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Tips for handling photographers
updated Jun 10
A visitor can be a dream or a nightmare. It's all up to YOU!

More about some typical visitor behaviour that guides may find difficult to handle. Be aware, that half of the problem is YOU.

Photographers can be the easiest or more difficult visitors to handle. It's all up to YOU!

Good things about photographers

They can find things very well: they are looking for things to photograph, they are curious about what they are photographing. Encourage them by praising them EVERY TIME they find something. EVERYTHING they find is interesting, say something about every find.

They ask questions. Encourage them. No question is stupid.

They stay very quiet and very still when taking photos. You can then tell your stories without interruption.

Photographers come to take photos. Find out what they want to photograph. Show them these things. They are happy.

They take good photos. Encourage them to share their photos online. Ask them for links to their photos which you can add to your blog post.

If they use digital cameras, ask them to show what they have taken with the rest. Photos can give a good close up of interesting animals and plants. It helps to integrate the photographer with the rest of the group.

Not so good things about photographers

They are restless and won't listen. This is good practice for you to keep your stories short and relevant.

They do damaging things to get a good photograph. Poke animals, harass animals to get them to come out. Gently try to persuade them not to do so.
  • "If you poke you will stir up the water and it will get murky"
  • "Let's be very still and stay low and the animal may come out of the hole"

They wander all over the shore. This should be minimised if you had done a good pre-walk briefing about not climbing rocks and sticking together. Try to find out what they find interesting and try to do a route with those things so they stay with the group.

They are slow and don't keep up with the group. This can be an issue. If it is a big problem, alert the Walk Coordinator and try to have the Coordinator take care of trailing photographers.

Some tips for Walk Coordinators
A bunch of people carrying huge cameras is a big tip that they are there to take photos. Try to group these people together instead of spreading them out. It's easier for a guide to handle a group of individuals with the same purpose.

Don't be a bad guide. Be a good guide instead.

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