James Kerwin Photographic

The hidden Architecture of Tbilisi


 British Fine Art Architecture & Location Photographer
1 Day Photography Walking Tours

These one-day walking photography tours are designed for people that can not attend a week long adventure but would love to discover some of the hidden gems around the city of Tbilisi (Georgia) during their stay in the country.

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an under-the-radar Caucasus jewel

Georgia is an exciting destination for photographers, offerings beautiful landscapes and stunning but dated architecture with food that caters to all tastes and palates. At the country’s heart is Tbilisi, a capital with an old town of elegantly dilapidated wooden balcony houses, an alternative arts scene, stylish cafes and inhabitants who like browsing antiquarian bookstores as much as toasting strangers with a glass, or three, of the local wine.

The cobblestoned old town reflects a long, complicated history, with periods under Persian and Russian rule. Its diverse architecture encompasses Eastern Orthodox churches, ornate Art Nouveau buildings and Soviet Modernist structures.

I shall be based in Tbilisi from April until November 2019 which will enable me to be hosting these architecture photography tours around the city and they are available on any date during May through October 2019. These one-day walking tours are designed for people that can not attend a week-long adventure but would love to discover some of the cities hidden architectural gems.


On this workshop I take you on a walk through the wonderful city of Tbilisi, we start with a morning photography session (we search for hidden architecture around the old town), we then stop for bit of lunch before our afternoon photography session which concludes at a stunning lookout spot high up over Tbilisi in time for sunset.

During the day, I will talk you through what equipment I use, as well as discuss some key elements to producing great images in low-light conditions:

  • Composition

  • Light

  • Subject

  • Challenges

  • Timing

  • Post processing tips.

As we wander through the hallways and streets, I will also explain some of the more technical aspects of architectural photography. I will focus on helping you to understand your camera and its settings, whilst discussing the importance of a tripod. I will guide you through any of the challenges that we face throughout the day and I’ll be on hand to talk about any areas on which you may like guidance. Typical areas that I cover are composition (such as 1-point vs 2-point perspective), camera settings and the use of a good quality tripod.

I think that getting the image correct in camera at the time of shoot is an important habit, and helps you spend less time sat at a computer and more time out in the field improving your photography, and of course that is the bit that we all love.

Over lunch, we look through some of the images that we have taken together so that you can understand how to get the most out of your images through post processing techniques and tricks.


  • No minimum group size - I am available for you or your group of photographer friends only!

  • A guided walk around the streets of Tbilisi, we visit the old town and as many of the interiors that are currently available.

  • We visit many of the interiors currently available to access.

  • Time with me to talk about your photography.

  • Some time talking about post processing.

  • Lunch included.


  • A better understanding of composition and how to find unique angles in tight spaces.

  • An understanding of light and how it can impact on the mood.

  • Understanding why it is important to slow down and think carefully about taking fewer but technically better images.

  • An understanding of how to effectively get the most out of your image in post processing with Lightroom.

  • Inspiration and great images!


Full details will be sent out via email once you have booked onto the one-day workshop.

  • A full day of photography discussion, tutorials and image making.

    (We meet at 0900am-1000am and finish at dusk time of year depending).

  • We walk around both the old and new town of Tbilisi, seeking out the architecture and interiors.

  • All the photographs are yours to keep and publish.

  • Lunch and drinks provided in a local cafe (We take 45 minutes for a lunch break).

  • My photography tuition and guidance.

  • Loan of a tripod if required (let me know before the workshop).

Notes - Food is included in the price of this workshop. No photography insurance is included in the price of the workshop.


  • Warm clothing - it might be very cold inside a building, especially early in the day!

  • Boots or shoes

  • Camera (obviously) and plenty of spare batteries.

  • A wide angle lens.

  • A sturdy tripod 

  • Manual for your camera

  • Phone

  • Snacks

  • Water