Continue the holiday spirit as San Francisco is decked out in lights and decorations.   Come and experience the "Jewel by the Bay" during the twilight hours as the city lights up in all its twinkling splendor. This is one of our most popular night tours that is offered each year and often repeated. Why? The conditions are always different - different skies, different sunset, decorations that change each year, and always the unexpected surprises.

We will meet in San Francisco and start our tour at sunset on Treasure Island shooting the fabulous San Francisco skyline, the Embarcadero buildings rimmed with lights, and the majestic Bay Bridge from 2 different locales facing east and west.   Returning to the city, we will photograph the city from several locales including one of the piers, the Embarcadero and waterfront, decorations, architecture, and learn many different creative techniques for night photography. Since we visit multiple locations we meet at 4:00 pm and photograph till appx.10:00pm. Note: You can leave at any time if you need to call it a night.   

You will learn to shoot low light photography with timed exposures and create stunning nighttime images. Flash photography, creative blurring, long exposures, creative zooming techniques, varied architectural perspectives and controlling depth of field will all be covered.

This tour is best suited for someone who has a good grasp of their camera controls, can shoot in manual mode, and knows how to pull up their histogram.

A Holiday Lights tour would make a great holiday gift as well for your favorite photographer.

“It often seems to me that the night is much more alive and richly colored than the day." Vincent van Gogh

Click here to view photos taken by previous SF Holiday Lights attendees on our Client Photo Gallery

Click here to view a participant's gallery of the SF Holiday Lights Tour.

"Your hands-on teaching technique was excellent, as were the tips you gave us prior to shooting." SF by Night '02, R. Gutenberg, CA

"I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. You spent much more time with us than I expected, given the price. Great value!" SF by Night '03, M. Rhodes, CA

"Each location offers uniquely different photo opportunities -- that's a hallmark of your tours. I was amazed at how much we were able to cover in one evening." SF Lights '06, T. Doduc, CA

"Excellent selection of spots and very good guidance." SF Lights '07, R. Bawankule, CA

"Thank you very much for the fantastic workshop. It was great learning and a fun experience. You are a great teacher and a wonderful person." SF Lights '07, K. Turk, CA

"It was a very well organized, educational evening. The small group allowed each of us to get quality time with Gale. The locales were all worthwhile."
SF Lights '08, M. Agocs, CA

"It was all the more enjoyable to be out with colleagues of sort, but mainly - with you and your ability to pass your knowledge and experience so unobtrusively and yet so effectively, sprinkling it with enough humor and mischief to make it different and delightful. 2010, V. Naiman, CA

"Thanks for a GREAT evening. I'm sure I'll be joining you again down the line." 2011, D. Stahlke, Ca.

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