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One Day photography tour in Havana led by Louis Alarcon

Cuban photography among cuban photographers.


If you are a traveler visiting Havana, without a doubt I advise you to participate in a 1-day photo trip in Havana to get to know the city in-depth, get away from tourist-infested areas, discover special corners, and learn how to approach people to obtain great portraits.



Photographing really close in Havana

I am Louis Alarcon, a professional spaniard cuban , teacher and photographer 100% specialized in Cuban photography.
This is my major specialization; I am not a tour guide with a camera strapped to my shoulder – I am passionate about photography, lighting, teaching and the Cuban culture, and I organize photography tours around all of Cuba, as well as daily photo tours in Havana, where I undertake most of my personal projects, as you can see in the following link.



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One day photo tour in Havana : Photos and activities 

indoors photography in Havana photo taken in a photography tour in havana

Capturing real life (Indoors and Outdoors)

Cuba is the paradise of human photography, street photography, and is a country with an ideal lighting and a fantastic place to obtain fantastic street portraits. Moreover, Cubans are extremely kind and usually collaborate with photographers (cuban photographers and foreigners too).

During these last few years I have taught/guided hundreds of photographers –for the most part, “travel photographers”– and I have taught them how to approach the more real Cuba, far from touristic streets, showing them how to improve the photographic look and how to relate with people to obtain natural photographs of great beauty.

Focus on Havana Center, Old Havana and Vedado : link to google maps click here

In this one-day photo trip in Havana, the main subjects are: How to use the camera in a simple manner to focus on Cuban life and forget about the camera’s technicalities, discovering streets away from tourism, visit special places like a boxing gym, neighborhoods in the outskirts of the city, visits to believers of the Afro-Cuban religion, visits to family homes, markets, architecture, panoramic views of the city, etc…

portrait of a cuban woman in a market



Markets in Havana, know more cuban photographers, Outlying districts (no tourism there), Boxers training, Old Havana (I like to call “the new old Havana”), Graffiti and paintings on the walls of Che Guevara & Callejón Hamel (special street painted), Religion: visit a house of a “Santero” (Afro-Cuban priest), Colonial houses (old furniture and old Cuban owners), Outdoor Architecture (Buildings with charm), Panoramic photography from the other side of the city, Malecon life, Sunset in special places, One of the most special and high terraces in Havana, Tobacco harvesting and factory , Charming streets (street photography and contact with the people are two of the strongest points of this photo tour), Portraits, Review and analysis of pictures, Fototeca de la Habana Vieja (National photography institute), Visits to photographic expositions, Looking for changes in the new Cuba, Hemingway route (Hotel – bodeguida and Floridida Pubs where the writer was living in Cuba), Old Cuban cars, Cuban parades , Afro-Cuban dancers, Visits to painters in our day to day, Retro amusement park, Family houses, Contact with Cuban photographers and other professionals, Old Gyms in Havana.

I also help my students understand which photographs should not be taken in Cuba, since due to the country’s characteristics, it is better not to.

This is an exciting photo tour day where we will discuss lighting, photography, the Cuban culture, cuban photography, how cuban photographers live working in photography in a socialist country , how to approach people in a friendly way to get our portraits, and how to obtain professional photographs by avoiding the most common mistakes made by amateur photographers. Here you have some reviews, click here.



You can send me an e-mail at photographingcuba@gmail.com if you need more information about my one-day photo tours in Havana.

Pickup at 9 am From Hotel Telegrafo : Calle Prado 408, Havana 10100, Cuba


Here you can take a look at some of my videos to learn about my style and my way of taking photographs in Cuba.

- WATCH THE EXPERIENCE (recorded in cuba by cuban photographers)

Photographing Cuba by Louis Alarcon. Workshops and photo tours in cuba from Louis Alarcon on Vimeo.

More videos about my guided cuba photography tours, click HERE



cuban boxing boy taken in a daily photo tour in Havana

Picture taken in a old boxing gym in Old Havana


group of photographers in Cuba

Visiting the house of an Afrocuban priest.

Night street photography tour

cuban girls dancing in front of the sea

Youth party in Havana, students celebrate the beginning of the weekend

drinkers in havana

Cuban bars among locals


cuban photographers and foreigns in a photography exhibition

Visiting a photography exhibition
cubans kissing with tongue
Cuba is a sensual island and I think it is important to document it with our photographs.
afrocuban dancer
Afro-Cuban roots are still alive in Cuban society. Visit to Afro-Cuban dance rehearsals.
cuban jumpers in the malecon photography in cuba
Life by the sea is one of the star points in our photo tours. The boardwalk (Malecón) not only separates the city from the sea, it is known as the longest sofa in the world.
gym in havana photography in cuba

Visits to gyms to old with a very special atmosphere.


At the north eastern region of Cuba, in Viñales and in Pinar del Rio you can find Guillermo Seijo. This Cuban photographer has been offering photo tours and photography workshops for years, and showing Valle de Viñales to travellers interested in getting to know the rural culture, good landscapes and human photography.


photo tours in Vinales and pinar del rio

Guille (that’s how everyone calls him there) is authorized by the Cuban National Cultural Tourism Company, called PARADISO, to organize these guided photo tours.

Website : https://www.viewbug.com/member/guillermoseij


Photo tours in Vinales and Pinar del Rio with Guillermo Seijo

Guille will help you get integrated with the Cuban environment; you will see how simple it is to approach people and make friendships and good portraits if you have someone from Cuba guiding you.

Viñales has a great advantage over other places such as Havana, which is that by being a small town, people’s personalities are much more relaxed and laid back than in the Cuban capital.

Here is how you can contact Guille.

Mail: seijoguillermo05@gmail.com

Facebook :  Click here

Phone mobile:  Fixed  +53-48696652  Movil +53-55450771

harvesting tobacoo leaves in vinales

eldery cuban woman

Video about Viñales and cuban countryside


You should know that Guillermo doesn’t have just one route set for his photo tours; you can let him know what you’d like to visit. You may want something more rural, or maybe something with more landscapes, a long tour, or maybe a short one. There are many possible excursions depending on what you seek, and if you are also interested in photographing birds, you can tell him so and he will lead you to the best spots.

Enjoy this tour with a great photographer and a great person… you’ll see for yourself.

If you are looking for photo tours around Cuba you can check this web



Photo tours in TRINIDAD with Carlos Sentmanant


In Trinidad you can find Carlos Sentmanant . This Cuban photographer has been offering photo tours and photography workshops for years, and showing Trinidad to travellers interested in getting to know the rural culture, good landscapes and human photography.

Is a personal friend, nice person and a great photographer/guide to visit Trinidad beyond the touristic places.

His mail is:  carlosentmanat@nauta.cu

His mobile is : 0053  53836650


Carlos sentmanant photography guide in trinidad



More photo tour guides around de world, several links to find these guides/teachers and daily photo tours.



1- Vietnam : Hoi An Photo tours .  http://www.hoianphototour.com/

2- USA : Steven Bundy photography Tours in USA: http://www.stevenbundy.com/index.html

3- Edinburg: James Christie photography tours in Edinburg:  https://jameschristiephotography.com/

4- Cape Town photo tours (South Africa) : http://www.photographytours.co.za/

5- Peru - Andean Photo Expeditions : https://www.andeanphotoexpeditions.com/

6- Amsterdam Photo Safaris: http://www.amsterdamphotosafari.com/

7- Malta photography walks :  Malta photo tours

8- Tokio Photo Tours : Tokio

9- Rome: Rome Photo Tours

10- Israel: Israel workshops of photography

11- Miklos Mayer in Hungary : Hungary Photo Tours

12- Photo Walks in Greece: http://www.photowalksinathens.com/

13- Bucarest photo tours and workshops

14- Miami photography tours 

15- Los Angeles photography tours : http://losangelesphotosafaris.com/

16- Paris Photo Tours : http://www.paris-photo-tours.com/

17- Berlin photo walks: http://photography-workshops-berlin.com/

18- Oslo Private photo tour: http://oslophototour.com/en/





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