Sam L.

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Born and raised in Paris, I moved to New York in 1999. This time coincides with the purchase of my first digital camera with my first paycheck. Back then I was so impressed by the buildings that I just wanted to save them on files.

Time flies and after tons of trips and better knowledge of New York, I wanted to share my passion for photography and offer a way to take great pictures while learning more about photography. This is how I started offering photo tours of New York

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Mindy D.

I really enjoyed the Concrete Jungle Photo Walk. Jean Francois was a great teacher. I learned several tips that I think will help me improve my photography. It was fun being a tourist in my own seeing and learning how to "see" and photograph iconic landmarks from a different viewpoint. I recommend the tour for locals and visitors. Mindy D


The photo tour was FABULOUS from so many different perspectives. Francois, our instructor/guide, was charming and he taught me more about my camera in 3 hours than I'd learned in years of shooting photographs. I recently had a 2-hour private tutorial on using my camera, but the information didn't translate to better use of my camera. Francois, on the other hand, a former professional photographer, had just exactly the right way of explaining things & he was also excited for me when I captured a great shot. I'd take another tutorial with Francios in a New York second. Also, I had never seen so much of Central Park & that was delightful. Plus, Francios seemed to know all the great places for making our art. Loved every moment.

Bronwyn M.

What a fabulous photo walk. From the very beginning the guide had us thinking about where to look for fabulous shots. Pointing out landmarks from a range of perspectives, whether beside objects that gave a sense of size, or a reflection that showed an almost abstract, but recognisable image or a shot through a window, gave classic icons of NY a fresh view. Fast, informative and interesting, the tour passed in a blink. Enjoyable and educational. Bronwyn Morrison, Melbourne, Australia

Stuart K.

Ron was great; extremely patient, very knowledgeable, very educational. SK

Tex R.

I highly recommend the Concrete Jungle Photo Walk. This 3 hour photo and camera learning experience goes by in the blink of a shutter...Understanding and using your camera in a fun way, with an informative expert guide, provides photo memories and an adventure that will never be forgotten..... Personally I found this Jungle Photo Walk nothing less than "Awesome".

Marc D.

This was a great tour and a way to see Central Park through the lens of a camera. Our guide louis was great and the lessons learnt were invaluable.

Marc D.

I learnt a lot of new lessons, tips and tricks which will help me in producing better pictures and most importantly I had great fund at the same time. Thank you Louis.

Vayable T.

Sam's tour is a photography class in the middle of New York City! You will go to various landmark buildings and take pictures of them from very interesting perspectives and vantage points. If you're a total beginner in photography, he'll teach you the basics. But if you're more advanced he'll show you some nifty tricks! We recommend that you bring a group of friends that have about the same skill level as you so no one is left behind or is bored! He's a banker by day and knows plenty of NY facts and great places to eat and play. Happy shooting!

June L.

We've all stuck our noses up at those people with fancy DSLRs that shoot only in automatic mode. My excuse for not knowing anything about photography is that I don't have a fancy camera to play with. I borrowed my friend's camera for this tour and now know how to do the basics like adjust the aperture, shutter speed, focus points, and ISO. Now I can function somewhat decently in manual mode and show up my friends who actually DO have those fancy cameras. I got a bit of architectural history in New York from this tour too!

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Sam L.

Sam was super interesting from history to anecdotes, he has accumulated so much knowledge during his 7 years in Iceland. Both about Reykjavik and the Icelandic society, He is a goldmine of information. He adapted the walking tour to our interests and mixed it a bit with his coffee tour so that we would stop occasionally at his favorite coffee places. Definitely recommended as soon as you arrive in Reykjavik.

Sam L.

I took the MET tour with Taso, he is not one of "those" guides that go with a script and move on. Taso has genuine interest in all the antiques and deep knowledge about each piece. I felt like i would have to sleep and live in the museum to know as much as he does in a lifetime. He is so enthusiastic about what he chose to comment about, as an average museum goer, this was the perfect tour for me. I learned a lot and enjoyed every bit of it. As it goes he will also put together more thematic tours, i think it's a great idea as a follow-up!

Sam L.

I am one of these "if it's not on the island it's no good" - wait! i took my passport and the 7 train all the way to flushing. I looked for the last signs written in English, only to find Joe's Mets' Cap. Joe is so cool, he even speaks some Chinese (or cantonese) and knows about the foods around him. He also knew the owners of the tofu shop (sometimes i hesitate to take pictures of maybe underground businesses). When Joe get's there it's like a party, they are happy to see him, as a group he purchases a few items based on what you might or might not like and the shops are so happy to see us trying weird foods. Then what - Joe takes us to a supermarket!!! I was in confidence there was something special going on there... and yes we saw the karate rice cake makers... where else? Joe - thanks for this amazing experience! Sam

Sam L.

I went with Carolyn to check the tour this past Sunday and you are not visiting Harlem with another tour guide. Carolyn has lived Harlem through good and bad times, she was born and raised there, the street vendors are her friends and through the tour you understand she is Harlem - in addition, I had to run in the middle of the tour (before the Gospel) and i was so disappointed, she kindly offered me to come and join a group at another time which i will definitely do. Check it, I went through less than half the tour and it is already worth it!