schedule. They depart when lighting is at its best, the so-called "golden hours" of early morning and late afternoon. That also happens to be when temperatures are more comfortable - a major consideration if traveling in Africa, India or the Galapagos Islands. Another difference between traditional safaris and photo tours is group composition, said Court Whelan, director of Conservation Travel Programs for Natural Habitat Adventures, an ecotourism company in Boulder, Colorado. "On a normal trip, it's not as easy to initiate conversations about technical details but most people on photo trips are interested in elevating their photography," he said. "They have different styles. Different eyes. It makes for good sharing." More people are choosing photo trips these days because equipment quality has improved and they can gather their own images rather than buy them, Whelan said. "On a photo tour, if somebody wants that perfect lighting on a landscape, they'll get it," he said.
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