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What are these tours anyway...and who are they for?
These tours are relaxing and informal walks that give you the chance to take home photos that really capture the essence of Kyoto, not just holiday snaps. The precise contents of the workshop will depend on your skill level, but we'll cover camera basics like exposure compensation, aperture, ISO and shutter speed as well as some compositional rules and techniques to give you better-looking, more impactful images. This is your time and you decide what you need. You won't be dragged around tourist gift shops and expected to buy things. You will however get to see parts of Kyoto that few people experience and have the time to photograph it at your leisure.
What to Wear
Summers in Kyoto are hot and humid and the winter is cold. You should dress accordingly. For summer we recommend long trousers, sensible walking shoes and a hat. The walks are not physically challenging at 5km, but you'll be spending considerable time in leafy areas and the mosquitos can be......hungry. In winter temperatures can reach zero and if you're really lucky it'll snow so gloves, hats, scarves and again, sensible walking shoes.
What if it Rains?
If weather conditions are poor we may contact you in advance to cancel the booking for safety reasons. Also, water and camera equipment tend not to mix too well so there is no obligation on your part to go either. Classic Kyoto Photography can't be held responsible for any damage caused.
Do I need a "good" camera?
Absolutely not. Photographers of any skill level and with any camera can enjoy these walks. Use a smartphone if you want to. If you are in any doubt about whether your gear will be up to the task please send me a message and I'll be happy to advise.
A Word about Discretion
Most of the locations on the routes are still working temples and shrines. As such you may see local people tending family graves, funerals or wedding ceremonies. In such cases keep your voices down, be respectful and keep your distance. We aim to be as inconspicuous as possible, and as much as we might really want to get the shot, we never go into roped-off areas where we shouldn't be. It's the fastest way to get barred, or worse. I know it sounds like common sense but you'd be surprised how some people completely forget their manners while on vacation.
Something I missed?
If there's anything you want to know that isn't here please reach out to me via the contact form - It's always great to hear from you.
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