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NYC Photo Safari: Complete FAQ

How do I register for a NYC Photo Safari tour?

To register for our photo tour go to the description page, simply choose the photo safari of interest, click on "Details/Register", and add the appropriate date to your cart. Please note all reservations must be made by midnight prior to the day of your photo workshop tour. If you are having trouble with your registration please contact us at [email protected] or call toll free: 1-888-799-6078

What can I expect on a Photo Safari?

All safaris are hands on shooting safaris, with the exception of Nuts & Bolts. Shooting safaris begin with a short discussion on composition and lighting; some safaris may include a discussion on technical issues specific to that particular safari based on location or other factors.. Participants are then given photography assignments. Just as in a workshop, the instructor will give feedback and direction on how to improve each participant's photographs.

All of our photo safaris are kept small to insure that everyone has a chance to get their questions answered.

How long is a Photo Safari?

Our Photo Tours last between 2 and 3 hours depending on the safari you choose. If you would like to schedule a private session is it is possible to schedule a half or all day session.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes including comfortable walking shoes for your photo tour. There will be lots of walking & standing on concrete so be sure not to wear heels or anything that might give you discomfort. Since most photo safaris are held outdoors please dress for the weather. (Summers in NYC are very hot, while winters are very cold; please check the forecast at

Can I Rent a Camera?

Yes. NYC Photo Safari now offers camera rentals. Subject to availability, you may rent a Canon T6 (w/ 18-55 mm lens) $30 or Nikon D5300 (w/ 18-55mm lens) $30. Not all cameras are available for all sessions. Your camera will be brought to your photography class by your instructor. Camera Rentals will be for the duration of your Safari only. Your rental fee also includes a memory card which you may take with you upon completion of your safari. Photo Safaris.

What if I get lost?

Please plan to arrive about 10-15 minutes before the photo tour's scheduled start time. This will allow for any unforeseen NYC traffic/train delays, etc. Once you register, you will receive your instructor's mobile number. Please keep it handy. If you do get lost please call your instructor, who will point you in the right direction.

What kind of tripod do I need for night sessions?

For these photo tours you will need a full size tripod - NOT just a table top tripod (or Gorillapod) or a light stand - for this photography class. It would be best if your tripod is able to extend to about 5-7 feet. Although a studio tripod is not necessary, the sturdier and heavier the tripod the better. You may also rent a tripod from us during registration. It is also useful, but not essential to have a cable release or a infrared trigger. For information on how to choose a tripod please look at these blog postings:

Camera Tip #2: Pan tilt or Ball head?

Camera Tip #3: Leg Locks – Choosing a tripod

What shouldn't I bring?

Bring only what you need. Unless otherwise stated DO NOT bring any extra equipment such as full size tripods, luggage or extra bags. Extra unnecessary equipment will make your Photo Safari experience less enjoyable!

Who should attend a Photo Safari?

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced photographer, whether you have a simple point and shoot or a $5000 DSLR, if you want to improve your photography skills join us for a photo tour. Choose a workshop that best suits your interests: Photo Safari Offerings.

Teens and Children?

Photo safaris are family friendly, however all participants under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. We offer a $25 discount for minors registered with a fully paid adult (please call or email for a discount code). All minors participating in group sessions must be 13+ and accompanied by a paid adult. Children under the age of 13 may participate in a private session accompanied by a paid adult.

Are NYC Photo Safari guides licensed?

Our photo tour guides are working Professional photographers who are passionate about photography and teaching - rather than tour guides. Our goal is to help you take home great pictures of New York AND skills that last a lifetime! Although our photo workshops take place in historically significant locations and are a great way to experience Manhattan, they are photography work shops, not a substitute for a historical guided walking tour.


Brooklyn Bridge: @10:00am
Iconic NY (P2): @4:30pm

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