Discover Photography: 7 Photo Tips & Tricks Classes in San Fran
Photographers—the only people who don’t get arrested for flashing and exposing in public. Especially today when everyone and their grandma has a smartphone, we all tend to think of ourselves as amateur photographers. But do any of us really know the what shutter speed, aperture, ISO or white balance really mean? If you’re ready to graduate from your iPhone and try your hand at true photography, there are many classes in the San Francisco area for you to try.

A snapshot of DSLR tips and tricks.


For newbie photographers who have just been gifted a brand new DSLR, this class is for you! A two-hour intensive workshop walks you through the features and functions of your DSLR camera, including dials, buttons and switches you never knew existed. Your instructor will drill you in the basics of photography, helping you understand the difference in focal lengths, lens choices, exposure and focus controls so you can start snapping some great pics. You paid for all these features, after all—you might as well know how to use them!

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Screw selfies—take portraits instead!


Ready to take your selfie game to the next level? In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to take stunning portraits of any and all subjects. Learn about ISO, exposure, f-stops and more by jumping into the field to take your own pictures and bring your artistic vision to light. With these skills under your belt, you’ll soon be able to dazzle all of your followers on Instagram—or at least the ones with a keen eye for quality.

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Field work: composing shots around San Francisco’s landmarks

A picture is only as good as its subject matter and composition. In any of these three hour-intensive classes, an experienced photographer will guide your vision so that you can learn the rules of composing a beautiful shot, such as the Golden Rectangle or Rule of Thirds. Lucky for you, you can explore light, landmarks and subjects of all kinds at any (or all) of the SF locales below.

Golden Gate Bridge
Visit San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge, where you can take advantage of the golden hour to create some magical photos. Learn how to properly frame the iconic bridge in your photos so that you can make the perfect holiday card (or have it in the background of your next profile picture).

Little Italy
If bridges aren’t your scene, take a trip to San Francisco’s “Little Italy” neighborhood of North Beach to capture the streets of the first Beatnik movement. Make sure you hang around the neighborhood as day becomes dusk to snap photos of the neighborhood that houses the best nightlife in the city (arguably).

Looking for something a bit more exotic? No problem. This photo safari takes you to America’s oldest and best Chinatown. It’s also the place where San Francisco sends more tourists a year than any other destination—including the Golden Gate Bridge.

Fisherman’s Wharf
Want to practice taking pictures of people? Then head to Fisherman’s Wharf, home of great attractions like Pier 39, the Ghirardelli Square Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. You’re sure to find an interesting subject or two—just be sure to ask them for permission to take their photo first.

Ferry Building
Architecture nerds can freak out accordingly when they visit the San Francisco Ferry Building, a designated San Francisco landmark full of restorative architecture, history and shops and offices. Snap some pics of the building all lit up at night time and capture the images of any boats passing through your frame.