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San Francisco Holiday Lights Skyline Photo Walk

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  • Canon Live Learning San Francisco

    201 California Street, San Francisco, CA (map)

    37.792997 -122.399044

  • Host: Dave Henry

    Fee: $99 (photo walks are limited to 8 attendees)

    San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Every year San Francisco puts on a beautiful display of holiday lights. Embarcadero high rise buildings are outlined with holiday lights and the Transamerica building has their beacon illuminated. Join us in capturing a perfect twilight cityscape at the exact time for that perfect balance of city buildings and the magical blue light.

    Join our resident pro photographer and Canon Live Learning instructor, Dave Henry, in a four-hour classroom and photo walk shooting session. 

    We’ll begin at the Canon Live Learning classroom then walk to the bay in time for our twilight/blue light cityscape. 

    During the workshop we’ll be making some great photographs and working on the fundamentals of composition, depth-of-field, exposure and discuss various menu settings that will have an effect on our photographs. 

    This is also your chance to see through a professional photographer’s eye and learn how to find interesting subjects and plan a compelling photograph. 

    You will benefit greatly from Dave’s field experience as a roving travel photographer. During his first nine years at The Sacramento Bee, he supplied travel photography for stories all over the world for its Sunday Travel Section. 

    The class will continue back in the Live Learning classroom with a discussion on the techniques discussed and evaluate our results. 

    Don’t miss this unique walking photography workshop that only happens during the holiday season and learn what it takes to make that next big jump in developing your skills as a photographer. 

    If you’re unsure of how to expose and compose night skyline photos, you might consider registering for our Existing Light/Night Photography class on Friday, December 2, 2016. 

    Workshop space is very limited for better accessibility to the instructor so sign up now! 

    What you will learn: 

    • Dave’s menu favorites 

    • How to use many of the menus applicable to cityscape shooting 

    • How to create points-of-light stars 

    • Compositional shortcuts to creating an image with visual impact 

    • How to use selectable focus points and metering 

    • How to use a wide angle lens for foreground emphasis 

    • How to plan your shot for the most efficient use of your time 

    • How to evaluate the critical balance between sky and buildings for accurate exposure 

    • How to travel light and still get the shot 

    What to bring: 

    • Your camera and lenses 

    • Your camera’s instruction manual in PDF form on your smart device 

    • Freshly charged battery 

    • Empty and formatted memory card 

    • Tripod and remote release (cable or infrared) 

    • Comfortable walking shoes 

    • Dress for the weather 

    • An eagerness to learn 

    What is provided: 

    • Canon notebook, pen and lens cloth 

    • Excellent instruction 

    • Water and light snacks


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  • steve G.

    Retired, enjoying Digital Photography

  • Roger B.

    I've lived in Sonoma County since 1968. My photography reflects my love for the people, places... more

  • Bob S.

    I'm a retired lead aircraft maintenance technician and avid photographer.

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