angles, perspective etc.
We moved on to cover a large section of the Southern coastline. The landscape is so varied, between rock outcrops, lava fields, fields of wild lupins, glaciers, more waterfalls, river valleys, black sandy beaches – the variety is endless and spectacular. We saw at a distance where the volcano Eyafjallajokull had erupted to cause so much trouble in Europe two years ago. One highlight was the lagoon at Jokalsarlon where icebergs break off from the massive glacier and float across the lagoon towards the sea. Being tidal, they get caught in the black sandy estuary, where we were able to get close and photograph them.
There is not an abundance of wildlife, but we were fortunate to see many of the famous Icelandic ponies, a seal in the lagoon, and had a couple of late evening photographic sessions shooting puffins and other sea birds.
The trip included an interesting variety of accommodations, between smart hotels in Reykjavik to small village hotels, a converted school and a farm location. All were excellent and provided good food at reasonable prices.
Nigel was always around to give us help and advice on photographic matters, and I found his morning get-togethers invaluable where we shared and discussed the previous day’s photos together before starting out on another day’s adventure.
Altogether, it was a great experience.