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Istanbul Photo Tours - Day Tours

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Address: Kokoroz Sk. 8 | Beyoglu, Istanbul 34440, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 555 262 4977

Istanbul Photo Tours are organized by Istanbul Photo Workshops and a...

Istanbul Photo Tours are organized by Istanbul Photo Workshops and a perfect opportunity to help you improve your photography in a short time while discovering little known, non-touristic spots of Istanbul. You may end up in a gypsy market, enter a metal workshop located inside a Middle Age caravanserai, drink tea with locals, may join a local wedding, circumcision ceremony, photographing kids enjoying the small local entertainment park of a remote neighbourhood or discover the most ethnically diverse and colourful areas of Istanbul. If you would like to take your photography and communication skills to the next step this is a great opportunity to learn about the city, country and its people side by side with National Geographic photographer guides who spent most of his life in Istanbul.

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I went on the full day tour with Alp around the Grand Bazaar, adjoining cavenaries to capture the craftsmen in action and scouted some of the roof tops . Alp provided great... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2015
Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 29 July 2015

I went on the full day tour with Alp around the Grand Bazaar, adjoining cavenaries to capture the craftsmen in action and scouted some of the roof tops . Alp provided great pointers on how to improve my photography. His enthusiasm for the art really shone through not only with how he interacted with the locals but patience in capturing... More 

1 Thank neBJYtrehoD
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

I booked a half day tour with Kemal in April 2015. The tour is excellent for learning about photography while getting a different view of Istanbul. You get to see things you would not get to see if you explored on your own or did one of the regular tours. You can also get to meet people and learn about... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 1 July 2015

We did the Golden Horn with Kemal at the end of March this year. We did some landscape from the old city walls, the bird market and walked through the old greek neighbourhoods, All in all, a recommended tour to see a different part of the city. Kemal is knowledgable, his assistant is helpful and we picked up some interesting... More 

Thank Devsarkar
Palm Springs, California
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Reviewed 23 June 2015

We worked with Kemal for 10 days in Istanbul and Cappadocia and he was terrific. He was very knowledgable of the areas he took us too and able to answer all our questions. He was a terrific interpreter. He certainly did his homework and also took us to some out of the way places to get some of the great... More 

1 Thank Sam J
Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
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Reviewed 22 June 2015

Kemal was an excellent guide when I visited Istanbul. Kemal is an accomplished photographer and knowledgeable teacher and he shared tips on better photography techniques and information about the Turkish culture with me during the time that I spent with him. His guidance helped me take better photographs and afforded me a more in depth knowledge of the rich history... More 

1 Thank Gretchen T
New York City
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Reviewed 17 June 2015

My husband, two teenaged sons and I spent a half day with Kemal and Tuna. If we had more time we would have booked another day with Istanbul Photo Workshops. We are beginner photographers and soaked up all the advice Kemal generously gave us. With Kemal and Tuna at our sides we felt comfortable taking pictures of people drinking tea... More 

1 Thank extinctdu
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 June 2015

My daughter and I signed up for a half day photo tour with Alp Alper of Istanbul Photo Workshops last week. It was a memorable day! Not only did we visit a part of the city that we would not have otherwise seen (Eyup along the Golden Horn), we also learned how to use our DSLRs more effectively. Alp patiently... More 

3 Thank 5haheen
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 June 2015

A fantastic day! Kemal took us to many interesting, visually rich locations just behind the main streets. Places where people were making different things - places that tourists would never normally see. Lots of advice on different shooting techniques to use for different circumstances. Elements to look for when deciding on composition. Even some ideas on psychology to employ when... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 8 June 2015

I spent two days and an evening with Kemal. Kemal provided a very nice mix of technical support, guidance on how to look at a scene and how to interact sensitively with people in a variety of situations. He provides a unique opportunity to see aspects of life in Istanbul beyond that seen on the usual "tourist" tours. Based on... More 

1 Thank Thomas W
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 8 June 2015

I would highly recommend a half day or full day with Kemal in Istanbul if you want to experience parts of the city that tourists never frequent and improve your photography skills at the same time. When I knew I was going to have time in Istanbul, I started emailing with Kemal to set up the photo tour. I had... More 

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Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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