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San Francisco Weekend Photo Workshop (Advanced)

  • Trip Type: Photography
  • 4 Days | San Francisco
  • Group Size: Max 25

Expedition Details

 

With its fine architectural details and dramatic slopes, its vibrant and quirky street life, and the interplay of sun and fog over the bay, San Francisco offers abundant opportunities to fine-tune your photography skills. This advanced workshop is led by a National Geographic photographer and a professional instructor and is designed for advanced photographers and National Geographic Photography Workshop alumni who want to take the next step in their technical and image-making abilities.

Our workshop features lectures and demonstrations designed to enhance your ability to tell powerful stories through a variety of advanced photography techniques. With National Geographic Photographer Catherine Karnow, focus on travel photography and storytelling through portraits of people and places.

Is this advanced workshop for you?


  • Are you comfortable with your camera and using its manual settings?
  • Do you have professional-level editing software (Lightroom, Aperture, Photo Mechanic, Bridge) downloaded onto your laptop computer and are you proficient in using it?
  • Do you seek to further develop your photographic style or voice?
  • Are you passionate about taking your photography to the next level?

The following is our planned itinerary; however, our schedule is flexible to allow for spontaneous photographic opportunities.

Itinerary - 4 Days

Day 1 — Thursday: San Francisco, California

Arrive in San Francisco and check into our hotel, or stay at accommodations of your choice. Meet for a welcome dinner and an image presentation by our National Geographic photographer.
Optional Accommodations: The Cartwright at Union Square
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Day 2 — Friday: Mission District

Spend the morning in our classroom learning photo techniques and enjoying a talk by our National Geographic expert. This afternoon, set out on your first assignment, photographing the people, shops, street life, colorful murals, and lively cafes of the Mission District, traditionally an authentic Mexican neighborhood now also popular with hipsters. Work on capturing a sense of place through photographs of characters you meet on the street, taking into account composition, lighting, and use of flash. Later, return to our classroom for an edit-and-critique session with your instructors—and to receive your next assignment.
Optional Accommodations: The Cartwright at Union Square

Day 3 — Saturday: Farmers' Market/North Beach and Union Square

On this morning's assignment, learn to create a complete travel story—to make a portrait of a place through multiple images—at the Farmers' Market at the Ferry Building and in the Italian/beatnik neighborhood of North Beach. Meet back in our classroom for an afternoon edit-and-critique session with your instructors. On a Saturday afternoon walk-about, discover the eclectic neighborhoods of San Francisco in and around Union Square, and try out creative ways to engage your subjects while capturing street life. This evening, gather for a group dinner followed by a presentation of the best work taken during the workshop.
Optional Accommodations: The Cartwright at Union Square
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Day 4 — Sunday: San Francisco/Home

Go for an early morning shoot on Russian Hill. Then meet back at our classroom for a discussion on how to enhance your photos with improved exposure, composition, and supplemental lighting. The workshop concludes at noon after a final question-and-answer session with your instructors.

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National Geographic Expert

Catherine Karnow

Catherine KarnowOver a 25-year career, Catherine Karnow has photographed everything from Bombay film stars to the victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam. She has shot over 20 feature stories for National Geographic Traveler and captured rare images of Prince Charles for National Geographic magazine. Catherine has photographed numerous stories in San Francisco, where she lives; and elsewhere in California, including "American Tuscany"—about northern California—for National Geographic Traveler's March 2007 issue. She specializes in photographing in Vietnam and recently had a huge retrospective at the Art Vietnam Gallery in Hanoi.

Catherine will join the following departure:

Jun 22 - 25, 2017

Dates

2017
  • Jun 22 - 25, 2017

Expedition Cost

2017

Without Hotel

$1,995

With Hotel

$2,430

Workshop prices are per person; price with hotel is based on double occupancy. For a single room, add $435. Welcome and farewell dinners are included.

Airfare from/to your home city is not included in the workshop cost.

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What To Expect

This advanced workshop is led by a National Geographic photographer and a professional instructor and is designed for advanced photographers and National Geographic Photography Workshop alumni who want to take the next step in their technical and image-making abilities.

All participants must bring a digital SLR or mirrorless camera, a laptop computer, and software for organizing and presenting images. The workshop is limited to 25 participants.