The Manchac Magic kayak swamp tour is one of the best eco swamp tours in New Orleans.
- Person 5 hours
Swamp Landscape Photo Workshop
Ideal for any nature lover, this swamp and wildlife tour doubles as a Louisiana swamp photography workshop. Your guide, an experienced nature photographer, helps you capture some of the most beautiful landscapes and enticing wildlife in the region.
Most photography workshops are multi-day experiences that are costly and locked into set dates years in advance. Our workshops are set up for private groups and can be booked on a daily basis. We have the flexibility to run sunrise and sunset trips all year long. If you are a nature photographer in New Orleans and want to get out into the swamps but don’t want to be locked into a set workshop schedule, this is the trip for you.
What to Expect
The cypress swamps of Louisiana are beautifully scenic but can be difficult to photograph by car or on foot. You need a boat to access most of the photogenic areas and an experienced guide to get you there. We use high-quality kayaks and canoes to get you into some of the most backwater areas of the swamp that most boats cannot access. We offer transportation to and from your hotel in the city if needed. We can run trips for either sunrise or sunset.
Our Louisiana swamp photography tours run for 3-4 hours in the field and another 1 hour of transportation and load-out before and after the session. Depending on the conditions, we also have full outboard swamp boats available. This allows us to shoot in rainy or windy conditions. If you have mobility issues or cannot paddle and you think a boat is better suited for you, talk with us before your trip and we can potentially schedule this for an additional captain fee.
Our guides can help with camera settings and composition if needed, but it is not a focal point of the trip. Our main goal is to get you into the most scenic areas and accommodate you as you set up the shots you are after. If you have concepts for different images, it is best to reach out to us before your trip to discuss your ideas. Different times of the year allow for accessing different areas and can determine how different shots can be taken.
What We Provide on Your New Orleans Photo Tour
- Experienced photo guide
- Kayak or boat
- Basic camera instruction if needed
What is Not Provided on Your Louisiana Swamp Photography Tour
- A bag for your gear
- Bug repellent
- Long sleeves and long pants
- Food or snacks
We cannot provide you with photo gear. you must bring your own. If you have any additional questions, feel free to email or call to discuss your trip. We also offer a 3-day photo excursion to the virgin cypress forests of the Atchafalaya Basin in the fall. If you would like to join us on this in-depth New Orleans photo tour experience, you can learn more about it here. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on a tour!