Hero Tours are tailored for experienced photographers who want to explore new locations. Simply jump aboard the Hero Van and discover amazing new landscapes with us every day.
While a Hero Tour does not offer structured lessons like our workshops, Rob and Dennis will still be around to share their vast knowledge, provide suggestions and help with your personal development as a photographer.
Our trip will take us past a variety of beautiful shooting locations that we will capture in the mornings and evenings. The brighter daytime hours are spent travelling to new destinations, eating, reviewing images together and hanging out with like-minded people.
WHAT YOU GET
Access to stunning photography destinations
One-on-one tuition by two landscape photography veterans
Five nights of shared accommodation in twin rooms or suites
Transportation ex Auckland
Small group size of up to eight fellow travelers
Your personal welcome package full of goodies
Our Hero Cheat-Sheet
Membership to a student-exclusive Facebook group, the Hero Hangout. Share your progress with others and get constructive feedback.
A head full of ideas
We believe that a fun travel experience requires small group sizes. All our tours are limited to eight participants. This allows us to pay more attention to individual needs.
A camera with a viewfinder that allows manual control of settings (DSRL, Mirrorless)
At least one spare battery and charger
A memory card with a lot of space
A sturdy, full-height tripod
A basic set of filters (6-stop ND and/or 10-stop ND)
A wired or wireless remote
A torch (ideally a head-torch)
While we do not require a certain set of lenses we recommend you bring a range of lenses that cover focal lengths from wide angle to moderate telephoto. Please feel free to contact Rob and Dennis for advice.
We advise to bring a laptop along on the trip for off-loading of images, review, editing and photo critique.
Transport to and from our start and end points is your responsibility. All transport during the course of the tour is provided. All our tutors are qualified with passenger endorsements.
We invite you to join us for meals at local restaurants at your own cost, or to make your own arrangements.
We designed these tours for photographers who are comfortable with using their cameras in manual mode. A solid understanding of the exposure triangle and common landscape photography techniques will help to ensure a good experience. While we will not be able to teach landscape photography basics in a structured fashion, we are happy to answer your questions.
A basic level of fitness and comfort when moving on uneven terrain is required for these tours.
Most location require walking across uneven or wet terrain. See the tour details for more information. Please note that you will have to carry all your own camera gear, clothing, snacks and drinks.
Clothing & Extras
We will be moving in an exposed outdoor environment, where the weather is unpredictable even with a good forecast. Good clothing for all eventualities is essential. Your safety is of great importance to us. Please note that we might have to ask insufficiently clothed participants to stay behind at the hotel and rejoin us later. You should bring:
Sturdy footwear, ideally boots designed for walking on uneven terrain
Outdoor compatible clothing
Waterproof clothing (at least a jacket)
Hat for sun protection
Beanie & gloves (you will need them!)
Snacks & water
A sufficiently sized backpack to carry all your camera gear, clothing and extras for each excursion
We want you to have an enjoyable workshop and to return home in good health. To ensure your safety, and the safety of others, we require you to disclose all relevant health conditions when you book the workshop.
At the beginning of each workshop we give a health and safety induction and warn you about environmental hazards. Both Rob and Dennis hold current first aid certificates and carry a first aid kit, emergency blankets and a personal locator beacon to call for help.
It is your responsibility to carry personal medication required for your safety and well-being.
Please notify us immediately if you have any concerns about environmental hazards, your personal level of fitness or if you start to feel unwell at any time during the workshop.
Please note that to attend the workshop you will need to sign a waiver at the beginning of the workshop. In this form you confirm that:
You received a health & safety induction about environmental hazards.
You have disclosed any medical conditions that could impact your safety, or the safety of other participants, at the time of booking.
You are responsible for insurance of your personal items.
You will carry all gear, clothing and personal items as required for the workshop.
You waive certain legal rights.
The waiver form can be found here. We will also send you a copy with your info package.