A review of our northern tour of Morocco

We stay in some splendid locations and Riads, and in Fez one of the best; Riad Ahlam, superbly run, is has a wonderful downstairs courtyard to take breakfast in. With a moveable roof you get both the options of warmth and sunlight in the day. Our northern tour in March went down very well and you can read more about it with a review by Peter Wyles.
Having been out with Darren on three previous trips, I knew we would be seeing some excellent photographic sites and we were not disappointed!

We covered Maracech, Fez, the Cascade Ouzoud Falls, Volublis (Roman ruins), Chefchaouen,and Meknes. There was a lot of travelling involved but the compensation was seeing the rolling hills and thousands of hectares of fertile valleys – so different from the stony deserts further south.

There was plenty of opportunity for street photography but also for architecture and landscape.

Our favourite was Chefchaouen, the blue city, where the architecture was so different and unique that you could not fail to take some brilliant images. The people there are so friendly too.

We were accommodated in traditional Riads which were very good and also provided excellent catering

Being only three hours and ten minutes from Gatwick, this is a fabulous way of getting exposure to a vastly different culture and amazing photographic opportunities.

Visited March 2017

10 photography tips for beginners | how to take better travel photos

Photography tips for beginners by Darren Lewey

photography tips for beginners

I don’t have the figures to hand on global travel but it seems travel further afield is increasingly popular and with it the desire to produce good photos to show to friends and family or to satisfy a creative need. Here are my 10 photography tips for beginners on how to take better travel photos and certainly something to be considered ahead of one of the numerous photography tours available.

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Travel Photography holidays inspired – a look at 3 greats

The inspiration for some of the teaching on our travel photography holidays

Back in the mid 1980’s the purchase of a few books via a book club lead to my early forays into examining the work of photographers from the great era of the 1930’s to 1950’s. The tradition of realism was firmly cemented through the images of 3 very different but now considered crucial photographers of their generation. Their individual approaches inspire the kinds of photography that guests on our travel photography holidays seek to weave into to their own way of looking at the world.    Continue reading

July’s guest photography

July’s galleries are now available to view via clicking on the photo. Jo and Lindsay produced some excellent abstract photos particularly at the non-touristic places.

Our photography holidays hopefully continue to inspire. At all levels there are techniques to learn as well as compositional approaches that come through practice and the benefit of looking at other photographers. Essaouira is the ideal compact place for intensive learning. Plenty of sun, texture, colour and oddities make this a paradise for photographers.


Safety in Essaouira

It must be a concern for any potential guest to whether to travel here for a photo holiday or tour. With wide spread coverage of global attacks, does anywhere feel safe? Media wise, Morocco unfortunately is tarred by it’s association to other Arabic countries and it’s status as a Muslim nation, despite being very distinct. Morocco has always been a pro West nation with strong ties to the US and Europe. It’s geographically as far to the west from the hub of the conflict and as such does not share borders with risky zones. The Moroccan government is extremely well motivated in eradicating home grown support for extremists, one could argue more able to police these than Europe currently is. The Moroccan people are not in the least hostile to foreigners and many expats live here without fear. There are of course some disaffected Moroccans looking to return from the Middle east and because of this, the UK government places the threat level here the same as it is for Western Europe. I would argue there’s more danger in London, Paris or Madrid than Essaouira. That’s not to say the threat doesn’t exist but when one looks at the countries that have had recent issues, they include many south east Asian countries, the US, parts of Eastern and northern Europe and West Africa. This really is a global issue and each country should be viewed with the latest and updated information to hand. Safe to say Essaouira as I write is a safe place to travel as an individual.