New York Private Photo Tours and Street Photography Workshops
*(Private workshops are back starting in June. I am vaccinated and we will take all COVID precautions).
Visit both iconic and off-the-beaten-path locations. See sides of the true New York that would be difficult to find on your own. James is also a certified New York tour guide, so in addition to photography instruction, you will learn about the history of the neighborhoods, architecture, and people that you are photographing.
All New York photography tours are customized to your exact needs, interests, schedule, and skill level and are private for you, your family, or your traveling group.
In addition, when you sign up for the course you will receive James’ downloadable e-books, The Essentials of Street Photography and Street Photography Conversations to brush up on your street photography before the photo tour and workshop begins.
Watch at 10 minute mini-documentary about James’ work:
Most popular photo tour itineraries:
Route 1 (3 or 5-hour): My most popular photo tour begins on Broadway and Houston street, heads south through Soho, explores Chinatown, visits the Manhattan Bridge and then heads back north through the Bowery and into the Lower East Side. While there are iconic views, this is less of the iconic ‘Chrysler Building’ skyscraper New York and more beautiful old buildings, incredible street photography with some of the most interesting people in the city, graffiti, colored walls, incredible alleys, gambling Chinese men and women in a park, and a lot of other things along those lines. On a 5-hour workshop you have the option to stop in Chinatown for a dumpling lunch. Departs in SoHo.
Route 2 (3 hour): My most popular night route covers more of the ‘iconic’ and ‘famous’ New York. The first half is spend exploring Central Park at dusk, including Bow Bridge, The Mall, The Lake, Bethesda Terrace and Arch, Sheep Meadow with an incredible Cityscape view, Gapstow Bridge, and much more. We will then take the subway to midtown, where we will photograph Bryant Park and the Empire State Building, the New York Public Library, Grand Central and the Chrysler Building and it’s exquisite lobby. Departs in Central Park.
I offer custom routes as well depending on your needs and interests, including straight street photography days. Workshops can be done any time of day or night.
“My girlfriend and I recently signed up for James’ photo tour and workshop of NY (we were taking photos primarily in Central Park and Midtown). In such a short period of time, James not only gave us an excellent one-on-one intro course on the technical side of photography but he also shared several spectacular venues for skyline, nature, and architectural shots, gave us some great tips on his favorite restaurants in the City, and also took some amazing shots of the two of us! Our time with James was a lot of fun, and, without a doubt, the highlight of our four days in New York. We would highly encourage anyone who’s contemplating it to go for it!”
– Bruce and Irina.
“James’ photography tour of New York is an absolute must! It was our first time in New York City and his tour was the first ‘to-do’ item on our list. The invaluable knowledge of the most famous street photography locations that James shared with us was inspiring, and seeing New York City through his lens and talent was refreshing. James provided numerous tips and techniques that will go a long way to improve our street photography and general photography. From locations, to getting up close and capturing the right moment, James was able to share his knowledge and demonstrate in person how he works. James is a lovely chatty, talented young man and his career and photos are an absolute genius to all walks of photographers! We highly recommend anyone visiting New York to arrange to meet up with James.”
– Andrew and Mazza.
“While traveling the States, I had the opportunity to walk the streets of NYC with James learning first hand the tips and tricks to street photography. He opened my eyes to a whole new type of photography. I learned the art of taking photos of people in their natural state and making my photos say something. The things I have learned from James have improved my photography as a whole. It was an awesome experience and would definitely do it again!”
– Damon O’Reilly.
“Tired of great memories from our holidays but disappointing photos we decided to book the custom photo tour with James, armed with our various cameras and little or no knowledge he really showed us some interesting sights and locations and how best to set our cameras to get the best shots. It was a totally unique day that really added to a great holiday we would definitely recommend the tour to anyone. The kids both had a great time and let me tell you they are hard to impress!”
– Jacqueline Fung.
“It’s not often that a person can enjoy the sites of one of the greatest cities in the world, learn photography from a pro, enjoy exotic food and make a new friend all in the bargain. That’s exactly what we got from the street photography workshop we took with James Maher. It was fun to learn how to become a better photographer while discovering so much about the different neighborhoods of Manhattan. His tips for getting the right apertures, ISO’s and learning how to frame an interesting scene will surely come in handy for any type of photography. Despite being a novice and a more experienced photographer, James was able to seamlessly give us individual instruction, almost anticipating our next question. James truly has a gift for being both a fantastic photographer and a superb teacher. We’re looking forward to another workshop with him in the near future.”
– Susan Supak and Colleen Larsen.
“Always on the lookout for new ways to explore photography, I recently read an article about James Maher. I had never tried street photography, but it sounded intriguing, so I Googled James, learned about his street photography, ordered his books, and quickly signed up for one of his photo tours. To say that I enjoyed it would be an understatement: James’ enthusiasm for photography and for New York City combines to create an exciting, rewarding, and unforgettable experience.
Taking me to some of the best intersections in the City for street photography, he taught me about zone focusing and about capturing images of people without being obvious. Concentrating on my camera’s settings, he instructed me about using different modes and different exposures to capture images with the greatest impact. Occasionally, I would need to ask a person if I could take a photo; James told me the best ways to approach him/her to get permission. Between shoots, he would point out the beauty of the City, including its architecture and some very creative and colorful graffiti.
All in all, it was a terrific workshop! Street photography was completely new to me—I can’t imagine a better introduction than James provided. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone who wants to expand his photographic horizons. It’s fun, enlightening, and fascinating, and James is a genuinely nice guy and a superb teacher! I plan to sign up for another workshop, in a different area of the City, next year.”
– Joe Routon.
What you will / can learn:
- The best locations to photograph iconic buildings and landmarks
- The best locations for photographing people
- Photography basics (if needed, for beginners)
- Street photography tips, tricks, and techniques
- All the tricks for capturing close-up candid portraits
- Camera settings and zone focusing techniques
- Capturing gesture, expression, and emotion and telling stories with your images
- Street portraiture
- And, of course, what we will learn will be tailored to your skill level, what you want to see, and what you want to learn!
Example images from workshop routes: