SAN
FRANCISCO
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

Beginners Guide to Photography Class

Beginners Guide to Photography Class

Saturday the 29th of January
Golden Gate Park - 9:00 am - 3 hours
Looking to improve your photography? Our Beginners Class is a great place to start. This 3-hour session is a photo walk that will have you weaned off of Auto mode, and transforming your everyday snaps into professional-looking shots.
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$69pp     only 2 places left
Beginners Guide to Photography Class

Beginners Guide to Photography Class

Saturday the 12th of February
Conservatory of Flowers - 9:00 am - 3 hours
Looking to improve your photography? Our Beginners Class is a great place to start. This 3-hour session is a photo walk that will have you weaned off of Auto mode, and transforming your everyday snaps into professional-looking shots.
book now
$69pp     only 4 places left
Street Photography Meetup

Street Photography Meetup

Sunday the 13th of February
Union Square - 10:00 am - 2 hours
Street Photography encompasses a wide range of genres, and this week we'll be looking at how you can use different crops and compositions to tell a story about the local area through your camera. There will be a mix of architecture and portrait photography in this session as we explore the city center on a photo walk.
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$35pp     10 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
Black and White Photography Meetup

Black and White Photography Meetup

Sunday the 20th of February
Battery Cranston next to the Golden Gate Bridge - 10:00 am - 2 hours
Explore the monochromatic world of black and white photography. Learn how to make stunning and majestic images by focusing on tones, texture, and shadow. Train your eye to “see” in black and white and add drama and intensity to your photographs.
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$35pp     12 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
ABOUT SAN
FRANCISCO
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP
Come along to our photo sessions to dust off your camera and get snap-happy with a professional photography instructor.
Brush up on your camera skills and learn new photography techniques whilst on a photo walk class with other local keen photographers!

We run two hour photography sessions based on a photography theme/technique/style and they take place in various locations across the region.

New to photography? We also run a popular 3 hour Beginners Guide to Photography Class once a month.

And once in a while we will run special niche 3 hour classes, for example, Astrophotography - so do subscribe to our newsletter to know when the next on is!

Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to keen amateurs. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.

What to bring? We recommend bringing a camera that has full manual mode or semi-manual modes (Aperture or Shutter Priority). Compact cameras and smartphones also welcome!

The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

Join the San Francisco Photography Facebook Group to share your photos after the session.



COVID Precautions

- Stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID.
- Keep 6 feet away from others.
- Wear a suitable face mask.
- Don't make unnecessary physical contact with others. Avoid physical greetings, such as handshakes, hugs and kisses.
- Wash your hands regularly with alcohol-based sanitizer.
REVIEWS
Good location, good education. Brian Shapiro does a nice job.
5/5
Robert Dicks
January 16th 2022
Brian Shapiro's street photography workshop was excellent. Good instruction and perspective, and a nice guy. Valuable exercises and feedback.
5/5
Robert Dicks
November 14th 2021
4/5
Joefrey Kibuule
October 16th 2021
4/5
Joefrey Kibuule
October 16th 2021
I like the idea of style class. Liked that it was a smaller group if we started earlier that would be awesome too.
4/5
Charles
August 8th 2021
Very fun and useful!!
5/5
Alex
May 29th 2021
I being a former Meetup Organizer, found the organizer, Brian as very knowledgeable in the arts, composition and color as well as quite helpful and concerned with the participant's needs.
5/5
Warren Miller
March 14th 2021
4/5
Ron Olcott
January 31st 2021
It was really great and I learned quite a bit from this event prior to what I thought I knew about street photography.
5/5
Bryan Peterson
December 6th 2020
The instructor was great and was full of knowledge. I really enjoyed the class!
5/5
Meetup - Shawn Aaron
November 18th 2020
Brian is fantastic! I'm looking forward to the next one with him as the instructor.
4/5
Ron Makelke
October 26th 2020
5/5
Than H Aung
October 25th 2020
INSTRUCTORS
Brian Z. Shapiro
Brian Z. Shapiro is a photographer and multimedia artist born and raised in San Francisco. His work explores the invisible forces that affect our surroundings. Geological spots are shaped by the tales, myths, and ideas that history brings. His work explores both the places and the forces that have an effect on the physical world. Growing up in a suburb of San Francisco that had almost no documented history, he has always been fascinated by places that have a history that shaped its present. Eschewing the studio for the actual place and the archive, he’s more interested in the experience of being the one to take the picture. Through documenting both the place and the experience of being there, he gives his audience an understanding of what it is to be at that certain spot and go beyond the aesthetic into a deeper understanding of the aura of a geographical location. Shapiro has a BA in photography from San Francisco State University and a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.