The Photo Experience recommended by Goop for things to do in NYC, shortlisted by the Luxury Travel Guide for 2016, 2017 and travel/hospitality award winner 2019, is bookable for private groups on Fare Harbor, Trip Advisor, Ifonly, Expedia and for 1-5 participants join a museum smartphone camera adventure bookable on Airbnb.

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Spark your creativity

street photography Experiences

Spark Your Creativity’s Photo Hunt is a personalized, customizable 3h group or individual photo experience, to maximize your DSLR or Smartphone camera skills, explore the city, and have some fun anywhere, anytime during a day or night session in New York or beyond.

DSLR: Day or Evening

Work those fancy buttons, dials, and settings for daytime or nighttime photo adventures on location anywhere in the 5 boroughs of New York. Choice a daytime session or shoot in the evening: from low light, dusk to dark — or completely after dark for magic in the moonlight with your DSLR mounted on a tripod for light painting and intentional camera movement (ICM).

Invite happy accidents and serendipity: work in the flow for a multi-sensory photo experience that fires up curiosity, self-discovery, and imagination.

At the conclusion of the photo session, private groups have the opportunity to share their work with other members and benefit from a friendly photo review — talk shop over coffee, a glass of wine, or light meal (optional).

 

Smartphone photography

A smartphone camera session encourages photographic exploration without heavy lifting - no equipment necessary other than your smartphone. 

Enjoy a photo walk while maxxing out your device’s technical and creative potential. Learn a variety of apps and tips and tricks to capture people, places, and things in the urban landscape.

Tell visual stories, create a photo book, and/or make digital art in-camera (collages).

the next level

Whether with a DSLR or smartphone camera, you capture, select, and edit images to learn about sequencing (creating a series) during an on-location adventure for photo enthusiasts.

Practicing the skills of creativity through photography, you tap into your unique vision. You visit off-the-beaten track and iconic locations in the City.

New York becomes a digital playground, an inspired destination for which we set an intention: Everything that manifests on the planet is first a picture. 

choose A location

  • Central Park

  • Battery Park

  • Brooklyn Bridge | City Hall

  • Times Square | Bryant Park

  • West Village | The High Line

  • Carl Schurz Park

  • Roosevelt Island

  • Other location (let’s customize!)


In all sessions, you practice:

technical skills

  • DSLR: ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance, metering, exposure compensation (EV), shooting in manual and more

  • Smartphone camera photography: Multiple apps and tools to “make” pictures with a seemingly simple device

compositional skills

  • See the world in shapes, patterns, light, color and form for taking great shots

  • Understand leading lines, rule of thirds, negative and positive space, depth of field & composition

  • Be in the moment — capture the zeitgeist, work in the flow for inspired compositions

communication skills

  • Describe, discuss, share your work with others and on social media

& more …

This is a private photo experience customized for individuals, small groups and special events. Spark Your Creativity founder Roberta Fineberg leads you on a journey to observe and experience the city full on — photograph its people, places and things: parks, bridges, cityscapes, neighborhoods, historic buildings and sites, or focus on art and design, say, employing light and shadow, searching for abstraction as one compositional exercise. Photograph what moves you, captures your attention and excites you about the urban landscape.

Crisscross the City one borough, one location at a time — Manhattan, our island, surrounded by even smaller islands (Governor’s Island, Roosevelt Island, City Island, Randall & Ward’s island, Ellis & Liberty Island, etc.), and the surrounding boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island, you decide the location and we customize the photographic journey!

Spark Your Creativity’s out-of-doors, hands-on photo experiences explore 'outside the frame' in the spirit of Da Vinci’s ‘Saper Vedere’ (knowing how to see) while engaging all 5 senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch).

booking:

your preferred location

Uptown Manhattan

Select a location Uptown

  • Central Park

  • Carl Schurz Park

  • Lincoln Center

  • Columbus Circle

  • Riverside Park

  • Conservatory Garden

  • Other location (let’s customize)

Midtown Manhattan

Select a location Midtown

  • Times Square | Bryant Park

  • Grand Central Station

  • Public Library

  • Rockefeller Center

  • 5th Avenue Holiday Shopping (Christmas time)

  • Other location (let’s customize!)

Downtown Manhattan

Select a location Downtown

  • Battery Park

  • Brooklyn Bridge | City Hall

  • South Street Seaport

  • World Trade Center | 9/11 Memorial | Wall Street

  • 25th Street Flea Market

  • West Village | The High Line | Hudson River Park

  • Meatpacking District | Chelsea Market

  • China Town | Little Italy

  • Lower East Side | The Bowery | East Village Gardens

  • Madison Square Park | Flatiron Building

  • Other location (let’s customize!)

ALL BOROUGHS

Select a location in any of the 4 boroughs

  • Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights | Prospect Park | Brooklyn Botanical Garden | Carroll Gardens | Bushwick | Williamsburg | Brooklyn Navy Yard | Dumbo | Coney Island | Brighton Beach | Gowanus Canal

  • Queens: Long Island City | Astoria | Flushing Meadows - Corona Park | Socrates Sculpture Park | Noguchi Museum | PS1

  • The Bronx: Arthur Avenue - Little Italy | The Bronx Botanical Garden | The Bronx Zoo. The North (Soundview) and South Bronx (Mott Haven).

  • Staten Island: Staten Island Ferry | Snug Harbor - Chinese Scholar's Garden | Alice Austen House

  • Other location (let’s customize!)

BOOK night photography…

Magic in the Moonlight

DSLRs on tripods for 'making' pictures at night

  • Central Park

  • Battery Park

  • Brooklyn Bridge | City Hall

  • Times Square | Bryant Park

  • West Village | The High Line

  • Carl Schurz Park

  • Roosevelt Island

  • Other location (let’s customize)

Art Photo Walk | Whitney Museum

Night Photography | Grand Central Station

Night Photography | Times Square

Magic in the Moonlight | Carl Schurz Park

Magic in the Moonlight | Central Park Lake

Magic in the Moonlight | South Street Seaport

Photo Hunt | Gowns Canal, Brooklyn

Photo Hunt | East River, Upper East Side

Photo Hunt | Studio Museum, Harlem

Photo Hunt | Madison Avenue

Photo Hunt | Capturing People (Louis Mendes)

Art Photo Hunt | Frieze Fair, Randall's Island

Photo Hunt | Graffiti in Chelsea

Photo Hunt | Looking at work by Chihuly at the Botanical Garden, Bronx