Do you want to take those amazing night shots of London that you see on all the tourist websites? Here’s your chance!
Have a look at the images in the London Night Gallery. You could take photos like these on the tour. Please note, these photos haven’t been manipulated in photoshop etc, and aren’t the result of multiple images melded together. So, if you prefer, as many people do, to only take jpg photos, these are what you could take. If you prefer to work in RAW and manipulate the image, well, the opportunities are boundless.It’s best to read all of the information below first, before booking a night tour.
You must have a sturdy tripod or once it gets dark all your photos will be blurry. (if you don’t have a tripod, see the Tripod Hire section. Click on the Tour Details tab). The Night Tours are not instructional so please make sure already have a good understanding and working knowledge of your camera and Aperture, ISO and Shutter Speed, how and why to change them, plus how to turn your flash off and how to set your timer (if not using a cable or shutter release) and how to change focus points.
If you are working on Auto, Scene Modes or P, you will need to either participate in a Beginner Workshop or the London Photography Tour to bring your skills up to the correct level for the tour. Or we can provide a 1 to 1 personal tuition session to suit you.
This is not a fast moving tour and we allow time to experiment to get the correct shots. The maximum group size is 6 clients.
This tour is not for beginners and is not instructional. If you want to learn how to take photos in low level light/night, please see the Photography Workshops as there is a workshop just for you or we can provide 1 on 1 tuition at a time to suit you.
For the night tours, bookings and payment must be made in advance. There are no refunds. The tour will only be cancelled if the weather makes the tour hazardous and the payment can be used for an alternative date. Otherwise, we’re out there, rain, cloud or shine. The best photos are often taken on the bleakest , wettest and cloudiest nights, so don’t let rain deter you. Just bring a raincoat!
Camera: You will need either a good quality Bridge camera or a DSLR. Sorry, but a compact which has limited options of manually changing the Aperture, Shutter Speed, or no Manual options isn’t suitable.
Tripod Hire: If you do not have a sturdy tripod and wish to participate in the Night tour, I have tripods available to hire for £7 each. They have quick release, screw on attachments, weight 2kg, able to hold combined weight of 4kg, extended height 173cm.
Please let me know in advance if you require one on the night. Small very lightweight travel tripods won’t be suitable or stable enough as some locations can be windy which will result in blurred photos, plus the rails of the bridges can be quite high.
If in doubt, email me or hire mine. Without extending the centre column, your tripod must be at least 140cm high (4’8″) to go above the bridge rails. Please check that your own tripod is functioning, with all parts intact and able to hold the weight of your camera and lens before coming on the tour. If you are hiring our tripod, please remove all attachments from the base. London is a safe city for taking photos, but you must still consider security. You will need to have a strap attached to the body so you can keep a grip on the camera at all times. Straps that screw into the base of the camera will have to be removed for tripod use.
Cost: £85 per person. Can a friend or family member come along free of charge if they aren’t using a camera? Sorry, no. Everyone on the tours and workshops pay full price. Think of it as a theatre show, train fare or plane ride. If you want to go, you have to pay.
Length of time: The tour starts approximately 20 minutes before sunset and lasts for 3 hours. We will finish near a tube station.
Dress: For a few hours outside. Wear warm comfortable clothing and shoes. In winter, bring a pair of gloves to keep your hands warm in between photos. Bring a rainjacket and a cloth to dry your camera lens just in case! The tour still goes ahead in the rain as London night photos work beautifully in the rain. If it’s likely to rain, I’d also recommend you bring a clear ziplock bag big enough to fit your camera in as it will stay dry. Simply cut a hole in the base big enough to poke the end of the lens through and put the lens hood on. Or bring a shower cap (for the camera, not you)… and then you can still take photos and keep the camera dry. Problem solved!
There are 4 different options all year around.
Option 1. Meet under the clock in the middle of Waterloo Station hall. This tour covers the more touristy and well known riverside locations in the west, such as Houses of Parliament, London Eye, the bridges and mystery locations towards the West End. Please note: various buildings along this route (including Houses of Parliament) have long term repair works taking place and scaffolding is present. We will do our best to obtain creative shots which don’t include the full building.
Option 2. Meet at the front of Marks and Spencers inside London Bridge Station.
This tour covers eastern end of the river, such as Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Southwark Cathedral, alleys and heads towards the Millennium Bridge opposite St Pauls.
Option 3. Meet at the front of the Royal Exchange bulding at Bank tube station. We cover fantastic buildings in the oldest part of London with interesting lighting, back alleys, some of the seedier and also stunningly modern city areas. This is the oldest part of London and provides great atmospheric locations and diversity.
Option 4. Meet at the base of George IV statue in Trafalgar Square. We’ll cover the West End area starting in Trafalgar Square. The West End tour may include Piccadilly Circus, Soho, Covent Garden and any other places of interest I can find.
From the end of November we run a Christmas Lights tour, meeting at Trafalgar Square, at the base of the George IV statue. As the decorations change every year, the locations we visit won’t be determined until we see what the decorations look like.
Dates so far, for 2019
Sat 8th June, start 20:50 – Option 1 Waterloo
Sat 29th June, start 20:50 – Option 2 London Bridge Station
Tuesday 9th July, start 20:50 – Option 1 Waterloo
Monday 29th July, start 20:35 – Option 4 Trafalgar Square
Saturday 10th August, start 20:10 – Option 3 Bank
Friday 23rd August, start 19:45 – Option 1 Waterloo
Monday 2nd September, start 19:25 – Option 2 London Bridge
Friday 6th September, start 19:15 – Option 1 Waterloo
Sunday 22nd September, start 18:40 – Option 4 Trafalgar Square
Sunday 29th September, start 18:20 – Option 3 Bank
Thursday 10th October, start 17:55 – Option 1 Waterloo
Friday 18th October, start 17:40 – Option 4 Trafalgar
Friday 25th October, start 17:25 – Option 2 London Bridge
Thursday 7th November, start 16:00 – Option 1 Waterloo
Monday 18th November, start 17:55 – Option 2 London Bridge
Sunday 24th November, start 15:40 – See Christmas Lights & Night Tour page to book
Monday 2nd December, start 15:35 – See Christmas Lights & Night Tour page to book
Sunday 8th December, start 15:20 – See Christmas Lights & Night Tour page to book
Friday 13th December, start 15:35 – Option 2 London Bridge
If you wish to participate in a Night tour and no dates are listed around that time, please get in touch contact me. Personal tours can be arranged.
All tours are to be booked and paid in advance.
Please double check your address when sending an email as I have been receiving emails, but am unable to respond due to the addresses being incorrect. If you are trying to arrange a personal tour at short notice please also add your telephone number as it can make communications a little quicker.