Of course, we could not leave out on the list of things to do in Antigua Guatemala the TripAdvisor top-rated www.AntiguaPhotoWalks.com, lead by me, Rudy Giron. With over one hundred top-rated reviews on Trip Advisor, the Antigua Photo Walks I lead around town have become of the most popular things to do in Antigua Guatemala. Except, I always make sure that whatever I share during the photo walk, you can take it with you everywhere you travel or even applies to the daily life of back home. I will not say more now, but I will share a couple of reviews to give a taste of what people are saying about the photo walks.
“Took the best pictures, learned a lot, had fun”
I only had my iPhone–no camera–and was worried that the pictures wouldn’t be good or that I’d be wasting Rudy’s time. The pictures were GREAT. I learned a lot about composition and how to set up a great picture. And, he is very knowledgeable about Antigua and had good suggestions for where else (and when) I could take more pictures during my next few days here. I highly recommend doing this. —BN4648, Vermont
“Time well spent in Antigua”
In my recent travel to Antigua, I did a 3-hour photo walk with Rudi. I can’t stress how much eye opening it was. Rudi, except being an extremely experienced photographer, is also exceptionally versed in the history of Antigua and Guatemala in general. He was able to provide context of the many attractions of the city, that would otherwise, I would have either missed, or it would have taken a lot more time to discover. In terms of photography it was great to learn from an experienced professional various tips and techniques, particularly for street photography, and have his insight on common issues we face when photographing people on streets. I feel I have learned a great deal over a short period of time, and has pushed me to improve my photo skills. —George, Athens, Greece
“Great photo walk experience”
I spent 5 hours with Rudy on a photowalk recently. Enjoyed the teaching aspect and then the practical. Learned a lot about street photography – actually practicing and exploring. It was a wonderful way to spend the day and to see Antigua. Gave me a new perspective on my approach to photography. — Piano Lady, Alberta, Canada
“Packed with Fun and Invaluable Tips”
Great fun with Rudy on my photo walk of Antigua.
It was the day before my group tour was to start, and another member of the group, an accomplished photographer, had raved about his photography walking tour with Rudy. I had some free time so I rang Rudy up, and the tour began that afternoon.
Rudy is a born teacher and knows how to tailor his presentation to his students. He knew exactly how much technical information I could handle and explained everything in a way that I could understand. I learned PRACTICAL tips that will greatly enhance the way I take photographs from now on.
Rudy particularly focused on street photography, because I told him that was my interest. We went out into the main square of Antigua and had fun comparing shots. Rudy urged me to be courageous taking photographs of people and pointed out ways I could improve.
I can recommend Rudy highly: for his patience and for his ability to synthesize his vast knowledge of photography and convey it in a simple way. It’s clear that photography is his passion, that he wants to share it with others, and that he wants to have fun doing it! —Amavita, San Francisco
“We loved our time spent with Rudy, a photographer, historian, coffee connoisseur and all ’round great guy”
My husband and I very much enjoy wandering around the places we visit, getting to know the local areas and hanging with the people; if we are fortunate enough to absorb some history along the way, AND bring home photographic memories of our trip, we feel blessed indeed. Imagine our delight then, at meeting Rudy Giron and having an entire morning to spend with him, walking the bustling streets of Antigua, honing our photography skills and literally getting up close and personal with the local people.
Before we left our hotel, Rudy spent over an hour with us, sharing an extremely well created presentation on the technical and artistic elements that contribute to a pleasing photograph, and discussing where we would go and what we would look for…our “assignments” per se.. Then we hit the streets and for the next several hours, we watched and learned and practiced and “saw”; we tried different street photography techniques, came to understand what framing a photo can really mean (and that included thinking well outside the typical “framing” box and learning to anticipate the perfect shot) and before the morning was over, had fine tuned the use of our camera such that the apparatus that captures light and makes memories, but often seems daunting to use and easier to put away FINALLY made some sense.
A really important point to mention is that Rudy teaches his pupils how to take pictures “hands on”, not by lecturing in a classroom about the settings on a camera or describing situations that require particular elements of the camera to be in use. He lets you hold your camera, take a shot and possibly miss what you wanted, so he can patiently show you (no matter the make or model of your device) how to make a different choice, use another approach, take the picture at a different time of day, etc. Rudy actually TEACHES and in the process, his students take away knowledge they can use and build on for years to come.This is far more valuable than a classroom situation and so much more important for skill retention. We were very very grateful for his methods and his patience.
I wish I could spend another session with Rudy and if I ever get back to Antigua, it will be my very first activity.People–don’t miss this photo walk, and book it early in your vacation, so you have plenty of time to practice what you learn. OH and definitely go for coffee with him…you’ll learn a ton about that too!
BEST PHOTO WALK I HAVE EVER DONE!! FIVE STARS FOR SURE. —Debbie, Calgary, Canada
Below I share with you some of the images of the over 6,000 people from all over the world who have taken the a photo walk with me. Enjoy!
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