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Capture real life with a photojournalist

Havana, Cuba

Experience hosted by Juan

3 hoursHosted in English and Spanish
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This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 4 people

What you'll do

We’ll meet at the Vedado Hotel and walk deep into central Havana to visit the spots that tourists don’t normally get to see. I’ll teach you to let go of your worries and how to take very close pictures candid of people without being afraid. You’ll learn how to look for that special shot that highlights the streets and everyday cuban life. I’ll share street photography tips, necessary settings on the camera. We'll move to the Havana center neighborhood, and once there we’ll walk around. We'll chat about the street photography before we explore the area. We'll explore the streets with our eyes wide open, and focus on people and their interactions to capture the essence of real Havana life. To know what we going to do take a look to my Instagram (@havanastreetphotography)
Other things to note
For the street photography we need motivation, passion and patience and some times be bold. We going to take candid picture of people from close distance, looking for the context.
We’ll meet at the Vedado Hotel and walk deep into central Havana to visit the spots that tourists don’t normally get to see. I’ll teach you to let go of your worries and how to take very close pictures candid of people without being afraid. You’ll learn how to look for that special shot that highlights the streets and everyday cuban life. I’ll share street photography tips, necessary settings on the camera. We'll move to the Havana center neighbo…

Meet your host, Juan

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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I have over 10 years of experience in street photography. For the last five years I’ve worked as a photojournalist for the Havana Times. I won a contest where I was a noted by the US Embassy for my work during the commemoration of the beginning of Cuba-US relations. I never leave my camera at home, and I shoot every day, even if it’s just for five minutes. I want to share my passion with you.
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Where you'll be

We walk from Vedado, Havana Center to Old Havana. These places are important because they are where real people live and interact with each other. People are one of the most important elements in street photography, and crowded cities are perfect for capturing human moments. Getting close, taking candid and naturals shots from differents angles, looking for special moments, tell one history through your picture. Taking pictures with your heart.

Rated 4.89 out of 5 from 327 reviews.

David
March 2020
Enjoyed this experience as Juan was very knowledgeable and passionate about Havana and photography. This made me think and learn about my own photography which is always positive.
Jille
February 2020
I got some good tips on street photography, which is exactly what I wanted from this experience. I definitely used some of what I learned throughout the rest of my photo-taking in Cuba. I appreciated the walk we took and the areas we went to. The only thing that was a slight bummer was that when he took me to a block where an artist was working, I felt like I had been a bit set up to purchase the CD he handed me --I hadn't heard this particular artists' music and I had no idea what was on the CD, but felt I had to buy it from him as Juan brought me directly to him -- and he wanted $10 CUC! As a US citizen with a finite amount of cash, this was a little disappointing, but then again in the grand scheme of things it wasn't really bad. It's just never fun feeling like you're being viewed as a cash machine when traveling to places abroad. Other than that this was an enjoyable and unique experience.
I got some good tips on street photography, which is exactly what I wanted from this experience. I definitely used some of what I learned throughout the rest of my photo-taking in…
George
January 2020
Excellent experience with Juan. Whether you know little or a lot about photography, you will learn as Juan helps you look through his eyes at photojournalism. If you are an amateur photographer Juan will help you with settings and camera functions. If you are experienced he will discuss light, symmetry and composition. Well worth the time and money to do this experience in Havana!
Excellent experience with Juan. Whether you know little or a lot about photography, you will learn as Juan helps you look through his eyes at photojournalism. If you are an amateur…
Jos
January 2020
A half day I walked with Juan by Havana. It was a educational morning! Juan gave a lot of tips on composition rules (or just release the rules). And tips about interesting corners to photograph from how to approach people, how to tell a story. In short, a real workshop. Are you in Havana book than Juan because you will not regret it and what you learn to use the rest of your life. Juan, thanks!
A half day I walked with Juan by Havana. It was a educational morning! Juan gave a lot of tips on composition rules (or just release the rules). And tips about interesting corners…
Simon & Nicole
December 2019
If you want to see the "real" Havana this tour takes you there. Juan was an excellent host, taking time to explain the history of the areas, the people and the places. His passion was evident in the tour. We saw areas we wouldn't have otherwise done, and experienced the rich culture of Havana on a level we didn't expect. To top it we also got some useful photography tips and great mementos.
If you want to see the "real" Havana this tour takes you there. Juan was an excellent host, taking time to explain the history of the areas, the people and the places. His passion…
SzuYu (Kesia)
December 2019
Juan is a very professional photographer. It’s a private tour and during the tour, Juan provided many knowledge and tips about the street photography. In addition, he led me walk through many districts which tourists normally don’t visit, such as the market and some neighborhood you can only see locals. I learned a lot from this trip and took many fantastic photos. It was a pleasant experience which I recommend for everyone who will visit Havana. It’s a special way of knowing Havana more.
Juan is a very professional photographer. It’s a private tour and during the tour, Juan provided many knowledge and tips about the street photography. In addition, he led me walk t…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 16 and up can attend.

What to bring

Camera with basic control or phone camera will work too

Comfortable shoes for a long walk.