Many customers come year after year with us to our photographic trips to different destinations. We are slowly becoming a group of friends who enjoy exciting experiences while developing our shared passion.
Two weeks after our arrival in the states, we are just now coming down from what was probably one of the best trips of our lives. As professionals in the photography business, we went into this experience open-minded and ready to explore. Harry’s energy and commitment not only matched ours, but exceeded it. You would think that a photographer who has been to a country numerous times would somehow let the cumulative effect of all his knowledge make him a complacent and a “dial it in” kind of leader. Harry was the very opposite. His energy and enthusiasm was infectious. His knowledge and compassion combined with his ability to adapt made our trip incredible. His thirst for humanity and ability to highlight what we would normally walk past, was phenomenal and for two people who are no strangers to the profession of street shooting, we learned and we grew immensely. Harry takes your hand when you want him to, and he will step to the side when you are ready to soar. He is an ally, a confidant and a true teacher.
Ami And Chris Riess (www.riesshill.com Santa Monica, California)
I picked his tour on a whim even though I don’t do people or street photography. My only reason was to go to Cuba. Not knowing much about Harry Fisch or his photography was a blessing in disguise as there would be no disappointment without much expectation.It was a wonderful trip seeing Cuba through his eyes who has been there many times. My initiation into street photography began under Harry’s expert guidance. I have had the privilege of being on many photo tours with some exceptionally talented photographers. Harry also belongs there in this genre of photography. His patience,interest and knowledge helped me develop respect and fascination for this genre. I would recommend his tour highly if one wants to go to Cuba and do people photography. Since people photography has never interested me I am still so glad that I gave it a try. Street photography a la Harry Fisch is not for the faint of heart as he uses prime, wide angle lenses for his shooting which requires someone to be up,close and personal to get the shots that he has in his portfolio. His portfolio an Varanasi and Ethiopia blew me away. It will be wishful thinking on my part to think that I can have such a portfolio someday. It takes years of dedication and discipline to master such a difficult genre as one has to have genuine interest in people and in storytelling. Hats off to him for mastering this type of photography
Usha Peddamatham (Texas USA)
My recent trip to Cuba was with Harry Fisch a Spanish photographer. I picked his tour on a whim even though I don’t do people or street photography. My only reason was to go to Cuba. Not knowing much about him or his photography was a blessing in disguise as there would be no disappointment without much expectation.It was a wonderful trip seeing Cuba through his eyes who has been there many times. My initiation into street photography began under Harry’s expert guidance. I have had the privilege of being on many photo tours with some exceptionally talented photographers. Harry also belongs there in this genre of photography. His patience,interest and knowledge helped me develop respect and fascination for this genre. I would recommend his tour highly if one wants to go to Cuba and do people photography
Usha Peddamatham (Texas USA)
The trip to Ethiopia was absolutely amazing, and Maurits and I are still trying to process the wealth of experiences we had in our extraordinary 8 days with you. We can’t thank you enough for your organization, guidance, good humour and most importantly, your friendship. We can not believe how much we saw, did and learned in such a short period of time, and when we arrived back in London we felt as if we had been gone for weeks. I think we were extremely lucky that we had such a pleasant and congenial group, but it is the quality of leadership that brings and binds people together. So, thank you, Harry! I will certainly keep an eye on your future trips, particularly Varanasi, though I think it would be a real privilege to join any of them.
Erika Dolmans (UK)
This was hands down the best photo travel experience I’ve ever had! Harry was a great photo leader, and he always knew exactly where to take us plus when to go to get the best possible results. My photos came out incredibly. It was such a once in a lifetime experience. I learned a lot about lighting and composition and I am applying what I took from that trip to my photography now
The best thing for me about my trip to India was the staff. it wasn’t some academic kind of ordeal. I really didn’t want a trip that was going to be an ‘educational’ vacation. They did help me when needed, and the photo review sessions were great – I loved seeing everyone else’s shots and talking about them. But I was happy also that I got to do my own thing and that we weren’t locked into a strict routine. We saw a lot of interesting and curious things, and I’d like to go back and explore the places I didn’t get a chance to go.
I’ve been on a few photo tours before, and this one was different in that I really felt close to the people I was photographing. A lot of times people are just treated like ‘subjects’ and I would go photograph popular festivals or spots in a town, but this trip was fantastic because the lead photographer had a lot of contacts in the country and we had some rare opportunities to see and photograph things that normally I think we wouldn’t have, without having rapport with the right people. I met some incredible people and made friends I never thought I would have. It was a truly unique trip that I’d love to repeat
I really liked the level of organization with our trip. Our leader, Harry, was very knowledgeable about the places in India that we went. I think having so much context for our destination improved the quality of our photos by a lot, and Harry understood that very well. He was helpful and very personable, but dedicated to getting a good artistic result, not just fulfilling the itinerary. He went above and beyond and put it a lot of extra time and effort with anyone who asked. Plus, the accommodation was great. It wasn’t any 5 star luxury hotel, but it was always cozy, and best, close to the places we went to photograph, so we didn’t waste time in commute when we could have been working
Photographing Holi was a dream come true. You can’t imagine how full of life or colorful the festival is, or how warm and friendly the people are. And Harry and its great staff gave me a great opportunity to see and experience it all. I cannot recommend the Holi tour enough for anyone truly vested in photography. There’s a smorgasbord of things to see and do, and my photos were beyond excellent. I had a great time, talking to very interesting people, finding my way around little tea shops and market squares, and the staff organized the trip beautifully.
My understanding of travel photography went through a definite “before and after” phase, after taking a tour with Harry Fisch. He has extensive expertise, but how he made it all accessible to me made all the difference. He was really professional, helpful, and kind, and always looked out for the needs of the group as well as us as individuals. He was such a great help in getting the best quality shots and was always open to any suggestions we might have, and let us be pretty flexible with what we wanted to do.
Place, characters, frame, the right exposure and the aperture are concepts that I already knew but Harry Fisch taught me how to merge all those elements together in order to get the perfect picture, which can tell a story. I learned that behind a picture there is a whole before and after process. The trip was an enriching experience in my professional and personal life. Would I do it again? Yes, for sure. Thank you Harry.
César Suarez (Los Angeles Ca. USA)
This has been a great trip. I would gladly repeat the experience. I learned so much. Harry presented us a whole different perspective of Cuba, far away from the typical touristic approach. He really knows the place well, the different locations, the rare opportunities. A fantastic photographer and teacher that gives you all what is needed to make your journey a great photographic experience.
Félix Jesús De Ayala (México)
Discovering Ethiopia with Harry Fisch adds to the trip as it forces you to change the ordinary perspective of this kind of destinations . Not only will he show you the place through the camera – teaching you how story telling is achieved – but he manages to pace the rhythm and the desire to devour a space and a place.
The trip to Ethiopia with Harry Fisch was an interesting and rewarding personal and photographic experience. Harry enjoys sharing is knowledge, He is always supporting the group while providing all individual help. He respect and encourages you and inmediately finds out your photographic needs and the best track to your continuous improvement. All logistics of the trip were simply perfect. A magnificient journey.
This trip to Havana has been an incredible experience. I have learned to see through my camera in a whole new way, experimenting storytelling, enjoying each and every day new situations and the special locations that Harry was offering us. Harry is a the perfect master of ceremonies with his open, elegant and respectful attitude towards cultural matters. He creates an outstanding atmosphere to transform his trips in a way that exceed our expectations
This trip was a real challenge for me. It has been a very positive and unforgettable experience. I specially enjoyed the spontaneity of the photo sessions. The constant advise and help of Harry was the most inmportant asset of this trip . A fantastic experience that I will recommend without any doubt.
I strongly recommend this trip…. It has been a marvelous experience, very well organised (with unexpected opportunities). I learned a lot ! I still keep a smile on my face! Thank you Harry
My trip with Harry was much more than the mere opportunity of taking pictures in an exotic destination. The chosen and hidden locations were he brought us at the needed time of the day – including very early starts – left me astonished. His help and comments on photographic matters have evoked in me new photographic challenges.
I went to this trip to India and Nepal with my tele lens to photograph people. I came back enthusiastic of the different approach of coming closer to people and using the wide angle lens instead. Harry was able to transmit to participants the necessary human interaction abilities required. Just watching him working on the field was a great school. Thank you Harry for your ability to bring together such an interesting group of participants. I learnt a lot also from all of them.
Leonardo Alonso (Germany)
For the serious photographer at any level, I give Harry Fish and Nomad Photography Tours my highest recommendation. Harry’s love of photography and travel are infectious and he is committed to helping each participant grow their craft creatively and technically. His tours go to some of the most interesting and photogenic spots on earth and he makes sure there are maximum opportunities for photography, either planned or spontaneous, throughout the tour in places way off the regular tourist routes. He encourages and guides you to go beyond the basics and look for the deeper connection with the people and the spirit of the location. My trip to Ethiopia was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken, both personally and creatively, and I look forward to joining Harry in another amazing destination soon!
Deanniie Janowitz (Torrance, CA, USA)
I joined Harry on two trips, the first across Ethiopia and another through Cuba. While I am well versed in traveling the world with my camera, Harry connected me with the people and the experience unlike anyone else in the past, helping me clean my photographic language, becoming more coherent. Taking a trip with Harry will not explore the explored and travel through postcards, but force you to breath the air of the place you occupy, understanding the story you wish to tell. Photography is experienced through immersion, Its a unique experience dancing with the villagers, communicating with those who cannot understand you and walk to the market with the tribes of Ethiopia. I highly recommend experiencing new places and telling a story with your camera with Harry. I became a better photographer.
Gil Shulman (Israel)
Our travel experience with Harry was exceptional. We both hail from photographic backgrounds, but still learned so much under Harry’s tutelage. We found ourselves commenting on how much Harry had taught us and how incredibly valuable the experience had been. That prompted us to sign up for a second trip with Harry. He helps his travellers bring the essence of a place alive in their photos, he ignites a passion for lighting and composition, and he asks each photographer to reach inside and see things in different ways. Harry teaches how to find the magic moment and how to compose the next shot based on what was learned from the last. Harry preselects special places that allow for off-the-beaten-path encounters, unusual perspectives, and less-touristy opportunities. His well-thought-out itinerary exposes travellers to key sights/experiences but also permits sufficient time in each locale to develop a sense of place. He patiently explains technical and artistic issues and demonstrates how to blend in with the locals to become comfortable with “up close and personal” shots. He makes time available for group or private critique sessions, as many or as few as one desires, and always motivates, encourages, and compliments. In the field, His daily agenda gives travellers ample leisure/solo time to explore on their own. Harry steps forward to troubleshoot or advocate for his travellers, demonstrates cultural sensitivity at every turn, and attracts a wonderful group of travellers.
Cristine Milton (Boulder Co. USA)