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Weekend Photo Workshop: San Francisco

  • Improve your skills with a National Geographic photographer
  • Go on photo shoots in San Francisco's vibrant neighborhoods

Expedition Details

 

Elegant row houses, diverse neighborhoods, and dramatically undulating streets make San Francisco a particularly photogenic city. On daily assignments, photograph merchants hawking their exotic goods in bustling Chinatown, and go on a shoot in the ethnic neighborhood of North Beach. In Russian Hill, capture graceful Victorian homes that line the steep streets and views of winding Lombard Street and Alcatraz. Learn how to enhance your photos, and take advantage of daily edit-and-critique sessions with your instructors.

This workshop is led by a National Geographic photographer and a professional instructor and is designed for amateurs who are interested in improving their digital photography. 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.

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: Chinatown

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 merchants hawking exotic goods in bustling Chinatown. 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

On this morning's assignment, take portraits of craftspeople at the Farmers' Market at the Ferry Building. Later, go on a shoot in the ethnic neighborhood of North Beach. Meet back in our classroom for an afternoon edit-and-critique session with your instructors. 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
(D)

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 also specializes in photographing in Vietnam and recently had a huge retrospective at the Art Vietnam Gallery in Hanoi.

Catherine will join the following departures:

Apr 07 - 10, 2016
Jun 23 - 26, 2016

Dates

2016
  • Apr 07 - 10, 2016
  • Jun 23 - 26, 2016

Expedition Cost

2016

Without Hotel

$1,665

With Hotel

$2,060

Workshop prices are per person; price with hotel is based on double occupancy. For a single room, add $395. All workshop costs include a welcome and farewell dinner.

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

What To Expect

This workshop is led by a National Geographic photographer and a professional instructor and is designed for amateurs who are interested in improving their digital photography.

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.