Madeira Photography Tours & Workshops

12th – 19th May 2023

LODGING
1x Self Catering House

DATE(S)
12th – 19th May 2023

DURATION
7 Nights

GROUP SIZE
Maximum of 5

ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate

8 Days, 7 Nights

Madeira Photography Tours

Join me 300 miles off the west coast of Africa, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean as we explore and photograph the beautiful volcanic island of Madeira also known as Hawai‘i of Europe.

My Madeira Photography Tours are planned with you the photographer right in the centre. With spring like weather all year round, this lush green island 300 miles off the west coast of Africa, is a unique photography destination. From dramatic natural landscapes to towering mountains, Fanal forests and epic cliffs, there is something here for everyone.

Although this is a group tour, I will spend plenty of one-on-one time with you. Depending on your experience level, we can dive deeper into topics such as histograms or bracketing and I’ll explain everything without mind boggling technical jargon.

From the moment you’re collected at the airport to the day you’re dropped off I’ll be looking after you, airport transfers, transport during the tour, accommodation, guiding, and all tuition. The only thing you need to sort is your flights to Madeira and your food.

Madeira Photography Tour 2023

Trip Highlights

  • Ribeira da Janela
  • Ponta de São Lourenço
  • Fanal Forest
  • Pico do Arieiro
  • Pico Ruivo
  • Ponta de Rosto
  • Ponta Do Sol
  • Véu da Noiva
  • 25 Fontes Falls
  • Astro Photography

Itinerary

Pico do Areeiro

From my experience of running over 30 photography tours, having a fixed daily itinerary is limiting your chances of going home with the best possible images.

I work with the weather as much as possible and visit locations based on the best forecasted weather conditions. Each evening I will “plan” the next day and let everyone know what time we’ll be leaving the next morning. This ensures that I’m putting you in the right place at the right time.

Each day we will be on location 1 hour before sunrise and shooting all day until after sunset.

The tour will start from Madeira Airport. This will be confirmed well in advance of each tour. The reason for this is because of flight schedules.

Day 1 – Arrival Day

This is the arrival day, I’ll be collecting everyone from the airport, we’ll be visiting the supermarket and we’ll be getting settled into our accommodation for the next week.

If time allows, we’ll squeeze in a sunset shoot close to our accommodation..

Day 2 to 7 – The Adventure

This is where the real adventure begins.

Over the next 6 full days we will be photographing at every opportunity we can get. We’ll be getting up early every morning (regardless of weather) to be on location 1 hour before sunrise, after each sunrise shoot we’ll head for breakfast/coffee before heading onto our next location.

Each sunset location, we’ll be there roughly 2 hours before so that we can each scope out our sunset composition.

Day 8 – Departure Day

Generally flights depart very early so it’ll be an early start.

Goodbyes are forever, I’ll be saying see you later as I hope you’ll join me on another adventure. We’ll head to the airport where everyone can catch their flights home.

Your Guide

Photographer, Light Chaser, Aurora Guide, Web Dev, Biker, Daddy and I’ve got a very understanding girlfriend in no particular order.

What you’ll learn

On this trip I’m at your complete disposal to help and teach you everything I know about photography if you desire.

Here are a few of the key skills that I can cover.

Camera Settings: It starts with the basics. RAW, Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. Learn how and when to use the various modes on your camera to get the shot you want.

CompositionComposition is everything in landscape photography. Learn what I’m looking for when composing a landscape photograph.

Long Exposures: Learn how to use long exposures so you can create dramatic and interesting photographs.

Histogram: Learn how to read your histogram so that you’re exposing correctly and capturing maximum data with no clipping.

Low Light: Learn how to photograph the night sky and if luck is on our side, we’ll also shoot the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

Editing: Learn how I edit my photographs using Adobe Lightroom Classic with final touches in Photoshop. (Only during bad weather)

What’s included?

  • Airport Transfers
  • Transport throughout tour
  • Accommodation
  • Any entrance fees.
  • Photographic guidance
  • Flights/Travel to/from Madeira
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner and alcohol or snacks.
  • Travel & Equipment Insurance
  • Visas (if necessary)

Good to Know

Packing List: A full packing list is emailed to you shortly after you have completed your booking.

Flights: You need to fly to Madeira Airport (FNC). I’m flying from Belfast with a stop over in London Gatwick and then a direct flight to Madeira.

Meeting Point: The meeting point of the tour will be Madeira (FNC) airport. I will confirm the meeting point well before the trip starts. It’s worth pointing out that we will all be in constant contact with each other leading up to the arrival day.

Accommodation: We will be staying in a self catering house that has everything we need to cook meals, store food etc. Where possible I will be booking accommodation that has single rooms. Depending on availability, some times you may need to share with someone of the same sex.

Self Catering / Meals: All my tours are based on self catering. We will visit the supermarket on the day we arrive and gather what’s needed for a few days so that we can bring packed lunches with us each day. We will revisit the supermarket a couple of times throughout the trip too.  There will be opportunities throughout the trip to visit cafes and the odd restaurant if we have time. But primarily, we will be eating as we go.

Hiking: Many of the locations are no more than 10/15 minutes from the car. You must be able to walk on uneven, sometimes steep and slippery ground.

Spending Money: On my last trip, I managed to spend approximately £30 per day. Everywhere takes card, cash isn’t needed.

UK Mobile Network – If coming from the UK, your data roaming will work and come out of your data back home.

Travel Adapter – Madeira uses the standard 2 pin Euro plug.

Madeira Photography Tours Dates & Prices

Prices quoted are per person. Only a 10% deposit is required to secure your spot. Remainder balance is due 8 weeks prior to start date.

Date

Duration

Price

Places Left

12th – 19th May 2023

7 Nights

£1450

5 Spots Left

May 2024

7 Nights

£1850

5 Spots Left

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Just back from a fantastic trip with Tyler to the Lofoten Islands. The trip was managed expertly from start to finish, and the small group size meant you got as much or little tuition as you wanted. Tyler clearly knows the area intimately, and the right time to visit, and really enjoys the ever changing landscapes, he isn’t simply going through the motions. We even got woken late at night when Tyler spotted the lights and given the option to go out and see. You can tell he wants to get you the best experience, and photographic opportunities possible. I think it’s fair to say we all come back happy with our images and shared adventure, and I for one will be re-booking sometime soon. Life is all about getting these type of amazing experiences so if you get the chance, go for it. Thanks Tyler.

Paul Young October 28, 2022
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I was on the 7 nights Lofoten Islands photo tour with Tyler and 3 other photographers in October 2022. Tyler knows the Lofoten Islands very well and knows landscape and Northern Lights photography very well. He took us to many great locations. The weather was somewhat challenging with rain, some high winds and snow. But we were able to go out 3 nights for Auroras and got some nice photos. He provides help with camera settings to get the best captures. Group size is kept small. Follow his guidelines for clothing (make sure you have waterproof gloves and pants) and you can be comfortable in the weather. I can recommend Tyler to help you get the most out of a photography trip to the Lofoten Islands.

Arthur Beesley October 27, 2022
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I have always wanted to visit Lofoten to take landscape photographs. A friend suggested Chasing Light Tours. I was not disappointed even though there were several rainy days. Tyler Collins was an outstanding tour leader. Apart from being a very competent photographer, he had expert knowledge of the area and took us to the best locations for the weather conditions. Tyler gave technical and composition advice where needed, in an pleasant and friendly manner. Tylor has years of experience in this field which is very apparent.

Ron Campbell October 26, 2022
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Recently back from a trip to Lofoten Islands with Tyler and could not recommend him enough. We had an incredible time, Tyler was always on hand to give advice or suggestions on how to improve our composition or image. His driving skills in the snow was amazing always felt safe when travelling from location to location even though the conditions were terrible. His knowledge of the local area was super answering any questions we had and always had an interesting few facts to share.. Having small group sizes meant that we all got as much help as we needed and he would make sure to go round the group multiple times on each location., He made the week fun, enjoyable and one to never forget. If you are considering a photography workshop look no further and get yourself booked. You will not regret it!!

Peter Beagan March 25, 2020