San Francisco Photography Workshop

San Francisco Street Photography Workshop

Learn the secret corners of the city in our San Francisco Private Photography Workshop.
We make sure you are shooting in the right place, at the right time, in the best light

This photography workshop is for all photographic enthusiasts who love exploring the city and getting those great shots but prefer the ability to shoot on their own, away from a group environment. Our team of two highly experienced professional photographers will show you this amazing city and teach you how to envision and create memorable images from this workshop.

San Francisco is an amazing photographic destination. With the new Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate that anchors the gateway to the Pacific, this place thrives in restored elegance in diverse neighborhoods perched along dramatically steep streets. The San Francisco City and Street Photography workshop will give you a whole new photographic vantage point of this incredible destination.


San Francisco Private Photography Workshop

Pricing for One to Two People
(City Transportation Included)

Our two-day workshop begins and ends in Union Square
Starting at 8 am and finishing at 5 pm the following day.

Price includes instruction materials, field guidance, and transportation to shoot locations from and to Union Square.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Each day, you are experiencing new, interesting neighborhoods. The highlights of the San Francisco private photography workshop include bustling Chinatown, Nob Hill and Fisherman’s Wharf. There are many opportunities to capture peole enjoying the city and craftsman practicing their daily trades.

We’ll venture into the farmer’s market at the Ferry building packed with bustling vendors of all kinds. You will have a chance to photograph street musicians all through the city and capture restored cable cars and trollies throughout. These remnants of the old days make this modern city feel like it’s encased in an antique patina. San Francisco is a joy to navigate for the imaginative street and architectural photographer.

San Francisco Photography Workshop Tram Ride
Haight Asbury during our San Francisco Photography Workshop

Day 2

You will photograph Nob Hill, with its graceful turn of the century homes climbing the steep streets and providing amazing views of historical Lombard Street, Coit Tower, and Alcatraz Island anchored in San Francisco Bay. We will be exploring the inner and outer architecture of the city.

In the afternoon, we will shoot the Victorian “Painted Ladies” and photograph the famous Haight-Ashbury district with its historic relics of the 1960s.

Haight Asbury during our San Francisco Photography Workshop
City Buses during our San Francisco Photography Workshop

Our class discussions cover the most up to date techniques on how to best use single focus lenses.
We also teach you how to handle your camera to capture the best images in tightly woven neighborhoods.

The San Francisco Private photography workshop is taught by our two expert instructors, who are professional photographers with years of applied photographic and travel experience under their belts. This Private San Francisco photography workshop will take you and your photographic creativity to a higher level. Color and Black and White processes are covered as well. This is a walking and public transportation workshop. You must be in good physical condition for your age to participate.

Our San Francisco Photography workshop is open to all photographers with a digital SLR, a film camera or an iPhone/ Smartphone.

Golden Gate Bridge during our San Francisco Photography Workshop
Pier 39 during our San Francisco Photography Workshop

Registration deadline

Please be sure to plan ahead for this workshop. We prefer small intimate workshops with personal attention to every attendee. The private photography workshop ensures that the participant has ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss the exciting world of photography.

Transportation and Lodging

You are responsible to arrive for the beginning of the workshop in Union Square at 8 am on Saturday, May 19. We will be walking and driving by Uber during the workshop. Please get your lodging in or around Union Square.

Our groups enjoy eating most meals together, but you are free to dine where you wish. Accommodations can be limited in San Francisco at any time of year. Signing up early and securing your lodging, is essential to attend.

Contact: Mark Jansen for more details

Topics Covered in the Private San Francisco Photography workshop

• Storytelling in photography
• Street Photography techniques
• Waiting for the right moment to shoot
• Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
• How to get the most creative exposure
• Discussions on getting the correct exposure
• How to fine-tune exposure and use of histograms
• Depth of field
• White balance settings for changing environments
• Learning how to create dynamic compositions
• Composition balance and flow

Suggested Photographic Equipment:

• Digital SLR, Mirror-less, film or Rangefinder type Camera
• 35mm to 50mm fixed focal length lenses or small telephoto to 100 mm. (I prefer a fast 50mm1.4, 28 or 35mm lens.) Full frame Digital SLR or maybe a film SLR camera. Big telephoto lenses are cumbersome and are much too obvious
• Quick action sling type camera strap. (optional)
• Fully charged batteries.
• Empty memory cards.
• Battery charger
• Your laptop with Photoshop or Lightroom or the preferred editing software you are proficient in operating.
(Optional if you prefer working your images each evening. There are no post processing sessions in this workshop)
• Your camera’s owner’s manual. (You can load this on to your Smartphone for ease of use.

Price includes instruction materials and field guidance.
Does not include lodging, or food.

City Streets during our San Francisco Photography Workshop

Changes in route or schedule may occur at any time and are up to the discretion of Jansen Photo Expeditions.
We know all the areas we cover in our workshops and itineraries may change to accommodate for unforeseen circumstances.

Jansen Photo Expeditions is a fully certified CPR AED safety outfitter.


Jansen Photo Expeditions is fully permitted by the National Park Service and insured to conduct photography workshops

We hope you can join us!  


Be sure to be familiar with our Cancellation Policy before completing your registration.

Please protect yourself from any unforeseen cancellations with affordable travel insurance.
We are a recognized provider of Travel Guard.


About Mark and Holly
Mark and Holly Jansen
Jansen Photo Expeditions
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