Street Photography Workshop: San Francisco

This intensive two-day workshop is designed to help you understand the narrative, aesthetic, and emotional aspects of photography and visual storytelling. We will create an opportunity for personal photographic exploration that allows you to learn skills that will enable you to document your community using your unique voice. Each day is divided between classroom instruction, personal and group critiques, and photography fieldwork. In the first part of this workshop, students will be making images that look closely at the people and environment in San Francisco’s downtown neighborhoods. Participants should be prepared to photograph intensively with a sense of visual curiosity and instincts in order to extend the limits of their approach to visual storytelling. The second part of our workshop will focus on editing and sequencing as the key elements in achieving meaning and determining what we say with the personal narratives we create. Both amateur and professional photographers interested in honing a more intimate connection and expression in their photography and projects will benefit from this intense workshop experience. 

Please note, this class will run rain or shine. We encourage you to dress appropriately for the weather. 

PRE-REQ: Beginning photography experience

BRING: Digital or film camera, one lens (35mm to 50mm range), multiple memory cards,film, snacks/lunch/water (day 2) laptops, hard drive for storing your images, notepad and pen. 

INSTRUCTOR: Emilio Bañuelos 


Workshop Cost: $275     Early Registration: $250


Tentative Schedule


10:00am –11:00am Session 3: Editing, Organizing and Finding Your Vision

11:00am - 12:00pm The Visual Edit by participants with Emilio

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Break

1:00pm - 2:00pm- Session 4: Editing for the Visual Narrative, Building Your Story

2:00pm - 4:00pm – Participant final edit for Story.

4:00pm - 5:00pm - Presenting your Work  


10:00am – 11:00am Session One – Fill the Frame (meet at Rayko Gallery)

11:00am - 12:00pm Group Fieldwork - On location with Emilio

12:00pm - 1:00pm -Morning Break

 1:00pm - 2:00pm- Session 2: In Your Community, Building your Narrative

2:00pm - 5:00pm Fieldwork - On Location Improving your Images


Please review our sales policies regarding class withdrawals and cancellations before signing up.  Sorry, we can not give refunds/credits for any class withdrawals less than 7 days before the class starts.

$25.00 off if you register at least one week prior to class start date, all online discounts are applied automatically. 


Register for the same class with a friend and each of you will receive 10% off. All registrations must be made by one person in a single transaction. To take advantage of the discount online, set the quantity to 2 (or 3, or 4...) when adding to the cart (or change the quantity in the shopping cart). The system automatically deducts this discount. The discount only applies if two or more you enroll in the same class. 

 Please enter the full name of your companion at the checkout stage including their name, email, and phone number in the comments section of your registration form.

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