ABOUT THE PORTO STREET PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Duration • Two days (approx 12h to 14h of tour, one afternoon, one night, one morning)

Price390EUR
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PORTO PHOTOGRAPHY
This old city will give you many options. You can photograph old people on the streets or looking through a window. You can focus on colours because Porto is full of tiles and warm paint. You can compose on old stone, old doors and windows, all of them with very nice textures.
The skyline is a must-photograph and you may realize that what you need is a tele-photo. The old bridge that connects Porto and Gaia is a challenge regarding composition.
Early morning light can be exceptional, but if you find yourself surrounded by fog, we will have to take advantage of that and plan some moody photos, perhaps in b&w. All the layers of little houses can give good image compositions, again with the use of a tele-photo lens.
Late afternoon warms the colours and could be the ideal time to go to Gaia and try to combine the river, the boats and the skyline. Sunset will depend on your lucky star, although there are some spots to try it.
Night photography will be mostly around the river side, composing from Gaia to Ribeira and vice-versa. We may have time and stamina to try some night photography around Aliados and São Bento. By the way, the train station is a place not to miss.
You can click on PINTEREST and check two boards for Porto - Porto and Porto details. You can also take a look at INSTAGRAM to get an overall idea about the photography style and image composition we like to do.

TIMING
The full Porto photography tour consists of three parts - one afternoon, one evening/night and one morning. They will happen in sequence with one overnight, so we need two consecutive days to do it. We will start at 2PM (14:00) on day one and end around 12PM (12:00) on day two. The first meeting on day one is key to make it work, because once we are together in Porto, it will be easy to organize the whole time window.

MEETING
We will meet on day one at 2PM (14:00) in front of the Clerigos Tower, which is one of the Porto landmarks and quite easy to spot. You will see me with a Lisbon Photo id-card and my big Nikon camera. From that moment on, the photo tour will flow in such an easy way, because I will have it all under easy control. All the next meetings (dinner, night tour, morning, lunch, etc) wil be planned while we are together. It will be perfect.

GEAR/EQUIPMENT
You should have all your photo equipment with you, as long as you can handle the weight. We can photograph from ultra-wide-angle to super-tele-photo. We can use tripod with ND filters during the day and we will need a tripod for the night part of the tour. Porto is one big hill, yet easy to walk. Bring nice walking shoes and dress according to the season. Porto will probably be chilly after dinner and early in the morning, with some fog as an extra. Be ready.

MOVING AROUND
We will walk only, and that is the beauty of Porto. Being so small, it allows to walk in a relaxed way and still see the best of it. We will actually leave Porto and walk to Gaia, which stands at the opposite side of the Douro river. We may ride a tram, either to visit the coast line or to simply see old Porto from a different perspective.

CLIMATE/WEATHER
Porto has a different weather from the one in Lisbon. On average, it is colder, it is more foggy and it rains more. All this can be exceptional if you think about photography. We will take full advantage of that. Otherwise, Porto and Gaia have a moderate climate, with hot days during summer. The weather forecast will give us an idea about what to expect, but nothing will ever be extreme.

COMPANION
Your companion will enjoy our time together and also make part of the adventure. It is impossible not to photograph most of the time, so we will play around and improve all the mobile phone photos. We will chat about the local history and culture along the days, so that the tour is as complete as possible. With so many places to stop and make a break, your companion will relax while we plan the next photo. All is possible, to deliver a great stay.

HISTORY & CULTURE
The history of Porto goes back to the foundation of Portugal, so we will have a lot to talk about. It is still possible to see some pieces of the medieval wall that was defending the city, an old cathedral from the middle age, some of the dying districts that need urgent attention, but also some new and modern subjects, because the city is very much alive. The Port wine cellars are an interesting subject to talk about and also to go in. They are all outside Porto, they are all in Gaia. You and your companion will listen to the right amount of info, so that it blends nicely with all the other activities we will do.

LOCAL INTERACTION
It will happen and it will be pure fun. Most of the elderly residents like to talk with strangers, you only have to be nice and start a conversation. Small coffee shops are ideal to chat and get a true feeling about the local way of living. On average, people from the north are more friendly than those from the south.

BREAK POINTS
We will have as many as we want. Porto is full of little coffee shops, small restaurants that we call tascas and also fine restaurants to eat well. We can and will do all that during the photo tour. Both sides of the Douro river are full of nice bars to stop and stretch our legs. We can then have a chat about f-stops and plan dinner.