Features of a Photo Tour
Discover Paris through photography
Choose from various areas in the city to capture the famous monuments, the intimate street scenes or the sleek lines of modern architecture. While our focus is on improving your photography skills, we also take time out to review your photos, share practical tips or simply tell a few stories about Paris.
Learn from professional photographers
The tutors at Better Travel Photos are easy-going and have a wealth of photography experience. They share their photography knowledge through easy-to-understand instruction, allowing you to progress quickly. Receive immediate feedback to take your photography skills to the next level.
Understand your camera
Take creative control of your camera by learning to use manual settings and mastering exposure through proper light metering. Technical photography instruction is tailored to your level and presented in non-technical language. Our tutors will review with you the most important settings of your camera.
Unleash your photographic creativity
Beyond the camera talk, our main focus is on the visual elements of good composition and what makes a compelling photograph. We give you fun exercises to get the creative juices flowing and help you think outside the box. Paris provides an ideal backdrop for a wide variety of styles and techniques.
Choose your learning bite size
Choose from a variety of lengths, from short half day photo tours through to multi-day activities to immerse yourself in the world of photography in Paris. Learn to catch the night lights through night photography sessions. Organize one or more activities around your schedule to make the most of your time in Paris.
Continue to improve your photography
Of course, your new photography skills are good beyond the streets of Paris and will last a lifetime. You can continue practicing the exercises at home and on your next trip. We invite you to stay in touch with us, ask more questions or simply share your photos. We are always happy to hear from you!
Photo Tour Itineraries
(click a thumbnail to see sample images from each itinerary)
After being neglected for many years, the Marais is now a vibrant ‘quartier’ of central Paris and has kept much of its original charm. This area is unique for the diversity of photography opportunities it can offer. There are plenty of occasions to photograph lively Parisian street scenes, candid images in hidden gardens and traditional café terraces, as well as special moments in the Jewish quarter. (sample photos)
Palais Royal & Covered Passages
A few steps from the rue de Rivoli, Palais Royal offers a respite with its garden, fountains and children playing ball under the trees. Further on, the covered passages have kept the picturesque charm of old Paris with their wooden moulding and unique glass roofs. Away from the main crowds, these are perfect locations to create your own vintage and black and white photographs of Paris. (sample photos)
Of course, there are also the classic sites of Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre with its pyramid, Notre Dame and the river banks. These famous sites can be crowded, and yet we’ll show you ways to avoid photos full of tourists! This photo tour is a joyful way to create unique images and memories to take back home with you. (sample photos)
Clinging to the northern hill of Paris, Montmartre is known for its village atmosphere and artistic community that lived there. Romantic stairways, artists at work, small cabarets where famous painters met with their friends, and cobble stone streets set the stage for this photo tour. After some time around some of the main site, we explore some little known corners of the hill away from the crowds. (sample photos)
Faubourg St Antoine
This is definitely Paris away from the tourist crowds. In an area known for its small alleys and old furniture artisans, this is where every day life takes place. Depending on the day, we also explore a market and may pay a visit to artisans at work. Because of the intimate exploration, this tour is only available certain days of the week and limited to two participants per photo tour. (sample photos)
To the West of Paris and away from the famous sites, La Défense brings a compelling contrast with the rest of the capital. Its large ‘Arche’ is located in the heart of the business district and closes the historical axis which starts at the Louvre. The modern architecture offers many creative photo opportunities, from abstract and minimalitst styles to contemporary Parisian scenes. (sample photos)
Paris becomes even more spectacular in the evening when the lights are on. You can choose from two different itineraries to learn the art of night photography and capture the 'blue light' around the Louvre and Concorde or around Notre Dame and the Alexandre III bridge. A tripod is required for these sessions but we can provide one if necessary (small fee applies). Note that Night Tours are only offered from September thru May due to the late nightfall in summer. (sample photos)
Photo Tour Packages
Half Day Tour
- 3.5 hours
- AM (8h45 start)
- or PM (start varies)
- up to 2 people
- (80€/each for 3+)
- 3 hours
- September to May only
- tripod rental available (10€)
- up to 2 people
- (100€/each for 3+)
Full Day Tour
- 7 hours
- AM & PM
- lunch not included
- up to 2 people
- (125€/each for 3+)
- 7 hours/day
- from 2-4 days
- lunches not included
- up to 2 people
- (100€/day/each for 3+)
Combo Packages - Save 50€
Participate in any two separate photography activities and receive a 50€ rebate on the total fees. Popular combinations include:
- Half Day Tour & Night Tour: 385€ (instead of 435€)
- Full Day Tour & Night Tour: 480€ (instead of 530€)
- Half Day Tour & Portrait Session: 444€ (instead of 494€)
- (Note: each photography activity is conducted separately)
Shared Photo Tour Option
When two separate registrants of similar interest and skill "share" a photo tour, both registrants receive a rebate on their activity fees (50€ rebate for each half day shared; 75€ rebate for each full day shared). If you are willing to share your photo tour, select this option when you register and we will let you know if the tour will be shared.