Daniele and I recently spent a few days in NYC. We wanted to try out a photo tour, as we thought this would be a great excursion to offer our DMC Travel Tailor clients who would like to visit New York City. We did a tour with NYC Photo Safari. It was fun, informative and we now have some great NYC shots! NYC Photo Safari offers tours of: Iconic Buildings (the one which we did), Central Park, Grand Central Terminal, World Trade Center, NYC After Dark and Brooklyn Bridge to name a few. They also offer group events, custom photo safaris and a 3-day photo work shop for the photography enthusiast who would like to immerse himself/herself for 3 full days of learning great tips while taking amazing pictures!
Zim was our guide. She is a photographer who is knowledgeable, funny and loves to take creative shots that are not boring! She gave us all one on one attention to make sure we were getting the concepts she was teaching us. I was taking pictures with my I Phone, which is what I usually use on my trips. I love the convenience factor of being able to take pics with my phone. These tours are open to people of all different levels, from people who just like taking pictures to photography students to professional photographers. We took pictures in and around: Grand Central Terminal, the New York Public Library, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, the Cipriani building and Times Square.
We love all the shots we took on our tour!
We learned “not be lazy” and physically move to place ourselves in the right spot to capture the shot we would like. Other tips we learned were city sky line reflection shots and aligning our camera (or in my case phone) to have the building appear vertically straight while taking the shot from an angle to capture the whole frame desired. She also taught us “not to be greedy,” meaning, when taking a picture, to focus on the building (or other primary focus) to get a good shot, without trying to get too many other things in the photo that would take away from the primary focus. We learned and used the rule of thirds and that if we wanted to take a shot aligning the primary focus in the center; to make it interesting and take it from a different angle. I loved that she taught me how to use the exposure on my I Phone; a feature I didn’t know existed!
We highly recommend this tour for people who want to learn how to take better pictures and would like some cool and fun shots to take home of NYC! For more information on NYC Photo Safari rates and schedule, please go to their website: http://newyorkcityphotosafari.com/photo-safari-summary.html
Thank you NYC Photo Safari for teaching us new tricks to take better shots! You can always buy a professional picture of New York City, but why, when you can learn and be able to take home a picture you took that you can frame yourself. To me, a picture holds a lot more meaning when you have taken it yourself. You then also have a story to tell attached to it.