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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.

Half-day photo safari certificates are now available FOR SALE. These beginner DSLR workshops are 4 hours long and can be taken in the afternoon or in the evening ( night photo class ).They’re also available for Photoshop for Beginners or Lightroom Basics workshops as well.

Here are a few ideas for a photography class to give to your friend, family member, a loved one or a business associate

4-Hour Basic Digital Camera Basics for Beginners
4-Hour Photoshop/Lightroom Workshop for Beginners
4-Hour Night Photography Photo Tour of downtown Los Angeles
4-Hour Iphone/Android Photo Tour in Santa Monica/Venice Beach

Cost of gift certificates are only $ 175. Valid for 90 day use. Buy now.

Shoot street photography for fun and art inspiration

One of my big passions when travelling solo to a new destination is doing street photography.This type of photography (versus documentary photography) does not require a lot of planning.Street does involve getting out of your comfort zone. It requires that you develop good photography skills as you have to think and act quickly on any photo oppurtunity.

Street photography is exactly what the name implies, taking film photography of real people (strangers) going about their lives. However, street photography isn’t nearly as simple as it sounds. Unlike a controlled environment, your subjects don’t stop and pause for you, they don’t give you the exact expression you want, and they will probably have some reaction to you pointing a camera at them. Here are some tips to help you with street photography:

So here are couple of useful photography tips:

Let the subjects come to you.
Work the scene
Use a flash
Use a wide angle lens.
Get eye contact
Preset Your Film Camera Settings and Focus
Shoot From The Hip
Capture the unguarded moment
Direct the subject
Look for lines and patterns
Embrace negative space
Follow leading lines.
Use a faster film speed

You can read more from Erik Kim’s workshops here

 

 

For Inspiration, I follow this famous Street & Documentary Photographers.

Dotan Saguy
In 2015 Dotan decided to focus on his lifelong passion for photography after a successful career as a high-tech entrepreneur. Since then Dotan attended the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop, the Missouri Photo Workshop and studied photojournalism at Santa Monica College.

Dotan’s award winning photographs have been published by National Geographic and many others. Check out his photo documentary on Venice Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

1) Shooting high ISO ( 1600 film speed & higher ) handheld camera operation. Turn on your IS ( Image Stabilization for Canon ) & VR ( Vibration Reduction for Nikon ). Turn on NR ( Noise Reduction ). You can always cutnoise using the Photoshop filters or Noise Ninja. Higher film speeds means more noise and lower image quality. With a budget Nikon or Canon DSLR with a good quality sensor, you can get good night photos at ISO 1600. See my Camera Recommendations belwo

2) Shooting low ISO ( 100 film speed period ) on a sturdy tripod. Be sure to turn off the vibration feature of your camera body (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony ) or the the VR or IS button on your lens. And use a remote toactivate the shutter mechanism or use the delayed timer. Even better use the mirror lockup feature in your camera. The last thing you need is vibration on your longggggggggggggg expsosure.