Boston: Before & After

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Boston: Before & After


Time travel with your camera. With historic photographs as your guide, you’ll learn to take before-and-after pictures of some of Boston’s oldest buildings and neighborhoods.

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Come experience and photograph Boston neighborhoods like never before, making photographs that span past, present, and future.

The day will begin with a discussion about historic photography, how to photograph cities and buildings, and how to plan your own historic pictures. You will also receive a digital packet that includes historic photos of Boston.

Using those photos as reference, the class will then walk to several key spots to recreate and photograph historic parts of the city resulting in before-and-after photos. The day will conclude with an editing demonstration to combine photos to create the true “before and after” effect.



  • Class is 4 hours and includes a 15-min snack break

  • Class size: limit 6


  • DSLR, mirrorless, or advanced point & shoot camera, that has "manual mode"

  • Additional battery (minimum of two)

  • Laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop installed (7 day trial here) Laptop rentals are available upon request for $25)


  • Comfortable shoes (~2 miles of walking)

  • Two lens options: ~18-55mm & ~10-20mm

  • Tripod (36" or taller)

  • Smartphone or Tablet device

  • Notepad and pen/pencil