• Night Photography in San Francisco
  • Night Photography in San Francisco
  • Night Photography in San Francisco
  • Night Photography in San Francisco


From the blue light through sunrise, from sunset through dusk and beyond, imagine learning to photograph one of the most picturesque cities in North America: San Francisco! Daily lectures and discussion will prepare you for conquering the challenges faced in extreme lighting conditions including blue light, dawn light, sunrise, sunset, dusk, and the darkness of the urban night. This new workshop offering is limited to only 10 students to ensure a measure of personal time with the instructor if desired.

Eventbrite - Night Photography in San Francisco: Photographing the Edge of Night

  WHEN: Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 2016
  WHERE: San Francisco, CA
  TUITION: $995

400-Level: Specialized
Highly intensive, small group courses that focus on a specialized genre or medium within the photographic industry.

Light-duty, trails w/noticeable inclines/elevation changes, time away from cars

COURSE CAPACITY: Minimum 5 students, maximum 10


Night Photography Workshop in San Francisco


You will learn how to anticipate the best locations at the best times to capture dramatic images revealed by great light, learning how to set your camera and what gear works best to be ready for “edge of night” light. While we will be taking advantage of Color Photography, you will learn why Black and White photography is so compelling to beholders as we explore the impact of natural light on city form and how artificial light and natural light can combine to form dramatically lit scenes in photography.

URBAN PHOTOGRAPHY: Capturing places & spaces for people & their activities, all at 'the edge of night'.
PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPOSITION: A discussion covering the art and science of composition
THE POWER OF LUMINANCE: How to achieve a sense of depth in your image making
EXTENDING DYNAMIC RANGE CAPTURE: Photographing low natural light scenes with city lights
PRE-VISUALIZING YOUR IMAGES: Knowing when and where to place your camera
FIELD PHOTOGRAPHY SET-UP: How to get the most out of your gear
RE-VISUALIZING YOUR IMAGES: How software can enhance images & make them sing

This course will help you learn how an understanding of human vision can inform a sophisticated yet understandable approach to photographic composition.


Night Photography in San FranciscoWORKSHOP DETAILS
While the illustrated lectures will give you the fundamental information needed, we will spend a significant portion of the workshop shooting in the field. Your instructor will also give periodic constructive evaluations of your own selected images which is a key part of the learning experience.

We commence at 10:00am with a lecture, followed by field photography from the afternoon golden hour through darkness and beyond, in a variety of locations in and around the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion, where instructor assistance will be provided continually.

We commence with two lectures followed by a constructive review of student images. We then head out for the afternoon golden hour through darkness and beyond, in a variety of locations around the Embarcadero Ferry Building, where instructor assistance will be provided continually.

We start with two lectures followed by a constructive review of student images. We then head out for afternoon golden hour through darkness and beyond, in Chinatown, where instructor assistance will be provided continually.

We start two hours prior to sunrise for pre-dawn light through the morning golden hour photographing the skyline from Treasure Island. Following a brunch break, we enjoy a final review of student images discussing how they could be re-visualized in post processing options, ending at 3:00pm.

Light-duty, trails w/noticeable inclines/elevation changes, time away from cars

PlaceholderImage_1x400TransparentWORKSHOP PREREQUISTES
This specialized-level workshop has specific prerequisites for all participants:

Requires understanding of camera operations & functions, standard photography principles of exposure & composition

All participants must watch the episodes of HSW.tv on content matter specific to this workshop course, as directed by their instructor. While the episode titles might reflect subject matter that is basic or rudimentary, all participants must watch each requisite episode as it is expected you will be knowledgeable and fluent on the concepts presented. (Each episode is comprehensive and short, about two minutes in length.)

"Logo_HSWtv_250x94pxBut I already know about exposure, your very first episode. It's the combination of shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Do I really need to watch it?"

That's the extreme basic misconception about exposure. If you come to the workshop with that premise and not what Episode #1 details, then you will be behind right from the start. All students need to be able to understand the instruction presented by the instructor, based off of the principles in the HSW.tv episodes listed below.

For this Night Photography in San Francisco workshop course, your instructor has requested that you watch and familiarize yourself with the following episodes:
> HSW.tv SEASON ONE: Episodes #1 - #11

PlaceholderImage_1x400TransparentBio_Mug_RickHulbertRick Hulbert is an international award–winning and published architect, urban designer, and photographer. Rick has been a frequent 
lecturer, teacher, and seminar panel participant on four continents. He has been named a Fellow in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, which is among the highest honours that can be bestowed upon a member. He is a
 former President of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia. Notably, Rick is also an Academician in the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, one of the youngest members ever to be elected to that august body. As an architect, Richard has won design awards or has had his works published each and every year for the past 35 years. Rick’s educational philosophy includes the following notions: Adults learn more from storytelling than from memorization; learning is heightened when key principles can be related to a humorous event; and, effective learning arises when knowledge is self-discovered with directed input, as opposed to being “taught”.

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Night Photography in San FranciscoTRAVEL DETAILS
San Francisco is located central to California and is a major tourist destination. There are several airport options for travel to San Francisco.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Travel time from San Francisco International Airport to Fisherman's Wharf is approximately 40 minutes. There are several car rental operations located on-site at the airport.

Oakland International Airport (OAK), via Highway 80 is approximately 1 hour.
San Jose International Airport (SJC), via Highway 101, is approximately 1 hour.

Carpool arrangements will be reviewed and discussed in the workshop forum discussions.

Night Photography in San FranciscoLODGING DETAILS
For the Night Photography in San Francisco course, workshop participants need to make lodging reservations at one of the many hotel options in San Francisco. The workshop will have a base operations for lectures and image reviews in the Presido, adjacent to the Golden Gate Bridge and Marina district. While there are an incredible number of hotel options in San Francisco, we encourage participants to explore the hotel choices on Lombard Street, adjacent to the Marina District (1500-2700 block of Lombard St.).

Hotel options on Lombard Street, between 1500 and 2700 Lombard, or in the adjacent Marina District. Choices range from small, private motels to apartment-styled lodging with parking garages, to high-end suites.

In order to balance the various individual meal and budget preferences, time is allocated for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day at one of the various dining establishments in the area. While we could eat as a group (if timing and schedules coordinate), meals are the individual responsibility of each workshop participant.


Cancellation Policy:

In order to ensure availability for those on our waiting list, all workshop cancellations will have the following fees applied:

Cancellation up to and within 60 calendar days prior to workshop start date:
Full refund of workshop tuition; no cancellation fee (Refund applied within 3 business days of cancellation notice)

Cancellation up to and within 30 calendar days of workshop start date:
Refund of workshop tuition minus $100 cancellation fee (Refund/fees applied at conclusion of scheduled workshop; waived if workshop seat booked prior to workshop start date)

Cancellation up to and within 7 calendar days of workshop start date:
No refund of workshop tuition (Waived if workshop seat booked prior to workshop start date with applicable refund applied at conclusion of scheduled workshop)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Q: How big is the group? How many students are there in the workshop?
    A: This workshop is limited to only 10 participants to allow for personal attention and guidance as requested from each attendee.
  2. Q: Is there a deadline to sign-up for this workshop? Does it sell out? Will you add more room if it does?

    A: Course registraton ends one week prior to the workshop start date, and space is very limited. We inevitably receive emails from those who waited until it was too late to sign up for a workshop, inquiring if more spots can be added. Unfortunately, to keep the small group size and to ensure the critical one-on-one educational environment between the instructor and student, we do not add additional seats.

  3. Q: Is there any special camera gear I need to bring?

    A: There is absolutely no requirement on which camera you bring. All cameras will work within the workshop curriculum.

    A sturdy, solid tripod is highly recommended. We strongly advise against a “low-budget” tripod as they result in sub-par images.

    As for lenses, we do not recommend specific lenses for the workshop, as that is always dictated by one’s own personal preferences and budget. If you have a tilt/shift lens, you will be shown how to use it, but that type of lens is not a requirement. If you want to try some long exposure photography, you can bring some neutral density filters.

    We do say that, in general terms, you will benefit from wide angle lenses to medium-length lenses and telephoto lenses for the workshop.

    In regards to carrying your camera equipment, a photo backpack, waistbelt and/or chest harness is recommended as it will be much easier to carry your gear in this manner than with a bulky camera bag. When packing and choosing your gear to bring, remember one thing: try to keep it simple and light!

  4. Q: What about non-photo gear? What do I need to bring?

    A: In the non-photographic equipment, wind and rain protection is desirable for San Francisco in January. This is a rain-or-shine workshop! If rain is in the forecast, we strongly recommend bringing a large umbrella, similar to a golf umbrella.

    Good light-duty hiking boots with excellent traction are highly desired.

    A flashlight/head lamp is required as there is night shooting.

  5. Q: Will we be carpooling during the workshop?

    A: During the pre-workshop forum discussions, we will make carpooling choices. Three cars will easily support transportation needs each day. If there are members of this workshop group who have a vehicle ideal for carpooling and are willing to volunteer, we applaud you for your efforts.

Logo_DidYouKnow65px(transparent)Did you know that HSW offers GROUP DISCOUNTS? Groups of 3 or more participants receive a 5% discount on tuition, while groups of 5 or more participants receive a 10% discount on tuition.
Plus, intermediate and advanced-level workshops are limited to only five participants, so your whole group can exclusively attend a workshop course together!
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