Mike Wigle
Photo by Mike Wigle

So you have recently invested in a DSLR camera because you want to master your photography skills. Maybe you have a whole stack of books about photography you want to get through, or maybe you are waiting to take a photography workshop before you get started on your own. As beneficial as it can be to learn more information about photography, nothing can replace the value of experiential learning.

What is experiential learning?

You may have heard about one type of experiential learning, “hands-on learning.” Experiential learning is acquiring knowledge and skills through reflection on experience. Instead of learning through reading, which is the way most of us are used to learning new knowledge, you actively engage with an experience, then reflect upon it.

How it applies to nature photography

Any photographer will tell you that the best way to learn photography is to go out and photograph things. It seems simple, but many people get caught in the weeds, thinking they need to learn every little thing about their camera before they use it. Once you have the basics down, much of photography composition is seeing what works through your lens.

On our adventure photo tours, we include photography workshops in which we teach you the basics of nature photography. These workshops are highly valuable as they are taught by professional photographers with years of experience and study. However, what makes photography tours truly educational is the role of experiential learning. We don’t simply tell you how to capture wildlife on film; you go out and take photos of grizzly bears yourself!