Cypress Swamps Photo Workshop
Nov 6 – 10, 2022

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Photo Tour Summary:

Discover the beauty of the Bayou in a workshop experience that is uniquely captivating. Gliding amongst giant cypress trees hundreds of years old, branches decked with colorful foliage and adorned by the gossamer of hanging moss. As mist rises from the water of the flooded forest it creates an ethereal landscape with innumerable photographic opportunities. Soft light filtering through the branches, reflections dancing in the calm waters, the sense of serenity of this landscape is unparalleled. We will be exploring hidden locations of the Atchafalaya basin both by kayak and boat based on your preference.

We have teamed up with our world-class partners at Viking International Photo Tours and Global Elite Photographers to bring you a workshop like no other. Join William Yu & Dr. Kah-Wai Lin for this unique adventure of a lifetime!

When: Nov 6 – 10, 2022
Where: Texas and Louisiana, USA
Cost: US$3,690/person based on double occupancy ($300 extra for single occupancy)
Group size: 8 maximum
Category: Photography Workshop
Tour Leader & Photography Instructor: William Yu, Kah-Wai Lin
Language spoken: English 
Workshop URL: www.williamyuphotoworkshops.com/swamps
Contact: william@williamyuphotography.com


The cost of this workshop is US$3,690, it includes:

  • 5 day workshop with 4 nights accommodation 

  • Transportation during the workshop in a comfortable vehicle with ample room for you and your photography gear

  • Use of kayaks and motor boats to get to our secret locations in the bayou

  • Exclusive VIP and Global Elite Photographer swag 

  • Disposable masks and hand sanitizer availability for all participants during the duration of the workshop

  • Award-winning, professional Photo Guides who will provide a combination of instruction and in-field guidance

  • Image review session with Photo Guides

  • Access to exclusive discounts on gear from our partner

The cost does NOT include:

  • Flights and transportation to our workshop location

  • Food and beverages

  • Items of a personal nature including (but not limited to) laundry services, clothing, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges

  • Gratuities for Photo Guides, local guides and/or drivers

Activity Level: Easy



  • Improve your Landscape and Wildlife photography skills with our team of master photographers

  • Learn composition techniques to transform your photos into compelling, creative, and engaging images

  • A small group (1:4 guide to client ratio) workshop to ensure your experience is truly personal, and you get to know your guide and fellow photographers

  • We will use kayaks if possible to protect the sensitive areas and to allow us to capture amazing reflections

  • Capture the autumn colors and early foggy mornings or the enchanting bayou during this perfectly timed workshop!


Safety & Medical:

All participants are required to have full COVID-19 vaccination at least 15 days before the workshop. You will be expected to follow instructions to ensure you are kept safe and out of harm’s way.

Swamp photography is not without risk. Wind, rain, mud, wildlife and the terrain are real dangers when photographing on location. You are expected to follow instructions to ensure you are kept safe and out of harm’s way.

You must advise Viking International Phototours at the time of booking and in writing of any illness, injury, or pre-existing medical conditions that might reasonably be expected to affect your attendance and participation during the workshop.


Itinerary Disclaimer:

Our workshop’s itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of our Photo Guides depending on factors including but not limited to weather, road conditions, transportation delays, and other factors beyond our control. We will check the weather forecasts and road conditions and plan our day to optimize shooting conditions. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to visit all the locations on the itinerary.

Meet the guides:                       

Cell/Mobile Reception:

Please be aware that cell/mobile reception is intermittent throughout parts of the Southwest US. You can expect to be offline at times.

In the event of an emergency, our Guides are First-Aid, CPR/AED, and Wilderness trained and certified by the Red Cross. They will carry a satellite beacon, which allows them access to emergency services if there is no cell service available.


Aerial/Drone Photography:

There are drone-friendly places in South West US, so if you own a drone, you are welcome to bring it along to the workshop. 
Please note that you are solely responsible for your equipment and are expected to adhere to all rules and regulations specified by the Federal Aviation Administration (which can be accessed here) and any other applicable state, park, and monument-specific regulations.

Viking International Phototours and our Photo Guides will not be liable for any injury or damage caused to equipment, environment, or people caused by you operating your drone during our workshop.

Recommended Photography Equipment:


A recommended list of gear will be sent out as soon as you book to give you ample time to prepare for your adventure.


How do I sign up and pay for this tour?


A deposit of $200 is required for this workshop to hold your spot, you can pay by Visa, Mastercard or PayPal via PayPal.com or send a check (U.S. residents only). The balance is due on Aug 1, 2022. All participants must sign William Yu Photography Workshops/Tours Liability Waiver Form and show the proof of travel insurance before the tour starts.


How many participants do you allow?


Photo tour size is limited to 8 attendees, which ensures that every attendee will get full attention. 


What photographic skill level is required to benefit from this tour?

Any people who has a basic understanding of exposure all the way to the advanced amateur and professional who is in search of a fresh perspective!


What is your refund or cancellation policy? 

No refunds will be given for delays or cancellations due to inclement weather, (which interestingly, can result in some of the most some amazing shots!), either before or during the tour. If the tour is cancelled by the organizer, we will notify you immediately and you will be issued full refund. We are not responsible for any additional costs you may incur due to any delays or cancellations.

No Refunds for USD200 deposit if cancelled.

I have some questions, how do I learn more? 

Please send email to william@williamyuphotography.com