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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 here at the intersection of Columbus and Vallejo. It's one of the, you know, busiest intersections in North Beach. And I saw the sign for Molinari Delicatessen and I said, 'Oh my God. I gotta go in there.' This place is famous. It's all in the guide books. I had to check it out. I walked in. It's a kind of a small space so, you know, you're really constricted. So I'm here, it's around lunch time, and this is the time when this place gets pretty busy because people come in for their famous sandwiches. And I, I like that.
again, you have to be a little sensitive to taking pictures of other people, but most people are really friendly, and I didn't really focus on any one person. I was just trying to capture a little bit... The crowd feeling. its, its better to shoot this now rather than when there's nobody in there. But this way by going in here at this time of day when its a little more crowded a little more active, I was able to get some you know probably more interesting shots. And so when you go into places like this you really want to be sensitive to the environment.
You want to check to make sure its okay to take those pictures. don't get in people's way. As long as you're friendly and open most of the time people are going to be receptive to having their picture taken. Don't overdo it don't stay too long. But boy, it was it was really fun being in there shooting, and I think I got some really good shots too. I wanted to just kind of finish the whole thing. wrap it up with an outside shot, and step in the street a little bit to get it. you have to be careful when you step on the street here.
You can easily get run over, but I got a shot, just, it's not a great shot, but it establishes where I am. Molinari, the awning, people in the front eating their sandwiches. it just covers, full coverage for the place.
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