FAQs for Photo Workshops and Tours

Our philosophy:

Let’s face it: you want to learn how to improve your skills and your vision, but you want to do it in some great location that will inspire you! Our instructional tours and workshops are the perfect combination of inspiration, fun and in-depth learning. They provide you with the opportunity to work on your craft while immersed in outstanding locations. The programs are designed primarily for photographers who have a working knowledge of their camera equipment and understand the basics of photography, and who want to work on refining compositions, developing personal vision, and learn new techniques/skill. We emphasizein-the-field learning, with as much or as little help as you want. We believe that you learn best by actually trying the techniques that we discuss, and we’re right there to help you. We also know how important feedback can be, and we’re there to look at your LCD when asked, and when feasible to provide you with feedback in a review session (or two) during the tour. We typically schedule one visual presentation covering various aspects of outdoor photography techniques and concepts, along with at least one image review session. We choose outstanding locations that both inspire and offer you varied and interesting photographic opportunities. Each program is unique, and details are on the page for that event.

We prefer to travel in smaller groups. Our group sizes are kept to 12 or less, providing a great leader to participant ratio.

We hope you’ll want to travel with us to a fantastic location. You’ll visually stretch and grow, have a great time with other photographers, and come home with some great new images and memories.” Brenda and Jed.


Who are your tours for?

Anyone with an interest in experiencing fantastic locations and pushing their skills to create compelling photographs. While we will welcome all skill levels from beginner to pro on the trips, participants with a working knowledge of their gear and the basics of photography will benefit the most. Our participants come from all over North America, and Australia and Asia.

Why should I book with you?

We have collectively over 35 years experience in teaching and guiding between Brenda Tharp Photography and the photographers she partners with for tours. We are known for our dedication to helping clients make the best pictures they can in any location. We typically keep a low ratio of clients to leader wherever possible. You’ll learn with our in-the-field hands-on approach, practicing various new techniques, and having fun with other enthusiastic photographers in the group.

We build in as much time as possible to allow you to immerse yourself in the location, believing that time is essential when trying to ‘feel’ a place to make your best pictures.

We promote a low-impact approach when photographing nature in all locations.

What if the weather’s bad?

Our motto is “Bad weather is GOOD for photography!” We believe in going out to photograph in all types of weather, yet with the safety of you and your gear, in mind. We wish we could predict the perfect weather for all our tours and outdoor programs, but alas, we can’t. But we can offer you tips and techniques on how to photograph is less than ideal weather, should that occur, and if/when it gets really bad, we head inside and have discussions on workflow, technique, over a good cappuccino or glass of wine.

What do I need to bring?

Upon registration and a minimum enrollment to run the tour, we send you information to help you prepare and pack for the journey.

Are these workshops or tours?

Both. Our 
photography tours travel to locations selected for their beauty, and have an emphasis on exploring and photographing what you find in that destination. But as they say, once a teacher, always a teacher, and we willingly provide advice to help everyone make better pictures. If you don’t need much guidance, you are free to roam and create. If you want help, we’re just a question away. We always offer photographic tips in advance of arriving somewhere to help you prepare and have the right gear with you, and we work side by side with you in the field, making it possible to give you real-time guidance on exposures, composition, and techniques.  Photography tours are a great way to learn about the places you travel to from your local guides, while also improving your photography.

photography workshop is a bit more structured. We emphasize particular techniques, and teach on various topics designed to help you create more artistic and compelling photographs. You’ll learn skills that you can use right then and in the future. You will receive more hands-on help in the field on a workshop, and we typically include an image review session as a way of sharing and learning.

Do I need a car?

Typically, for our domestic workshops and tours, you will need transportation from the nearest airport to the starting location of the program. We do offer to put you in touch with others in the course for potential car-pooling, however. And once in a set location, we encourage car-pooling and swapping ride shares to get to know one another and to lessen the impact on the environment.

Do I have to share a room?

No. Our workshops and domestic tours are tuition only pricing. We reserve a block of rooms, typically at a discount, with 2 queen-sized beds, and you can choose to select another type of room when you call to secure a room in your name, subject to availability, of course. However, on international tours, many single rooms cost more than a double, and that price will be reflected in a single supplement charge.