Excellent question! The easy answer is that they are another form of “learning holiday”, where the emphasis is on travel photography.
There are a lot of new people out there getting enthusiastic about photography these days. They are looking for various opportunities to increase their knowledge, improve their skills, and either put together a first portfolio or take their current portfolios up a level or two. And the photo tour workshop can – and in our opinion should – be high on that list of opportunities.
Why? Because experience in-the-field is what it’s all about. You can have all the most expensive gear, read all the instructional articles and attend the best traditional workshops, but if you cannot put it all together and make it work for you consistently in-the-field , it doesn’t do you much good. In our opinion people spend entirely too much of their allotted photography dollars on equipment, and not nearly enough on actual experience, which is where the real fun and satisfaction is!
In essence, an LJ photo tour workshop offers sunrise to sunset (with breaks of course) professional guidance with true inside access to an array of great locations and photo ops. Some image opportunities are iconic, but many would be very difficult if not impossible to get on your own. It’s a genuine open door to step through and take your photography to the next level, whatever that level may be.