I’ll start off by saying that out of all the photography tours I had, this is the most memorable. For sure. The idea of learning how to use a Polaroid camera, and speaking to a guide about getting your best shot, lighting and angle is a very different way to experience the city.
On the day I signed up for the tour, it was raining and cloudy, and as the other person in the tour cancelled, I was the only one! My guide was Theressa (I hope I spelled that right) and she was amazing. Very witty, knowledgable and very flexible to what I wanted.
Theressa also showed me some photos describing the many ways you can screw up your shot! Over exposing, under exposing, bad lighting, proportions and so many things more that you have to pay attention to. And off we went. She will point out to me a few places where she think the shot would be good, or give a bit of perspective on what to take. I knew I wanted a mixture of architecture and organic shots, and we did just that!
I felt like I got good advise ( and some good photos from her suggestions) but she was never demanding the entire time. I felt like the eight films were mine, and I had full authority on how to use it.
A little history of the Polaroid was also given, and an introduction into the different films used. These were the films we used. You get 8 films for the entire tour, so spend it wisely!
I cannot recommend Polawalks enough if you’re in Vienna. It’s such a memorable way to look at the city, and definitely unique! They also have it in Warsaw,Poland and Graz, Austria. Click here to go to their booking page.