Photography Tour, Class or Workshop: Which One To Choose?

By Geoff Harris

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Generally, the difference between a photography tour, class or workshop,  is a matter of degree, and many programs may have elements of each.

A workshop should have at least some specific classroom instruction.  There is also field work, photographing the location, with some hands on demonstrations for the group and individuals.  Student images may be reviewed and critiqued during the classroom sessions.


A tour is more informal, generally with no classroom work.  The group will usually have meals together and use that and other group times to talk about photography and discuss ways to get better images.  Most instruction will be done on location, with suggestions for useful techniques, better equipment handling, problem solving and aesthetic ideas for better visual communication.  Film processing and student critiques are generally not available on a tour.

A class will be limited to classroom instruction and, depending on the size of the group, may include some hands-on  discussion and student work critique.

For any program, the most important thing is to have fun.  That's when people learn and retain the most and, besides, life is too short to behave otherwise

Geoff Harris

I am a journalist and photographer and currently work as the Deputy Editor of Amateur Photographer (AP) the oldest weekly photographic magazine in the world. Before that I served as the editor of Digital Camera, Britain's best-selling photography magazine, for five years. During my time as editor it became the UK's top selling photo monthly and won Print Publication of the Year at the 2013 British Media Awards. As well as being lucky enough to get paid to write about photography, I've been fortunate to interview some of the greatest photographers in the world, including Elliott Erwitt, Don McCullin, Martin Parr, Terry O'Neill and Steve McCurry. This has been a wonderful learning experience and very influential on my photography. Beyond writing, I am a professional portrait, travel and documentary photographer, and reached the finals of the 2016 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition. I am a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and hope to take my Associateship whenever I can find the time. In addition I write about well being/personal development and antiques collecting for a range of other titles, including BlueWings, the in-flight magazine of Finn Air.

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