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Hands-on workshop introduces basic camera controls and artistic techniques; evening class takes students to photograph six city landmarks

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During the fast-paced, hands-on class, students who are ready to switch their camera from automatic to manual settings learn and practice up to 100 photographic techniques, such as controlling exposure, focus, aperture, and shutter speed. They may also learn how to use artificial and natural light and how to select the proper lens for snapping portraits, in-motion shots, or family portraits in bad Christmas sweaters. Students explore their artistic side as they learn how to frame compositions and blur backgrounds for dramatic effect. Participants should bring their own digital camera for a hands-on experience.

Students traverse the city of San Francisco during the afternoon and evening on a hunt for postcard-worthy sunset compositions at six sites including the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, Transamerica Pyramid, and Fishermen's Wharf. Instructors teach students special techniques that create varied artistic effects, such as slow exposures to capture flowing water and trailing car lights, and light painting to capture surreal effects and trespassing ghosts. Instructors also delve into subjects including filters and time-lapse photography. Workshops run from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and are all transported in the company coach van.

Eric Gould Photography

Having shot more than 30,000 subjects throughout his career as a photographer, including many Silicon Valley business figures, Eric Gould understands how to create a good photo in any setting. His adeptness at communicating with subjects carries into his photography workshops, where he conveys difficult concepts clearly and methodically, saving students from such rookie mistakes as shooting with the lens cap on or turning the flash on while taking pictures of your imaginary friend's third grade graduation. In his own photo sessions, he frames professional clients in business portraits and headshots, high-school seniors in youthful poses, athletes in midaction, and a wide spectrum of people and places encountered on international travels.

Customer Reviews

Great for beginners trying to get to know their cameras!
Wendy D. · December 16, 2015
Highly recommended! The workshop was great thanks to Eric & his wealth of experience & knowledge.
Tanya G. · May 28, 2015
It was great time!
Christine S. · June 9, 2014
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    Los Gatos

    333 Blossom Hill Rd.

    Los Gatos, California 95032


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    Eric C. Gould Photography

    2298 High St.

    Palo Alto, California 94301


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  3. 3

    Crissy Field

    983 Marina Dr.

    San Francisco, CA 94129


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