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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: Well, just like I said, this neighborhood is full of characters. And we met a lot of them. We met, (LAUGH) we met the woman in the knife shop holding up her machete. we met this guy walking the, his, his French bulldog on the streets. we went into this great clothing store where they make custom clothes and, and shoes and we met the people there. So, in between locations, I couldn't stop taking pictures of people. I mean, every time I turned around it seemed like there was an interesting person.
I really enjoyed this part of it. And, probably just as much fun as taking pictures was talking to these people. I really feel, I, I know this neighborhood a lot better now after talking to these people. And the best part is, I'm taking them home with me in my camera. I've got them, they're part of my life now. And, that's something that you will always value in your photographs. When you take time to talk to people, and open up to them, they'll open up to you. You'll make some great shots that way.
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