"A fantastic photographer and teacher"
My wife was fortunate to experience a trip to Northern Spain in May with Alfonso to learn the finer points of professional photography. She returned full of praise for his ability to teach.
"I went to the Japan trip with Alfonso and had a great time. Alfonso is a great mentor and tour guide. Because it is not a big group, we were able to spend one on one time with him and take some great shot." Jeanie
"I am looking at my photo book that I produced on my trip to Japan in Nov with Alfonso. I have learned a lot. The trip with Alfonso allowed me to focus on my photography and not have to worry about the stresses which usually accompany an overseas trip to a foreign, non english speaking land. Alfonso's intimacy with Japan allowed us to experience the sights, people and the food many a fleeting tourist fails to see. My book has photos that remind me of this, they are the results of teaching,nurturing and thought rather than random snaps. I am very happy with my trip, with the whole experience and would not hesitate recommending Alfonso to anyone wishing to participate in a Photography tour"Kevin
"The arrangements for Japan, Spain and The Philippines was hassle free due to your knowledge of both countries and your ability to converse fluently in all languages. The internal transport arrangements, the accommodation and the eating arrangements in all countries, especially Japan and Spain, were efficient and without incident which made the tours most enjoyable. On both tours I received valuable guidance and assistance in the use of my cameras and lenses and still apply your valuable tips in composing my photos. The production of the photo book using some of the photos of Japan entailed quite a bit of work and was very satisfying to see the final product. The highlight for all tours was going to locations which were not normally visited by tourists particularly in the Philippines where we went to fairly remote areas." Ian
"I am still dreaming of our beautiful trip, everything went well for us and both Miggy and I enjoyed ourselves very much.Thank you for being so attentive to us, and looking after us .You did a marvellous job with your tour, congratulations for a job well done! It is difficult to pick just one highlight of the tour. I think the whole trip was a continuos experience of sights/sounds/ cultural and gastronomic wonders. Each day presented new wonders and delights. You have opened doors I would not have ventured in on my own. Your knowledge of the language and culture gave me confidence in a strange land. What a wonderful way to see Japan.I learned a lot about the camera and how to use it in different circumstance. Thanks to your eye for fine detail, I think overall I learned a lot about composition." Uko
My mother and I decided to start taking our photography seriously, so we booked with Alfonso to take us on his Alpine Japan photo tour. It was one of the best trips I've ever had! Alfonso's knowledge of Japan (he speaks fluent Japanese too!) and his constant tutorage about photography made this trip a wonderful voyage of exploration and wonderment from the very second we took off. We only had a small group, so Alfonso was able to really give us a lot of attention and his sense of fun and wicked sense of humour was contagious. I've taken on board all he showed me, and I must say my photos have never looked so good. He shows you what to look for in a photo, and has changed the way I look at the world around me. I totally recommend any trip with Alfonso. In fact I am trying to book my next trip with him...maybe Spain? Mig
"I was fortunate to go on a photography tour of Japan led by Alfonso Calero. Alfonso is fluent in several languages, including Japanese. This was exceptionally helpful in Japan, where nearly all the signs are in Japanese and where English is not readily spoken. We were able to travel safe in the knowledge that we had someone who could communicate fully with the locals, and who was able to read all the signs in order for us to travel efficiently around the country. Alfonso's ability to speak and read Japanese made a huge difference to members of the tour who spoke very limited Japanese and during the trip, Alfonso taught us some Japanese phrases. When we used them, our efforts were very much appreciated by the locals. Each day of the tour was a highlight. Although I had a dreadful head cold and felt pretty awful for most of the tour, I couldn’t wait to get going each day, as each day seemed to be better than the day before! Beautiful scenery in the places we travelled to, an incredible number of landscapes, people, architecture and food to photograph. The locations Alfonso had chosen for us to photograph were truly stunning and showed Japan to its best advantage. Alfonso was incredibly patient with every person on the tour and was always cheerful. Nothing phased him. Actually, I think he has the patience of a saint, and he really loves his job! We were challenged each day, learning new techniques to use the camera and improve our photography. My photography improved out of sight! When I reviewed my photos after I arrived home from an extended overseas trip, I saw that my photographs and technique had improved enormously during the trip in Japan. With the lessons learnt during the trip to Japan, I was also thrilled with the photographs I took in other countries after Japan." Mercedes
"My wife, Merrilyn and I went on a photographic tour of Japan in November with Alfonso who had lived in Japan and speaks fluent Japanese. We both used Pentax Digital SLR cameras on manual settings with Alfonso instructing.The beauty of having someone as knowledgeable as Alfonso was wonderful as he was able to assist us in how to look for the best shots possible.The other great asset of traveling with Alfonso was his knowledge of spoken Japanese and ability to talk to the average person in the street .We also met a number of Alfonso's friends who took great delight in taking us to their local area,bars and eating establishments that the average tourist would never find.I would recommend anyone to join Alfonso's Japan Photography Tour." David & Merrilyn
"I first met Alfonso on the Sydney day and night photography tours. As a beginner learning how to use the camera, the small group and Alfonso's expertise allowed for individual attention and instruction. It was a fantastic opportunity to use my camera in different settings and locations around the city. The Tasmania Photography Tour built my confidence and Alfonso has been very generous with his time and advice after the trip, following up with editing and any questions I had about equipment, inquiries and "trouble shooting" Trish
"The time I spent with Alfonso I received a lot of good tips and tricks. He covered the whole process from the camera settings before actually shooting to editing on your laptop to wrap up the final edition of your best shots. Despite having years of experience you can get always good input from Alfonso. Another added value for me was to show me excellent spots for shooting. This is highly appreciated when you are travelling and you have limited time. I enjoyed my time in Sydney so much that I have since gone to Japan with Alfonso on a 10 day trip and about to go on another 10 day trip with him to the Philippines" Ramon
Philippines Feb - I've been shooting for a while now, but Alfonso shared with me very insightful tips, comments and knowledge in both shooting and post processing, from not only the photographers point of view, but also from someone who regularly sits in the judge chair in many photo competitions. But on top of that, the best part was that he’s quite a great guy! Really enjoyed it!! Xavi
"I took the one to one tour with Alfonso which was a great way to start my visit to Sydney. The morning was tailored to my requests and nothing was too much bother oor trouble. We covered architecture, composition, framing, light and exactly how to unlock the manual settings of the camera. Alfonso is very patient and interested in getting to know the photographer you would like to be. He is very generous with his time and knowledge. I enjoyed the morning so much I did the group tour at night which was superb way to capture Sydney whilst having a laugh and being creative with light and learning manual settings. I would recommend this to anyone who has basic camera and basic knowledge as well as those who wish to learn more from and experienced photographer. Thanks for your time Alfonso, really enjoyed the day and night course". Lloyd
I met Alfonso on his Sydney Vivid photoshoot in May. Afterwards on a trip to Melbourne he arranged an afternoon photoshoot around the street art district. In November I joined his photo tour of Japan and now i am planning a to go on his photo tour of Tasmania . He also does trips to Spain and the Philippines. When I travel my interest is Photography and I search out the best photo tours available. I have been on photo tours to Bhutan, Iceland and Cuba. I highly recommend Alfonso as one on the best photographer's, trip organiser's and a genuine nice person to be with on a trip. Walter