Community Visit Photography
This full day photography tour is for anyone who would like to improve their photography skills. This tour is great for people who are interested in learning how to use their cameras better and master the principal settings of the camera such as ISO, aperture, shutter speed and white balance. In this tour you will be able to take a variety of photos in a local Andean village such as macro photos, landscapes and portraits. You will also have the opporunity to use your love of photography to make a difference in the local community. Not only do you get to improve your photography skills in a beautiful remote location in the Andes Mountains, you also get to photograph a local family and provide them with the pictures you take of their family. Most locals from the countryside do not have cameras or photos, and therefore are unable to document the growth of the children and important events in their lives. On this photography tour you get to provide a local family with the gift of photos so that they can have these memories of their family forever.
The day before your tour we will meet you at your hotel at 7:00 pm to do a briefing for the tour. We will discuss the itinerary, and will also check your camera equipment. Because each camera is different, we will go over how to identify and change your camera’s settings, such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.
The next day, we will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00 am and will drive for about 45 minutes to the Andean village of Mahuaypampa. This picturesque community is situated in the mountains and features sprawling farms, houses made from mud bricks and with tile roofs, livestock such as sheep and donkeys, and friendly local people who speak Quechua and who still practice ancient traditions. After having an introduction to the village, we will then start to learn more about photography which will include:
- Proper handling and maintenance of our cameras and equipment
- Photography fundamentals which include aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
- Composition of photos
- Types of photography (such as portraiture, landscape, macro, night photography, etc.) and the optimal settings for each type
As we learn about photography, we will practice changing the settings on our cameras. After becoming more familiar with our cameras, we will start to walk around the community and practice taking different types of photos, such as landscapes of the mountains and valleys in the distance and macro photos of flowers and insects. We will also meet some of the local people and your guide will be able to translate so that you can learn more about their culture. As we explore the village, your guide will help assist you to use the correct settings on your camera and will constantly be providing you with feedback so that you can take the best photographs.
We will then head to a local house to have a traditional lunch which is made from the crops that are harvested from the fields (such as a vegetable soup, boiled potatoes, corn, and lima beans). After eating, we will then walk to another local house to meet the family who we will take portraits for. Your guide will introduce you and you will be able to learn about the family and their culture. Many of the families have children or grandchildren. With your guide and using a tripod, you will take a variety of portraits of the family members. You will practice composition and may take photos of the whole family together, or single portraits as well as both inside and outside of their house. After we finish taking photos, we will say good bye to the family and will return to Cusco. On the way you will choose your favorite photos of the family that you would like to give to them. Once in Cusco, we will go to the Cusi Travel office and use a computer to choose the final photos and we will have an introduction to the program Adobe Lightroom which we will use to develop the photos. Cusi Travel will then print your photos and frame them to give them to the family that you visited. We can expect to finish at about 6:00 pm.
- Private transportation
- Photo walk and discussions
- Professional photographer guide who is fluent in English, Spanish and Quechua
- Traditional lunch with a local family
- We print your photographs and frame them to give them to the local family
- Tip for your guide (optional)
What to Bring
- Any camera with a manual mode (DSLR recommended)
- A small day backpack to carry your personal belongings
- Rain jacket, poncho or umbrella
- If you would like to donate some items to the local children or families, we recommend bringing toothbrushes, writing utensils, basic level English books, notebooks, etc. Please feel free to ask us if there are certain items that we recommend bringing depending on the time on year when you will be visiting.
Optional Items to Bring:
- Lenses for your camera (such as a zoom lens and a macro lens)
- Polarized filter
|*We need a minimum of 2 people to run the tour. We guarantee that your tour will be limited to a maximum of 5 people.|
How to Book
We only require a minimum of 2 people to organize this tour, so if there are at least 2 people total in your group we can organize this tour for the start date that you choose. If you are traveling by yourself, please email us to check the availability and let us know the tour(s) that you are interested in and the dates when you are available.
To reserve your tour, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information for each traveler: complete name, nationality, date of birth, and gender. Please let us know the tour you want to do, the date you are looking to do the tour, and how many people are in your group. The next step to reserve your tour is to have each person pay a deposit of $50. To make your deposit, please pay by selecting the correct amount below or by visiting our Book Now page. The remaining balance is due in Cusco in cash (either in US dollars or Peruvian soles), or if you prefer you may pay with a Visa credit card at our office. To pay with a credit card, before your tour please visit our office which is located at Calle Union #140 in the reception of the Cusco B&B Hotel.
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