Photography tours & workshops in Los Angeles

Master your DSLR Camera or Smartphone & get creative in our fun walking & driving tours of Los Angeles. Gift Certificates Available now.

Camera Basics Workshops

Learn the basics of camera operation. Master the triangle of exposure

Mobile Phone Photography

Create amazing photos with your Iphone or Android phone

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Photoshop & Lightroom Workshops

Create powerful & beautiful images with this popular photo editing software. Read for more details

Your camera is your eys and your brain is your imagination

Transform your artistic vision into incredible images

Sign up for our 4 hour walking or driving photo tour of the most popular attractions in Los Angeles. Explore the Getty, Santa Monica, Venice Beach,  many other cool places.

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Explore LA’s most photogenic spots

Your photo tour or workshop will be taught by professional photographers who specialized in travel, sports, nature, people, food, etc.

Getty Museum

The Getty is a great location to practice your lighting and composition skills. The architecture and the interiors are great subjects for composition techniques like perspective, leading lines. etc

Griffith Park

My favorite shooting spot for nature and night photography. Lots of hiking trails here. Bring a tripod

Pershing Square/Civic Center

Downtown LA is a great location to shoot street photography, architecture, interiors. It’s an exciting and busy place

Venice Beach/Santa Monica

Venice Beach is the top popular attraction for foreign visitors. It’s a fun place with all the street entertainers, the cool shops, and the beach. Santa Monica Pier is a fun place to hang out and take great pics

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What you will learn.

Los Angeles Photo Safaris is taught by Los Angeles travel and commercial photographer Elle Gamboa.  I loved teaching beginners and even advanced amateurs. My teaching philosophy is sum up in four words :
Listen, Write notes, Apply, Ask questions. Photography has three important principles : Lighting, exposure, & composition.
In a few hours I can move you from absolute beginner to amateur shutterbug taking pictures that will amaze your friends and family.  Its important to remember that its the person who takes the picture and not the camera.

CAMERA BASICS

This introductory workshop is for beginners who would like to learn the basics of their digital camera. Are you still using automatic settings? Then this class is for you! Students discover how digital cameras work and how to control their image making. This workshop is an exciting way to learn the technical skills of image making and the proper settings for consistent results.

SHOOTING VIDEO

Our video basics for beginners workshops are taught by LA finest videographers & indie filmmakers. Learn how to shoot like a pro. Use your DSLR or even your Iphone to create amazing videos that will impress your friends and family

CREATIVE COMPOSITION

These workshops are geared for photography students who have taken camera basics or are well versed in using their camera settings. We will be using rule of thirds, frame within a frame,leading line, angles, and other creative techniques. Learn to develop your artistic eye.

DIGITAL EDITING

Not all photos are creative equal when it comes to digital cameras. Most photos need to be organized, color corrected, resized for print or the web using these two most important tools for digital photographer. Lightroom is great for workflow & quick photo editing .Photoshop is great for digital manipulation & special effects.

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Shooting locations

Below is a list of my most popular walking photography tour. I can also customized your photo safaris for both half-day and full day. LA has a great mass transit system and the
most popular attractions are accessible by Metro.

Getty Museum/ Santa Monica Photo Tour

The Getty is know for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles. This tours ends with a nice walk of Santa Monica Pier

Hollywood Walk of Fame/Griffith Park

Easily the most popular attraction in Los Angeles. Hollywood & Vine can be reach by Metro. Griffith Park has commanding views of LA.

Downtown LA

Los Angeles has so much to offer. Check out Disney Concert Hall, Grand Central Market, & the Grammy Museum

California Science Center/Exposition Park

Science Center is free to the public and the Exposition Park Rose Garden great place to practice nature & portrait  photography.

View our photo galleries

View some of the photos taken by my student and your photo instructor

Client Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our clients say:

While in LA  I was able to take a few days with Elle and customize a photo tour of the entire area. Man, what an adventure. This guy is not only a great teaching photographer but a tour guide and restaurant expert all rolled into one. We took in santa Monica, Venice Beach,  Getty Museum and even had a night time course. Again..What an adventure, what a guy.

Kelli

Thanks again for my workshop – I learned so much! I think your help with composition was extremely valuable. I’m already  looking at subjectsdifferently. Attached are the pictures I took of you. I’ll let you know when I graduate to a DSLR. Maybe then we
can do another workshop!

jennifer

Stranger to me, but felt like an old cousin showing me his hometown! His technical strengths as a photographer and his knowledge of the place, can make you comfortable with both your camera and locations. He arranged both location and a list of models to select from in an hour’s time for a next day shoot! Brilliant man.

Agnelo Rodrigues

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Your photo instructors

Your photography tour and workshop is lead by the main photographer Elle Gamboa. Elle is a freelance travel, fashion, &  commercial photographer with a background in journalism, architecture and film production.  Salomon Peña, our new instructor and night photography expert recently has his night and sunset scenes of Los Angeles published by Immaginnare Press.