Picture of photography lessons in San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA Photography Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio Photography lessons? Our San Francisco teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Our teachers have taught

2 , 1 0 2 , 7 7 2

lessons and counting!

Popular Photography Teachers near San Francisco, CA

Check out some of our most popular teachers near San Francisco, CA including Emeryville, Alameda, Brisbane, Sausalito and Daly City.

Showing 8 of 46 results View More

About Elena A.

Close
Profile_33768_pi_Elena
Rodeo, CA
View Full Profile
About Elena
Highly Motivated & Excited Teacher and Inspiration Mover. Building confidence in various subjects from Art to Dance to Computer Skills.

Come to the class one way, and leave a brand new person regardless of which class you take with Elena A.

Founder & CEO of MMTB- Movie Making Throughout the Bay! Inc. a 501c3 Non Profit Organization, Elena teaches classes to support the community and continues to boost careers in the Bay!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Jonathan September 30, 2015
· Filmmaking · In studio
MMTB's day-long intensives with Elena are astounding. DO NOT go in with a closed mind, or thinking you know things - if you do, you will walk away bitter and confused, because Elena will challenge everything you know - BUT you will walk away with a completely new perspective if you allow yourself to learn. The days are intense (as expected), so be prepared to abandon everything you knew on the fly - and be prepared to have your mind blown, and explore aspects of your art you've never explored before.
View Details
View Profile
Elena A.

Elena A.

Rodeo, CA 94572
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Richard G.

Close
Profile_38102_pi_403285_330568283646615_106555169381262_826790_2111522184_n
Las Vegas, NV

View Full Profile

30 Years experience. Areas: Editorial - Magazine, Photojournalism, News - Covers, Features, Lifestyle, Concert, Photo/Digital Illustration. Commercial, VIP, Celebrity, Red Carpet, Real Estate, Event.

I can cover just the photo/camera end for you. And, or, can teach you the digital computer skills you need to bring you images to the next level.

I will teach you how to reveal your own photographic "eye". That is, now to use the camera as an extension of your expression, how to take what you see, and put inside a frame.

I teach photography concepts from the art form, and from basic through advanced technical and aesthetic.

You will learn how a camera lens is much much more than just a zoom closer/farther tool for your scene. The lens you choose is vital towards helping you achieve the vision you are bringing to your work. Camera exposure is similar.

I will also teach you how to "see" your scene or subject as "values" of shades of black, white, and the grays between. This ...

About Richard
I can't wait to work with you! I am passionate about the subjects I teach, and find nothing can compare to seeing a student "get it", so they may too enjoy the passion that comes from learning and doing something they love.

Everything I teach I've learned most completely by doing as a Professional, and find great reward in sharing my experience and knowledge with my students.

When the "aha" light goes on, it's truly a wonderful moment for me, and encourages me to drive my students to build towards more of those moments as students, and then ultimately, for themselves as they learn to grow for themselves.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Frankie L. October 27, 2016
· Photography · In studio
Hi Richard!

Thanks again for your time and info yesterday. I will email you soon, and we will figure out when we should meet for our next class.

Have a great day!

Frankie
Silhouette-80
Rodney September 23, 2015
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
Great very informative
View Details
View Profile
Richard G.

Richard G.

Online
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Joy S.

Close
Profile_45827_pi_LALive2011%20%209270
Lansdowne, PA
View Full Profile

Hands on instruction on manual camera settings (ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance, etc.). Framing the subject from different angles. And most importantly, how to see light the way your camera sees it.

About Joy
I am a graduate of UC San Diego (bachelor of arts, sociology) and UCLA (master of public policy). As a child of immigrant parents, I value diversity and love learning languages. I read, write and speak Spanish fluently, and have intermediate command of both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese in reading, writing, and speech.

Photography has been one of my main areas of focus for over ten years. I am trained in both film and digital formats and specialize in demystifying the DSLR so that you gain a good understanding of manual settings and how to use each to improve your photos.

Caring, compassion, and understanding are essential for learning and I strive to do my best in these areas.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Vincent C. August 10, 2017
· Cantonese · Online
I just had a wonderful first session with Joy. She is very knowledgeable and was able to answer all my questions. I'm looking forward to our next session.
Silhouette-80
david April 6, 2017
· Photography · In home
Joy was patient and knowledgeable.
Silhouette-80
Monica R. October 20, 2016
· Cantonese · Online
Very patient and encouraging. A time I look forward to each week.
View Details
View Profile
Joy S.

Joy S.

Online
(11)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Sarah L.

Close
Profile_85009_pi_Sarah%20b%26w%203
San Bruno, CA
View Full Profile

I got my first camera when I was 8 years old and have been a passionate shutterbug ever since. I can teach you how to use all of the manual features on your camera to get the effects you want to achieve, and I can help you to train your eye to see and capture memorable compositions.

Taking pictures is the first part of the journey - the second is editing them to adjust exposure, saturation, contrast, etc. I work with Photoshop and can teach you how to tune your images and fix problems like lens dust, harsh shadows, or face shine in flash pictures.

I encourage each student to find his or her personal style to express a unique vision. You don't need any experience to become an artist, just the desire to start noticing new things all around you and capturing moments to share with others!

About Sarah
Hello, and thank you for visiting my page! I have been an artist for my whole life and I am passionate about sharing my love of creativity with others. I earned an MFA in Costume Design from UCLA in 2007 and have been a freelance costume designer, college professor, photographer, illustrator, and jewelry designer.

As much as I love to create, what I really love is to help somebody learn to do something they love and create something they can be proud of! I am happy teaching all ages, and I specialize in helping each student find his or her unique vision.

I can teach sewing by hand and on a machine, including how to read and understand the instructions in commercial patterns. Bring your project and I'll help you make it happen! I am highly skilled at teaching life drawing, as well as marker rendering and watercolor fashion illustr
ation. Photography is my other passion, and I look forward to helping you understand how to use a camera's many features, and your eye, to create art.
...
Reviews
Thumb_104824_pi_IMG_2537
Ken May 27, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Sarah was on time and she did her homework! She uses a Cannon and have have a Nikon, she read the owners manuel prior to the first lesson, very impressive. She answered all my questions and looking forward to the next lesson.
Silhouette-80
Brandon February 10, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
Sarah is amazing, I truly enjoyed learning from her. She opened my eyes to the sewing world in general, and specifically to what I was interested in. I am grateful for the experience and am better because of it.
Silhouette-80
Clifford December 17, 2016
· Photography · In studio
Working with Sarah has been great! She has shared her knowledge freely, has a keen, artistic eye, and provides lots of creative solutions. I hope to enlist her services again in the future.
View Details
View Profile
Sarah L.

Sarah L.

San Bruno, CA 94066
(11)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Irina L.

Close
Profile_94744_pi_12074960_10203558285237712_6822500889491538982_n
Beverly Hills, CA

View Full Profile

Personal lessons tailored to your individual needs with custom handouts. No boring theory, just practical and useful tips.

About Irina
Professional photographer with ten years of successful working experience for acclaimed international companies.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Kathryn (Royal) March 3, 2017
· Photography · In home
I lost the "joy" of photography with Irina. Technically, she knows her stuff, but her sensitivity and people skills are lacking. Barely an encouraging word. I felt degraded, nervous, and overall shitty by the end of the second lesson. Hoping for a better experience with another teacher.
Thumb_92659_pi_Desi-Headshot-1-internet-size
Desislava G. February 4, 2017
· Photography · Online
Irina is amazing... I would never even think that I can create such beautiful photographies.
My father used to have a small photo lab at the loft and it was like a magic to me. I was always passionate to learn the beauty of photography however I never got the chance to.
I took few classes with Irina, she helped me to create incredible photos for my marketing campaign.
Irina is very professional and patient teacher, she has deep knowledge of photography and she makes it fun to learn.
I would recommend Irina to anyone who wants to learn photography.
Silhouette-80
Dianne Hatgis November 16, 2016
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
First lesson was great! Can't wait to learn more...
View Details
View Profile
Irina L.

Irina L.

Online
(7)
starting at
$120 / 60-min
View More
View Previous

About Dan H.

Close
Profile_98542_pi_Self%20Image
Palo Alto, CA

View Full Profile

I call this how to “Escape the Green Box” (get off of the Auto setting) and really use your Camera (DSLR, Mirrorless, High end Interchangeable Lens compact). I have taught over 400 students going back to 2011). These are the highest quality in depth, lessons taught one-on-one and should not be confused with quickie 2 hour overviews. I don't just tell you to "push that button" or "turn that dial", I teach you how the various camera settings impact your images. I give you the knowledge to fully understand, control and utilize your camera to make beautiful images matching your artistic vision.

I give my lessons at my place in Palo Alto. These are private lessons - not a room full of people. My schedule is flexible but I do try to limit it to the hours of 10:00 am to 5:30 pm on all days of the week, however weekend time slots tend to fill up quicker. I've found that lessons of 2 hours each seem to work the best as it allows us to get into some depth each time but not so much at a ...

About Dan
3 FOR THE PRICE OF 1 (See Below)

I’m an award winning photographer with great teaching skills who can teach you how to “Escape the Green Box” (get off of the Auto setting) and really use your camera and/or Adobe Lightroom to make and manage beautiful images. These are the highest quality and in depth, lessons taught one-on-one and should not be confused with quickie 2 hour overviews. I don't just tell you to "push that button" or "turn that dial", I teach you how the various camera settings impact your images. I give you the knowledge to fully understand, control and utilize your camera to make beautiful images matching your artistic vision.

I have a very easy going and relaxed teaching style, more like two friends chatting and having fun. But it's all about you and your needs. The first thing that sets me apart is that I listen t
o you. We then tailor your experience around what you already know, what you want to learn, what your photographic goals are and I cater to your learning style. This has been a winning formula with me for over 400 students spanning 6.5 years of private tutoring in photography, camera use and image editing.

These are private lessons - not a room full of people. My schedule is flexible but I do try to limit it to the hours of 10:00 am to 5:30 pm on all days of the week, however weekend time slots tend to fill up quicker. I've found that lessons of 2 hours each seem to work the best as it allows us to get into some depth each time but not so much at a time that it's overwhelming. If requested, I will do shorter or longer sessions. I have a 2 hr. minimum for the first session so book two back-to-back sessions for the first session. Lessons longer or shorter than 2 hours on weekends can only be confirmed a day or two ahead of time.

If you sign up for lessons, you can bring 1 or 2 guests (family, friends, co-workers, etc.) who can fully participate in the lesson at no charge, In other words, up to 3 for the price of 1. Just let me know in advance.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
L. T. July 16, 2017
· Photography · In home
Very knowledgeable about photography and lightroom, learned a lot from lessons.
Silhouette-80
Bob December 17, 2016
· Adobe Lightroom · In studio
Although I consider myself an organized person, after 3 months using Lightroom I had complete chaos on my computer. It seemed I had 4 catalogs, Images I knew I had were no where to be found and I seemed to have other images in 3 or more places. It as a mess and I know there must be a better way.

I found Dan on the internet (Yelp and Craigslist), scheduled a 2 hour session with and brought over my laptop. Dan was wonderful. He listened intently to my problems. He asked me about my workflow and things that I never thought of like how many cameras will be taking photos which will all be put in Lightroom. He then mapped out where my images were on my laptop as well as my catalogs (turned out I didn't have 4 I actually had 6 - there were 2 I didn't know about.

He then proposed an image storage file structure and naming pattern, showed me how to merge information to get down to one catalog, get rid of duplicates and add missing images. He walked me through each process several times till I felt comfortable doing the rest on my own at home.

It was so great that i came back 2 more times to get info on keywording, collections and on the 3rd session we went through the magic of the Develop module where we took some ho hum images I took at Yosemite and he showed me with a few slider moves who to make them worthy of hanging in the living room.

Later, when I got stuck he helped me out through email at no charge.

Dan's style is laid back but articulate. He talks in lay terms and works at your pace. I really can't tell you how happy I was with his style and the depth of knowledge he has in the product.

Bob
View Details
View Profile
Dan H.

Dan H.

Palo Alto, CA 94306
(2)
starting at
$85 / 60-min

About Fabio C.

Close
Profile_99621_pi_DSC01013
Cypress, TX

View Full Profile

I started as a professional photographer when I was 16. Since then so many things changed, we move from film to digital, now our darkroom is digital, we have amazing cameras on our cellphones. We can work together on photography concepts which will help you to became a great photographer. You'll understand how to get the most of the equipment you already have. How to invest on things you'll really need, saving you a lot of time and money. Understand how lenses and lighting are the most important tools for a photographer. And of course you'll learn the whole digital workflow, so you can work faster and better, having effective backups plans.

About Fabio
I'm a published author on photography and video production magazines and honored professor at major Brazil universities, teaching video production. My passion for teaching and tutoring involves the Brazilian Portuguese and Technology. I lived in Rio de Janeiro for more than 30 years and worked with several companies on translation projects for the Brazilian market. I'm sure I'll be able to offer you the best tutoring on Portuguese for business and travel, and everything you need to be an excellent photographer and videographer.

I'm a Mac specialist since 2000, with daily use of editing software such Lightroom since it's first version.

Being a photographer since 14, video production was a natural parallel art, which I embraced in 1980.

I really know how to transmit all knowledge I have, which is based on decades of work (photo an
d video), and years living in Brazil. I'm very didactic and I invite you to have the best learning experience taught by a passionate professional.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Anna January 20, 2017
· Photography · In home
Fabio is an awesome teacher! He is very knowledgeable but very easy to to talk to and explains things in a way that makes sense to me. I am really enjoying my classes so far and have already learned quite a bit (who knew there was more to photography than just point and shoot? lol). If you are looking to invest in your career or education, you will not regret giving his classes a try.
View Details
View Profile
Fabio C.

Fabio C.

Online
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Jason T.

Close
Profile_104357_pi_11111054_10153440573496807_8204949412951344804_n
Shrewsbury, NJ
View Full Profile

I have loved photography ever since I was a teenager in the days of film cameras. My hobby eventually landed me a great job shooting weddings, models, commercials. You name it. I myself have studied photography for many years and I hope to pass down that information to you through guided lessons.

About Jason
I recently started working at Milestone Event Group as the lead photographer/videographer. Photography is an opportunity for me to capture life's moments and using various techniques photograph images not view-able to the naked eye. The geek in me loves the challenge of dealing with so so many technical variables like light, depth of field, composition, shutter speed and so on and so on. I enjoy helping others learn the joy of photography.

I have a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. I retired from the Navy in 2011 after working 20 years in law enforcement. I also run my own company and website doing fitness equipment sales and service.
...
View Details
View Profile
Jason T.

Jason T.

Online
starting at
$30 / 30-min

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in San Francisco, CA?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Average Cost of Photography Lessons in San Francisco, CA

The average cost of 60-minute photography lessons in San Francisco is $45. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $45 and $45 per hour.

30-min $30
 
$30 average
$30
45-min $40
 
$40 average
$40
60-min $45
 
$45 average
$45

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute photography lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute photography lessons are 12% less expensive at $40, and 30-minute lessons cost 34% less at $30.

Curious how much photography lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best photography teachers near San Francisco.

Photography Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Photography instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

And they're not alone!

Our teachers have taught

2 , 0 9 0 , 7 6 2

lessons and counting!

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More