Tours - Christopher Schmid

Landscape and Travel Photography Tours

Tour Offerings 2017/18

What is it all about?

My photography tours take you to unique and amazing locations. They include transport during the trip, accommodation, breakfast, dinner, and full tuition (theory of photography, practice sessions, post-production) from an expert leader.

You don’t need to be an experienced photographer. I will help you to improve your technique, inspire you to new creative heights, and make sure that you have a really good time.

On each trip, there are people from all over the world, from different backgrounds, and with different levels of experience in photography. Some come to just enjoy a week away from the office in some beautiful location; others are there to improve their photography skills. Each person has his or her own aim. It's an open friendly environment, and you will find that, as well as making friends and sharing your enthusiasm for photography, you'll learn from others, and will more than likely have a few things to pass on to others too.

How can you expect to improve your photography?

There is one big step you can take in photography: learning how to compose a picture. Looking at the scene in front of you and knowing how to balance out the different elements. I’ll show you how to develop your awareness, and how to find what really inspires you. Everyone sees things differently. Focusing on what you find interesting and motivating in a scene, is the key to improve the impact your images have.

Group size

I intentionally keep the group size small. With guaranteed no more than 4 people, I have the time to focus on the individual participants. Another perk is, that you won’t have to use your elbows to secure a good shooting spot. And last but not least, travelling in a small group improves group dynamic.

Daily routine

Taking into account weather conditions, sunrise and sunset times, you’ll get an early start for the sunrise shoot. We’ll head back to the hotel for breakfast and then spend the rest of the morning and afternoon in the field, shooting and scouting. Box lunches will be provided. If the weather isn’t on our side, we’ll stay indoors for a theory workshop. Before dinner, a sunset shoot will be “on the menu”. After dinner, you’ll have the choice between reviewing the day’s photographic output, theory lessons, or, just calling it an early night!

What do you need to pack?

Personal items:

- Climate and season suitable clothes
- Hiking or trekking boots. Myanmar-trip: sandals
- Valid passport / identity card
- Cash and credit card for all expenses not included in the tour
- Medication if required
- Sunscreen, insect repellent

Camera equipment:
- Camera backpack or daypack
- Camera, lenses (recommended: 16-35mm f4, 70-200mm f4, 35mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4)
- Memory cards or film
- Battery packs, charger, power adapter
- Sturdy tripod
- ND grad filters (I prefer Lee Filters)
- Polarizer
- Headlamp

What do you need to know before booking?

. Participants are responsible for organizing their outbound and return flights. At your request, I will be glad to assist you.

. Arrival at and departure from the starting point of the tour are at your own costs. Participants are responsible for arriving on time at the meeting point. We recommend to arrive the day before, and to allow plenty of time for any unforeseeable events.

. All information about meeting point and time (usually a hotel lobby) will be sent by email, approx. 1 week before the tour starts.

. Participants are responsible for full travel and health insurance coverage – these are not included in the tour price. The tour organizer will not accept any responsibility or liability in case of health problems, accidents etc.

. The deposit must be paid during the booking process and is non-refundable. The final payment is due 30 days before the tour starts.

. I reserve the right to revise the itinerary and to cancel the tour due to act of nature, or if the minimum number of participants is not met. If a tour has to be cancelled by the tour operator, the purchase price will be refunded in full.

Are there any additional costs?

Usually, you will spend lunchtime in the field and buy your picnic on the way to the location. Non-alcoholic beverages are included at breakfast and dinner. On tour, there are some special goodies on offer (e.g. hot tubs, snowmobile ride in Iceland, hot air balloon ride in Myanmar). Participation is optional and payment is always due on site.

Contact Details

Huebstrasse 27
CH-8636 Wald ZH

Phone: +41 44 585 25 26

For bookings or further questions, please send me an email.

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