Photo Tours


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

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.

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