Visit LA and explore the historic Venice Canals and Venice Boardwalk with an LA native and local photographer Elle Gamboa. My 4-hour walking photo tour will cover the Venice Canal created by conservationist & developer Abbot Kinney. After the Canal walk, we will take a short Uber ride to Venice Board Walk and explore this alternative and very creative community of shop owners, restaurants, artists, and skate boarders. We will also check out Muscle Beach and Venice Skate Park.

Dates available for the Venice Walking Photo Tour : Aug. 19 – Oct. 1, 2019

Cost of the 4-hour Walking Photo Tour : $ 199 per person. To book this photo tour, please send me email to

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Venice Beach Canals – photo by Elle Gamboa
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Get directions to the Venice Canals ( California ) . Link here

Downtown LA 4-hour Instagram Photo Safari –  A fun tour

This is a fun 4-hour walking photo tour of Grand Central Market, Angel’s Flight Railway, and the Last Bookstore. We will meet at 1 pm at Grand Central Market for your 30-minute Photo Orientation on using your new smart phone. Take many selfies with your phone while learning how to Use your phone camera and learn about the history of downtown LA from your photo Instructor Elle Gamboa and long-time LA resident. We will also have time for a foodie Adventure at Grand Central Market ( an indoor market with many food vendors ) and some shopping. Throughout the walking tour I will be giving useful photo tips & constructive critiques of your photos on Instagram. You will return back home with well-composed, sharp photos that will impress your friends and family.

What you will learn :

Exposure and composition
Manipulating light and shadow
Framing architecture photos of buildings, monuments, & details
Portrait photography composition with flash or no flash
Learn proper video techniques with your Iphone or Android
How to edit photos with apps like Google Snapseed, Prisma, or VSCO

Cost of the photo tour:

$ 199 for 1 or 2 people, $ 299 for 3 people. $ 349 for up to 4 people.
This is a 4-hour walking photo safari. Bring comfy walking shoes

Avaialable dates for the photo tour : August 28 – Sept. 28, 2019


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For the photo walk starting at the Canals, we will meet at 2480 Pacific Ave. Venice, California

A little history of the Venice Canal
This is the Los Angeles version of Lombard Street. A Venice Canal to Venice Beach, and vice versa path. It goes from 25th Ave. on Venice Beach, passes walk street homes to a LA City Crosswalk. The Crosswalk takes you down a windy path to a straight path and you end up on the Historic Grand Canal in Venice. The Canals were originally built in 1906, and restored in 2009. The restoration of the Venice Canals took 9 years of work by the Venice Canals Association. It was paid by the homeowners as a property owner sponsored assessment district. Homeowners paid half the cost of the restoration, and th city of Los Angeles the other half.
The Venice Canal Venice Beach path was built as a result of the Venice Canals Foundation, VCF. The VCF was founded by members of the Venice Canals Association,. Funding was provided by neighbors, The California State Coastal Conservancy, and the City of Los Angeles beautification fund. The Beach Access Path, it’s gardens, etc. are maintained by the Venice Canals Foundation, a 501c3 non profit that has a board made up of community volunteers. X Galanty – LA local Guide

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Meeting place at 2480 Pacific Ave

Experience Los Angeles from the eyes of an LA native and travel photographer. If you loved to take pictures and travel, then this is the tour for you. You will learn about the colorful history of the different LA neighborhoods while  your photo tour guide gives you tips on composition, lighting, and exposure.

Dates available : Aug. 21 – Sept. 30, 2019… Tour starts at 730 am and 2 pm
Cost of the 4 hour photo tour – $ 175 per person, $ 275 for 2 people

What to bring : Any DSLR camera with basic lens, point and shoot, or any smart phone
What you will learn – Exposure & creative composition. Travel, street photography, architecture, interiors, portraits, abstracts.

Our schedule of stops will be:
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Michael Jackson’ Star ( he has 2 stars )

Then we will ride the Red Line Metro train to Pershing Square and walk to these locations

Grand Central Market – Enjoy the various eateries here like Eggslut, Sticky Rice & G & B Coffee. China Cafe is known to have the best place for breakfast. The building is owned by a Beverly Hill developer & receives 2 million visitors a year

Angel’s Flight ( shortest railway in the world )

Historic Theater District – before WW11 was LA downtown movie capital

The Last Bookstore ( combination book/art gallery )

Important travel tips : Don’t rent a car unless you really have to. Parking is horrible in a lot of the popular attractions. Taking Uber and the Metro subway is faster.

Master your DSLR Camera in this fun Walking Photo Safari of Santa Monica & Venice Beach

Available Dates : August 22 – Sept. 30 , 2019
Workshop Fee : $ 175 per person ( Payable via Paypal )
Maximum participants: 6 people. You can book as close as a week in advance for a tour. This is a combo walking/uber photo safari. We can meet at either Santa Monica Pier or Venice Beach Board walk and take a short Uber ride to the next location.

Requirements: DSLR Camera like Nikon, Canon, or Sony, Standard kit lens ( 18-55mm ), a prime lens ( 50 mm ), and Telephoto lens

Meeting place:  Big Dean’s Oceanfront Cafe

What you will learn :

Photography basics ( Exposure principle ) using Triangle of exposure ( Film Speed, Shutter Speed, Aperture ) Creative composition like rule of thirds, leading lines,

Leanne, my photo student from Australia

Photography Workshop & Safari for DSLR Owners

Available Dates:  August 21 – October  28 , 2019

This is great and fun 4-hour walking/driving photo tour starting at Hollywood and Highland. We will be meeting at Michael Jackson’s star next to the TCL Chinese Theater. We will take some cool photos and fun selfies on the famous walk of fame on Hollywood Blvd. After an hour of shooting in Hollywood we will drive or Uber to Griffith Park Observatory, one of LA’s top Landmarks and has a commanding view of the Hollywood sign and downtown LA. The nighttime view of downtown LA is spectacular from here. After 2 hours at Griffith Park, we will head to downtown LA to take a foodie tour of the Grand Central Market. Save that hungry belly  as this popular downtown market as everything from Chinese food to Mexican tacos to peanut Butter sandwiches.

What you need to bring to this photo tour :

Any brand DSLR like Nikon, Canon, Sony. Also mirrorless cameras. You will need a long telephoto lens . ( 200 – 300 mm ) to be able to shoot the Hollywood Sign from the observatory.

What you will learn on this tour :

Triangle of exposure  ( relationship between film speed, shutter speed, & aperture.
Shooting manual versus auto exposure
Shooting manual focusing versus auto focus
Composition techniques like rule of thirds, leading lines, frame within a frame.

Los Angeles – Personal Travel & Vacation Photographer

Forget selfies and pestering strangers, your own personal travel photographer will capture your journeys in a contemporary and candid style. Return home with amazing photos of your travels to share with friends and family.

Highlights of your Los Angeles Tours

Enjoy your own custom tour route based on your exact needs
Make the most of a personal, professional and local photographer to capture your travels
Avoid cheesy smiles or poses, only contemporary and candid photography
Benefit from your photographer’s knowledge of the local area
Receive your digital photos via an online gallery, within 5 working days

Meeting Place: Location will be decided by your photographer

Costs – $ 250 for up to 4 people
Payment must be paid via Paypal 2 weeks before your tour
Duration – 2-3 hours

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Sample photo tour of LA with Cindy from Taiwan. I took her to California Science Center & the Last Book Store

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Ready for a fun trip or out of town getaway to Los Angeles ! I offer several walking and driving/walking photo tours of my hometown, Los Angeles. Get to visit the most famous sites of Los Angeles from a local photographer’s perspective. I’m also a major foodie and I can take you to the best food trucks and hole in the wall restaurants of my city.

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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/ Venice Beach

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 very cool bookstore/art gallery, The Last Book Store

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. It’s also located next to USC and there are many affordable and great restaurants to eat. I recommend a 2-hour visit to this museum. Coming from downtown LA, there is easy access via Expo Line.