No tents or camouflage duds required. There are hundreds of walking tours of our fair city..literary, historical, scary, television show locations and food-centric. But here’s one that sounds really cool and different: the New York City Photo Safari.
This tour is clearly meant for lovers of photography. The guides are working professional shutterbugs who have a passion not only for photography, but for teaching as well. They discuss basics like composition and lighting and then give the participants on-the-spot assignments. Students’ work is critiqued and they’re then given suggestion on how to improve.
Make no mistake, this is not a regular walking tour. According to the website:
“Our goal is to help you take home great pictures of New York AND skills that last a lifetime! Although our photo tours take place in historically significant locations and are a great way to experience Manhattan, they are photography workshops rather than a substitute for a guided walking tour.”
Honestly, it sounds like anyone from an eager photography student to someone armed with no more than an iPhone and zero talent (ahem, me) could benefit from this tour if they wanted to. The only true must on the “must brings” list is that your camera be digital. But even if you don’t have a camera, you can rent one from the tour outfit.
The basics: Safaris are rain or shine, but if the weather is truly inclement, they’ll contact you. (Clouds and drizzle: okay. Downpours and hail: not so much.) Cost is $100 for two hours of instruction.
Outings include New York City After Dark, in which night photography in Times Square is explored; Museum Inside Out, which is described as exploring the Metropolitan Museum of Art with your camera through use of light; and The New Urban Jungle, which tackles the High Line.
Clearly this class is not for everyone, but even ham-handed would-be photographers (again, ahem, me) would get something out of it. And it sounds like fun.