Photo Tours in Madrid


Do you want to improve your travel photography skills while discovering the historical centre of Madrid, the vibrant Spanish capital city?

In 2021, the Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park, two of Madrid’s most famous landmarks, have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is just one of many reasons to roam the streets of Madrid with your camera!

Join me for a 3-hour photography tour that will fit seamlessly into your plans for a weekend or short stay in Madrid (see FAQ).

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Hi, I’m Fernando Cortés, a travel photographer from Madrid. After many years in other industries while having photography as my passion, I decided to start working full-time as a photographer in 2017. My work has appeared in magazines and newspapers like National Geographic Traveller (UK), El País, the South China Morning Post, Travel + Leisure India and the Garuda Indonesia inflight magazine. Some of my images have been published in books and used by companies like Samsung in promotional materials.

After two decades exploring the streets of Madrid with my camera, I would love to help you improve your photography skills in my wonderful hometown.

Although a proud Madrileño, I have spent half my professional life living and working abroad and am proficient in English, so you don't have to worry about the language barrier.
*J'ai habité Paris et je parle français assez bien aussi!

To know more about me and my work, please head over to my main website.


What will be the meeting point for our tour and what time will it start?
We will meet at an easily accessible spot in central Madrid, depending on the season and the specific neighborhoods we decide to cover on that day. Times will depend mostly on the season and can be adjusted to suit your needs, but normally we will meet at around 9 AM for the morning tours, and 5:00 PM for the afternoon/evening ones. Usually, we will walk everywhere, so wear comfy shoes.

How many people will join the tour?
No more than 6-8 people. Private tours are also available.

What level of photographic expertise is required to attend the tour?
Our tours are designed for everyone, from beginners to amateurs and advanced photographers. For non-private tours, we do try to make groups with photographers with similar levels of expertise.

What camera and lens do I need?
DSLR, mirrorless or compact it doesn’t matter, although in the case of compact cameras, those with full manual controls should be preferred.
We recommend some degree of familiarity with the camera’s main controls and functions, so that you can focus on taking photos during the tour.
If you bring an interchangeable lens camera, a general purpose zoom lens is adequate, but feel free to add a fast wide-angle to normal prime lens for more versatility.
Don’t forget to bring a fully-charged battery, a spare, and one or two memory cards!

What will I learn on the tour?
If there is a specific technical aspect you would like to focus on during the tour, do let us know in advance. Generally speaking, we will touch upon the following points:

  • Learning to "see" and "work the scene"

  • Techniques to capture compelling images

  • Main things to always keep in mind

Our standard tour is very practice-oriented, so there are no formal classes or group critiques (but those can be arranged if specifically requested). However, while out and about we will have enough time to discuss some of the theory and address any questions. Once at each location, you will have freedom to shoot with the group or explore on your own. After the tour, you can send me a Dropbox link (or similar) to your favorite 8-10 shots from the tour, if you'd like to receive private feedback by email.

What is the price of the tour?
The fee for our regular tours is €95 per person. Please enquire for tours specially tailored to your preferences of time, itinerary, etc.

How do I book my spot?
Email us at info@phototoursinmadrid. Two scenarios:
Up to 48h before the tour: €50 in advance, by PayPal, the rest at the start of the tour.
Less than 48h before the tour (if available): the full amount at the start of the tour.
Please let us know if you don’t wish to use PayPal in case of an advance booking.

Can I cancel?
We will do our best to reschedule the tour to a more convenient date for you, but if this is not possible, cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours prior to the start of the tour. We will refund you the full amount minus bank/PayPal charges (if applicable).

I am visiting Madrid for a few days, which day should I join the tour?
In our view, the first or second day would be ideal, since you would get a first glimpse of some of the most interesting neighborhoods in the city along with the photographic tuition. This also allows you to plan more freely for the rest of your trip.

Looking forward to meeting you soon in Madrid!


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