Multitasking makes both activities more enjoyable, as demonstrated by the popularity of eating in the shower and bird watching while regretting a chosen career path. Double the fun with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a photo walking tour with PhotoWalks of Boston (up to a $30 value; a $15 value for ages 10–17 with a paying adult). Check the online schedule for tour dates and locations.
PhotoWalks leads shutterbugs on a leisurely 90-minute stroll through one of five different historic neighborhoods. Combining the age-old arts of storytelling and shooting things, knowledgeable guides dispense historical commentary as they teach photo walkers how to see the city with an eye toward pictorial composition. Learn how to change your camera's aperture width to enunciate shafts of light on the turrets of Trinity Church during the Back Bay tour, or tread the winding bricks of Beacon Hill, tripping over the countless biographies left behind by its famous residents. Most tours are conducted in small groups of 10 but no more than 20 people, allowing guides to offer a personalized experience and answer specific questions about the more intricate aspects of the camera, such as its soul centrifuge or lens cap. All skill levels are welcome on the tour; bring your own camera, or skip the snapshots and come along for the informative walk.
Train your lens on statues, photogenic pigeons, and the ghost of Paul Revere during outdoor walks along the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, or Freedom Trail and North End, or pictorially preserve pristine flora and oceanside vistas in the Public Garden and Waterfront tours. Well-behaved pets are welcome on the tour but may find their paws ill-equipped to adjust shutter speed. A quick glance at PhotoWalks's FAQ will answer all manner of logistical, regulatory, and metaphysical queries.
Saba Alhadi, a former travel agent, began building a photographic portfolio as she turned her lens on Boston and developed photography walking tours through historic neighborhoods in order to share her knowledge of Boston's history and inspire others to become better photographers by capturing the beauty that surrounds them.
On a given tour, she reveals historic details about Boston's hidden houses, the swamp that become a French-inspired neighborhood and public garden, and the famous patriots of the American Revolution. Meanwhile, she interlaces the history with creative photography tips on how to understand camera settings, how light strikes different buildings, and how a reflection in a window can become a composition. She also devises scavenger hunts throughout Boston, sending participants scattering to decode cryptic clues that draw on notable local facts.