San Francisco gave birth to the most famous landscape photographer of all time. Although Ansel Adams was better known for his work in the Sierra Nevada, he created a healthy portfolio of Bay Area images as well. San Francisco is arguably one of the most photogenic cities in the world. Surrounded by water and connected by not one but two iconic bridges, it is a photographer’s dream.
Whether you want just a taste of San Francisco or are looking to photograph the greater Bay Area. You have come to the right place. I’ve been a California local for ten years and have extensive knowledge of shooting in and around San Francisco.
The half-day workshop is at least four hours long and will cover a minimum of two different shooting locations. Most half-day workshops are either scheduled around sunrise or sunset and can focus on the subject of your choice.
The full-day workshop is the most popular option for photographers who want to capture as much of the bay as possible. We will spend at least eight hours shooting the most iconic spots in San Francisco as well as some of the lesser known but equally beautiful parts of the bay. The day will be split into a morning and and evening session, so you will have time to get lunch, rest, and review images in the middle of the day.
The weather in San Francisco is rather unpredictable. It is best to come to the city prepared for just about anything. A good rule of thumb is to bring a layer or two more than what you think you need. This includes a warm hat and possibly thin gloves. The wind can be downright cold even in the summer months. That being said, there are times when SF can reach the mid 90’s.
Single Person – $350
Two Person Group – $275 per person
Three Person Group – $200 per person
Single Person – $550 per day
Two Person Group – $350 per person per day
Three Person Group – $300 per person per day
• Camera: You’ll want a DSLR or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses.
• Lenses: The area can take advance of a wide variety of lenses. Depending on what you want to shoot will determine what lenses you will need. In general I recommend the following. Ultra Wide (16-35mm on full frame or 10-24mm on crop sensor) Mid Range (24-70mm or 18-55mm on crop sensor) Telephoto (70 -200mm or 100-400mm on full frame 18-140mm on crop sensor)
• Tripod: You’ll want a sturdy tripod for your camera. There may be times when it is in moving water so the stronger the better. Feel free to reach out to me for tripod recommendations.
• Filters: It is highly recomended that you have a polarizer for every lens that you own. These will help darken the blue in the sky and get rid of any unwanted glare.
Solid ND filters are a must for any landscape photographer looking to create dramatic images on the coast. I recommend a six stop as well as a ten stop. Breakthrough makes my favorite ND filters.
Graduated ND filters can be a nice addition to your kit as well. Generally I prefer three stop grads in both soft and hard graduations. Breakthrough is my preferred brand.
• Intervalometer: This device can be used to program exposures longer than 30 seconds when in Bulb mode. I recommend buying a third party brand such as Neewer.