“This was a fabulous experience, certainly the best trip we have taken in a long, long time. The sites, hotels, restaurants, local guides were all superb. I really liked the personal touches Jim arranged for us to photograph locals he knew from prior trips. Jim was attentive to a real variety of personalities and very gracious. Thanks so much, I can’t recommend your trips enough!” ~Brent & Kathryn S., Peru tour
“Inspiration does not come easy in our 21st century world, but traveling with Karl has given me that peek of inspiration. Raising the idea within me of the possibilities that photography provides. Karl is an excellent teacher and inspiration.” -Joe M., multiple trips
“Jim, thank you for a spectacular trip. You are masterful at providing us with wonderful photo opportunities.” -David A., multiple trips
“This was our third time traveling with Jim Cline’s tours. We have been consistently impressed with the organization. When you are traveling with a group in foreign countries, there are many opportunities for error. Everything has been very well organized. We appreciate all of the efforts that are made to form the relationships with the people who are our photography subjects. We appreciate all of the homework that goes in to planning these awesome trips! Thank you Jim and Karl for three wonderful trips!!” – Kim & Tim R., Ensenada trip
“It was fascinating traveling through a country slowly moving past the 1950’s with a guide as knowledgeable and helpful as Jeremy. He showed us many excellent photo ops (he knew the cities like the back of his hand), good critique of my pictures, knowledgeable help on technical questions. I think the images I got were very good. Jeremy was awesome and I’d certainly go with him again. I also would absolutely recommend this trip because the Cubanos were great, the scenery unique, and Jeremy is off-the-scale good.” ~Jim P., Cuba trip led by Jeremy W.
I enjoy traveling with Jim because of the strong relationships that he has developed with people over the years. This provides unique opportunities to photograph people and places that you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to. I travel with Jim because I know that I will experience cultures in a way that I would never be able to on my own. –Mindy S., Guatemala trip
I have been on multiple photographic tours with Jim Cline Tours. The most recent Cuban experience was an excellent example of why I return time and again. In Cuba Jim Cline arranged access to many opportunities for photography that I have found to be unique. These included the opportunity for a morning of instruction from a prominent Cuban photographer. This included being able to photograph two members of the Cuban National Ballet Company in a personally owned mansion dating to the 1930’s or 1940’s. Other opportunities included access to a professional boxing gym and meeting the participants; photographing an African-Cuban dance performance – specifically arranged for the group; a photographic opportunity and dinner at a tobacco farmer’s home and too many more to mention.
The planning Jim Cline Tours puts into a ten day photographic opportunity is excellent. The knowledge gained is incremental depending on your level of photography. Jim seems particularly interested in your own experimentation and questions the photographic has related his/her results. There are few critiques but the ones that take place generally involve other professional photographers and are exceptionally enlightening. –Phil P., Cuba trip
It was a fabulous trip, despite some minor glitches. It will be hard to forget the incredible Sing Sing festival and its nonstop photo ops. Thanks Karl and all the rest of you for making this a trip to remember. –Ellen C., Papua New Guinea Tour
I had great anticipation for this Jim Cline photo trip, and was not disappointed. I will continue to recommend these photo tours as a way to learn and enjoy new places. – Dennis C. Day of the Dead Trip
This was my first trip with Jim Cline Photo tour. First of all “Amazing Myanmar” is truly amazing. My wife and I have traveled to almost all Asian countries. This is the first time my pre-trip trepidations were totally shattered. What a lovely country and what fantastic people!! It was an amazing experience. From the moment I landed at Yangon to my departure it was a fantastic experience. Our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and caring. All photo shoots were very well planned and executed.
Our group being small gave us an opportunity to advance our knowledge on one on one basis. Karl is not only an exceptional photographer but a great friend and a great human being. It was my privilege to know him and call him my friend and teacher. We really had a memorable time in Myanmar thanks entirely to Karl and the two local guides. I am definitely planning to participate in other JCPT in future and would whole-heartedly recommend it to any serious photography enthusiast. Please accept my many thanks for managing such wonderful photo expeditions. – Kirit C., Myanmar Tour
“My favorite part of this trip was Chris’ input, be it in the realm of photography or in his vast knowledge of Cuba. Chris was great; he took me from non-photographer status, i.e. point and shoot only…to fanatical photographic virtuoso. That was a surprise bonus since I was just going along for the ride…not for the photography! Chris made photography, history and current events fascinating. Plus, he truly had a love for the locals and treated them with compassion and respect. The local guides were also fabulous and attentive… Being introduced to Cuba through the eyes and camera of Christopher was inspirational.” ~Paula Z., Cuba trip led by Christopher B.
Well done, JCPT! I was able to live out my fantasy of being a National Geographic photographer and my friends have commented on how my pictures have that look. This is my forth trip and third, fourth and fifth trip for some others [participants] and having repeat clients speaks highly of a company and how they conduct business. Thank you. – Diane S., Papua New Guinea tour
Thank you for a wonderful trip that exceeded my expectations. Every event we attended was photographically superb. This is the only trip I have taken that I would consider doing again. You can be sure I’ll sing praises of this tour to all my photographer friends. –David and Koon G., Day of the Dead Trip
I have recently returned from the “India Gujarat and the Malabar Coast” photo tour. In every way, this trip exceeded my expectations. I was introduced to India and its wonderful people in the most exciting and unique way. The places we visited were varied and interesting and offered incredible photographic opportunities. Beyond the photo component this trip was a wealth of experiences that I will never forget. In the time we were in India I danced with gypsies, visited a slum, found myself in the middle of tribal celebrations, drifted through the backwaters in a houseboat, bounced across the desert in an open air jeep, slept in palaces, slept in a hut (complete with mongoose skittering over the roof all night long)… amongst many other things!
Through all of this I was completely taken with beauty and warmth of the Indian people. I have returned from this trip with fabulous images and even better memories. Karl and local guide DV were the most amazing guides for us. Helpful, kind and patient, they met our personal and photography needs in every way. My photographic skill set has expanded through the expertise and experiences I was offered on this trip. An absolutely fantastic tour in every way! –Catherine P.
When I think about the time we spent in Romania, I envision traveling back in time 75 to 100 years. The experiences you arranged for us enabled us to see the unique ways people lived a century ago; I mean, barrel-makers, wood carvers, sheep herders, mushroom and potato pickers (BTW, I still taste the porcini mushrooms…mmmmm, they were delicious). Thank you … I think you planned an incredible and most enjoyable trip. –Marilyn C.
“Karl is a fantastic and great guy whom I respect, with a refreshing approach to travel photography. I have been on at least ten photo tours now and, opposite of some other tour companies and guides, Karl is totally focused on we participants. Karl is always there (at shooting locations) for us, not his own shots. Karl gives his time and is one of the best leaders in the business.
The other thing that is so good with Karl is his tour group communication is simply “Excellent” plus he makes everything a joy. Before a location, he briefs the group on what to expect provides tips and pointers on the location, light and camera settings, answers questions, etc. By the time the bus stops everybody is up and running then he guides those who want and seek his input. I would love to do at least two more JCPT.” ~Peter I., Vietnam & Angkor Wot trips.
“These are the best photo workshops that I have taken! Jim knows how to pace a trip, has great local contacts and takes you to the top spots.” –Len O., Day of the Dead Trip
“If someone wants a vital experience with another culture; solid instruction photographing people and places in that milieu; and a out-and-out good time, this is the trip to take…I thought this trip was fantastic! Jim did an incredible job of managing the trip. Shepherding 10 strangers in a strange land takes a great deal of tact, firmness, and diplomacy and Jim handled every situation with aplomb. Jim did a great job of attending to people’s needs both photographic and logistic. The restaurants and food were excellent.
The photo opportunities here were excellent and varied and I was able to photograph subjects to which I’m usually drawn but I also had the chance and challenge of photographing subjects, especially people, that I normally don’t seek out. It is the vitality and the openness of the people that has stayed with me. Thanks for a great trip!” ~Louis S., Peru tour