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Detroit Urban Exploration and Photography Tour provided by Motor City Photography Workshops

Detroit Urban Exploration and Photography Tour

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Explore the city of Detroit and capture images of the crumbling industrial Midwestern metropolis on this guided photography tour. Wander through vacated factories, warehouses, and buildings, while getting photography tips on composition, exposure, and more from your guide who specializes in shooting urban landscapes. There’s no fussing with directions as an air-conditioned coach brings you to each location.
  • Capture images of Detroit’s abandoned buildings with a guide in the lead
  • Learn about composition, exposure, and more from a photographer
  • Comfortable transportation between stops included
  • Souvenir photos available for purchase (own expense)
What to Expect
Meet at Things From Detroit, a shop in the Detroit suburbs. On this guided small-group photography tour, you explore the city's abandoned schools, factories, warehouses, municipal buildings, and theaters with a professional photographer as your guide. Shoot photos of the city’s urban landscape, learning the history of various buildings as you move from location to location in a comfortable coach bus. Plus, receive photo guidance on composition and exposure. Since part of your tour includes walking across rough terrain strewn with bricks, glass, and debris, it’s recommended that you wear boots (avoid open-toe shoes) and dress in layers. In addition to any camera equipment such as a tripod and wide-angle lens, bring a flashlight or be prepared to use your cell phone for light to explore the various locations. The tours ends at the point of departure.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1814 Parker St, Detroit, MI 48214, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional photographer guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 18 years to sign waiver for yourself
  • A liability waiver will be required for signature to take part in this tour
  • Dress appropriately (layers, boots, etc.)
  • Bring a flashlight or use your cell phone light
  • Restrooms are provided at the start and conclusion of the tour
  • No open toe/sole shoes (rough terrain of bricks, glass, and debris my be encountered)
  • Photographers should consider a tripod and wide angle lens
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Jose908 wrote a review Nov 2019
Hard, Austria10 contributions1 helpful vote
i have book 2 days ago a tour. No mail no contact no confirmation. Just a message 40min after thé tour should be start. THE TOUR IS CANCELLED.. Forget this guide
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5Mackenzie wrote a review Oct 2019
27 contributions9 helpful votes
I've tried twice to book one of these tours but after a few days Tripadvisor comes back to me saying they can't make a booking. Are these photography tours no longer running?
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Date of experience: October 2019
2 Helpful votes
paul m wrote a review Jul 2019
Clearwater, Florida28 contributions12 helpful votes
The tour was awesome !! Jessie and the driver Tom were very congenial !! The tour was a small group which gave all of us time to enjoy the very informative narrations !! Jesse again is well informed and is willing to go the extra mile ! Although the time allotted they extended
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Date of experience: July 2019
MrsDottieParker wrote a review Jun 2019
8 contributions5 helpful votes
This was a great trip. Our guides gave us some background/history about each site and the neighborhoods we drove through and made sure we got some great shots. Detroit’s accessible ruins are slowly disappearing as the city works to rebuild, so don’t wait too long to take this
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Date of experience: June 2019
1 Helpful vote
Kelly B wrote a review May 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Highly recommend this tour if you're interested in urban decay, automotive history, the story of Detroit, and its future. It was a great time and the tour guide was very knowledgeable!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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By: Motor City Photography Workshops
Michelle V
Nice field trip
I had expected a little more.. I've been exploring for 12 years in Europe and it was a dream to do some things in D
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Excellent tour of Detroit! Highly Recommended!
We highly recommend this tour of Detroit for tourists but also residents! Jesse was a super guide and gave us great
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We didn‘t get a confirmation
We were on vacation and the website said there will be feedback within 12 hours if the booking is accepted or rejec
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Fascinating places and insights on Detroit
Our guide, Jesse, drove us in a van to four incredible stops, all abandoned long ago: a factory, Catholic turned Ba
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Karen S
Great Adventure
This is a well run adventure. Not knowing where you're going makes it more fun; you'll learn about the city and see
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Nando C
Detroit photography tour
Fantastic tour! Picked us up at our hotel and gave our group a length tour of amazing urban sites. Jesse was a grea
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Urban Detroit Tour
This was a fantastic tour, Jesse was very knowledgeable and a terrific guide. He showed us the beauty in the decay.
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Great tour to see the beauty of Detroit ruins ...
this tour was longer than told before which was good as we did not had any time restrictions to stay in the places.
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Best thing I did in USA
Was like being in a post world war science fiction film. Hard to believe the city has been allowed to fall into thi
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Javid K
Dare I say amazing?
This was an amazing experience. Took my wife for her birthday and she loved it. I don't take photography but she do
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Tudor A
Unique views of Detroit
Jesse does a great job on these tours explaining the history of the buildings. If you're a photographer, it's an
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benjamin w
Even better than expected
Experience truly unique ! An extraordinary way to discover some amazing places. Jesse does a very good job;
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Fraser L
Interesting, sad, and highly recommended
This was the highlight of a two-week US trip. I never felt unsafe, but it can be a little nerve-wracking — you're e
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