The Best Photography Tours in Barcelona
Photography is one of life’s most enviable skills. The ability to capture fleeting moments and turn them into evocative and timeless memories is both internally satisfying and – let’s face it – great for showing off!
Learning how to take photos in a foreign city is even more satisfying than usual, as you get to explore a novel destination, full of new and surprising people, architecture and sights, at the same time as you improve your shutter skills.
So with Barcelona as your muse, sign up for one of the following experiences and capture the charms of the Great Enchantress with your DSLR, iPhone or even polaroid camera.
1. Shutter Kings Photo Tours
Take a long and leisurely stroll through the charismatic streets of Barcelona’s Old Town in the company of professional photographer, Fran Goncalves (or else one of his equally gifted team!), on a Shutter Kings walking photo tour. You’ll quickly be able to master all aspects of your DSLR with Fran’s help, from the basics – such as balancing that pesky exposure triangle – to more advanced techniques, and dealing with common photography problems, like shooting in difficult light. As you wonder through the back streets of Bohemian barrios like El Born, the Gothic Quarter and Raval, Fran will pose you little photographic challenges designed to improve your lens craft. By the end of this 3.5 hour experience you should have significantly improved your camera skills, as well as captured some arresting images of Barcelona. Prefer to shoot on an iPhone or Android device? Check out their Instagram Tour, on their website.
2. Barcelona Photography Tour
Launched in 2001, by talented shutterbug Laurie Cohen, Barcelona Photography Tour not only offers a range of half and full day private photo tours around the city, but they also organise photography workshops here in Barcelona, and in the rest of the world. So whether you want to spend just a morning practicing your shooting skills, or make drastic improvements over the course of an entire week of lessons, Laurie and his team can help you. Check out more on their website.
3. Polaroid Tour by ArtSpace
Literally shake it like a Polaroid picture on this 2.5 hour tour, where you travel back in time to discover the simple but exceptionally satisfying joy of instantly printing out whatever’s in your viewfinder. Explore the Born district and Parc de la Ciutadella with your vintage camera in hand (supplied by the tour operator!), and create a clutch of fun and retro souvenirs of your time in the Catalan capital. The cost of €35 per person includes 8 Polaroid pictures.
4. 2-Hour Guided Photo Tour
One of the most affordable photography tours of Barcelona out there, this shorter-than-average 2-hour tour is the perfect choice for someone with a bit less time to spare on their travels. Your guide is local photographer Mabel, who will take you to a variety of the city’s most photogenic locations and share her tips on capturing them on film. From how to compose your shots, to making the most of the natural light, you’ll learn a lot in a short time. You can book via Get Your Guide.
Photoshoots – Private Photographers For Hire!
The most frustrating thing about learning photography is that, while you may be able to take sensational photos of your friends and family… there’s no one to take stunning shots of your own winsome smile. That’s when you might want to call in the professionals…
Check out the following activities if the goal of your Barcelona travels is to come back with stunning portraits of yours truly…
5. 1.5 Hour Old Town Photoshoot
On this small group, public tour, you’ll take a leisurely stroll around the Old Town with a professional photographer, who will capture you in front of some of Barcelona’s most iconic spots. For just €45 per person you will get 25 images of yourself. The tour leaves every day at 11am, with a maximum of six people. You can book via Get Your Guide.
6. Shutter Kings Private Photoshoot
For a private photo shoot with a seasoned professional, the aforementioned Shutter Kings Barcelona also run a private experience. They will take you for a two hour shoot to stunning locations like the Plaça del Angels and the iconic MACBA museum, Estacio de Franca, the Arc de Triomf, the beach front, or even up to the Bunkers del Carmel if you like. They are ready to personalise the session to your needs and the results are some truly original and arresting portraits. Perfect for couples, young families or groups of friends. Check their website for pricing.
A great initiative, not just here in Barcelona, but around the world, Localgrapher puts you in contact with talented local photographers in order to plan your custom-made photoshoot. Browse through their list of locally-based lens masters and choose the photographer whose style best matches your vision, and then get in touch for a quote. With 12 professional artists currently on their books in the Catalan capital, you should easily find the right person for your shoot, whether you want to capture a marriage proposal, a Spanish wedding or just a group of friends having fun.
If you want to read up on some of Barcelona’s most Instagrammable locations, along with tips on how to shoot them best, check out this article on Barcelona’s most photogenic spots.
If you still haven’t found the answer to your question, check our FAQs, or post in the comment section, and we’ll do our best to answer.
What is the best photography tour in Barcelona?
There are several great photography tour companies, operating in Barcelona.
More info on each, in our article.
What's the difference between a photo tour and a photo shoot?
A photo tour offers you the chance to learn photography with an expert guide. During a photo shoot, a photographer takes photos of you in iconic Barcelona locations.
What are the best photo spots in Barcelona?
The Old Town is full of picturesque squares, charismatic back streets, and street art. The beach front is great for mornings and evenings. For modern architecture Glories is best. You can read about many of the best photo spots on this article.
Can I join a tour with my iPhone or Smart Phone?
Yes, many modern phones have manual settings similar to a digital camera and so your guides will be able to help you shoot using your phone. Shutter Kings also has a dedicated 'Instagram' experience.
What's the best photo experience for couples?
Couples who are both interested in learning photography will enjoy a traditional walking photography tour. However couples celebrating an engagement or anniversary, might prefer a 'photo shoot' during which a pro photographer will help them commemorate the special occasion.
What's the best photo experience for families with kids?
Families with children are best selecting a photo shoot experience, as these tend to be shorter activities that require less concentration. During a photo shoot you will discover some of the city's iconic locations while a professional photographer captures amazing pictures of you, as souvenirs.
This article was first published 26th April 2019, and last updated on 19th June 2020.