Photo Walk-abouts: FAQs

Photo Walk-abouts: FAQs

General Information:

Here's some things to keep in mind before your scheduled tour:

  • Tours do not start and end in the same location.
  • Tours run rain or shine (you can get some great photos in the rain!)
  • Because participants will need to reconvene with the group, it is recommended that at least one person in the group have a watch.
  • Photo Walk-abouts assumes no liability for traffic conditions, street closures, lost property or injuries and cannot be responsible for the acts of people on the street. Photo Walk-abouts reserves the right to change the tour route in response to street closures or events.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions:

»Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Yes, tickets must be purchased in advance to guarantee your spot as tours often sell out. Tickets can be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.
»What about taking children on the tour?
The tour is best suited for children ages 10 and above. All participants, regardless of age must purchase a ticket in advance. Ticket prices for all participants are the same price regardless of age.
»How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 2.5 hours long and covers an area of little more than a mile. The tour is leisurely paced but we will be on our feet for most of the tour. There are benches at a few of the locations that we visit if you wish to rest a bit.
»What is the average group size?
Tour groups range from a few people to around 15. The group size is kept small to maximize the learning experience.
»What happens if it rains or snows?
We do go out in all types of weather and in fact you can get some great photos in inclement weather. In the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions, the tour will be canceled for safety reasons and you will be allowed to reschedule to another day and time or receive credit for a future event.
»Do I have to have a camera to join the tour?
No. In addition to the historic commentary, there is ample time to explore the areas of interest on your own and see things in greater detail and many people enjoy doing so without a camera.
»Is the price still the same if I don't have a camera?
Yes, every participant on the tour must have a ticket. Many participants have done the tour without a camera and have enjoyed the historical commentary and the opportunity to look around at the various locations. Alternatively, you could use a disposable camera or a cell phone camera as both of these will still allow you to expand your creative vision.
»What should I bring with me on the tour?
Please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes that allow you to move freely. If it is hot out you may want to consider bringing a hat and water. If it is raining please bring a rain jacket and umbrella and perhaps a plastic bag to protect your camera. If it is cold you may want to bring very thin gloves - thin are best for manipulating your camera. Because it's near the water, Greenwich Village can be quite windy on cold days so be sure to bring enough layers to keep warm. You may also want to bring spare batteries or an extra memory card.
»Do I need to bring a tripod?
You may wish to bring a tripod if you are interested in doing some shots involving motion blur or if you particularly like shooting with a tripod; however, the vast majority of participants do not bring a tripod.
»What kind of camera should I bring on the tour?
You can bring any type of camera on the tour and even a simple disposable camera or two will work. The tour provides a hands-on learning experience for participants to explore New York visually and to expand the ways in which they think creatively. Many people have also enjoyed the tour without a camera, simply enjoying the historical commentary and having a bit of extra time to look around an area.
»What if I have little experience with photography and/or my camera?
The tours are designed for participants of all skill levels. The tours provide an opportunity for both experienced and novice photographers alike to expand their creative vision. If you wish to learn more about your particular camera, there will be plenty of time for you to ask questions along the way. If you are not very familiar with your camera's functions, it is often helpful if you bring along the manual but not necessary.
»Will I still enjoy the tour if I'm from the area?
Absolutely! You'll learn to see in new and creative ways with your camera. You'll also learn interesting facts that you may not have known about the city's rich history and you may visit areas that you haven't seen before the tour.
»Are there restrooms along the tour route?
There are no official restroom stops on the tour. Please make sure to use the restroom before the tour begins. Of course in the event of an emergency, we will do our best to try to accommodate you.
»Can I stop to buy food or beverages along the way?
There are a few shops and stores along the way that you may purchase food or beverages at if you wish.
»Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
Both the Greenwich Village and Financial District tours are wheelchair accessible. If you will be coming in a wheelchair please click on the "Contact NYCPhotoTour" link to ensure that accommodations can be made.
»Can I bring a pet with me on the tour?
No, unfortunately pets are not allowed on the tours.
»Are private tours offered?
Yes. If you're interested in a private tour, please click on the "Contact NYCPhotoTour" link to inquire further.
»Can I buy a gift certificate?
Sure, we do offer gift certificates for all of our tours. Please click on the "Contact NYCPhotoTour" link and let us know what you would like, and someone will get back to you shortly.

Recent Reviews

"I feel so much better about my camera after the F-stops, Shutter Speeds, and All That workshop. Before I was only able to shoot on auto but now I know how to do so much more". - Traci S, New York, New York

"The Greenwich Village tour was the highlight of our NY trip. We learned so much about photography and also interesting facts about the village. If you want to see in new and different ways then this tour is for you." - Justin and Louise, San Diego, CA

"My husband sent me on the Central Park tour as a surprise during our New York trip. He immediately noticed how different my photos from the tour were and I learned a lot from shooting and then reviewing the photos. - Sandra K, Denver, CO

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