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Patrick Herms Photography | profile | all galleries >> SF PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS - - CURRENTLY NOT RUNNING TOURS THIS SUMMER >> CHINATOWN AND THE OLD BARBARY COAST tree view | thumbnails | slideshow


On this Photography Tour we will explore the colorful alleys and streets of Chinatown, home to it's unique family groups, community organizations, sewing shops, barbers shops and various places of worship. You'll have the chance to photograph the people that dwell here as well as their shops where they sell medicinal herbs, gold jewelry, and vegetables. We'll also visit other downtown locations like the Trans-America building with it's redwood grove nearby, and some old Barbary Coast landmarks.

During this tour we will cover the basics of composition, lighting, depth of field and shutter speed priorities. There will also be an emphasis on street photography. We will explore what's involved both morally and aesthetically when shooting candid shots of both urban subjects and people. Aspects of photojournalism techniques will be covered as well.

Tour Details and Pricing

Duration of Tour: appx. 3 hours, 12 noon - 3:00pm
Tour Price: $75.00

Meet on the Washington Street side of the upper level of Portsmouth Square (Kearny & Clay), near the elevator. Public transportation: MUNI lines 1, 30, and 45.

At the meeting spot we will cover our primary photography lessons and then walk to various locations practicing what we've learned. Throughout the walking tour you will learn various historic facts and antectdotes about the surrounding area, as well discussing different photography techniques.

Your tour teacher, Patrick Herms, has been a photographer for 15 years, professional photographer for 8 years, and has lived and given tours in his favorite city San Francisco, for the past 10 years.

Upcoming Tour Dates and Reservations

Tours by appointment only. Email below to set up a date.

For other questions, also email Patrick at: or call: (415) 571-0209 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (415) 571-0209      end_of_the_skype_highlighting


All photographs below were taken on previous tours by students and your photography tour teacher, Patrick Herms.

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