Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to questions i get asked the most.

General

Yup! I’m registered as self employed within the UK, I pay tax & insurance every year. My name is Tyler Collins, my registered business address is my home which is 53 Brookview Glen, Eglinton, Northern Ireland.

You can email me on [email protected] and if you want to chat to me over the phone you can give me a ring on (+44) 07511 743 810.

Yes.  I have full insurance operating as a Tour Operator, Tour Guide and Driver. My Public Liability insurance covers me up to £1,000,000.

I take your safety extremely serious when on tours.

A photography tour is designed to have you, the photographer, in the right place at the right time to maximise your photography opportunities.

We’ll go where the light is at it’s best or getting you to where you’ll have clear skies to watch and photograph the Aurora Borealis.

My photography tours and workshops, are both a photography tour and a photography workshop, I provide both the guiding and if it is required by the participant I will also provide instruction.

A photography workshop is designed to teach you new techniques on location or to learn new post production techniques in a classroom.

My photography tours and workshops, are both a photography tour and a photography workshop, I provide both the guiding and if it is required by the participant I will also provide instruction.

A “Discovery Tour” basically means  it’s the first time I’m running a photography tour to this particular location.

Consider this a photography tour where the price is at it’s lowest point, before the prices go up!

There is literally no difference between a “discovery tour” and my normal tours. The level of service I provide is exactly the same, I still give 110%, I’ll still be guiding you throughout, we’ll still be out shooting from dawn to dusk, we’ll still have a 9 seater van for 5 of us (where possible) and best of all, you’ll still get your own room!

I want my tours to be as personal as possible and this is why my tours are true small group tours and are limited to no more than 5 people per tour.

Some tours, like the Pyrenees 4×4 Adventure Tour will only have a maximum of 3 persons.

I welcome all levels of photographers from absolute beginners to pros.

I do ask that you understand how the exposure triangle works (the relationship between shutter speed, ISO and aperture) and also understand the basics of operating your camera.

All my tours are spoken in English.

Flights are not included in the price. It is your responsibility to book your own flights to and from the destination. 

Do not book your flights until the tour is designated as a Guaranteed Departure.

No. The Northern Lights is a natural phenomenon just like the weather and therefore it can’t be controlled. However in the evening, regardless of clouds and if we have clear skies, we will be outside trying.

You don’t need to be an athlete by any means.  You must have good mobility and be able to walk up to 3 miles. 

As an example, Iceland and Lofoten – all locations are within 5 minutes walking distance from where we park the car.

Dolomites for example, it’s mountains and we could be hiking up hill for over an hour.

If you’re unsure whether you are suitable, just drop me a message.

Please get in touch first before you make a booking.

Iceland – maybe.

Lofoten Islands – maybe.

Dolomites – no.

Faroe Islands – no.

Isle of Skye – maybe.

Generally I will meet you at the airport, or a prearranged location on the day 1 of the tour.

These details are only finalised in the weeks leading up to the tour.

I ask people to bring only one suitcase based on airline restrictions and their main camera bag.

Do NOT put your main camera bag in the hold luggage, take it onto the place with you as carry-on luggage.

The final payment as of 1st February 2022 is due 60 days before the workshop start date.

If you’re booking within 60 days of departure date, I ask that you either pay in full or pay the deposit and settle the remaining balance as soon as you can. If you’re paying the deposit only please let me know when you will settle the remaining balance.

If for some reason you have to cancel your place on the workshop, I will either offer you a choice of a place on a future workshop or I can refund you based on my refund policy:

Greater than 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund including your deposit.
45 days: 75% refund
30 days: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: no refund

Full booking terms here: https://chasinglight.tours/booking-terms/

Absolutely yes.  It’s a requirement for all my tours and I will ask you to send me a copy prior to the start date.

Accommodation & Meals

Wherever possible I will always try and get a cottage where there are enough rooms for everyone to have their own room.  Sometimes this isn’t possible therefore you will have to share (twin beds) with another participant of the same sex.

Self catering means that we will prepare our own food for the day from groceries that have been purchased at a supermarket.  That’s not to say we won’t be stopping at cafes, gas stations to grab a quick bite – especially for coffee!  We will eat at 1 restaurant on the day we go to Vestrahorn.

Post covid, wherever possible I try and get accommodation that allows everyone to have their own room. Failing this, you will share a room with another guest of the same sex only. You have to remember that we will only be using the accommodation for sleeping in, and also preparing food, 90% of the time we will be out taking photos.

As long as the food is not fresh food then you can bring food with you, things like noodles, energy bars, cup-a-soups, pot noodles etc anything really that is sealed. The usual rules apply when traveling from country to country.

Covid 19

Yes. All of the locations I travel to require the traveller to show proof of their vaccination status.

If you are not vaccinated, you may have to quarantine for 10 days before the tour starts.

If you have to cancel your trip due to COVID-19 you can either change onto another tour or get a FULL REFUND!

(Proof is required)

F*UCK SPAM!

You hate it, I hate it.  I’ll never send it.

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