Sydney Photography Tour in the Historic Rocks Area

Sydney Photography Tour in the Historic Rocks Area

3 hours Sydney, Australia

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Learn how to best use your digital camera in manual modes and master composition. Need a local professional photographer to show you the best spots at the best time, this is the best way to explore and discover. A unique learning adventure to inspire and spark your passion for photography. Smartphone Tours also available fortnightly.
Explore the back alleys of the historic Rocks. Document a travel story with your pics. Get taken to the best vantage points. Elements and Principles in composition and design. Hands on challenges to put theory into practice. Get off auto mode and and learn to shoot in manual mode.10 technical & 10 creative points.

Travel Photography (street portraits, architecture, still life, abstract, landscapes, nature)

Learn how to best use your digital camera in manual modes & master composition. Need a local professional photographer to show you the best spots at the best time, this is the best way to explore and discover. A Unique learning adventure to inspire and spark your passion for photography.

You have the choice of taking a 3-hour afternoon or night tour, or combning these for a 6-hour afternoon and night experience.


  • Photography Tutor/Guide
  • Course Notes
  • Loads of advice on Photography
  • Entry/Admission - The Rocks


  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

2 Kendall Lane, The Rocks, Sydney

Return Details

Nearest Train Station is Circular Quay on the city circle line.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Bring your own camera
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers


28 Reviews

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W4683SHelainem February 2021

This was a great walking tour around The Rocks, finally learning how to use more features on our smartphone cameras. Alfonso was so knowledgeable and friendly. We were also given access to his e-book and other information to continue practicing what we had learned that day. We enjoyed ourselves so much, will look to book in for a night tour!!

tufflife01 November 2020

A great introduction to photography. Alfonso had some excellent tips on creating the perfect shot and the subjects were varied, including architecture, landscape and portraits so it was a good all around introduction. Alfonso is also very knowledgeable. The Rocks is a great location as the scenes are varied. I walked away with some great photos!

mazphotofun September 2020

We had a great time. Alfonso is an excellent teacher, very knowledgable. It was an excellent day out and a great learning experience. I would highly recommend Alfonso!

Otto D July 2020

Very knowledgeable and personable teacher. Taught us how to take and edit good pics using our phones but also teaches DSLR and more advanced photography. Explained things well and we learned a lot. Highly recommended.

Eleukegal July 2020

Alphonso was an excellent teacher who was so good at presenting ways of using my iPhone to create such interesting photos. I learnt so much about photography techniques and have already put his teaching into practice.

Justyna W October 2019

Very fun and informative course. As an absolute beginner I've learned so much! From choosing the best light and spot, through camera settings to editing. We've done several interesting exercises each of them focused on different type of pictures. Alfonso created great atmosphere among the group and made sure everyone take the most out of the experience. Strongly recommended!!

LondonAnnie41 August 2019

Actually it was more than just fun. Alfonso soent 3 hours yesterday in a bitterly cold Saturday in Sydney explaining and helping us gain skills in taking and editing our iphone photos. If you are an iphone( or android) beginner you will be amazed. If you are a photographer used to the intricacies of heavy DSLRs you will be amazed what an iphone can do.

Kyle L July 2019

Had a blast spending the afternoon with Alfonso. He's a really lovely guy with a wealth of knowledge and some brilliant tips. He set great little photo challenges and helped improve my photography almost instantly. I learned so much and finally have an understanding of all the features on my camera. Can't recommend highly enough.

cagou29 June 2019

Thank you Alfonso .perfect course if you want to learn n practice basic photography skills with your ifone or smartfone.Alfonso was very patient , informative and very professional. Great way to Practice in the Rocks area such an iconic place . Great timing between 2-5 pm as the lights were perfect to shot amazing shots .thank you Alfonso can’t recommend him enough if you want to do this course.cant wait to do the night photography tour in Sydney .

stuarthutch June 2019

Can’t thank Alfonso enough. He stepped into the breach after I had been let down by another tour supplier. I contacted him at 1 pm and we were shooting at 5.30. Pre tour comms were excellent. The meeting place was easy to find and Alfonso arrived promptly. The guy is a talented photographer and excellent teacher. We were taken to amazing locations and vantage points and Alfonso was on hand for both technical advice and artistic suggestions. The results speak for themselves. Will certainly catch up with him next time I’m in town.

Kim R April 2019

This 3 hour smartphone course is perfect. Covering camera basics, lines, scales, contrast, textures and much more. Chris was patient, very informative and helpful. The Rocks is a great location for photography. The history, architecture and street life is fascinating. Looking forward to putting this newfound knowledge and skills into practice. Highly recommend!

gabrielmagz February 2019

Ben was thorough enough to help us understand the basics of using a professional camera - which we needed - and brief enough to explain how a professional photographer would choose angles, scenes and backgrounds. Highly recommended if you have just bought a camera, and thought you'll simply set it to "Auto" and start shooting National Geography worth photos.

JoshE1990 December 2018

Very informative and Alfonso structured the course exactly to what my needs were. He talked to through everything and made sure I understood and grasped the concept before putting it into practice which was great. We were fortunate enough to have all kinds of weather which was great for experimenting with different techniques, especially using the manual setting. Great time, very informative, great value for money, I would highly recommend Alfonso to anyone looking to learn about photography.

teddybearsonthego November 2018

WOW! Once again, Sydney Photography Tours has provided the learning at the right time in the right place! The Historic Rocks, Sydney AUS, was the location for my most recent tour. This has been my second tour with this company. Chris L Jones was our guide par excellence, and our group learned so many things. Who would have thought that you could do so much with your smartphone! My phone was the odd man out: not a Samsung, not an iPhone, but rather a Sony Xperia. Chris said, "No problem, we can learn together". And we did. Taking us from camera basics (rule #1: clean your lens) and about photography theory (lines, scale, texture), Chris guided us through The Historic Rocks assigning us tasks, after which we used this really cool app to create photographs that border on professional. We also learned took panoramic and slow motion shots. This 3-hour Smartphone Photography Tour was perfect! If you are looking to support your photographs with the latest technology, I highly recommend this course! Thanks so much for your expertise, Chris!

Grubblyone October 2018

Alfonso is an awesome teacher. He is patient, polite and enthusiastic and didn't mind at all that I was struggling to use my camera. I learned so much in the 3 hour course. I will definitely be back again - we had such a great night!

Debasish D August 2018

Learned a great deal during this workshop. Lot of practical. Very helpful to understand the functions of DSLR camera. Great tips on taking good portrait picture. Overall it was good learning of ISO, Shutter speed and Aperture. Thank you.

HilaryW67 July 2018

Alfonso knows the best places to take photos, he is very helpful and friendly and I really enjoyed his photography tour. I am so pleased with the photos I took under his guidance and would love to do another photography tour with his comapny next time I am in Australia. Thank you Alfonso for sharing your knowledge.

DianeW98501 June 2018

I enjoyed the tour very much... especially all of the history associated with Sydney which Ken so eagerly explained and it gave me the opportunity to photograph some things I wouldn't have otherwise been able to.

Gary B May 2018

I did a beginners photographic course for digital SLR cameras on Saturday 26 May 2018. The course took us through the basic functions on our Canon digital SLR cameras and taught us techniques which improved my creative skills. I highly recommend the course which I found practical and informative.

AudreyLady March 2018

I received the Sydney Photography Tour As a Christmas gift. I didn’t know what to expect. I had a fabulous afternoon out. Alfonso has a way of allowing us to develop our skills without being intrusive. Our group had varying competency levels. Lack of skill is no problem. Everyone is welcome. He offers advice on camera settings and leaves you to practice by taking pictures in various settings, including photography of people in varied light with hints as to how to improve lighting during portraiture. Alfonso’s input and suggestions -coupled by practice and sharing our thoughts on our favourite shots-made for a memorable day. I feel encouraged to continue practicing learned techniques and continuing to develop my own style of photography, AND keep learning. A fun hobby made all the more fun by Alfonso and the 4 other lovely people in our group for the day. I look forward to joining Sydney Photography Tours for a night photography tour later in year.

Claire P March 2018

My husband bought me the day and night tour for my birthday. I enjoyed the day part but the night time one was really excellent. There was no-one else booked on so just a one on one with Gary, who was really good. Got some excellent shots of Sydney that I would never have imagined I would get. I would definitely recommend anyone with an interest in photography to give it a go!

JaRet W February 2018

this tour was great. I learned a lot about night photography and photography in general, plus got some really cool pictures.

Barbara K January 2018

Alfonso was brilliant! I did the photography using your smart phone lesson. I can't believe the quality that you can get from your smart phone. Alfonso was knowledgeable and passionate and the setting was unique and awe inspiring (The Rocks and Circular Quay). As a Sydney local, I felt like I was seeing Sydney for the first time. Wow!

Fuzzybear777 January 2018

Today's photography tour of Sydney's historic Rocks area with Alphonso was personalised and instructive. Alphonso has a gentle and patient manner and he really helped me with the basics. Affordable and accessible. I would happily recommend this photography tour with Alphonso for anyone wishing to make those first steps to lifting their photographic results.
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