Philippines Photo Tour

Travel photography courses in the Philippines. Learn how to shoot in manual modes and master composition with your DSLR. Discover the art and technical settings on your camera. From beginner to advanced photography courses. Get taken to the best spots for landscape photography at the best time of day and months of the year.

10 days on 4 tropical islands; Bohol, Siquijor, Negros & Cebu. This will be the trip of a lifetime. Let me show you a side to the Philippines that is both beautiful and true. This is where I was born and raised. Our very personal encounters with the locals will keep you coming back to this wonderful country. Focus on street portraits and landscapes. 

This is where I was born and raised for the first 15 years of my life. The country is diverse in culture and its landscapes. The landscapes are lush green rolling hills and rustic coastlines. It's isolation has kept it from development. This is a place where ecotourism works in unison with locals. We will venture to the Chocolate Hills on the island of Bohol where we can also see the near extinct Tarsier primate in captivity.

Dates: Feb 2 - 11

4 People Maximum led by Alfonso Calero -  fluent in Tagalog, pro photographer, tutor and guide (Date Requests Accepted)


USD$3999(Twin Share)

USD$4499 (Single room)

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Price includes:

  • All ground transport

  • All domestic flights

  • All 3 Star Accommodation

  • All Tuition (6 hours per day), translating, photography and tour-guiding

  • All Meals (9 dinners, Breakfast and Lunch)

Tarsier Sanctuary in Bohol

Tarsier Sanctuary in Bohol

NOT included:

  • International flights and Hotel Transfers

  • Travel Insurance

  • Tips

  • Entrance Fees

  • Optional Tours

Flights should be booked separately once your Tour booking is confirmed.

Detailed Itinerary

(Feb 2) Day 1 - Old Manila Photo Walk will take us through the heritage listed area of Intramuros. A Spanish walled city that has been preserved to bring history to life. The San Agustin Church and surrounding buildings are exquisite examples of Spanish Colonial Architecture. After lunch by Manila Bay with seafood banquet we will stroll down Manila Boulevard and Luneta Park to mingle with locals for some street portraits. 

Philippines Photo Tour

(Feb 3) Day 2 - Flight from Manila to Bohol to arrive at The Bohol Bee Farm which is a very cozy and relaxing place near Panglao island. Owner and Chef Vicky Wallace prepares delicious meals from organically-grown vegetables on her farm. Nearby we will visit the coconut tree lined beaches for a magic sunset. Philippine sunsets are always blood red and filled with a vast array of orange tones. 

Philippines Photo Tour

(Feb 4) Day 3 - Bohol - Island Exploration includes visiting the villages and the city of Tagbiliran for some unique street portraits. Environmental Portraits give us an opportunity to make new friends and hear their stories. The camera is a great excuse to interact with locals. I will teach you different ways to capture a series of shots that have a narrative. Together we will examine travel photography with a photo-journalistic approach.

Siquijor Sunset

Siquijor Sunset

Bohol Sunrise

Bohol Sunrise

(Feb 5) Day 4 - Bohol - Chocolate Hills & Tarsier are the highlight of this trip with the chance to photograph a primate near extension. The hills have been known as Chocolate because of their resemblance to Hershey's Kisses Chocolate. 

Philippines Photo Tour

(Feb 6) Day 5 - Siquijor Island is a about a 2 hour ferry ride from Tagbilaran in Bohol. Siquijor is known as the island of faith healers. Aside from picture perfect beaches, the island offers a swamps and waterfalls. What makes this island unique is there is no loud music playing at nightclubs, no airport and no shopping malls. This all equates to a more serene and pristine environment.

Street Portrait

Street Portrait

Siquijor Sunrise

Siquijor Sunrise

(Feb 7) Day 6 - Siquijor Island has rustic seascapes and rolling green hills. Agri-tourism work well in these parts. At sunset you can ask a farmer to pose with his water buffalo. At dawn you can find a fisherman casting his net. The island is full of authentic unplanned surprises.

Siquijor Motion Blur Sunset

Siquijor Motion Blur Sunset

Siquijor Sunrise Shoot

Siquijor Sunrise Shoot

(Feb 8) Day 7 - Negros Island is an hour boat ride. Once on the island we will explore Wuthering Heights B&B is a short 30 minute drive from Dumaguete port. Nearby hidden beaches and clifftops views make for the perfect place to relax and enjoy the calm and simple seascapes.

Twin Lakes, Negros

Twin Lakes, Negros

Oslob Whale Shark

Oslob Whale Shark

(Feb 9) Day 8 - Cebu Island is a one hour boat ride on the high seas. Here we will spend the morning in Oslob swimming with Whale Sharks. 

Philippines Photo Tour
Philippines Photo Tour

(Feb 10) Day 9 - Flight to Manila & afternoon shoot of Makati skyline. Manila's Mayhem is best seen from above with a cold drink and a sunset. The financial district of Makati is the perfect spot to photograph a night shot of skyscrapers and Manila Bay in the distance.

Philippines Photo Tour

(Feb 11) Day 10 - Morning Shoot at Payatas slum. The Payatas slum is next to the largest dumpsite in the Philippines. Working closely with the Fairplay for all Foundation we will photograph the people in these slums. The photos along with a small donation to the charity will be used for their marketing. In the style of Humans of New York we will photograph Humans of Payatas to tell the positive stories of how this foundation has changed their lives for the better.

Philippines Photo Tour

It's a great way to give back to the community without exploiting them for photographs. With the help of local staff we will be securely guided and told the stories of the locals and how they have been able to benefit from the foundation's help.

Philippines Photo Tour
Philippines Photo Tour
  • Very small group

  • Learn at your own pace one on one

  • Hand-picked BEST locations

  • Led by an experienced photographer/guide/tutor - Alfonso Calero

  • Truly authentic travel experience - a trip of lifetime!

What to Bring: Photographic & General Gear

  • DSLR camera

  • Wide angle lens

  • Tripod & Cable Release

  • Dependable Portable External Drive

  • Laptop and power supply

  • Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop

  • Up to 20 kg luggage and appropriate clothing

  • Moderate Level of Fitness is required with around 10,000 steps a day (2hrs)

Tour highlights:

  • Photographing Unique Seascapes

  • Visiting the famous Chocolate Hills

  • Staying in traditional accommodation

  • Seeing and photographing the Tarsier

  • Going to a very remote island group

  • Sample the beauty of Filipino Cuisine

  • Discovering why the Philippines is a paradise.

We will learn:

  • Street Portraits

  • Landscape Photography

  • Architectural Photography

  • Night Photography

  • Advanced Editing Techniques

  • Nature & Wildlife Photography      

Deposit and Cancellation Policy (per person)

  • A deposit of $US1000 per person is required to secure booking

  • Via Bank Transfer

  • Cancellation More than 120 days before a trip: 100% refund of deposit.

  • Cancellation Between 120 and 30 days: 50% refund

  • Cancellation Less than 30 days: 0% refund

  • Final payment is due 120 days before the workshop/trip starts.