This photo tour is a “must do” during your Alaska vacation! This being the first “personal” photography tour we’ve taken during a vacation, we really didn’t know what to expect. Our photography excursion with Tom was the absolute highlight of our 10 day Alaska vacation! The beautiful pictures that we captured during our visit to Haines continue to receive the utmost praise from our family and friends. Absolutely stunning scenery that we would not have seen otherwise. Tom is a fantastic guide, teacher and now friend! I consider myself a fairly experienced photographer. However, Tom was instrumental in helping me capture marvelous images, assisting with suggestions on composition that had me looking at scenes in ways that I may not have thought about. He was a wealth of knowledge on camera setting suggestions, even lending his personal equipment during our tour. In addition to photography, we learned quite a bit of history of the area and culture. He was most patient as we asked what seemed like hundreds of questions. There was not a question that didn’t go unanswered. He sent a personal email after our trip to follow up on the rest of our vacation and to clarify some details mentioned during our excursion. He even sent a detailed outline of some editing techniques that he used on one of the scenes that we shot together…now that is superior personalized service after the sale! Regardless of your photography skill level or type of equipment, Tom will help you get the most out of your trip and you will be rewarded with wonderful images and memories that will not be forgotten. We are already planning a return trip to Haines and an extended photography workshop with Tom. -J. Wilson; 6/6/18. Google reviews.
We took an Alaskan Cruise on Holland America in May 2017. The photography excursion we went on while in port at Haines was led by Tom Ganner. The excursion was excellent. It was readily apparent that Tom is a very knowledgeable photographer. His selection of stops provided excellent photo opportunities. At each stop he offered photo tips and he was willing to assist individuals with questions. He definitely knows his stuff! I would definitely look Tom up again when we return to Alaska. -P. Stiles; 2017
Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished photographer. If you prefer fantastic scenery or wildlife in its natural habitat you will not be disappointed in a guided photography tour with Tom. He is very knowledgeable and personable. He is always ready to help with any aspect of taking the best photo you can. Are you using a cell phone camera, a top of the line DSLR, or anything in between, it does not matter, he will happily advise you on technical and artistic aspects of your photos and equipment. He will also treat you to many interesting and entertaining anecdotes. -J. Goedkoop; 2017
We spent a week with Tom and Carolyn in their home. As an avid photographer and my wife a willing participant, we enjoyed their hospitality, friendship and Tom’s photographic knowledge. Tom is a teacher and as a learner, I learned quickly that Tom has the patience to guide and improve ones skills. SuCasa means exactly what it says, it was our home away from home in Haines. My wife has such a good time, she was almost in tears as we left. Not just the scenery, photography but the hospitality and friendship we enjoyed during our stay. By the way, we are already scheduling next year’s visit. -Jim V, Augusta, Georgia; 2016
We stayed at Su Casa for five days in late September, booking the Photographer’s Dream Package. Tom Ganner gave us daily generous one on one pointers. He showed us locations for capturing images of eagles , bears, and landscapes , plus instruction on how best to post-process digital images. The cabin is located 6 miles south of Haines on good roads, and adjacent to Tom’s home. It is cozy and well appointed, having all the amenities one might need. An eagle blind sits below the main residence with a view of Rainbow Glacier. We had a great stay, learned a lot, and the Ganners were gracious hosts. Highly recommended.
Charles & Joyce, Argyle, TX
The expedition with Tom Ganner in Haines, Alaska was the highlight of my trip to Alaska. Tom not only took us to some beautiful places, he provided historical context and helped us with our settings and composition. He is an amazing photographer and human being. He was patient with all of and even carried around my lenses for me! Many of my favorite images from our trip are the ones I took with Tom. Don’t hesitate signing up for his adventures. They are worth every penny and more.
-linspa2015, Flower Mound, Texas
My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Ganner in Haines for a photo tour that was booked through Holland America. Tom was very knowledgeable about photography, the town, and its cultural traditions. He shared his talents and answered questions freely in a down-to-earth manner that was not intimidating. It was the best tour on our land and sea trip, and we are grateful to have met him. I purchased his photo CD; the photos were amazing, and I would recommend them for memories of the tour in Haines with Tom, the beautiful sights, and to learn from his photos on how to become a better photographer. Thanks, Tom!
-CindyH, Trip Advisor
Tom Ganner is the photographer-tour guide. He’s a delight – funny, informative, and very aware of where some great picture taking opportunities are. There were good lessons to be had. I’m a pretty experienced photographer, but Tom helped me improve how I do HDR (high dynamic range) photography (I was varying the f-stop rather than the shutter speed). For my wife, who isn’t so serious about photography, he worked on techniques like depth-of-field and framing. Everyone in the group had a wonderful time and I know I came back with some superb photos. Very highly recommended!
NCDoc, Durham, NC. Trip Advisor
This entire excursion was well organized from being picked up at our motel in Skagway, being ushered onto the ferry to meeting Tom in Haines. He had remarkable patience, knowledge of the area and best of all, I was able to improve my photography. I was lucky in that nobody else had signed up for the tour so it was my husband and I. We were able to spend time with lessons/practice indoors with totem poles and learn more about the area and history. Rain or not, this was, by far, the best excursion booked during our Alaskan vacation. I highly recommend this (we did the basic group tour) and can only imagine what sites and photo opp‘s were waiting for us had the weather cooperated. Photographers at any level will enjoy this, you will NOT feel intimidated by your level of knowledge!
-Gio T., Ann Arbor, Mich. Trip Advisor
Talk about exceeding expectations! Our photography excursion in Haines, Alaska with Tom Ganner was the high spot of our Alaskan Cruise. My expectation for the day was to be taken to a predictably scenic spot where I would learn to use my new digital SLR camera beyond its auto settings and not much more. As my husband and I set out that day we were disappointed that the weather continued to be dismal (an understatement), but Tom’s warm and enthusiastic welcome, stating that it was a great day for photography bolstered our spirits immediately. From there things just kept getting better. As it turned out, the town of Haines is a gem hosting very limited Cruise ship traffic thus preserving small Alaskan-town charm, character and history as well as being a haven for wildlife and abounding in scenery. Tom loaded 5 of us into a van and took us through historic sites where we captured totems and structures using his valuable tips on composition and camera settings. We traveled on to scenic views and wildlife settings for further instruction on great angles and more tips on composition and camera settings to take advantage of light and to capture minute detail. The instruction was personalized to each of us and the type of camera we were using, from SLR to smartphone, and all of his instruction was accompanied by personal anecdotes and local lore that let us see his passion for photography, his love of Haines and Alaska in general, and his willingness to share it all. That afternoon I learned the difference between “taking pictures” and Photography, and fell in love with an Alaskan community I had never heard of before booking this tour. I have some great photos and a platform to build on for more good shooting. This excursion is not to be missed.
Marylin E., Grand Jct, CO. Trip Advisor
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