Workshop and Tour Calendar


Taking you places that stir the imagination and helping you make
great pictures while you’re there!


“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.

Read what others have said about our workshops/tours.


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On-Going: Online Travel Photography Class


Join me in this online class on documentary travel photography and learn how to take your pictures to the next level in telling a story about your travels. Six lessons/assignment, critiques and flexible schedule. Click on the picture at right for more information and/or to register:









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CUBA: The Soul of a Place
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January 4-13, 2015 

Price: $5245

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. SOLD OUT. New tour scheduled for October 2015 – see below. 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. Click on the title above to visit my site’s page or visit Strabo Tours site for more info and to register.




Collage of Morocco Photos


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April 5-20, 2015


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. Only 6 spots left.





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April 22-May 3, 2015

Price: $4895

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! Contact Strabo Photo Tours for more information and to register.

Only 2 spots left. 12/09/14.





July 13-19, 2015Tharp_20110629-2826

Price: $3795

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. Only 5 spots left!




July 26-30, 2015 – NEW DATES001_Bears_Alaska

Price: $4695

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. Only 4 spots left! 


August 16 -September 3, 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 title above 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


September 24-October 3, 2015Tharp_040509-463

Price: $3895

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.



A Forest in Autumn

October 4-9,2015

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.



October 24-November 2,2015

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Join us as we explore Cuba in a different season. We will explore the depths of Havana’s unique neighborhoods, seeking out the details and the faces that make up this unique city. We’ll take a trip to the farming region of Viñales to explore the valley and meet with farmers and locals. We’ll visit Trinidad to capture the colors of the houses, the faces, and the rich music of the town. You’ll be guided by two professional photographers in this small group photo tour, making it a rich experience in social exchange and photography.



MYANMAR: A Place of Spirit 
January 31-February 15, 2016

Price: $ TBA_O1A3763

In the early morning mist, temples rise above the Bagan plains. Monks walk quietly through a village to collect alms. Villagers kneel at the feet of Buddha to pray. Fishermen ply the waters with their unique boats at sunrise and sunset. No matter where you look, the sights are awe-inspiring. As you fill your sensor with images you’ll also fill your soul with a rich experience of a life-time. Join Brenda as she guides you on this amazing journey. For more info on Brenda’s site, click the title link above, and follow instructions there for registering with Strabo Tours.


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