People in old photographs rarely smiled because the process took a long time and because looking happy in public was considered indecent. Indulge yourself with this Groupon.
- $30 for a two-hour off the beaten path photography walking tour (a $49 value)
This two-hour tour explores St. Augustine on foot, led by a professional photographer. The guide takes tour goers to the town’s little-known scenic gems, revealing historical facts and photographic tips along the way. Tours start at 9 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month.
Though they're certainly adept at standing still, buildings and monuments present their own set of challenges for people trying to take pictures of them. To surmount these complications, the professional photographers at ShutterGuide set out on two-hour walking tours, teaching groups how to best frame the landmarks on their route. For each site, they demonstrate a different camera technique that suits the landscape, such as adjusting the composition or keeping photo-bombing statues out of the frame. Guests can capture snapshots with nearly any type of lens—even the one on their smartphone.
The tours cover photography topics from lighting to metering and depth of field, but they're also a lesson in history. During the walk, guides dole out trivia on the city's past. They take a maximum of eight people in every group and accommodate aspiring shutterbugs of all skill levels.