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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: This is Al's Attire. This is just one of these places that you can't not shoot when you're walking by. Just saw it, walked in, going to ask the people if I could take the picture. No problem. shot away. just had a really great time shooting in here. Mostly wide angle stuff. Tried to get the, some of the people working. get a feeling for the shot. It's so much fun in here. click Al, do you mind if I follow you in to take your picture? Al: Yes, come on back.
Male: Okay, cool, thank you. It's interesting back here. Al: You have some good photos, we could use some for our blog site, too. Male: Sure, absolutely. (NOISE) At one point, I realized that the lights they're using are going to be hard for me to to balance later if I want to go to color. I could have done a custom white balance beforehand, but I really didn't think of that right away. So what I did instead is I put a X-Rite ColorChecker into a shot. And I made sure that the light was the same falling on that ColorChecker.
And then I can use that later in software to get the color balance exactly the way I want it to. Otherwise, it's going to be kind of hard with this light even with, even with the Even with the, good custom white balance it's going to be hard to get it right. because you used to be next door, right? Al: Yeah, and down the street. Male: And down the street. Al: And I had another location in the (UNKNOWN). Male: Right, so you can do it all here now? Al: Yeah. Male: I really had a nice conversation with Renee, one of the people that works here.
Especially when I started talking about the shoes. And Renee, we obviously had a report. But he expressed some reservations afterwards about what I was going to do with the photograph. He, he was concerned. And, and you know a lot of people are now a days, especially since in the digital world. Pictures just glide into to the world and you really don't have that much control over them at some point. So he, he expressed some concern, and I understood that. I think I reassured him that it's going to be fine. I'll email him a copy. I always try to do that. I follow up with people that want a picture.
but then you know at the end of the day, if he didn't want me to take his picture, if he didn't want me to use his picture I respect that because we, like I said, we had a rapport. And I want him to know that he can trust me. So it's really important that you have an honest relationship with the people that you're photographing.
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