Tourists Advised How to Take Better Pictures


London: Camera-clicking tourists learned how to take “amazing holiday photos” in special masterclass sessions held by experienced photographers at Destinations, the four-day annual holiday and travel show which ended here on February 5.

Advice included getting in close for greater impact, waiting patiently for hours to bag the shots they desired, stopping for a few seconds and thinking before clicking to get more creative and meaningful pictures, and approaching and interacting with local people to achieve more “atmospheric” results, and always thinking of the background to give the picture a “sense of context”.

These tips came from Paul Goldstein, an award-winning photographer who has snapped animals all over the world, and Steve Davey, a photographer-writer whose work has appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide. Paul told the audience: “Whether you are viewing or photographing, the ethical side of wildlife is desperately important. A sensitive and generous approach, particularly in the developing world, will always bear fruit.” Steve commented: “Travel photography can be the perfect way to get more out of any trip, motivating you to see more sunrises, climb more mountains and meet more people.”

India was strongly represented as usual in the show run in association with The Times as well as The Sunday Times and its Travel Magazine.

A London company called Frui, which arranges cookery, painting and photography breaks for small groups of clients all over the world, has Kerala as its sole destination in India. “Kerala has a great deal to offer visitors,” its founder James Lockett told us. “The wildlife, tea plantations, homestays, houseboats and beaches are fantastic.” He added: “I believe the best way to get to the heart of a place is through creative activities. Learn something new, experience the culture, meet new people and have a lot of fun in the process.” Groups numbering five to 10 are looked after with “kindness, professionalism and charisma”. Tutors are on hand to guide guests, whatever is their level of achievement, in their chosen art form.

Overland Expeditions India, a Jabalpur-based company, takes no more than six guests at a time on a fully equipped van for camping trips all over india, Nepal and Bhutan. Director Anand Sinha said: “We go off the beaten track, letting clients enjoy every moment of their trip. Overlanding is not just about destinations but also the roads that lead to them.” They organise a 45-day South Indian trip taking in Munnar, Alleppey, Periyar, Thattekkadu and Thirivananthapuram, sampling everything from Kerala cuisine to tribal life, dancing, shopping, temples and backwaters.” Sinha said: “Many of our clients come back to us year after year.” One Englishman, Derrick Brown, enjoyed a trip so much four years ago that he offered to become our full-time London representative, and is doing a great job.”

Earthbound Expeditions offered adventure travel and trekking in countries like India, Tibet, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. Director Badri Gajurel said he welcomes responsible travellers who are “keen to minimise their carbon footprint and maximise their contribution to local inhabitants through cultural exchange.” Activities include everything from mountain-biking to meditation and yoga. In Kerala, clients are treated to tours taking in Munnar, Thekkady, Ayurveda sessions and backwaters trips.

The Incredible India stand assistants told us they were dealing with many enquiries about Kerala and Goa.

TransIndus, a London-based company, arranged tailor-made holidays for individuals and groups. Many of their clients book Kerala breaks, travel consultant Brijesh Sarsar told us. “People go for Ayurveda, natural beauty and relaxation.” Its agents, all over India, are also in Kochi. “We receive 60 per cent repeat bookings,” Sarsar declared.

The India Travel Company, based in suburban London, organises tailor-made holidays, manager Fahad Syed told us. “We have made a name for ourselves mainly through word-of-mouth advertising,” he said, delighted to be dealing with 85 per cent repeat bookings, many to Kerala. “Clients tell us what they would like to see or do in India and we arrange it. Kerala is high on their list, going for everything from backwaters, sunset cruises to visits to the Jewish Synagogue at Mattancherry, St. Francis Church and watching Kathakali, and also visiting Munnar, Periyar, Kumarakom, Kovalam and Padmanabhapuram.”

Classic Car Journeys organise self-drive touring holidays and their 2017 Class India Event, from October 6 to 18, will have participants driving Hindustan Ambassadors “across hot and arid plains and over mountains, visiting wildlife sanctuaries and tea plantations.’’ In Kerala they will visit Fort Kochi, Ernakulum and Munnar, the favourite British summer resort, as well as wildlife in Wayanad.