As a keen photographer, Rome is a dream location for a holiday – inherently beautiful, full of colour and contrast, bustling with life, history, culture, art... It’s impossible to walk around with a camera and not take hundreds of photos. However, after an afternoon spent with Tony Baccaccio on his “Rome through a lens” walking tour, the quality and interestingness of my photos instantly went up several notches. Looking back through the holiday photos, it’s almost embarrassingly easy to tell which were taken ‘post Tony’.
Those few hours spent frantically trying to keep up with this extraordinary, friendly, energetic and motivational National Geographic photographer, desperately trying to remember and put into practice the wealth of tips and advice he passed on from his great experience and expertise – gathered from many years (sorry Tony!) at the height of his profession – stick firmly in my memory as a highlight of the holiday. His enthusiasm and confidence and his obvious love for the city and for photography are infectious and inspiring. In the days after the tour, bursting with new ideas and new ways of ‘seeing a photo’, making photographs was once again as fun and exciting as it was when I first started out.
If you like photography and are keen to learn from one of the best around, then I recommend getting yourself a place on one of Tony’s tours. If you’re a beginner, you couldn’t get a better grounding in the art (and joy) of photography. If you’re already an experienced photographer, you’ll be surprised how much you can learn in such a short time. And besides, where else can you get such attention from a top-league professional?