Eastern Tibet Photo Retreat - Frequently Asked Questions

Eastern Tibet…is that in Tibet or China?
Many travelers don’t realize that Tibet has been a province of China since the 1950s. Tibet consists of three main regions which spill over into five different provinces. This photo retreat takes place in Eastern (also known as “Kham”) Tibet, which is primarily located in western Sichuan province. For a more thorough understanding, visit Tibetpedia and read the Tibet Travel Essentials.


What kind of camera do I need?
All cameras are welcome! DSLRs, point-and-shoots, smartphones, pinhole cameras made from oatmeal boxes. If it makes you happy to shoot with it, you've got the right gear. The only requirement is that you are comfortable with your camera’s basic controls. Film photographers won’t be able to share images in our daily reviews, but they are heartily welcomed on the trip.


What gear should I bring?
Ansel Adams once said something like: If you have fewer lenses, you lessen your chances of choosing the wrong one. Rick Steves, travel guide extraordinaire, once quipped, “There are two kinds of travelers - those who packed light and those who wish they had.” A short gear list will be provided to registered students, but the general guideline is: less is more.


Is this trip better suited to more advanced photographers?
This is a conceptual photography experience (not a technical class), so photographers at every level are welcome. One thing is certain: your photography will improve dramatically on this trip.


Will any technical instruction be provided?
We are happy to answer technical questions and help you with your camera, but that won’t be the focus of this immersive travel experience. We’ll focus primarily on creative seeing and making images that go beyond standard, straightforward, expected views (which has little to do with mechanics).


Is this trip for me?

  • Have you gotten too comfortable photographing your local environment?
  • Do you feel like you’re just repeating yourself?
  • Are you hungry for adventure and new sights?
  • Do you want to come into your own as an artist?
  • Do you want to learn to express your true creative vision?
  • Do you have dreams of doing something new and different with your photography?
  • Do you want to create a gorgeous portfolio of images to exhibit or share with friends?
  • Do you want to photograph all your future travel destinations with fresh eyes and a truly original perspective?

Yes? Then come join us in Eastern Tibet!