Grab your camera and hit the streets of Philly to capture nighttime shots using lo-fi techniques

North 10th Street

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What You'll Do

The rising image resolutions and plummeting prices of digital cameras have made it easier than ever to snap glossy photos. That very ease, however, has spurred many photographers to seek ways to give their pictures a gritty, lo-fi look, using such old-fashioned tools as toy and pinhole cameras. With professional photographer Jen Cleary, you'll roam the back alleys and side streets of Chinatown, learning how to imbue your urban photography with a gritty aesthetic and lo-fi realism using your own camera or a $10 model rented onsite.

  • Give Your Photos an Authentic, Gritty Aesthetic
    Learn how to escape the hi-fidelity glossiness of modern cameras with techniques taught by veteran photographer Jen Cleary

  • Explore Chinatown by Night
    Search the side streets of Chinatown for compelling shots of the nocturnal city

Each event is capped at 8 participants; each event requires a minimum of 4 participants in order to take place.


Your Host

Jen Cleary Jen Cleary
Photography Guru

Though she spent years working as a lighting technician, designer, and director, Jen Cleary didn't know what she wanted to do with the rest of her life—until she turned down joining her friend's bridal party. Asked to photograph the wedding, she immediately fell in love with the artistic opportunities of photography. Since that day, she has assiduously honed her craft, photographing weddings, portraits, and landscapes in Philadelphia and beyond.


Where You'll Meet

Tours begin underneath the arch on the northeast corner of 10th Street and Arch Street.


In a Nutshell

Veteran photographer teaches you how to take gritty, lo-fi pictures with your camera while exploring Chinatown's nocturnal side streets

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 4 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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