Landscape Photography Workshop

The Golden Gate Bridge & Long Exposure Challenge


  • 2 Locations: Fort Point & Marshall's Beach

  • Learn to take awesome shots of the Golden Gate Bridge using long exposures

  • Learn when to use the GND (Graduate Neutral Density) and/or ND (Neutral Density) filters

  • Learn to create long exposure photos in Lightroom and Photoshop even if you don't have GND and ND filters


  • Free parking lot with plenty of spots at the meeting point

  • Attendees get to print ONE 12x18 inch photo (it has to be their own work, not the instructors')

  • Transportation provided during the workshop

  • Easy and safe hiking trails (there will be steep but short staircases)

  • The 2 locations that we picked are "tripod-friendly", which means they are not exposed to extremely strong wind. Most  tripods will be able to remain sturdy during the long exposure time and enable the camera to capture sharp photos.

  • After the workshop, you will receive a free video clip showing you how to edit the photos in Lightroom and Photoshop using advanced techniques



What are the prerequisites?

Attendees are expected to bring their own equipment and shoot proficiently in the manual mode. If you are not familiar with the manual mode, please sign up for the Beginner 101 & 102 & 103 Workshops to learn how to shoot in different exposure modes and use the filters.

Do I need to bring my own camera?

Yes. Attendees will need to bring their own cameras. You have to know how to set your camera on self-timer.

What lenses should I bring?

Both wide (equivalent focal lengths16-35mm) and telephoto (equivalent focal lengths 70-200mm) lenses are required.

Do I need to bring a tripod?

Yes, a sturdy tripod is required because we will be shooting in long shutter speeds. 


What other accessories do I need to bring (for details please see end of the page)?

Attendees will need to bring:

1. a 6-stop ND filter and 

2. a 5-stop soft GND (soft) filter and/or

3. a 3-stop soft GND filter and

4. Adaptor ring and

5. Filter holder

*To learn how to use these filters and their complimentary accessories, please sign up for Beginner 102 & 103 Workshops.

I don't have ND and GND filters, is there any other ways to create a long exposure photo without these accessories?

Yes, absolutely! You will have to shoot multiple photos of the same scene and then "stack" them together in Lightroom and Photoshop, the result is just like a long exposure photo created with the filters. Please check out the sample photos below. We will show you how to perform this little magic after the workshop!

Are the hiking trails easy?

The first location is flat. The second location is a 15-minutes, relatively safe and easy hike. Please note that there will be a steep staircase but it has railings; it makes the return trip from Marshall's Beach rather challenging. Typically, we spend 15 minutes walking down and 25 minutes going up.

What should I wear?

Please dress warmly. Sneakers or hiking shoes are recommended, you will also need to bring a pair of flip-flops or knee-length rain boots for walking on the beach. Water-proof sneaks are fine but bear in the mind the wave can go as high as your knee.

How do I edit the photos?

We will send you a video clip after the workshop to show you how to edit the photos in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Do I get to print my work?

Attendees get to print one 12x18 inch photo of their own. They will learn how to edit the photos after the workshop and send back to us ONE digital file to print. We will print the photo and mail it back to your address.

Any other reminders?

Please carry backpacks instead of suitcases. 

Workshop Date

Nov 24th (Sunday)




2020 Workshop: TBA

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Punctuality is much appreciated in this class.

Quick Facts

THE Golden Gate Bridge &


Meet-up and dismiss point: Parking lot at Presidio, San Francisco

(plenty of free parking spots)

Location 2: Marshall's Beach

Meet-up time: 12:30pm

Dismiss time: 6:00pm

(length of workshop: 5.5 hours)

Transportation is provided during the workshop

Location 1: Fort Point

Tuition fee: $365/person

(including a 12x18 inch print delivered to your door)

Enjoy Nature Through Photography

This is one of the locations that you are going.

Video by Instructor Tony (with his drone)

High Shutter Speed

Long Shutter Speed

How to use ND and GND filters properly?

Long exposure during the day without any filters

Long exposure with ND & GND filters (why do you need both?)

Long exposure using ND and GND filters (why do you need both?)

Depending on the type of subject, your exposure time can be different. Find out the most ideal exposure time for ocean, waves and clouds.

Opps... you don't have ND & GND Filters?

No problem! Learn how to create a long exposure photo in Lightroom and Photoshop:

You need to capture multiple shots (around 10) of the same scene, and then spend like 10 minutes in Lightroom and Photoshop to create a long exposure photo. It's super easy! Remember to check out your camera user manual to learn how to activate the "interval mode" in your camera. If your camera doesn't have built-in interval mode, please buy a remote interval timer on Amazon ($20).


Here's an example of a long exposure photo created by "stacking" 50 photos in Lightroom & Photoshop. No ND/ GND filters were used.

Learn to Edit Your Photos After the Workshop

A free video clip will be delivered to your registered email to show you how to edit the photos using advanced Lightroom and Photoshop skills.


The video also includes a tutorial on that shows you how to stack multiple photos in Lightroom and Photoshop to create a long exposure photo. This is an essential skill for attendees who do not have ND & GND filters.

Accessories needed for Long Exposure Shots

1. Filter holder

2. Adaptor ring

3. 6-Stop ND filter (square or circular in shape)

4. Soft GND filters, 1.5 (cutting 5-stops of light) and 0.9 (3-stops) rectangular in shape

5. Sturdy tripod (a must-have item)

*Item #1-4 is not necessary if you plan to create a long exposure photo in Lightroom & Photoshop. In this case you will need to active the interval mode in your camera, or buy a remote interval timer on Amazon.

How the system works:

Filter holder and adaptor rings


1. Your adaptor ring needs to match the size of your lens. For example, if your lens is a 77mm diameter one, the adaptor ring needs to be the same size (77mm).

2. Your filter holder needs to fit in the filter. For example, if your filter is a 100mm x 100mm one, then your filter holder needs to be exactly 100mm wide. Please check the spec of the accessories before you purchase.

Recommended vendors:

1. Lee's 

2. Cokin

3. NiSi

4. Tiffen

5. Breakthrough Photography

6. B&W

6-Stop ND Filter, Square in shape

Note: It is worth investing in an expensive ND filter.

Recommended vendors:

1. Lee's 

2. Cokin

3. Nisi

The 6-stop ND filter, Circular in shape (no adaptor rings and filter holders will be needed if the filter is circular in shape, as it can be directly screwed to the lens)

Recommended vendors:

1. Breakthrough Photography

2. B&W

3. Tiffen

GND (0.9) Filter, Soft-edge, Rectangular in shade


1. It is worth investing in an expensive GND

2. "0.9" means cutting 3 stops of light, "1.5" means cutting 5 stops of light

Recommended vendors:

1. Lee's 

2. Cokin

3. Nisi

A sturdy tripod

Note: We recommend you to invest around $180-$350 for a good tripod. 

Carbon fibre tripods are lighter but the aluminum ones (heavier) give more stability in windy conditions.

Although both locations are not super windy, you still need a quality tripod to get sharp photos.


Recommended vendors:

1. Manfrotto

2. Benro

3. Sirui

4. Gitzo

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