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Discover a world of artistic expression with photography classes in San Francisco. From beginner courses in digital photography to advanced techniques in lighting and composition, learners will gain the skills they need to capture stunning images and unleash their creative potential.

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All Day Private Digital Photography for 1-6 People (San Francisco)

Digital Photo Academy @ Location customized to student goals, San Francisco, CA

Master the art of digital photography with personalized instruction in San Francisco. Capture stunning images in various categories such as landscape, portrait, or architecture, while learning essential camera techniques and post-capture workflow tasks. Join us for a private session tailored to your specific needs and interests.

(147) All levels 15 and older
$675
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Half Day Private Digital Photography for 1-6 People (San Francisco)

Digital Photo Academy @ Location customized to student goals, San Francisco, CA

Unlock the full potential of your camera and capture stunning images with personalized instruction from Digital Photo Academy. Tailored to your needs and interests, this private photography session in San Francisco will guide you through camera settings, in-the-field shooting, and post-capture techniques. Discover the art of composition and enhance your photography skills with expert guidance.

(147) All levels 15 and older
$375
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Master Your Digital Camera Controls (San Francisco)

Digital Photo Academy @ 100 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA

Unlock the full potential of your camera and take your photography skills to the next level with an intensive workshop in San Francisco. Perfect for beginners and experienced photographers alike, this course will teach you everything you need to know about your camera's controls and functions. Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your photography game!

(147) All levels 15 and older
$90
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Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Golden Gate Park

Digital Photo Academy @ 100 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA

Join us for an immersive photography experience in the vibrant landscapes of Golden Gate Park. Capture stunning images and enhance your compositional skills under the guidance of experienced instructors. Explore the art of photography in a dynamic outdoor setting.

(147) All levels 15 and older
$125
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Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Chinatown SF

Digital Photo Academy @ 359 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA

Capture the vibrant charm of San Francisco's Chinatown through the lens of your camera. Experiment with depth of field and composition techniques in this mural-filled setting, and learn to create captivating images that blend tradition and modernity. Join us for an immersive photography experience in the heart of Chinatown.

(147) All levels 15 and older
$125
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Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Ferry Building and Farmers Market

Digital Photo Academy @ 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA

Discover the secrets of composition and processing in this hands-on photography class at the San Francisco Ferry Building and farmer's market. Join an expert instructor and learn how to choose the right lens, adjust settings, and use light to capture stunning images. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and enhance your photography skills in this unique live-in-the-field experience.

(147) All levels 16 and older
$125
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Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Sausalito

Digital Photo Academy @ By the Elephants, San Francisco, CA

Embark on a journey of visual storytelling amidst the enchanting landscapes of Sausalito. Learn to capture the essence of your surroundings, from the bustling streets to the serene vistas, and infuse your photos with emotion and narrative depth. Join us for an immersive experience in crafting compelling travel imagery.

(147) All levels 16 and older
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Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ The Embarcadero

Digital Photo Academy @ 1 Ferry Bldg, San Francisco, CA

Capture the bustling energy of the Embarcadero in San Francisco while learning new compositional techniques and how to use light and shadow to enhance your photos. Embark on a fun and exciting adventure with a professional photographer who will guide you through this photogenic locale, helping you access your creative point of view and improve your photography skills. Don't miss this opportunity to capture the beautiful scene and create stunning images.

(147) All levels 15 and older
$125
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Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ de Young Museum

Digital Photo Academy @ 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA

Experience the vibrant and chaotic charm of Chinatown through your lens as you capture stunning murals, architectural details, and exotic vendors in this Digital Photo Academy course. Learn the art of composition, experiment with depth of field, and create visually pleasing silhouettes in this exciting in-the-field photography experience. Join us at the corner of Bush Street and Grant Avenue to embark on this artistic adventure.

(147) All levels 16 and older
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Photo Critique

Digital Photo Academy

Elevate your photography skills from the comfort of your home with personalized online critique sessions led by expert instructor Matt Lit. Receive tailored guidance on workflow optimization, editing techniques, and post-processing to enhance your images. With comprehensive feedback and access to tutorial videos, refine your craft and unleash your creative vision.

(147) All levels 15 and older
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Contemporary FA Photography: Discovering Your Voice

Los Angeles Center of Photography @ *Virtual Classroom

Transform your ideas into compelling images with our contemporary fine art photography course. Explore innovative composition, camera techniques, and the principles of contemporary visual art. Through weekly assignments and guest speakers, develop a deeper connection to your artistic voice and refine your ability to communicate through photography.

(42) All levels 18 and older
$715

5 sessions

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Adobe Photoshop Bootcamp

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Enhance your photos and create stunning graphics with this comprehensive Photoshop course. From removing unwanted elements to making precise selections, you'll master essential techniques to transform your images. Unleash your creativity and learn from industry experts.

(376) All levels 18 and older
$975

6 sessions

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Anthotypes & Other Organic Processes II

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Take your organic photography skills to the next level in this advanced course at Penumbra Foundation. Dive into accelerated lumens and learn techniques such as cyanolumens and surface silvering out. Connect with plant material and explore the least toxic ways of working in this four-week journey of artistic exploration.

(8) Intermediate 18 and older
$570

4 sessions

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The Exciting World of iPhone Photography

Washington Photo Safari @ Virtual Classroom

Master the art of iPhone photography and take your skills to the next level with this hands-on workshop. Discover the hidden features of your iPhone and learn how to capture stunning photos in any situation. Join us on Zoom and unlock your creative potential from the comfort of your home.

(8) All levels 16 and older
$109
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Photographing in the Social Landscape

Los Angeles Center of Photography @ *Virtual Classroom

Discover the rich tapestry of urban life in our "Social Landscape" photography class. Explore the interaction of people with their environments, from bustling streets to quiet corners, through a blend of lectures, discussions, and hands-on assignments. Develop your ability to capture compelling images that reveal the intricate details of our shared spaces. Join us to enhance your photographic storytelling skills.

(42) Intermediate 18 and older
$515

6 sessions

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The Next Step: Presenting Your Work to the Fine Art Market

Los Angeles Center of Photography @ *Virtual Classroom

Learn how to navigate the fine art market landscape and present your work effectively with this workshop. From crafting compelling bios and project statements to understanding pricing strategies, you'll gain valuable insights into promoting your photography. Elevate your professional presence and launch your career confidently in the art world.

(42) All levels 18 and older
$1,195

6 sessions

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With an Eternal Wing: Embodying Queer Histories in Photography

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Embark on a transformative journey through the lens of queer history in photography. Explore the intertwined narratives of writing, performance, and visual storytelling, guided by an esteemed instructor deeply rooted in this legacy. Join a community of creatives, delving into personal narratives and emerging with a profound understanding of their place within the continuum of queer expression.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$485

6 sessions

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Portfolio Development Workshop

Los Angeles Center of Photography @ *Virtual Classroom

Elevate your fine art photography in our Portfolio Development Workshop. Over six months, you'll refine your portfolio through monthly critiques, editing sessions, and discussions on branding, artist statements, and presentation. Gain valuable experience in presenting your work and benefiting from constructive feedback, ensuring your portfolio is a true reflection of your artistic vision. Join us to create a portfolio that resonates with gallerists, designers, and curators.

(42) All levels 18 and older
$1,295

6 sessions

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The Photographer's Eye - Part 1

Los Angeles Center of Photography @ *Virtual Classroom

Capture the essence of the real world through a camera lens in this thought-provoking course. Explore the challenges photographers face in translating three-dimensional experiences into two-dimensional images, and learn strategies used by professionals to overcome these obstacles. Immerse yourself in the art of composition and gain a deeper understanding of camera vision.

(42) All levels 18 and older
$675

8 sessions

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Making a Photobook

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Transform your digital photo collection into a stunning photobook in this comprehensive class. Learn to curate images, create compelling sequences, and design layouts that bring your photographs to life. Whether using Lightroom Classic with Blurb integration or Blurb Bookwright, discover the process from selection to printing, ensuring your memories are beautifully preserved in print.

(129) All levels 18 and older
$437

6 sessions

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Reviews for Photography Classes in San Francisco

Photography Classes in San Francisco are rated 4.6 stars based on 710 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

Discover the Best Photography Classes in San Francisco

You may have noticed some famous San Francisco backdrops in photos and wondered how to recreate such masterpieces or even develop an eye for such iconic images. There are levels to learning photography; while some start with taking photos of iconic landmarks, others can include improving your phone camera skills. No matter what level of photography you hope to learn, there is a class out there that can help.

Why You Should Learn Photography in San Francisco

San Francisco is the perfect backdrop for beautiful photographs. From Lombard Street, which is famous for its winding curves, to the notable Golden Gate Bridge, there are some iconic spots for spectacular photos. There are many opportunities to photograph great locations, so once you learn how to effectively use a camera, you can occupy your time taking pictures of these beautiful spots. Taking photographs of your favorite locations around the city can be a great hobby and one of the benefits of learning how to point and shoot accurately. Whether in an organized format or on your own, making a hobby using your camera is a great stress relief and productive use of your free time. Photography could also connect you with a new group of people. 

The American Photographic Artists SF is a professional organization comprising the San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. They offer benefits for its members, such as education programs and essential business resources. Members range from professional photographers, photo assistants, educators, and students.

You could also check out the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection at the San Francisco Public Library, an excellent location for photography enthusiasts to connect and enjoy a collection of photos of famous San Francisco street scenes, buildings, and famous San Francisco personalities. Appreciating photography gives you a newfound positive outlook for such events and a chance to connect with others. 

Finally, learning photography is a great way to introduce a new side hustle or even break into a new career. According to Indeed, photographers in San Francisco can make about 87% more than the national average. While it should not be expected that you will immediately make this amount after taking just one class, there is the potential to get to this level with some experience and perfecting of your skill. 

In-Person Photography Classes in San Francisco

In-person classes offer an excellent opportunity to advance your photography skills. San Francisco has many great schools to provide you with opportunities to learn. Aperture Academy is a school located in North San Jose that works closely with the National Park Service to acquire proper permits giving you access to great locations. Aperture Academy offers classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. They offer courses in diverse learning environments like mountain trails, beaches, parks, and even crossing rivers. 

An example of a diverse learning environment provided at the Aperture Academy is the San Francisco Zoo Photography course. This 5-hour workshop is spent at the famed San Francisco Zoo. Students will spend the entire day sharpening their skills, getting comfortable with your equipment, and working with various lightning and outdoor conditions. Be sure to bring your DSLR camera, tripod, and meals for the day. Another location-based course is the San Francisco & Marin Headlands Photography workshop. This workshop starts and ends at the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Still, you will cover a lot of iconic and photographable locations in San Francisco. Students can expect to learn how to hone their composition skills, learn about their camera, and how to balance a scene. Students should bring their camera, lenses, tripod, extra batteries, memory cards, comfortable clothing and shoes, and money for lunch. Be prepared for a day full of adventure and learning. 

The Digital Photo Academy offers nationwide workshops taught by accomplished photographers. Schools are located all over, with San Francisco being one of the prime locations. One of the most popular courses offered by DPA is the Live in-the-field seminars. These lessons take students out of the classroom and into the field. Around the city, there are some incredible spots to get real-life photos in the elements. For example, the Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Golden Gate class teaches students how to focus their lens on the bridge alone or capture the natural elements of local seagulls, dog walkers, and palm trees in the background.

Additionally, the Digital Photography Live In-the-field @ Fisherman’s Wharf immerses you in everyday life at the Fisherman’s Wharf. Students can capture shoppers, people riding the cable car, and even watch the playing sea lions. For both in-the-field courses, students can expect a three-hour session where they learn to shoot strategically and walk away with some good photos. The seminar can be used to expand your photography skill or as a great excursion if you are on vacation or have a birthday party idea. Each class begins with a talk from an experienced DPA instructor and then ends with a fantastic walk through one of the photogenic locations. 

Isla Studio Photography is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Established in 2009, this studio specializes in architecture and fine art photography, and they teach beginners classes on weekends. Students can attend a course to learn basic digital photography skills or refine their existing skills. One course of interest is the 2hr Photography Walk Next to GG Bridge seminar. Students will take a 2-hour, light stroll next to the Golden Gate Bridge and capture fantastic shots. By the end of this two-hour adventure, students will be able to apply concepts such as long exposures, depth of field, aperture, shutter speed, rule of thirds, and metering. There will be an opportunity to ask equipment-specific questions too. The Beginner’s Photography class is a prerequisite for this course, or at least solid knowledge of shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and manual mode. 

Virtual Photography Classes 

While in-person classes are the most traditional way to learn almost anything, especially photography, online classes have come a long way. Online classes allow students to take classes from anywhere, opening up class options. Students can now consider a class with their favorite New York-based photographer from the comfort of their home in Chicago. Even if you live in the same city where the course is offered, a virtual classroom reduces travel, saving you time and money. No more commuting to class and paying for parking; log into your course, preferably at least 5 minutes before the start, and enjoy the class from your living room. There can be challenges with an online class versus an in-person option, specifically needing your materials. Some in-person courses offer materials or equipment for students.

In contrast, online, the expectation is that you have the materials at home. Another challenge could be the need for instant feedback from an instructor. In a virtual space, it could take longer to receive critiques or even positive feedback from your instructor, causing it to take longer for you to learn from your mistakes. 

Even if you are located in San Francisco, a virtual option gives you access to classes based in Chicago, for example. The Creative Fine Art Digital Photography course is a six-session course offered by the Chicago Botanic Garden. Virtually, students will discover how to see and convey their creative vision of the world through their photographs. Students must be familiar with basic camera functions and a digital SLR or mirrorless camera with manual controls for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. 

If you’d like to stay local virtually, the Contemporary FA Photography: Discovering Your Voice course is an online class that meets five times and teaches students a plethora of information. The class starts by examining the works of prominent fine arts photographers, helping students develop their vocabulary and working knowledge of the medium. Students will also study how classic styles of photography have informed contemporary photographs. By the end of the course, students will leave with a greater appreciation of photography, a deeper connection with their artistic voice, and a clearer understanding of what they want to communicate through their photographs. There are weekly assignments and even guest speakers to offer their perspectives. 

Private Group Photography Classes in San Francisco

A private group photography class in San Francisco is a great way to connect with friends or plan an unforgettable team-building event for a business. CourseHorse has live online group classes they can deliver to you and help make your next event that will be talked about for a long time. If you check out their site but don’t see any pre-planned photography classes, no worries; CourseHorse still has you covered. You could always reach out to CourseHorse using their website’s contact form and plan your event with a free virtual event planner. CourseHorse doesn’t charge any booking fees, and you will receive confirmation within 24 hours of booking. Their process makes it easy to plan an event, and you can watch it come together seamlessly. The event planner must know the event’s date, group size, and description when booking. You can even change your group size after booking if needed. CourseHorse makes planning convenient and covers all the steps to pull off a seamless event.

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