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When you're traveling, you sometimes want to spend a day or two exploring the neighborhood where you're staying—just walking around with your camera, absorbing the neighborhood's personality, and assembling a collection of photos that, together, form a portrait of the neighborhood. These photos are a great way to bring your experiences home to share.
In this course, photographer and teacher Mikkel Aaland explores one of the oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods of San Francisco: North Beach, home to iconic architecture, beautiful vistas, delicious food, and more than a few interesting people. He explores the area on foot over a three-day period, taking you up hills, inside restaurants and shops, and into encounters with people on the street. Along the way, learn how to take advantage of natural light, shoot a city at night, pack and prep for travel shoots, and enhance your images in post-production.
Male: So I'm at the corner of Grant Avenue and Union, right in the kind of epicenter, heart of North Beach. And behind me is the Italian French Bakery. And I'm a sucker for bakeries. And I walked into this bakery, saw some beautiful baked goods in the front, but then my eye caught what was going on behind. And it's where they bake the bread. This is an all in one place. They bake it and they sell it and you just don't find places like this very often. And not only was it great but they're baking right there but it is a beautiful room with a high skylight, natural light coming in.
This place was made to photograph. I started off, I had my 105 macro lens on. took a couple of shots of some machinery that was really old an the light was playing really nicely off of it. Then I switched over to this my favorite wide angle lens, it's 14 to 24 millimeter, because I wanted to really. Capture the action, cap-capture the, the baker as he is making the actual product. So I switched to this lens and pretty much put it into auto mode and I, I didn't want to really have to think too much about the camera, I really just wanted to focus on what he was doing, get my different angles.
But even then I, I did keep an eye on my exposure because. But that light coming in like it was now and then the meter would be a little bit faded out and I would have to compensate to get the exposure right. So I just really went into the zone moved around. At one point the machine was swirling around the dough. And I thought, okay, what if I put this on a very slow shutter speed and see if I can catch some of that, that blur. But at the same time, try to hold it steady so that the other parts of it are sharp.
It just meant going into the shutter priority mode from my from my program mode. Setting a slow shutter speed with a corresponding aperture that work. And just experimenting a little bit. And then I tried to frame him a couple times in through the bread cart. Pay attention to compisition as I go, shooting vertical, shooting horizontal trying to vary my distance. Zooming in a little bit, zooming out, just covering everything that I can see because I know I don't have much time there.
So I really just have to shoot it get as much as I can and at one point they said that's enough and, and unfortunately I didn't get to photograph the whole process. I would have liked to have done that. But I'm really happy to have got what I got and I think there's going to be some really nice pictures there.
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