Photo Tours


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 : June 3 – Sept. 20, 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.

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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Looking to impress your friends with the best shots of Los Angeles?

Let me show you the top locations in the city.This is perfect during layover and to get a general impression of the city of Angels. In my fun three hour Instagram/Smartphone walking photo tour, you will learn to become a  more creative photographer as you will learnboth the technical & creative aspect of photography. You will elevate your photography & selfie pics to an artistic levels. We will be shooting all sorts of subject matter: street photography, architecture, people, travel documentary. We will be using photo apps like Snapseed and VSCO. You will be creating amazing photo art with your smartphone. Plus you get to learn more about the history of LA.

Available dates : Nov.3- Dec.15, 2018, Tuesday to Sunday only.

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

Requirements : IPhone, latest Android smartphones, good walking shoes What’s included : bottled water, snacks, photography tip sheet, hands on photo instruction for the the night photography walking tour everyone gets one free taco from my favorite food truck on Pershing Square

What you will learn : photography basics ( exposure & composition ), historical facts about LA, best foodie locations
Photography topics : travel. architecture, people, urbanscapes, landscapes, nature closeup, abstract What’s not included : transportation, lunch

Note: This is a 4-hour walking photo tour of downtown Los Angeles

How to book this walking photo tour ?

Please send email to

Send your name, email, and contact phone. Let me know how many people in your group and which dates and photo tour you want to take.

Take your pick of locations in Los Angeles for your walking photo tour.


1) Venice Beach/ Santa Monica Pier/ 3rd Street Promenade ( daytime )
2) Getty Museum/ Santa Monica ( daytime )
3) Griffith Park/Ferndale Nature Museum ( daytime )
4) Downtown LA- Transportation ( LA Metro/Uber ) Leave your car behind.
a) Grand Central Market/Angel’s Flight, Bunker Hill/Last Book Store ( daytime )
b) Architectural walking photo tour – Walt Disney Concert Hall/ Bradbury Building/ Westin Bonaventure ( daytime )

Not included : Meals, Uber/Lyft, and Gratuities



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.

We will be taking night photos and check out the cool areas in downtown Los Angeles. We will go through the basics of the technical aspect of photography ( exposure ) and then the creative techniques ( composition ) as we walk all over downtown LA documenting the vibrant nightlife on the streets and inside the buildings.

Tours dates : November 3  to December , 2018
Tour prices : The 3 hour walking tour is $ 125 per person, $ 175 for 2 people. Maximum of 6 photo students
An extra hour is only $ 25 per person or $ 50 for 2 people.

We will be touring :

Pershing Square
The Last Book Store
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Topics I will cover in the night photo workshop:

Triangle of Exposure Basics – Relationship between film speed, shutter speed, and aperture.
Camera operation basics: Using different exposure modes ( auto settings and manual exposure.
Exposure bracketing, White Balance Settings etc,
Shooting HIGH ISO ( up to 6400 ) handheld versus shooting low ISO ( 100 ) with a tripod.
Creative composition using rule of thirds, frame within a frame, leading lines.

Subject Matter : Travel, People, Architecture, Documentary

Your photo assignment for tonight’s shooting :

We will be shooting for a travel magazine in LA that needs photos for an article showing foreign travellers the many fun attractions in Los Angeles they can explore on a budget. These are known as editorial photos. There will be critiques of your photos throughout the night.

Your photo instructors : Elle Gamboa or Salomon Pena  ( night photography specialist ) will be leading the night photo workshop. Be sure to bring a tripod with you.

Triangle of Exposure Chart Above


Enjoy a fun morning 4 hour walking photo tour of Santa Monica & Venice Beach

Available Dates : Sept. 12 – Nov. 12, 2018
Workshop Fee: $ 175 per person, $ 250 for 2 people. Includes a critique at the end of each session and a copy of Ebook on Photography Basics.
What to bring : Any DSLR or latest Smartphone like Iphone X or Galaxy 8

Topics Cover: Basic photography skills- lighting, exposure, composition, How to use those fancy doodahs on your camera, How to prevent blurry shots. How to compose those colourful travel postcards? Why flash improves your photo quality? How to photograph your friends and family in front of famous attractions? Our photo tours are a lot of fun and informative. Your photo instructor is a full-time working photographer who has been teaching the Photo Safari workshops for the last few years in San Diego, San Francisco, & New York. Elle G. also works as a fashion & movie photographer in both LA and New York. When he is not working with clients, Elle is teaching private photo workshops with his students in Southern California.

Photo Itinerary:  Starts at 730 am or Noon

Meeting Place: Morning photo safari meets at Venice Beach

Cafe Collage
1518 Pacific Ave
Venice, CA 90291

Directions to Cafe Collage


We start a 30-minute orientation on Photography Basics: Lighting, Exposure,& Composition. Then we go to Camera Basics and learning the Triangle of Composition: Film Speed, Shutter Speed, and Aperture.You will practice your exposure skills using shutter & aperture priority in Santa Monica Pier. The subject matter is travel, people, seascapes,& closeup.

After Santa Monica Pier, we will walk down to Venice Beach boardwalk to photograph the colorful characters and fun outdoor stuff to do in Southern California. You will be learning how to shoot fast action photos & practice your composition skills at Muscle Beach, the Skate Park, and the many cool shops in Venice Beach.

Photo tip: If you loved people watching and people photography, Venice Beach is the most fun place for
taking pictures of street characters. Be sure to have One Dollar Bills $$ handy as these street sellers arem mostily starving artists and any donation is appreciated.

About your instructor: Elle Gamboa has been teaching the digital photography workshop all over the USA. He commutes between San Diego and Brooklyn, New York. When he is not teaching photography or photoshop to his students, he is shooting fashion, travel, and commercial photography for different clients. In addition to shooting digital stills, Elle is also an exhibiting fine art painter as well as indie filmmaker. His hands-on approach to teaching photography in a non-technical language to beginners makes him popular with his students.