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Secrets of Stunning Photographs SF

San Francisco, United States

Experience hosted by Mary

3 hours
Includes food
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

You'll learn how to take amazing photos even if you've never picked up a camera before.

We'll meet in one landmark neighborhood and suddenly you'll discover the secrets of shooting in Chinatown or Palace of Fine Arts, taking a ton of shots with me at your side.

We'll capture street photography, dogs, architecture, and how to take a great photo of a person in less than a minute.

It's guaranteed you'll get one on one guidance on light, angle, composition, and timing as we shoot together. You'll be inspired with advice on how to see differently and learn how to absolutely shoot your best angle and composition.

After we finish shooting, I’ll review your photos on my Mac Pro advising you on what makes your best photos great so you can be successful after our shoot. And how to improve the photos that don't grab you.

You'll learn how to use any camera or phone you have and leave with your own incredible photos to share with your family and friends.

Events: http://kauairetreat.yoga
Mary TV https://youtube.com/MaryBartnikowski
My photography http://bartnikowski.smugmug.com
Other things to note
Bring a camera or smartphone with the battery fully charged. If you’re shooting on an SD card, I'll pop it in my computer so we can view your work.
Cafe and bathrooms on site.
Be prepared to walk a lot and learn new tips on how to take better photographs. Let me know what you like to photograph.
You'll learn how to take amazing photos even if you've never picked up a camera before.

We'll meet in one landmark neighborhood and suddenly you'll discover the secrets of shooting in Chinatown or Palace of Fine Arts, taking a ton of shots with me at your side.

We'll capture street photography, dogs, architecture, and how to take a great photo of a person in less than a minute.

It's guaranteed you'll get one on…

Mary's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Food
    High quality chocolate keeps us moving and happy!
From $125
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Mary

Host on Airbnb since 2012
  • 88 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I'm the founder of my award-winning photography business, in Palo Alto, the heart of Silicon Valley, for 35 years.
I've photographed angel investors, 724 weddings, CEOs, families, wild rhinos, and the Dalai Lama.
I love what I do.
I've led programs at Apple, Stanford, Intel, and humanitarian foundations worldwide .
I'm an author of 4 books and a world traveler.
Sharing photography secrets that clients pay me $500 an hour to capture is my passion.
My simplified method is fun!
You can use any camera or phone, even if you've never picked up a camera before.
See my work
http://www.bartnikowski.smugmug.com
I'm the founder of my award-winning photography business, in Palo Alto, the heart of Silicon Valley, for 35 years.
I've photographed angel investors, 724 weddings, CEOs, families, wild rhinos, and the Dalai Lama.
I love what I do.
I've led programs at Apple, Stanford, Intel, and humanitarian foundations worldwide .
I'm an author of 4 books and a world traveler.
Sharing photography secrets that clients pay me $500 an hour to capture is my passion.
My simplified…
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Where you'll be

We'll deeply discover and explore one landmark location. Chinatown is chock full of colorful markets, red lanterns, and character. It has the largest Chinese population outside of Asia. You'll love the textures, architecture, and Street Photographs of people that I'll show you how to capture.

Palace of Fine Arts, Embarcadero, and Fisherman's Wharf are other options.
I lead photo retreats in Italy and Sicily. http://kauairetreat.yoga/sicily.htm
David
January 2020
I bought this for my wife and she loved it. This is what she had to say “Once in a lifetime experience! Mary is great. We had a great intimate group and Mary was very attentive and caring about each question. We began with learning about our equipment and moved to shooting photos, discussing angles and lighting. As a beginner I had so many questions, Mary made me feel comfortable and answered all my questions in detail. I especially enjoyed the candidness and being able to joke around as we walked around and took (amazing) pictures! I highly recommend this to everyone interested in photography and wants to learn about some professional tips to take great photos! Thank you Mary!!” - Sonam
I bought this for my wife and she loved it. This is what she had to say “Once in a lifetime experience! Mary is great. We had a great intimate group and Mary was very attentive and…
Stacey
December 2019
Mary was very welcoming, professional and fun! This experience was hands on learning of manual camera settings, composition and how to photograph kids, animals, landscapes and more. Mary answered all of our photography question with a smile. My passion for photography has been reignited! Highly recommend.
Mary was very welcoming, professional and fun! This experience was hands on learning of manual camera settings, composition and how to photograph kids, animals, landscapes and more…
Ziyu
December 2019
Mary was absolutely wonderful. She really tailored the experience to mine and my boyfriend's experience and goals. It was such a casual, hands-on experience and we really learned a lot while. It made us feel that very comfortable just wandering a foreign city, just taking photos for a few hours. Thanks Mary!
Mary was absolutely wonderful. She really tailored the experience to mine and my boyfriend's experience and goals. It was such a casual, hands-on experience and we really learned a…
Bix
November 2019
Experience with Mary was great. She's such a lovely person with a warm heart. She answered all my specific questions with her extensive experience in photography and was super encouraging of what we got. The portrait trick was a pretty good one:) Would recommend to future guests.
Experience with Mary was great. She's such a lovely person with a warm heart. She answered all my specific questions with her extensive experience in photography and was super enco…
Donald
August 2019
Mary is an amazing teacher. She brings a wealth of knowledge and positive energy to the class. In my opinion, Mary is unique in her ability to take both the most technical and mundane aspects of photography and simplify, enrich, and present the material in a simple and memorable afternoon. Kudos. I hope to take another class with Mary one day.
Mary is an amazing teacher. She brings a wealth of knowledge and positive energy to the class. In my opinion, Mary is unique in her ability to take both the most technical and mund…
Pradeep
August 2019
Mary is an expert professional photographer and provided good insight on what is really required for a good photograph. Also she had great inputs on how to shoot variety of subjects. She had really nice subtle but really important inputs on taking good photos. She made me learn about my camera too :). Her inputs really will help me to take better family and natural photos.
Mary is an expert professional photographer and provided good insight on what is really required for a good photograph. Also she had great inputs on how to shoot variety of subject…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 14 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Camera or phone, charger, walking shoes, water, and your enthusiasm. Dress in layers so you don't get cold.