A unique Instant Photography Tour of Bath. Take retro shots of classic Bath locations with Polaroid format instant cameras.
About the Instant Photography Bath Tour
This is a 2.5 hour private tour for instant photography afficiandos. You can either use your own instant camera, or we can lend you one to use. The tour includes one standard pack of Impossible Project instant film (8 photos).
This is a great tour for anyone who has come back frustrated from a day’s digital photography with aching hands and hundreds of photos. As the number of photos you can take with an Instant Camera is extremely limited (!) it will encourage you to focus on each and every shot. Get into the Zen of instant photography.
Having said that, you are welcome to bring other cameras or smartphones on the tour. You may wish to take some photos in between instant pictures, or you can use a digital camera to check the exposure and framing. (Note that Polaroid film uses the same square format as Instagram).
The exact route is up to you or your group, but we often walk from Bath Abbey up to the Royal Crescent, taking in some well-known (and lesser known) Bath sites on the way. The best photo opportunities vary by season, time of day, light, and weather. So each tour is different!
On your tour you’ll also learn about the fascinating history behind Bath’s architectural masterpieces. And we will also visit some photogenic locations only the locals know. There will be tips on how to compose your photos, find unusual angles, and create a great retro instant camera look. We can also help with scanning photos and sharing them online.
Cameras and film for the tour are supplied by locally-based Super Atomic: Instant Polaroid Cameras & Impossible Project Film webshop. A 20% discount on camera purchases from the shop is available for anyone booking an Instant Photography Bath Tour (please contact us for details).
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- 2.5-hour private walking tour of Bath, focusing on instant photography.
- Loan of refurbished polaroid camera and one standard film (8 shots)
- Photography advice and tuition
- Optional short break for tea/coffee and photo review.
- 20% discount on camera purchases from Super Atomic (Instant Polaroid Cameras & Impossible Project Film Webshop)
How to Book
The Instant Photography Bath Tour is by reservation only Monday to Saturday. Tours cost £139 for first person, then £49 per additional person. We accept payment by Paypal. The tour often starts outside Bath Abbey, but we can also meet at other locations, such as the train station or hotels in central Bath.
The tour includes rental of one refurbished Polaroid Camera and one standard pack of Impossible Project instant film per person. If you wish to purchase additional film please contact us.
Important note: Results from instant photography are highly unpredictable. Please understand that light leaks and other “analogue” features may occur. But if you enjoy retro photography they are part of the fun!Click here to book
Please get in touch to arrange a tour time. All our tours can be customized, so just let us know if you have a particular type of location or photography in mind. The tour often starts outside Bath Abbey, but we can also meet at other locations, such as the train station or hotels in central Bath.
Would you like to give a tour as a gift? Please see here for details. We will send you a unique code which the recipient(s) can use to book a tour any time up to one year after payment.
Tours are led by Tony McNicol who grew up in Bath and has spent 15 years working in the UK and Japan as a photojournalist and travel photographer.
His photos have been published in media such as the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Wired Magazine and National Geographic News.
In addition to countless hours spent roaming and photographing the streets and hills of Bath, he has worked on assignment photographing everything from Arctic ice-flows to Tibetan bee farmers to sumo wrestlers training.