INSTRUCTIONAL TOURS & WORKSHOPS
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain And we would add to that – photograph!!
On our instructional tours, you’ll be photographing alongside us, and will benefit from our collective experiences and on-the-spot-suggestions for making your best composition. Brenda and Jed passionately share how they see and how they make an image. Various aspects of outdoor photography, including field techniques, equipment, light, composition, visual design, are covered. We provide hands-on help as you learn to refine your personal vision. We have built in ample time in the field for you to immerse yourself in image-making. Together we have over 28 years of experience leading tours, teaching workshops, and doing assignment and stock photography, a rich well of information that we draw on to help you make your very best images. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your own photography while working with pros at your side in stunning locations both in the USA and around the world.
“We hope you’ll join us for a photographic tour in a fantastic location. You’ll visually stretch and grow, and have a great time sharing with other photographers on the tour!” Brenda and Jed.
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On-line six-week photography class on documentary travel photography taught by Brenda Tharp. Visit this link for more information and/or to register:
August 18-September 6, 2014
Join me and my good friend and photographer Wendy Kaveney on this incredible photography tour to a most amazing place. Namibia is a country filled with unique photographic opportunities, from giant sand dunes and odd kookerboom (quiver) trees, to abandoned houses filled with shifting sands, and some incredible wildlife experiences. COMPLETED.
Photograph © Wendy Kaveney
ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH
November 5-9, 2014
Price: $1300.00 Tuition.
Join us as we explore and photograph the best of this beautiful park during the peak of Autumn color. Brilliant red big-tooth maples, golden cottonwoods, and burnished hues of oaks contrast the red rock formations that surround them. We’ll spend time in the canyon, as well as ‘up top’ in the checkerboard area, and other locations to make stunning nature images. 2 Spaces available.
January 4-13, 2015
This photography tour has been designed to provide the most photographic opportunities while we interact with the locals and learn about their way of life and share a bit of ours. From the streets of Havana and colorful Trinidad to the agricultural fields of Viñales, and other spots in between, we’ll meet and photograph amazing people at work and play. Strabo Tours has partnered with a tour company licensed by our US government to operate People to People tours. Join us for this unique opportunity before Cuba changes too much! The trip is limited to just 12 people. 11 Spaces sold, 1 remaining. We have custom-designed this itinerary to offer you the best possible photographic opportunities while adhering to the legal requirements of the license through which we are able to run this tour. Email Strabo Tours
February 22-28, 2015
Ice-filled lagoons, luminous icebergs, thunderous waterfalls, ice caves, and the magnificent aurora borealis are all part of this winter photography tour to Iceland, a land of stunning photographic opportunities. Join me along with Tim Vollmer for this week of learning and thrilling adventure. We’ll show you how to photograph the aurora, help you with making exposures for snow and ice, guide you in creating dynamic compositions that have depth, and help you make the best pictures you can while experiencing the best that Iceland has to offer in winter. To register and for more information, visit the tour page on Tim’s site.
April 5-20, 2014
Morocco is a land of contrasts – both in the traditions and the landscape. Although women can now go about without scarves on their heads, they choose mostly to still wear them – and use them as a fashion accessory! Men in hooded djellabas pull out cell phones from their pockets, and sell chickens and hedgehogs while chatting on their phones. Artisans of all types – leather, rubber, ceramic, textiles, rugs, brass lanterns, are at work in the city’s souks and mellah section. Join me on a journey full of exotic sights – including the people, rugged desert villages, and the dramatic Saharan desert. Click on tour title for more info or go to Strabo Tours site for info and to register.
Whitewashed towns perched on rugged promontories, olive and cork forests dotting the landscape, the Moor-influence architecture of the Alhambra, and the towns of Granada, Seville, Ronda, and Cordoba make this a tour filled with great photographic opportunities! Pricing is being finalized, but we are taking reservations. In the meantime, you can check out the planned itinerary at Strabo Photo Tours and contact them there for more information. 6 spaces sold, 6 remaining. 9/22/14
Details will be coming soon on this photo tour to southeast Alaska’s crown jewel of a park. At the top end of the Inside Passage, this park boasts of wonderful tidewater glaciers, sea bird colonies (kittiwakes, puffins, and more), sea lions, humpback whales, Orcas, sea otters and bears. It’s a stunning location for a photography tour, and we’ll cruise and go ashore to explore the best this place has to offer. Protected by mountains from the ‘outside’, this cruise is typically smooth water. Join pro photographer Jed Manwaring and Brenda Tharp while there are still glaciers touching the sea and see for yourself why this place is so special. Limited to 7 participants.
July 21-25, 2015
Join me as we celebrate the spring cubs frolicking in meadows while Mom forages! This place is incredible for the close-in access we have to the bears of Lake Clark. It’s a fantastic opportunity to witness and photograph bear behavior. We’ll have opportunities to photograph bears clamming with low tides during our visit, too. Weather permitting, we’ll even make a trip out to a puffin colony. Don’t miss this one! Limited to 7 participants. 1 space sold, 6 available.
Mid-August-early September 2015
We’ll be returning to Namibia in 2015, and several people have already signed up! Details are being finalized and may change slightly from this year’s tour. Click on the link to see this year’s trip details on my site, or visit Strabo Tour’s page for this year’s details. To sign up, e-mail Strabo Tours.
Photograph © Wendy Kaveney
What could be better than photographing this fascinating and romantic city? Photographing it by the light of a Supermoon! I am very excited to be there during this full moon, and we’ll take advantage of the rising and setting of the moon, and photograph by the light of the moon. Even without moonlight, this city is a great photographic smorgasbørd, and we’ll spend 9 days exploring it and the outlying islands in search of unique images that express the essence of Venice and the lagoon islands. Prepare to be out and about in early morning and early evening/night, too, as part of this tour. Please visit Strabo Tour’s page for more information and to register.
Photographs don’t just happen, they are created, by using good composition and other concepts and techniques. Join me in the beautiful Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, for an autumn nature photography workshop. Celebrate the colors and the low angle of light while learning to see and incorporate visual design elements that exist in nature. Learn the importance of visual depth in a photograph, and how to utilize the light you have to make photographs with impact. Make a an afternoon boat trip to photograph the golden light on the outstanding sea caves on Devil’s Island. Registration is open now. Click on the event title above to go to MISA’s website.
More to come, stay tuned and check back often!