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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, we're in Washington Square Park now, right in the middle of North Beach, and this is where people come from all over to gather and, and walk their dogs and eat their picnic lunch or, or just lie on the grass and enjoy, just enjoy a nice day like it is today. We're right across the street from Saint Peter and Paul. It's a Another landmark of North Beach is where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio got married. I read my guide books I know all these things. but it's, it's a really great place to take pictures.
I've been taking pictures of people on the lawn using a long telephoto lens and I got some nice shots but I really I was I wanted to interject some energy into this into the park. into my shots. And there's all these pigeons and I had a particular shot in mind. I wanted the the pigeons ca-, slightly blurred floating in the sky right in front of the, the church. Not that easy when it comes right down to it. It, It's kind of lot, lot of hit and miss. leaving a lot to chance.
Set the camera to fairly slow shutter speed. In this case it's about a 30th of a second. I'm shooting about 24 millimeter lens. And, then from then on, it's just a matter of getting your camera down low enough and firing away. I think I was shooting about, I set this to about 5 frames per second. It will go up to 12 but you don't need that much speed. and then it's just a matter of luck, and getting the shot right. So, right now we're here in the late afternoon, so there's a certain type of activity that happens here now.
it's a nice day, so certain types of activity happens when it's nice. I was here this morning and there were people doing tai chi. that's another type of shot and really, anytime during the day you can find different things happening here. it's just like a movie unfolding in front of your eyes. It's really a fun place to shoot, and most places you go are going to have some place like this, that's similar. And you just park yourself there, and, and open your eyes, and look around, and you're going to see all kinds of things happening.
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