This question was certainly a priority for me at Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures when laying out the products for our website and marketing initiatives.
In this post, I will describe the differences between the two primarily regarding how Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures distinguishes the two, but hopefully this will also help as a guide when doing your own research with other companies that offer photography related experiences!
All of our photography tours are lead by at least one photography expert and up to two guides with groups of 6 or more. Our guides have an understanding of the photography opportunities of the area where the tour will be conducted as well as a good sense of timing, light, and schedule.
Our guides are competent photographers producing professional level images. They are proactive with offering advice to assist you in getting the best images possible. Our photography guides differ than instructors in the way that they focus more on the groups' experience than how much they are learning.
Suitable for all skill levels
We offer the best opportunities to access photography locations that are visually stunning and appropriate for any level of photographer. The locations we visit during our photography tours should impress the novice and any seasoned landscape photographer.
Specific destination and locations included
Generally speaking, all of our photography tours have a specific destination. Along the way, there are stops included as part of the itinerary as well as any impromptu stops. If we or our guests notice something that they want to photograph because of the light or particular landscape, all of our tours have the flexibility to make stops en route to accommodate the dynamic nature of outdoor photography!
For example, our Abraham Lake and Banff Winter Photography Tour made an unexpected stop at this lookout at Hector Lake because the light and clouds were very unique and visually striking although this was not a planned stop on the tour.
All of our photography tours are fully licensed and insured for maximum protection and comfort of our guests.
No formal instruction
Although our photography experts are recognized in their field of photography and have the skills to offer advice for photographers of any skill level, there is no formal instruction offered. Our photography tours are designed to give the guest maximum freedom of exploring photo opportunities with the skill levels they are comfortable with. Our photography tours are aimed at maximizing time in the field taking pictures.
our photography workshops are lead by National Geographic Traveler award-winning photographer, Mark Unrau with the use of assistant instructors to deliver the content and help our participants in the field.
Focused on a particular technique, theme or skill level
Our photography workshops are focused on a particular theme such as landscape photography or Canon DSLR for beginners. All of our workshops will be tagged with a skill level that the workshop is appropriate for.
A wealth of content will be prepared and delivered to the guests in a formal instructive manner with the aim to improve the technical and compositional skills of the participants.
Our photography workshops may have specific exercises or other practical components in the field to help understand certain photography concepts. There could be in-class components and processing labs. Often our photography workshops will have specific requirements that the guest will need to be prepared with. For example, Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop installed.
The goal of our workshops is to improve your photography skills
There may be more than one location during a workshop, however, there is no particular route or destination like a photography tour. Our workshops are focused on you learning and practicing new techniques with an opportunity to get out on location. Our workshops may or may not include transportation depending on the locations visited.
Photography Tour vs Workshop quick comparison
-Transportation is integral part of tour and the driver is properly insured to carry passengers
-Suitable for any skill level of photographer
-No formal instruction delivered
-Transportation may not be included and may not be insured for passenger transportation.
-Generally aimed at a specific skill level and technique
-The main goal is to deliver formal instruction