The best places in San Francisco to take epic night photos.

San Francisco, California is an incredible place for a photographer. There are just so many iconic landmarks and features that make this place picture-worthy. Combine that with the incredible and often dramatic lighting, weather, and wildlife, and what you are left with are endless possibilities for the creative landscape, cityscape, or nature photographer.

The best locations in San Francisco to shoot night photos.

I grew up in the Bay Area, and currently live in the city of San Francisco. During that time I have had many opportunities to explore some of the coolest locations for photographing San Francisco at night. Here are a few of them.

Twin Peaks – view of downtown San Francisco at blue hour

The Best Locations in San Francisco to Shoot Epic Night Cityscape PhotographyTreasure Island – View of the Bay Bridge and Downtown San Francisco

Stitched Panorama

San Francisco Night PhotographyFort Point – watching star trails over the Golden Gate Bridge

no-watermark-copy-1San Francisco city street view at night – California Street

The Best Locations for San Francisco Night Photography

From the air: aerial view of San Francisco at night

dsc_7229-edit-1Aerial View of San Francisco at Nightaerial-view-of-sf-20Marin Headlands (Battery Spencer) view of the Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge - The Best Locations in San Francisco to Shoot Epic Night Cityscape PhotographyAbove the Robin Williams tunnel – view of the Golden Gate Bridge

golden-gate-bridge-blue-hour-time-lapse-2Order prints of these San Francisco night photos

Most (not all) of these images are available to be purchased as high quality fine art prints. If you’re looking to make your wall more attractive, check out my San Francisco landscape photos page.

Learn how to take your own epic San Francisco night photos

Getting to these locations, dialing in your settings, and adapting to the weather all require both knowledge and practice. The practice part you will have to do yourself, but in my experience the best (and most affordable) option to learn the knowledge part, is with CreativeLive’s online photography courses.

Which course? It will depend on where you are in your photo career. If you are relatively new to the world of landscape photography, I recommend this “Start to Finish” course with Matt Kloskowski. It’s pretty awesome. Oh, and I’m in it.

If you are more advanced but want to really learn how to step up your craft, Chris Burkard’s course is insanely cool. Lastly, there is an entire week’s worth of courses that we worked on with CreativeLive dedicated to developing night photography skills and techniques. Check them all out, they’re good.


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